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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     SEATTLE          34   21   30   20    105  
     DALLAS           18   29   29   39    115     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   SEA - GARY PAYTON 20, DESMOND MASON 19, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 14
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 29, MICHAEL FINLEY 29, 
                      STEVE NASH 27

HIGH REBOUND:   SEA - DESMOND MASON 13, VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC 9,
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 6
                DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 11, DIRK NOWITZKI 10, 
                      EDUARDO NAJERA 9

HIGH ASSISTS:   SEA - GARY PAYTON 10, KENNY ANDERSON 5, BRENT 
                      BARRY 3
                DAL - STEVE NASH 8, WALT WILLIAMS 3, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   20,011

Box Score

SEATTLE (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Lewis 30 5-11 4-6 4-6 2 5 14 R Evans 13 3-5 4-5 3-5 1 0 10 P Drobnjak 28 4-10 6-8 1-3 0 2 14 G Payton 42 7-13 5-6 2-4 10 2 20 B Barry 42 5-13 0-1 0-6 3 4 12 D Mason 40 7-14 3-4 4-13 1 4 19 V Radmanovic 28 5-12 0-2 3-9 0 5 12 K Anderson 12 2-5 0-0 0-1 5 0 4 A Sesay 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 C Booth DNP - COACH'S DECISION J James DNP - STRESS FRACTURE J Forte DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-83 22-32 17-48 23 22 105 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (R Lewis 0-1, G Payton 1-1, B Barry 2-6, D Mason 2-5, V Radmanovic 2-5). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:3 (B Barry, K Anderson, V Radmanovic). Turnovers:14 (P Drobnjak 3, B Barry 2, K Anderson 2, D Mason 2, V Radmanovic 2, G Payton, R Evans, R Lewis). Steals: 7 (G Payton 3, B Barry 2, R Lewis, R Evans). DALLAS (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Griffin 24 1-1 0-0 2-2 1 2 2 E Najera 28 2-3 2-2 5-9 2 3 6 D Nowitzki 44 9-21 10-10 2-10 1 3 29 M Finley 46 11-28 5-5 2-11 2 2 29 S Nash 40 9-19 8-9 2-4 8 1 27 S Bradley 12 1-5 2-3 2-3 0 4 4 W Williams 31 6-12 2-2 2-7 3 4 18 A Johnson 13 0-3 0-0 1-1 2 0 0 R Bell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 A Harrington 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 P Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Strickland DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Eschmeyer DNP - RIGHT KNEE SURGERY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-92 29-31 18-47 19 20 115 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.935. 3-Point Goals: 8-26, .308 (D Nowitzki 1-7, M Finley 2-8, S Nash 1-3, W Williams 4-8). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:4 (S Bradley 3, W Williams). Turnovers:10 (S Bradley 2, S Nash 2, A Griffin 2, M Finley 2, E Najera, D Nowitzki). Steals: 6 (E Najera 3, A Griffin, D Nowitzki, M Finley). -------------------------------------------- SEATTLE 34 21 30 20 - 105 DALLAS 18 29 29 39 - 115 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Seattle - 3 (G Payton, 7:13 1st; Defensive Three, 5:36 2nd; Defensive Three, 10:57 2nd). Dallas - 3 (COACH Nelson, 1:48 1st; Defensive Three, 4:29 2nd; COACH Nelson, 11:20 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,011. T: 2:14. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Gary Benson, Tom Washington.


Extended Box

SEATTLE (105) AT DALLAS (115) SEATTLE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R LEWIS F 30 5-11 4-6 4 2 6 2 5 1 1 14 R EVANS F 13 3-5 4-5 3 2 5 1 0 1 1 10 P DROBNJAK C 28 4-10 6-8 1 2 3 0 2 0 3 14 G PAYTON G 42 7-13 5-6 2 2 4 10 2 3 1 20 B BARRY G 42 5-13 0-1 0 6 6 3 4 2 2 12 D MASON 40 7-14 3-4 4 9 13 1 4 0 2 19 V RADMANOVIC 28 5-12 0-2 3 6 9 0 5 0 2 12 K ANDERSON 12 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 5 0 0 2 4 A SESAY 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 C BOOTH DNP - COACH'S DECISION J JAMES DNP - STRESS FRACTURE J FORTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-83 22-32 17 31 48 23 22 7 14 105 (.458) (.688) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15 (18 PTS) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A GRIFFIN F 24 1-1 0-0 2 0 2 1 2 1 2 2 E NAJERA F 28 2-3 2-2 5 4 9 2 3 3 1 6 D NOWITZKI C 44 9-21 10-10 2 8 10 1 3 1 1 29 M FINLEY G 46 11-28 5-5 2 9 11 2 2 1 2 29 S NASH G 40 9-19 8-9 2 2 4 8 1 0 2 27 S BRADLEY 12 1-5 2-3 2 1 3 0 4 0 2 4 W WILLIAMS 31 6-12 2-2 2 5 7 3 4 0 0 18 A JOHNSON 13 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 R BELL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 A HARRINGTON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 P JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION M STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION E ESCHMEYER DNP - RIGHT KNEE SURGERY TOTALS 240 39-92 29-31 18 29 47 19 20 6 10 115 (.424) (.935) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 10 (11 PTS) SEATTLE 34 21 30 20 - 105 DALLAS 18 29 29 39 - 115 BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - B BARRY, K ANDERSON, V RADMANOVIC. DALLAS - S BRADLEY 3, W WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 7-18 (.389), R LEWIS 0-1, G PAYTON 1-1, B BARRY 2-6, D MASON 2-5, V RADMANOVIC 2-5. DALLAS 8-26 (.308), D NOWITZKI 1- 7, M FINLEY 2-8, S NASH 1-3, W WILLIAMS 4-8. TECHNICAL FOULS: SEATTLE - G PAYTON, DEFENSIVE THREE 2. DALLAS - COACH NELSON, DEFENSIVE THREE, COACH NELSON. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, GARY BENSON, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 20,011. T - 2:14.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Thanks to the "Big Three," the Dallas Mavericks moved a step closer to entering the NBA record books. Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Finley and Steve Nash combined for 34 points in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks made it 13 straight wins to start the season with a wild 115-105 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics. Led by their dynamic trio, the Mavericks overcame a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit and are two wins shy of the best start in league history, set by Washington in 1948 and matched by Houston in 1993. Nowitzki led the way over the final 12 minutes, scoring 13 of his 29 points. Finley added 12 of his 29 in the fourth quarter, when Nash collected nine of his 27. "We would like to win all the games with big margins, but we know that's not possible," Finley said. "But to find a way to win games when things aren't going well is definitely a sign of a champion." Dallas outscored Seattle, 39-20, in the final period, and Sonics coach Nate McMillan said his team unraveled. "We did, we did. We didn't pull it together, show the unity we needed to late in the game," he added. "We're on the road by ourselves. There is 20,000 people yelling and screaming. You have to pull it together out there on the floor and let each other know that you are in this together and we didn't do that." Gary Payton scored 20 points and Desmond Mason had 19 and 12 rebounds for Seattle, which has lost three in a row following a four-game winning streak. "We didn't finish the game in the fourth quarter," Mason said. "Coach said it perfectly after the game, that we played just three quarters of basketball, and that is something we can't continue to do. We have done that the last couple of games." An American Airlines Center crowd that was filled with 13-0 signs was quiet for the first 3 1/2 quarters as the Sonics led by as many as 16 points, the last time at 81-65 with 2:43 remaining in the third quarter on Mason's driving layup. However, the crowd erupted in the fourth quarter, when the Mavericks were at their best. Fans were further energized when Mavs coach Don Nelson was ejected with 11:20 remaining after picking up two technical fouls. Dallas trailed by six at the time of Nelson's departure. "We refused to lose," Nelson said. "We are going to give it our best shot to win every game that we possibly can." Nowitzki, who recovered after missing his first eight shots, scored seven straight points to give Dallas an 87-86 lead with 8:49 remaining. The Sonics battled back, taking their last lead at 97-96 with 4:10 left on a short jumper by Rashard Lewis, who was courted by the Mavericks in the offseason. But the lead was short-lived as Seattle settled for jumpers down the stretch and missed 16 of their last 18 shots. Nash drilled a 3-pointer and followed with a shot from the baseline before Finley drilled a 3-pointer from the corner, giving the Mavericks a 104-97 lead with 2:26 remaining. Seattle got no closer than six points the rest of the way. Nowitzki, Finley and Nash comibined to take 68 of the Mavs' 92 shots. Finley was the most active, going 11-of-28 from the field. Dallas shot 42 percent (39-of-92). Finley and Nowitzki grabbed 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively. While it was the "Big Three" that came up big, the Mavs also got a contribution from Walt Williams, who made four 3-pointers and scored 18 points off the bench. "Well, that shows a lot of heart," Williams said of the comeback. "The whole time that we were down I don't think we ever felt we were out of the game. We really played hard to get this win tonight and we sucked it up in the fourth quarter." The finish was a far cry from the start, when the Sonics raced to a 34-18 lead after one quarter. It was the most points surrendered in a quarter by Dallas this season. The Mavs managed to cut the deficit to 55-47 at halftime. Lewis and Predrag Drobnjak each added 14 points for the Sonics, who placed seven players in double figures and shot 46 percent (38-of-83).


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