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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MILWAUKEE        19   31   27   33    110  
     DALLAS           28   25   30   24    107     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIL - SAM CASSELL 28, TIM THOMAS 17, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 16
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 40, STEVE NASH 17, MICHAEL
                      FINLEY 16

HIGH REBOUND:   MIL - MICHAEL REDD 9, ANTHONY MASON 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 7
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 14, MICHAEL FINLEY 9, 
                      SHAWN BRADLEY 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIL - RAY ALLEN 7, JASON CAFFEY 5, SAM CASSELL
                      5
                DAL - NICK VAN EXEL 5, DIRK NOWITZKI 5, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

         ATT:   19,939

Box Score

MILWAUKEE (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Thomas 35 6-13 3-4 2-7 1 3 17 M Redd 39 7-15 0-0 3-9 2 2 16 A Mason 37 4-10 4-4 3-8 3 2 12 S Cassell 36 9-18 8-8 0-3 5 5 28 R Allen 34 5-12 4-4 0-7 7 2 15 D Gadzuric 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 5 0 K Ollie 16 2-5 0-0 0-3 4 0 4 E Johnson 6 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 3 0 M Haislip 8 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 0 2 J Caffey 24 8-11 0-0 2-6 5 6 16 J Przybilla DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Murray DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-88 19-20 11-48 27 28 110 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.950. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (T Thomas 2-4, M Redd 2-6, S Cassell 2-5, R Allen 1-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:7 (M Redd 3, S Cassell 2, R Allen 2). Turnovers:15 (T Thomas 4, S Cassell 3, J Caffey 2, M Redd 2, A Mason, R Allen, D Gadzuric, M Haislip). Steals: 4 (A Mason, J Caffey, R Allen, M Redd). DALLAS (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Nowitzki 48 12-25 14-16 4-14 5 1 40 R LaFrentz 15 1-5 0-0 2-3 0 2 2 S Bradley 30 5-10 3-3 3-8 0 3 13 M Finley 41 7-20 2-2 3-9 4 3 16 S Nash 35 7-19 2-3 2-4 4 1 17 R Bell 39 6-11 0-0 2-5 4 3 12 N Van Exel 20 3-11 0-0 0-1 5 2 6 A Griffin 8 0-1 1-2 0-2 1 0 1 P Jones 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 W Williams DNP - STRAINED LEFT KNEE A Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Harrington DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-10 22-26 16-46 24 15 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 3-19, .158 (D Nowitzki 2-6, R LaFrentz 0-1, M Finley 0-2, S Nash 1-3, R Bell 0-1, N Van Exel 0-6). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:4 (S Bradley, R LaFrentz, D Nowitzki, M Finley). Turnovers:6 (D Nowitzki 2, N Van Exel, S Nash, M Finley, A Griffin). Steals: 9 (R Bell 3, A Griffin 2, D Nowitzki 2, R LaFrentz, M Finley). -------------------------------------------- MILWAUKEE 19 31 27 33 - 110 DALLAS 28 25 30 24 - 107 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Dallas - 1 (D Nowitzki, 1:53 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,939. T: 2:10. Officials: Derek Collins, Ted Bernhardt, Tony Brothers.


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (110) AT DALLAS (107) MILWAUKEE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T THOMAS F 35 6-13 3-4 2 5 7 1 3 0 4 17 M REDD F 39 7-15 0-0 3 6 9 2 2 1 2 16 A MASON C 37 4-10 4-4 3 5 8 3 2 1 1 12 S CASSELL G 36 9-18 8-8 0 3 3 5 5 0 3 28 R ALLEN G 34 5-12 4-4 0 7 7 7 2 1 1 15 D GADZURIC 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 0 K OLLIE 16 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 4 0 0 0 4 E JOHNSON 6 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 M HAISLIP 8 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 J CAFFEY 24 8-11 0-0 2 4 6 5 6 1 2 16 J PRZYBILLA DNP - COACH'S DECISION R MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 42-88 19-20 11 37 48 27 28 4 15 110 (.477) (.950) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15 (16 PTS) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D NOWITZKI F 48 12-25 14-16 4 10 14 5 1 2 2 40 R LAFRENTZ F 15 1-5 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 1 0 2 S BRADLEY C 30 5-10 3-3 3 5 8 0 3 0 0 13 M FINLEY G 41 7-20 2-2 3 6 9 4 3 1 1 16 S NASH G 35 7-19 2-3 2 2 4 4 1 0 1 17 R BELL 39 6-11 0-0 2 3 5 4 3 3 0 12 N VAN EXEL 20 3-11 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 0 1 6 A GRIFFIN 8 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 2 1 1 P JONES 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 W WILLIAMS DNP - STRAINED LEFT KNEE A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION A HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 41-102 22-26 16 30 46 24 15 9 6 107 (.402) (.846) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 6 (7 PTS) MILWAUKEE 19 31 27 33 - 110 DALLAS 28 25 30 24 - 107 BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - M REDD 3, S CASSELL 2, R ALLEN 2. DALLAS - S BRADLEY, R LAFRENTZ, D NOWITZKI, M FINLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 7-20 (.350), T THOMAS 2-4, M REDD 2-6, S CASSELL 2-5, R ALLEN 1-5. DALLAS 3-19 (.158), D NOWITZKI 2-6, R LAFRENTZ 0- 1, M FINLEY 0-2, S NASH 1-3, R BELL 0-1, N VAN EXEL 0-6. TECHNICAL FOULS: DALLAS - D NOWITZKI. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEREK COLLINS, TED BERNHARDT, TONY BROTHERS. A - 19,939. T - 2:10.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- All of a sudden, the Dallas Mavericks are not so tough at home. The Mavericks wasted a 17-point lead and faltered down the stretch in a 110-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, who got clutch shots from Sam Cassell and Tim Thomas in the final seconds. The league-leading Mavericks won their first 11 home games before losing to Utah on December 20. They won their next two contests at the American Airlines Center but blew a big lead to a poor road team in this one. "Hopefully, we can remember it because the feeling right now on this team is not a good one," Dallas guard Michael Finley said. "We have to make a negative into a positive." Dallas held a 44-27 lead midway through the second quarter and still owned a 101-96 advantage after two free throws by Michael Finley with 2:40 to play. But Milwaukee overcame a 4-11 road record and a career-high 40 points by Dirk Nowitzki. "We've jumped out to big leads all year and have struggled to hold onto them, but we always found a way to hold on," Nowitzki said. "Tonight we didn't." "I still think our team is better than our record shows," Bucks coach George Karl said. "We needed a win like this to give us a boost. We've been talking about winning a big game on the road, and that's what we did tonight." Thomas had a shot blocked out of bounds by 7-6 Shawn Bradley with one second left on the shot clock, but Cassell, who scored 28 points, drilled a jumper off the ensuing inbounds pass. Finley's corner jumper made it 105-100 with 1:09 to go, but Thomas hammered home a reverse dunk and Cassell sank two free throws to make it a one-point game with 37 seconds remaining. Finley lost his dribble off his foot and out of bounds, and Thomas, who scored 17 points, made him pay by sinking a go-ahead 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds left. "We were actually going to go to Ray (Allen)," Karl said. "They came out in a zone and we were able to swing it out to Timmy and he hit a big shot." "We saw that they were playing a lot of zone, especially in the fourth quarter," Thomas said. "I was just trying to get open, so I started to run the baseline. Nobody played me and I was able to hit it." Steve Nash fired an airball and Cassell responded with two free throws for a 109-105 advantage with 4.5 seconds to play. "The key for them is that they just keep playing even when they miss shots, and that's what you have to do and that's what we started to do," Cassell said. "You can't get down when you miss shots." "We didn't battle and didn't challenge tonight, and that's what's disappointing," Nash said. "We let them do whatever they wanted and that's why we lost." The Bucks got a big lift from reserve forward Jason Caffey, who scored a season-high 16 points. Michael Redd also had 16 and nine rebounds, Ray Allen 15 and seven and Anthony Mason 12 and eight for Milwaukee. "Jason came up great for us," Karl said. "He gave us a good physical game, which is what we were looking for out of him tonight. He gave us great minutes and great offense." Nowitzki made 12-of-25 shots and 14-of-16 free throws while pulling down 14 rebounds. Nash scored 17 points and Finley added 16 for the Mavs, who shot just 40 percent (41-of-102). Nowitzki scored 11 points in the first quarter as Dallas raced to a 28-19 lead. A layup by Raja Bell made it 44-27 with 7 1/2 minutes left in the second period. But Milwaukee closed the quarter with a 23-9 surge, pulling within 53-50 at halftime. A 3-pointer by Cassell midway through the third quarter gave the Bucks a 65-64 lead. "I was very disappointed with our second period," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. "I thought that set the tone for the entire game. I thought the way they were able to attack our rim and get easy baskets down the stretch was a nightmare for us." Milwaukee shot 48 percent (42-of-88) and made 19-of-20 free throws. The only miss was by Thomas in the final seconds, allowing Nick Van Exel a potential tying 3-pointer from half-court that hit the backboard. Bradley scored 13 points and Bell 12 for Dallas, which committed just six turnovers.


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