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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 22 21 20 24 87 SAN ANTONIO 25 28 14 22 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - NICK VAN EXEL 27, DIRK NOWITZKI 26, MICHAEL FINLEY 18 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 33, ANTONIO DANIELS 13, DANNY FERRY 11

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 21, MICHAEL FINLEY 9, NICK VAN EXEL 5 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 16, DAVID ROBINSON 13, MALIK ROSE 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - NICK VAN EXEL 4, AVERY JOHNSON 3, DIRK NOWITZKI 3 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 5, TONY PARKER 5, BRUCE BOWEN 2

ATT: 34,739


Extended Box

DALLAS (87) AT SAN ANTONIO (89)

DALLAS

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

G BUCKNER F 18 0-0 0-2 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 D NOWITZKI F 47 11-21 3-4 3 18 21 3 3 1 1 26 R LAFRENTZ C 25 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 6 0 3 4 S NASH G 18 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 0 M FINLEY G 47 8-25 1-1 4 5 9 0 3 0 3 18 N VAN EXEL 37 9-17 7-8 0 5 5 4 5 1 3 27 E NAJERA 17 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 A JOHNSON 23 4-7 1-4 0 0 0 3 5 2 0 9 E ESCHMEYER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 W ZHI ZHI 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 3 S BRADLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION A GRIFFIN DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKL

TOTALS 240 35-82 12-19 8 33 41 12 32 5 13 87 (.427) (.632) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14 (14 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO

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

B BOWEN F 31 4-6 2-6 0 1 1 2 4 4 0 10 T DUNCAN F 44 10-20 13-18 5 11 16 5 1 3 3 33 D ROBINSON C 27 2-5 5-8 3 10 13 1 3 0 2 9 T PARKER G 35 3-10 2-4 0 1 1 5 2 1 1 8 S SMITH G 11 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 A DANIELS 35 5-12 2-5 0 6 6 1 2 0 2 13 M ROSE 25 2-8 1-2 3 4 7 0 1 0 3 5 J HART 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 D FERRY 23 3-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 11 C SMITH 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 C PARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION M BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-68 27-45 11 35 46 16 24 9 12 89 (.426) (.600) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13 (10 PTS)

DALLAS 22 21 20 24 - 87 SAN ANTONIO 25 28 14 22 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - R LAFRENTZ, E NAJERA. SAN ANTONIO - T DUNCAN 3, M ROSE, T PARKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 5-22 (.227), D NOWITZKI 1-5, R LAFRENTZ 0- 1, S NASH 0-2, M FINLEY 1-7, N VAN EXEL 2-5, W ZHI ZHI 1-2. SAN ANTONIO 4- 10 (.400), B BOWEN 0-1, T PARKER 0-1, S SMITH 0-1, A DANIELS 1-3, D FERRY 3- 4. TECHNICAL FOULS: DALLAS - DEFENSIVE THREE, E NAJERA, R LAFRENTZ. SAN ANTONIO - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: LEROY RICHARDSON, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, STEVE JAVIE. A - 34,739. T - 2:41.


Box Score

DALLAS (87)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Buckner 18 0-0 0-2 1-3 0 2 0 D Nowitzki 47 11-21 3-4 3-21 3 3 26 R Lafrentz 25 2-6 0-0 0-2 0 6 4 S Nash 18 0-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 0 M Finley 47 8-25 1-1 4-9 0 3 18 N Van Exel 37 9-17 7-8 0-5 4 5 27 E Najera 17 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 A Johnson 23 4-7 1-4 0-0 3 5 9 E Eschmeyer 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 W Zhi Zhi 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 S Bradley DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Griffin DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKL

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-82 12-19 8-41 12 32 87 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.632. 3-Point Goals: 5-22, .227 (D Nowitzki 1-5, R Lafrentz 0-1, S Nash 0-2, M Finley 1-7, N Van Exel 2-5, W Zhi Zhi 1-2). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:2 (R Lafrentz, E Najera). Turnovers:13 (M Finley 3, N Van Exel 3, R Lafrentz 3, S Nash 2, D Nowitzki, W Zhi Zhi). Steals: 5 (A Johnson 2, N Van Exel, D Nowitzki, G Buckner).

SAN ANTONIO (89)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Bowen 31 4-6 2-6 0-1 2 4 10 T Duncan 44 10-20 13-18 5-16 5 1 33 D Robinson 27 2-5 5-8 3-13 1 3 9 T Parker 35 3-10 2-4 0-1 5 2 8 S Smith 11 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 A Daniels 35 5-12 2-5 0-6 1 2 13 M Rose 25 2-8 1-2 3-7 0 1 5 J Hart 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 D Ferry 23 3-5 2-2 0-1 1 4 11 C Smith 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 C Parks DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Bryant DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-68 27-45 11-46 16 24 89 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.426, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (B Bowen 0-1, T Parker 0-1, S Smith 0-1, A Daniels 1-3, D Ferry 3-4). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:5 (T Duncan 3, M Rose, T Parker). Turnovers:12 (M Rose 3, T Duncan 3, D Robinson 2, A Daniels 2, S Smith, T Parker). Steals: 9 (B Bowen 4, T Duncan 3, S Smith, T Parker).

------------------------------------------- DALLAS 22 21 20 24 - 87 SAN ANTONIO 25 28 14 22 - 89 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Dallas - 3 (Defensive Three, 4:55 1st; E Najera, 0:58 3rd; R Lafrentz, 2:22 3rd). San Antonio - 2 (Defensive Three, 11:27 2nd; Defensive Three, 8:21 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 34,739. T: 2:41. Officials: Leroy Richardson, Monty Mccutchen, Steve Javie.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Tim Duncan upstaged Dirk Nowitzki.

Duncan nailed a difficult 16-foot jumper over Nowitzki with two seconds left as the San Antonio Spurs edged the Dallas Mavericks, 89-87, in a key Midwest Division clash.

Nowitzki capped Dallas' rally from a late 10-point deficit with a long jumper that forged an 87-87 tie with seven seconds left. San Antonio used a timeout -- and there was little question where the ball was headed.

Danny Ferry inbounded to Duncan at the top of the key, where he was isolated on Nowitzki. He dribbled toward the lane and pulled up on the left side before nailing the jumper for his only basket of the fourth quarter.

Dallas had no timeouts left and Nick Van Exel's heave from beyond half-court hit the top of the backboard.

"Dirk and Tim put on a great show tonight for the fans," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "Obviously, Tim is having an MVP season and pretty much everyone knows that we're going to him, which makes it tougher."

Duncan finished with 33 points and 16 rebounds despite constant double- and triple-teaming by the Mavericks. On Sunday, he missed a potential game-winning basket against the Los Angeles Lakers in a fourth quarter in which he made 1-of-9 shots.

San Antonio (52-24) pulled within one-half game of the first-place Mavericks (52-23) in the Midwest Division and earned the tie-breaker by winning the season series, 3-1. The team that finishes second likely will wind up with the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

"We're definitely happy to be in the position we're in, within one-half game of them," Duncan said. "We've just got to control our side of it and what happens over there happens."

Although Duncan was the story, the victory would not have possible without Ferry. He nailed three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 points.

Ferry's second 3-pointer of the period opened a 78-68 lead with 5:13 remaining. Van Exel helped bring Dallas back with five points in a 12-4 spurt, including a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to 82-80 with 1:40 remaining.

The Mavericks got back the ball, but Van Exel had his shot blocked by rookie Tony Parker. Duncan fed Ferry for a 3-pointer and a seemingly safe 85-80 advantage with 45 seconds left.

"Danny is a consummate pro, one of those guys that makes the big shot," Popovich said. "I know everyone wants to do that, but he's been big for us all year when healthy."

But the Spurs missed 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch, leaving the door open for Dallas. Duncan made 1-of-2 for an 87-85 lead with 13 seconds to go before Nowitzki tied it.

Antonio Daniels scored 13 points and David Robinson chipped in nine and 13. Duncan had 22 points and 10 rebounds by halftime for his league-leading 62nd double-double.

Van Exel came off the bench and scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half while Nowitzki had 26 points and 21 rebounds. But the Mavs had a three-game winning streak stopped.

"Nick Van Exel stepping up like that and having an All-Star performance is really encouraging heading into the playoffs," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "There is lots of good to take out of this one."

Led by Duncan, San Antonio had a huge advantage at the free-throw line, although it converted just 27-of-45 attempts. Dallas made 12-of-19 foul shots.

"This is the second time we play them and they go to the line twice as many times as us, it's ridiculous," Van Exel said. "We shoot too many jump shots."

The Mavs had a tough day from beyond the arc, making just 5-of-22 shots, with Michael Finley going 1-of-7. Starting point guard Steve Nash did not score in 18 minutes in the first half and sat out the second with the flu.

Finley scored 18 points but made just 8-of-25 shots.

The game was the fourth close contest between the intrastate rivals and the first to be won by the home team. The previous three meetings had been decided by a total of eight points.

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