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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 19 29 23 35 106 LA LAKERS 31 21 26 30 108 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 30, MICHAEL FINLEY 24, DAMON JONES 13 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 35, KOBE BRYANT 25, RON HARPER 17

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - GARY TRENT 13, CEDRIC CEBALLOS 8 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 14, KOBE BRYANT 9

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 8, SEAN ROOKS 4 LAL - ROBERT HORRY 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

DALLAS (106) AT LA LAKERS (108)

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

CEBALLOS F 38 4-11 4-7 0 8 8 2 1 0 4 12 NOWITZKI F 38 10-16 5-5 3 3 6 1 5 1 0 30 TRENT C 36 5-17 0-4 4 9 13 2 5 1 3 10 DAVIS G 27 4-8 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 2 1 9 FINLEY G 47 10-22 2-2 1 5 6 8 3 1 2 24 ROOKS 15 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 0 0 4 BRADLEY 9 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 4 JONES 29 4-8 3-3 1 2 3 3 0 1 0 13 HUGHES 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NASH DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-93 14-21 12 34 46 21 19 6 10 106 (.441) (.667) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(11 PTS)

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

GREEN F 18 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 2 RICE F 30 4-10 1-3 2 6 8 0 3 0 1 9 ONEAL C 40 14-26 7-10 6 8 14 3 4 0 7 35 BRYANT G 42 10-22 4-4 2 7 9 4 3 3 3 25 HARPER G 30 8-9 0-0 0 6 6 4 1 2 0 17 FOX 24 2-8 2-2 0 1 1 3 3 1 0 7 FISHER 17 0-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 HORRY 27 4-8 3-3 3 5 8 8 3 1 0 11 KNIGHT 6 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 SHAW 6 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 GEORGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SALLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-90 17-22 13 42 55 26 18 7 12 108 (.489) (.773) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 12(8 PTS)

DALLAS 19 29 23 35 - 106 LA LAKERS 31 21 26 30 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - ROOKS, TRENT, NOWITZKI, BRADLEY. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, HORRY, RICE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 10-18 (.556), CEBALLOS 0-2, NOWITZKI 5-7, DAVIS 1-1, FINLEY 2-3, JONES 2-5. LA LAKERS 3-8 (.375), RICE 0-1, BRYANT 1-1, HARPER 1-1, FOX 1-1, FISHER 0-4. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - CEBALLOS. OFFICIALS: MARK WUNDERLICH, JOE FORTE, DEREK COLLINS. A - 18,997. T - 2:10.


Box Score

DALLAS (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ceballos 38 4-11 4-7 0-8 2 1 12 Nowitzki 38 10-16 5-5 3-6 1 5 30 Trent 36 5-17 0-4 4-13 2 5 10 Davis 27 4-8 0-0 2-4 1 1 9 Finley 47 10-22 2-2 1-6 8 3 24 Rooks 15 2-6 0-0 0-2 4 3 4 Bradley 9 2-5 0-0 1-4 0 1 4 Jones 29 4-8 3-3 1-3 3 0 13 Hughes 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Nash DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-93 14-21 12-46 21 19 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.441, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 10-18, .556 (Ceballos 0-2, Nowitzki 5-7, Davis 1-1, Finley 2-3, Jones 2-5). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Rooks, Trent, Nowitzki, Bradley). Turnovers: 10 (Ceballos 4, Trent 3, Finley 2, Davis). Steals: 6 (Davis 2, Finley, Jones, Nowitzki, Trent).

LA LAKERS (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 18 1-1 0-0 0-3 1 0 2 Rice 30 4-10 1-3 2-8 0 3 9 Oneal 40 14-26 7-10 6-14 3 4 35 Bryant 42 10-22 4-4 2-9 4 3 25 Harper 30 8-9 0-0 0-6 4 1 17 Fox 24 2-8 2-2 0-1 3 3 7 Fisher 17 0-5 0-0 0-2 2 1 0 Horry 27 4-8 3-3 3-8 8 3 11 Knight 6 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 Shaw 6 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 George DNP - coach's decision Salley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-90 17-22 13-55 26 18 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.489, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Rice 0-1, Bryant 1-1, Harper 1-1, Fox 1-1, Fisher 0-4). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Oneal 3, Horry, Rice). Turnovers: 12 (Oneal 7, Bryant 3, Green, Rice). Steals: 7 (Bryant 3, Harper 2, Fox, Horry). ____________________________________________ Dallas 19 29 23 35 - 106 La Lakers 31 21 26 30 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 1 (Ceballos, 11:05 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:10. Officials: Mark Wunderlich, Joe Forte, Derek Collins.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Lakers narrowly extended their season-high winning streak to nine games with a 108-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Shaquille O'Neal had 25 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks but more importantly converted 7-of-10 free throws as the Lakers beat Dallas for the 19th straight time, the longest such streak in the NBA. They have not lost to Dallas since April 5, 1995.

"We played down to their stinking level," said O'Neal, who has 92 points and 44 rebounds in three wins over the Mavericks this season and is averaging 33.6 and 15.0 over his past three overall. "We didn't play well and shouldn't be proud, but we won the game. We have had that problem for four years. We always get up for the big teams...we have to get up for everybody."

Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and Dallas connected on 10-of-18 3-pointers but suffered its 19th consecutive loss in Los Angeles. Dallas has dropped six of its last seven games overall.

"I was wide open in the fourth quarter on every shot and I just made them," said Nowitzki, who was 10-fo-16 from the floor and 5-of-7 from 3-point range. "A lot of them were in transition so they just didn't know how to pick me up or when to pick me up."

The Mavericks overcame a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter and tied the game at 106-106 with 21.4 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Michael Finley, who finished with 24 points and eight assists.

With plenty of time left on the shot clock and 8.6 seconds remaining, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant charged down the lane for a layup. Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson jumped out of his chair in anger but the 21-year-old All-Star made both his foul shots for a 108-106 Lakers lead.

"He thought he had an opportunity to score and that's his decision," Jackson said of Bryant, who did not make himself available for comment after the game. "We did have a play for Glen (Rice). We had executed something similiar and that is what we set up to do in that situation. (Bryant) took a good shot. It must have been the holiday mood. It's better to give than receive, and we almost gave the game away."

"If I would have stopped him, then we would have gotten the win," said Finley, who was defending Bryant. "Unfortunately, I fouled him. I got a little of the ball and a little of him."

Finley went for a 3-pointer to win the game for Dallas but the ball hit the back of the rim and fell into Bryant's hands as the Lakers won their 10th home game in a row.

"I had a good look at it," Finley said. "It felt good from my hand, unfortunately it didn't go in. I think Kobe was playing me pretty much on the drive, he was going to stop me from going to the basket. Plus, the shot gave us a shot to win the game in regulation."

"I liked the fact that Mike had a real good look at a long 3," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "We gave him the option, if that's what he likes then take it...if he wanted to drive it and shoot a two, then that was all right too. We'd go for the win or a tie, he chose to take shot. I liked the looks on it the whole way...it was a little too long."

Bryant had 25 points and nine rebounds and Ron Harper added 17 and six for the Lakers, who at 24-5 are off to their best start since the 1985-86 squad began 24-4.

Los Angeles took its largest lead at 14 points with 2:55 left in the second when Rick Fox made a pair of free throws. But the Mavs closed out the quarter with a 14-4 run and forged a 56-56 tie with 10:32 left in the third on a jump shot by Gary Trent, who had all 10 of his points in the quarter.

Bryant broke the deadlock with a jumper two seconds later to key a 16-7 burst that gave the Lakers a 72-63 cusion with 2:31 left in the third.

After Los Angeles took a 93-82 advantage with 6:51 left, the Mavericks outscored the Lakers, 24-13, to move into a 106-106 tie.

"Those guys really came on like gangbusters," Jackson said. "I'd like to say that only maxim that you've got is that if you live by the sword, you die by the sword. They took that last jump shot, it was a risky play and they ended up losing the game. I thought they had the energy to win."

Robert Horry contributed 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, who held a 55-46 edge in rebounding and outscored Dallas in the paint, 58-23.

Damon Jones chipped in with 13 points and former Laker Cedric Ceballos had 12 and eight rebounds for the Mavericks.

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