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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 29 25 27 20 101 DALLAS 23 15 10 26 74 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 22, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 21, MIKE BIBBY 9 DAL - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 12, MICHAEL FINLEY 10, STEVE NASH 9


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (101) AT DALLAS (74)

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 34 7-13 7-7 2 10 12 2 2 3 3 22 HARRINGTON F 36 8-15 5-7 3 6 9 0 4 0 0 21 REEVES C 25 3-8 0-0 2 3 5 2 2 1 3 6 BIBBY G 32 3-8 3-4 0 6 6 6 2 0 4 9 DICKERSON G 20 4-8 1-1 1 2 3 1 5 0 3 9 EDWARDS 25 3-6 2-3 1 4 5 3 3 1 3 8 JONES 23 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 1 1 5 AUSTIN 18 3-6 3-3 2 3 5 1 3 1 1 9 LONG 21 2-4 1-2 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 5 SWIFT 6 3-4 1-2 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 7 M ABDUL-RAUF DNP - COACH'S DECISION MASSENBURG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-77 23-29 12 41 53 20 27 8 19 101 (.494) (.793) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 21(18 PTS)

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

NAJERA F 22 3-5 0-0 3 4 7 0 1 0 2 6 NOWITZKI F 28 2-12 0-0 0 5 5 1 0 1 2 5 BRADLEY C 26 2-5 1-1 3 6 9 1 6 0 1 5 FINLEY G 34 4-15 2-4 1 4 5 1 3 1 2 10 NASH G 23 4-9 1-1 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 9 VAUGHT 19 4-9 0-0 3 0 3 0 2 1 3 8 EISLEY 22 0-5 2-2 0 2 2 5 2 0 1 2 LAETTNER 14 8-11 1-3 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 17 DAVIS 22 0-2 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 2 ALEXANDER 25 4-9 2-4 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 10 CURLEY 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 BUCKNER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 31-84 11-17 11 25 36 10 25 7 17 74 (.369) (.647) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17(20 PTS)

VANCOUVER 29 25 27 20 - 101 DALLAS 23 15 10 26 - 74

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - DICKERSON 3, AUSTIN, EDWARDS. DALLAS - BRADLEY 4, NOWITZKI, ALEXANDER, VAUGHT, NAJERA, CURLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 2-10 (.200), S ABDUR-RAHIM 1-1, BIBBY 0-2, DICKERSON 0-1, EDWARDS 0-1, JONES 1-4, AUSTIN 0-1. DALLAS 1-8 (.125), NOWITZKI 1-3, FINLEY 0-1, NASH 0-2, EISLEY 0-2. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - S ABDUR-RAHIM, DALLAS - NAJERA, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, LEROY RICHARDSON, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 11,500. T - 2:08.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-rahim 34 7-13 7-7 2-12 2 2 22 Harrington 36 8-15 5-7 3-9 0 4 21 Reeves 25 3-8 0-0 2-5 2 2 6 Bibby 32 3-8 3-4 0-6 6 2 9 Dickerson 20 4-8 1-1 1-3 1 5 9 Edwards 25 3-6 2-3 1-5 3 3 8 Jones 23 2-5 0-0 0-3 3 1 5 Austin 18 3-6 3-3 2-5 1 3 9 Long 21 2-4 1-2 0-3 2 2 5 Swift 6 3-4 1-2 1-2 0 3 7 M Abdul-rauf DNP - coach's decision Massenburg DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-77 23-29 12-53 20 27 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (S Abdur-rahim 1-1, Bibby 0-2, Dickerson 0-1, Edwards 0-1, Jones 1-4, Austin 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Dickerson 3, Austin, Edwards). Turnovers: 21 (Bibby 4, Dickerson 3, Edwards 3, Reeves 3, S Abdur-rahim 3, Austin, Jones, Long). Steals: 8 (S Abdur-rahim 3, Austin, Edwards, Jones, Long, Reeves).

DALLAS (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Najera 22 3-5 0-0 3-7 0 1 6 Nowitzki 28 2-12 0-0 0-5 1 0 5 Bradley 26 2-5 1-1 3-9 1 6 5 Finley 34 4-15 2-4 1-5 1 3 10 Nash 23 4-9 1-1 0-2 1 3 9 Vaught 19 4-9 0-0 3-3 0 2 8 Eisley 22 0-5 2-2 0-2 5 2 2 Laettner 14 8-11 1-3 0-1 0 2 17 Davis 22 0-2 2-2 1-1 0 2 2 Alexander 25 4-9 2-4 0-1 1 2 10 Curley 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Buckner DNP - sprained right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-84 11-17 11-36 10 25 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.369, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Nowitzki 1-3, Finley 0-1, Nash 0-2, Eisley 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 9 (Bradley 4, Nowitzki, Alexander, Vaught, Najera, Curley). Turnovers: 17 (Vaught 3, Alexander 2, Finley 2, Laettner 2, Najera 2, Nowitzki 2, Bradley, Davis, Eisley, Nash). Steals: 7 (Alexander 2, Davis, Finley, Nash, Nowitzki, Vaught). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 29 25 27 20 - 101 Dallas 23 15 10 26 - 74 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (S Abdur-rahim, 12:00 3rd). Dallas 2 (Najera, 8:20 3rd; Illegal Defense, 0:12 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,500. T: 2:08. Officials: Luis Grillo, Leroy Richardson, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Those expecting big things from the Dallas Mavericks this season might want to take a closer look at the Vancouver Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies climbed three games over .500 for the first time in franchise history with a resounding 101-74 triumph over the Mavericks, their largest victory margin of all time.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 22 points and Othella Harrington added 21 for the Grizzlies (4-1), who led the final 40 minutes as they reached a high-water mark in the five-plus seasons of the franchise.

"We have to be compassionate about each other," Abdur-Rahim said. "We are going out and competing hard together every night. We're going to war together. It's a great feeling, really. To go out there and go 4-1, playing the way we're playing, if you could bottle this up and sell it it would go for a million dollars a bottle!"

"This is one of the best starts we've had," Dickerson said. "It feels good, 4-1. This is right where we want to be. It's a great time."

Vancouver won the first two games in its inaugural 1995-96 season but had not been two games over .500 again until Monday's win over Atlanta. Its only loss is to the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.

The Grizzlies' previous largest win was a 25-point victory over Chicago on February 4 of last season. They led by as many as 33 points as they thoroughly outplayed the Mavericks, whom many are touting as the surprise team in the Western Conference this season.

"We feel like both of our teams are in the same situation," said Abdur-Rahim. "Both teams made a lot of moves this summer trying to get better, trying to fight and work their way into the playoffs. Both are hungry teams. We're in the same division so we want to come out, play hard and get wins against these kind of teams. We want to separate ourselves from them."

"I didn't see this coming at all," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. "We couldn't do anything right and our effort wasn't very good. Our play was awful and I hope we don't have very many of these. That was a nightmare. We didn't play well in any quarter."

Christian Laettner scored 17 points for the Mavericks, who were done in by a poor night by their starters. The starting five combined for 35 points, including just 10 on 4-of-15 shooting by All-Star Michael Finley.

"You have to be cognizant that they read the papers, they know what's going on around the league," Finley said. "And they know in order to go to the next level where they want to go they've got to beat teams like us. They came out with that kind of intensity. For some reason or another, we just didn't have it tonight."

The Grizzlies led 29-23 after one quarter and broke open the game in the second period. A dunk by rookie Stromile Swift started an 8-2 spurt that featured a pair of jumpers by Michael Dickerson and widened the lead to 49-33 with 2:21 remaining in the first half.

Vancouver led 54-38 at halftime, shooting 62 percent (23-of-37) from the field while holding Dallas to 39.5 percent (17-of-43). And things got worse for the Mavericks in the third quarter.

A dunk by rookie Eduardo Najera cut the deficit to 56-45 with 7:59 to go. But he received a technical foul for hanging on the rim and Dallas did not score again from the field in the period as it was outscored 25-3.

"We kept thinking we could get back in it," Nelson said. "We were only down 16 at halftime, but then it got worse. You go through games like this, but I didn't expect it to happen tonight. There's no reason for this. We got spanked really badly and we played awful. I don't think we learn anything from games like this. There's a lot of lessons you can talk about, but the bottom line is we stunk up the joint."

Abdur-Rahim's foul shot triggered a run of 12 straight points finally stopped at 68-47 by Finley's two foul shots. Harrington had the final four points in a 6-0 spurt before a free throw by rookie Courtney Alexander made it 74-48. A 21-footer by Damon Jones capped a 7-0 run that closed the quarter at 81-48.

Dickerson, Mike Bibby and Isaac Austin scored nine points each for the Grizzlies, who emptied the bench in the final period. They shot 49 percent (38-of-77) and held a 53-36 advantage on the boards as Abdur-Rahim pulled down 12.

"It's been a total team effort," Vancouver coach Sidney Lowe said. "The starters come in and they do their thing. The guys off the bench come in, they know their game is excitement, energy, making things happen, and they've been doing that well. They talk about it amongst themselves, about having energy."

Alexander scored 10 points for the Mavs, who shot 37 percent (31-of-84), which had won 16 of the last 19 meetings between the clubs.

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