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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 20 23 16 20 79 DALLAS 22 31 21 23 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 16, VOSHON LENARD 13, MARK STRICKLAND 12 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 27, MICHAEL FINLEY 23, HUBERT DAVIS 17

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - KEVIN WILLIS 9, ANTONIO MCDYESS 9 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 12, SHAWN BRADLEY 11

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - ROBERT PACK 6, GEORGE MCCLOUD 4 DAL - HOWARD EISLEY 10, MICHAEL FINLEY 6

ATT: 18,187


Extended Box

DENVER (79) AT DALLAS (97)

DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MCDYESS F 32 4-11 0-0 2 7 9 1 1 1 4 8 POSEY F 31 0-6 4-5 2 5 7 0 6 1 1 4 LAFRENTZ C 19 2-3 1-2 0 1 1 1 4 0 5 5 LENARD G 29 4-11 2-2 2 2 4 0 2 0 1 13 VAN EXEL G 34 6-16 1-3 1 7 8 3 1 0 0 16 WILLIS 29 4-11 2-2 3 6 9 0 2 0 0 10 MCCLOUD 21 1-6 4-4 0 2 2 4 2 0 1 7 STRICKLAND 16 4-7 4-6 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 12 PACK 19 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 6 1 1 1 2 BOWEN 7 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 2 ABDUL-WAHAD 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 JOSEPH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-80 18-24 12 35 47 15 22 4 15 79 (.338) (.750) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

FINLEY F 42 8-19 5-6 1 2 3 6 2 1 1 23 NOWITZKI F 38 9-21 9-9 6 6 12 5 3 0 1 27 LAETTNER C 23 4-9 0-0 1 5 6 3 1 4 1 8 ALEXANDER G 12 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 2 1 2 EISLEY G 27 2-11 0-0 0 6 6 10 2 3 2 5 TRENT 11 2-7 3-6 5 3 8 0 1 0 0 7 VAUGHT 22 4-10 0-0 3 5 8 1 1 0 0 8 DAVIS 37 6-12 0-0 3 3 6 0 2 0 4 17 BRADLEY 27 0-3 0-0 2 9 11 1 5 0 0 0 HARVEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION NASH DNP - SORE LEFT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 36-96 17-21 23 40 63 26 19 10 10 97 (.375) (.810) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 10(7 PTS)

DENVER 20 23 16 20 - 79 DALLAS 22 31 21 23 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - STRICKLAND, WILLIS, BOWEN. DALLAS - NOWITZKI 2, LAETTNER 2, BRADLEY 2, EISLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 7-20 (.350), POSEY 0-3, LAFRENTZ 0-1, LENARD 3-7, VAN EXEL 3-7, MCCLOUD 1-1, STRICKLAND 0-1. DALLAS 8-18 (.444), FINLEY 2-4, NOWITZKI 0-1, EISLEY 1-6, DAVIS 5-6, BRADLEY 0-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - POSEY, VAN EXEL, DALLAS - BRADLEY. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, MIKE CALLAHAN, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 18,187. T - 2:01.


Box Score

DENVER (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 32 4-11 0-0 2-9 1 1 8 Posey 31 0-6 4-5 2-7 0 6 4 Lafrentz 19 2-3 1-2 0-1 1 4 5 Lenard 29 4-11 2-2 2-4 0 2 13 Van Exel 34 6-16 1-3 1-8 3 1 16 Willis 29 4-11 2-2 3-9 0 2 10 Mccloud 21 1-6 4-4 0-2 4 2 7 Strickland 16 4-7 4-6 1-3 0 1 12 Pack 19 1-7 0-0 0-1 6 1 2 Bowen 7 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Abdul-wahad 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Joseph DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-80 18-24 12-47 15 22 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.338, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Posey 0-3, Lafrentz 0-1, Lenard 3-7, Van Exel 3-7, Mccloud 1-1, Strickland 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Strickland, Willis, Bowen). Turnovers: 15 (Lafrentz 5, Mcdyess 4, Abdul-wahad, Lenard, Mccloud, Pack, Posey, Strickland). Steals: 4 (Abdul-wahad, Mcdyess, Pack, Posey).

DALLAS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 42 8-19 5-6 1-3 6 2 23 Nowitzki 38 9-21 9-9 6-12 5 3 27 Laettner 23 4-9 0-0 1-6 3 1 8 Alexander 12 1-4 0-0 2-3 0 2 2 Eisley 27 2-11 0-0 0-6 10 2 5 Trent 11 2-7 3-6 5-8 0 1 7 Vaught 22 4-10 0-0 3-8 1 1 8 Davis 37 6-12 0-0 3-6 0 2 17 Bradley 27 0-3 0-0 2-11 1 5 0 Harvey 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bryant DNP - coach's decision Nash DNP - sore left hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-96 17-21 23-63 26 19 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Finley 2-4, Nowitzki 0-1, Eisley 1-6, Davis 5-6, Bradley 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 7 (Nowitzki 2, Laettner 2, Bradley 2, Eisley). Turnovers: 10 (Davis 4, Eisley 2, Alexander, Finley, Laettner, Nowitzki). Steals: 10 (Laettner 4, Eisley 3, Alexander 2, Finley). ____________________________________________ Denver 20 23 16 20 - 79 Dallas 22 31 21 23 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 2 (Posey, 8:02 2nd; Van Exel, 5:44 3rd). Dallas 1 (Bradley, 3:55 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,187. T: 2:01. Officials: Ed F Rush, Mike Callahan, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and Michael Finley added 23 as the Dallas Mavericks continued their mastery of the Denver Nuggets with a 97-79 victory.

Dallas improved to 3-0 against Denver this season and has won the last six meetings between the teams. The teams meet for the final time on January 27.

The win moved Dallas into first place in the Midwest Division although it is just two games ahead of Denver, which currently holds the eighth and final playof spot in the Western Conference.

"I think it shows how tough the West is," Dallas coach Donn Nelson said. "All the top 11 teams are capable of puttting together streaks like that and we are one of them. I think the team that puts together the longest streak or two may be playoff bound and the other ones that aren't able to do that may be bounced out."

"They're a good basketball team," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "We've lost two games out here and lost one at home. When they're one of the teams that you're hoping to match up with well enough to make the playoffs, you can't go 0-4. So that makes next Saturday night at home a big game."

The Mavericks led 37-34 with 5:44 left in the second quarter but outscored the Nuggets, 16-9, over the remainder of the first half. Finley scored seven points and Nowitzki had four during that span as Dallas took a 53-43 halftime lead.

Finley and Christian Laettner scored to open the third quarter, extending Dallas' advantage to 57-43, and the lead never dipped below double figures the rest of the way.

The Mavericks enjoyed their biggest cushion, 86-61, in the fourth quarter.

"We played well defensively and wanted to set the tone early right from the jump ball and we hadn't done that the last two games," Finley said. "That was our team goal for tonight and we did that. Give Denver a lot of credit and they are a tired team tonight and it showed. But at the same time we got the job done."

Hubert Davis scored 17 points off the bench for Dallas, making 5-of-6 3-pointers. Teammate Howard Eisley dished out 10 assists and had three steals.

"Really, of course that's great," Nowitzki said about being in first. "We talked about that at the beginning of the year. We knew we could win some games, but first right now in the Midwest is pretty good. We are just a couple of games ahead of the ninth place. We know that and that's why we can't have any letdowns."

The Mavericks shot just 38 percent (36-of-96) but made 8-of-18 shots from beyond the arc.

Nick Van Exel scored 16 points and Voshon Lenard had 13 for Denver, which had a four-game winning streak stopped.

Antonio McDyess finished with just eight points on 4-of-11 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.

"They were double-teaming Mac every time he touched the basketball," Issel said. "That made it difficult. We didn't do a good job of presenting outlets to him so that he could get the ball out of the double-team. We were kind of running away from the basketball because no one was really stepping up and shooting the ball very well."

Mark Strickland had 12 points and Kevin Willis had 10 points and nine assists. James Posey missed all six of his shots and scored just four points before fouling out.

The Mavericks had a 63-47 rebounding edge behind 12 boards from Nowitzki and 11 from Shawn Bradley. They had 23 offensive rebounds which were turned into 16 second-chance points.

"We didn't get much done," Issel said. "They had 16 more shots than we did because they got 23 offensive rebounds. I can't remember the last time a team got 23 offensive rebounds. You give up over 60 rebounds and shoot 33%, you're not going to have much of a chance to win the game."

Dallas guard Steve Nash missed his sixth consecuitve game with a hamstring injury but is expected to dress for Tuesday's game with Philadelphia.

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