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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 23 29 23 20 95 NEW JERSEY 19 31 24 24 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - CEDRIC CEBALLOS 36, HUBERT DAVIS 13, DIRK NOWITZKI 11 NJN - KENDALL GILL 23, STEPHON MARBURY 20, KEITH VAN HORN 12

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - SHAWN BRADLEY 11, DIRK NOWITZKI 10 NJN - JAMIE FEICK 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 9, ERICK STRICKLAND 4 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 8, KENDALL GILL 4

ATT: 13,682


Extended Box

DALLAS (95) AT NEW JERSEY (98)

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

NOWITZKI F 36 4-11 0-0 0 10 10 3 3 0 2 11 TRENT F 9 1-4 2-2 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 4 BRADLEY C 27 4-6 2-2 2 9 11 0 5 0 2 10 FINLEY G 38 5-18 0-0 2 5 7 9 3 1 2 10 STRICKLAND G 21 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 4 2 0 1 4 BUCKNER 24 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 0 0 2 CEBALLOS 37 17-26 2-3 3 5 8 3 2 1 2 36 DAVIS 29 5-7 0-1 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 13 NASH 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 JONES 13 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 5 ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-87 6-8 9 35 44 24 26 3 14 95 (.471) (.750) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 14(24 PTS)

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

GILL F 37 9-15 5-5 3 4 7 4 1 5 0 23 VAN HORN F 21 6-10 0-0 1 2 3 1 5 0 3 12 FEICK C 38 2-8 2-2 4 8 12 3 0 0 1 6 KITTLES G 27 3-14 1-2 0 5 5 0 0 1 0 9 MARBURY G 42 7-15 6-8 0 3 3 8 3 1 4 20 BURRELL 24 0-2 2-2 0 7 7 0 3 2 0 2 NEWMAN 22 3-7 4-5 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 11 HARRIS 21 4-8 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 1 0 8 PERRY 6 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 ESCHMEYER 2 1-1 1-3 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 3 MCILVAINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-83 21-27 10 32 42 19 18 11 10 98 (.446) (.778) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

DALLAS 23 29 23 20 - 95 NEW JERSEY 19 31 24 24 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - FINLEY, NOWITZKI, BRADLEY. NEW JERSEY - KITTLES 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 7-13 (.538), NOWITZKI 3-5, FINLEY 0-1, DAVIS 3-3, JONES 1-4. NEW JERSEY 3-14 (.214), KITTLES 2-9, MARBURY 0-2, BURRELL 0-1, NEWMAN 1-2. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - VAN HORN. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, DERRICK STAFFORD, GEORGE TOLIVER. A - 13,682. T - 2:03.


Box Score

DALLAS (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nowitzki 36 4-11 0-0 0-10 3 3 11 Trent 9 1-4 2-2 1-2 1 1 4 Bradley 27 4-6 2-2 2-11 0 5 10 Finley 38 5-18 0-0 2-7 9 3 10 Strickland 21 2-5 0-0 0-3 4 2 4 Buckner 24 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 5 2 Ceballos 37 17-26 2-3 3-8 3 2 36 Davis 29 5-7 0-1 1-1 2 3 13 Nash 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Jones 13 2-6 0-0 0-0 2 1 5 Rooks DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-87 6-8 9-44 24 26 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (Nowitzki 3-5, Finley 0-1, Davis 3-3, Jones 1-4). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 3 (Finley, Nowitzki, Bradley). Turnovers: 14 (Bradley 2, Ceballos 2, Finley 2, Jones 2, Nowitzki 2, Trent 2, Nash, Strickland). Steals: 3 (Ceballos, Finley, Nash).

NEW JERSEY (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 37 9-15 5-5 3-7 4 1 23 Van Horn 21 6-10 0-0 1-3 1 5 12 Feick 38 2-8 2-2 4-12 3 0 6 Kittles 27 3-14 1-2 0-5 0 0 9 Marbury 42 7-15 6-8 0-3 8 3 20 Burrell 24 0-2 2-2 0-7 0 3 2 Newman 22 3-7 4-5 1-2 1 1 11 Harris 21 4-8 0-0 1-3 2 1 8 Perry 6 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 Eschmeyer 2 1-1 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 Mcilvaine DNP - coach's decision G Muresan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-83 21-27 10-42 19 18 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Kittles 2-9, Marbury 0-2, Burrell 0-1, Newman 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Kittles 2). Turnovers: 10 (Marbury 4, Van Horn 3, Eschmeyer, Feick, Newman). Steals: 11 (Gill 5, Burrell 2, Harris, Kittles, Marbury, Newman). ____________________________________________ Dallas 23 29 23 20 - 95 New Jersey 19 31 24 24 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 1 (Van Horn, 6:33 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,682. T: 2:03. Officials: Joe Derosa, Derrick Stafford, George Toliver.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Nets could not have picked a better way to set the stage for their upcoming four-game West Coast trip.

Stephon Marbury hit a driving layup with 24 seconds remaining as the Nets overcame a five-point deficit in the final four minutes to record a 98-95 victory over the Dallas Mavericks and snap a 48-game losing streak when trailing after three quarters.

After Marbury's layup gave New Jersey a 96-95 lead, a leaner by Dallas' Hubert Davis caromed off the front of the rim with six seconds remaining.

Following two foul shots by Scott Burrell with 4.3 seconds to play, the Mavericks called a timeout to get the ball at midcourt. They were unable to get off a good shot as Dirk Nowitzki's 3-pointer from the top of the key missed the rim at the buzzer.

"This was a huge game for us," said New Jersey guard Kendall Gill, whose club opens the road trip at Portland on Monday. "We stood tall and this win comes up huge because we have to play one of the toughest teams on the road."

"We're hot right now," Nets coach Don Casey said. "At this point, we need every game. It's a big win because we have a tough road game on Monday."

Cedric Ceballos scored 36 points -- three shy of his season high -- on 17-of-26 shooting for the Mavericks, but he was shut down in the final seven minutes. His only basket down the stretch was a jumper that gave Dallas a 95-94 lead with 1:11 remaining.

New Jersey center Keith Van Horn suggested that the Mavericks depended too much on their high-scoring forward.

"I think a lot of people fail to realize when a guy scores 30 or 40 points his team loses," Van Horn said. "They focus in on one guy."

The Mavericks were kept off the foul line, making just 6-of-8, compared to 21-of-27 for New Jersey.

"All losses are hard," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "We had opportunities to win this game, but we missed too many easy shots. There were about eight or 10 layups and six or seven open shots today we missed. We didn't get to the free throw line enough. If you don't get to the line often, you have to make plenty of shots."

Gill had a season-high 23 points and Marbury 20 for the Nets, who have won 12 of their last 14 at home and pulled within 3 1/2 games of Toronto for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Dallas opened a 91-86 lead on Nowitzki's 3-pointer with 4:07 left, but the Nets pulled even on a three-point play by Gill and jumper from Marbury.

After Michael Finley hit a fadeaway, Kerry Kittles, who scored only nine points, drilled a 3-pointer to put the Nets up, 94-93, with 1:29 remaining.

After Ceballos gave the Mavericks their last lead, Kittles attempted another 3-pointer, but this one hit the bottom of the backboard. The guard made up for his bad shot by blocking Ceballos' hook in the lane on the Mavericks' ensuing possession.

"I don't know where he (Kittles) came from, but he and Stephon played really well today," Ceballos said.

Marbury drove past Nowitzski in the lane to give the New Jersey the lead for good. The Nets defended the Mavs' last shot well as Marbury got a hand in Nowitzki's face, forcing an airball.

"This is the kind of game where we needed to make some solid baskets, which is what we did," Van Horn said. "I didn't have one of my better games, but as long as we win, I'm a happy camper. I'm glad we came out on top."

Van Horn contributed just 10 points while Jamie Feick grabbed 12 rebounds for the Nets, who overcame 45 percent (37-of-83) shooting.

"I think we did a good job," Kittles said. "It was a great team effort. We gave it all we had and stuck together."

Davis had 13 points and Nowitzki added 11 and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who shot 47 percent (41-of-87).

Dallas forward Gary Trent aggravated a groin injury in the first quarter and scored only four points in nine minutes.

"If Trent doesn't get hurt we probably win this game on the road," Nelson said.

New Jersey started strong, building an 11-4 lead on Gill's jumper with 7:03 to play, but went cold, allowing Dallas to forge ahead, 41-33, on Nowitzski's 3-pointer with 4:37 left in the first half.

The Nets closed to 52-50 at the intermission and neither team led by more than six in the second half. Ceballos scored five straight points to stake the Mavs to an 88-83 advantage with 6:32 remaining in the final period.

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