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NBA FINAL IN 2ND OT

1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT 2OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 20 20 24 16 7 6 93 NEW YORK 19 21 21 19 7 9 96 FINAL IN 2ND OT

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 21, HOWARD EISLEY 17, DIRK NOWITZKI 16 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 20, ALLAN HOUSTON 18, MARCUS CAMBY 15

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 8, DIRK NOWITZKI 7 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 15, LATRELL SPREWELL 11

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 5, HOWARD EISLEY 4 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 7, CHRIS CHILDS 6

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

DALLAS (93) AT NEW YORK (96) - FINAL IN 2ND OT

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

FINLEY F 57 9-22 0-2 0 5 5 5 4 1 4 21 NOWITZKI F 51 5-19 5-5 0 7 7 2 2 3 0 16 LAETTNER C 21 4-5 0-0 3 5 8 2 3 0 3 8 BUCKNER G 46 3-10 6-6 2 4 6 3 4 6 3 12 EISLEY G 44 7-17 0-0 0 0 0 4 3 4 2 17 TRENT 14 4-4 1-2 1 2 3 1 1 1 3 9 DAVIS 23 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 ALEXANDER 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRADLEY 26 3-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 6 VAUGHT 3 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION NASH DNP - SORE LEFT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 290 37-86 12-15 7 27 34 19 20 15 16 93 (.430) (.800) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 49 5-11 1-2 2 5 7 5 3 0 1 13 SPREWELL F 50 7-17 5-6 2 9 11 5 0 2 8 20 CAMBY C 46 6-9 3-6 5 10 15 1 5 0 2 15 HOUSTON G 47 9-20 0-0 0 5 5 7 6 2 5 18 WARD G 18 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 5 THOMAS 19 3-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 6 RICE 32 3-12 2-2 3 4 7 0 2 0 3 10 CHILDS 28 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 6 0 2 2 9 LONGLEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 290 39-86 11-16 13 38 51 26 16 6 23 96 (.453) (.688) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 24(28 PTS)

DALLAS 20 20 24 16 7 6 - 93 NEW YORK 19 21 21 19 7 9 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - BRADLEY 2, BUCKNER. NEW YORK - CAMBY 4, SPREWELL, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 7-24 (.292), FINLEY 3-5, NOWITZKI 1-7, BUCKNER 0-1, EISLEY 3-10, DAVIS 0-1. NEW YORK 7-23 (.304), L JOHNSON 2-5, SPREWELL 1-2, HOUSTON 0-3, WARD 1-3, RICE 2-8, CHILDS 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, SCOTT FOSTER, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:51.


Box Score

DALLAS (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 57 9-22 0-2 0-5 5 4 21 Nowitzki 51 5-19 5-5 0-7 2 2 16 Laettner 21 4-5 0-0 3-8 2 3 8 Buckner 46 3-10 6-6 2-6 3 4 12 Eisley 44 7-17 0-0 0-0 4 3 17 Trent 14 4-4 1-2 1-3 1 1 9 Davis 23 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 Alexander 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bradley 26 3-4 0-0 1-3 0 2 6 Vaught 3 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Bryant DNP - coach's decision Nash DNP - sore left hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 290 37-86 12-15 7-34 19 20 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 7-24, .292 (Finley 3-5, Nowitzki 1-7, Buckner 0-1, Eisley 3-10, Davis 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Bradley 2, Buckner). Turnovers: 16 (Finley 4, Buckner 3, Laettner 3, Trent 3, Eisley 2, Bradley). Steals: 15 (Buckner 6, Eisley 4, Nowitzki 3, Finley, Trent).

NEW YORK (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 49 5-11 1-2 2-7 5 3 13 Sprewell 50 7-17 5-6 2-11 5 0 20 Camby 46 6-9 3-6 5-15 1 5 15 Houston 47 9-20 0-0 0-5 7 6 18 Ward 18 2-5 0-0 0-1 2 0 5 Thomas 19 3-4 0-0 1-4 0 0 6 Rice 32 3-12 2-2 3-7 0 2 10 Childs 28 4-8 0-0 0-1 6 0 9 Longley 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Harrington DNP - coach's decision Knight DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 290 39-86 11-16 13-51 26 16 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 7-23, .304 (L Johnson 2-5, Sprewell 1-2, Houston 0-3, Ward 1-3, Rice 2-8, Childs 1-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Camby 4, Sprewell, Thomas). Turnovers: 24 (Sprewell 8, Houston 5, Rice 3, Camby 2, Childs 2, L Johnson, Thomas, Ward). Steals: 6 (Childs 2, Houston 2, Sprewell 2). ______________________________________________________ Dallas 20 20 24 16 7 6 - 93 New York 19 21 21 19 7 9 - 96 ______________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:51. Officials: Jess Kersey, Scott Foster, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- First Michael Finley, then Howard Eisley gave the Dallas Mavericks hope for their first win at Madison Square Garden in over a decade. That hope died in double overtime.

After Finley and Eisley hit improbable shots to force a pair of overtimes, Latrell Sprewell scored the game's final three points at the line as the New York Knicks held on for a wild 96-93 victory over the resilient Mavericks.

Dallas was in search of its first win in New York since November 6, 1990, when its primary uniform color was green and its roster included current Dallas assistant coach and former Knick Rolando Blackman.

"You saw us as what we are," Dallas coach Donn Nelson said. "Cardiac kids, push it to the wire and get into the overtime situations."

Dirk Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer from the right corner to give the Mavericks a 93-91 lead with 58 seconds to play. But Allan Houston answered with a tying jumper and Sprewell hit 3-of-4 at the stripe, giving New York its ninth straight home win against Dallas.

"It was a great win," Sprewell said after helping him team improve to 5-0 in overtime this season. "We had some defensive letdowns at the end. You have to live with that sometimes. They made big shot after big shot. We were able to hold them off to get the victory."

The Knicks appeared to be buried in regulation when Greg Buckner made a pair of free throws to give Dallas a 78-73 lead with 1:46 to play. But Larry Johnson made a layup and drilled a 3-pointer with 37 seconds remaining after Marcus Camby blocked a shot by Buckner on a questionable non-call.

Houston put the Knicks ahead, 80-78, sinking a short jumper in the lane with 8.6 seconds to go and Dallas appeared to be out of it when Nowitzki missed a 15-footer with just under two seconds left.

But the ball went out of bounds off the Knicks, giving Dallas six-tenths of a second for a desperation shot. Finley caught the ensuing inbound pass from Buckner and threw up an 11-footer that swished through at the horn, forcing overtime.

"It was a tough loss to swallow," Finley said. "A game that I think we should have won in regulation. It went to overtime and gave them life. And they played with energy in the two overtimes. That's why they won."

Sprewell hit a 14-footer to give the Knicks an 87-84 advantage with 1:14 left in the first overtime. But again, Dallas found a way to extend the contest.

After empty possessions by both teams, the Mavs again appeared out of chances when Nowitzki missed an open 24-footer from the right corner with six seconds left.

But the loose ball was tapped out beyond the arc and Eisley picked it up and unleashed a 25-footer that went down for an 87-87 tie with one second remaining.

"It was a great game," Nowitzki said. "It was fun to be a part of. Unfortunately, we couldn't score anymore in the first and second overtime. We just had a hard time scoring."

Sprewell finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds and Houston added 18 points for New York, which has won three of its last four games.

"It was a huge win for us," Houston said. "We just found a way to do it. Dallas made some great shots at the end of regulation and at the end of the first overtime."

"We took some daggers," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "I thought we did a great job getting ahead after trailing 76-70. I thought Latrell, who had not been playing much at the point, did a good job of getting a sense of things. Allan made some shots and we hung in. We played mentally tough, which is a good sign."

Finley scored 21 points, Eisley added 17 and Nowitzki 16 on just 5-of-19 shooting for Dallas, which had won three in a row.

"I wish you guys could have seen Dirk at his best," Nelson said of his budding superstar. "It wasn't there tonight. Certainly, the Knicks' defense had something to do with that. I am really proud of all of our guys because they laid it all out there as far as the effort and energy."

Buckner scored 10 points for the Mavs, who shot 43 percent (37-of-86) and missed 17-of-24 3-point attempts. Dallas scored 28 points off turnovers while yielding 18 but still could not find a way to win in "The World's Most Famous Arena."

Camby had 15 points and 15 boards and Glen Rice added 10 points for the Knicks, who shot 45 percent (39-of-86) and held a commanding 51-34 rebounding advantage.

The Mavericks were without starting point guard Steve Nash due to a sore left hamstring and sorely lacked his leadership on the floor.

The teams were tied at 40-40 at the half in a game that featured 15 lead changes and 16 ties. Finely hit a 3-pointer and Eisley added a basket to give Dallas a 49-44 lead with 9:18 left in the third quarter.

The advantage swelled to seven before Ward hit a 3-pointer, Sprewell a 16-footer and Camby connected from 11 feet to make it 53-53 with 5:11 left in the period.

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