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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 26 21 32 29 108 BOSTON 29 34 22 15 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 26, ERICK STRICKLAND 19, MICHAEL FINLEY 17 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 23, PAUL PIERCE 21, VITALY POTAPENKO 19

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - DENNIS RODMAN 16, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 BOS - TONY BATTIE 11, VITALY POTAPENKO 9

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - STEVE NASH 8, ROBERT PACK 8 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 7, KENNY ANDERSON 7

ATT: 16,981


Extended Box

DALLAS (108) AT BOSTON (100)

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

FINLEY F 32 6-15 4-4 0 4 4 1 1 0 3 17 RODMAN F 40 2-4 0-0 4 12 16 3 3 0 2 4 NOWITZKI C 30 10-15 4-5 1 1 2 3 1 2 1 26 PACK G 20 1-5 1-2 0 0 0 8 1 0 4 3 STRICKLAND G 19 4-10 9-10 1 3 4 0 0 1 0 19 CEBALLOS 29 7-14 2-3 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 16 BRADLEY 8 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 2 NASH 26 2-4 3-5 0 2 2 8 3 2 0 7 DAVIS 8 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 JONES 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 BUCKNER 9 0-1 2-2 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 ROOKS 16 5-6 1-2 2 2 4 1 5 0 3 11

TOTALS 240 38-81 27-35 12 26 38 26 20 6 17 108 (.469) (.771) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

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

GRIFFIN F 36 3-7 0-1 2 4 6 6 4 3 3 6 WALKER F 40 8-21 7-11 5 1 6 7 4 0 1 23 POTAPENKO C 24 8-12 3-3 3 6 9 0 4 0 2 19 ANDERSON G 46 4-15 2-2 0 1 1 7 1 3 5 12 PIERCE G 25 8-15 4-4 1 4 5 1 5 2 4 21 FORTSON 11 2-5 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 4 E WILLIAMS 14 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 1 0 MCCARTY 20 4-13 2-2 1 3 4 1 5 1 1 11 OVERTON 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 BATTIE 21 1-2 2-2 6 5 11 2 3 0 1 4 CHEANEY DNP - PERSONAL REASONS ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-92 20-25 20 29 49 27 31 9 20 100 (.413) (.800) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 21(29 PTS)

DALLAS 26 21 32 29 - 108 BOSTON 29 34 22 15 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - NOWITZKI, ROOKS, BRADLEY. BOSTON - WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 5-14 (.357), FINLEY 1-3, RODMAN 0-1, NOWITZKI 2-5, STRICKLAND 2-4, DAVIS 0-1. BOSTON 4-15 (.267), WALKER 0-2, ANDERSON 2-3, PIERCE 1-3, MCCARTY 1-7. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - BATTIE. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, VIOLET PALMER, TED BERNHARDT. A - 16,981. T - 2:19.


Box Score

DALLAS (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 32 6-15 4-4 0-4 1 1 17 Rodman 40 2-4 0-0 4-16 3 3 4 Nowitzki 30 10-15 4-5 1-2 3 1 26 Pack 20 1-5 1-2 0-0 8 1 3 Strickland 19 4-10 9-10 1-4 0 0 19 Ceballos 29 7-14 2-3 1-2 0 1 16 Bradley 8 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 3 2 Nash 26 2-4 3-5 0-2 8 3 7 Davis 8 0-2 1-2 0-0 1 1 1 Jones 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Buckner 9 0-1 2-2 2-2 0 1 2 Rooks 16 5-6 1-2 2-4 1 5 11 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-81 27-35 12-38 26 20 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.771. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Finley 1-3, Rodman 0-1, Nowitzki 2-5, Strickland 2-4, Davis 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Nowitzki, Rooks, Bradley). Turnovers: 18 (Pack 4, Finley 3, Rooks 3, Rodman 2, Buckner, Ceballos, Davis, Jones, Nowitzki). Steals: 6 (Nash 2, Nowitzki 2, Davis, Strickland).

BOSTON (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 36 3-7 0-1 2-6 6 4 6 Walker 40 8-21 7-11 5-6 7 4 23 Potapenko 24 8-12 3-3 3-9 0 4 19 Anderson 46 4-15 2-2 0-1 7 1 12 Pierce 25 8-15 4-4 1-5 1 5 21 Fortson 11 2-5 0-0 2-5 0 3 4 E Williams 14 0-0 0-0 0-2 3 1 0 Mccarty 20 4-13 2-2 1-4 1 5 11 Overton 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Battie 21 1-2 2-2 6-11 2 3 4 Cheaney DNP - personal reasons Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-92 20-25 20-49 27 31 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Walker 0-2, Anderson 2-3, Pierce 1-3, Mccarty 1-7). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 1 (Walker). Turnovers: 21 (Anderson 5, Pierce 4, Griffin 3, Potapenko 2, Battie, E Williams, Fortson, Mccarty, Overton, Walker). Steals: 9 (Anderson 3, Griffin 3, Pierce 2, Mccarty). ____________________________________________ Dallas 26 21 32 29 - 108 Boston 29 34 22 15 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Battie, 11:19 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,981. T: 2:19. Officials: Jim Clark, Violet Palmer, Ted Bernhardt.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Mark Cuban had to be proud.

With their new owner in attendance, the Dallas Mavericks matched the third-biggest comeback in team history and won for only the second time ever in Boston, 108-100 over the Celtics.

The Mavericks trailed by 20 points midway through the third quarter but were able to ovecome the defict. It matched their biggest comeback since overcoming a 20-point second-half deficit at Seattle on November 1, 1997.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and flamboyant Dennis Rodman grabbed 16 rebounds for the Mavericks, who improved to just 2-17 all-time in Boston. Dallas' other win in Boston came on January 7, 1996.

The Mavericks also won for the seventh time in their last nine road games and improved to 15-8 overall since a 9-23 start.

"We took a gamble. I didn't like the energy. I was very disappointed with our starting team," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "They haven't come out like that this year. I decided to start Dennis and four guys from the bench in the second half."

Antoine Walker netted 23 points and Paul Pierce 21 for slumping Boston, which lost for the eighth time in its last 10 games.

"Real simple, we turned the ball over too much," Pierce said. "We had a big lead and relaxed too much. Coach kept telling us that with the effort we gave in the third quarter that they would get back into the game. I guess they did."

The Celtics built a 16-point lead at halftime and were in front, 78-58, with 6:40 left in the third quarter on a 19-footer by Pierce.

Steve Nash hit a running jumper and Erick Strickland made two free throws to trigger a 17-1 burst that got Dallas back into it. Greg Buckner capped the spurt with a jumper that pulled the Mavericks within 79-75 with 2:18 to play in the period.

Trailing 85-79 entering the fourth, the Mavericks began the period with a 16-4 surge, capped by a layup from Cedric Ceballos with 5:15 remaining. Ceballos had seven points in the burst.

Walker scored four consecutive points and Tony Battie hit two free throws to tie it with 4:12 to play. But Nowitzki drilled a 3-pointer and Ceballos made a jumper to put the Mavericks ahead for good.

"He (Nelson) gave us a really got halftime speech," Nowitzki said. "He said if we didn't do a good job defensively or it didn't get better, he would play the second team."

Nowitzki enjoyed a strong night from the floor, making 10-of-15 shots.

Strickland added 19 points, Finley 17 and Ceballos 16 for the Mavericks, who shot 47 percent (38-of-81) while holding Boston to 41 percent (38-of-92) from the floor. The Celtics also committed 20 turnovers.

"I think in the first half we were just sleepwalking through it. The second half was a different story," Finley said.

The Celtics led by three points with 5:48 to play in the second quarter before closing the half on a 20-7 spurt to open a 63-47 advantage at the break. Walker netted 16 points in the half.

"We ran out of a little gas there after playing an excellent first half," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "We scored 63 points in the first half and did it with defense and by getting out on the break. We didn't do that in the second half."

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