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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 19 26 28 34 107 MINNESOTA 30 31 25 17 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 26, DIRK NOWITZKI 24, STEVE NASH 23 MIN - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 23, JOE SMITH 18, KEVIN GARNETT 15

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 15, MICHAEL FINLEY 7 MIN - GARY TRENT 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 5, STEVE NASH 5 MIN - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 7, KEVIN GARNETT 6

ATT: 17,079


Extended Box

DALLAS (107) AT MINNESOTA (103)

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

HOWARD F 27 1-4 1-2 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 3 NOWITZKI F 45 7-18 8-9 5 10 15 3 5 1 4 24 ESCHMEYER C 10 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 FINLEY G 46 9-22 7-8 1 6 7 5 0 0 1 26 NASH G 42 7-13 7-8 0 4 4 5 2 1 2 23 WANG 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 T HARDAWAY 25 6-10 0-0 1 0 1 3 1 0 1 15 GRIFFIN 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 NAJERA 19 2-3 3-3 1 5 6 1 6 1 0 7 D HARVEY 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 MANNING 7 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 BRADLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-80 28-32 10 27 37 17 20 3 11 107 (.438) (.875) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 11(14 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 42 6-15 3-3 2 5 7 6 4 0 4 15 SMITH F 27 7-11 4-6 3 4 7 2 6 1 2 18 NESTEROVIC C 28 2-7 2-2 2 4 6 2 3 0 2 6 BILLUPS G 41 7-17 5-5 0 2 2 7 4 1 0 23 SZCZERBIAK G 41 6-14 0-0 1 1 2 3 0 1 0 13 TRENT 21 5-7 0-0 4 4 8 0 3 0 2 10 AVERY 7 2-3 1-2 0 1 1 0 4 0 2 6 MITCHELL 9 1-1 4-5 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 6 PEELER 24 2-8 2-2 1 3 4 4 2 3 0 6 EVANS DNP - COACH'S DECISION D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-83 21-25 13 24 37 26 28 6 12 103 (.458) (.840) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

DALLAS 19 26 28 34 - 107 MINNESOTA 30 31 25 17 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - FINLEY 3, D HARVEY. MINNESOTA - NESTEROVIC 3, K GARNETT 2, SMITH, TRENT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 9-20 (.450), NOWITZKI 2-6, FINLEY 1-4, NASH 2-3, WANG 1-1, T HARDAWAY 3-6. MINNESOTA 6-14 (.429), K GARNETT 0-1, BILLUPS 4-7, SZCZERBIAK 1-4, AVERY 1-2. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - NOWITZKI, HEAD COACH NELSON. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, LEON WOOD, JOE HENDERSON. A - 17,079. T - 2:18.


Box Score

DALLAS (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 27 1-4 1-2 1-2 0 3 3 Nowitzki 45 7-18 8-9 5-15 3 5 24 Eschmeyer 10 1-3 2-2 0-0 0 1 4 Finley 46 9-22 7-8 1-7 5 0 26 Nash 42 7-13 7-8 0-4 5 2 23 Wang 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 T Hardaway 25 6-10 0-0 1-1 3 1 15 Griffin 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Najera 19 2-3 3-3 1-6 1 6 7 D Harvey 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Manning 7 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Bradley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-80 28-32 10-37 17 20 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 9-20, .450 (Nowitzki 2-6, Finley 1-4, Nash 2-3, Wang 1-1, T Hardaway 3-6). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Finley 3, D Harvey). Turnovers: 11 (Nowitzki 4, Nash 2, D Harvey, Finley, Griffin, Howard, T Hardaway). Steals: 3 (Najera, Nash, Nowitzki).

MINNESOTA (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 42 6-15 3-3 2-7 6 4 15 Smith 27 7-11 4-6 3-7 2 6 18 Nesterovic 28 2-7 2-2 2-6 2 3 6 Billups 41 7-17 5-5 0-2 7 4 23 Szczerbiak 41 6-14 0-0 1-2 3 0 13 Trent 21 5-7 0-0 4-8 0 3 10 Avery 7 2-3 1-2 0-1 0 4 6 Mitchell 9 1-1 4-5 0-0 2 2 6 Peeler 24 2-8 2-2 1-4 4 2 6 Evans DNP - coach's decision D Garrett DNP - coach's decision Woods DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-83 21-25 13-37 26 28 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (K Garnett 0-1, Billups 4-7, Szczerbiak 1-4, Avery 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 7 (Nesterovic 3, K Garnett 2, Smith, Trent). Turnovers: 12 (K Garnett 4, Avery 2, Nesterovic 2, Smith 2, Trent 2). Steals: 6 (Peeler 3, Billups, Smith, Szczerbiak). ____________________________________________ Dallas 19 26 28 34 - 107 Minnesota 30 31 25 17 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 2 (Nowitzki, 11:31 3rd; Head Coach Nelson, 6:45 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Minnesota 1 (Trent, 11:21 4th). A: 17,079. T: 2:18. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Leon Wood, Joe Henderson.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves were looking for some payback, but Michael Finley and Tim Hardaway engineered a comeback.

Finley scored seven straight points to tie the game and Hardaway drilled a pair of go-ahead jumpers as the Dallas Mavericks stormed back from a 22-point deficit for a 107-103 victory over the Timberwolves.

The Mavericks turned back the Wolves on Saturday in Dallas and swept the home-and-home series the hard way. They closed the gap to one game on second-place Minnesota (16-7) in the Midwest Division.

"It was a big win for us," Finley said. "A lot of people will not see the significance of it now, but later on in the season, when we're jockeying for playoff position -- where one win might mean a position or two -- the importance of this win will show."

"It feels good when you're down 22 and you come back in somebody else's gym," Hardaway said. "This is the kind of win that gets us to the next step."

It was the largest lead wasted by the Timberwolves in franchise history.

"The things we did so well to give us the lead -- pound the glass, move the ball -- we didn't do in the second half," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said.

Finley scored 26 points and led the late charge. He had a pair of free throws, a 3-pointer and a short jumper to pull Dallas into a 96-96 tie with 2:19 remaining.

Finley answered a basket by Joe Smith with a thunderous dunk over Wally Szczerbiak, and Hardaway took over from there as he sank a 21-footer with 46 seconds left, giving the Mavs a 100-98 lead -- their first since the opening quarter.

Szczerbiak made a layup, but Hardaway -- as he has done so many times in his career -- pulled the trigger on a 3-pointer over 7-footer Kevin Garnett for a 103-100 lead with 18 seconds to go.

"If I hesitate, I come up short, so I'm not going to hesitate and I'll make it," Hardaway said. "Kevin Garnett gave me too much room and I shot it."

"Tim's been playing with a lot more confidence in the last two weeks," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. "In the first few weeks of the season, he wouldn't have hit those shots."

Garnett had a chance to tie it, but his 3-pointer rattled out. Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash each made two free throws around three by Minnesota's Sam Mitchell for the final margin.

Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points and 15 rebounds, Nash scored 23 points and Hardaway added 15 for the Mavs, who shot 44 percent (35-of-80) from the field, including 9-of-20 from the arc.

"Being one of the premier shooting teams in the league, no lead is too big for us to overcome," Finley said. "We know we have the shooters that can get us out of it."

"I told our guys Dallas has come back from 20 points down six times," Saunders said. "A 20-point lead on these guys is like a 10-point lead on anybody else."

Chauncey Billups started for the injured Terrell Brandon and had 23 points and seven assists for Minnesota. Brandon was placed on the injured list with a loose body in his left knee.

Joe Smith scored 18 points and Garnett added 15 for the Wolves, who had a six-game home winning streak snapped. Prior to its two losses to Dallas, Minnesota had won six in a row.

"You have to finish games out," Garnett said. "I've got to make sure everybody's ready, not lackadaisical and not complacent, so we can finish games out. I take that responsibility."

The Wolves took their largest lead at 80-58 on Szczerbiak's hoop with 5:43 left in the third quarter. They still held an 84-64 advantage with just under three minutes to play before the Mavs closed the quarter with a 9-2 surge.

Two free throws by Finley, three from Nowitzki and one from Nash cut the deficit to 90-83 with just under eight minutes to go.

Billups scored 11 points in the first quarter as Minnesota raced to a 30-19 lead. The Mavs closed to 35-31 early in the second quarter before Billups scored six points in a 15-2 surge that rebuilt the lead to 50-33 with 4 1/2 minutes to play.

"I knew that I was going to start this morning," Billups said. "It doesn't change your focus."

A short jumper by Garnett extended the advantage to 58-36 with 1:57 remaining.

Szczerbiak scored 13 points for Minnesota, which shot 46 percent (38-of-83).

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