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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 21 25 15 20 81 DALLAS 31 21 23 27 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 14, JIMMY JACKSON 14, ROBERT TRAYLOR 11 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 17, DIRK NOWITZKI 17, SHAWN BRADLEY 13

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 8, ANDRE MILLER 6 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 15, GREG BUCKNER 8

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 7, JIMMY JACKSON 3 DAL - HOWARD EISLEY 5, MICHAEL FINLEY 4

ATT: 14,265


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (81) AT DALLAS (102)

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

C HENDERSON F 22 4-9 0-0 3 1 4 1 3 1 3 8 WEATHERSPOON F 34 2-7 1-1 2 6 8 0 2 0 2 5 BROWN C 23 3-9 4-4 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 10 LANGDON G 23 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 7 MILLER G 31 5-13 4-4 1 5 6 7 5 3 5 14 JACKSON 31 6-10 2-5 2 2 4 3 2 2 2 14 GATLING 17 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 MURRAY 16 1-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 2 2 COLES 17 3-6 2-2 0 3 3 2 2 1 0 8 TRAYLOR 16 3-5 5-7 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 11 MIHM 6 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 PERSON 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 31-77 18-23 11 26 37 17 23 9 17 81 (.403) (.783) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 31 7-11 3-4 2 2 4 4 1 1 6 17 NOWITZKI F 36 8-17 1-2 4 11 15 2 3 1 3 17 LAETTNER C 22 4-6 0-0 1 4 5 2 4 2 2 8 EISLEY G 39 5-12 1-2 0 3 3 5 1 3 0 12 NASH G 29 4-7 2-3 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 11 TRENT 12 1-5 2-2 2 2 4 0 2 1 2 4 BUCKNER 22 5-8 1-2 4 4 8 2 3 0 0 11 BRADLEY 19 5-5 3-3 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 13 DAVIS 18 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 9 ALEXANDER 6 0-3 0-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 BRYANT 6 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-83 13-20 15 33 48 18 22 10 17 102 (.518) (.650) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

CLEVELAND 21 25 15 20 - 81 DALLAS 31 21 23 27 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - COLES, TRAYLOR, WEATHERSPOON, BROWN, PERSON. DALLAS - NOWITZKI 3, FINLEY, TRENT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 1-5 (.200), LANGDON 1-3, MILLER 0-1, COLES 0-1. DALLAS 3-11 (.273), NOWITZKI 0-1, EISLEY 1-4, NASH 1-2, DAVIS 1-4. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - HEAD COACH WITTMAN 2 (EJECTED), ASSISTANT COACH WOODSON, DALLAS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, TRENT. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, SEAN CORBIN, DEE KANTNER. A - 14,265. T - 2:12.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Henderson 22 4-9 0-0 3-4 1 3 8 Weatherspoon 34 2-7 1-1 2-8 0 2 5 Brown 23 3-9 4-4 1-3 0 1 10 Langdon 23 3-6 0-0 1-2 1 0 7 Miller 31 5-13 4-4 1-6 7 5 14 Jackson 31 6-10 2-5 2-4 3 2 14 Gatling 17 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Murray 16 1-7 0-0 1-3 1 2 2 Coles 17 3-6 2-2 0-3 2 2 8 Traylor 16 3-5 5-7 0-0 2 1 11 Mihm 6 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Person 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-77 18-23 11-37 17 23 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Langdon 1-3, Miller 0-1, Coles 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Coles, Traylor, Weatherspoon, Brown, Person). Turnovers: 17 (Miller 5, C Henderson 3, Jackson 2, Murray 2, Weatherspoon 2, Gatling, Langdon, Mihm). Steals: 9 (Miller 3, Jackson 2, C Henderson, Coles, Langdon, Traylor).

DALLAS (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 31 7-11 3-4 2-4 4 1 17 Nowitzki 36 8-17 1-2 4-15 2 3 17 Laettner 22 4-6 0-0 1-5 2 4 8 Eisley 39 5-12 1-2 0-3 5 1 12 Nash 29 4-7 2-3 0-2 2 2 11 Trent 12 1-5 2-2 2-4 0 2 4 Buckner 22 5-8 1-2 4-8 2 3 11 Bradley 19 5-5 3-3 1-4 0 3 13 Davis 18 4-8 0-0 0-0 1 0 9 Alexander 6 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 3 0 Bryant 6 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-83 13-20 15-48 18 22 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.518, FT-.650. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Nowitzki 0-1, Eisley 1-4, Nash 1-2, Davis 1-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Nowitzki 3, Finley, Trent). Turnovers: 17 (Finley 6, Nowitzki 3, Davis 2, Laettner 2, Nash 2, Trent 2). Steals: 10 (Eisley 3, Laettner 2, Davis, Finley, Nash, Nowitzki, Trent). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 21 25 15 20 - 81 Dallas 31 21 23 27 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 3 (Head Coach Wittman 2 (ejected), 2:07 3rd, 0:03 4th; Assistant Coach Woodson, 0:03 4th). Dallas 2 (Illegal Defense, 3:14 1st; Trent, 0:03 4th). Flagrant fouls: Cleveland 1 (Person, 0:03 4th). A: 14,265. T: 2:12. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Sean Corbin, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- On their way to their ninth straight loss and about to become victims of a silly promotion, the Cleveland Cavaliers' frustrations finally boiled over.

In a 102-81 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Wesley Person drilled Gary Trent in the final seconds as Trent sank the shot that gave fans free chalupas.

"I'm not a firm believer in rubbing it in anybody's face and that's what they did," Cavaliers coach Randy Wittman said. "Our guys did the right thing. Somebody tried to do that three straight possessions where they could have run the clock out. That's unprofessional, unprofessional. I don't care what they have to say. ... You can ask anybody in the league -- do you run the clock out or do you try to embarrass somebody? We'll remember it."

Michael Finley and Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points apiece for the Mavericks, who were in control throughout and on their way to ending a two-game skid before garbage time got very ugly.

A jumper by Howard Eisley gave Dallas its largest lead and had the 14,265 in Reunion Arena chanting for chalupas. The Mavericks have a promotion with Taco Bell that offers the free snack every time they reach 100 points at home.

But Dallas missed five shots and played the final minutes far more seriously than most teams holding a comfortable lead. With 13 seconds left, rookie Courtney Alexander was fouled but missed the first free throw. He appeared to intentionally miss the second and the rebound went out of bounds off Cleveland.

The Mavs inbounded and Person took a running leap at Trent, who launched a foul-line jumper that went in. The two fell to the floor and began fighting and it appeared Trent threw a punch at Person.

"I mean they were up, the game was over," Cavs center Robert Traylor said. "To us it was an embarrassing situation. They were still trying to score points. The game was over. Being professional, being an NBA player, you don't try to embarrass anybody. It's just being professional. You usually take the ball out, run the time out and that was the game."

"I told Wesley, `You wouldn't do that if we were on the street,'" Trent said. "He was listening to Traylor, that's what it was. Traylor was yelling, `If they try to score, hurt him' and he did that (stuff), that's all. Wesley's an older veteran, he shouldn't let a young player hype him up like that anyway. Tractor (Traylor) was guarding me, he could have fouled me, right? If he really wanted to hurt somebody, why didn't the man that I shook foul me? It was all unnecessary."

As the referees separated players, Wittman had harsh words for Mavericks interim coach Donn Nelson. Both players received technical fouls and Person was whistled for a flagrant foul and was ejected. Cavs assistant Mike Woodson also was ejected.

"I told him he was unprofessional," Wittman said. "That will come back. You know that will come back. That gets around. That word gets around on what type of guy, if he did orchestrate that, that will get around."

"They were frustrated and they felt we were trying to run up the score or put it in their face," Finley said. "The guys who were out there playing (for us) were guys who were getting limited minutes, so they're going to make the most of their playing time. I could see if our starters were still out there, but those were guys who haven't been playing that much this year and just wanted to score. Cleveland took it a little personal and it got kind of rough."

The teams do not meet again this season.

The scene added insult to injury for the beleaguered Cavaliers, who saw point guard Andre Miller carried off with a sprained ankle midway through the fourth quarter.

It has been a rough season for Cleveland, which started 15-7 but has tumbled since a season-ending injury to center Zydrunas Ilgauskas in mid-December.

"It's more frustrating than anything else," said Cavs guard Jim Jackson. "We've gone through injuries. That plays a major role because you don't have the same kind of continuity going into games. You have different lineups, different people. It makes it tougher to play like that, but the only thing you can do is keep plugging, keep working and try to put a complete game together. We've put a few quarters together, but not enough to win the game."

After Tuesday's 120-105 setback at Toronto, Wittman threatened to use just four players if that was how many were willing to play with heart. The players held a meeting before this game but it made little difference.

"I think we still stick together," Miller said. "We're not going to get down on ourselves, we're going to keep fighting through this, working through it."

The Mavericks took the lead for good midway through the opening period and widened the advantage to 41-25 in the second quarter. The Cavs rallied within 47-44 late in the first half and still were within five late in the third period before falling apart.

Reserve Greg Buckner sparked a 12-2 run with a layup and tip-in that gave the Mavs a 76-61 lead entering the final quarter. A layup by Buckner made it 86-66 and another by Hubert Davis gave Dallas its largest lead at 95-68 with 5:50 remaining and marked the start of garbage time.

"Everybody has got their own situation," Cavs forward Clarence Weatherspoon said. "If they're playing for a chalupa or whatever the hell it was, you know, hey, that's their thing. That's what it boiled down to."

Miller, who leads the Cavs in scoring and assists, inexplicably was left on the court and was hurt with 4:13 left. He was lucky that it only was a sprain.

"It was just a little tweak," Miller said. "I landed on somebody's foot, but it's all right."

Shawn Bradley scored 13 points for the Mavs, who had six players in double figures, shot 52 percent (43-of-83) from the field and held a 48-37 rebounding edge.

Miller and former Mav Jackson scored 14 points apiece for the Cavs, who shot 40 percent (31-of-77).

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