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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      SACRAMENTO       23   17   26   32    98   
      DALLAS           30   24   25   28    107     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   SAC - BRAD MILLER 24, CHRIS WEBBER 21, MATT 
                      BARNES 17
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 33, MICHAEL FINLEY 18, 
                      ERICK DAMPIER 11

HIGH REBOUND:   SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 10, MATT BARNES 9, BRAD 
                      MILLER 6
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 10, ALAN HENDERSON 8, 
                      MICHAEL FINLEY 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   SAC - MIKE BIBBY 6, MATT BARNES 4, TWO PLAYERS
                      WITH 3
                DAL - DEVIN HARRIS 7, DIRK NOWITZKI 5, JOSH 
                      HOWARD 4

         ATT:   20,041

Box Score

SACRAMENTO (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Webber 35 10-17 1-5 3-10 1 2 21 P Stojakovic 39 3-15 6-6 2-5 3 1 12 B Miller 38 8-14 8-8 4-6 1 5 24 M Evans 21 1-4 0-0 1-2 2 2 2 M Bibby 28 2-8 3-4 1-5 6 2 8 M Barnes 30 7-11 1-2 4-9 4 2 17 G Ostertag 10 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 B Jackson 20 4-12 3-3 3-4 3 3 11 D Songaila 13 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 K Martin 6 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 D Christie DNP - PLANTAR FASCIATIS E Daniels DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-87 23-30 18-43 21 19 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 3-17, .176 (P Stojakovic 0-7, M Evans 0-1, M Bibby 1-2, M Barnes 2-3, B Jackson 0-4). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:6 (B Miller 2, M Bibby, P Stojakovic, M Evans, M Barnes). Turnovers:15 (C Webber 3, M Bibby 3, P Stojakovic 3, M Barnes 2, B Jackson, B Miller, M Evans, K Martin). Steals: 9 (B Miller 3, B Jackson 2, P Stojakovic 2, M Bibby, M Barnes). DALLAS (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Howard 19 2-4 2-3 0-2 4 3 6 D Nowitzki 43 12-19 7-8 1-10 5 3 33 E Dampier 34 3-8 5-6 1-5 1 3 11 M Finley 36 7-12 2-2 0-6 3 2 18 D Harris 30 2-7 2-2 1-1 7 3 8 J Stackhouse 22 3-11 2-2 1-4 2 3 8 M Daniels 19 4-6 0-0 3-5 1 3 8 J Terry 18 4-10 0-0 1-2 2 1 9 A Henderson 18 3-4 0-0 5-8 2 1 6 S Bradley 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 C Booth DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Mbenga DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-81 20-23 13-43 27 23 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.870. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (D Nowitzki 2-2, M Finley 2-4, D Harris 2-5, M Daniels 0-1, J Terry 1-4). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:8 (A Henderson 3, E Dampier 2, D Nowitzki 2, M Finley). Turnovers:14 (M Finley 4, D Nowitzki 3, J Howard 2, A Henderson, J Stackhouse, M Daniels, E Dampier, D Harris). Steals: 11 (E Dampier 2, D Harris 2, D Nowitzki 2, J Stackhouse, M Finley, M Daniels, J Howard, J Terry). ------------------------------------------- SACRAMENTO 23 17 26 32 - 98 DALLAS 30 24 25 28 - 107 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,041. T: 2:18. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Gary Benson, Jess Kersey.


Extended Box

SACRAMENTO (98) AT DALLAS (107) SACRAMENTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C WEBBER F 35 10-17 1-5 3 7 10 1 2 0 3 21 P STOJAKOVIC F 39 3-15 6-6 2 3 5 3 1 2 3 12 B MILLER C 38 8-14 8-8 4 2 6 1 5 3 1 24 M EVANS G 21 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 2 M BIBBY G 28 2-8 3-4 1 4 5 6 2 1 3 8 M BARNES 30 7-11 1-2 4 5 9 4 2 1 2 17 G OSTERTAG 10 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 B JACKSON 20 4-12 3-3 3 1 4 3 3 2 1 11 D SONGAILA 13 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 K MARTIN 6 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 D CHRISTIE DNP - PLANTAR FASCIATIS E DANIELS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-87 23-30 18 25 43 21 19 9 15 98 (.414) (.767) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 17 (21 PTS) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J HOWARD F 19 2-4 2-3 0 2 2 4 3 1 2 6 D NOWITZKI F 43 12-19 7-8 1 9 10 5 3 2 3 33 E DAMPIER C 34 3-8 5-6 1 4 5 1 3 2 1 11 M FINLEY G 36 7-12 2-2 0 6 6 3 2 1 4 18 D HARRIS G 30 2-7 2-2 1 0 1 7 3 2 1 8 J STACKHOUSE 22 3-11 2-2 1 3 4 2 3 1 1 8 M DANIELS 19 4-6 0-0 3 2 5 1 3 1 1 8 J TERRY 18 4-10 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 9 A HENDERSON 18 3-4 0-0 5 3 8 2 1 0 1 6 S BRADLEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 C BOOTH DNP - COACH'S DECISION D MBENGA DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-81 20-23 13 30 43 27 23 11 14 107 (.494) (.870) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 14 (16 PTS) SACRAMENTO 23 17 26 32 - 98 DALLAS 30 24 25 28 - 107 BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - B MILLER 2, M BIBBY, P STOJAKOVIC, M EVANS, M BARNES. DALLAS - A HENDERSON 3, E DAMPIER 2, D NOWITZKI 2, M FINLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 3-17 (.176), P STOJAKOVIC 0-7, M EVANS 0- 1, M BIBBY 1-2, M BARNES 2-3, B JACKSON 0-4. DALLAS 7-16 (.438), D NOWITZKI 2- 2, M FINLEY 2-4, D HARRIS 2-5, M DANIELS 0-1, J TERRY 1-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, GARY BENSON, JESS KERSEY. A - 20,041. T - 2:18.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks have plenty of new players and claim to have a new commitment to defense. But they still have Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley. Nowitzki had 33 points and 10 rebounds and Finley scored 11 of his 18 points in the final period as the Mavericks looked awfully familiar in a 107-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings in the season opener for both teams. "We are still going to be important parts of the team," Nowitzki said. "Hopefully we'll keep going and make big plays down the stretch to win games. Mike and I kind of have the team leader role. We did a good job tonight." "If Dirk doesn't score, we are in trouble," Finley said. "The way that the team is set up this year, everybody knows that the ball has to go through Dirk when we are looking for something offensively. He's given that to us not only in tonight's game but in practices and the preseason." After losing to the Kings in five games in the first round of last year's playoffs, the Mavericks tried to address their defensive deficiencies in the offseason, trading for center Erick Dampier. Dampier helped set an early tone of toughness as the Mavericks got off to a quick start. But he slowed considerably and was not a factor in the fourth quarter, when the Mavericks reverted to their old ways. "I thought our first three quarters were our strongest defensively," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "We tired in the fourth quarter and did a poor job of playing defense. We didn't get enough stops down the stretch." Dallas allowed Sacramento to score on eight straight possessions and close to 99-93 before Finley curled around a screen for a jumper at the 2:06 mark. Nowitzki pulled down a missed 3-pointer by Bobby Jackson and Finley dunked with 1:29 to go. "I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing - keep making shots when I have to and make the most of my time on the court," said Finley, who has averaged nearly 40 minutes per game in his eight-plus seasons with the Mavericks. Finley played 36 minutes because reserve guards Jerry Stackhouse and Marquis Daniels missed most of the preseason with injuries. "I overused Mike a little bit," Nelson said. "Stackhouse hasn't played very much. I saw he got tired a couple of times. Marquis tired a little bit. It's not going to be that way all year for Mike. He's not going to play 36 minutes a night." The Kings kept coming and pulled within 103-98 with 58 seconds left before Nowitzki rebounded another miss and sank a pair of clinching free throws with 15 seconds to play. Dampier had 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks in his debut for Dallas, which never trailed and has won five of its last six season openers. The Mavericks improved to 100-24 all-time at the American Airlines Center. Brad Miller scored 24 points and Chris Webber added 21 and 10 boards for the Kings, who did not look or play like themselves. Guard Doug Christie was sidelined with plantar fasciaitis, All-Star forward Peja Stojakovic missed all seven of his 3-pointers and guard Mike Bibby sat for the entire fourth quarter. "I was playing the five people I thought would give us the best chance to win," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "They were doing a good job at both ends of the court. That's why. There was no other reason." Although some of the names have changed and some of the faces were not familiar, the Kings and Mavericks still play some of the most entertaining basketball in the NBA. Nowitzki scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting in the first half as Dallas opened a 54-40 lead. He scored seven more early in the third quarter to help push the lead to 19 points. Back came the Kings, who closed to 91-83 on consecutive baskets by Webber early in the final period. Finley answered with a 3-pointer, but the Mavericks could not shake loose until the final minute. "We did enough to win down the stretch, but the fourth quarter has to be our best quarter defensively," Nelson said. "It wasn't our best quarter, but it will be before the year is out."


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