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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 22 22 23 22 89 DALLAS 29 30 28 24 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - KURT THOMAS 21, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 17, ALLAN HOUSTON 12 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 29, STEVE NASH 14, TIM HARDAWAY 13

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 10, LATRELL SPREWELL 8 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 13, GREG BUCKNER 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 5, CHARLIE WARD 5 DAL - STEVE NASH 11, TIM HARDAWAY 5

ATT: 20,019


Extended Box

NEW YORK (89) AT DALLAS (111)

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

SPREWELL F 38 4-15 2-2 2 6 8 5 2 1 4 10 THOMAS F 30 10-17 1-2 1 3 4 1 4 0 1 21 CAMBY C 33 2-7 3-6 4 6 10 0 3 1 1 7 HOUSTON G 37 5-15 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 3 2 12 JACKSON G 29 5-10 0-0 1 0 1 4 2 1 2 11 WARD 15 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 5 4 1 3 2 HARRINGTON 29 6-8 5-6 3 3 6 1 5 0 2 17 EISLEY 4 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 ANDERSON 21 3-6 0-1 1 5 6 2 2 1 1 7 POSTELL 4 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 KNIGHT DNP - BRUISED RIGHT KNEE SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-85 13-19 14 27 41 20 26 8 17 89 (.424) (.684) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(30 PTS)

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

GRIFFIN F 30 4-5 2-3 2 2 4 4 1 1 1 10 HOWARD F 34 5-11 0-0 0 5 5 0 5 0 0 10 NOWITZKI C 38 11-18 5-5 2 11 13 1 1 1 1 29 NASH G 25 6-13 2-2 0 3 3 11 0 2 2 14 NEWMAN G 14 3-3 3-3 0 0 0 0 6 0 1 9 BUCKNER 28 1-4 2-2 3 4 7 1 0 0 1 4 T HARDAWAY 23 5-12 2-2 0 0 0 5 1 4 4 13 NAJERA 23 2-4 4-6 1 3 4 2 1 1 1 8 WANG 19 4-9 1-2 0 6 6 1 5 1 1 10 MANNING 6 2-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 4 BRADLEY DNP - BRUISED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 43-81 21-25 9 36 45 26 22 10 13 111 (.531) (.840) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 30(15 PTS)

NEW YORK 22 22 23 22 - 89 DALLAS 29 30 28 24 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - NONE. DALLAS - T HARDAWAY 2, NOWITZKI 2, NAJERA, BUCKNER, GRIFFIN, HOWARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 4-13 (.308), SPREWELL 0-2, CAMBY 0-1, HOUSTON 2-3, JACKSON 1-2, WARD 0-1, ANDERSON 1-4. DALLAS 4-20 (.200), NOWITZKI 2-7, NASH 0-2, T HARDAWAY 1-7, WANG 1-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, JIM CAPERS, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 20,019. T - 2:12.


Box Score

NEW YORK (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 38 4-15 2-2 2-8 5 2 10 Thomas 30 10-17 1-2 1-4 1 4 21 Camby 33 2-7 3-6 4-10 0 3 7 Houston 37 5-15 0-0 1-5 1 3 12 Jackson 29 5-10 0-0 1-1 4 2 11 Ward 15 1-3 0-0 0-0 5 4 2 Harrington 29 6-8 5-6 3-6 1 5 17 Eisley 4 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Anderson 21 3-6 0-1 1-6 2 2 7 Postell 4 0-2 2-2 0-0 1 0 2 Knight DNP - bruised right knee Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-85 13-19 14-41 20 26 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Sprewell 0-2, Camby 0-1, Houston 2-3, Jackson 1-2, Ward 0-1, Anderson 1-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 17 (Sprewell 4, Ward 3, Harrington 2, Houston 2, Jackson 2, Anderson, Camby, Postell, Thomas). Steals: 8 (Houston 3, Anderson, Camby, Jackson, Sprewell, Ward).

DALLAS (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 30 4-5 2-3 2-4 4 1 10 Howard 34 5-11 0-0 0-5 0 5 10 Nowitzki 38 11-18 5-5 2-13 1 1 29 Nash 25 6-13 2-2 0-3 11 0 14 Newman 14 3-3 3-3 0-0 0 6 9 Buckner 28 1-4 2-2 3-7 1 0 4 T Hardaway 23 5-12 2-2 0-0 5 1 13 Najera 23 2-4 4-6 1-4 2 1 8 Wang 19 4-9 1-2 0-6 1 5 10 Manning 6 2-2 0-0 1-3 1 2 4 Bradley DNP - bruised right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-81 21-25 9-45 26 22 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.531, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (Nowitzki 2-7, Nash 0-2, T Hardaway 1-7, Wang 1-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 8 (T Hardaway 2, Nowitzki 2, Najera, Buckner, Griffin, Howard). Turnovers: 30 (T Hardaway 4, Nash 2, Buckner, Griffin, Manning, Najera, Newman, Nowitzki, Wang). Steals: 10 (T Hardaway 4, Nash 2, Griffin, Najera, Nowitzki, Wang). ____________________________________________ New York 22 22 23 22 - 89 Dallas 29 30 28 24 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,019. T: 2:12. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Jim Capers, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks were well-rested this time.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points and Steve Nash chipped in 14 and 11 assists as the Mavericks pasted the New York Knicks, 111-89.

The victory gave Dallas a split of the season series and a measure of revenge following the team's last meeting. A week ago, Dallas entered Madison Square Garden with a 10-game winning streak but tired in the second half and lost for the 10th straight time in New York.

The Mavericks were playing for the second consecutive night in that contest but had played just once in the last four nights heading into Thursday's matchup.

"Big-time revenge," Mavericks forward Juwan Howard said. "We felt last game we gave it away to them."

"We definitely did not show up," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "When you don't show up against a team like this with an abundance of shooters who push the ball up the floor, it creates a lot of mismatches. We didn't show up and got killed. That's the bottom line."

Dallas raced to a 29-22 lead through 12 minutes and were up 59-44 at the half. Nowitzki had 18 points and Nash 12 in the opening 24 minutes.

"We didn't have any holes and it was a very good effort on our part," Nelson said. "Everybody played at a high level and everybody got a chance to show what they could do."

Kurt Thomas had 21 points and Othella Harrington 17 for the Knicks, who have dropped four straight since that win against Dallas.

New York was within 11-8 following a Kurt Thomas layup with 8:09 left in the opening quarter. But Nowitzki buried a pair of jumpers around an 18-footer by teammate Johnny Newman. Greg Buckner's basket with 6:06 left extended the Mavericks' lead to 19-8, and Dallas led by seven after 12 minutes.

Nash had eight assists in the quarter while Nowitzki was 5-of-6 from the field.

"I just wanted to be aggressive (early)," Nash said. "I just wanted to come out an make sure I was really aggressive. If not force the issue, close to it. I wanted to come out and push the ball."

New York crept within 31-28 just 88 seconds into the second quarter, but Adrian Griffin had a basket that ignited a 17-3 run, which turned the game into a rout.

Nowitzki and Wang Zhizhi had five points apiece during the run, which Zhizhi capped with a 3-pointer with 4:52 left in the half.

Dallas shot 56 percent (23-of-41) in the opening 24 minutes and committed just six turnovers. New York made 42 percent (18-of-43) of its shots in the opening half but trailed by 15 at the break.

"We played with great energy early," Nowitzki said. "We got the rhythm early, got a couple of easy looks and were able knock down shots."

New York trailed by 23 just over five minutes into the second half and was down 87-67 heading into the final quarter.

"This was one of our best performances of the year," Howard said.

New York fell to 4-12 under Chaney.

If there was a bright spot for the Knicks, it was two more successful free throws for Latrell Sprewell, who tied Kiki Vandeweghe's team record of 34 straight.

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