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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 28 18 29 21 96 DALLAS 27 24 26 21 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 22, KEON CLARK 20, NICK VAN EXEL 17 DAL - ROBERT PACK 22, CEDRIC CEBALLOS 22, DIRK NOWITZKI 13

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - KEON CLARK 13, BRYANT STITH 10 DAL - DENNIS RODMAN 14, DIRK NOWITZKI 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 DAL - ROBERT PACK 12, DIRK NOWITZKI 4

ATT: 18,187


Extended Box

DENVER (96) AT DALLAS (98)

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

MCDYESS F 36 11-20 0-1 1 5 6 1 4 0 3 22 POSEY F 27 4-6 4-4 3 1 4 1 2 0 2 13 LAFRENTZ C 17 2-5 0-0 2 3 5 1 5 0 2 4 STITH G 41 4-13 1-2 3 7 10 4 0 0 1 9 VAN EXEL G 42 6-21 2-2 0 2 2 12 1 0 1 17 CLARK 30 7-10 6-10 2 11 13 3 3 1 2 20 GATLING 18 1-6 0-0 2 1 3 1 3 0 3 2 MCCLOUD 26 3-6 2-2 1 5 6 4 3 0 1 9 JONES 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - SPRAINED LEFT WRIST ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-87 15-21 14 35 49 27 22 1 15 96 (.437) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

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

RODMAN F 34 2-3 2-2 2 12 14 0 6 0 0 6 STRICKLAND F 27 3-8 3-3 0 4 4 1 2 0 0 9 NOWITZKI C 39 6-15 0-0 1 7 8 4 3 2 1 13 FINLEY G 37 6-14 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 1 1 12 PACK G 38 7-15 8-9 0 1 1 12 3 2 3 22 CEBALLOS 30 10-19 2-3 4 3 7 1 1 0 2 22 BRADLEY 21 4-8 1-2 1 2 3 0 6 2 1 9 DAVIS 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 NASH 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 ROOKS 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 BUCKNER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-87 16-19 9 35 44 21 23 7 9 98 (.460) (.842) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

DENVER 28 18 29 21 - 96 DALLAS 27 24 26 21 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - MCDYESS 5, MCCLOUD 3, CLARK. DALLAS - PACK, STRICKLAND, FINLEY, BRADLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 5-20 (.250), POSEY 1-1, LAFRENTZ 0-1, STITH 0-4, VAN EXEL 3-9, GATLING 0-3, MCCLOUD 1-2. DALLAS 2-7 (.286), STRICKLAND 0-2, NOWITZKI 1-3, CEBALLOS 0-1, NASH 1-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - VAN EXEL, DALLAS - RODMAN, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, MARC DAVIS. A - 18,187. T - 2:10.


Box Score

DENVER (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 36 11-20 0-1 1-6 1 4 22 Posey 27 4-6 4-4 3-4 1 2 13 Lafrentz 17 2-5 0-0 2-5 1 5 4 Stith 41 4-13 1-2 3-10 4 0 9 Van Exel 42 6-21 2-2 0-2 12 1 17 Clark 30 7-10 6-10 2-13 3 3 20 Gatling 18 1-6 0-0 2-3 1 3 2 Mccloud 26 3-6 2-2 1-6 4 3 9 Jones 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Abdul-wahad DNP - sprained left wrist Alexander DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-87 15-21 14-49 27 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (Posey 1-1, Lafrentz 0-1, Stith 0-4, Van Exel 3-9, Gatling 0-3, Mccloud 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 9 (Mcdyess 5, Mccloud 3, Clark). Turnovers: 15 (Gatling 3, Mcdyess 3, Clark 2, Lafrentz 2, Posey 2, Mccloud, Stith, Van Exel). Steals: 1 (Clark).

DALLAS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rodman 34 2-3 2-2 2-14 0 6 6 Strickland 27 3-8 3-3 0-4 1 2 9 Nowitzki 39 6-15 0-0 1-8 4 3 13 Finley 37 6-14 0-0 1-5 1 2 12 Pack 38 7-15 8-9 0-1 12 3 22 Ceballos 30 10-19 2-3 4-7 1 1 22 Bradley 21 4-8 1-2 1-3 0 6 9 Davis 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Nash 7 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 0 3 Rooks 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Buckner 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-87 16-19 9-44 21 23 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.460, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Strickland 0-2, Nowitzki 1-3, Ceballos 0-1, Nash 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Pack, Strickland, Finley, Bradley). Turnovers: 10 (Pack 3, Ceballos 2, Bradley, Davis, Finley, Nowitzki). Steals: 7 (Bradley 2, Nowitzki 2, Pack 2, Finley). ____________________________________________ Denver 28 18 29 21 - 96 Dallas 27 24 26 21 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Van Exel, 5:00 4th). Dallas 2 (Rodman, 11:10 3rd; Illegal Defense, 3:44 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,187. T: 2:10. Officials: Jack Nies, Monty Mccutchen, Marc Davis.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Robert Pack scored 22 points, including the go-ahead three-point play with 1:24 remaining, as the Dallas Mavericks held on for a 98-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Taking advantage of a switch on the perimeter, the 6-2 Pack dribbled past Nuggets forward Antonio McDyess, scored and drew the foul. His free throw gave Dallas a two-point lead and was the final point of the game.

"They couldn't handle the pick-and-roll," Pack said. "If they decided to jump one way, I went the other way and tried to get to the paint as fast as possible and try to create a shot for the other guys."

"Robert is a heck of a player when he's healthy," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "He was doing a great job of getting to the goal tonight. I would say Robert was the biggest factor that kept us from winning the game tonight."

McDyess missed a jumper and the teams exchanged blocked shots before Pack missed an 18-footer and the Nuggets called timeout with seven seconds to go.

Denver inbounded to Bryant Stith, who dribbled inside the arc for an open shot and inexplicably dribbled outside the circle before passing to Nick Van Exel. He took a return pass on the right wing and missed an open 3-pointer as the horn sounded.

"We were trying to get something going to the basket, and if not, we wanted to get something into Nick's hands and let him try to create something," Stith said. "He drew a double-team and I had a wide-open shot and a good look at a 3-point shot to win the game. It just didn't get over the front iron."

"Tonight, for all the good we played in the game, they got an open 3-pointer at the end," Mavericks coach Don Nelson said. "We deserve a little break because we haven't had one all year. It was a strange game."

Cedric Ceballos also scored 22 points for the Mavericks, who snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the third time in seven games since Dennis Rodman joined the team. Rodman has 27 fouls, five technicals and two ejections.

"I want to do so well but the referees are just treating me like someone off the street looking for a handout or something," Rodman said. "I think it's unfair and unjustified."

Coming off an ejection and $3,500 fine Thursday against Utah, Rodman received a technical foul and fouled out with 4:33 to go. But the flaky forward grabbed 14 rebounds and scored six points.

"I'm not really arguing with them. I'm just trying to talk to them," Rodman said. "They're saying, `I don't want to talk to you because you've got a big mouth.' I think everybody in the league should get to talk to somebody. To explain yourself, you've got to open your damn mouth. Rod Thorn and David Stern and all the people involved in this situation need to get their act together or they need to get the hell out. This is ridiculous."

"I think the first time he got ejected (against Milwaukee on February 15), it might have affected us in a negative way," Mavericks All-Star forward Michael Finley said. "We're kind of used to him not being in there at the end."

Pack also had 12 assists in his second game back from a badly sprained ankle. Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 points and the flu-ridden Finley added 12 for Dallas, which has won its last six home meetings with Denver.

"Robert played a big game, hit some big shots down the stretch," Finley said. "I was happy for him and happy for the team. He gives us a lot of energy. He's a guy who wants to get up and down, put pressure on the other team's defense and just make it an up-tempo game. It makes us hard to defend."

"He can have the game ball. No question about it," Nelson said. "He's been getting a little better with each practice. Denver had a hard time guarding the screen-and-roll. He got in the paint and to the basket all night long."

McDyess scored 22 points and Keon Clark contributed a season-high 20 and 12 rebounds for the Nuggets, who fell to 6-20 on the road and wasted a chance to pick up ground in the race for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. Denver remained six games behind eighth-place Sacramento.

The Mavs led 77-75 entering the fourth quarter and opened a 92-85 advantage after a technical foul against Van Exel led to a free throw by Ceballos with five minutes left.

But Clark made two free throws as he fouled out Rodman and added a basket. Van Exel made an illegal defense technical foul shot before Clark scored again to tie it, 92-92, with 3:36 left.

Shawn Bradley split a pair of foul shots and Ceballos dunked but Van Exel tied it with a 3-pointer with 2:42 left. Clark made 1-of-2 from the line with 2:24 remaining before Pack's go-ahead hoop a minute later.

"He is a guy who when he is coming at you with a full head of steam is going to be hard to stop," said Van Exel, who had 17 points and 12 assists. "Tonight he was in full gear and he played well for them."

Bradley and Erick Strickland scored nine points each for the Mavs, who shot 46 percent (40-of-87) from the field and committed only nine turnovers. Dallas made 16-of-19 foul shots.

Rookie James Posey scored 13 points for the Nuggets, who shot 44 percent (38-of-87) but made only 5-of-20 3-pointers. Denver held a 49-44 rebounding edge.

Rodman scored all of his points in the first period, which ended with Denver holding a 28-27 lead. Pack, who missed four of his first five shots, scored 12 points in the second quarter as Dallas grabbed a 51-46 halftime lead.

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