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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 22 18 26 28 94 DENVER 22 33 21 24 100 FINAL


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DALLAS (94) AT DENVER (100)

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

GREEN F 16 1-2 1-2 3 5 8 2 3 1 0 3 NOWITZKI F 19 4-8 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 1 2 8 ANSTEY C 15 1-6 2-2 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 4 NASH G 33 4-16 0-0 2 0 2 9 2 1 4 10 FINLEY G 41 13-24 1-4 1 4 5 6 4 3 3 28 TRENT 7 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 WALKER 6 2-2 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 0 4 CEBALLOS 25 3-9 2-3 2 4 6 1 1 1 1 8 PACK 17 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 3 6 WILLIAMS 7 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 DAVIS 21 2-8 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 5 BRADLEY 16 2-5 2-2 3 2 5 1 5 1 1 6 STRICKLAND 17 4-10 1-1 1 5 6 1 2 1 2 11 REEVES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-94 12-18 16 33 49 24 27 11 16 94 (.404) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 40 9-13 5-7 0 5 5 1 6 2 3 23 STITH F 22 3-6 2-2 2 3 5 0 1 1 0 9 LAFRENTZ C 38 4-12 10-12 3 9 12 0 3 0 0 18 VAN EXEL G 38 10-18 3-4 0 5 5 6 2 3 3 27 BILLUPS G 32 2-11 6-8 2 1 3 5 4 0 4 11 E WILLIAMS 20 1-5 2-2 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 4 FORTSON 8 0-2 0-0 3 1 4 0 2 1 0 0 ALEXANDER 35 2-9 2-2 1 9 10 5 4 1 4 6 CLARK 7 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 2 MEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION WASHINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WHEELER DNP - COACH'S DECISION M WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-78 30-37 12 37 49 19 26 9 16 100 (.410) (.811) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

DALLAS 22 18 26 28 - 94 DENVER 22 33 21 24 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - BRADLEY 2, WILLIAMS, NOWITZKI. DENVER - MCDYESS 4, LAFRENTZ 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 6-27 (.222), NOWITZKI 0-1, NASH 2-9, FINLEY 1-3, CEBALLOS 0-4, DAVIS 1-5, STRICKLAND 2-5. DENVER 6-24 (.250), STITH 1-2, LAFRENTZ 0-2, VAN EXEL 4-7, BILLUPS 1-8, ALEXANDER 0-5. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: KEVIN FEHR, DICK BAVETTA, JOE DEROSA. A - 10,012. T - 2:13.


Box Score

DALLAS (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 16 1-2 1-2 3-8 2 3 3 Nowitzki 19 4-8 0-0 1-5 0 1 8 Anstey 15 1-6 2-2 1-3 0 3 4 Nash 33 4-16 0-0 2-2 9 2 10 Finley 41 13-24 1-4 1-5 6 4 28 Trent 7 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 Walker 6 2-2 0-0 0-4 0 2 4 Ceballos 25 3-9 2-3 2-6 1 1 8 Pack 17 2-4 2-2 0-1 1 2 6 Williams 7 0-0 1-2 1-1 1 0 1 Davis 21 2-8 0-0 0-0 2 0 5 Bradley 16 2-5 2-2 3-5 1 5 6 Strickland 17 4-10 1-1 1-6 1 2 11 Reeves DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-94 12-18 16-49 24 27 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.404, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 6-27, .222 (Nowitzki 0-1, Nash 2-9, Finley 1-3, Ceballos 0-4, Davis 1-5, Strickland 2-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Bradley 2, Williams, Nowitzki). Turnovers: 16 (Nash 4, Finley 3, Pack 3, Nowitzki 2, Strickland 2, Bradley, Ceballos). Steals: 11 (Finley 3, Bradley, Ceballos, Davis, Green, Nash, Nowitzki, Strickland, Trent).

DENVER (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 40 9-13 5-7 0-5 1 6 23 Stith 22 3-6 2-2 2-5 0 1 9 Lafrentz 38 4-12 10-12 3-12 0 3 18 Van Exel 38 10-18 3-4 0-5 6 2 27 Billups 32 2-11 6-8 2-3 5 4 11 E Williams 20 1-5 2-2 0-3 2 2 4 Fortson 8 0-2 0-0 3-4 0 2 0 Alexander 35 2-9 2-2 1-10 5 4 6 Clark 7 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Meyer DNP - coach's decision Taylor DNP - coach's decision Washington DNP - coach's decision Wheeler DNP - coach's decision M Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-78 30-37 12-49 19 26 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.811. 3-Point Goals: 6-24, .250 (Stith 1-2, Lafrentz 0-2, Van Exel 4-7, Billups 1-8, Alexander 0-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Mcdyess 4, Lafrentz 3). Turnovers: 16 (Alexander 4, Billups 4, Mcdyess 3, Van Exel 3, Clark, E Williams). Steals: 9 (Van Exel 3, Mcdyess 2, Alexander, E Williams, Fortson, Stith). ____________________________________________ Dallas 22 18 26 28 - 94 Denver 22 33 21 24 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,012. T: 2:13. Officials: Kevin Fehr, Dick Bavetta, Joe Derosa.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- It's only five games into the schedule, but the Denver Nuggets already are ahead of last season's pace.

Nick Van Exel had 26 points and six assists and Chauncey Billups made four free throws in the final 16 seconds to preserve Denver's first victory of the year, a 100-94 triumph over the Dallas Mavericks.

Denver, which lost its first four games by an average of 12 points, started the 1997-98 season with 12 straight losses en route to a franchise-worst 11-71 record, the second-worst mark in NBA history.

The victory was the first for Nuggets coach Mike D'Antoni, who served as the team's director of player personnel during the nightmarish 1997-98 campaign.

"No one said this was going to be easy," D'Antoni said. "It was a good win for us. We had to have it. Our guys responded well. It's nice to get a win. At least I can get one night's sleep. This was a must-win game for us, but we should have had a win against the Lakers two nights ago."

The Nuggets nearly blew a 16-point fourth-quarter lead but were able to hang on after Dallas rallied within 97-94 with 12 seconds left.

Billups hit two from the foul line with 10 seconds to play and rookie Raef LaFrentz added a free throw with two seconds left to seal the victory.

Michael Finley scored 28 points and Steve Nash added 10 and 11 assists for the Mavericks, who have lost three straight since their only win at Golden State on February 7.

"We just didn't come out with the intensity we needed to," said Finley. "If we would have played the way we had our first four games, we would have won this game easily. Hopefully we'll leave this attitude in Denver and when we get on the plane maybe we will get something positive out of it."

Denver grabbed a 94-78 lead when LaFrentz converted the first of two free throws with 5:03 left, only to see the Mavericks storm back with a 16-3 outburst over the next 4:53.

Finley started the spurt with consecutive layups, Hubert Davis drilled a 3-pointer, Cedric Ceballos connected on a free throw and Shawn Bradley converted a layup to bring the Mavericks within 94-88 with 30 seconds remaining.

Van Exel pushed the lead to seven points by hitting a free throw, but Nash drilled a 3-pointer cutting the deficit to 95-91 with 19 seconds left. After two free throws by Billups, Erick Strickland nailed a 3-pointer for Dallas, making it a one-possession game with 10.3 seconds to play. But Dallas was not able to score again as Denver held on.

Van Exel's 27 points were his most since December 26, 1997, when he scored 30 for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Clippers. He was 10-of-18 from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, after shooting 29 percent (19-of-65) from the field in the season's first four contests.

"I got some good looks and just knocked them down," said Van Exel. "This was a must-win. We've got some pretty good teams coming up. I can't deny being a streaky shooter but hopefully all of the work I did this summer will help me."

A layup by Dirk Nowitzki with 8:27 remaining in the second quarter brought the Mavericks within 32-30. But Denver scored 20 of the game's next 25 points to grab a 52-35 advantage on Van Exel's 3-pointer with 1:30 left in the half.

Van Exel had eight points during the spurt, which allowed the Nuggets to take a 55-40 advantage into the locker room. Denver was able to maintain at least a 14-point advantage for the first 9:19 of the third quarter, but the Mavs closed the period with a 7-0 run to draw within 76-66.

Antonio McDyees scored 23 points for the Nuggets, marking the third time in four games he has reached the 20-point mark. LaFrentz had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Billups contributed 11 points for Denver, which shot 41 percent (32-of-78) and was 6-of-24 from 3-point range.

"It was pretty fun until the fourth quarter," said McDyees. "It got kind of tense and it almost slipped away from us. The guys did a good job and battled tonight. I don't know what our attitude would have been like if we lost."

Strickland came off the bench to tally 11 points and six rebounds for Dallas, which shot 40 percent (32-of-78) and was 6-of-27 from beyond the arc.

"Our game plan before the game was not very good and we had to make a change," said Mavericks coach Don Nelson. "It almost worked. Strickland was a well-needed piece to our game. He got rebounds and gave us some energy."

Both teams committed 16 turnovers, but the Nuggets held a huge advantage from the foul line, connecting on 30-of-37 free throws. Dallas was just 12-of-18 from the line.

"This is not what I had in mind to start the road trip," Nash said. "We have to put it behind us and go, but I'm getting tired of saying that."

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