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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DALLAS           20   22   22   16    80   
     DENVER           14   23   14   24    75      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 31, STEVE NASH 18, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 9
                DEN - JUWAN HOWARD 21, RODNEY WHITE 16, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH REBOUND:   DAL - SHAWN BRADLEY 12, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4
                DEN - NENE HILARIO 12, DONNELL HARVEY 9, 
                      RODNEY WHITE 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   DAL - NICK VAN EXEL 6, STEVE NASH 4, MICHAEL 
                      FINLEY 2
                DEN - NENE HILARIO 4, LORINZA HARRINGTON 4, 
                      RODNEY WHITE 3

         ATT:   13,183

Box Score

DALLAS (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Griffin 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 D Nowitzki 32 2-13 4-4 0-3 1 5 9 R LaFrentz 29 3-11 2-2 2-4 1 5 9 M Finley 44 12-27 6-7 0-4 2 3 31 S Nash 28 5-11 8-8 1-4 4 1 18 S Bradley 44 0-1 0-0 5-12 1 4 0 N Van Exel 32 3-11 0-0 1-4 6 1 8 W Williams 8 1-4 0-0 0-3 0 0 3 R Bell 13 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 P Jones 5 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 A Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Harrington DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-82 20-21 9-38 17 22 80 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.329, FT-.952. 3-Point Goals: 6-24, .250 (D Nowitzki 1-5, R LaFrentz 1-2, M Finley 1-7, S Nash 0-1, N Van Exel 2-7, W Williams 1-1, R Bell 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:8 (S Bradley 5, R LaFrentz 2, S Nash). Turnovers:9 (S Nash 3, M Finley 2, N Van Exel, R LaFrentz, R Bell, D Nowitzki). Steals: 11 (D Nowitzki 3, S Bradley 2, S Nash 2, M Finley 2, W Williams, P Jones). DENVER (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Harvey 32 2-7 5-8 2-9 2 1 9 J Howard 38 5-11 11-11 4-7 0 3 21 N Hilario 37 1-7 3-8 5-12 4 5 5 V Yarbrough 18 2-9 0-0 0-5 1 5 4 L Harrington 32 3-7 1-2 0-4 4 6 8 N Tskitishvili 16 4-8 0-0 2-3 0 0 9 M Blount 17 1-3 1-2 0-2 0 1 3 C Whitney 13 0-4 0-0 0-1 2 3 0 R White 32 7-13 0-0 1-8 3 1 16 R Bowen 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-70 21-31 14-52 16 26 75 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.357, FT-.677. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (V Yarbrough 0-4, L Harrington 1-2, N Tskitishvili 1-2, C Whitney 0-3, R White 2-4). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:5 (V Yarbrough 2, M Blount, N Tskitishvili, D Harvey). Turnovers:21 (D Harvey 4, R White 4, L Harrington 4, N Tskitishvili 3, V Yarbrough 2, N Hilario 2, J Howard, M Blount). Steals: 5 (J Howard, M Blount, V Yarbrough, N Hilario, N Tskitishvili). ------------------------------------------- DALLAS 20 22 22 16 - 80 DENVER 14 23 14 24 - 75 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Dallas - 1 (COACH Nelson, 4:55 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,183. T: 2:15. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Marc Davis, Tony Brothers.


Extended Box

DALLAS (80) AT DENVER (75) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A GRIFFIN F 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 D NOWITZKI F 32 2-13 4-4 0 3 3 1 5 3 1 9 R LAFRENTZ C 29 3-11 2-2 2 2 4 1 5 0 1 9 M FINLEY G 44 12-27 6-7 0 4 4 2 3 2 2 31 S NASH G 28 5-11 8-8 1 3 4 4 1 2 3 18 S BRADLEY 44 0-1 0-0 5 7 12 1 4 2 0 0 N VAN EXEL 32 3-11 0-0 1 3 4 6 1 0 1 8 W WILLIAMS 8 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 3 R BELL 13 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 2 P JONES 5 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION A HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 27-82 20-21 9 29 38 17 22 11 9 80 (.329) (.952) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10 (10 PTS) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D HARVEY 32 2-7 5-8 2 7 9 2 1 0 4 9 J HOWARD F 38 5-11 11-11 4 3 7 0 3 1 1 21 N HILARIO 37 1-7 3-8 5 7 12 4 5 1 2 5 V YARBROUGH 18 2-9 0-0 0 5 5 1 5 1 2 4 L HARRINGTON 32 3-7 1-2 0 4 4 4 6 0 4 8 N TSKITISHVILI 16 4-8 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 1 3 9 M BLOUNT C 17 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 3 C WHITNEY G 13 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 R WHITE G 32 7-13 0-0 1 7 8 3 1 0 4 16 R BOWEN F 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 25-70 21-31 14 38 52 16 26 5 21 75 (.357) (.677) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 22 (21 PTS) DALLAS 20 22 22 16 - 80 DENVER 14 23 14 24 - 75 BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - S BRADLEY 5, R LAFRENTZ 2, S NASH. DENVER - V YARBROUGH 2, M BLOUNT, N TSKITISHVILI, D HARVEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 6-24 (.250), D NOWITZKI 1-5, R LAFRENTZ 1- 2, M FINLEY 1-7, S NASH 0-1, N VAN EXEL 2-7, W WILLIAMS 1-1, R BELL 0- 1. DENVER 4-15 (.267), V YARBROUGH 0-4, L HARRINGTON 1-2, N TSKITISHVILI 1- 2, C WHITNEY 0-3, R WHITE 2-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: DALLAS - COACH NELSON. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, MARC DAVIS, TONY BROTHERS. A - 13,183. T - 2:15.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks shot poorly but still did enough to beat the struggling Denver Nuggets. Michael Finley scored 31 points and Steve Nash added 18 as the Mavericks survived a defensive struggle for their fifth straight win, an 80-75 victory over the Nuggets. All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki shot just 2-of-13 from the floor and contributed just nine points in 32 minutes as the Mavericks - the NBA's highest scoring team - were held to their lowest point-total of the season. "This was ugly, basketball at its worst," Mavericks coach Don Nelson said. "Between the two teams, we set basketball back about 10 years." Former Nuggets Raef LaFrentz and Nick Van Exel each hit 3-of-11 shots. The Midwest Division-leading Mavericks shot a season-low 32.9 percent (27-of-82). "I think it was a poor night shooting, but we shot the ball poorly because of their defense," LaFrentz said. "Without Mike tonight, we get beat." Former Maverick Juwan Howard scored 21 points to pace the Nuggets, who dropped their season-high sixth straight game. "(Dallas) did not get a lot of clean looks on the offensive end," Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "(The Mavericks also) do not get the credit on defense they should." Making his first career start, rookie Nene Hilario matched his season high with 12 rebounds and logged a season-best 36 minutes. But on a night the Nuggets once again were in desperate need of offense, they announced a deal that sent second-leading scorer James Posey to Houston. Forward Rodney White made the most of his increase in playing time, coming off the bench to score 16 points and register a career-high eight rebounds. "It is a shock, part of the business. I just have to take advantage of it," White said. "I have been able to sit back and watch. Coach has us playing hard every night. I am looking to step up, take it game by game and get better." However, Van Exel had off-court matters in mind regarding his former teammate. "Posey is real excited to go to Houston," Van Exel said. "He is going to stay at my house when he moves there. I am going to try and sell it to him." Dallas got off to a slow start and never found a consistent scoring touch. The Mavericks missed five of their first six shots, but still worked their way to a 20-14 lead after 12 minutes. That was all that was required against the self-doubting Nuggets, who have lost their last 19 games when trailing after the first period. "We're looking to get better each and every game," Finley said. "It was a tough game for everybody. I could have played better. I just did enough. A couple of years ago, we would have lost this game." Denver scored fewer than 80 points for the 13th time this season, posting a 1-12 mark in those contests. The Nuggets dropped their fifth straight meeting with the Mavericks.


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