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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 25 30 23 20 98 UTAH 25 36 20 26 107 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 27, STEVE NASH 25, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 UTH - KARL MALONE 30, JOHN STOCKTON 21, DONYELL MARSHALL 17

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 UTH - KARL MALONE 12, DONYELL MARSHALL 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - STEVE NASH 8, TIM HARDAWAY 4 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 12, JOHN CROTTY 6

ATT: 18,097


Extended Box

DALLAS (98) AT UTAH (107)

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

HOWARD F 34 3-7 6-8 1 5 6 0 4 1 0 12 NOWITZKI F 44 10-18 4-4 1 9 10 3 5 0 4 27 BRADLEY C 17 1-2 2-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 2 4 FINLEY G 36 2-11 2-2 1 3 4 2 4 0 1 6 NASH G 34 8-15 6-6 1 3 4 8 5 0 4 25 WANG 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 GRIFFIN 23 2-5 0-0 2 4 6 0 4 1 1 4 T HARDAWAY 24 2-8 1-1 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 6 MANNING 6 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 NAJERA 20 6-7 0-1 1 2 3 0 5 1 0 12 ESCHMEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION NEWMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-75 21-24 8 29 37 20 33 4 14 98 (.467) (.875) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(21 PTS)

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

MALONE F 42 9-17 12-16 1 11 12 5 3 0 1 30 MARSHALL F 35 6-12 5-5 2 5 7 1 5 1 1 17 JA COLLINS C 21 0-3 0-0 3 3 6 1 4 1 0 0 STEVENSON G 20 1-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 2 2 STOCKTON G 33 8-15 4-4 1 0 1 12 3 0 1 21 CROTTY 31 1-5 4-4 0 2 2 6 2 0 1 6 KIRILENKO 30 3-8 9-11 3 2 5 0 2 6 0 16 PADGETT 10 3-5 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 9 AMAECHI 5 1-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 STARKS 6 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 LEWIS 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 OSTERTAG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-78 35-42 14 27 41 25 22 9 8 107 (.436) (.833) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10(18 PTS)

DALLAS 25 30 23 20 - 98 UTAH 25 36 20 26 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - FINLEY, BRADLEY, HOWARD. UTAH - KIRILENKO 3, AMAECHI, CROTTY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 7-23 (.304), NOWITZKI 3-6, FINLEY 0-2, NASH 3-7, WANG 0-1, GRIFFIN 0-2, T HARDAWAY 1-5. UTAH 4-13 (.308), STEVENSON 0-1, STOCKTON 1-3, CROTTY 0-3, KIRILENKO 1-3, PADGETT 2-3. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - DEFENSIVE THREE, HEAD COACH NELSON, UTAH - MALONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, LEON WOOD, GREG WILLARD. A - 18,097. T - 2:15.


Box Score

DALLAS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 34 3-7 6-8 1-6 0 4 12 Nowitzki 44 10-18 4-4 1-10 3 5 27 Bradley 17 1-2 2-2 1-3 1 1 4 Finley 36 2-11 2-2 1-4 2 4 6 Nash 34 8-15 6-6 1-4 8 5 25 Wang 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Griffin 23 2-5 0-0 2-6 0 4 4 T Hardaway 24 2-8 1-1 0-0 4 2 6 Manning 6 1-1 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 Najera 20 6-7 0-1 1-3 0 5 12 Eschmeyer DNP - coach's decision Newman DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-75 21-24 8-37 20 33 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 7-23, .304 (Nowitzki 3-6, Finley 0-2, Nash 3-7, Wang 0-1, Griffin 0-2, T Hardaway 1-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Finley, Bradley, Howard). Turnovers: 14 (Nash 4, Nowitzki 4, Bradley 2, Manning 2, Finley, Griffin). Steals: 4 (Griffin, Howard, Manning, Najera).

UTAH (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 42 9-17 12-16 1-12 5 3 30 Marshall 35 6-12 5-5 2-7 1 5 17 Ja Collins 21 0-3 0-0 3-6 1 4 0 Stevenson 20 1-6 0-0 1-3 0 0 2 Stockton 33 8-15 4-4 1-1 12 3 21 Crotty 31 1-5 4-4 0-2 6 2 6 Kirilenko 30 3-8 9-11 3-5 0 2 16 Padgett 10 3-5 1-2 1-2 0 2 9 Amaechi 5 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 0 2 Starks 6 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Lewis 7 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Ostertag DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 35-42 14-41 25 22 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Stevenson 0-1, Stockton 1-3, Crotty 0-3, Kirilenko 1-3, Padgett 2-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Kirilenko 3, Amaechi, Crotty). Turnovers: 10 (Stevenson 2, Amaechi, Crotty, Lewis, Malone, Marshall, Stockton). Steals: 9 (Kirilenko 6, Ja Collins, Marshall, Starks). ____________________________________________ Dallas 25 30 23 20 - 98 Utah 25 36 20 26 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 2 (Defensive Three, 7:43 1st; Head Coach Nelson, 5:04 1st). Utah 1 (Malone, 4:44 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,097. T: 2:15. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Leon Wood, Greg Willard.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Karl Malone and Donyell Marshall scored the first 16 points of a 18-1 run over the last 4:39 as the Utah Jazz came from behind to defeat the Dallas Mavericks, 107-98.

Dallas led, 97-89, with 4:53 to go on a dunk by Eduardo Najera, but Malone scored on a jumper to begin the run. After Juwan Howard made it 98-94 on a free throw with 3:32 to go, Utah held Dallas scoreless.

"Our defense let us down a little," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "The main thing is that when we had the lead, even though they scored, we didn't. We needed the scores to maintain that lead."

Marshall tied the game on a layup with 2:43 left and Utah took the lead on a jumper by Malone with 2:18 remaining.

"We just looked at each other and Karl and (Jazz coach) Jerry (Sloan) both said, `We're going to win this game,' and we went out there and we knew what we had to do," Marshall said. "We knew we had to come through and pull this thing together."

Malone finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds and John Stockton added 21 points and 12 assists. Marshall contributed 17 points and seven boards and rookie Andrei Kirilenko had 16 points and six steals.

"I think it's a very important game for the Jazz because Dallas (wiped) us out of the playoffs last year," Kirilenko said. "I think it's a very important game because we got revenge."

The Mavericks won the last three games of their first-round playoff series with the Jazz last year, including the final game at the Delta Center.

"This was a very tough and physical game," said Najera, whose 12 points were a career high. "We knew it would be after last year when we knocked them out. This is always a tough game with the Jazz."

Dallas was paced by Dirk Nowitzki's 27 points and 10 rebounds and Steve Nash's 25 points and eight assists. Najera and Howard each added 12 points, but All-Star Michael Finley tallied only six on 2-of-11 shooting.

"You need to make your shots the full 48 minutes of a game or you're not going to win many games in this league," Nowitzki said. "We just didn't make any shots the last four or five minutes of this game."

The Jazz shot just 44 percent (34-of-78) while the Mavericks made 47 percent (35-of-75) of their shots. Utah was 35-of-42 from the line to Dallas' 21-of-24.

The Mavericks went on a 21-8 run over eight minutes heading into the final 60 seconds of the third quarter to take a 78-76 lead. But Scott Padgett hit a 3-pointer and John Crotty made a pair of free throws to give the Jazz an 81-78 lead entering the fourth.

Utah won its fourth game in a row. It had not won consecutive games this season before the current streak.

"All the guys in this locker room believed in what we wanted to do, and guys are starting to put it together now, the whole game," Malone said. "We just never lost faith in what we were trying to do."

"I think everybody in here is excited about the win over a good team, but we still have a long ways to go," added Stockton, who recorded his 800th career 3-pointer. "Hopefully, we can kind of keep improving like we are right now."

Dallas lost its third straight and had its winning streak in Utah snapped at three games.

The Mavs scored the first eight points of the game before Utah took the lead, 13-12, on a pair of free throws by Marshall with with 4:37 left in the opening quarter.

Karl Malone broke Wilt Chamberlain's NBA record for free-throw attempts with his 11,860th with 2:27 left in the quarter, which ended in a 25-25 tie.

Down, 40-36, midway through the second, Utah went on a 25-11 run before Nash hit two free throws with 33 seconds left and Najera scored on a dunk with eight seconds to go in the half.

Malone had 18 at the break, Kirilenko had 14 and Stockton 12 for Utah while Nash tallied 19 and Nowitzki 15.

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