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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DALLAS           25   25   20   27    97   
     BOSTON           20   19   22   25    86      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 32, STEVE NASH 14, MICHAEL
                      FINLEY 12
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 22, TONY DELK 19, 
                      SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 19

HIGH REBOUND:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 8
                BOS - ERIC WILLIAMS 8, TONY BATTIE 7, PAUL 
                      PIERCE 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   DAL - STEVE NASH 9, DIRK NOWITZKI 7, MICHAEL 
                      FINLEY 5
                BOS - TONY DELK 7, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,624

Box Score

DALLAS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Griffin 8 0-3 0-0 3-4 1 0 0 E Najera 32 4-8 0-2 0-8 2 3 8 D Nowitzki 42 11-20 8-8 0-9 7 2 32 M Finley 39 5-18 0-0 3-8 5 1 12 S Nash 32 5-14 4-4 0-5 9 1 14 S Bradley 36 4-4 2-2 1-5 0 4 10 A Johnson 16 4-5 0-2 2-2 2 1 8 W Williams 23 3-7 0-0 1-8 0 1 9 R Bell 11 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 A Harrington 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 P Jones DNP - BACK SPASMS E Eschmeyer DNP - STRAINED RIGHT KNEE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-81 14-18 10-50 26 14 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (D Nowitzki 2-7, M Finley 2-6, S Nash 0-1, W Williams 3-7). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:7 (S Bradley 5, R Bell, D Nowitzki). Turnovers:16 (S Nash 6, M Finley 4, D Nowitzki 3, S Bradley 2, A Johnson). Steals: 8 (S Nash 3, M Finley 2, S Bradley, A Griffin, D Nowitzki). BOSTON (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 43 11-22 0-0 1-6 3 2 22 E Williams 27 3-4 3-6 2-8 1 1 9 T Battie 23 2-4 0-0 2-7 0 3 4 T Delk 38 7-20 0-0 3-5 7 2 19 P Pierce 39 4-20 0-0 1-7 3 2 9 W Mccarty 14 0-3 1-2 0-2 0 2 1 S Williams 32 7-13 2-2 0-2 6 3 19 V Baker 23 1-4 1-2 3-5 0 1 3 J Bremer 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Brown DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Wolkowyski DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-90 7-12 12-42 20 16 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.389, FT-.583. 3-Point Goals: 9-34, .265 (A Walker 0-4, T Delk 5-11, P Pierce 1-8, W Mccarty 0-2, S Williams 3-9). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (V Baker 3, T Battie). Turnovers:11 (T Delk 3, A Walker 2, S Williams 2, V Baker, P Pierce, W Mccarty, T Battie). Steals: 8 (P Pierce 3, A Walker 2, T Delk, W Mccarty, S Williams). ------------------------------------------- DALLAS 25 25 20 27 - 97 BOSTON 20 19 22 25 - 86 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Boston - 2 (V Baker, 6:48 3rd; A Walker, 6:57 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Boston 1 (E Williams, 3:37 2nd). A: 18,624. T: 2:09. Officials: Bob Delaney, Sean Corbin, Tommy Nunez.


Extended Box

DALLAS (97) AT BOSTON (86) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A GRIFFIN F 8 0-3 0-0 3 1 4 1 0 1 0 0 E NAJERA F 32 4-8 0-2 0 8 8 2 3 0 0 8 D NOWITZKI C 42 11-20 8-8 0 9 9 7 2 1 3 32 M FINLEY G 39 5-18 0-0 3 5 8 5 1 2 4 12 S NASH G 32 5-14 4-4 0 5 5 9 1 3 6 14 S BRADLEY 36 4-4 2-2 1 4 5 0 4 1 2 10 A JOHNSON 16 4-5 0-2 2 0 2 2 1 0 1 8 W WILLIAMS 23 3-7 0-0 1 7 8 0 1 0 0 9 R BELL 11 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 A HARRINGTON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 P JONES DNP - BACK SPASMS E ESCHMEYER DNP - STRAINED RIGHT KNEE TOTALS 240 38-81 14-18 10 40 50 26 14 8 16 97 (.469) (.778) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17 (12 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 43 11-22 0-0 1 5 6 3 2 2 2 22 E WILLIAMS F 27 3-4 3-6 2 6 8 1 1 0 0 9 T BATTIE C 23 2-4 0-0 2 5 7 0 3 0 1 4 T DELK G 38 7-20 0-0 3 2 5 7 2 1 3 19 P PIERCE G 39 4-20 0-0 1 6 7 3 2 3 1 9 W MCCARTY 14 0-3 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 1 S WILLIAMS 32 7-13 2-2 0 2 2 6 3 1 2 19 V BAKER 23 1-4 1-2 3 2 5 0 1 0 1 3 J BREMER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION K BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION R WOLKOWYSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-90 7-12 12 30 42 20 16 8 11 86 (.389) (.583) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12 (15 PTS) DALLAS 25 25 20 27 - 97 BOSTON 20 19 22 25 - 86 BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - S BRADLEY 5, R BELL, D NOWITZKI. BOSTON - V BAKER 3, T BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 7-21 (.333), D NOWITZKI 2-7, M FINLEY 2- 6, S NASH 0-1, W WILLIAMS 3-7. BOSTON 9-34 (.265), A WALKER 0-4, T DELK 5- 11, P PIERCE 1-8, W MCCARTY 0-2, S WILLIAMS 3-9. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - V BAKER, A WALKER. FLAGRANT FOULS: BOSTON 1 (E WILLIAMS, 3:37 2ND,). OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, SEAN CORBIN, TOMMY NUNEZ. A - 18,624. T - 2:09.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The beat goes on for the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 32 points and Shawn Bradley added 10 despite battling food poisoning as the Mavericks remained the NBA's only unbeaten team with a 97-86 victory over the Boston Celtics. The Mavericks improved to 9-0 and cooled off the hottest team in the Eastern Conference by snapping the Celtics' six-game winning streak. "We were a little banged up and we actually did well defensively," Nowitzki said. "I think we did a great job on Paul Pierce and taking him out of the game." Pierce was held to nine points on 4-of-20 shooting, the first time he did not reach double figures since December 2, when he also scored nine points in an 85-69 victory at Toronto. Dallas posted its fifth straight victory over Boston. Last season, the Mavericks routed the Celtics, 108-82, at the FleetCenter. "Bradley was sensational," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "I told him he needs to get that food poisoning more often." Bradley might not share that opinion. Near the end of the fourth quarter, the 7-6 center returned to the Mavericks' locker room and vomited in a waste basket. Bradley said he got sick Thursday after eating steak, clam chowder and a salad in his Boston hotel room. "I got something bad last night," he said. "I was throwing up all night. I didn't know if I was going to play." Bradley did not start but provided a spark by hitting all three of his shots in the first quarter. He made a jumper that gave the Mavericks a 17-16 lead with 4:36 left in the first quarter and ignited an 8-0 spurt. Dallas never trailed thereafter, leading by as many as 16 points in the second half. "(I was) weak, exhausted," Bradley said. "That was just getting up from the bench to the scorer's table. Coach said give us whatever you can while you're out there. It seemed to go OK." Steve Nash scored 14 points and Michael Finley added 12 for Dallas. Boston sliced a 16-point deficit to 76-70 on Tony Delk's 3-pointer with 8:37 left, but Finley answered with a 3-pointer that started a 10-0 run and put the contest out of reach. "We definitely have a lot of toughness," Nash said. "When we get down, we don't fold. We definitely get more aggressive, more assertive and more determined. I think that's a great facet of our team. W e don't get down mentally when things aren't going well." Antoine Walker scored 22 points, while Delk and Shammond Williams added 19 apiece for the Celtics, who were held to 39 percent shooting (35-of-90). "I think the main story of game, Dallas plays zone and they have a 7-6 shot blocker in the middle of it," Boston coach Jim O'Brien said. "You need to penetrate the middle, which we did a pretty good job of. I liked the shot selections we had, we just didn't knock enough of them down." Trailing 91-82, the Celtics had a chance to get within six, but Pierced missed a 3-pointer and Nash hit a jumper with 50 seconds left to end Boston's comeback hopes. "It's kind of hard to get penetration when you're faced against three guys," Pierce said. "You beat the first defender and then you have two other guys there. But they made it tough and it was one of those nights." The contest got off to a fast start as the teams traded baskets in the first six minutes. But the Mavericks switched to a zone in an attempt to neutralize Walker, who scored eight points in the first 4 1/2 minutes. The move worked as Walker was held to two points over the rest of the first period. "They've got weapons, but it's different," Walker said. "If you know basketball, it's easy to use your weapons when you're in a 2-3 zone. That's what they play and they're very effective at it. They're the first team I've seen to be very effective at it." The Mavericks stretched a five-point lead to 50-39 at intermission. Avery Johnson's jumper gave Dallas its first 16-point lead at 64-48 with 5:31 left in the third quarter.


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