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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 17 26 28 36 107 CHICAGO 15 27 26 29 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - STEVE NASH 24, GREG BUCKNER 18, DIRK NOWITZKI 18 CHI - RON ARTEST 29, THREE PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 9, JUWAN HOWARD 8 CHI - RON ARTEST 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - STEVE NASH 11, JUWAN HOWARD 4 CHI - GREG ANTHONY 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 17,824


Extended Box

DALLAS (107) AT CHICAGO (97)

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

NEWMAN F 24 1-6 2-4 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 5 NOWITZKI F 38 4-13 9-11 1 8 9 3 3 2 3 18 HOWARD C 31 6-14 2-3 1 7 8 4 3 1 2 14 BUCKNER G 35 9-12 0-1 2 4 6 0 4 1 0 18 NASH G 44 8-14 6-7 0 3 3 11 1 1 4 24 T HARDAWAY 24 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 3 4 1 2 8 GRIFFIN 6 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 MANNING 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 NAJERA 26 4-6 7-7 3 3 6 0 2 3 2 15 WANG 5 1-3 1-2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 BRADLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION FINLEY DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 36-78 28-36 7 28 35 24 24 9 13 107 (.462) (.778) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 34 9-16 10-12 4 4 8 2 6 0 3 29 OAKLEY F 38 3-5 0-0 1 4 5 4 4 2 1 6 MILLER C 26 4-9 6-7 1 5 6 4 5 2 2 14 ANTHONY G 25 4-8 0-0 1 1 2 8 4 2 6 12 MERCER G 37 5-16 4-4 0 2 2 0 1 1 2 14 OLLIE 23 1-4 1-1 1 3 4 3 3 1 4 3 HASSELL 23 6-12 2-2 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 14 CHANDLER 18 1-3 0-2 1 5 6 3 5 0 1 2 HOIBERG 16 1-3 1-2 0 4 4 3 1 0 0 3 BAGARIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION CURRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION FIZER DNP - PERSONAL

TOTALS 240 34-76 24-30 11 30 41 27 32 8 19 97 (.447) (.800) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(15 PTS)

DALLAS 17 26 28 36 - 107 CHICAGO 15 27 26 29 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - NAJERA 2, WANG, NOWITZKI, BUCKNER. CHICAGO - ARTEST 3, CHANDLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 7-19 (.368), NEWMAN 1-4, NOWITZKI 1-7, NASH 2-3, T HARDAWAY 2-3, WANG 1-2. CHICAGO 5-7 (.714), ARTEST 1-1, ANTHONY 4-5, MERCER 0-1. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - NASH, CHICAGO - MILLER. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, JACK NIES, BLANE REICHELT. A - 17,824. T - 2:21.


Box Score

DALLAS (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Newman 24 1-6 2-4 0-1 1 4 5 Nowitzki 38 4-13 9-11 1-9 3 3 18 Howard 31 6-14 2-3 1-8 4 3 14 Buckner 35 9-12 0-1 2-6 0 4 18 Nash 44 8-14 6-7 0-3 11 1 24 T Hardaway 24 3-9 0-0 0-1 3 4 8 Griffin 6 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 Manning 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Najera 26 4-6 7-7 3-6 0 2 15 Wang 5 1-3 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 Bradley DNP - coach's decision Finley DNP - strained left hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-78 28-36 7-35 24 24 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Newman 1-4, Nowitzki 1-7, Nash 2-3, T Hardaway 2-3, Wang 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Najera 2, Wang, Nowitzki, Buckner). Turnovers: 13 (Nash 4, Nowitzki 3, Howard 2, Najera 2, T Hardaway 2). Steals: 9 (Najera 3, Nowitzki 2, Buckner, Howard, Nash, T Hardaway).

CHICAGO (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 34 9-16 10-12 4-8 2 6 29 Oakley 38 3-5 0-0 1-5 4 4 6 Miller 26 4-9 6-7 1-6 4 5 14 Anthony 25 4-8 0-0 1-2 8 4 12 Mercer 37 5-16 4-4 0-2 0 1 14 Ollie 23 1-4 1-1 1-4 3 3 3 Hassell 23 6-12 2-2 2-4 0 3 14 Chandler 18 1-3 0-2 1-6 3 5 2 Hoiberg 16 1-3 1-2 0-4 3 1 3 Bagaric DNP - coach's decision Curry DNP - coach's decision Fizer DNP - personal _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 24-30 11-41 27 32 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 5-7, .714 (Artest 1-1, Anthony 4-5, Mercer 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Artest 3, Chandler). Turnovers: 19 (Anthony 6, Ollie 4, Artest 3, Mercer 2, Miller 2, Chandler, Oakley). Steals: 8 (Anthony 2, Miller 2, Oakley 2, Mercer, Ollie). ____________________________________________ Dallas 17 26 28 36 - 107 Chicago 15 27 26 29 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 1 (Nash, 5:41 1st). Chicago 1 (Miller, 10:20 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,824. T: 2:21. Officials: Bennie Adams, Jack Nies, Blane Reichelt.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Chicago Bulls provided a test, but the Dallas Mavericks still had too much firepower.

Steve Nash led all five starters in double figures with 24 points and dished out 11 assists as the Mavericks won their 10th straight game with a 107-97 victory over the Bulls.

Dallas defeated Chicago for the eighth straight time and handed new Bulls coach Bill Cartwright his first loss in three games.

Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points -- all in the second half -- and pulled down nine rebounds for Dallas. Greg Buckner started for injured Chicago native Michael Finley and scored a career-high 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting.

"I just wish Nowitzki would be more consistent," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "He had nine rebounds and no points in the first half, and then no rebounds but points in the second half."

"Dirk is a big-time scorer," Nash said. "I had to keep going to him, even though he was having trouble scoring. It was one of those nights when you have to force-feed him to get him going. Hopefully we will all have a better performance next game."

After Ron Artest hit two free throws with 3:02 left to cut the deficit to 89-85, Nash hit a fadeaway and the Bulls got no closer than six points thereafter.

Artest tied his career high with 29 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Ron Mercer, Brad Miller and rookie Trenton Hassell scored 14 points apiece for Chicago.

"My first role is to play defense," Artest said. "I can play offense when it comes to me but my main role is to play good defense."

"Ron Artest was terrific," Cartwright said. "He is one guy that can hurt them in the post on defensive switches."

Although Chicago outrebounded Dallas, 41-35, the Mavericks outscored the Bulls in the paint, 44-32.

"Being smart defensively and keeping them out of the lane is something that we need to learn," Cartwright said. "I felt walking off the court it wasn't so much what they did, even though they shot the ball well, (it was) the things we did not do well."

The Mavericks jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first 2:51, but the Bulls remained composed and took their first lead at 42-41 on Artest's jumper with 23 seconds left in the second quarter. Eduardo Najera banked in a jumper at the buzzer to give Dallas a 43-42 lead at the break.

Chicago took a 50-47 lead on a pair of free throws by Mercer with 8:53 left in the third period. But Nash immediately hit a 3-pointer and Dallas never trailed again.

Dallas is one win shy of tying the club record for consecutive victories set from February 14-March 4, 1988.

"The Bulls played very well," Nelson said. "They hustled and played hard. The reason we didn't play well was their good defensive play. We didn't play our best, but give them credit for a lot of that."

"We were in it the whole game," Artest said. "We should have won it, but we made too many mistakes at the end of the game."

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