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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 29 14 19 22 84 DALLAS 31 21 28 28 108 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 19, JAMES POSEY 12, ROBERT PACK 10 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 24, STEVE NASH 19, HUBERT DAVIS 15

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 10, KEON CLARK 8 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 13, LOY VAUGHT 9

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 6, ROBERT PACK 4 DAL - HOWARD EISLEY 6, MICHAEL FINLEY 6

ATT: 16,234


Extended Box

DENVER (84) AT DALLAS (108)

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

MCDYESS F 35 6-10 7-11 4 6 10 0 4 0 6 19 POSEY F 30 5-8 1-1 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 12 CLARK C 33 3-5 3-8 1 7 8 2 3 2 1 9 LENARD G 19 3-9 1-2 3 3 6 3 1 0 1 9 VAN EXEL G 33 4-14 1-1 1 1 2 6 1 2 1 9 LAFRENTZ 19 1-7 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 0 0 2 ABDUL-WAHAD 10 0-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 0 0 0 PACK 19 4-9 2-2 1 3 4 4 2 0 0 10 MCCLOUD 21 3-8 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 6 MURRAY 12 2-3 1-2 2 1 3 2 1 0 0 6 DAVIS 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 STRICKLAND 4 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 32-80 16-27 16 34 50 20 20 4 11 84 (.400) (.593) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 40 6-19 2-2 0 2 2 6 2 3 1 14 NOWITZKI F 34 6-12 9-12 3 10 13 5 0 2 1 24 LAETTNER C 13 3-7 0-0 1 3 4 1 5 0 0 6 DAVIS G 35 6-8 0-0 0 2 2 2 4 0 0 15 NASH G 30 6-9 4-4 2 0 2 3 1 0 3 19 BRADLEY 27 1-4 2-4 0 8 8 2 2 0 1 4 EISLEY 32 4-8 0-0 0 4 4 6 3 1 0 10 VAUGHT 18 3-7 0-0 4 5 9 0 4 0 0 6 ALEXANDER 4 1-3 0-1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 NAJERA 4 2-3 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 CURLEY 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 BUCKNER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 39-81 19-25 11 35 46 26 22 6 7 108 (.481) (.760) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 8(13 PTS)

DENVER 29 14 19 22 - 84 DALLAS 31 21 28 28 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - CLARK, POSEY, MCDYESS. DALLAS - BRADLEY 3, NOWITZKI 2, LAETTNER, VAUGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 4-13 (.308), POSEY 1-3, LENARD 2-3, VAN EXEL 0-2, ABDUL-WAHAD 0-1, MCCLOUD 0-2, MURRAY 1-2. DALLAS 11-19 (.579), FINLEY 0-2, NOWITZKI 3-5, DAVIS 3-4, NASH 3-3, EISLEY 2-4, ALEXANDER 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, JIM CLARK, BILL KENNEDY. A - 16,234. T - 2:04.


Box Score

DENVER (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 35 6-10 7-11 4-10 0 4 19 Posey 30 5-8 1-1 0-2 2 3 12 Clark 33 3-5 3-8 1-8 2 3 9 Lenard 19 3-9 1-2 3-6 3 1 9 Van Exel 33 4-14 1-1 1-2 6 1 9 Lafrentz 19 1-7 0-0 2-5 0 3 2 Abdul-wahad 10 0-3 0-0 1-4 1 1 0 Pack 19 4-9 2-2 1-4 4 2 10 Mccloud 21 3-8 0-0 1-4 0 1 6 Murray 12 2-3 1-2 2-3 2 1 6 Davis 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Strickland 4 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-80 16-27 16-50 20 20 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.593. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Posey 1-3, Lenard 2-3, Van Exel 0-2, Abdul-wahad 0-1, Mccloud 0-2, Murray 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Clark, Posey, Mcdyess). Turnovers: 13 (Mcdyess 6, Clark, Lenard, Mccloud, Posey, Van Exel). Steals: 4 (Clark 2, Van Exel 2).

DALLAS (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 40 6-19 2-2 0-2 6 2 14 Nowitzki 34 6-12 9-12 3-13 5 0 24 Laettner 13 3-7 0-0 1-4 1 5 6 Davis 35 6-8 0-0 0-2 2 4 15 Nash 30 6-9 4-4 2-2 3 1 19 Bradley 27 1-4 2-4 0-8 2 2 4 Eisley 32 4-8 0-0 0-4 6 3 10 Vaught 18 3-7 0-0 4-9 0 4 6 Alexander 4 1-3 0-1 1-2 0 0 2 Najera 4 2-3 2-2 0-0 1 0 6 Curley 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Buckner DNP - sprained right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-81 19-25 11-46 26 22 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 11-19, .579 (Finley 0-2, Nowitzki 3-5, Davis 3-4, Nash 3-3, Eisley 2-4, Alexander 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Bradley 3, Nowitzki 2, Laettner, Vaught). Turnovers: 8 (Nash 3, Bradley, Curley, Finley, Nowitzki). Steals: 6 (Finley 3, Nowitzki 2, Eisley). ____________________________________________ Denver 29 14 19 22 - 84 Dallas 31 21 28 28 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Denver 1 (Mccloud, 2:21 4th). A: 16,234. T: 2:04. Officials: Jess Kersey, Jim Clark, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- No one is laughing at Don Nelson's decision to trade away the rights to Robert Traylor for Dirk Nowitzki in the 1998 draft anymore. In fact, the fans at Reunion Arena are celebrating the coach's masterful move.

Nowitzki scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half, helping the Dallas Mavericks blow open the game, and added 13 rebounds and five assists in a 108-84 blowout of the Denver Nuggets.

The ninth overall selection by Milwaukee in 1998, Nowitzki came to Dallas and suffered through an unproductive rookie campaign after Nelson lauded him as the second coming of Larry Bird. Although he is yet to live up to Nelson's boasts, the third-year forward has become Dallas' most valuable asset this season.

"Nowitzki is something. He's taken the next step ladies and gentlemen," Nelson said. "He is a major player. It's something to see. The rebounding, the abilities, the confidence, the work ethic, there's so many positives the guy brings. It's so enjoyable to see a guy like that get the job done and go to the next level. I didn't expect him to get to the next level for another two years. Here he is, his third year in the league, and it looks like he's already a major player."

"That sounds good," Nowitzki replied whe informed of Nelson's comments. "That's a great complement. Hopefully I can keep it up."

Leading the team in rebounding and second only to Michael Finley in scoring, Nowitzki showed his Bird-like versatility tonight, hitting 6-of-12 shots, 9-of-12 free throws and committing just one turnover in 34 solid minutes.

The 7-foot German buried 3-of-5 3-pointers, including one during a decisive 13-0 second-quarter run.

Steve Nash scored 19 points for the Mavericks, who posted their seventh straight home win over Denver.

"Dirk was outstanding," Nash said. "Anytime you see a guy 7-feet tall dribbling down the court, pushing the ball like he does, forcing the defense to play him, its tough. Because usually what happens is, their guards run to us. Its tough for their big guy to try to match up with him when he's coming down full speed. He does a great job drawing fouls. Then he scores. (He) evens makes a few passes."

Antonio McDyess had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who had won four of their previous five games.

James Posey scored 12 points -- just two after the first quarter -- and Robert Pack added 10 off the bench for Denver, which shot 40 percent (32-of-80) and forced just eight turnovers.

Hubert Davis scored 15 points, Finley added 14 and Howard Eisley 10 off the bench for Dallas, which shot 48 percent (39-of-81) and made 19-of-25 free throws.

"It was a good game, a total team effort," Finley said. "Anybody who played, contributed. That was the key to the game. We picked up our intensity on the defensive end, which carried over to our offensive end. It gave us the win."

Nowitzki gave an immediate indication that he was on, hitting a 3-pointer to offset McDyess' 13-footer that opened the scoring. He blocked a shot, grabbed a rebound and assisted on Christian Laettner's short jumper over the next two minutes, helping Dallas to a 7-4 lead.

Holding a 33-30 lead with 10:20 remaining in the second quarter, the Mavs pulled away for good. Nowitzki hit a jumper and a 3-pointer, Finley connected from 15 feet and jammed and Nash capped the 13-4 run with a nine-footer that made it 46-34 with 5:08 left in the first half.

Nowitzki missed his first 3-point try of the second half but grabbed a rebound on the other end before coming down and drilling a 24-footer that gave Dallas a 57-43 cushion.

He added five free throws in the period as the Mavs built an 80-62 bulge entering the final 12 minutes, most of which Nowitzki spent on the bench.

Rookie Eduardo Najera's layup with 2:04 to play gave Dallas its biggest lead, 104-76.

"We certainly don't get the effort on the road that we get at home, and that's the frustrating part," Denver coach Dan Issel said after his team slipped to 1-5 away from the Pepsi Center. "How you play as well as we did last night and then come in here and basically just not compete. That is the second game in a row on the road that we just didn't compete."

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