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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DALLAS           37   21   30   29    117  
     ATLANTA          22   36   18   23    99      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 30, RAEF LAFRENTZ 26, 
                      STEVE NASH 19
                ATL - JASON TERRY 27, GLENN ROBINSON 16, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 14, RAEF LAFRENTZ 10, 
                      ADRIAN GRIFFIN 4
                ATL - ALAN HENDERSON 7, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   DAL - STEVE NASH 8, MICHAEL FINLEY 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                ATL - DAN DICKAU 10, GLENN ROBINSON 4, JASON 
                      TERRY 4

         ATT:   10,997

Box Score

DALLAS (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Griffin 39 3-7 2-2 0-4 4 2 8 D Nowitzki 40 12-21 2-3 1-14 2 0 30 R LaFrentz 43 11-16 3-3 4-10 3 5 26 S Nash 29 6-14 7-7 0-3 8 1 19 M Finley 40 4-13 3-4 2-3 7 2 13 W Williams 12 3-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 7 N Van Exel 26 6-11 0-0 0-2 4 1 14 R Bell 9 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 A Johnson 2 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Bradley DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-88 17-19 8-39 28 14 117 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.511, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 10-21, .476 (D Nowitzki 4-7, R LaFrentz 1-3, S Nash 0-1, M Finley 2-5, W Williams 1-1, N Van Exel 2-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:2 (R LaFrentz 2). Turnovers:8 (N Van Exel 2, M Finley 2, S Nash, R LaFrentz, R Bell, D Nowitzki). Steals: 7 (S Nash 2, A Griffin 2, W Williams, R LaFrentz, A Johnson). ATLANTA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Robinson 35 6-21 3-4 1-6 4 1 16 S Abdur-Rahim 28 2-8 3-4 1-6 1 1 7 T Ratliff 9 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 J Terry 39 11-21 0-1 1-3 4 1 27 I Newble 21 4-6 1-1 2-3 1 0 9 D Glover 16 2-8 0-0 3-6 2 0 4 A Henderson 26 4-5 3-4 3-7 1 3 11 D Dickau 32 2-9 4-4 0-2 10 2 8 N Mohammed 14 4-6 3-4 2-6 0 2 11 D Ham 20 2-2 0-0 1-5 1 1 4 C Crawford DNP - INFLAMMED LEFT KNEE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-89 17-22 14-45 24 14 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (G Robinson 1-5, J Terry 5-10, I Newble 0-1, D Glover 0-1, D Dickau 0-4). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:2 (A Henderson, T Ratliff). Turnovers:13 (J Terry 3, D Dickau 3, G Robinson 2, N Mohammed 2, S Abdur-Rahim, D Glover, D Ham). Steals: 6 (J Terry 2, D Dickau 2, G Robinson, N Mohammed). -------------------------------------------- DALLAS 37 21 30 29 - 117 ATLANTA 22 36 18 23 - 99 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Dallas - 1 (Defensive Three, 11:26 1st). Atlanta - 1 (T Ratliff, 9:51 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,997. T: 1:57. Officials: Gary Zielinski, Jack Nies, Mark Wunderlich.


Extended Box

DALLAS (117) AT ATLANTA (99) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A GRIFFIN F 39 3-7 2-2 0 4 4 4 2 2 0 8 D NOWITZKI F 40 12-21 2-3 1 13 14 2 0 0 1 30 R LAFRENTZ C 43 11-16 3-3 4 6 10 3 5 1 1 26 S NASH G 29 6-14 7-7 0 3 3 8 1 2 1 19 M FINLEY G 40 4-13 3-4 2 1 3 7 2 0 2 13 W WILLIAMS 12 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 7 N VAN EXEL 26 6-11 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 0 2 14 R BELL 9 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 A JOHNSON 2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 S BRADLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION P JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 45-88 17-19 8 31 39 28 14 7 8 117 (.511) (.895) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8 (6 PTS) ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G ROBINSON F 35 6-21 3-4 1 5 6 4 1 1 2 16 S ABDUR-RAHIM F 28 2-8 3-4 1 5 6 1 1 0 1 7 T RATLIFF C 9 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 2 J TERRY G 39 11-21 0-1 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 27 I NEWBLE G 21 4-6 1-1 2 1 3 1 0 0 0 9 D GLOVER 16 2-8 0-0 3 3 6 2 0 0 1 4 A HENDERSON 26 4-5 3-4 3 4 7 1 3 0 0 11 D DICKAU 32 2-9 4-4 0 2 2 10 2 2 3 8 N MOHAMMED 14 4-6 3-4 2 4 6 0 2 1 2 11 D HAM 20 2-2 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 4 C CRAWFORD DNP - INFLAMMED LEFT KNEE TOTALS 240 38-89 17-22 14 31 45 24 14 6 13 99 (.427) (.773) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13 (20 PTS) DALLAS 37 21 30 29 - 117 ATLANTA 22 36 18 23 - 99 BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - R LAFRENTZ 2. ATLANTA - A HENDERSON, T RATLIFF. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 10-21 (.476), D NOWITZKI 4-7, R LAFRENTZ 1- 3, S NASH 0-1, M FINLEY 2-5, W WILLIAMS 1-1, N VAN EXEL 2-4. ATLANTA 6- 21 (.286), G ROBINSON 1-5, J TERRY 5-10, I NEWBLE 0-1, D GLOVER 0- 1, D DICKAU 0-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: DALLAS - DEFENSIVE THREE. ATLANTA - T RATLIFF. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GARY ZIELINSKI, JACK NIES, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 10,997. T - 1:57.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Hawks clearly were not ready for the NBA's best team. Dirk Nowitzki and Raef LaFrentz both had big games as the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 117-99 victory over the Hawks, who suffered their season-high sixth straight loss. Playing their worst basketball of the season, the Hawks fell behind by 16 points in the first quarter and rallied back to tie it at halftime before being overwhelmed by the league's best team after intermission. "They are the best team in the league for a reason," Hawks coach Terry Stotts said. "They come at you a lot of different ways - penetration, 3-point shooting, transition. But we defended them well in spots. But a team with that many offensive weapons is tough to stop." Nowitzki and LaFrentz led the way, combining for 56 points and 24 rebounds. Nowitzki had 30 points and 14 rebounds en route to his 18th double-double and LaFrentz had a season-high 26 and 10. Steve Nash added 19 points for the Mavericks (29-5), who also improved to an NBA-best 12-3 on the road. Jason Terry netted 27 points and Glenn Robinson 16 for disappointing Atlanta, which fell to 1-6 since Stotts replaced Lon Kruger as coach. Getting a bevy of easy shots, the Mavs opened a double-digit lead less than six minutes into the contest and held a 37-22 lead after one quarter behind 11 points from LaFrentz, who did most of his damage around the basket. "I was consistent at being active," LaFrentz said. "The more active I am, the better I am for this team. So much attention is given to our big three on this team that there are a lot of holes out there. It's my job to find those holes." Center Theo Ratliff, the Hawks' best interior defender, picked up two quick fouls and was a non-factor the entire night. He finished with just two points and one rebound in nine minutes. Nazr Mohammed tried to pick up the slack for Ratliff and had 11 points and six rebounds. But in addition to Ratliff not contributing, the Hawks also received little from forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who netted just seven points on 2-of-8 shooting. He had his streak of double-figure games stopped at 48 games. While they had problems defending the interior, the Hawks also did nothing to distinguish themselves on the perimeter as the Mavs went 10-of-21 from 3-point range. Nowitzki led the way by going 4-of-7. Terry did have his own game going from the outside. After Walt Williams drilled a 3-pointer with 6:49 left in the first half to give the Mavs a 50-35 lead, Terry took over. Terry scored 17 points in 23-8 run to close the half, pulling the Hawks even at 58-58. During the surge, he went 7-of-7 from the field, including three shots from the arc. Robinson made a basket to start the second half to give the Hawks their first lead since the opening minutes before the Mavs used a 16-3 spurt to take charge. Nowitzki led the way with six points and LaFrentz and Nash each had five in the run that Nash capped with a fadeaway jumper for a 74-63 lead with 6:58 left. "We had a bad second quarter and talked about it at halftime," Nowitzki said. "Coach really let us know about it; he got loud. We let down after the first quarter. We had to come out with more energy, especially defensively." LaFrentz, who had season highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds in Monday's win over Denver, made 11-of-16 shots. Nowitzki was 12-of-21 from the floor. "Everyone wants to talk about Nowitzki, but where LaFrentz was coming from, this was a breakthrough game," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. "I thought he played well last game, and this was better. He seemed to have good rhythm." After their big run, the Mavs led by at least nine points the rest of the way. They put away the game with a 13-2 burst to open the fourth quarter, capped by Nowitzki's 3-pointer for their largest lead at 101-78. Nick Van Exel added 14 points and Michael Finley 13 for Dallas, which shot 51 percent (45-of-88) and committed just eight turnovers. Rookie Dan Dickau led a strong effort by the Atlanta bench with eight points and a season-high 10 assists. Led by Dickau, the Hawks' reserves surprisingly outscored a deep and talented Dallas bench, 38-21. Atlanta shot 43 percent (38-of-89) and held a 45-39 rebounding advantage.


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