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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 25 30 33 25 113 UTAH 22 26 28 29 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 31, DIRK NOWITZKI 16, STEVE NASH 16 UTH - KARL MALONE 26, BRYON RUSSELL 20, JOHN STOCKTON 16

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 UTH - KARL MALONE 10, OLDEN POLYNICE 6

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - STEVE NASH 11, DIRK NOWITZKI 8 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 14, JEFF HORNACEK 3

ATT: 19,911


Extended Box

DALLAS (113) AT UTAH (105)

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

FINLEY F 47 13-18 3-4 0 5 5 2 3 0 2 31 NOWITZKI F 47 6-11 1-1 2 15 17 8 2 1 4 16 BRADLEY C 34 6-9 0-1 1 4 5 1 5 1 1 12 NASH G 41 3-7 10-11 0 4 4 11 3 0 5 16 STRICKLAND G 26 4-7 6-6 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 15 BUCKNER 14 1-6 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 4 PACK 8 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 DAVIS 17 6-8 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 15 ROOKS 5 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 2 JONES 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-69 26-29 6 32 38 24 24 5 15 113 (.580) (.897) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 15(22 PTS)

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

MALONE F 39 9-21 8-10 4 6 10 1 4 2 3 26 RUSSELL F 42 7-11 4-5 1 3 4 2 3 0 0 20 POLYNICE C 19 2-5 1-6 2 4 6 0 2 1 0 6 HORNACEK G 31 5-9 2-3 1 1 2 3 3 0 0 14 STOCKTON G 37 6-14 3-3 0 5 5 14 4 5 0 16 EISLEY 25 2-8 4-4 1 2 3 1 4 0 0 8 GILLIAM 12 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 VAUGHN 7 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 3 OSTERTAG 15 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 4 KEEFE 9 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 LEWIS 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-79 22-31 11 23 34 22 24 8 8 105 (.481) (.710) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8(10 PTS)

DALLAS 25 30 33 25 - 113 UTAH 22 26 28 29 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - NOWITZKI 3, BRADLEY. UTAH - OSTERTAG 3, MALONE 2, POLYNICE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 7-15 (.467), FINLEY 2-3, NOWITZKI 3-6, NASH 0-1, STRICKLAND 1-3, DAVIS 1-2. UTAH 7-14 (.500), RUSSELL 2-2, POLYNICE 1-1, HORNACEK 2-3, STOCKTON 1-4, EISLEY 0-2, VAUGHN 1-1, LEWIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, BUCKNER, UTAH - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, RON GARRETSON, LEON WOOD. A - 19,911. T - 2:13.


Box Score

DALLAS (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 47 13-18 3-4 0-5 2 3 31 Nowitzki 47 6-11 1-1 2-17 8 2 16 Bradley 34 6-9 0-1 1-5 1 5 12 Nash 41 3-7 10-11 0-4 11 3 16 Strickland 26 4-7 6-6 0-0 0 4 15 Buckner 14 1-6 2-2 1-2 0 2 4 Pack 8 0-1 2-2 0-1 1 0 2 Davis 17 6-8 2-2 0-1 1 0 15 Rooks 5 1-2 0-0 2-3 0 3 2 Jones 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-69 26-29 6-38 24 24 113 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.580, FT-.897. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Finley 2-3, Nowitzki 3-6, Nash 0-1, Strickland 1-3, Davis 1-2). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 4 (Nowitzki 3, Bradley). Turnovers: 15 (Nash 5, Nowitzki 4, Finley 2, Bradley, Buckner, Davis, Strickland). Steals: 5 (Bradley, Buckner, Nowitzki, Pack, Strickland).

UTAH (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 39 9-21 8-10 4-10 1 4 26 Russell 42 7-11 4-5 1-4 2 3 20 Polynice 19 2-5 1-6 2-6 0 2 6 Hornacek 31 5-9 2-3 1-2 3 3 14 Stockton 37 6-14 3-3 0-5 14 4 16 Eisley 25 2-8 4-4 1-3 1 4 8 Gilliam 12 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 6 Vaughn 7 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 2 3 Ostertag 15 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 4 Keefe 9 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Lewis 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 22-31 11-34 22 24 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (Russell 2-2, Polynice 1-1, Hornacek 2-3, Stockton 1-4, Eisley 0-2, Vaughn 1-1, Lewis 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Ostertag 3, Malone 2, Polynice). Turnovers: 8 (Malone 3, Ostertag 3, Gilliam, Vaughn). Steals: 8 (Stockton 5, Malone 2, Polynice). ____________________________________________ Dallas 25 30 33 25 - 113 Utah 22 26 28 29 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 2 (Illegal Defense, 2:12 1st; Buckner, 8:47 3rd). Utah 1 (Illegal Defense, 9:44 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Utah 1 (Polynice, 7:43 3rd). A: 19,911. T: 2:13. Officials: Luis Grillo, Ron Garretson, Leon Wood.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- The last time the Dallas Mavericks won in Utah, Mark Aguirre was their leading scorer and Michael Finley was a high school sophomore.

Steve Nash made six free throws down the stretch and Michael Finley poured in 31 points as the Dallas Mavericks won for the first time in 11 years in Utah with a 113-105 victory over the Jazz.

Nash finished with 16 points and 11 assists as the Mavericks won here for the first time in 26 tries since February 9, 1989. Dallas also earned its first victory at the Delta Center after going 0-20 since the building opened in October 1991.

The win would not have been possible without Finley, who hit 13-of-18 shots. The All-Star swingman collected 24 points in the opening half, providing the Mavs with a seven-point lead. Dallas used the transition game to their advantage in the half, outscoring the Jazz by a 22-5 margin in fast-break points

"More than anything, this was fate," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "We shoot 58 percent, we haven't done that in 20 years, 10 years or some number like that.

"This was my last game coaching here and I just had a feeling we were going to win tonight," Nelson added. "I told the staff at our coaches' meeting that we were going to win this game, mainly because we're so due. ... It's just one of those feelings I had."

Karl Malone had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who saw their eight-game home winning streak come to an end. Utah has a 44-8 home mark against Dallas but is 0-1 in the new millennium.

"This is a very difficult place to win, their record shows that," Nash said. "It was a chance for us to finally beat them on their home court. There wasn't much pressure on them. ... It just felt good to win."

"Give them credit, they just wanted this one more than we did," Malone said. "They came in with nothing to lose and nothing to gain and we just didn't respect them enough."

The Jazz trailed most of the way but closed to 72-68 on two free throws by Howard Eisley with 4:17 left in the third quarter.

But Dirk Nowitzki, who had 16 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists, buried two 3-pointers during a 10-2 run that extended the lead to 82-70 at the 2:03 mark. Dallas took an 88-76 lead in the final period.

The Mavericks pushed the lead to 14 points on three occasions in the fourth quarter, the last time on a layup by Shawn Bradley with 6:54 to play.

Utah drew within six points three times in the final minute, but Nash answered with clutch free throws each time, securing the victory.

The Midwest Division-leading Jazz hold a 2 1/2-game lead over San Antonio, which defeated Seattle tonight.

"I think that we are so used to coming in here and thinking `Ahh, we'll just get them in the second half.' Well, it's worked before but tonight it didn't," Jazz guard Jeff Hornacek said. "Jerry told us this had been coming for a long time. The last two weeks, we've played a lot of games where we didn't get off to a great start, then we go on a run and take the game over. You can't expect that to happen every night."

Erick Strickland and Hubert Davis scored 15 points apiece for Dallas, which shot 58 percent (40-of-69) and made 26-of-29 free throws.

"We haven't been close here the three years I've been here," Davis said. "It was a great win -- we just played really well tonight."

Bryon Russell scored 20 points and John Stockton added 16 and 14 assists for the Jazz, who shot 48 percent (38-of-79), hit 7-of-14 from behind the arc and committed only eight turnovers.

"They wanted it more than we did," Russell said. "We came out with a lazy attitude and we paid for it."

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