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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DALLAS           30   14   34   33    111  
     SACRAMENTO       36   24   24   19    103     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 31, ANTOINE WALKER 23, 
                      ANTAWN JAMISON 22
                SAC - MIKE BIBBY 23, VLADE DIVAC 21, GERALD 
                      WALLACE 16

HIGH REBOUND:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 14, ANTOINE WALKER 12, 
                      ANTAWN JAMISON 9
                SAC - BRAD MILLER 12, GERALD WALLACE 11, VLADE
                      DIVAC 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   DAL - STEVE NASH 11, ANTOINE WALKER 8, DIRK 
                      NOWITZKI 5
                SAC - BRAD MILLER 9, VLADE DIVAC 5, MIKE BIBBY
                      4

         ATT:   17,317

Box Score

DALLAS (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 37 9-21 0-0 2-12 8 5 23 A Jamison 35 10-14 2-4 7-9 1 3 22 D Nowitzki 47 9-22 10-10 1-14 5 4 31 M Finley 38 3-15 4-6 2-4 1 1 12 S Nash 35 5-9 1-1 0-2 11 3 14 J Howard 34 4-11 1-2 2-4 2 2 9 D Fortson 3 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 T Delk 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 T Best 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 E Najera 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Bradley DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Daniels DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-92 18-23 15-47 29 20 111 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 13-29, .448 (A Walker 5-11, A Jamison 0-1, D Nowitzki 3-6, M Finley 2-6, S Nash 3-4, J Howard 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:11 (D Nowitzki 3, M Finley 3, A Walker 2, J Howard 2, A Jamison). Turnovers:13 (A Walker 4, S Nash 3, A Jamison 2, J Howard 2, M Finley 2). Steals: 6 (D Nowitzki 3, A Jamison, M Finley, J Howard). SACRAMENTO (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Wallace 34 7-11 2-3 5-11 1 2 16 B Miller 39 4-10 5-6 1-12 9 6 13 V Divac 34 9-15 3-4 2-8 5 3 21 D Christie 24 2-6 0-0 1-4 3 2 5 M Bibby 38 9-20 3-4 0-3 4 3 23 B Jackson 31 4-18 2-2 2-4 1 2 13 A Peeler 24 3-6 0-0 0-3 3 1 8 D Songaila 16 2-6 0-1 1-1 0 5 4 T Massenburg DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Funderburke DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Stojakovic DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE J Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-92 15-20 12-46 26 24 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (D Christie 1-3, M Bibby 2-4, B Jackson 3-7, A Peeler 2-4). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:4 (G Wallace 3, M Bibby). Turnovers:17 (M Bibby 5, V Divac 3, B Miller 3, B Jackson 2, D Songaila 2, D Christie, A Peeler). Steals: 6 (D Christie 2, A Peeler 2, M Bibby, D Songaila). -------------------------------------------- DALLAS 30 14 34 33 - 111 SACRAMENTO 36 24 24 19 - 103 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Dallas - 1 (A Walker, 4:47 3rd). Sacramento - 1 (B Miller, 7:31 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:30. Officials: David Jones, Eddie F. Rush, Nolan Fine.


Extended Box

DALLAS (111) AT SACRAMENTO (103) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 37 9-21 0-0 2 10 12 8 5 0 4 23 A JAMISON F 35 10-14 2-4 7 2 9 1 3 1 2 22 D NOWITZKI C 47 9-22 10-10 1 13 14 5 4 3 0 31 M FINLEY G 38 3-15 4-6 2 2 4 1 1 1 2 12 S NASH G 35 5-9 1-1 0 2 2 11 3 0 3 14 J HOWARD 34 4-11 1-2 2 2 4 2 2 1 2 9 D FORTSON 3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 T DELK 9 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 T BEST 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 E NAJERA 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S BRADLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION M DANIELS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-92 18-23 15 32 47 29 20 6 13 111 (.435) (.783) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13 (15 PTS) SACRAMENTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G WALLACE F 34 7-11 2-3 5 6 11 1 2 0 0 16 B MILLER F 39 4-10 5-6 1 11 12 9 6 0 3 13 V DIVAC C 34 9-15 3-4 2 6 8 5 3 0 3 21 D CHRISTIE G 24 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 3 2 2 1 5 M BIBBY G 38 9-20 3-4 0 3 3 4 3 1 5 23 B JACKSON 31 4-18 2-2 2 2 4 1 2 0 2 13 A PEELER 24 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 2 1 8 D SONGAILA 16 2-6 0-1 1 0 1 0 5 1 2 4 T MASSENBURG DNP - COACH'S DECISION L FUNDERBURKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION P STOJAKOVIC DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE J SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-92 15-20 12 34 46 26 24 6 17 103 (.435) (.750) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19 (18 PTS) DALLAS 30 14 34 33 - 111 SACRAMENTO 36 24 24 19 - 103 BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - D NOWITZKI 3, M FINLEY 3, A WALKER 2, J HOWARD 2, A JAMISON. SACRAMENTO - G WALLACE 3, M BIBBY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 13-29 (.448), A WALKER 5-11, A JAMISON 0- 1, D NOWITZKI 3-6, M FINLEY 2-6, S NASH 3-4, J HOWARD 0-1. SACRAMENTO 8- 18 (.444), D CHRISTIE 1-3, M BIBBY 2-4, B JACKSON 3-7, A PEELER 2- 4. TECHNICAL FOULS: DALLAS - A WALKER. SACRAMENTO - B MILLER. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAVID JONES, EDDIE F. RUSH, NOLAN FINE. A - 17,317. T - 2:30.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks finally played the kind of game coach Don Nelson assumed would happen more frequently. Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 of his 31 points in the second half as the Mavericks rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit and pulled out an impressive 111-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings. In their first game on Christmas Day, the Mavericks shot 45 percent (13-of-29) from beyond the arc, something that Nelson had rarely seen this season. His team won 15 of its first 27 games while shooting 32 percent from the arc and averaging six 3-pointers. "That's something we haven't done," said Nelson, whose team made 38 percent of its 3-pointers last season. "I assumed that we were going to be good in that area, and we're one of the worst 3-point-shooting teams in the league. "But tonight, we were very good. I had visions of us making that shot and extending defenses. But it hasn't happened to us very often this year." It didn't look like it was going to happen at ARCO Arena, where a boisterous crowd watched the Mavericks misfire on 8-of-11 attempts from the arc in the first half and shoot just 40 percent overall en route to a 60-44 deficit at the break. But that all changed in the second half as the Mavericks scrapped their offensive game plan and focused on ball movement to create open shots. It worked as 17 of their 29 assists came in the second half. The new approach seemed to work early as Dallas opened the half with a 19-4 run that got them within 64-63 with 7:19 to play on a jumper by Antawn Jamison. "It was like two different games - there was a first half and there was a second half," Nelson said. "In the second half our offense just wasn't working, so we junked the whole thing and just went to passing. We just wanted to get ball movement and player movement." "We did a lot of motion," added Nowitzki, who scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. "It was fun. We all shared the ball, driving and kicking. That's our type of basketball." Nowitzki exploited mismatches due to the absence of the suspended Peja Stojakovic and injured Chris Webber to get to the foul line, where he made all 10 of his attempts in the fourth. In a season-high 47 minutes, Nowitzki bounced back from Tuesday's six-point outing at Portland, making 9-of-22 shots, 3-of-6 from the arc. "He was great," Dallas point guard Steve Nash said. "Obviously, not only did he score the ball, he got to the line, got the rebounds, made some great passes and had no turnovers. "That's an amazing statistic for a guy his size, handling the ball, driving to the basket and not turning it over in 47 minutes. That's incredible." In the second half, Dallas outscored the Kings, 67-43. It finally grabbed an 88-86 lead on a 3-pointer by Antoine Walker with 7:21 to play. Walker scored 23 points and led the Mavericks with five 3-pointers. None was bigger than the one he hit from the top of the key with 64 seconds left that gave the Mavericks a 106-103 lead. After Mike Bibby's 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of Michael Finley forged the 12th deadlock of the game, Walker took a feed from Nash and silenced the crowd with his fifth 3-pointer of the contest. Dallas has just four road wins this season, but it has beaten the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and Kings in their buildings. "We have an unbelievable squad I think," said Nowitzki, whose team is just 4-10 away from home. "We just haven't been clicking well together. Last year we started off well, but at the end we kind of fell short. Hopefully this year it'll be the opposite." Playing without Stojakovic, their leading scorer, the Kings fell to 15-2 at Arco Arena, which was hosting a Christmas Day game for the first time.


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