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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 26 29 24 15 94 LA LAKERS 25 23 27 23 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 33, ADRIAN GRIFFIN 23, STEVE NASH 13 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 46, KOBE BRYANT 19, RICK FOX 8

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 14, DANNY MANNING 8 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 15, ROBERT HORRY 13

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - STEVE NASH 13, DIRK NOWITZKI 3 LAL - RICK FOX 6, KOBE BRYANT 5

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

DALLAS (94) AT LA LAKERS (98)

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

GRIFFIN F 41 11-19 1-1 1 2 3 1 3 4 2 23 NOWITZKI F 42 12-20 6-8 3 11 14 3 4 0 1 33 BRADLEY C 11 0-3 0-0 0 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 FINLEY G 31 3-10 5-6 0 1 1 2 6 1 5 11 NASH G 40 4-10 4-4 0 2 2 13 3 1 4 13 MANNING 25 2-4 3-4 1 7 8 1 5 1 0 7 HOWARD 14 2-7 0-0 3 4 7 1 2 0 1 4 T HARDAWAY 19 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 NEWMAN 16 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 6 1 1 3 ESCHMEYER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NAJERA DNP - COACH'S DECISION WANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-79 19-23 8 33 41 24 32 8 14 94 (.443) (.826) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

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

FOX F 35 1-8 5-6 1 5 6 6 3 0 2 8 WALKER F 22 2-4 1-1 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 5 ONEAL C 40 18-23 10-22 6 9 15 2 4 1 3 46 BRYANT G 42 9-23 1-2 2 7 9 5 1 3 4 19 HUNTER G 22 2-6 0-2 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 5 HORRY 30 2-11 2-2 7 6 13 4 4 1 0 6 RICHMOND 6 0-4 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 GEORGE 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 FISHER 24 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 0 0 5 SHAW 8 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 MEDVEDENKO 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MADSEN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 37-87 21-39 17 35 52 23 22 7 12 98 (.425) (.538) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

DALLAS 26 29 24 15 - 94 LA LAKERS 25 23 27 23 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - NOWITZKI 3, NEWMAN, MANNING. LA LAKERS - HORRY 2, ONEAL, WALKER, SHAW, GEORGE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 5-17 (.294), GRIFFIN 0-1, NOWITZKI 3-5, FINLEY 0-3, NASH 1-3, T HARDAWAY 0-2, NEWMAN 1-3. LA LAKERS 3-18 (.167), FOX 1-5, BRYANT 0-2, HUNTER 1-3, HORRY 0-3, RICHMOND 0-1, FISHER 1-3, SHAW 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, SCOTT FOSTER, GARY ZIELINSKI. A - 18,997. T - 2:21.


Box Score

DALLAS (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 41 11-19 1-1 1-3 1 3 23 Nowitzki 42 12-20 6-8 3-14 3 4 33 Bradley 11 0-3 0-0 0-4 2 1 0 Finley 31 3-10 5-6 0-1 2 6 11 Nash 40 4-10 4-4 0-2 13 3 13 Manning 25 2-4 3-4 1-8 1 5 7 Howard 14 2-7 0-0 3-7 1 2 4 T Hardaway 19 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Newman 16 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 6 3 Eschmeyer 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Najera DNP - coach's decision Wang DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-79 19-23 8-41 24 32 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Griffin 0-1, Nowitzki 3-5, Finley 0-3, Nash 1-3, T Hardaway 0-2, Newman 1-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Nowitzki 3, Newman, Manning). Turnovers: 14 (Finley 5, Nash 4, Griffin 2, Howard, Newman, Nowitzki). Steals: 8 (Griffin 4, Finley, Manning, Nash, Newman).

LA LAKERS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 35 1-8 5-6 1-6 6 3 8 Walker 22 2-4 1-1 0-2 1 2 5 Oneal 40 18-23 10-22 6-15 2 4 46 Bryant 42 9-23 1-2 2-9 5 1 19 Hunter 22 2-6 0-2 1-3 1 1 5 Horry 30 2-11 2-2 7-13 4 4 6 Richmond 6 0-4 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 George 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Fisher 24 2-5 0-0 0-2 3 3 5 Shaw 8 1-2 0-2 0-1 1 0 2 Medvedenko 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Madsen 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-87 21-39 17-52 23 22 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.538. 3-Point Goals: 3-18, .167 (Fox 1-5, Bryant 0-2, Hunter 1-3, Horry 0-3, Richmond 0-1, Fisher 1-3, Shaw 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Horry 2, Oneal, Walker, Shaw, George). Turnovers: 12 (Bryant 4, Oneal 3, Fox 2, George, Hunter, Shaw). Steals: 7 (Bryant 3, Horry, Hunter, Oneal, Walker). ____________________________________________ Dallas 26 29 24 15 - 94 La Lakers 25 23 27 23 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:21. Officials: Jack Nies, Scott Foster, Gary Zielinski.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks wanted to make a statement against the Los Angeles Lakers. But the Lakers' defense made the biggest statement.

Shaquille O'Neal had a season-high 46 points and 15 rebounds and the Lakers held the Mavericks without a basket for nearly seven minutes down the stretch of a 98-94 victory in a Western Conference showdown.

Dallas led for most of the game and held a 88-85 edge with 6:49 left on a 3-pointer by Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting.

Midway through the fourth, Los Angeles switched to a zone defense. The zone held the Mavs scoreless for over six minutes and forced Dallas away from the basket.

"We were just mixing it up," said Lakers guard Lindsey Hunter. "With a team like that, you have to try to keep them off balance and not let them get comfortable. Once they find something they like they keep doing it. When you mix them up on defense it makes them think about it."

"We could not make shots at the end of the game and it hurt us," Mavs guard Steve Nash said. "We did get good looks, but we couldn't make them. They went into a zone and it threw us off a little. But for the most part we were getting good looks."

The Mavs did not score again from the field until Adrian Griffin's layup with two seconds left. The Mavs missed seven consecutive shots, all from 15 feet or more as they settled for jumpers.

In the final 12 minutes, Dallas shot just 21 percent (4-of-19).

While Dallas struggled offensively, Los Angeles made its foul shots. The Lakers were just 21-of-39 from the line but made 9-of-14 in the final period, including four from Rick Fox that clinched the victory.

Nowitzki had another big game but misfired on his final three shots and also ended any chances the Mavs had when he allowed a pass to bounce off his knee and out of bounds with 9.8 seconds left and Dallas trailing, 94-92.

In the first half, the Lakers had difficulties guarding him as he worked the paint and the perimeter.

Former Maverick Samaki Walker was one player the Lakers used against him. But it didn't seem to matter as Nowitzki converted 9-of-11 shots in the first half for 22 points at halftime.

"It's a tough matchup," Walker said. "The guy is a 7-foot swingman, can shoot the lights out of the ball, can penetrate. He is a crafty player.

"In the second half I just tried to be a little more physical, make him put the ball down on the floor. He continued to hit some tough shots all night. He is one of those players that is going to create a lot of problems for power forwards in this league."

Kobe Bryant made a driving layup that made it 50-48 with 38 seconds left. But Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer and Michael Finley dunked on fastbreak as time ran out as Dallas held a 57-48 edge at the break.

But slowly the Lakers began to creep back in the game. Following Griffin's layup in the opening minutes of the third, the Lakers went on a 11-2 run that tied the game 59-59 with 9:11 left in third.

The lead changed hands 10 times and the contest was tied 14 times as the Lakers won their closest home game this season. In their previous 10 home games, the Lakers had won by an average of 14.4 points per game.

"I thought it was a good basketball game," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "I thought we gave it a good effort and we needed to make a shot or two down the stretch and we just didn't do it. But I was very proud of our team and we did a good job."

O'Neal made 18-of-23 shots and 10-of-22 free throws for the Lakers, who have won 22 straight home games over the Mavericks since 1990.

Nelson tried everything against O'Neal, including putting Nowitzki on him at certain times. But it was all in vain as O'Neal dominated the paint.

O'Neal made 78 percent of his shots and the rest of the Lakers managed to make only 30 percent (19-of-64). Los Angeles finished 42.5 percent (37-of-87)

"My teammates were looking for me," O'Neal said. I told them to bring it to me tonight and they did. I"m kind of upset with myself for missing free throws that I should have not missed. I missed some shots I usually don't miss. I should have had 60.

"I'm unfrontable. They were taking advantage of the new rules and putting someone in front of me, and someone behind me. But if you throw the ball at an angle and snap it, I have good hands and good balance where I can go up strong and make a strong move."

The Lakers (16-1) have won 15 straight at the Staples Center since April 1 and are the eighth team to win 16 of their first 17 games

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