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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 19 16 23 19 77 DALLAS 24 16 21 18 79 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - DEREK ANDERSON 17, THREE PLAYERS WITH 11 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 20, DIRK NOWITZKI 18, STEVE NASH 11

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 14, DAVID ROBINSON 14 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 10, GREG BUCKNER 9

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 4, DAVID ROBINSON 3 DAL - STEVE NASH 7, MICHAEL FINLEY 4

ATT: 17,296


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (77) AT DALLAS (79)

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

DUNCAN F 39 5-13 1-2 2 12 14 4 5 2 4 11 S ELLIOTT F 36 5-12 0-0 0 7 7 1 2 0 1 11 ROBINSON C 35 4-14 1-2 6 8 14 3 1 0 4 9 ANDERSON G 42 7-16 3-3 1 6 7 2 4 0 1 17 JOHNSON G 27 4-8 2-4 1 1 2 1 4 1 0 11 DANIELS 21 3-10 1-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 3 8 S KERR 13 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 ROSE 16 3-4 4-4 3 1 4 0 1 2 1 10 WALKER 6 0-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 PORTER 5 0-1 0-1 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 FERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-83 12-18 15 39 54 15 20 5 16 77 (.373) (.667) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 42 10-20 0-0 1 5 6 4 2 1 5 20 NOWITZKI F 36 8-20 1-2 1 9 10 3 3 0 0 18 BRADLEY C 34 2-8 3-4 2 6 8 1 2 0 0 7 ALEXANDER G 7 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 NASH G 39 3-8 4-4 4 3 7 7 3 2 4 11 DAVIS 19 3-9 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 2 0 6 NAJERA 11 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 2 EISLEY 20 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 2 BUCKNER 16 1-5 1-2 3 6 9 0 3 0 0 3 LAETTNER 16 5-5 0-0 1 2 3 2 5 0 2 10 CURLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-86 9-12 14 35 49 18 26 5 12 79 (.395) (.750) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 12(8 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 19 16 23 19 - 77 DALLAS 24 16 21 18 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN, S ELLIOTT. DALLAS - BRADLEY 8, NOWITZKI 3, LAETTNER 2, NAJERA, EISLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 3-7 (.429), S ELLIOTT 1-2, ANDERSON 0-1, JOHNSON 1-1, DANIELS 1-3. DALLAS 2-13 (.154), FINLEY 0-2, NOWITZKI 1-5, NASH 1-4, DAVIS 0-2. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - HEAD COACH NELSON, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, TONY BROTHERS, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 17,296. T - 2:08.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 39 5-13 1-2 2-14 4 5 11 S Elliott 36 5-12 0-0 0-7 1 2 11 Robinson 35 4-14 1-2 6-14 3 1 9 Anderson 42 7-16 3-3 1-7 2 4 17 Johnson 27 4-8 2-4 1-2 1 4 11 Daniels 21 3-10 1-2 0-1 2 1 8 S Kerr 13 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Rose 16 3-4 4-4 3-4 0 1 10 Walker 6 0-3 0-0 2-2 0 1 0 Porter 5 0-1 0-1 0-2 1 1 0 Ferry DNP - coach's decision Jackson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-83 12-18 15-54 15 20 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.373, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (S Elliott 1-2, Anderson 0-1, Johnson 1-1, Daniels 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Duncan, S Elliott). Turnovers: 16 (Duncan 4, Robinson 4, Daniels 3, Anderson, Rose, S Elliott, S Kerr, Walker). Steals: 5 (Duncan 2, Rose 2, Johnson).

DALLAS (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 42 10-20 0-0 1-6 4 2 20 Nowitzki 36 8-20 1-2 1-10 3 3 18 Bradley 34 2-8 3-4 2-8 1 2 7 Alexander 7 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Nash 39 3-8 4-4 4-7 7 3 11 Davis 19 3-9 0-0 1-2 1 0 6 Najera 11 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Eisley 20 1-5 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 Buckner 16 1-5 1-2 3-9 0 3 3 Laettner 16 5-5 0-0 1-3 2 5 10 Curley DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-86 9-12 14-49 18 26 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (Finley 0-2, Nowitzki 1-5, Nash 1-4, Davis 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 15 (Bradley 8, Nowitzki 3, Laettner 2, Najera, Eisley). Turnovers: 12 (Finley 5, Nash 4, Laettner 2, Eisley). Steals: 5 (Davis 2, Nash 2, Finley). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 19 16 23 19 - 77 Dallas 24 16 21 18 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 2 (Head Coach Nelson, 8:35 1st; Illegal Defense, 5:41 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,296. T: 2:08. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Tony Brothers, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- With one shot, Michael Finley toppled the "Twin Towers."

Finley's 22-footer from the left wing as time expired gave the Dallas Mavericks a 79-77 victory over the San Antonio Spurs and early supremacy in the Texas rivalry.

With the score tied, Finley took an inbounds pass near the time line, dribbled quickly to the left and stopped and launched a jumper over Sean Elliott that banged in, sending the 17,296 at Reunion Arena into a frenzy.

"That's a play weve been working on in practice," Mavericks coach Don Nelson said. "We hadn't shown that yet. I had confidence that wed get the ball where we wanted it. Boy, what a shot he made. I'd like to get a little better percentage shot than that, but with four seconds left you don't have a lot of choice. You get it in there, you get single coverage and you give it to your best player. That's what we did and he made a heck of a shot."

"It was a (shot) that we practiced quite a few times in practice and in shootarounds," Finley said. "It was successful sometimes, sometimes not so successful. When I got the opportunity tonight, I just came up with it. I could see over his head. It looked good. I just shot it."

The shot demoralized the Spurs, who had rallied behind "Twin Towers" Tim Duncan and David Robinson and tied the game on a 3-pointer by Avery Johnson with 4.1 seconds remaining.

"Both teams played hard all night and it was a great contest," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Finley hit a shot and you've got to give him the credit. We just came up short at the end of it."

Both teams have 4-2 records but different pedigrees. The Mavericks have not made the playoffs since 1990 but have their most competitive team in years. The Spurs are trying to return to the form that won them the 1999 NBA championship. But Dallas has won the last three meetings in the intrastate rivalry.

For most of the game, the Mavs did a good job of slowing down Duncan and Robinson, both of whom grabbed 14 rebounds. Duncan, who fell on his head in the third quarter and suffered a cut that required stitches, scored 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Robinson added nine of 4-of-14 from the field.

"We've never done that since I've been in Dallas," Nelson said. "We've never held those two down. We were double-teaming them on the catch, we're definitely leaving other people open and thank goodness they didn't make their shots tonight. They are two great players and we just did a great job on them."

"It feels good when you hold two great players down like that," Mavs center Shawn Bradley said.

Finley scored 20 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 and 11 boards for Dallas, which recovered after blowing a six-point lead in the final five minutes.

Shawn Bradley had a basket and two free throws around a jumper by Finley, giving Dallas a 73-67 lead with 5:04 remaining. The 7-6 Bradley had seven points, eight rebounds and eight blocks.

The Spurs came roaring back. Wearing a patch on his head, Duncan made a long jumper and a bank shot around a free throw by Robinson. A lane jumper by Robinson gave San Antonio a 74-73 lead with 1:27 to go and Bradley's free throw tied it 21 seconds later.

"We tightened up our defense in the last quarter and started limiting them to one shot," Robinson said. "Our offense still wasn't good, but it was good enough to get us back into the game."

After Robinson traveled, Finley set up his game-winning shot. He used a crossover dribble to create space and made a 20-footer over Elliott, giving Dallas a 76-74 lead with 36 seconds to go.

"He kind of can create a shot out of nothing, so we feel confident that he can make a good look for himself," Dallas guard Steve Nash said. "I am as confident with him having the ball in his hands as anybody in the league."

Bradley blocked a drive by Elliott but Greg Buckner split a pair of free throws with 18 seconds remaining, giving the Spurs one last chance. Bradley blocked another shot by Elliott but the loose ball bounced to the right corner to Johnson, who drilled the tying shot.

"We did a good job of defending the three, but with the miss and guys going for the rebound, guys were trying to chase the ball down and that left him open for it," Nelson said.

Nash collected 11 points and seven assists and Christian Laettner scored 10 points off the bench for Dallas, which shot 39.5 percent (34-of-86), including 2-of-13 from behind the arc.

Derek Anderson scored 17 points to lead the Spurs, who shot 37 percent (31-of-83) and held a 54-49 rebounding edge. Johnson and Elliott scored 11 apiece and Malik Rose added 10 off the bench.

The Spurs bolted to a 17-6 lead in the first six minutes, only to watch the Mavs close the first quarter with an 18-2 run fueled by seven points from Nowitzki. Dallas led 40-35 at the half and 61-58 entering the final period.

"We came out good, but then we got out of our rhythm," Robinson said. "They did a nice job of really spreading the floor. They beat us to loose balls and then made a big run on us. That made it tough the rest of the way."

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