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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 25 20 21 33 99 BOSTON 22 30 29 29 110 FINAL


DALLAS (99) AT BOSTON (110)

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

SCOTT F 24 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 GREEN F 32 3-3 3-5 6 8 14 2 1 2 2 9 BRADLEY C 16 3-5 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 8 FINLEY G 33 6-15 4-4 1 8 9 2 2 0 6 18 DAVIS G 38 5-10 2-4 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 13 RILEY 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 STRICKLAND 24 3-9 4-4 0 0 0 3 1 1 3 11 REEVES 27 3-9 2-3 2 2 4 3 4 2 4 8 ANSTEY 21 6-7 0-0 4 4 8 1 5 0 1 12 WELLS 9 0-2 6-6 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 6 MUURSEPP 9 1-3 8-8 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 10 WALKER DNP - FRACTURED RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 32-72 31-36 13 28 41 11 17 7 21 99 (.444) (.861) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 22(33 PTS)

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

MCCARTY F 19 5-9 1-2 1 2 3 0 5 0 1 12 WALKER F 33 3-11 1-2 1 5 6 4 3 1 3 8 DECLERCQ C 25 4-7 1-1 2 2 4 3 4 1 0 9 BILLUPS G 28 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 13 1 1 2 8 BROWN G 31 12-15 0-2 0 2 2 0 5 3 0 32 KNIGHT 16 1-6 1-2 1 4 5 4 5 0 2 3 BARROS 14 6-7 1-1 0 0 0 4 1 4 1 16 MERCER 27 4-10 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 0 2 8 BOWEN 18 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 4 THOMAS 12 2-4 2-2 3 2 5 0 3 1 2 6 MINOR 11 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 4 EDNEY 6 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 1 0 0

TOTALS 240 45-86 7-12 9 25 34 34 31 14 13 110 (.523) (.583) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

DALLAS 25 20 21 33 - 99 BOSTON 22 30 29 29 - 110

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - BRADLEY 2, RILEY, ANSTEY. BOSTON - KNIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 4-21 (.190), SCOTT 0-4, FINLEY 2-5, DAVIS 1-4, STRICKLAND 1-5, REEVES 0-2, WELLS 0-1. BOSTON 13-19 (.684), MCCARTY 1-1, WALKER 1-2, BILLUPS 0-2, BROWN 8-10, BARROS 3-3, MINOR 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, BILL SPOONER, WOODY MAYFIELD. A - 17,159. T - 2:02.


DALLAS (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Scott 24 1-7 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Green 32 3-3 3-5 6-14 2 1 9 Bradley 16 3-5 2-2 0-1 0 2 8 Finley 33 6-15 4-4 1-9 2 2 18 Davis 38 5-10 2-4 0-0 0 0 13 Riley 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Strickland 24 3-9 4-4 0-0 3 1 11 Reeves 27 3-9 2-3 2-4 3 4 8 Anstey 21 6-7 0-0 4-8 1 5 12 Wells 9 0-2 6-6 0-1 0 1 6 Muursepp 9 1-3 8-8 0-3 0 0 10 Walker DNP - fractured right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-72 31-36 13-41 11 17 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.861. 3-Point Goals: 4-21, .190 (Scott 0-4, Finley 2-5, Davis 1-4, Strickland 1-5, Reeves 0-2, Wells 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Bradley 2, Riley, Anstey). Turnovers: 22 (Finley 6, Reeves 4, Strickland 3, Bradley 2, Davis 2, Green 2, Anstey, Scott). Steals: 7 (Green 2, Reeves 2, Davis, Scott, Strickland).

BOSTON (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 19 5-9 1-2 1-3 0 5 12 Walker 33 3-11 1-2 1-6 4 3 8 Declercq 25 4-7 1-1 2-4 3 4 9 Billups 28 4-6 0-0 0-1 13 1 8 Brown 31 12-15 0-2 0-2 0 5 32 Knight 16 1-6 1-2 1-5 4 5 3 Barros 14 6-7 1-1 0-0 4 1 16 Mercer 27 4-10 0-0 1-4 2 0 8 Bowen 18 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Thomas 12 2-4 2-2 3-5 0 3 6 Minor 11 2-6 0-0 0-2 1 2 4 Edney 6 0-2 0-0 0-1 3 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-86 7-12 9-34 34 31 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.523, FT-.583. 3-Point Goals: 13-19, .684 (Mccarty 1-1, Walker 1-2, Billups 0-2, Brown 8-10, Barros 3-3, Minor 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 1 (Knight). Turnovers: 13 (Walker 3, Billups 2, Knight 2, Mercer 2, Thomas 2, Barros, Mccarty). Steals: 14 (Barros 4, Brown 3, Bowen 2, Billups, Declercq, Edney, Thomas, Walker). ____________________________________________ Dallas 25 20 21 33 - 99 Boston 22 30 29 29 - 110 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,159. T: 2:02. Officials: Steve Javie, Bill Spooner, Woody Mayfield.


GAME RECAP

Dee Brown exploded for a season-high 32 points, including a team record eight three-pointers, to lead the Boston Celtics to their fifth win in their last six home games, 110-99 over the Dallas Mavericks.

Brown started in place of Ron Mercer -- who was slowed by a stomach flu and scored only eight points -- and shot 12-of-15 from the field and was 8-for-10 from three-point range.

He broke the club record of seven three-pointers he shared with David Wesley and Larry Bird. He made six three-pointers in the fourth quarter, when he scored 22 points. The NBA record for three-pointers in a quarter is seven, shared by Denver's John Roche (on January 9th, 1982), Atlanta's Steve Smith (on March 14th, 1997) and Atlanta's Henry James (on April 15th, 1997).

"My minutes have been down, but we have a lot of young guys on this team," Brown said. "This is the time of year the young guys hit the wall. We have to try and play this style during the course of the upcoming (eight-game) road trip because I think we can wear a lot of teams down.

"When I wasn't playing I didn't get frustrated or upset. There had to be an odd man out. Unfortunately, it was me, but I understand. That is how a team is run."

Dana Barros added 16 points off the bench with 3-for-3 shooting from behind the arc, and rookie Chauncey Billups handed out a season-high 13 assists for the Celtics, who improved to 17-1 all-time at home against the Mavericks.

"The Dallas Mavericks don't play like a 9-37 team," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "I guess that's why they have a couple of wins over Seattle. They're exciting to play against.

"As a coaching staff we're really excited for Dee Brown. He has worked very hard and sometimes he hasn't played based on matchups at the two guard. It's nice for him to have such a night because he has hung in there without hanging his head. Somebody like Mercer gets sick, a guy like Dee fills in."

Michael Finley, despite only shooting 6-for-15, scored 18 points, Hubert Davis 13 and A.C. Green had 14 rebounds for Dallas, which has lost 19 straight road games. Its last road win came November 1st at Seattle.

The Celtics shot 52 percent (45-for-86) from the field and were a season-best 13-for-19 from three-point range. Dallas only shot 44 percent (32-for-72) from the field and 19 percent (4-for-21) from three-point range, but did outrebound Boston 41-34. Boston also converted 22 Dallas turnovers into 33 points.

"They exposed our lack of ballhandling and passing tonight," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "We knew we were vulnerable there. That's what did us in. We attacked their press but that didn't work enough. There was nothing we could do to stop Dee. He was on a roll."

Dallas kept the game close thanks to a large advantage at the foul line. The Mavericks went to the line 36 times and made 31 attempts. The Celtics only attempted 12 free throws and made seven.

Dallas jumped out to a 25-22 lead after the first quarter, with help from Finley's 12 points. The Mavericks increased their lead to 36-28 with 6:52 left in the second quarter after Khalid Reeves hit a layup.

Boston answered with a 22-7 run to take the lead for good. A layup by Andrew DeClercq started the spurt and a three-pointer by Antoine Walker, who only scored eight points on 3-for-11 shooting, gave the Celtics a 43-41 advantage. Barros, who contributed 10 points in the burst, capped it off with a jumper with 1:43 remaining in the half to make it 50-43.

The Celtics moved out to their biggest lead of the game, 91-70, with 7:59 remaining after Brown connected on a jumper.

"With the type of guys they've got, the press is a good style of play," Finley said. "When people face it, it hurts them. Tonight we couldn't set up because of their trap, and when they trap effectively, it ruins your concentration."

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