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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 23 18 26 27 94 PORTLAND 28 15 20 21 84 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - JUWAN HOWARD 24, MICHAEL FINLEY 23, DIRK NOWITZKI 19 POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 19, RASHEED WALLACE 15, BONZI WELLS 14

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 POR - THREE PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - STEVE NASH 8, GREG BUCKNER 4 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 10, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 5

ATT: 20,580


Extended Box

DALLAS (94) AT PORTLAND (84)

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

HOWARD F 38 11-21 2-4 1 5 6 3 5 1 3 24 NOWITZKI F 43 6-14 4-4 0 14 14 2 4 2 4 19 BRADLEY C 23 0-4 1-2 1 4 5 2 4 0 1 1 FINLEY G 45 10-20 0-0 4 2 6 3 0 1 1 23 NASH G 31 5-12 2-2 0 3 3 8 2 0 5 14 BUCKNER 18 4-6 1-1 1 4 5 4 3 2 0 9 EISLEY 18 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 0 BOOTH 24 2-3 0-0 2 3 5 2 5 0 1 4 EKEZIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MAXWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION NAJERA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-83 10-13 9 37 46 26 25 6 16 94 (.458) (.769) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 36 1-9 8-10 1 6 7 10 3 0 1 10 WALLACE F 42 7-19 0-3 3 4 7 2 1 1 2 15 SABONIS C 25 8-16 3-5 0 7 7 0 2 1 0 19 STOUDAMIRE G 32 2-6 3-4 0 3 3 5 4 2 2 8 WELLS G 30 6-13 2-6 2 2 4 2 5 4 4 14 AUGMON 16 3-6 0-0 5 1 6 1 0 1 0 6 SMITH 26 2-5 3-3 1 3 4 0 4 1 2 8 DAVIS 17 1-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 2 STRICKLAND 13 0-4 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 0 KEMP 3 1-4 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 1 2 2 ANTHONY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCHREMPF DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-86 19-31 16 29 45 22 22 12 15 84 (.360) (.613) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

DALLAS 23 18 26 27 - 94 PORTLAND 28 15 20 21 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - BOOTH 3, NOWITZKI 2. PORTLAND - SABONIS 3, PIPPEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 8-19 (.421), NOWITZKI 3-9, FINLEY 3-6, NASH 2-4. PORTLAND 3-13 (.231), PIPPEN 0-3, WALLACE 1-5, STOUDAMIRE 1-1, AUGMON 0-1, SMITH 1-3. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - HEAD COACH NELSON. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, DAN CRAWFORD, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 20,580. T - 2:17.


Box Score

DALLAS (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 38 11-21 2-4 1-6 3 5 24 Nowitzki 43 6-14 4-4 0-14 2 4 19 Bradley 23 0-4 1-2 1-5 2 4 1 Finley 45 10-20 0-0 4-6 3 0 23 Nash 31 5-12 2-2 0-3 8 2 14 Buckner 18 4-6 1-1 1-5 4 3 9 Eisley 18 0-3 0-0 0-2 2 2 0 Booth 24 2-3 0-0 2-5 2 5 4 Ekezie DNP - coach's decision Maxwell DNP - coach's decision Najera DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-83 10-13 9-46 26 25 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Nowitzki 3-9, Finley 3-6, Nash 2-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Booth 3, Nowitzki 2). Turnovers: 17 (Nash 5, Nowitzki 4, Howard 3, Booth, Bradley, Eisley, Finley). Steals: 6 (Buckner 2, Nowitzki 2, Finley, Howard).

PORTLAND (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 36 1-9 8-10 1-7 10 3 10 Wallace 42 7-19 0-3 3-7 2 1 15 Sabonis 25 8-16 3-5 0-7 0 2 19 Stoudamire 32 2-6 3-4 0-3 5 4 8 Wells 30 6-13 2-6 2-4 2 5 14 Augmon 16 3-6 0-0 5-6 1 0 6 Smith 26 2-5 3-3 1-4 0 4 8 Davis 17 1-4 0-0 1-4 0 1 2 Strickland 13 0-4 0-0 1-1 2 1 0 Kemp 3 1-4 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 Anthony DNP - coach's decision Schrempf DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-86 19-31 16-45 22 22 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.360, FT-.613. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Pippen 0-3, Wallace 1-5, Stoudamire 1-1, Augmon 0-1, Smith 1-3). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 4 (Sabonis 3, Pippen). Turnovers: 15 (Wells 4, Kemp 2, Smith 2, Stoudamire 2, Wallace 2, Davis, Pippen, Strickland). Steals: 12 (Wells 4, Stoudamire 2, Augmon, Kemp, Sabonis, Smith, Strickland, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Dallas 23 18 26 27 - 94 Portland 28 15 20 21 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 1 (Head Coach Nelson, 4:13 4th). Flagrant fouls: Portland 1 (Wells, 4:48 4th). A: 20,580. T: 2:17. Officials: Mike Mathis, Dan Crawford, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks showed another Western Conference power that they are for real.

Juwan Howard provided the punch inside and Michael Finley proved too much from the outside as the Mavericks clinched a winning road record for the first time in club history with a 94-84 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

In the midst of a brutal four-game road trip in which they are playing four teams ahead of them in the Western Conference standings, the Mavericks improved to 2-0 after beating Utah on Monday. Dallas has games left against the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento on the trip.

"I felt we had a good chance to start this road trip 2-0, but it gets tougher and tougher and now we have to play the Lakers at their home next," Howard said. "We have to be ready and competitive. We've accepted the challenge of our coaches, and we're letting teams know we're for real."

"This is two big wins on this trip, and we know we could beat anyone," Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki said.

The Mavericks improved to 21-13 on the road, ensuring they will finish above .500 for the first time. The Mavs finished at 20-21 on three other occasions.

"We're going to be at least .500 on the road or better," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "I never dreamed it would happen this year."

"We're starting to believe in ourselves. We should be convinced that we're going to win when we go into play somehwhere," Dallas point guard Steve Nash said.

Acquired from the Washington Wizards on February 22, Howard scored 24 points on 11-of-21 shooting and again outplayed Rasheed Wallace.

While Howard was doing his work close to the basket, Finley got things done from the outside and finished with 23 points, shooting 3-of-6 from 3-point range.

"We're a team to be reckoned with. I've always had confidence in us," said Finley, who made 10-of-20 shots. "We're just now giving people a chance to see what we're all about. It's not a fluke."

Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points and 14 rebounds for Dallas, which used a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter to open a 77-66 advantage. The Trail Blazers got no closer than nine points thereafter.

Arvydas Sabonis netted 19 points and Wallace 15 for the Blazers, who rallied for a 96-88 win at Dallas eight days ago.

"They are a tough team to play if you are not making free throws or hitting shots," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "They are a team that could hit shots even when they are defended well. Spacing the court is their game and on nights when they are hitting shots, your rotations have to be perfect. Tonight they hit a lot of shots when we really had them defended."

Trailing by two points at halftime, the Mavericks were not bothered by a boisterous crowd at the Rose Garden and took the lead for good, 48-45, with 9:31 left in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Finley.

Sabonis converted a three-point play 15 seconds into the fourth quarter, pulling Portland within 67-66. But that was as close as the Blazers would get.

Finley made a 3-pointer and Nowitzki, who dominated down the stretch in the victory over Utah, drilled consecutive shots from behind the arc before Nash made a layup to give Dallas a 77-66 advantage with 8:50 to play.

Nash finished with 14 points for Dallas, which shot 46 percent (38-of-83) and held a 46-45 rebounding advantage over the bigger Blazers.

Finley summed up the night for the Mavs with 6:10 remaining when he swished a 31-foot heave as the shot clock expired, extending the advantage to 82-71.

Scottie Pippen, named to the NBA's All-Defensive Team eight times in his career, and Bonzi Wells switched off on guarding Finley for much of the game.

"He made some tough shots. I told Bonzi that he did a good job on him defensively and got a lot of contested shots," Pippen said.

Perhaps distracted on defense, Pippen struggled offensively and scored 10 points on 1-of-9 shooting.

Pippen was not the only Blazer to struggle with his shooting. Portland shot 36 percent (31-of-86) and made 3-of-13 attempts from the arc.

The Mavs also did a great job of containing Blazers backup point guard Rod Strickland, who had triggered the fourth-quarter comeback in the last meeting between the teams when he scored 10 points and handed out seven assists. On Wednesday, Strickland went scoreless and had one assist in 13 minutes.

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