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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 34 25 33 18 110 SAN ANTONIO 22 23 24 19 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - ERICK STRICKLAND 26, MICHAEL FINLEY 22, DIRK NOWITZKI 19 SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 20, MALIK ROSE 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - SEAN ROOKS 11, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6 SAS - MALIK ROSE 7, MARIO ELIE 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - STEVE NASH 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 SAS - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 23,592


Extended Box

DALLAS (110) AT SAN ANTONIO (88)

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

FINLEY F 41 9-20 2-2 0 6 6 4 4 0 1 22 NOWITZKI F 29 8-13 0-0 0 2 2 4 4 1 2 19 BRADLEY C 18 5-7 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 2 0 10 NASH G 41 3-3 2-2 0 0 0 11 3 1 1 10 STRICKLAND G 30 8-14 5-5 0 6 6 1 3 2 1 26 ROOKS 29 3-6 7-8 4 7 11 3 4 2 0 13 CEBALLOS 25 4-11 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 1 4 8 BUCKNER 21 1-3 0-0 2 4 6 2 5 0 1 2 JONES 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SUNDOV 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION PACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-79 16-17 7 27 34 26 30 9 11 110 (.519) (.941) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11(7 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 21 2-7 6-6 2 0 2 2 4 1 4 10 S ELLIOTT F 8 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 2 ROBINSON C 26 9-12 2-4 0 4 4 2 0 0 1 20 ELIE G 22 1-2 4-5 0 7 7 3 1 0 1 7 JOHNSON G 28 0-3 6-8 0 2 2 3 2 0 3 6 WALKER 22 2-4 0-0 0 6 6 3 3 0 1 4 J KERSEY 16 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 4 ROSE 27 5-13 4-9 3 4 7 1 1 0 0 14 DIAL 24 2-10 0-0 4 2 6 2 4 0 3 5 DANIELS 29 4-6 2-2 0 1 1 3 2 2 1 10 JACKSON 17 2-6 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 6 SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-68 24-34 12 29 41 20 21 4 17 88 (.441) (.706) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

DALLAS 34 25 33 18 - 110 SAN ANTONIO 22 23 24 19 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - ROOKS 2, NOWITZKI. SAN ANTONIO - ELIE, WALKER, DUNCAN, ROBINSON, ROSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 12-23 (.522), FINLEY 2-4, NOWITZKI 3-6, NASH 2-2, STRICKLAND 5-7, CEBALLOS 0-2, BUCKNER 0-1, JONES 0-1. SAN ANTONIO 4-10 (.400), S ELLIOTT 0-1, ELIE 1-1, ROSE 0-1, DIAL 1-2, DANIELS 0-1, JACKSON 2-4. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - NOWITZKI. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, SCOTT FOSTER, JIM KINSEY. A - 23,592. T - 2:06.


Box Score

DALLAS (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 41 9-20 2-2 0-6 4 4 22 Nowitzki 29 8-13 0-0 0-2 4 4 19 Bradley 18 5-7 0-0 0-2 1 4 10 Nash 41 3-3 2-2 0-0 11 3 10 Strickland 30 8-14 5-5 0-6 1 3 26 Rooks 29 3-6 7-8 4-11 3 4 13 Ceballos 25 4-11 0-0 1-1 0 2 8 Buckner 21 1-3 0-0 2-6 2 5 2 Jones 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Sundov 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Davis DNP - coach's decision Pack DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-79 16-17 7-34 26 30 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.941. 3-Point Goals: 12-23, .522 (Finley 2-4, Nowitzki 3-6, Nash 2-2, Strickland 5-7, Ceballos 0-2, Buckner 0-1, Jones 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Rooks 2, Nowitzki). Turnovers: 11 (Ceballos 4, Nowitzki 2, Buckner, Finley, Nash, Strickland, Sundov). Steals: 9 (Bradley 2, Rooks 2, Strickland 2, Ceballos, Nash, Nowitzki).

SAN ANTONIO (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 21 2-7 6-6 2-2 2 4 10 S Elliott 8 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 1 2 Robinson 26 9-12 2-4 0-4 2 0 20 Elie 22 1-2 4-5 0-7 3 1 7 Johnson 28 0-3 6-8 0-2 3 2 6 Walker 22 2-4 0-0 0-6 3 3 4 J Kersey 16 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Rose 27 5-13 4-9 3-7 1 1 14 Dial 24 2-10 0-0 4-6 2 4 5 Daniels 29 4-6 2-2 0-1 3 2 10 Jackson 17 2-6 0-0 2-2 0 2 6 Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-68 24-34 12-41 20 21 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.441, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (S Elliott 0-1, Elie 1-1, Rose 0-1, Dial 1-2, Daniels 0-1, Jackson 2-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Elie, Walker, Duncan, Robinson, Rose). Turnovers: 17 (Duncan 4, Dial 3, Johnson 3, Daniels, Elie, J Kersey, Jackson, Robinson, S Elliott, Walker). Steals: 4 (Daniels 2, Duncan, J Kersey). ____________________________________________ Dallas 34 25 33 18 - 110 San Antonio 22 23 24 19 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 1 (Nowitzki, 8:50 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 23,592. T: 2:06. Officials: Joe Derosa, Scott Foster, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Sean Elliott's presence was not nearly as influential as Dennis Rodman's absence.

Elliott played only the first eight minutes in his second game back from kidney transplant surgery and the Spurs looked awful in a 110-88 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, who continue to play well since Rodman's departure.

Elliott played 12 minutes in Tuesday's triumphant return and started again at forward tonight. He made 1-of-2 shots and grabbed four rebounds but had trouble matching up with Dallas forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley.

"Sean was a little tight and we wanted to be careful with him so we took him out and didn't play him in the second half," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

Jerome Kersey started the second half, but the Spurs already trailed by 14 points and played even worse in the third period. Erick Strickland scored 12 of his 26 points in the quarter as the Mavericks widened their lead to 92-69.

Finley scored 22 points and Nowitzki added 19 for the Mavs, who are 3-1 with three straight wins since Rodman was waived on March 8. Dallas had won seven of eight before the flaky forward joined the team but went just 3-9 with him in the lineup.

"The thing with Dennis is, we're such a young team and fairly inexperienced as far as what it takes to get into the playoffs," said Mavs center Shawn Bradley, who scored 10 points. "We're young and still trying to develop our own identity as a team. Someone like Dennis comes in with everything associated with him. I don't think we were ready for that yet like a veteran team. ... We're rebuilding (and) with all the stuff that comes with Dennis, I don't think we were ready for that."

Some of Bradley's teammates weren't as quick to credit Rodman's departure.

"We always had great team chemistry, even when Dennis was here," Nowitzki said. "We didn't worry about it too much and now he's gone again. We just have to play our game."

"Who knows?" said reserve center Sean Rooks, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds. "Our team has gone through a lot of changes, 25 new coaches or whatever. I don't know if it has anything to do with Dennis."

The Mavs blistered the Spurs from outside, making 12-of-23 shots from behind the arc. Strickland was 5-of-7 and Nowitzki 3-of-6.

"We shot the 3 very well tonight and caught them in defensive transitions," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. "Our ball movement was quick and clean. When you move the ball like that, all you have to do then is make the shots and we did that."

"I can't understand how we could play like that," said Spurs All-Star center David Robinson, who scored 20 points. "We looked like we had never practiced defense, ever. We gave up wide-open 3s. This is a big step backward for us. This is the time where we need to get rolling."

The Spurs fell percentage points behind Phoenix into fifth place in the Western Conference and fell three games behind Utah in the race for the Midwest Division title.

Dallas took the lead for good at 16-13 on Nowitzki's 3-pointer with 6:19 left in the first quarter. Strickland scored seven points in a 16-5 burst that closed the period and extended the advantage to 34-22.

Two free throws by Tim Duncan, who was limited to 10 points, cut the deficit to 50-42 with 2:54 left in the first half. Nowitzki had a layup and 3-pointer and Cedric Ceballos added four points in a 9-2 burst that closed the second quarter and gave Dallas a 59-44 bulge.

Strickland buried two 3-pointers in a 16-4 run that extended the lead to 82-49 with just over four minutes left in the third quarter. Dallas led by as many as 30 points in the final period.

Steve Nash had 10 points and 11 assists for the Mavs, who shot 52 percent (41-of-79) and made 16-of-17 free throws.

"This is a good feeling," Nowitzki said. "We played a good game from beginning to end. To take the world champions out on their home floor is a good feeling."

Malik Rose scored 14 points and fellow reserve Antonio Daniels added 10 for the Spurs, who shot 44 percent (30-of-68) and committed 17 turnovers.

"This is one of the worst games I've seen us play," Robinson said. "We had terrible defense; we had terrible offense. There is not much good to be said about this game."

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