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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 21 27 21 17 86 DALLAS 26 19 21 26 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 22, TIM DUNCAN 21, ANTONIO DANIELS 13 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 25, GARY TRENT 18, DIRK NOWITZKI 12

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 11, DAVID ROBINSON 10 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 13, SHAWN BRADLEY 12

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 5, JEROME KERSEY 3 DAL - STEVE NASH 12, DIRK NOWITZKI 4

ATT: 13,142


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (86) AT DALLAS (92)

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

DUNCAN F 39 9-17 3-6 4 7 11 1 5 1 3 21 ELLIOTT F 23 3-12 0-0 0 0 0 2 5 1 3 6 ROBINSON C 32 5-11 12-15 3 7 10 2 2 0 2 22 ELIE G 31 4-8 2-2 0 5 5 1 2 1 1 10 JOHNSON G 28 0-5 0-0 0 0 0 5 3 2 2 0 DANIELS 20 5-10 2-3 0 3 3 2 0 1 0 13 JACKSON 21 3-6 1-1 0 2 2 2 0 2 0 8 S KERR 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 J KERSEY 21 0-7 0-0 2 2 4 3 3 2 1 0 PERDUE 9 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 0 1 0 ROSE 15 3-8 0-0 5 0 5 1 1 1 0 6 KING DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-84 20-27 14 30 44 20 23 11 13 86 (.381) (.741) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(20 PTS)

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

NOWITZKI F 32 4-14 4-6 4 9 13 4 1 1 2 12 TRENT F 34 7-11 4-10 1 5 6 1 3 0 1 18 BRADLEY C 30 5-11 0-0 2 10 12 1 6 1 2 10 FINLEY G 41 9-16 6-6 2 1 3 1 2 3 3 25 NASH G 42 3-10 1-2 1 4 5 12 1 2 5 8 ANSTEY 22 4-10 0-0 3 3 6 1 4 0 1 8 DAVIS 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 GREEN 10 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 0 PACK 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 WALKER 16 3-6 0-2 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 6 STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-80 15-26 15 35 50 22 21 8 16 92 (.463) (.577) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 21 27 21 17 - 86 DALLAS 26 19 21 26 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 3, ROBINSON 2, ROSE. DALLAS - TRENT 3, ANSTEY 3, BRADLEY 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 2-10 (.200), ELLIOTT 0-2, ELIE 0-2, DANIELS 1-1, JACKSON 1-4, J KERSEY 0-1. DALLAS 3-10 (.300), NOWITZKI 0-4, FINLEY 1-1, NASH 1-3, ANSTEY 0-1, DAVIS 1-1. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, ED F RUSH, KEVIN FEHR. A - 13,142. T - 2:10.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 39 9-17 3-6 4-11 1 5 21 Elliott 23 3-12 0-0 0-0 2 5 6 Robinson 32 5-11 12-15 3-10 2 2 22 Elie 31 4-8 2-2 0-5 1 2 10 Johnson 28 0-5 0-0 0-0 5 3 0 Daniels 20 5-10 2-3 0-3 2 0 13 Jackson 21 3-6 1-1 0-2 2 0 8 S Kerr 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 J Kersey 21 0-7 0-0 2-4 3 3 0 Perdue 9 0-0 0-0 0-4 1 1 0 Rose 15 3-8 0-0 5-5 1 1 6 King DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-84 20-27 14-44 20 23 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.381, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Elliott 0-2, Elie 0-2, Daniels 1-1, Jackson 1-4, J Kersey 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Duncan 3, Robinson 2, Rose). Turnovers: 14 (Duncan 3, Elliott 3, Johnson 2, Robinson 2, Elie, J Kersey, Perdue). Steals: 11 (J Kersey 2, Jackson 2, Johnson 2, Daniels, Duncan, Elie, Elliott, Rose).

DALLAS (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nowitzki 32 4-14 4-6 4-13 4 1 12 Trent 34 7-11 4-10 1-6 1 3 18 Bradley 30 5-11 0-0 2-12 1 6 10 Finley 41 9-16 6-6 2-3 1 2 25 Nash 42 3-10 1-2 1-5 12 1 8 Anstey 22 4-10 0-0 3-6 1 4 8 Davis 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Green 10 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 3 0 Pack 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Walker 16 3-6 0-2 2-4 0 1 6 Strickland DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-80 15-26 15-50 22 21 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.577. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Nowitzki 0-4, Finley 1-1, Nash 1-3, Anstey 0-1, Davis 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Trent 3, Anstey 3, Bradley 2). Turnovers: 16 (Nash 5, Finley 3, Bradley 2, Nowitzki 2, Pack 2, Anstey, Trent). Steals: 8 (Finley 3, Nash 2, Bradley, Green, Nowitzki). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 21 27 21 17 - 86 Dallas 26 19 21 26 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:08 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,142. T: 2:10. Officials: Jess Kersey, Ed F Rush, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- When the San Antonio Spurs meet the Dallas Mavericks, Tim Duncan and David Robinson are expected to be the dominant big men. This time, it was unproven Chris Anstey and rookie Dirk Nowitzki that took over down the stretch.

Foreigners Anstey and Nowitzki were the key figures in a 12-1 run late in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks stunned the Spurs, 92-86, to end a nine-game losing streak in the series.

"Those guys worked hard all year and it paid off with an unexpected win, probably the best one of the year," Dallas coach Don Nelson said of Anstey and Nowitzki.

A foul shot by Robinson gave San Antonio an 80-74 lead with 5:35 to go. Gary Trent and Michael Finley -- the Mavs' top two scorers -- had a layup and two free throws, respectively, before the 6-11 Nowitzki and the 7-foot Anstey surprisingly took over.

"If we come out with a lot of energy, we can win against anybody," Nowitzki said. "But it all depends on how we play. This is huge for our confidence."

"Winning against a good team like San Antonio at this stage in the season, or any win against a team higher than us in the standings, is a good win for us," Anstey said. "That's the first team we've beaten that's been ahead of us all year."

It was actually the Mavs' first win of the season against a Western Conference team with a winning record.

A block by Anstey and Nowitzki's nice feed set up a dunk for Finley, pulling Dallas within 81-80 with 4:20 remaining. After Duncan was whistled for an offensive foul, Nowitzki found Anstey for a 16-footer that put the Mavs ahead to stay.

"He was a big factor," Nelson said of Anstey. "He made a lot of good hustle plays. He made a big jump shot for us that we needed."

"I just kept trying to be active and keep the tempo up," Anstey added. "Defensively, I tried to get a few deflections and loose balls.

Nowitzki, who hails from Germany, buried an eight-footer from the baseline before pulling down the rebound of a miss by the Spurs' Sean Elliott. Dallas point guard Steve Nash, who tied a season high with 12 assists, missed a 3-pointer but Anstey, an Australian, was there for a one-handed follow slam.

That thunderous dunk put the exclamation point on the rally, giving the Mavs an 86-81 lead with 1:54 left and forcing the Spurs to call timeout. Nowitzki added a key free throw with 14 seconds remaining that made it 88-84.

Anstey scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter and added three blocks. Nowitzki finished with 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.

"I come off the bench all the time, I just try to do my best," said Nowitzki, who got a rare start. "There were other ways to stay in the game, play some defense, get some rebounds, and that's what I try to do."

"The rebounding was the most important thing," Nelson said of Nowitzki. "He hasn't shot the ball like we know he can, but he moves it, he makes the extra pass to the open guy. The team runs better when he's in the game."

Finley scored 25 points and Trent added 18 for Dallas, which had lost two previous meetings with San Antonio this season by a combined 38 points. The Mavericks, who halted a three-game losing streak, last beat the Spurs on November 26, 1996.

Robinson had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Duncan collected 21 and 11, but that duo was virtually invisible down the stretch. Robinson did not shoot in the fourth quarter, hitting just five free throws. Duncan hit only 1-of-5 from the floor in the final period.

"It was just a meltdown in the fourth quarter. We played awful," Robinson said. "You have to give those guys credit. Nowitzki was big, he got big rebounds and made some shots. We didn't answer on the offensive side or the defensive side."

The Spurs lost for just the fourth time in their last 23 games and fell four games behind Portland for the top spot in the Western Conference.

"They just outplayed us," Duncan said. "It's already behind us. We just have to go on and play the next game. We can't dwell on this, there's nothing we can do about it."

San Antonio shot just 26 percent (5-of-19) and missed 5-of-12 free throws in the fourth quarter. Dallas did not commit a turnover in the final period while scoring six points off four turnovers by the Spurs.

"We were right in the position where we wanted to be going into the fourth quarter and we just let it go," Robinson added. "We have to take a step back and we need to get in the right direction again."

Finley buried a 3-pointer to tie the game, 50-50, in the opening stages of the third quarter. San Antonio seemed to take control with a 10-2 run, including six points by Robinson and a dunk from Duncan.

Dallas never let the lead reach double digits and pulled within 69-66 by the end of the period. Before watching Anstey and Nowitzki do their damage, Finley kept the Mavs close by scoring eight points in the third quarter. He added nine in the fourth and led Dallas in scoring for the first time in seven games.

Shawn Bradley chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds for Dallas, which held a 50-44 edge on the glass and outscored San Antonio 48-32 in the paint.

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