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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MEMPHIS          28   21   17   21    87   
     DALLAS           32   20   28   34    114     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MEM - PAU GASOL 25, STROMILE SWIFT 16, SHANE 
                      BATTIER 12
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 28, ADRIAN GRIFFIN 17, 
                      MICHAEL FINLEY 11

HIGH REBOUND:   MEM - STROMILE SWIFT 9, WESLEY PERSON 8, PAU 
                      GASOL 8
                DAL - EDUARDO NAJERA 10, MICHAEL FINLEY 10, 
                      DIRK NOWITZKI 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 8, BREVIN KNIGHT 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                DAL - STEVE NASH 7, NICK VAN EXEL 6, AVERY 
                      JOHNSON 5

         ATT:   19,828

Box Score

MEMPHIS (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Swift 31 3-8 10-12 3-9 0 3 16 S Battier 40 3-8 6-7 1-5 2 2 12 P Gasol 37 8-10 9-12 1-8 2 2 25 W Person 38 5-13 0-0 1-8 1 1 11 J Williams 32 2-10 2-2 1-5 8 0 6 M Batiste 22 4-11 2-2 2-5 0 1 10 E Watson 18 1-5 2-2 0-1 1 3 5 B Knight 16 1-5 0-0 0-1 5 2 2 C Trybanski 6 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 L Wright DNP - PERSONAL REASONS M Dickerson DNP - ABDOMINAL STRAIN M Miller DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-70 31-39 9-42 19 15 87 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.386, FT-.795. 3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143 (S Battier 0-2, W Person 1-3, J Williams 0-6, M Batiste 0-1, E Watson 1-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:6 (S Swift 3, J Williams, S Battier, M Batiste). Turnovers:17 (J Williams 4, M Batiste 4, P Gasol 3, S Battier 2, W Person, C Trybanski, E Watson, S Swift). Steals: 7 (M Batiste 3, B Knight, S Swift, S Battier, P Gasol). DALLAS (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Finley 38 5-15 0-0 3-10 1 3 11 D Nowitzki 31 9-21 7-7 1-7 4 3 28 R LaFrentz 15 2-4 4-4 0-6 0 6 8 R Bell 17 3-5 0-0 0-2 2 1 7 S Nash 22 3-11 0-0 0-1 7 0 7 W Williams 26 4-8 0-0 0-1 1 2 9 S Bradley 12 3-4 2-3 0-2 1 3 8 E Eschmeyer 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 N Van Exel 23 3-6 0-0 1-2 6 0 6 E Najera 19 4-6 2-3 6-10 0 4 10 A Griffin 21 8-8 0-0 2-4 4 2 17 A Johnson 9 1-2 1-2 0-3 5 1 3 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-91 16-19 13-49 31 25 114 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.495, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (M Finley 1-3, D Nowitzki 3-6, R Bell 1-2, S Nash 1-3, W Williams 1-2, N Van Exel 0-1, A Griffin 1-1). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots:2 (A Griffin, R LaFrentz). Turnovers:10 (M Finley 5, S Bradley, W Williams, N Van Exel, A Griffin, D Nowitzki). Steals: 10 (S Nash 2, E Eschmeyer 2, D Nowitzki 2, S Bradley, M Finley, A Griffin, W Williams). ------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 28 21 17 21 - 87 DALLAS 32 20 28 34 - 114 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Memphis - 1 (Defensive Three, 10:39 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,828. T: 2:09. Officials: Bill Spooner, Blane Reichelt, Tony Brown.


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (87) AT DALLAS (114) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S SWIFT F 31 3-8 10-12 3 6 9 0 3 1 1 16 S BATTIER F 40 3-8 6-7 1 4 5 2 2 1 2 12 P GASOL C 37 8-10 9-12 1 7 8 2 2 1 3 25 W PERSON G 38 5-13 0-0 1 7 8 1 1 0 1 11 J WILLIAMS G 32 2-10 2-2 1 4 5 8 0 0 4 6 M BATISTE 22 4-11 2-2 2 3 5 0 1 3 4 10 E WATSON 18 1-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 5 B KNIGHT 16 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 1 0 2 C TRYBANSKI 6 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 L WRIGHT DNP - PERSONAL REASONS M DICKERSON DNP - ABDOMINAL STRAIN M MILLER DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK TOTALS 240 27-70 31-39 9 33 42 19 15 7 17 87 (.386) (.795) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19 (27 PTS) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M FINLEY F 38 5-15 0-0 3 7 10 1 3 1 5 11 D NOWITZKI F 31 9-21 7-7 1 6 7 4 3 2 1 28 R LAFRENTZ C 15 2-4 4-4 0 6 6 0 6 0 0 8 R BELL G 17 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 7 S NASH G 22 3-11 0-0 0 1 1 7 0 2 0 7 W WILLIAMS 26 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 9 S BRADLEY 12 3-4 2-3 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 8 E ESCHMEYER 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 N VAN EXEL 23 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 6 0 0 1 6 E NAJERA 19 4-6 2-3 6 4 10 0 4 0 0 10 A GRIFFIN 21 8-8 0-0 2 2 4 4 2 1 1 17 A JOHNSON 9 1-2 1-2 0 3 3 5 1 0 0 3 TOTALS 240 45-91 16-19 13 36 49 31 25 10 10 114 (.495) (.842) TEAM REBS: 1 TOTAL TO: 10 (8 PTS) MEMPHIS 28 21 17 21 - 87 DALLAS 32 20 28 34 - 114 BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - S SWIFT 3, J WILLIAMS, S BATTIER, M BATISTE. DALLAS - A GRIFFIN, R LAFRENTZ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 2-14 (.143), S BATTIER 0-2, W PERSON 1- 3, J WILLIAMS 0-6, M BATISTE 0-1, E WATSON 1-2. DALLAS 8-18 (.444), M FINLEY 1-3, D NOWITZKI 3-6, R BELL 1-2, S NASH 1-3, W WILLIAMS 1- 2, N VAN EXEL 0-1, A GRIFFIN 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MEMPHIS - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, BLANE REICHELT, TONY BROWN. A - 19,828. T - 2:09.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- The shorthanded Memphis Grizzlies had a lead against the NBA's best team until their lack of depth caught up with them. Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 of his 28 points in the decisive third quarter and Adrian Griffin added a season-high 17 points off the bench as the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 114-87 victory over the Grizzlies. Memphis has lost the last 11 meetings with Dallas and had little chance of ending the slide with three key players sidelined. Forward Lorenzen Wright was not with the team due to a death of his 11-month-old daughter and guards Mike Miller and Michael Dickerson did not make the trip due to injuries. Despite their lack of players, the Grizzlies had a 59-52 lead with 9:33 left in the third quarter. But the Mavericks responded with a 19-3 run, highlighted by 10 points from Nowitzki. "That has been our story all year, those runs where nobody can stop us," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "We get the ball in the open court and we can start making shots and there is a rhythm to our game that is unstoppable." "We were late on a lot of our defensive rotations in the third quarter," Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. "I give them credit because they had to make the shots even though we were late getting there. Our coverage was lacking, but they still had to make the shots." Nowitzki made 5-of-10 shots in the third quarter, including 3-of-4 3-pointers. Eduardo Najera collected five points and six rebounds - five offensive - in the period, providing a spark for the sluggish Mavs. "I thought our intensity wasn't there," Najera said. "I realized that I had to come in and provide energy. I tried to bring the intensity level up. It worked pretty well in the third quarter. A few of those rebounds led to big threes and big buckets." "Najera came in and gave them a major spark," Brown said. "There was no doubt that we couldn't handle him. " The Mavericks had an 80-66 lead entering the fourth quarter and scored 34 points over the final 12 minutes. Griffin had 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the final period. Activated from the injured list before the game, Griffin made 8-of-8 shots in 21 minutes as Dallas avoided a three-game losing streak. Najera, who missed Thursday's loss to Sacramento, collected 10 points and 10 rebounds in his return. "Eduardo is just a glue guy, a guy that - when the other team isn't paying attention - he makes them pay," Mavs point guard Steve Nash. "He plays with heart and is able to set his teammates up with screens or all the little dirty things. He's a great addition to our team." "Welcome back Eddie and Grif," Nelson added. "It was nice to have those guys in the lineup, healthy, looking good, doing things that make us win." Michael Finley had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who shot 50 percent (45-of-91) from the floor and made 8-of-18 3-pointers. Dallas committed just 10 turnovers but scored 27 points off 19 miscues by Memphis. Pau Gasol scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Stromile Swift added 16 and nine for the Grizzlies, who have not defeated the Mavericks since April 16, 2000. Shane Battier had 12 points and Wesley Person 11 for Memphis, which shot just 39 percent (27-of-70), including 2-of-14 from 3-point range.


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