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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 29 16 29 29 103 MINNESOTA 17 28 17 22 84 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 32, CEDRIC CEBALLOS 25, DIRK NOWITZKI 19 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 20, ANTHONY PEELER 14, BOBBY JACKSON 13

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - CEDRIC CEBALLOS 12, SHAWN BRADLEY 9 MIN - JOE SMITH 17, MALIK SEALY 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 5, TERRELL BRANDON 4

ATT: 16,671


Extended Box

DALLAS (103) AT MINNESOTA (84)

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

CEBALLOS F 47 11-18 2-2 6 6 12 3 0 2 0 25 NOWITZKI F 43 6-13 6-6 0 8 8 3 4 0 1 19 BRADLEY C 38 3-5 1-2 1 8 9 1 4 1 2 7 DAVIS G 39 4-9 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 9 FINLEY G 48 11-27 9-11 2 6 8 5 3 1 1 32 HUGHES 10 1-2 2-4 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 4 JONES 10 2-8 3-4 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 7 ROOKS 5 0-1 0-0 3 0 3 0 2 0 3 0 JACKSON DNP - BRUISED RIGHT THIGH NASH DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE PACK DNP - RIGHT GROIN STRAIN SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-83 23-29 13 31 44 15 17 4 11 103 (.458) (.793) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 38 8-19 3-3 4 2 6 5 4 1 4 20 SMITH F 36 4-15 2-2 9 8 17 0 4 0 5 10 D GARRETT C 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 BRANDON G 29 3-15 3-3 2 1 3 4 2 2 0 9 PEELER G 35 5-10 4-4 0 3 3 2 3 1 2 14 NESTEROVIC 22 1-3 1-2 3 2 5 0 1 0 0 3 JACKSON 19 5-9 3-3 2 1 3 3 3 0 0 13 MITCHELL 25 0-6 5-7 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 5 SEALY 23 5-13 0-0 2 5 7 3 5 1 1 10 HAMMONDS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 AVERY 6 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 SZCZERBIAK DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 31-94 21-24 24 26 50 19 23 5 12 84 (.330) (.875) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(18 PTS)

DALLAS 29 16 29 29 - 103 MINNESOTA 17 28 17 22 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - BRADLEY 2, CEBALLOS, FINLEY. MINNESOTA - NESTEROVIC 4, SMITH 2, K GARNETT, SEALY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 4-12 (.333), CEBALLOS 1-1, NOWITZKI 1-3, DAVIS 1-2, FINLEY 1-2, JONES 0-4. MINNESOTA 1-17 (.059), K GARNETT 1-3, BRANDON 0-7, PEELER 0-2, JACKSON 0-1, SEALY 0-2, AVERY 0-2. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, MINNESOTA - SEALY, HEAD COACH SAUNDERS 2 (EJECTED), SMITH. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, RON OLESIAK, GARY BENSON. A - 16,671. T - 2:14.


Box Score

DALLAS (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ceballos 47 11-18 2-2 6-12 3 0 25 Nowitzki 43 6-13 6-6 0-8 3 4 19 Bradley 38 3-5 1-2 1-9 1 4 7 Davis 39 4-9 0-0 0-1 2 1 9 Finley 48 11-27 9-11 2-8 5 3 32 Hughes 10 1-2 2-4 1-1 0 2 4 Jones 10 2-8 3-4 0-2 1 1 7 Rooks 5 0-1 0-0 3-3 0 2 0 Jackson DNP - bruised right thigh Nash DNP - sprained right ankle Pack DNP - right groin strain Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-83 23-29 13-44 15 17 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Ceballos 1-1, Nowitzki 1-3, Davis 1-2, Finley 1-2, Jones 0-4). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 4 (Bradley 2, Ceballos, Finley). Turnovers: 12 (Rooks 3, Bradley 2, Davis 2, Finley, Hughes, Jones, Nowitzki). Steals: 4 (Ceballos 2, Bradley, Finley).

MINNESOTA (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 38 8-19 3-3 4-6 5 4 20 Smith 36 4-15 2-2 9-17 0 4 10 D Garrett 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Brandon 29 3-15 3-3 2-3 4 2 9 Peeler 35 5-10 4-4 0-3 2 3 14 Nesterovic 22 1-3 1-2 3-5 0 1 3 Jackson 19 5-9 3-3 2-3 3 3 13 Mitchell 25 0-6 5-7 1-3 1 1 5 Sealy 23 5-13 0-0 2-7 3 5 10 Hammonds 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Avery 6 0-3 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 Szczerbiak DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-94 21-24 24-50 19 23 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.330, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 1-17, .059 (K Garnett 1-3, Brandon 0-7, Peeler 0-2, Jackson 0-1, Sealy 0-2, Avery 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Nesterovic 4, Smith 2, K Garnett, Sealy). Turnovers: 13 (Smith 5, K Garnett 4, Peeler 2, Sealy). Steals: 5 (Brandon 2, K Garnett, Peeler, Sealy). ____________________________________________ Dallas 29 16 29 29 - 103 Minnesota 17 28 17 22 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 4:58 2nd, 3:07 3rd). Minnesota 4 (Sealy, 10:18 4th; Head Coach Saunders 2 (ejected), 10:11 4th; Smith, 2:37 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,671. T: 2:14. Officials: Joe Forte, Ron Olesiak, Gary Benson.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Not even Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura could ignite the home team. Ventura spent most of the night screaming at the officials, but it was Michael Finley -- not the referees -- who helped defeat the lifeless Timberwolves.

Finley scored 32 points and Cedric Ceballos added 25 and 12 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks routed the Timberwolves, 103-84, for their second straight road victory.

The Timberwolves battled the officials as much as the Mavericks as coach Flip Saunders was ejected with 10:11 remaining in the third quarter. Assistant Jerry Sichting ran the the team thereafter.

"I will only talk about the 38 minutes I was there, and not the other 10," Saunders said. "I realize the team is really struggling."

Minnesota's Kevin Garnett, who scored 20 points, nearly got into an altercation with Ceballos late in the fourth period before being ushered to the bench by Wolves assistants.

The final score represented the biggest lead for the Mavericks, who improved to just 3-9 on the road this season after leading virtually the entire game. Dallas posted a 101-95 win at Chicago on Thursday.

Minnesota took its last lead at 7-6 with 9:04 remaining in the first quarter.

"Basketball is a weird game," Garnett said. "Sometimes, you can't hit the blind side of a barn with a bowling ball. The next night, you can stand backwards, shoot with your left hand and your eyes closed, and they go in."

The Timberwolves, who once again were without top draft pick Wally Szczerbiak, have dropped five of their last seven games and suffered their third loss at the Target Center. Sczcerbiak has a sore right knee.

"It was just a terrible day at the office," Garnett added. "Flip told us to enjoy the good stuff. We have to go through tough times like this. We have to stick together as a team, practice hard and get ready for the next game."

Finley (11-of-27) and Ceballos (11-18) were a combined 22-of-45 from the field, taking more than half of Dallas' 83 shots. Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points for the Mavericks.

"I try not to get too high with wins like this and too low with losses because during a long season, you're going to have wins like this, where on the schedule it doesn't look like you'll get it," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "But when you're on the road for a long time, there is nothing like winning a game, and this is two in a row."

Anthony Peeler scored 14 points for Minnesota, which shot just 33 percent (31-of-94) from the field, including a dismal 1-of-17 effort from 3-point range. Garnett had Minnesota's only 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter.

"I thought we did a fantastic job of fronting them," Nowitzki said. "That was our game plan, not let them get off in the low post. The game plan worked great for us."

Earlier in the day, the Mavericks learned that rookie forward Leon Smith had gotten in more trouble in Chicago. The teenager was charged with two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage after allegedly smashing the windows of the vehicle belonging to his ex-girlfriend's mother.

The latest charges come two days after Smith was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly pulled a gun on his former girlfriend at a Chicago high school early Wednesday morning.

The Mavericks responded with one of their best performances of the season, jumping to a 15-7 lead on Finley's layup with 7:04 remaining in the first quarter.

"It's the biggest road win for us so far," Nowitzki said. "We beat a very good team on the road. It's something we haven't shown this year -- or even last year -- so it's great for us, and now we know we can do it."

Dallas took a 29-17 first-quarter lead on Ceballos' 17-footer with 1:04 left in the period. The Wolves rallied in the second quarter and pulled into a 45-45 halftime lead on two foul shots by Terrell Brandon with 37 seconds left in the period.

But Dallas took control late in the third quarter, opening a 63-53 cushion on Finley's layup with 3:19 to play before Nowitzki hit a pair from the line to make it 70-57 with 1:50 to go.

"They're a very good basketball team," Ceballos said. "They use each other well and Kevin is unbelievable. They just need to understand we played well tonight."

Minnesota got no closer than 12 points in the final period.

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