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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 22 23 24 31 100 DALLAS 34 23 16 30 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHA - ELDEN CAMPBELL 25, DAVID WESLEY 25, PJ BROWN 13 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 31, DIRK NOWITZKI 27, STEVE NASH 22

HIGH REBOUND: CHA - ELDEN CAMPBELL 12, PJ BROWN 11 DAL - SHAWN BRADLEY 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH ASSISTS: CHA - DAVID WESLEY 5, BARON DAVIS 4 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 7, GREG BUCKNER 4

ATT: 18,187


Extended Box

CHARLOTTE (100) AT DALLAS (103)

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

BROWN F 34 3-6 7-8 3 8 11 2 4 3 1 13 MASHBURN F 41 3-17 2-2 1 8 9 2 3 2 2 10 CAMPBELL C 34 9-13 7-10 3 9 12 2 3 1 1 25 DAVIS G 35 2-13 2-5 0 1 1 4 5 2 1 6 WESLEY G 39 6-14 11-12 2 1 3 5 5 2 1 25 MAGLOIRE 14 4-8 3-5 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 11 RECASNER 10 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 ROBINSON 11 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 HAWKINS 10 0-0 4-4 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 4 THORPE 12 1-1 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 0 1 2 JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION NAILON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-81 36-46 12 36 48 17 26 10 8 100 (.370) (.783) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 8(16 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 38 3-11 2-6 1 9 10 3 3 0 3 8 NOWITZKI F 40 8-16 8-11 1 6 7 2 3 2 1 27 BRADLEY C 28 4-8 2-2 3 9 12 1 5 0 0 10 FINLEY G 45 10-18 11-12 1 9 10 7 3 1 5 31 NASH G 36 8-13 2-4 2 3 5 2 4 1 3 22 BOOTH 19 1-3 1-4 1 3 4 1 3 0 2 3 BUCKNER 17 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 4 4 0 0 0 EISLEY 17 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 2 BRYANT DNP - PERSONAL REASONS HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MAXWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION NAJERA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-76 26-39 9 41 50 22 28 4 14 103 (.461) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 22 23 24 31 - 100 DALLAS 34 23 16 30 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - BROWN 2, DAVIS, MASHBURN, CAMPBELL, WESLEY. DALLAS - BRADLEY 5, HOWARD, BUCKNER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 4-15 (.267), MASHBURN 2-5, DAVIS 0-5, WESLEY 2-4, RECASNER 0-1. DALLAS 7-19 (.368), NOWITZKI 3-6, FINLEY 0-2, NASH 4-7, EISLEY 0-4. TECHNICALS: CHARLOTTE - HEAD COACH P SILAS, CAMPBELL, DALLAS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, NOLAN FINE, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 18,187. T - 2:19.


Box Score

CHARLOTTE (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 34 3-6 7-8 3-11 2 4 13 Mashburn 41 3-17 2-2 1-9 2 3 10 Campbell 34 9-13 7-10 3-12 2 3 25 Davis 35 2-13 2-5 0-1 4 5 6 Wesley 39 6-14 11-12 2-3 5 5 25 Magloire 14 4-8 3-5 2-4 0 2 11 Recasner 10 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Robinson 11 2-7 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 Hawkins 10 0-0 4-4 0-1 1 1 4 Thorpe 12 1-1 0-0 1-5 0 1 2 James DNP - coach's decision Nailon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-81 36-46 12-48 17 26 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.370, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Mashburn 2-5, Davis 0-5, Wesley 2-4, Recasner 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Brown 2, Davis, Mashburn, Campbell, Wesley). Turnovers: 8 (Mashburn 2, Brown, Campbell, Davis, Recasner, Thorpe, Wesley). Steals: 10 (Brown 3, Davis 2, Mashburn 2, Wesley 2, Campbell).

DALLAS (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 38 3-11 2-6 1-10 3 3 8 Nowitzki 40 8-16 8-11 1-7 2 3 27 Bradley 28 4-8 2-2 3-12 1 5 10 Finley 45 10-18 11-12 1-10 7 3 31 Nash 36 8-13 2-4 2-5 2 4 22 Booth 19 1-3 1-4 1-4 1 3 3 Buckner 17 0-0 0-0 0-1 4 4 0 Eisley 17 1-7 0-0 0-1 2 3 2 Bryant DNP - personal reasons Harvey DNP - coach's decision Maxwell DNP - coach's decision Najera DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-76 26-39 9-50 22 28 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Nowitzki 3-6, Finley 0-2, Nash 4-7, Eisley 0-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Bradley 5, Howard, Buckner). Turnovers: 15 (Finley 5, Howard 3, Nash 3, Booth 2, Nowitzki). Steals: 4 (Nowitzki 2, Finley, Nash). ____________________________________________ Charlotte 22 23 24 31 - 100 Dallas 34 23 16 30 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Charlotte 2 (Head Coach P Silas, 1:13 2nd; Campbell, 8:23 4th). Dallas 1 (Illegal Defense, 7:45 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,187. T: 2:19. Officials: Jack Nies, Nolan Fine, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Steve Nash got off to a great start and made sure the Dallas Mavericks had enough at the finish.

Nash made four 3-pointers in the decisive first quarter and the clinching free throw with 13 seconds left as the Mavericks held on for a 103-100 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

Nash scored 22 points as he ignored a tight hamstring and helped the Mavericks end a two-game losing streak. The Canadian point guard left Wednesday's loss to Minnesota in the second quarter but returned to make 8-of-13 shots.

"I'm OK. I didn't feel great but I'm just happy that I made it through a game and that's the most important thing to me," Nash said. "I feel confident that I can finish the season and the playoffs just fine."

Michael Finley scored 31 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 27 for Dallas, which led virtually throughout but nearly squandered a 14-point lead in the final five minutes. The Hornets got within three points but Nash's free throw made it 102-98.

The Mavs moved within one game of Portland for fifth place in the Western Conference. They are trying to clinch their first playoff berth since 1990, the longest current drought of any team. On Monday, Dallas begins a five-game road trip, all against winning teams.

"It wasn't one of our better performances but the most important thing is we got the win," Finley said. "We missed some free throws down the stretch and a couple of turnovers kept them in the game, but when it was all said and done we made big plays and got the win."

"The bottom line to this game was I didn't think we played our best, but we got the win," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. "The only thing that is important is that we get this win going on this tough road trip. It just would have been very costly if we had let this slip away."

Elden Campbell and David Wesley scored 25 points apiece for the Hornets, who dropped their second straight and fell four games behind first-place Milwaukee in the Central Division.

"It is tough starting a road trip with two close losses," Hornets forward P.J. Brown said. "This team is good and we knew it would be tough, but we should have had the game last night in Chicago. We were trying to make up some ground on the Bucks, so the Chicago loss is more like two or three losses."

Dallas swept the two-game season series for the time since the 1994-95 season.

The Mavs got off to a slow start, failing to score for the first four minutes as the Hornets opened an 8-0 lead. Nash finally ended the drought with a 3-pointer.

Dallas still trailed 17-12 before catching fire and closing the first quarter with a 22-5 run. Nash started it with a jumper and drilled three 3-pointers in the burst before a 10-footer by Finley in the final second gave the Mavs a 34-22 lead.

"That is fun when the ball is going in like that," Nash said. "You just can't wait to get the ball back in your hands. We were flowing and it's a lot of fun when that's happening and that was really the difference in the game. We kind of blew them out and got a lead and held it through the game."

"We gave Nash a bit too many looks early on in our switching," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "We weren't up on him so he got too many 3-point looks. If we could have slowed him down a bit more, which was our aim, I thought we would have had a better shot."

Finley scored nine points in the second quarter as Dallas took a 57-45 lead to halftime. The Mavs cruised through most of the third quarter but went cold from the foul line, making 4-of-11. Meanwhile, the Hornets made 13-of-14 and closed to 73-69 going into the final period.

Charlotte still was within 88-81 on Wesley's three-point play with 6:03 to go. But Finley made a jumper, Nash found Nowitzki for a fast-break layup that became a three-point play and Juwan Howard scored for a 95-81 advantage with 4:51 left.

Four free throws by P.J. Brown capped a 9-0 spurt that moved Charlotte within 97-94 with 1:25 remaining. But Shawn Bradley had a layup and Finley made two free throws for a seven-point bulge with 52 seconds left.

"We felt that if we could stay within 10 points of them in the fourth quarter, that eventually they would start missing some of their shots and we would be able to get back in the game, which is what happened," Silas said.

"It was pretty ugly in the second half but a win is a win," Nash said. "If we would have lost this game going into this road trip, it would have been disastrous. We're all pleased with the win and now it's time to try to steal some wins on the road."

Bradley had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for Dallas, which shot 46 percent (35-of-76) and made 26-of-39 free throws. Finley and Howard had 10 boards each.

Brown had 13 points and 11 boards and Jamal Mashburn added 10 and nine for the Hornets, who shot 37 percent (30-of-81) and made 36-of-46 from the line. Campbell swept 12 boards and rookie reserve Jamaal Magloire scored 11 points.

Charlotte was done in by poor shooting by Mashburn and guard Baron Davis. Mashburn hit just 3-of-17 shots and Davis 2-of-13.

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