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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 26 36 34 20 116 SEATTLE 25 21 20 33 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 29, NICK VAN EXEL 22, GREG BUCKNER 17 SEA - GARY PAYTON 21, VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC 12, DESMOND MASON 11

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - EDUARDO NAJERA 11, RAEF LAFRENTZ 7, GREG BUCKNER 6 SEA - PREDRAG DROBNJAK 7, GARY PAYTON 6, BRENT BARRY 5

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - STEVE NASH 9, NICK VAN EXEL 4, GREG BUCKNER 3 SEA - GARY PAYTON 7, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 6, BRENT BARRY 5


Extended Box

DALLAS (116) AT SEATTLE (99)

DALLAS

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

A GRIFFIN F 26 2-7 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 0 0 4 E NAJERA F 43 5-12 4-5 2 9 11 2 3 3 0 14 R LAFRENTZ C 26 6-11 1-1 1 6 7 0 3 1 1 14 M FINLEY G 35 11-17 4-4 1 3 4 1 1 1 2 29 S NASH G 22 4-10 2-2 1 3 4 9 1 0 3 10 G BUCKNER 31 7-10 2-4 4 2 6 3 5 2 1 17 N VAN EXEL 26 9-12 3-3 0 3 3 4 0 0 2 22 E ESCHMEYER 18 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 W ZHI ZHI 13 2-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 4 S BRADLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION J NEWMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION D NOWITZKI DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 47-88 16-19 11 32 43 23 20 8 10 116 (.534) (.842) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10 (15 PTS)

SEATTLE

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

D MASON F 32 4-12 2-2 0 3 3 0 2 1 2 11 V RADMANOVIC F 31 5-12 0-2 2 3 5 2 4 3 0 12 J JAMES C 13 1-4 2-2 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 4 B BARRY G 32 1-8 8-8 1 4 5 5 2 1 0 10 G PAYTON G 35 8-19 4-4 3 3 6 7 2 1 3 21 P DOBNJAK 22 3-6 2-2 5 2 7 1 0 0 0 8 V BAKER 11 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 2 E WATSON 13 2-3 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 7 A SESAY 27 4-9 1-3 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 9 S WILLIAMS 16 2-5 4-4 0 2 2 6 1 0 1 9 O OYEDEJI 8 3-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 2 0 6 R LEWIS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 34-83 25-29 14 27 41 25 16 8 10 99 (.410) (.862) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 10 (11 PTS)

DALLAS 26 36 34 20 - 116 SEATTLE 25 21 20 33 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - R LAFRENTZ 4, E NAJERA 2, G BUCKNER. SEATTLE - B BARRY, G PAYTON, J JAMES, D MASON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 6-17 (.353), R LAFRENTZ 1-3, M FINLEY 3- 5, S NASH 0-1, G BUCKNER 1-2, N VAN EXEL 1-2, W ZHI ZHI 0-4. SEATTLE 6- 11 (.545), D MASON 1-1, V RADMANOVIC 2-2, B BARRY 0-3, G PAYTON 1- 1, E WATSON 1-1, S WILLIAMS 1-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: SEATTLE - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 17,072. T - 1:59.


Box Score

DALLAS (116)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Griffin 26 2-7 0-0 1-3 2 3 4 E Najera 43 5-12 4-5 2-11 2 3 14 R Lafrentz 26 6-11 1-1 1-7 0 3 14 M Finley 35 11-17 4-4 1-4 1 1 29 S Nash 22 4-10 2-2 1-4 9 1 10 G Buckner 31 7-10 2-4 4-6 3 5 17 N Van Exel 26 9-12 3-3 0-3 4 0 22 E Eschmeyer 18 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 2 2 W Zhi Zhi 13 2-7 0-0 1-3 1 2 4 S Bradley DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Newman DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Nowitzki DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-88 16-19 11-43 23 20 116 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.534, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (R Lafrentz 1-3, M Finley 3-5, S Nash 0-1, G Buckner 1-2, N Van Exel 1-2, W Zhi Zhi 0-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:7 (R Lafrentz 4, E Najera 2, G Buckner). Turnovers:10 (S Nash 3, M Finley 2, N Van Exel 2, R Lafrentz, E Eschmeyer, G Buckner). Steals: 8 (E Najera 3, G Buckner 2, M Finley, R Lafrentz, E Eschmeyer).

SEATTLE (99)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Mason 32 4-12 2-2 0-3 0 2 11 V Radmanovic 31 5-12 0-2 2-5 2 4 12 J James 13 1-4 2-2 2-4 0 1 4 B Barry 32 1-8 8-8 1-5 5 2 10 G Payton 35 8-19 4-4 3-6 7 2 21 P Dobnjak 22 3-6 2-2 5-7 1 0 8 V Baker 11 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 E Watson 13 2-3 2-2 0-1 2 1 7 A Sesay 27 4-9 1-3 0-3 1 1 9 S Williams 16 2-5 4-4 0-2 6 1 9 O Oyedeji 8 3-3 0-0 0-3 0 1 6 R Lewis DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-83 25-29 14-41 25 16 99 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.862. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (D Mason 1-1, V Radmanovic 2-2, B Barry 0-3, G Payton 1-1, E Watson 1-1, S Williams 1-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:4 (B Barry, G Payton, J James, D Mason). Turnovers:10 (G Payton 3, D Mason 2, E Watson 2, V Baker, S Williams, J James). Steals: 8 (V Radmanovic 3, O Oyedeji 2, B Barry, G Payton, D Mason).

-------------------------------------------- DALLAS 26 36 34 20 - 116 SEATTLE 25 21 20 33 - 99 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Seattle - 1 (Defensive Three, 0:47 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 1:59. Officials: Ron Garretson, Tom Washington.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- For the second time in three days, the Dallas Mavericks built a big second-quarter lead over their opponent. This time, they did not let up.

Two days after blowing a 20-point lead and losing at home to lowly Houston, the Mavericks crushed the playoff-bound Seattle SuperSonics on the road, 116-99, to match a 15-year-old franchise record with 55 wins.

Michael Finley scored 29 points to lead six players in double figures as the Mavericks won their fourth straight game at KeyArena and remained one-half game behind San Antonio for first place in the Midwest Division.

After Gary Payton hit a 3-pointer to give Seattle a 25-20 lead late in the first quarter, the Mavericks scored the next 10 points, taking the lead for good on a layup by reserve center Evan Eschmeyer with two-tenths of a second remaining in the opening period.

The Mavericks built their advantage to 62-46 at halftime behind 15 points from Nick Van Exel, who finished with 22. After Payton scored a layup to make it 70-54 three minutes into the third, Dallas went on a 16-2 burst that was capped by a jumper and free throw by Finley to extend its lead to 80-54 with 6:56 left in the quarter.

Seattle trailed 96-66 entering the fourth quarter and did not threaten thereafter.

"We came out and set the tone early," Van Exel said. "We were able to hold onto the lead and not let them feed off their crowd's energy. It was big in that third quarter the way we kept that momentum up. We didn't give them a chance."

Greg Buckner tallied 17 points, Raef LaFrentz 14 and Eduardo Najera 14 and 11 rebounds for the Mavs, who played a third straight game without All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki, who has a sprained left ankle.

"It gave me a chance to rest Nowitzki," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. "He is feeling better, he told me, so we will make him a game-time decision tomorrow (at league-leading Sacramento)."

Dallas also received 10 points and nine assists in just 22 minutes from point guard Steve Nash, who was recovering from a viral infection.

"Nash is not healthy but he's getting there, so it was nice not to have to play him that long," Nelson said. "He was more active than I've seen him the past couple of weeks, and that was good to see."

Payton had 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Sonics, who shot 41 percent (34-of-86) and allowed the Mavs to connect on 53 percent (47-of-88).

Dallas set a franchise record with a 26th road victory. The Mavericks have the league's best record away from home at 26-13.

Seattle (44-36) fell into a tie with Utah for the seventh playoff position in the West after the Jazz defeated Golden State.

"It's tough but it's not as dramatic as everybody is making it out to be," said Sonics center Jerome James, who was limited to four points. "Dallas is one of the best teams, they have a high-powered offense. When they are shooting shots like they were shooting ... it's going to be tough to beat them."

If Seattle was to finish in seventh and Dallas was to win the Midwest Division, the teams would meet in the first round of the playoffs.

"We've just got to work hard and stay together," said Sonics rookie Earl Watson, who scored seven points in 13 minutes. "We just have to come back, and if we do face them in he first round we just have to make adjustments. It was not any individual's fault, it was a team effort."

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