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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DALLAS           27   36   32   19    114  
     CLEVELAND        29   24   24   21    98      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 23, STEVE NASH 20, DIRK 
                      NOWITZKI 18
                CLE - CARLOS BOOZER 24, LEBRON JAMES 16, ERIC 
                      WILLIAMS 14

HIGH REBOUND:   DAL - ANTOINE WALKER 11, DIRK NOWITZKI 10, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 6
                CLE - CARLOS BOOZER 14, ERIC WILLIAMS 6, TONY 
                      BATTIE 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   DAL - STEVE NASH 10, ANTOINE WALKER 7, DIRK 
                      NOWITZKI 4
                CLE - LEBRON JAMES 9, JEFF MCINNIS 7, KEVIN 
                      OLLIE 4

         ATT:   18,349

Box Score

DALLAS (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 36 5-18 1-2 4-11 7 1 11 S Williams 21 7-8 2-2 1-6 0 2 16 D Nowitzki 39 5-15 8-8 2-10 4 1 18 S Nash 36 8-11 2-2 1-6 10 0 20 M Finley 43 9-20 4-4 1-6 2 3 23 S Bradley 14 2-2 0-0 1-3 0 3 4 T Best 4 0-1 0-0 1-1 2 0 0 A Jamison 23 6-12 0-0 4-4 1 2 12 J Howard 20 3-6 3-4 1-4 0 4 10 E Najera 4 0-2 0-0 2-2 0 1 0 D Fortson DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Daniels DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-95 20-22 18-53 26 17 114 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.909. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (A Walker 0-2, D Nowitzki 0-3, S Nash 2-3, M Finley 1-4, A Jamison 0-1, J Howard 1-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:8 (A Walker 4, S Bradley, J Howard, D Nowitzki, S Williams). Turnovers:7 (A Walker 3, S Nash, A Jamison, E Najera, J Howard). Steals: 9 (A Walker 2, D Nowitzki 2, S Bradley, S Nash, M Finley, A Jamison, S Williams). CLEVELAND (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Williams 37 4-9 5-6 0-6 2 2 14 C Boozer 36 10-16 4-4 2-14 1 2 24 Z Ilgauskas 29 4-11 3-4 1-3 1 2 11 J McInnis 31 5-10 0-0 0-0 7 1 11 L James 34 6-12 4-4 2-4 9 2 16 I Newble 14 1-3 1-1 0-1 1 1 3 K Ollie 17 2-3 1-1 0-3 4 2 5 T Battie 19 4-8 0-1 3-6 0 1 8 D Wagner 20 3-11 0-0 1-3 1 3 6 J Kapono 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 K Brown DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Diop DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-84 18-21 9-40 26 16 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (E Williams 1-3, J McInnis 1-3, T Battie 0-1, D Wagner 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:8 (T Battie 4, Z Ilgauskas 2, K Ollie, L James). Turnovers:12 (L James 5, Z Ilgauskas 2, J McInnis 2, E Williams, K Ollie, I Newble). Steals: 2 (K Ollie, D Wagner). -------------------------------------------- DALLAS 27 36 32 19 - 114 CLEVELAND 29 24 24 21 - 98 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Dallas - 1 (A Walker, 4:18 4th). Flagrant fouls: Cleveland 1 (T Battie, 4:18 4th). A: 18,349. T: 2:00. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Bill Kennedy, Ken Mauer.


Extended Box

DALLAS (114) AT CLEVELAND (98) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 36 5-18 1-2 4 7 11 7 1 2 3 11 S WILLIAMS F 21 7-8 2-2 1 5 6 0 2 1 0 16 D NOWITZKI C 39 5-15 8-8 2 8 10 4 1 2 0 18 S NASH G 36 8-11 2-2 1 5 6 10 0 1 1 20 M FINLEY G 43 9-20 4-4 1 5 6 2 3 1 0 23 S BRADLEY 14 2-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 1 0 4 T BEST 4 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 A JAMISON 23 6-12 0-0 4 0 4 1 2 1 1 12 J HOWARD 20 3-6 3-4 1 3 4 0 4 0 1 10 E NAJERA 4 0-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 D FORTSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION M DANIELS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 45-95 20-22 18 35 53 26 17 9 7 114 (.474) (.909) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 8 (9 PTS) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === E WILLIAMS F 37 4-9 5-6 0 6 6 2 2 0 1 14 C BOOZER F 36 10-16 4-4 2 12 14 1 2 0 0 24 Z ILGAUSKAS C 29 4-11 3-4 1 2 3 1 2 0 2 11 J MCINNIS G 31 5-10 0-0 0 0 0 7 1 0 2 11 L JAMES G 34 6-12 4-4 2 2 4 9 2 0 5 16 I NEWBLE 14 1-3 1-1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 3 K OLLIE 17 2-3 1-1 0 3 3 4 2 1 1 5 T BATTIE 19 4-8 0-1 3 3 6 0 1 0 0 8 D WAGNER 20 3-11 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 6 J KAPONO 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 K BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION D DIOP DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE TOTALS 240 39-84 18-21 9 31 40 26 16 2 12 98 (.464) (.857) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 12 (18 PTS) DALLAS 27 36 32 19 - 114 CLEVELAND 29 24 24 21 - 98 BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - A WALKER 4, S BRADLEY, J HOWARD, D NOWITZKI, S WILLIAMS. CLEVELAND - T BATTIE 4, Z ILGAUSKAS 2, K OLLIE, L JAMES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 4-14 (.286), A WALKER 0-2, D NOWITZKI 0- 3, S NASH 2-3, M FINLEY 1-4, A JAMISON 0-1, J HOWARD 1-1. CLEVELAND 2- 9 (.222), E WILLIAMS 1-3, J MCINNIS 1-3, T BATTIE 0-1, D WAGNER 0- 2. TECHNICAL FOULS: DALLAS - A WALKER. FLAGRANT FOULS: CLEVELAND 1 (T BATTIE, 4:18 4TH). OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, BILL KENNEDY, KEN MAUER. A - 18,349. T - 2:00.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks have extra offensive gears that not even LeBron James has. Michael Finley scored 23 points to lead a relentless attack as the Mavericks regrouped with a 114-98 victory over James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Mavericks were coming off Tuesday's 109-92 loss at Memphis but showed no signs of tired legs, sprinting to an early lead. After being caught late in the first quarter, Dallas turned it on again with spurts at the end of the second period and in the third quarter. The Cavaliers finally put up some resistance in the fourth quarter when Tony Battie twice lowered his shoulder into Mavericks point guard Steve Nash, earning a flagrant foul. It was much too late by then as Cleveland was well on its way to its fifth loss in six games. "It was big for us," Nash said. "It's a game we should win, I think. They are young and just getting started. After giving up one last night on the road, we put a little bit of pressure on ourselves tonight and we followed through and played well." Dallas had seven players in double figures and three with double-doubles. Scott Williams, signed last month to fortify an undersized frontcourt, made the most of a surprise start and scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. "I got over that 'starter thing' a long time ago," said Williams, a veteran who won three championship rings with the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s. "I find it much more rewarding to be in the game in the fourth quarter with the game on the line." "I loved the way he played," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "I thought he was a big factor in the win on both ends of the floor. He was hurt last night (sprained ankle in practice). We needed him, we thought, more tonight than last night and if I had played him last night, I probably would not have had him tonight." Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have lost the last six meetings with the Mavericks. James, who scored 33 points in Friday's Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend, had 16 and nine assists but never was really a factor. "With a team like Dallas, all you can do is hope they miss, and they didn't tonight," James said. "They missed a lot last night when I watched the game." Dallas made its first six shots and sped to a 27-16 lead before Cleveland closed the first quarter with 13 unanswered points. The Mavericks ended the first half with a 6-0 burst for a 63-53 lead, then opened the third quarter with a 10-4 run capped by a pair of hoops by Williams for a 73-57 bulge. Finley's 3-pointer made it 87-69 with 4:40 to go. "They were on fire," Cavaliers coach Paul Silas said. "Unlike last night, when they couldn't make a shot, tonight they made everything. When they are on fire like that, there is very little you can do. They've just got too many weapons out there." Nash had 20 points and 10 assists, All-Star Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points and 10 rebounds and Antoine Walker had 11 and 11 for Dallas, which held a 53-40 advantage on the boards. "We knew they were the No. 1 percentage rebounding team in the league coming in," Williams said. "(Assistant Del) Harris made us well aware of that fact that we had to crash the glass and try to prevent some of that. That's how they get their buckets." Dallas reserve guard Travis Best left in the second quarter with right Achilles inflammation and did not return.


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