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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 15 15 27 15 72 MIAMI 26 18 29 18 91 FINAL


DALLAS (72) AT MIAMI (91)

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

FINLEY F 43 10-18 10-12 2 2 4 3 1 4 2 31 GREEN F 29 2-4 0-2 1 1 2 3 2 0 0 4 BRADLEY C 31 3-8 0-1 3 7 10 1 4 0 2 6 STRICKLAND G 29 0-8 2-2 0 3 3 0 4 0 4 2 DAVIS G 33 5-9 1-1 1 1 2 4 1 1 1 13 ANSTEY 23 0-6 3-4 2 5 7 1 3 0 0 3 CEBALLOS 22 3-10 3-6 1 2 3 0 0 0 2 9 MUURSEPP 9 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 2 0 2 REEVES 10 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 RILEY 6 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 WELLS 5 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 WALKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 25-71 19-28 11 23 34 13 19 7 12 72 (.352) (.679) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

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

ASKINS F 17 1-2 1-2 1 0 1 1 4 0 0 3 BROWN F 28 1-3 0-0 2 6 8 0 3 0 1 2 MOURNING C 28 7-13 2-5 2 5 7 0 4 0 4 16 LENARD G 33 5-10 0-2 0 3 3 2 3 0 1 12 HARDAWAY G 29 8-14 1-2 1 1 2 8 1 2 0 20 MAJERLE 26 4-8 0-0 0 4 4 5 3 1 2 12 STRICKLAND 25 5-10 0-2 2 8 10 1 0 0 3 10 CAUSWELL 20 4-8 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 2 0 8 MURDOCK 19 2-4 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 2 2 7 CONLON 9 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 WALTERS 6 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-74 7-17 10 34 44 22 23 7 14 91 (.500) (.412) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 16(24 PTS)

DALLAS 15 15 27 15 - 72 MIAMI 26 18 29 18 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - BRADLEY 3, CEBALLOS 2, ANSTEY, GREEN, FINLEY. MIAMI - BROWN, MOURNING, STRICKLAND. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 3-9 (.333), FINLEY 1-2, STRICKLAND 0-1, DAVIS 2-4, CEBALLOS 0-1, RILEY 0-1. MIAMI 10-17 (.588), ASKINS 0-1, LENARD 2-2, HARDAWAY 3-5, MAJERLE 4-7, MURDOCK 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, GARY BENSON, SEAN CORBIN. A - 15,200. T - 2:00.


DALLAS (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 43 10-18 10-12 2-4 3 1 31 Green 29 2-4 0-2 1-2 3 2 4 Bradley 31 3-8 0-1 3-10 1 4 6 Strickland 29 0-8 2-2 0-3 0 4 2 Davis 33 5-9 1-1 1-2 4 1 13 Anstey 23 0-6 3-4 2-7 1 3 3 Ceballos 22 3-10 3-6 1-3 0 0 9 Muursepp 9 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Reeves 10 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Riley 6 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Wells 5 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Walker DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-71 19-28 11-34 13 19 72 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.352, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Finley 1-2, Strickland 0-1, Davis 2-4, Ceballos 0-1, Riley 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (Bradley 3, Ceballos 2, Anstey, Green, Finley). Turnovers: 12 (Strickland 4, Bradley 2, Ceballos 2, Finley 2, Davis, Reeves). Steals: 7 (Finley 4, Muursepp 2, Davis).

MIAMI (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Askins 17 1-2 1-2 1-1 1 4 3 Brown 28 1-3 0-0 2-8 0 3 2 Mourning 28 7-13 2-5 2-7 0 4 16 Lenard 33 5-10 0-2 0-3 2 3 12 Hardaway 29 8-14 1-2 1-2 8 1 20 Majerle 26 4-8 0-0 0-4 5 3 12 Strickland 25 5-10 0-2 2-10 1 0 10 Causwell 20 4-8 0-0 2-5 0 3 8 Murdock 19 2-4 2-2 0-2 3 1 7 Conlon 9 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 Walters 6 0-1 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 Barry DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-74 7-17 10-44 22 23 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.412. 3-Point Goals: 10-17, .588 (Askins 0-1, Lenard 2-2, Hardaway 3-5, Majerle 4-7, Murdock 1-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 3 (Brown, Mourning, Strickland). Turnovers: 16 (Mourning 4, Strickland 3, Majerle 2, Murdock 2, Brown, Conlon, Lenard). Steals: 7 (Causwell 2, Hardaway 2, Murdock 2, Majerle). ____________________________________________ Dallas 15 15 27 15 - 72 Miami 26 18 29 18 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:00. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Gary Benson, Sean Corbin.


GAME RECAP

Tim Hardaway scored 20 points as the Miami Heat toyed with the Dallas Mavericks, defeating them for the 12th straight time, 91-72, for their eighth consecutive win overall.

Alonzo Mourning added 16 points and Dan Majerle and Voshon Lenard 12 apiece for the Heat, who never trailed after the opening minute and rested their starters the entire fourth quarter.

"We wanted to go out and work as hard as we could and control the game. We did that," Mourning said. "As time progresses, we are met with more and more challenges and this weekend will be another challenge for us."

Miami, which has won 12 of 13 as it prepares for a home-and-home series this weekend against the New Jersey Nets, has not lost to Dallas since December 10th, 1991. The Heat are six games in front of third-place New Jersey in the Atlantic Division.

"We've got big games ahead of us," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "We're playing for so much more than Dallas. The game was a scramble. It looked ugly at times. But something we're going to have to do is be more consistent in big games. We have a nice little gap in the Atlantic Division but we want more than that."

Michael Finley broke out of a slump with 31 points for Dallas, which shot under 30 percent in the first half and suffered its sixth consecutive loss. The Mavericks fell to 3-25 on the road as they were held below 80 points for the 11th time this season.

"We've only won 10 games and it's not fun," Mavericks center Shawn Bradley said. "The coach says we've got to keep working and things will get better. It's not an overnight process to turn a franchise around. We go over the notes on the opposing team and go over the cold people and the Heat has no cold people."

The Heat shot 50 percent (37-of-74) from the field and also held a big advantage in three-pointers, making 10-of-17 while holding Dallas to 3-of-9. Among Miami's three-pointers was the 1,000th of Majerle's career, which came with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter.

"Miami is one of the better teams in the league," Finley said. "We tried to limit their three-point shooting. We didn't and it was a very long night."

"A thousand threes. It was something," Majerle said. "I was looking forward to it. I knew what the situation was. This is the first milestone of my career. The team has done a great job all year finding three-point shooters open. It's a specialty shot for me."

A basket by Finley opened the game and gave the Mavs their only lead. Lenard had a pair of hoops in an 8-0 spurt and the Heat were off and running. They led 26-15 after one quarter, shooting 50 percent (11-of-22) while limiting the Mavs to 30 percent (6-of-20).

Hardaway scored five points in a slow-moving second period that saw Miami extend its lead to 44-30 at halftime. Dallas continued to struggle from the field, making just 29 percent (5-of-17) in the quarter.

Two free throws by Finley pulled the Mavs within 56-46 with 5:24 left in the third quarter, but Hardaway's basket capped a 10-2 run that gave the Heat a 66-48 advantage with 3:46 remaining.

Miami led 73-57 entering the fourth quarter and the subs built the lead to its largest point at 91-72 on a three-pointer by Eric Murdock with 1:35 to play.

Mark Strickland had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who held a 44-34 rebounding edge and overcame 7-of-17 shooting from the line.

"After (beating) Utah, coach said there wasn't going to be any letdown," Majerle said. "You've got to beat teams no matter what their record is."

Hubert Davis scored 13 points for Dallas, which shot 35 percent (25-of-71) and made 19-of-28 free throws. Point guard Erick Strickland was 0-of-8 and reserve center Chris Anstey shot 0-of-6.

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