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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 32 35 22 28 117 DALLAS 30 26 33 36 125 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - CHRIS GATLING 31, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 29, MONTY WILLIAMS 18 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 28, THREE PLAYERS WITH 21

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - CHRIS GATLING 10, BEN WALLACE 9 DAL - CEDRIC CEBALLOS 12, MICHAEL FINLEY 10

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - MONTY WILLIAMS 5, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 4 DAL - ROBERT PACK 10, MICHAEL FINLEY 4

ATT: 12,558


Extended Box

ORLANDO (117) AT DALLAS (125)

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

OUTLAW F 14 1-2 2-5 1 2 3 2 5 1 5 4 WALLACE F 15 2-4 0-0 2 7 9 1 1 0 1 4 DOLEAC C 11 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 ABDUL-WAHAD G 37 6-10 0-0 1 1 2 3 6 1 1 12 D ARMSTRONG G 37 10-21 4-6 1 2 3 4 2 0 4 29 WILLIAMS 39 9-13 0-0 3 5 8 5 5 1 4 18 GARRITY 25 2-5 1-1 0 5 5 3 4 1 1 7 GATLING 31 9-11 12-14 1 9 10 2 2 2 5 31 ATKINS 15 2-9 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 4 MAGGETTE 14 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 2 6 AMAECHI 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 M HARPRING DNP - PERONEAL TENDON INJURY

TOTALS 240 45-85 19-26 10 35 45 22 33 6 28 117 (.529) (.731) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 28(40 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 46 9-16 9-11 2 8 10 4 3 3 2 28 NOWITZKI F 25 4-6 5-6 0 3 3 3 4 0 1 13 BRADLEY C 19 3-6 1-2 2 0 2 0 6 1 0 7 PACK G 36 7-16 6-9 0 1 1 10 3 4 6 21 STRICKLAND G 39 8-16 3-3 1 5 6 2 3 4 2 21 CEBALLOS 36 8-15 4-6 4 8 12 0 4 1 3 21 HUGHES 2 0-1 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 NASH 24 5-9 0-0 1 2 3 3 0 1 2 13 DAVIS 13 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 JACKSON DNP - BRUISED RIGHT THIGH ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-87 29-39 11 28 39 24 26 14 17 125 (.506) (.744) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

ORLANDO 32 35 22 28 - 117 DALLAS 30 26 33 36 - 125

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - WALLACE 2, WILLIAMS, MAGGETTE, AMAECHI. DALLAS - BRADLEY 6, STRICKLAND, CEBALLOS, PACK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 8-16 (.500), D ARMSTRONG 5-10, GARRITY 2-2, GATLING 1-1, ATKINS 0-3. DALLAS 8-13 (.615), FINLEY 1-2, PACK 1-2, STRICKLAND 2-3, CEBALLOS 1-1, NASH 3-5. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, DALLAS - PACK, HEAD COACH NELSON, CEBALLOS. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, DAVID JONES, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 12,558. T - 2:30.


Box Score

ORLANDO (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 14 1-2 2-5 1-3 2 5 4 Wallace 15 2-4 0-0 2-9 1 1 4 Doleac 11 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 Abdul-wahad 37 6-10 0-0 1-2 3 6 12 D Armstrong 37 10-21 4-6 1-3 4 2 29 Williams 39 9-13 0-0 3-8 5 5 18 Garrity 25 2-5 1-1 0-5 3 4 7 Gatling 31 9-11 12-14 1-10 2 2 31 Atkins 15 2-9 0-0 0-2 1 2 4 Maggette 14 3-4 0-0 1-2 0 4 6 Amaechi 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Harpring DNP - peroneal tendon injury _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-85 19-26 10-45 22 33 117 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (D Armstrong 5-10, Garrity 2-2, Gatling 1-1, Atkins 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Wallace 2, Williams, Maggette, Amaechi). Turnovers: 28 (Gatling 5, Outlaw 5, D Armstrong 4, Williams 4, Amaechi 2, Atkins 2, Maggette 2, Abdul-wahad, Doleac, Garrity, Wallace). Steals: 6 (Gatling 2, Abdul-wahad, Garrity, Outlaw, Williams).

DALLAS (125) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 46 9-16 9-11 2-10 4 3 28 Nowitzki 25 4-6 5-6 0-3 3 4 13 Bradley 19 3-6 1-2 2-2 0 6 7 Pack 36 7-16 6-9 0-1 10 3 21 Strickland 39 8-16 3-3 1-6 2 3 21 Ceballos 36 8-15 4-6 4-12 0 4 21 Hughes 2 0-1 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 Nash 24 5-9 0-0 1-3 3 0 13 Davis 13 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 Jackson DNP - bruised right thigh Rooks DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-87 29-39 11-39 24 26 125 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.744. 3-Point Goals: 8-13, .615 (Finley 1-2, Pack 1-2, Strickland 2-3, Ceballos 1-1, Nash 3-5). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 9 (Bradley 6, Strickland, Ceballos, Pack). Turnovers: 17 (Pack 6, Ceballos 3, Finley 2, Nash 2, Strickland 2, Davis, Nowitzki). Steals: 14 (Pack 4, Strickland 4, Finley 3, Bradley, Ceballos, Nash). ____________________________________________ Orlando 32 35 22 28 - 117 Dallas 30 26 33 36 - 125 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 9:41 2nd, 6:46 3rd). Dallas 3 (Pack, 1:52 1st; Head Coach Nelson, 10:31 4th; Ceballos, 5:06 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,558. T: 2:30. Officials: Jim Clark, David Jones, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Michael Finley scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as the Dallas Mavericks overtook and pulled away from the Orlando Magic for a 125-117 victory.

Finley was 9-of-16 from the field, 9-of-11 at the line and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 2-1 at home. Dallas had defeated Golden State in its two previous wins this season.

"The whole team took it upon themselves to have energy tonight," Finley said. "We don't have a pretty team. We're not going to come down with traditional offensive sets. We've got a team that's got to do dirty work. We have to outscrape, outwork and outrun teams. If we do that, that's to our advantage."

Cedric Ceballos, Erick Strickland and Robert Pack collected 21 points apiece for the Mavericks, who trailed by 13 points early in the third period but came back to forge an 89-89 tie entering the fourth quarter.

"We played aggressive and forced the tempo," Pack said. "Tonight we trusted each other on defense, we rotated back and got into the passing lane and made things happen."

Having to play eight games in 12 days seemed to catch up with the surprising Magic. Armed with a revamped roster filled with role players that many predicted would barely reach double digits in wins, the Magic won four of their first seven contests and were on the verge of moving two games above .500.

But Strickland's slam knotted the contest with nine seconds left in the third period and point guard Steve Nash's 3-pointer with 8:37 to play put Dallas ahead for good, 101-98.

Chris Gatling had a season-high 31 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando, which also beat the Mavericks here last season.

"I think we stopped being aggressive, they started making a run and we couldn't bounce back," Gatling said. "We couldn't get ourselves back in the game. We tried shooting 3-pointers and putting pressure on defensively. I don't think we stuck to our gameplan. We didn't play smart down the stretch. They got the best of us tonight."

Point guard Darrell Armstrong, the lone remaining starter from last season, collected a season-high 29 points for the Magic, who shot 53 percent (45-of-85) but yielded 40 points off 28 turnovers.

"I don't know if I've ever heard of a game where you can shoot 53 percent and lose," Orlando first-year coach Doc Rivers said. "(The Mavericks) scored 40 points off turnovers. Our goal going into the game was to limit their easy layups and they had a layup drill due to turnovers."

Nash and Dirk Nowitzki tallied 13 points apiece for Dallas, which shot 51 percent (44-of-87) and lost the battle on the boards, 45-39. Pack handed out 10 assists for the Mavericks, who have gone a respectable 17-11 at home since the beginning of the lockout-shortened campaign.

"We went with a smaller lineup (tonight)," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "The end result was that we got into the open court. We moved the ball, passed the ball, drove it hard and got some fouls."

"The entire second half was quite emotional," he added. "I know I'm spent and I'm sure they are too."

Monty Williams scored 12 of his season-high 18 points in the first half as the Magic jumped out to a 67-56 lead at the break.

But Orlando began melting in the third period. Ben Wallace made a layup to extend the advantage to 69-56 before the Mavericks burst back into contention.

Nowitzki and Strickland had thunderous slams during a 12-3 run that pulled Dallas within 72-68 with 7:12 left in the third quarter. Pack's 3-pointer closed the gap to 78-76 with 4:47 remaining.

Strickland, who posted a season high in points, slammed and hit a 3-pointer in consecutive trips to knot the score at 89-89 and set Dallas up for a big fourth quarter.

"As long as we rebounded and played defense and got after them, they had to guard us on the other end as well," Strickland said. "We picked up the pace a little bit and it made them not be able to take advantage of our mismatches."

Rookie Corey Maggette put the Magic back in front with a follow shot to open the scoring in the final period, but Nash buried a 3-pointer to give Dallas a 92-91 lead with 11:16 to play.

Maggette sank a jumper and this time Finley responded with a 25-footer from the left sideline to make it 95-93.

After Nash put Dallas ahead to stay with another 3-pointer, Williams made a follow shot to pull Dallas within 101-100 with 8:25 remaining. Ceballos made a driving layup and Finley followed with a dunk and a 15-footer to make it 107-100 with 7:22 to go.

With 7:02 remaining, Pack's three-point play capped a 9-0 run and gave Dallas a 110-100 cushion.

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