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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 19 35 16 15 85 PHOENIX 28 20 27 17 92 FINAL


DALLAS (85) AT PHOENIX (92)

DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

SCOTT F 30 5-12 1-1 1 2 3 2 3 0 2 12 WALKER F 35 6-11 3-5 5 7 12 0 4 1 2 15 BRADLEY C 38 5-13 0-0 3 6 9 1 1 1 4 10 PACK G 20 4-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 4 3 9 FINLEY G 45 7-16 4-4 1 5 6 3 3 3 3 19 DAVIS 28 2-8 4-4 1 1 2 3 1 0 2 10 GREEN 22 2-3 0-0 0 5 5 2 1 3 1 4 REEVES 21 2-6 2-5 1 0 1 2 1 2 3 6 WELLS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MUURSEPP DNP - COACH'S DECISION RILEY DNP - STRAINED ACHILLES TENDON STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-78 14-19 12 28 40 16 17 14 20 85 (.423) (.737) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 23(25 PTS)

PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

CEBALLOS F 22 6-7 2-2 3 2 5 3 1 2 1 14 MCDYESS F 35 7-12 1-2 4 6 10 2 4 2 0 15 ROBINSON C 35 5-9 2-2 1 2 3 1 6 1 4 13 KIDD G 44 7-22 4-6 4 8 12 14 2 3 7 20 CHAPMAN G 40 8-17 0-0 0 2 2 6 0 2 6 18 MCCLOUD 19 1-6 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 2 NASH 30 3-9 0-0 0 4 4 2 2 2 1 6 BRYANT 14 2-6 0-0 3 1 4 1 3 1 0 4 WILLIAMS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MANNING DNP - RIGHT ABDOMINAL STRAIN MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-88 9-12 16 28 44 29 20 13 19 92 (.443) (.750) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(27 PTS)

DALLAS 19 35 16 15 - 85 PHOENIX 28 20 27 17 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - WALKER 2, BRADLEY, FINLEY. PHOENIX - CEBALLOS, MCDYESS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 5-12 (.417), SCOTT 1-3, BRADLEY 0-1, PACK 1-1, FINLEY 1-3, DAVIS 2-3, REEVES 0-1. PHOENIX 5-19 (.263), ROBINSON 1-2, KIDD 2-8, CHAPMAN 2-3, MCCLOUD 0-2, NASH 0-4. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, LEON WOOD, JOE DEROSA. A - 19,023. T - 2:01.


DALLAS (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Scott 30 5-12 1-1 1-3 2 3 12 Walker 35 6-11 3-5 5-12 0 4 15 Bradley 38 5-13 0-0 3-9 1 1 10 Pack 20 4-9 0-0 0-2 3 3 9 Finley 45 7-16 4-4 1-6 3 3 19 Davis 28 2-8 4-4 1-2 3 1 10 Green 22 2-3 0-0 0-5 2 1 4 Reeves 21 2-6 2-5 1-1 2 1 6 Wells 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Muursepp DNP - coach's decision Riley DNP - strained achilles tendon Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-78 14-19 12-40 16 17 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Scott 1-3, Bradley 0-1, Pack 1-1, Finley 1-3, Davis 2-3, Reeves 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Walker 2, Bradley, Finley). Turnovers: 23 (Bradley 4, Finley 3, Pack 3, Reeves 3, Davis 2, Scott 2, Walker 2, Green). Steals: 14 (Pack 4, Finley 3, Green 3, Reeves 2, Bradley, Walker).

PHOENIX (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ceballos 22 6-7 2-2 3-5 3 1 14 Mcdyess 35 7-12 1-2 4-10 2 4 15 Robinson 35 5-9 2-2 1-3 1 6 13 Kidd 44 7-22 4-6 4-12 14 2 20 Chapman 40 8-17 0-0 0-2 6 0 18 Mccloud 19 1-6 0-0 1-4 0 2 2 Nash 30 3-9 0-0 0-4 2 2 6 Bryant 14 2-6 0-0 3-4 1 3 4 Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Manning DNP - right abdominal strain Milic DNP - coach's decision Thompson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-88 9-12 16-44 29 20 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Robinson 1-2, Kidd 2-8, Chapman 2-3, Mccloud 0-2, Nash 0-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Ceballos, Mcdyess). Turnovers: 19 (Kidd 7, Chapman 6, Robinson 4, Ceballos, Nash). Steals: 13 (Kidd 3, Ceballos 2, Chapman 2, Mcdyess 2, Nash 2, Bryant, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Dallas 19 35 16 15 - 85 Phoenix 28 20 27 17 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:15 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:01. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Leon Wood, Joe Derosa.


GAME RECAP

Jason Kidd recorded his second triple-double in seven days and Antonio McDyess had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns rallied early in the fourth quarter and held on to hand the hapless Dallas Mavericks their 14th straight loss, 92-85.

Kidd shot just 7-of-22 from the field but finished with 20 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds. He had 13, 10 and 12 on December 26th as the Suns downed Vancouver. It was his 17th career triple-double and fourth as a Sun.

"It wasn't a pretty one (triple-double)," said Kidd. "The biggest thing that I've really got to work on is my shooting. I thought I was going to shoot everybody out of the game. Not just myself and my teammates, but everybody in the stands."

Despite Kidd's success, the biggest pass of the game was made by teammate Cedric Ceballos, who found Steve Nash cutting to the basket for a lay-in that gave the Suns a three-point edge with 27 seconds to play.

Kidd went on to sink four free throws in the final 17 seconds, sending the Mavericks to their 26th loss in 28 games.

"Another good performance by us -- really," said Dallas coach Don Nelson. "We seem to find a way not to be successful, but the effort is really there and we did a lot of good things until the end. We'll just keep plugging along."

Rex Chapman netted 18 points and Ceballos, who left briefly in the first quarter to have a cut on his left pinky stitched, finished with 14.

Michael Finley scored 19 points and Samaki Walker 15 for the Mavs, who used a 17-0 second-quarter burst to forge a nine-point lead with 1:39 left in the period.

The Suns took the lead in the first period with an 11-0 run that snapped an 11-11 tie. Chapman had five of his nine first-quarter points and Cliff Robinson four in the run to pace the Suns to a 28-19 lead after one.

Robinson had 13 points as all five starters posted double figures for Phoenix, which hit 43 percent (39-of-88) of its shots and held a 44-40 edge on the backboards.

Dallas fought back in the second quarter, with Walker scoring the final nine points in an 11-0 surge to slice the margin to 32-30. The Suns built a 43-35 bulge on Robinson's bucket with 4:49 to go, but Dallas reeled off the next 17 points, taking a 52-43 advantage.

Hubert Davis, who scored all 10 of his points in the second quarter, had eight during the burst. The Mavericks hit 13-of-20 shots and scored 35 points in the period to take a 54-48 halftime edge.

"We had to work pretty hard for that win," said Phoenix coach Danny Ainge. "The second quarter was atrocious. They scored 35 in the second quarter and just 31 the whole second half."

Ceballos and Kidd led the Suns back from an eight-point deficit late in the third quarter, combining for 10 points in a 12-2 run as the Suns grabbed a 71-69 lead on Mark Bryant's hook shot with a minute to go.

Kidd committed seven of the Suns' 19 turnovers, but did have three of their 13 steals.

"They played okay, but we were really careless with the ball," Chapman said. "We came out with pretty good energy in the third quarter, the second was really ugly. We had to kind of get everybody involved, and we made the plays we had to to win."

Down 75-71 entering the fourth quarter, the Mavericks forged an 81-81 tie on a free throw by Dennis Scott with 4:15 to play. But the Suns scored the next five points on a three-pointer by Chapman and a bucket by McDyess. Walker scored and Shawn Bradley recorded the Mavs' last points with a tip-in with 99 seconds left.

Dallas blew its chance to go ahead when Finley's driving layup bounced off the rim with 46 seconds to go. The Suns took possession and Kidd broke down the defense with a drive through the lane before dishing off to Ceballos on the right baseline. When Nash lost his defender and broke for the basket, Ceballos led him with a looping pass and Nash sealed the victory.

Bradley, who was the surprise choice to take the potential game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds, finished with 10 points and 10 boards for Dallas.

"That last play was designed for Shawn," said Finley, "because we felt they wouldn't respect his ability to hit it."

"It certainly fooled us," Chapman said.

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