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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 16 28 23 36 103 DALLAS 32 26 23 25 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 28, JOHN STOCKTON 24, SCOTT PADGETT 17 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 34, STEVE NASH 23, ADRIAN GRIFFIN 18

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - SCOTT PADGETT 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 DAL - GREG BUCKNER 9, EDUARDO NAJERA 9

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 DAL - STEVE NASH 9, DIRK NOWITZKI 3

ATT: 20,146


Extended Box

UTAH (103) AT DALLAS (106)

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

MALONE F 40 10-19 8-9 2 5 7 5 5 2 2 28 KIRILENKO F 37 4-10 4-6 4 3 7 0 2 2 2 12 JA COLLINS C 16 1-3 3-4 2 0 2 0 4 0 0 5 STOCKTON G 36 9-19 4-5 2 3 5 9 4 3 3 24 STEVENSON G 24 5-9 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 11 RUSSELL 34 1-8 1-2 0 5 5 2 4 1 0 3 STARKS 20 1-6 1-2 1 2 3 3 4 0 1 3 PADGETT 33 7-13 0-0 4 5 9 5 2 0 0 17 AMAECHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION CROTTY DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS MARSHALL DNP - BRUISED RIGHT HIP OSTERTAG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-87 21-28 15 23 38 25 26 8 8 103 (.437) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 8(12 PTS)

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

BUCKNER F 34 3-5 2-4 5 4 9 0 4 0 2 8 HOWARD F 36 1-12 0-0 2 6 8 1 4 1 0 2 NOWITZKI C 43 9-14 12-12 0 8 8 3 2 0 3 34 GRIFFIN G 36 7-11 2-2 0 4 4 2 2 1 1 18 NASH G 39 8-19 6-7 3 3 6 9 2 1 7 23 T HARDAWAY 14 1-7 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 5 NAJERA 23 2-4 0-0 4 5 9 2 3 0 2 4 NEWMAN 5 0-0 3-4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 WANG 10 3-4 2-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 9 BRADLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION D HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MANNING DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-76 29-33 15 32 47 17 22 3 16 106 (.447) (.879) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(24 PTS)

UTAH 16 28 23 36 - 103 DALLAS 32 26 23 25 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - STEVENSON 3, KIRILENKO 2, MALONE, STOCKTON. DALLAS - HOWARD, WANG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 6-19 (.316), KIRILENKO 0-1, STOCKTON 2-4, STEVENSON 1-2, RUSSELL 0-3, STARKS 0-3, PADGETT 3-6. DALLAS 9-17 (.529), NOWITZKI 4-5, GRIFFIN 2-2, NASH 1-4, T HARDAWAY 1-5, WANG 1-1. TECHNICALS: UTAH - STOCKTON, DEFENSIVE THREE, DALLAS - T HARDAWAY, DEFENSIVE THREE, HOWARD. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, DERRICK STAFFORD, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 20,146. T - 2:18.


Box Score

UTAH (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 40 10-19 8-9 2-7 5 5 28 Kirilenko 37 4-10 4-6 4-7 0 2 12 Ja Collins 16 1-3 3-4 2-2 0 4 5 Stockton 36 9-19 4-5 2-5 9 4 24 Stevenson 24 5-9 0-0 0-0 1 1 11 Russell 34 1-8 1-2 0-5 2 4 3 Starks 20 1-6 1-2 1-3 3 4 3 Padgett 33 7-13 0-0 4-9 5 2 17 Amaechi DNP - coach's decision Crotty DNP - left knee tendinitis Marshall DNP - bruised right hip Ostertag DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-87 21-28 15-38 25 26 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Kirilenko 0-1, Stockton 2-4, Stevenson 1-2, Russell 0-3, Starks 0-3, Padgett 3-6). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Stevenson 3, Kirilenko 2, Malone, Stockton). Turnovers: 8 (Stockton 3, Kirilenko 2, Malone 2, Starks). Steals: 8 (Stockton 3, Kirilenko 2, Malone 2, Russell).

DALLAS (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Buckner 34 3-5 2-4 5-9 0 4 8 Howard 36 1-12 0-0 2-8 1 4 2 Nowitzki 43 9-14 12-12 0-8 3 2 34 Griffin 36 7-11 2-2 0-4 2 2 18 Nash 39 8-19 6-7 3-6 9 2 23 T Hardaway 14 1-7 2-2 0-2 0 2 5 Najera 23 2-4 0-0 4-9 2 3 4 Newman 5 0-0 3-4 0-0 0 2 3 Wang 10 3-4 2-2 1-1 0 1 9 Bradley DNP - coach's decision D Harvey DNP - coach's decision Manning DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 29-33 15-47 17 22 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.879. 3-Point Goals: 9-17, .529 (Nowitzki 4-5, Griffin 2-2, Nash 1-4, T Hardaway 1-5, Wang 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Howard, Wang). Turnovers: 17 (Nash 7, Nowitzki 3, Buckner 2, Najera 2, Griffin, T Hardaway). Steals: 3 (Griffin, Howard, Nash). ____________________________________________ Utah 16 28 23 36 - 103 Dallas 32 26 23 25 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 2 (Stockton, 6:54 1st; Defensive Three, 8:23 2nd). Dallas 3 (T Hardaway, 11:33 2nd; Defensive Three, 0:18 3rd; Howard, 5:02 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,146. T: 2:18. Officials: Bob Delaney, Derrick Stafford, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks sat on a lead, but it was no easy chair.

The Mavericks nearly blew a 15-point lead in the final 3 1/2 minutes before Dirk Nowitzki made four clutch free throws in the waning seconds to preserve a 106-103 victory over the Utah Jazz.

"That was bad," Nowitzki said. "We didn't find a way to try to put them away. We had a lot of mental errors at the end, defensively and offensively. We were turning the ball over a couple of times. They're a smart team. They know how to come back in games. We almost blew it."

"It's always important to win, but sometimes it doesn't feel good when you play that poorly," Dallas guard Steve Nash said. "It almost feels like a loss."

Dallas had lost seven straight regular-season home games to Utah but appeared to have this one in hand. The Mavericks were in control throughout and held a 99-84 lead after Eduardo Najera's basket with 3:28 remaining.

The Jazz rattled off 10 straight points to close to 99-94 with 1:44 to go. Adrian Griffin ended the spurt with a basket, but John Stockton answered with a 3-pointer to bring Utah within 101-97 with 1:10 left.

"Every mistake we made, they had a good answer for it," said Nowitzki. "They made some tough threes and they were right back in it. They are a very inexperienced team."

Nash split a pair of free throws and, after a basket by Utah's Bryon Russell, committed an offensive foul with 18 seconds to play. The Jazz could have tied it with a 3-pointer but opted for Karl Malone's short jumper with nine seconds to go.

Nowitzki, who scored 32 points, sank two free throws with 6.9 seconds left. After Malone followed in Russell's miss from the arc with 1.7 seconds remaining, Nowitzki made two more from the line.

The Jazz had one last chance, but Stockton's off-balance runner from the left corner was an airball.

"Thank goodness we had a cushion because we weren't very good in the fourth quarter, mainly on the defensive end," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "I can take missing shots, but when they come down in four seconds and we're not smart and cover those 3-point shooters when we have the lead, consistently leave them open to make threes, it's disheartening."

Nash had 23 points and nine assists and Adrian Griffin scored 18 points for the Mavs, who beat the Jazz at home in the regular season for the first time since February 1, 1997. Dallas did beat Utah twice at home during last year's playoffs.

"We made some mental errors, especially myself, down the last few minutes of the game, which allowed them to get back into the game," Griffin said. "You can't do that against a veteran team because they know what to do in the clutch. We're fortunate to pull this one out."

Malone scored 28 points and Stockton added a season-high 24 with nine assists for the Jazz, who have dropped two in a row since winning five of six.

"That was another dramatic finish we tried to come up with again," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "But we're something like 0-for-7 on dramatic finishes this season so that is not real rewarding."

Dallas led 17-3 in the first six minutes and 32-16 after one quarter as Nowitzki scored 10 points and Nash and Griffin added seven apiece. Wang Zhizhi scored all nine of his points in the second quarter, which ended with Mavs holding a 58-44 advantage.

"We didn't come to play," Sloan said. "We just came out there and showed up and they kicked our rear ends all over the gym. We looked like we were bored with being here."

Nowitzki scored 11 points in the third quarter, when Dallas led by as many as 18 points before settling for an 81-67 bulge entering the final period.

"We have to improve on keeping a lead," Dallas swingman Greg Buckner said. "When you have a team down by (18) points, even though it was Utah, you still have to find a way to keep the lead and not let it come down to a one-possession game like it did tonight."

Buckner had eight points and nine rebounds. Najera swept nine boards and Nowitzki and Juwan Howard had eight apiece for the Mavs, who held a 47-38 edge on the glass.

Dallas shot 45 percent (34-of-76), including 9-of-17 from the arc.

Scott Padgett scored a career-high 17 points and rookie Andrei Kirilenko added 12 for the Jazz, who shot 44 percent (38-of-87) and committed just eight turnovers.

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