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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 30 26 28 23 107 CLEVELAND 22 29 19 24 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 28, MICHAEL FINLEY 22, SHAWN BRADLEY 15 CLE - JUMAINE JONES 20, MICHAEL DOLEAC 17, LAMOND MURRAY 17

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - JUWAN HOWARD 10, DIRK NOWITZKI 6 CLE - THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - STEVE NASH 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 12,414


Extended Box

DALLAS (107) AT CLEVELAND (94)

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

HOWARD F 34 2-11 5-6 2 8 10 4 2 2 1 9 NOWITZKI F 32 11-16 3-5 0 6 6 3 2 1 1 28 BRADLEY C 27 7-9 1-1 5 0 5 0 3 1 0 15 NASH G 34 5-8 0-0 0 1 1 12 0 1 0 11 FINLEY G 43 11-19 0-0 2 3 5 4 1 0 2 22 BUCKNER 24 4-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 4 0 1 8 T HARDAWAY 18 3-8 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 2 7 MANNING 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 GRIFFIN 16 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 4 MARTIN 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 D HARVEY 3 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 WANG DNP - NOT WITH TEAM

TOTALS 240 46-83 10-14 10 26 36 27 17 5 9 107 (.554) (.714) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(16 PTS)

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

MURRAY F 30 5-12 6-7 2 2 4 3 2 0 2 17 MIHM F 12 1-6 3-4 3 3 6 0 4 0 3 5 DOLEAC C 27 7-15 3-3 1 5 6 1 1 1 2 17 MILLER G 37 3-8 1-1 3 1 4 16 1 0 1 7 PERSON G 33 3-6 2-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 9 JONES 31 9-12 0-0 1 5 6 1 3 1 1 20 DAVIS 20 5-11 5-6 0 2 2 3 0 1 1 15 SKINNER 22 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 1 0 COLES 22 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 LANGDON 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 TREPAGNIER 2 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 DIOP DNP - MILD SPRAIN LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 34-77 22-25 12 22 34 27 17 5 14 94 (.442) (.880) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(20 PTS)

DALLAS 30 26 28 23 - 107 CLEVELAND 22 29 19 24 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - BRADLEY 5. CLEVELAND - SKINNER 2, MILLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 5-13 (.385), NOWITZKI 3-5, NASH 1-2, FINLEY 0-1, T HARDAWAY 1-4, GRIFFIN 0-1. CLEVELAND 4-10 (.400), MURRAY 1-4, PERSON 1-2, JONES 2-3, LANGDON 0-1. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - BRADLEY, HEAD COACH NELSON, DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, JOE FORTE, PAT FRAHER. A - 12,414. T - 2:02.


Box Score

DALLAS (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 34 2-11 5-6 2-10 4 2 9 Nowitzki 32 11-16 3-5 0-6 3 2 28 Bradley 27 7-9 1-1 5-5 0 3 15 Nash 34 5-8 0-0 0-1 12 0 11 Finley 43 11-19 0-0 2-5 4 1 22 Buckner 24 4-5 0-0 0-2 2 4 8 T Hardaway 18 3-8 0-0 1-2 2 2 7 Manning 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Griffin 16 2-4 0-0 0-3 0 1 4 Martin 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 D Harvey 3 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 0 1 Wang DNP - not with team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-83 10-14 10-36 27 17 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.554, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Nowitzki 3-5, Nash 1-2, Finley 0-1, T Hardaway 1-4, Griffin 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Bradley 5). Turnovers: 11 (Finley 2, T Hardaway 2, Buckner, D Harvey, Howard, Martin, Nowitzki). Steals: 5 (Howard 2, Bradley, Nash, Nowitzki).

CLEVELAND (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 30 5-12 6-7 2-4 3 2 17 Mihm 12 1-6 3-4 3-6 0 4 5 Doleac 27 7-15 3-3 1-6 1 1 17 Miller 37 3-8 1-1 3-4 16 1 7 Person 33 3-6 2-2 0-1 0 3 9 Jones 31 9-12 0-0 1-6 1 3 20 Davis 20 5-11 5-6 0-2 3 0 15 Skinner 22 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 Coles 22 0-3 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 Langdon 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Trepagnier 2 0-0 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 Diop DNP - mild sprain left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 22-25 12-34 27 17 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Murray 1-4, Person 1-2, Jones 2-3, Langdon 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Skinner 2, Miller). Turnovers: 15 (Mihm 3, Doleac 2, Murray 2, Person 2, Coles, Davis, Jones, Miller, Skinner). Steals: 5 (Davis, Doleac, Jones, Skinner, Trepagnier). ____________________________________________ Dallas 30 26 28 23 - 107 Cleveland 22 29 19 24 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 3 (Bradley, 9:05 2nd; Head Coach Nelson, 7:23 2nd; Defensive Three, 4:05 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,414. T: 2:02. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Joe Forte, Pat Fraher.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points to lead a balanced attack as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 107-94, for their first win here in nearly seven years.

Michael Finley added 22 points for the Mavericks, who had not won here March 20, 1995. Shawn Bradley had a season-high 15 points and had five blocks for the Mavericks, who began a three-game road trip.

"This was a good start for us on a tough road trip," Mavericks coach Don Nelson said. "We knew it wasn't going to be an easy game, and it wasn't until we broke it open in the fourth quarter."

Nowitzki, who sat out much of the first and second quarters with a sprained left ankle, scored five of his 10 third-quarter points in the final 35 seconds to give Dallas an 84-70 lead. Cleveland got no closer than Jumaine Jones' windmill dunk at the final buzzer.

"(My ankle injury) wasn't bad," Nowitzki said. "I put ice on it and retaped it up. I ran up and down the hallway. It felt all right, so I decided to go out there. It was a little sore to begin with, but when I ran up and down a couple of times, it felt good."

The Cavaliers (2-7) have lost their first four home games for the first time since the 1985-86 season.

"We had another tough team at home," Cleveland coach John Lucas said. "They had too many inside points early in the game and that's too much for us right now."

Dallas (6-2), which had a three-game winning streak snapped Saturday by Philadelphia, never trailed after tying the game at 39 midway through the second quarter.

The Mavericks shot better than 55 percent (46-of-83) from the field and outscored the Cavaliers in the paint, 54-22.

"We wanted to be a little more conservative defensively and take a little more pride in stopping our man," said Dallas point guard Steve Nash, who finished with 11 points and 12 assists. "We ran our offense through Nowitzki, and he drew some double-teams and we kind of got what we wanted."

Jones scored 20 points and Lamond Murray and Michael Doleac added 17 apiece for Cleveland, which had won five in a row from Dallas at Gund Arena.

Cavaliers point guard Andre Miller had 16 assists but was held to seven points.

"Our game was to control the tempo, but we weren't able to get the rebounds and get out on the fast breaks," Miller said. "I did what a point guard was supposed to do -- I made passes to other people and let them make the shots. I can't be too selfish on the court when they got two or three guys take you away from scoring."

Bradley's nine first-quarter points on 4-of-5 shooting helped the Mavericks to a 30-22 lead.

Fix points from Wesley Person fueled a 13-2 run over the first 4 1/2 minutes of the second quarter that gave Cleveland a 35-32 lead. But Finley scored 10 of his 14 first-half points over the last 6 1/2 minutes to give Dallas a 56-51 advantage at the break.

Dallas has been outrebounded by an average of five boards per game this season, including by 16 against Philadelphia on Saturday. But it won the battle of the boards with Cleveland, 36-34.

"I didn't think it would be an easy game, and I told the team that they'd have to beat them," Nelson said. "I didn't think Cleveland would beat themselves, and that's exactly how it turned out. We were very good tonight and actually won the game."

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