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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 18 17 29 34 98 UTAH 18 28 20 24 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 33, DIRK NOWITZKI 27, JUWAN HOWARD 10 UTH - KARL MALONE 21, DONYELL MARSHALL 17, DANNY MANNING 10

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 13, MICHAEL FINLEY 12 UTH - DONYELL MARSHALL 12, KARL MALONE 10

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - STEVE NASH 9, MICHAEL FINLEY 3 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 12, JACQUE VAUGHN 4

ATT: 19,911


Extended Box

DALLAS (98) AT UTAH (90)

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

HOWARD F 34 5-9 0-0 1 3 4 0 5 1 1 10 NOWITZKI F 41 5-18 15-17 1 12 13 2 3 1 1 27 BRADLEY C 28 2-6 4-4 2 5 7 0 1 0 0 8 NASH G 36 2-11 5-5 0 6 6 9 4 1 3 9 FINLEY G 48 13-28 2-2 3 9 12 3 1 0 1 33 EISLEY 16 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 BRYANT 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 MAXWELL 7 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 BOOTH 13 4-5 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 8 BUCKNER 12 1-3 1-1 0 2 2 2 4 1 0 3 EKEZIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION NAJERA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-85 27-29 9 41 50 18 23 4 7 98 (.376) (.931) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 8(4 PTS)

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

MARSHALL F 25 7-17 1-2 4 8 12 0 5 0 2 17 MALONE F 36 7-11 7-10 1 9 10 1 3 0 3 21 POLYNICE C 21 1-2 0-0 3 2 5 0 1 0 1 2 STOCKTON G 28 1-10 5-5 1 5 6 12 3 2 2 8 STARKS G 28 2-13 2-2 1 2 3 1 4 1 0 8 VAUGHN 25 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 0 0 8 RUSSELL 32 2-9 2-4 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 7 MANNING 14 4-6 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 10 OSTERTAG 20 2-6 3-4 3 2 5 1 3 0 0 7 CROTTY 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 D BENOIT 5 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-84 24-31 14 37 51 21 25 4 8 90 (.357) (.774) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(9 PTS)

DALLAS 18 17 29 34 - 98 UTAH 18 28 20 24 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - BRADLEY 4, BOOTH 2, NASH, MAXWELL. UTAH - OSTERTAG 3, MARSHALL 2, RUSSELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 7-18 (.389), NOWITZKI 2-8, FINLEY 5-8, MAXWELL 0-2. UTAH 6-17 (.353), MARSHALL 2-3, STOCKTON 1-4, STARKS 2-5, VAUGHN 0-1, RUSSELL 1-3, D BENOIT 0-1. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - HEAD COACH NELSON 2 (EJECTED), NOWITZKI, UTAH - MALONE, STOCKTON, HEAD COACH SLOAN. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, DERRICK STAFFORD, LEON WOOD. A - 19,911. T - 2:15.


Box Score

DALLAS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 34 5-9 0-0 1-4 0 5 10 Nowitzki 41 5-18 15-17 1-13 2 3 27 Bradley 28 2-6 4-4 2-7 0 1 8 Nash 36 2-11 5-5 0-6 9 4 9 Finley 48 13-28 2-2 3-12 3 1 33 Eisley 16 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Bryant 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Maxwell 7 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Booth 13 4-5 0-0 2-3 0 1 8 Buckner 12 1-3 1-1 0-2 2 4 3 Ekezie DNP - coach's decision Najera DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-85 27-29 9-50 18 23 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.376, FT-.931. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Nowitzki 2-8, Finley 5-8, Maxwell 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Bradley 4, Booth 2, Nash, Maxwell). Turnovers: 8 (Nash 3, Eisley, Finley, Howard, Nowitzki). Steals: 4 (Buckner, Howard, Nash, Nowitzki).

UTAH (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marshall 25 7-17 1-2 4-12 0 5 17 Malone 36 7-11 7-10 1-10 1 3 21 Polynice 21 1-2 0-0 3-5 0 1 2 Stockton 28 1-10 5-5 1-6 12 3 8 Starks 28 2-13 2-2 1-3 1 4 8 Vaughn 25 4-8 0-0 0-2 4 1 8 Russell 32 2-9 2-4 1-4 0 3 7 Manning 14 4-6 2-2 0-2 0 2 10 Ostertag 20 2-6 3-4 3-5 1 3 7 Crotty 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 D Benoit 5 0-2 2-2 0-1 0 0 2 Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-84 24-31 14-51 21 25 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.357, FT-.774. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Marshall 2-3, Stockton 1-4, Starks 2-5, Vaughn 0-1, Russell 1-3, D Benoit 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Ostertag 3, Marshall 2, Russell). Turnovers: 9 (Malone 3, Marshall 2, Stockton 2, Polynice). Steals: 4 (Stockton 2, D Benoit, Starks). ____________________________________________ Dallas 18 17 29 34 - 98 Utah 18 28 20 24 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 3 (Head Coach Nelson 2 (ejected), 3:21 2nd, 0:43 2nd; Nowitzki, 10:21 3rd). Utah 3 (Malone, 8:29 1st; Stockton, 8:22 3rd; Head Coach Sloan, 8:22 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Dallas 1 (Finley, 2:51 3rd). Utah 1 (Marshall, 1:59 4th). A: 19,911. T: 2:15. Officials: Ron Garretson, Derrick Stafford, Leon Wood.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- In less than two minutes, Dirk Nowitzki showed why he soon could become the next NBA superstar.

Nowitzki took over down the stretch, scoring 12 of his team's final 14 points, as the Dallas Mavericks rallied for a dramatic 98-90 victory over the Utah Jazz.

With a pair of future Hall of Famers in Karl Malone and John Stockton on the floor for Utah, it was Nowitzki who made the crucial plays down the stretch in a tight game.

Nowitzki began his assault with 1:59 remaining, making a driving layup while getting hacked by Donyell Marshall to put Dallas ahead for good. Marshall was whistled for a flagrant foul and Nowitzki converted 1-of-2 from the line for an 87-84 lead.

On the next trip down the floor, the 7-foot Nowitzki made a fadeaway jumper from the right baseline and drew a foul from John Starks for a six-point lead. He followed with two more free throws with 59 seconds remaining for an 92-84 cushion.

Marshall drilled a pair of 3-pointers around two more free throws by Nowitzki to make it a four-point contest with 30 seconds left.

But Steve Nash and Nowitzki each hit two from the line in the final 25 seconds to seal it for Dallas, which has won eight of 10 to move 20 games over .500 (45-25) for the second time this season.

"We got that flagrant foul and it kind of ignited us down the stretch," Nowitzki said. "I think we scored six or eight unanswered points and they had to start fouling and I just happened to be the one they fouled. I think any one of our guys would have been efficient at the foul line."

The Mavs' leading scorer at more than 22 points per game, Nowitzki was overlooked for a spot on the Western Conference All-Star team but showed on Monday that he belonged there.

Nowitzki finished with 27 points for Dallas, which erased an 11-point halftime deficit and pulled within 2 1/2 games of second-place Utah in the Midwest Division.

"This is a huge win for us and one we're obviously proud of because anytime you get a win against the Utah guys you've got to feel good about it," Dallas assistant coach Del Harris said. "We have the greatest respect for them as a basketball team."

Malone scored 21 points and Marshall had 17 for the Jazz, who fell 1 1/2 games behind division-leading San Antonio.

"We couldn't stop their fastbreak, they beat us down the floor in situations where they pushed it down the floor and buried shots on us," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "They certainly deserved to win."

One of the NBA's up-and-coming teams, the Mavs struggled mightily in the first half against the veteran Jazz, shooting just 28 percent (11-of-38) while falling behind, 46-35.

Dallas coach Don Nelson also showed his frustration when he picked up a pair of technicals and was ejected with 42 seconds left in the first half.

Michael Finley kept Dallas within striking distance by scoring 16 of his 33 points in the half. Finley made 7-of-14 shots in the half while six other players went a combined 4-of-24.

Utah still had a 51-39 advantage early in the third quarter following a jumper by Marshall, who also pulled down 12 rebounds.

Stockton and Utah coach Jerry Sloan each were issued technicals with 8:22 left in the third, sparking the Mavs' comeback. Nash hit the two foul shots to trigger a 9-0 burst that pulled Dallas within 51-48. The Mavs trailed, 66-62, entering the final period.

The starting backcourt of Stockton and Starks had a forgettable night for the Jazz, going a combined 3-of-23 from the field. Stockton did hand out 12 assists.

"We're obviously not getting the job done," Stockton said. "We've had leads and we haven't taken care of them and done the things that got us the leads and the bottom falls out."

Utah shot 36 percent (30-of-84). Dallas was slightly better at 38 percent (32-of-85).

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