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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     WASHINGTON       26   19   20   21    86   
     DALLAS           25   25   15   27    92      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   WAS - JERRY STACKHOUSE 28, LARRY HUGHES 24, 
                      MICHAEL JORDAN 13
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 30, STEVE NASH 16, MICHAEL
                      FINLEY 14

HIGH REBOUND:   WAS - JERRY STACKHOUSE 10, MICHAEL JORDAN 7, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 6
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 17, NICK VAN EXEL 8, SHAWN
                      BRADLEY 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 8, JERRY STACKHOUSE 4, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 2
                DAL - NICK VAN EXEL 6, STEVE NASH 5, DIRK 
                      NOWITZKI 2

         ATT:   20,119

Box Score

WASHINGTON (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Stackhouse 43 8-22 10-11 1-10 4 1 28 C Laettner 39 4-5 0-0 1-6 2 5 8 B Haywood 12 1-1 1-4 2-4 0 4 3 L Hughes 35 8-11 5-6 0-6 1 5 24 M Jordan 36 5-15 2-2 0-7 8 3 13 T Lue 31 2-10 0-0 0-3 2 4 5 K Brown 20 1-7 3-4 2-3 0 2 5 B Russell 23 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 E Thomas 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Oakley DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Cardinal DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Jeffries DNP - TWISTED RIGHT KNEE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-74 21-27 6-40 17 26 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (J Stackhouse 2-6, L Hughes 3-3, M Jordan 1-1, T Lue 1-4, B Russell 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (M Jordan 2, L Hughes). Turnovers:13 (M Jordan 3, J Stackhouse 2, B Russell 2, L Hughes 2, K Brown 2, C Laettner, B Haywood). Steals: 6 (C Laettner 3, K Brown 2, J Stackhouse). DALLAS (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Griffin 20 4-7 0-0 3-6 1 3 9 D Nowitzki 48 9-23 12-14 5-17 2 1 30 R LaFrentz 19 2-4 0-1 1-5 0 5 4 M Finley 45 7-18 0-0 1-6 0 1 14 S Nash 36 5-13 6-7 0-4 5 0 16 S Bradley 23 3-6 4-4 3-7 0 4 10 W Williams 25 2-3 1-2 1-1 1 4 7 N Van Exel 23 1-7 0-0 1-8 6 2 2 R Bell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 A Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Harrington DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-81 23-28 15-54 15 21 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (A Griffin 1-2, D Nowitzki 0-2, R LaFrentz 0-1, M Finley 0-4, S Nash 0-1, W Williams 2-2, N Van Exel 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:3 (S Bradley, A Griffin, R LaFrentz). Turnovers:9 (N Van Exel 3, S Bradley 2, W Williams, S Nash, A Griffin, R LaFrentz). Steals: 5 (D Nowitzki 2, S Bradley, M Finley, N Van Exel). ------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON 26 19 20 21 - 86 DALLAS 25 25 15 27 - 92 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Washington - 1 (Defensive Three, 11:11 1st). Dallas - 4 (Defensive Three, 6:39 1st; Defensive Three, 2:12 2nd; S Bradley, 6:19 3rd; M Finley, 7:38 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,119. T: 2:09. Officials: Mike Callahan, Monty McCutchen, Pat Fraher.


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (86) AT DALLAS (92) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J STACKHOUSE F 43 8-22 10-11 1 9 10 4 1 1 2 28 C LAETTNER F 39 4-5 0-0 1 5 6 2 5 3 1 8 B HAYWOOD C 12 1-1 1-4 2 2 4 0 4 0 1 3 L HUGHES G 35 8-11 5-6 0 6 6 1 5 0 2 24 M JORDAN G 36 5-15 2-2 0 7 7 8 3 0 3 13 T LUE 31 2-10 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 0 0 5 K BROWN 20 1-7 3-4 2 1 3 0 2 2 2 5 B RUSSELL 23 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 E THOMAS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C OAKLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION B CARDINAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION J JEFFRIES DNP - TWISTED RIGHT KNEE TOTALS 240 29-74 21-27 6 34 40 17 26 6 13 86 (.392) (.778) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14 (14 PTS) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A GRIFFIN F 20 4-7 0-0 3 3 6 1 3 0 1 9 D NOWITZKI F 48 9-23 12-14 5 12 17 2 1 2 0 30 R LAFRENTZ C 19 2-4 0-1 1 4 5 0 5 0 1 4 M FINLEY G 45 7-18 0-0 1 5 6 0 1 1 0 14 S NASH G 36 5-13 6-7 0 4 4 5 0 0 1 16 S BRADLEY 23 3-6 4-4 3 4 7 0 4 1 2 10 W WILLIAMS 25 2-3 1-2 1 0 1 1 4 0 1 7 N VAN EXEL 23 1-7 0-0 1 7 8 6 2 1 3 2 R BELL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION P JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION A HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-81 23-28 15 39 54 15 21 5 9 92 (.407) (.821) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 10 (7 PTS) WASHINGTON 26 19 20 21 - 86 DALLAS 25 25 15 27 - 92 BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - M JORDAN 2, L HUGHES. DALLAS - S BRADLEY, A GRIFFIN, R LAFRENTZ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 7-16 (.438), J STACKHOUSE 2-6, L HUGHES 3- 3, M JORDAN 1-1, T LUE 1-4, B RUSSELL 0-2. DALLAS 3-13 (.231), A GRIFFIN 1- 2, D NOWITZKI 0-2, R LAFRENTZ 0-1, M FINLEY 0-4, S NASH 0-1, W WILLIAMS 2- 2, N VAN EXEL 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: WASHINGTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. DALLAS - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, S BRADLEY, M FINLEY. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE CALLAHAN, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, PAT FRAHER. A - 20,119. T - 2:09.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- It took the Dallas Mavericks 13 games to lose at the American Airlines Center. Dirk Nowitzki was determined not to allow them to suffer a second straight home defeat. Nowitzki scored 10 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and added 17 rebounds as the Mavericks edged the Washington Wizards, 92-86. "This sure will make it a nice Christmas for us," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. "It was a hard-fought game. They are playing really well and tested us tonight. It was kind of good to be in a tight ballgame for a change. We haven't had too many this year where we had to execute down the stretch and be smart and defend." On Friday, the Mavs shot just 33 percent and suffered their first home loss, 93-81, to Utah. Dallas shot 41 percent (33-of-81) in this one but limited Washington to 39 percent (29-of-74). The game was tied, 65-65, before Shawn Bradley scored on a tip 19 seconds into the fourth quarter to give Dallas the lead for good. The Mavs led just 80-79 after a 3-pointer by Jerry Stackhouse with 5:57 left, but Nowitzki countered with a jumper and a layup and Steve Nash added a lefthanded scoop shot after splitting Larry Hughes and Michael Jordan to give Dallas an 86-79 advantage with 1:23 to play. "I really didn't find my shooting range throughout the whole game," said Nowitzki, who made 9-of-23 shots. "I missed a lot of wide-open shots. I was just trying to stay aggressive for the whole game and make something happen, either try to get to the foul line or just keep on shooting the shots. I'm just glad at the end of the game a couple of them went in." "They just came up with some big plays when they needed them," Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "Nowitzki was tremendous. Steve Nash is the guy who's always going to come up with the big plays for them. He's sort of the heart and soul of the team." Washington got no closer than five points thereafter as Nowitzki and Nash combined to go 6-of-6 from the line in the final minute. "Steve made a big shot with his left-hand scoop and Dirk did his thing in the fourth quarter from the free-throw line and making buckets for us," said Mavs guard Nick Van Exel, who grabbed a key offensive rebound with 48 seconds left that led to two free throws by Nowitzki. "Right now, it is not as smooth as it was earlier, but we are finding ways to win, which is good, and we are still hanging in there and finding ways to compensate for things that we are not doing well. We are not shooting the ball well, but we are doing other things to help us win games." Nash scored 16 points, Michael Finley had 14 and Bradley 10 for the Mavs, who beat the Wizards for the fourth time in the last five meetings. Dallas held Washington without a point for nearly five minutes before Christian Laettner made a jumper with 1:09 to play. "I think in this league you play so many games, your legs are going to come and go and your rhythm and ebb and flow are going to change from time to time," Nash said. "Right now, we are relying on our defense - that is why we made it an emphasis this year. Defense is really what we are going to try to pride ourselves on and win games on." Stackhouse contributed 28 points and 10 rebounds and Hughes scored a season-high 24 points for Washington, which has lost back-to-back contests following a three-game winning streak. "Tonight we had six or seven dry possessions," Collins said. "I think the score was 80-79 and I think we went six or seven possessions without anything happening for us. I'm not going to anything away from the Mavericks, they did a great job. But I just didn't think we were very patient at the end of the game and we weren't efficient. "Our guys are playing exceptionally hard, we just need to play more efficiently, especially against a team like the Mavericks on their court." Jordan added 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds but did not score in the fourth quarter. "Rebounds, defense, that's my purpose in playing the last two years," Jordan said. "To let (my teammates) see that if a 40-year-old man can come out, move the ball, box out, play solid defense, hit good shots, be a team player, understand what it takes to win - not just in the game but in the course of a day - that's going to help (Collins) improve his players, and hopefully they can reap the benefits of that. Until they learn how to do that, it's not going to be a success."


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