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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 24 29 27 25 105 DALLAS 23 19 35 25 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 32, DAVID ROBINSON 22, TONY PARKER 12 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 29, STEVE NASH 28, MICHAEL FINLEY 21

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 14, DAVID ROBINSON 12, MALIK ROSE 8 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 14, RAEF LAFRENTZ 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 5, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3 DAL - STEVE NASH 7, DIRK NOWITZKI 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 20,133


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (105) AT DALLAS (102)

SAN ANTONIO

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

B BOWEN F 34 4-7 0-0 1 4 5 3 0 1 0 9 T DUNCAN F 45 12-21 8-10 3 11 14 5 4 1 2 32 D ROBINSON C 32 5-12 12-15 5 7 12 2 1 0 0 22 C SMITH G 16 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 2 2 2 T PARKER G 29 5-12 0-0 0 3 3 3 4 0 2 12 A DANIELS 31 4-8 0-2 0 1 1 3 2 0 1 9 M ROSE 19 2-5 4-6 3 5 8 1 3 0 2 8 T PORTER 19 3-8 2-2 0 3 3 1 3 1 0 9 D FERRY 15 0-2 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 2 S SMITH DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKL C PARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION M BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-78 28-37 13 38 51 21 20 5 10 105 (.462) (.757) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12 (5 PTS)

DALLAS

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

M FINLEY F 48 8-17 1-1 0 4 4 2 5 0 3 21 D NOWITZKI F 42 10-19 7-8 2 12 14 4 3 2 1 29 R LAFRENTZ C 32 5-13 0-0 3 6 9 1 6 1 0 12 S NASH G 45 12-19 1-1 0 1 1 7 1 1 3 28 N VAN EXEL G 39 1-12 0-0 1 3 4 2 4 0 2 2 E NAJERA 13 0-3 1-2 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 1 A JOHNSON 6 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 G BUCKNER 14 1-1 3-4 1 3 4 1 6 0 0 5 W ZHI ZHI 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 S BRADLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION J NEWMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION A GRIFFIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION E ESCHMEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-86 13-16 9 31 40 19 28 4 9 102 (.453) (.813) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 9 (10 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 24 29 27 25 - 105 DALLAS 23 19 35 25 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - T DUNCAN 2, D ROBINSON, M ROSE. DALLAS - D NOWITZKI 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 5-14 (.357), B BOWEN 1-2, T PARKER 2- 5, A DANIELS 1-3, T PORTER 1-4. DALLAS 11-28 (.393), M FINLEY 4-5, D NOWITZKI 2-7, R LAFRENTZ 2-5, S NASH 3-6, N VAN EXEL 0-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: COURTNEY KIRKLAND, DON VADEN, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 20,133. T - 2:08.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (105)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Bowen 34 4-7 0-0 1-5 3 0 9 T Duncan 45 12-21 8-10 3-14 5 4 32 D Robinson 32 5-12 12-15 5-12 2 1 22 C Smith 16 1-3 0-0 0-3 3 1 2 T Parker 29 5-12 0-0 0-3 3 4 12 A Daniels 31 4-8 0-2 0-1 3 2 9 M Rose 19 2-5 4-6 3-8 1 3 8 T Porter 19 3-8 2-2 0-3 1 3 9 D Ferry 15 0-2 2-2 1-2 0 2 2 S Smith DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKL C Parks DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Bryant DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-78 28-37 13-51 21 20 105 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.757. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (B Bowen 1-2, T Parker 2-5, A Daniels 1-3, T Porter 1-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (T Duncan 2, D Robinson, M Rose). Turnovers:10 (M Rose 2, T Duncan 2, C Smith 2, T Parker 2, D Ferry, A Daniels). Steals: 5 (C Smith 2, T Porter, B Bowen, T Duncan).

DALLAS (102)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Finley 48 8-17 1-1 0-4 2 5 21 D Nowitzki 42 10-19 7-8 2-14 4 3 29 R Lafrentz 32 5-13 0-0 3-9 1 6 12 S Nash 45 12-19 1-1 0-1 7 1 28 N Van Exel 39 1-12 0-0 1-4 2 4 2 E Najera 13 0-3 1-2 2-3 0 2 1 A Johnson 6 1-1 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 G Buckner 14 1-1 3-4 1-4 1 6 5 W Zhi Zhi 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 S Bradley DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Newman DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Griffin DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Eschmeyer DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-86 13-16 9-40 19 28 102 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 11-28, .393 (M Finley 4-5, D Nowitzki 2-7, R Lafrentz 2-5, S Nash 3-6, N Van Exel 0-5). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:2 (D Nowitzki 2). Turnovers:9 (M Finley 3, S Nash 3, N Van Exel 2, D Nowitzki). Steals: 4 (D Nowitzki 2, S Nash, R Lafrentz).

-------------------------------------------- SAN ANTONIO 24 29 27 25 - 105 DALLAS 23 19 35 25 - 102 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,133. T: 2:08. Officials: Courtney Kirkland, Don Vaden, Scott Foster.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- After blowing out the Los Angeles Lakers on consecutive nights, it was only fitting that the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs played their next games against each other with first place on the line.

Tim Duncan had 32 points and 14 rebounds and David Robinson added 22 and 12 as the Spurs extended their winning streak to a season-high 11 games with a 105-102 victory over the Mavericks.

Dallas posted a 16-point victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday and San Antonio defeated the two-time defending champions the following night, recording an 18-point triumph. With both teams riding high after rare wins over the Lakers, it was a back-and-forth battle until the game was decided from the free-throw line in the final minutes.

The Mavericks rallied from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter and had the lead before Robinson sank two free throws to forge a 94-94 tie with 2:19 remaining.

Duncan followed with 1-of-2 free throws to put the Spurs ahead for good with 1:44 left. After Dallas' Steve Nash missed a runner, Bruce Bowen buried a 3-pointer from the left corner for a four-point edge.

"Really, the turning point was when Bruce hit the three," Robinson said. "That was kind of the one big thing. It could have gone either way up to that point."

Dirk Nowitzki responded with a layup for the Mavs, but Charles Smith buried a jumper to restore the Spurs' lead with 25 seconds left.

"Down the stretch, they came up with a couple of more big plays, especially that one 3-pointer from Bowen out of the corner, which was pretty killer for us," Nowitzki said. "We had our chances to win the game."

Nowitzki sank two free throws and, after San Antonio's Antonio Daniels missed a pair, Greg Buckner made 1-of-2 to slice the deficit to 100-99 with 19.8 seconds remaining.

Danny Ferry, Malik Rose and Duncan combined to make 5-of-6 free throws in the final 14 seconds and Nash missed a half-court hook shot at the buzzer as the Spurs pulled into a tie with first-place Dallas in the Midwest Division.

"These two games with the Lakers and Dallas, the two teams were ahead of us, really gave us a chance to shoot for our short-term goal, which is to get to the head of the division," Robinson said. "We feel pretty good about these (games). We're starting to play really solid basketball for 48 minutes."

San Antonio secured its longest winning streak since a franchise-record 17-game run from February 29-March 31, 1996.

"I couldn't be more thrilled with them," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of his players. "I've got to be really thrilled that they are progressing like they are. I think they're going to get better. I think they've got a lot of room for improvement. Given the newness of some of the players, I couldn't be more happy for them."

The Spurs hit just two baskets but sank 10-of-13 free throws in the last four minutes. They were 14-of-22 from the line in the fourth quarter while the Mavericks were only 5-of-8.

San Antonio shot 46 percent (36-of-74) from the floor and held a commanding 51-40 rebounding advantage.

Nowitzki collected 29 points and 14 rebounds and Nash scored 28 points as Dallas lost for the third time in five games.

Michael Finley had 21 points and Raef LaFrentz added 13 and nine rebounds before fouling out with 3:51 to go. Nick Van Exel scored just two points on 1-of-12 shooting for the Mavs, who connected at 45 percent (39-of-86) and made 11-of-28 3-pointers.

San Antonio had a 39-36 advantage with 6:17 left in the first half before scoring 12 of the next 14 points. Rookie Tony Parker sank consecutive jumpers and Robinson scored four points during the spurt, capping it with a pair of free throws for a 51-38 lead with 80 seconds to go.

"The second quarter really hurt us," LaFrentz said. "We kept fighting to get back into the game in the second half and we made a game of it. Our first half wasn't nearly as good as our second half, but we didn't give up and kept scrapping until the very end."

The Mavs outscored the Spurs, 27-16, in the opening 8 1/2 minutes of third quarter and forged the first tie of the game, 71-71, on a layup by Wang Zhizhi with 3:31 left. The teams were tied seven more times until Duncan delivered the lead for good.

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