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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DALLAS           23   25   22   33    103  
     CLEVELAND        31   21   19   28    99      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 26, DIRK NOWITZKI 17, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 14
                CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 34, JUMAINE JONES 23,
                      RICKY DAVIS 19

HIGH REBOUND:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 12, MICHAEL FINLEY 8, 
                      SHAWN BRADLEY 6
                CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 14, JUMAINE JONES 7, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   DAL - STEVE NASH 7, AVERY JOHNSON 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                CLE - JUMAINE JONES 5, DARIUS MILES 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

Box Score

DALLAS (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Griffin 12 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 D Nowitzki 42 3-11 11-11 1-12 1 3 17 S Bradley 24 2-4 2-3 1-6 0 6 6 S Nash 35 5-18 4-4 0-1 7 2 14 M Finley 44 11-21 4-4 3-8 2 3 26 E Najera 32 5-6 2-2 3-5 2 3 12 W Williams 25 6-10 0-0 0-1 1 4 14 A Johnson 23 4-7 4-5 0-1 4 0 12 R Bell 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 P Jones DNP - BACK SPASMS E Eschmeyer DNP - STRAINED RIGHT KNEE A Harrington DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-79 27-29 8-35 18 22 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.931. 3-Point Goals: 2-15, .133 (D Nowitzki 0-3, S Nash 0-5, M Finley 0-2, W Williams 2-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (D Nowitzki 2, S Bradley, E Najera). Turnovers:10 (D Nowitzki 4, S Bradley 3, S Nash 2, A Griffin). Steals: 5 (S Nash 2, A Griffin, E Najera, D Nowitzki). CLEVELAND (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Miles 37 4-8 1-2 2-6 5 3 9 T Hill 30 3-6 0-2 1-6 3 5 6 Z Ilgauskas 39 11-24 12-16 7-14 3 2 34 B Coles 29 0-8 1-2 2-4 3 3 1 J Jones 48 9-13 2-2 1-7 5 1 23 R Davis 34 9-23 1-2 0-6 4 4 19 M Palacio 19 1-3 4-4 0-0 4 5 7 C Boozer 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 D Diop 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Stewart DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Mihm DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING W Parker DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-85 21-30 13-44 27 23 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (B Coles 0-3, J Jones 3-5, R Davis 0-1, M Palacio 1-2). Team Rebounds: 15. Blocked Shots:7 (Z Ilgauskas 3, B Coles 2, D Miles 2). Turnovers:11 (Z Ilgauskas 4, M Palacio 3, R Davis 2, T Hill, B Coles). Steals: 6 (R Davis 2, T Hill, B Coles, J Jones, Z Ilgauskas). -------------------------------------------- DALLAS 23 25 22 33 - 103 CLEVELAND 31 21 19 28 - 99 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Dallas - 2 (Defensive Three, 8:50 3rd; Defensive Three, 11:05 4th). Cleveland - 1 (Defensive Three, 10:01 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,764. T: 2:16. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Dan Crawford, Greg Willard.


Extended Box

DALLAS (103) AT CLEVELAND (99) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A GRIFFIN F 12 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 D NOWITZKI F 42 3-11 11-11 1 11 12 1 3 1 4 17 S BRADLEY C 24 2-4 2-3 1 5 6 0 6 0 3 6 S NASH G 35 5-18 4-4 0 1 1 7 2 2 2 14 M FINLEY G 44 11-21 4-4 3 5 8 2 3 0 0 26 E NAJERA 32 5-6 2-2 3 2 5 2 3 1 0 12 W WILLIAMS 25 6-10 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 14 A JOHNSON 23 4-7 4-5 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 12 R BELL 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 P JONES DNP - BACK SPASMS E ESCHMEYER DNP - STRAINED RIGHT KNEE A HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-79 27-29 8 27 35 18 22 5 10 103 (.468) (.931) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11 (16 PTS) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D MILES F 37 4-8 1-2 2 4 6 5 3 0 0 9 T HILL F 30 3-6 0-2 1 5 6 3 5 1 1 6 Z ILGAUSKAS C 39 11-24 12-16 7 7 14 3 2 1 4 34 B COLES G 29 0-8 1-2 2 2 4 3 3 1 1 1 J JONES G 48 9-13 2-2 1 6 7 5 1 1 0 23 R DAVIS 34 9-23 1-2 0 6 6 4 4 2 2 19 M PALACIO 19 1-3 4-4 0 0 0 4 5 0 3 7 C BOOZER 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 D DIOP 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION C MIHM DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING W PARKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-85 21-30 13 31 44 27 23 6 11 99 (.435) (.700) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 13 (18 PTS) DALLAS 23 25 22 33 - 103 CLEVELAND 31 21 19 28 - 99 BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - D NOWITZKI 2, S BRADLEY, E NAJERA. CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS 3, B COLES 2, D MILES 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 2-15 (.133), D NOWITZKI 0-3, S NASH 0-5, M FINLEY 0-2, W WILLIAMS 2-5. CLEVELAND 4-11 (.364), B COLES 0-3, J JONES 3-5, R DAVIS 0-1, M PALACIO 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: DALLAS - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. CLEVELAND - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, DAN CRAWFORD, GREG WILLARD. A - 12,764. T - 2:16.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Held in check most of the night, the Dallas Mavericks' "Big Three" came up big down the stretch to help them remain the NBA's lone unbeaten team. Michael Finley scored 26 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 13 of his 17 in the fourth quarter and Steve Nash added 14 as the Mavericks improved to 8-0 with a 103-99 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dallas trailed, 91-89, after a steal and dunk by Ricky Davis over Nash with 3:39 to play. But Davis missed the ensuing free throw for Cleveland, which missed six of 14 foul shots in the final 12 minutes. The Mavs tied it on a jumper by reserve Walt Williams, who scored all 14 of his points in the second half. They took the lead for good at 93-91 on a jumper by Nash off a stutter step in the lane with 2:31 to play. Cleveland got within 95-94 on a pair of free throws by Milt Palacio with 43 seconds left, but Finley countered with a layup 12 seconds later. After Palacio was whistled for traveling, Nash connected on two from the line to give the Mavs a 99-94 edge with 15 seconds to play. Nash and Finley each added a pair from the stripe in the final 10 seconds to close out the win. The Mavs shot 93 percent from the line (27-of-29) en route to handing the Cavs a fifth consecutive defeat. "I don't know how we did it, because we really didn't have it going," Nash said. "We were bad tonight. The streak goes on, but very unsatisfyingly and we're definitely not proud of our performance." "I absolutely loved the way we played tonight," Cleveland coach John Lucas said. "We moved the basketball and we had 27 assists and did all the things that a basketball team needs to do. ... (But) I hate that we missed free throws down the stretch because that cost us the game." Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas had a career-high 34 points and 14 rebounds but made only 4-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter after going 8-of-8 through the first three. "We gave them a run for their money and we should have come out with the win," Ilgauskas said. "We made some key mistakes down the stretch. It shows us we can play against anybody if we come out, play hard and compete." "I thought Z was outstanding for a lot of the game," Lucas said. "And I thought we guarded very well for most of the game, but we've got to find a way to play that way together all the time without having me go nuts." Jumaine Jones, who played all 48 minutes starting in place of Davis, scored 23 points and Davis - who played only six minutes in a loss to Indiana on Tuesday - added 19 off the bench for the Cavs. "I definitely didn't expect to play 48 minutes," Jones said. "During shootaround today, (Lucas) told me I would be starting tonight. I kind of prepared myself differently. Warming up, I got to get myself going with a big sweat. Tonight I had to get my stretch out early and get some shots out since I knew I was starting." "Jumaine Jones was outstanding," Lucas said. "He made a lot of shots and did a lot of positive things. ... (But) I can't say enough about Z and the way Ricky came back and played." Cleveland led, 71-58, after a jumper by Jones with three minutes to play in the third quarter before Dallas closed the period on a 12-0 run with Ilgauskas on the bench. Williams hit back-to-back 3-pointers during the burst. "We were starting to lose track of the game," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "Had they gone into the fourth quarter with an 11- or 12-point lead, which could have easily happened, we may not have had enough tonight and probably would not have because we just barely had enough as it was. Where would we be without Walt Williams? My, he really played well at both ends of the floor." "In the second half, I just wanted to be more aggressive and look for my open shot and get to the open shots," Williams said. "Guys found me and it seemed to be a momentum-builder for us." Dallas defeated Cleveland for the fourth straight meeting after dropping eight of the previous nine encounters. "We seem to be getting vulnerable for a loss," said Nelson, whose team is missing the injured Nick Van Exel and Raef LaFrentz. "Of course, we're (undermanned) right now. So we're scratching and digging and doing the best we can. We were lucky the last couple of ballgames, but we were able to win both of them." The Cavs jumped out to a 19-6 lead and took a 31-23 advantage into the second quarter. Cleveland led, 52-48, at the half behind 16 points apiece from Ilgauskas and Jones. "It was definitely a great effort," Jones said. "This is one of the best teams in the league. I just feel like if we could come out and give that same effort to teams that are not as good as Dallas, we would win a lot of games."


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