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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 23 24 20 26 93 DALLAS 21 18 23 24 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - CHRIS WHITNEY 29, MITCH RICHMOND 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 18, MICHAEL FINLEY 15, ERICK STRICKLAND 13

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - JAHIDI WHITE 10, JUWAN HOWARD 9 DAL - SHAWN BRADLEY 14, DIRK NOWITZKI 10

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 4, CHRIS WHITNEY 3 DAL - STEVE NASH 7, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 15,403


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (93) AT DALLAS (86)

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

HOWARD F 40 2-11 0-0 5 4 9 4 3 1 3 4 KING F 15 2-6 0-0 2 0 2 1 3 0 2 4 J WHITE C 14 3-4 1-1 4 6 10 0 1 1 0 7 RICHMOND G 34 7-16 6-6 1 3 4 2 1 4 1 20 C WHITNEY G 48 11-20 4-4 1 4 5 3 2 1 2 29 REID 15 2-4 2-3 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 6 T MURRAY 9 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 A WILLIAMS 27 0-1 3-4 0 8 8 0 2 1 1 3 HAMILTON 18 5-7 0-0 0 0 0 1 5 0 1 10 BOOTH 20 4-8 2-2 1 5 6 0 3 0 2 10 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PROFIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-79 18-20 15 32 47 12 24 8 12 93 (.456) (.900) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 43 7-14 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 0 2 15 NOWITZKI F 40 8-17 1-2 1 9 10 1 3 1 2 18 BRADLEY C 25 3-7 2-2 6 8 14 1 2 2 1 8 NASH G 33 4-13 0-0 0 0 0 7 4 0 3 10 STRICKLAND G 28 5-9 1-2 0 1 1 2 6 1 1 13 BUCKNER 30 2-10 2-2 3 1 4 2 5 0 1 6 ROOKS 20 1-2 5-6 2 7 9 2 2 1 1 7 DAVIS 20 3-7 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 9 JONES 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION PACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-79 13-16 13 28 41 18 24 5 11 86 (.418) (.813) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

WASHINGTON 23 24 20 26 - 93 DALLAS 21 18 23 24 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - HAMILTON 2, BOOTH 2, A WILLIAMS. DALLAS - FINLEY 2, BUCKNER, BRADLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-14 (.214), HOWARD 0-1, RICHMOND 0-2, C WHITNEY 3-10, T MURRAY 0-1. DALLAS 7-20 (.350), FINLEY 1-1, NOWITZKI 1-5, NASH 2-6, STRICKLAND 2-4, BUCKNER 0-2, DAVIS 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, MIKE CALLAHAN, RODNEY MOTT. A - 15,403. T - 2:04.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 40 2-11 0-0 5-9 4 3 4 King 15 2-6 0-0 2-2 1 3 4 J White 14 3-4 1-1 4-10 0 1 7 Richmond 34 7-16 6-6 1-4 2 1 20 C Whitney 48 11-20 4-4 1-5 3 2 29 Reid 15 2-4 2-3 1-2 1 2 6 T Murray 9 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 A Williams 27 0-1 3-4 0-8 0 2 3 Hamilton 18 5-7 0-0 0-0 1 5 10 Booth 20 4-8 2-2 1-6 0 3 10 Austin DNP - coach's decision Profit DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 18-20 15-47 12 24 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Howard 0-1, Richmond 0-2, C Whitney 3-10, T Murray 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 5 (Hamilton 2, Booth 2, A Williams). Turnovers: 12 (Howard 3, Booth 2, C Whitney 2, King 2, A Williams, Hamilton, Richmond). Steals: 8 (Richmond 4, A Williams, C Whitney, Howard, J White).

DALLAS (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 43 7-14 0-0 1-2 2 0 15 Nowitzki 40 8-17 1-2 1-10 1 3 18 Bradley 25 3-7 2-2 6-14 1 2 8 Nash 33 4-13 0-0 0-0 7 4 10 Strickland 28 5-9 1-2 0-1 2 6 13 Buckner 30 2-10 2-2 3-4 2 5 6 Rooks 20 1-2 5-6 2-9 2 2 7 Davis 20 3-7 2-2 0-1 1 1 9 Jones 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Pack DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-79 13-16 13-41 18 24 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Finley 1-1, Nowitzki 1-5, Nash 2-6, Strickland 2-4, Buckner 0-2, Davis 1-2). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 4 (Finley 2, Buckner, Bradley). Turnovers: 11 (Nash 3, Finley 2, Nowitzki 2, Bradley, Buckner, Rooks, Strickland). Steals: 5 (Bradley 2, Nowitzki, Rooks, Strickland). ____________________________________________ Washington 23 24 20 26 - 93 Dallas 21 18 23 24 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,403. T: 2:04. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Mike Callahan, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Chris Whitney didn't take a break and didn't give one to the Dallas Mavericks, either.

Whitney went the whole way, scoring a career-high 29 points and making a key steal that blunted a rally in a 93-86 victory for the Washington Wizards.

A seven-year veteran, Whitney shatted his previous high of 21 on April 17, 1997 against Miami. He got support from Mitch Richmond, who scored 20 points. Jahidi White grabbed 10 rebounds and Juwan Howard had nine.

Whitney got the call due to the left quadriceps injury that landed starting point guard Rod Strickland on the injured list. Whitney showed he was ready.

"A big game for Chris," Washington coach Darrell Walker said. "He defended well. Whit made big shots. Every time I looked around he was making a big shot. He was making huge shots without blinking an eye."

Walker thought of giving Whitney a rest, but the guard did not want to come out and the coach did not want to take him out.

"He said he felt well," Walker said. "I liked the flow of the game that he had going. Chris was controlling the game for us. I just wanted to keep him out there because he was playing well."

The Wizards held a 78-67 lead after rookie Richard Hamilton hit a a jumper with seven minutes left, but Dallas came charging back, with Steve Nash and Erick Strickland both hitting 3-pointers in a 10-0 run that cut the deficit to one point.

Whitney hit a floating jumper and Erick Strickland answered with a jumper from the foul line. When Richmond was called for an offensive foul, the Mavericks had a chance to take the lead with just over three minutes left.

Steve Nash drove into the paint but lost the ball off his leg, and rookie Calvin Booth hit a lay-in to give Washington an 82-79 lead.

On the next play, Whitney took the ball out of Nash's hands at the 3-point arc and outraced him to the basket for a layup that made it 84-79 with 2:43 to go.

After Richmond's jumper, a block by Aaron Williams and Booth's lay-in, Washington was in control at 88-79 with 1:19 left. Richmond hit 4-of-4 from the line down the stretch to preserve the win as Washington completed a 3-1 road trip.

"I'm just happy we got the win," Whitney said. "Playing 48 minutes, I should have had more assists. It was a good trip. It's easy for teams to let up on the last game of a long road trip. We didn't tonight. It's a credit to everyone that's in the locker room."

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 18 points and Michael Finley added 15. Shawn Bradley grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds but just three in the second half. Nash dished out seven assists.

"I can't even tell you what happened, to be honest," Mavericks reserve center Sean Rooks said. "We're trying different things all the time and we're trying to get wins. We're just trying to go out and play hard every night. We've got to just keep battling and stick together as a team and try to claw to get some wins. We played all right tonight, but we didn't play well enough to win."

Despite the presence of the 7-6 Bradley, Washington was able to capitalize in the first half for 15 second-chance points. The burly White kept the spindly Bradley from getting position. Although Bradley had five offensive boards in the half, he did not score off the glass.

Washington took the largest lead of the first half for either side when Richmond connected on a jumper over Bradley with 34 seconds before the break, making it 47-39. The Wizards closed the half on a 10-3 run, with the Mavericks' only points coming on Nash's 3-pointer.

The game was a meeting of teams going nowhere but playing well of late. The Wizards have won five of six and the Mavs had won five of six before tonight.

The Wizards are 13-20 since Michael Jordan was named president on January 19. That night, the Mavericks handed Washington a 104-86 home loss.

With the team well out of the playoff hunt, Dallas coach Don Nelson said that forward Cedric Ceballos would not be rushed back from a finger injury.

"We are not going to play him anymore for at least a period of five or six games and see if his finger responds a little bit," Nelson said. "He has really struggled trying to play with a broken finger. If it doesn't respond, I am not going to play him for the rest of the year."

Dallas' loss allowed the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to clinch a playoff berth.

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