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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DALLAS           33   29   38   19    119  
     MINNESOTA        27   20   24   24    95      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 33, NICK VAN EXEL 19, RAEF
                      LAFRENTZ 15
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 24, ANTHONY PEELER 14, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 7, STEVE NASH 5, EDUARDO 
                      NAJERA 5
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 11, JOE SMITH 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   DAL - STEVE NASH 15, NICK VAN EXEL 9, TARIQ 
                      ABDUL-WAHAD 6
                MIN - KENDALL GILL 4, KEVIN GARNETT 4, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 4

         ATT:   19,304

Box Score

DALLAS (119) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Griffin 21 3-8 0-0 1-4 3 3 6 D Nowitzki 34 13-20 1-2 0-7 3 2 33 S Bradley 24 4-5 4-5 1-3 1 4 12 E Najera 22 3-5 0-0 3-5 1 4 6 S Nash 31 6-12 1-1 2-5 15 1 14 R LaFrentz 28 7-13 0-0 1-3 0 5 15 N Van Exel 29 7-12 2-2 0-2 9 1 19 T Abdul-Wahad 25 5-8 0-2 1-4 6 4 10 R Bell 12 0-2 0-0 1-4 1 2 0 A Johnson 7 1-3 2-2 0-0 0 0 4 E Eschmeyer 7 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 M Finley DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 49-88 10-14 11-40 39 27 119 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.557, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 11-23, .478 (D Nowitzki 6-10, S Nash 1-4, R LaFrentz 1-3, N Van Exel 3-6). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (S Bradley, T Abdul-Wahad, R LaFrentz, D Nowitzki). Turnovers:12 (N Van Exel 3, S Nash 2, R LaFrentz 2, E Eschmeyer 2, S Bradley, A Johnson, D Nowitzki). Steals: 5 (S Bradley 2, S Nash, T Abdul-Wahad, R Bell). MINNESOTA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 35 2-11 4-4 1-3 4 2 8 K Garnett 36 10-18 4-6 3-11 4 3 24 R Nesterovic 17 5-8 1-1 0-2 0 4 11 A Peeler 35 6-10 1-2 0-4 3 2 14 T Hudson 35 3-7 4-4 0-2 2 4 10 J Smith 19 0-6 4-6 1-5 0 0 4 K Gill 23 5-9 0-0 0-1 4 2 11 M Wilks 13 1-5 0-0 2-4 1 0 2 M Jackson 14 0-2 2-4 1-2 0 0 2 G Trent 7 2-4 0-2 0-1 1 1 4 I Rakocevic 6 1-2 2-2 0-0 2 0 5 L Woods DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-82 22-31 8-35 21 18 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (W Szczerbiak 0-4, K Garnett 0-1, A Peeler 1-3, J Smith 0-1, K Gill 1-1, M Wilks 0-1, I Rakocevic 1-2). Team Rebounds: 17. Blocked Shots:4 (K Garnett 2, W Szczerbiak, M Wilks). Turnovers:11 (K Garnett 4, T Hudson 2, G Trent, M Jackson, I Rakocevic, R Nesterovic, A Peeler). Steals: 5 (M Jackson 3, A Peeler, K Garnett). -------------------------------------------- DALLAS 33 29 38 19 - 119 MINNESOTA 27 20 24 24 - 95 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,304. T: 2:18. Officials: Bill Spooner, Jack Nies, Nolan Fine.


Extended Box

DALLAS (119) AT MINNESOTA (95) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A GRIFFIN G 21 3-8 0-0 1 3 4 3 3 0 0 6 D NOWITZKI F 34 13-20 1-2 0 7 7 3 2 0 1 33 S BRADLEY C 24 4-5 4-5 1 2 3 1 4 2 1 12 E NAJERA F 22 3-5 0-0 3 2 5 1 4 0 0 6 S NASH G 31 6-12 1-1 2 3 5 15 1 1 2 14 R LAFRENTZ 28 7-13 0-0 1 2 3 0 5 0 2 15 N VAN EXEL 29 7-12 2-2 0 2 2 9 1 0 3 19 T ABDUL-WAHAD 25 5-8 0-2 1 3 4 6 4 1 0 10 R BELL 12 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 1 0 0 A JOHNSON 7 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 E ESCHMEYER 7 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 2 0 M FINLEY DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING TOTALS 240 49-88 10-14 11 29 40 39 27 5 12 119 (.557) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12 (12 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 35 2-11 4-4 1 2 3 4 2 0 0 8 K GARNETT F 36 10-18 4-6 3 8 11 4 3 1 4 24 R NESTEROVIC C 17 5-8 1-1 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 11 A PEELER G 35 6-10 1-2 0 4 4 3 2 1 1 14 T HUDSON G 35 3-7 4-4 0 2 2 2 4 0 2 10 J SMITH 19 0-6 4-6 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 4 K GILL 23 5-9 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 11 M WILKS 13 1-5 0-0 2 2 4 1 0 0 0 2 M JACKSON 14 0-2 2-4 1 1 2 0 0 3 1 2 G TRENT 7 2-4 0-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 4 I RAKOCEVIC 6 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 5 L WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-82 22-31 8 27 35 21 18 5 11 95 (.427) (.710) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 11 (10 PTS) DALLAS 33 29 38 19 - 119 MINNESOTA 27 20 24 24 - 95 BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - S BRADLEY, T ABDUL-WAHAD, R LAFRENTZ, D NOWITZKI. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, W SZCZERBIAK, M WILKS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 11-23 (.478), D NOWITZKI 6-10, S NASH 1- 4, R LAFRENTZ 1-3, N VAN EXEL 3-6. MINNESOTA 3-13 (.231), W SZCZERBIAK 0- 4, K GARNETT 0-1, A PEELER 1-3, J SMITH 0-1, K GILL 1-1, M WILKS 0- 1, I RAKOCEVIC 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, JACK NIES, NOLAN FINE. A - 19,304. T - 2:18.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- On a day when the Minnesota Timberwolves could have officially clinched their seventh consecutive playoff berth, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks reminded them of their postseason failures. Nowitzki scored 33 points, including six 3-pointers, and the Mavericks shot 56 percent from the field and rolled to a 119-95 rout. The stunned looks on the faces of Timberwolves general manager Kevin McHale, coach Flip Saunders and star forward Kevin Garnett were an all-too familiar sight for a franchise that has failed to win a playoff series. Minnesota, which never has had home-court advantage in the postseason, slipped to fifth in the Western Conference, one-half game behind Portland (45-27). "I don't know if they were so good offensively or we were so bad (defensively), or if it was a combination of both," Saunders said. "They played extremely well. They played with more of a mental edge early, and set the tone of the game right away. We knew the importance of the game, but they got us back on our heels." The fourth spot is the last for home-court advantage in the first round. The Timberwolves (46-29), who have lost three straight and were coming off a 111-84 loss at Miami on Friday, now just lead the sixth-place Utah Jazz by two games. The Mavericks swept the Timberwolves in the first round last year but lost two of the first three meetings this season. Sunday's game was not much of a contest, even with the Mavs missing star guard Michael Finley, who was sidelined for a sixth straight game with a strained left hamstring. But Raef LaFrentz, Nick Van Exel and Tariq Abdul-Wahad especially hurt the Timberwolves, combining for 44 points on 19-of-33 shooting off the bench. Van Exel scored 19 and LaFrentz had 11 of his 15 in the second quarter. The trio scored all of Dallas' points in a 17-7 run that opened a 54-40 lead with 3:06 left. Van Exel started it with a jump hook and LaFrentz highlighted it with a 3-pointer, two jumpers, a layup and a dunk. Abdul-Wahad added a layup and a 16-foot jumper. "I had a chance to come in and keep it going in the second and third quarters," LaFrentz said. "They might have been a little flat for whatever reason, but when you get into a situation like that against a team like the Wolves, you got to take advantage of it." After Minnesota pulled within 57-47 on a pair of free throws by Marc Jackson with 1:03 left, Dallas closed the half with a 3-pointer by Nowitzki and a dunk by Abdul-Wahad off a pass by Steve Nash, who finished with 14 points and 15 assists. In a 38-point third quarter, the Mavs shot 61 percent (14-of-23), including 7-of-9 from 3-point range. Nowitzki drilled three 3-pointers and scored 13 points in the quarter. Van Exel also hit three 3-pointers - all in the last 3:25 - and had 11 points as Dallas raced to a 100-71 lead. "We wanted to make sure that we came out stronger in the second half," said Nowitzki, who was 13-of-20 from the field. "We just kept battling on the boards and moved the ball better, and it worked out great. "It was embarrassing how we got manhandled on the boards Friday (at Portland) and we corrected that. We won the rebounding game (40-35), which is huge because Minnesota is such a good rebounding team." Dallas led by as many as 36 points on two occasions in the fourth quarter. "I've been in the league 13 years, and I've never seen a team shoot like that," Minnesota's Kendall Gill said. "We've played them tough all year, and I thought we'd come out and play well, especially after our two losses and the game being on national TV. When you play like we were playing, with the way they were shooting, it was going to be a blowout." The Mavericks (55-18) moved three games ahead of Sacramento in the battle for the best record in the Western Conference and 3 1/2 games ahead of San Antonio in the Midwest Division. Kevin Garnett led Minnesota with 24 points and 11 rebounds, but received little help. Wally Szczerbiak, the Timberwolves' second leading scorer, hit just 2-of-11 shots, missed all four of his 3-pointers and finished with eight points. "I missed some open looks," Szczerbiak said. "The shots aren't falling right now, and we just need to get back at it. We need to get back to the fundamentals and communicate." Minnesota was 3-of-13 from the arc after shooting 7-of-31 from 3-point range in Friday's loss at Miami. Anthony Peeler scored 14 points and Rasho Nesterovic added 11 for Minnesota. Shawn Bradley scored nine of his 12 points in the first quarter when the Mavs built a 33-27 lead. "We did get the ball inside more than normal today, but when they double-teamed, we made the appropriate pass," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. "You always look good when you make your shots."


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