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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DALLAS           29   20   20   29    98   
     INDIANA          29   30   25   26    110     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DAL - STEVE NASH 29, DIRK NOWITZKI 17, MICHAEL
                      FINLEY 16
                IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 28, AL HARRINGTON 21, 
                      RON ARTEST 20

HIGH REBOUND:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 8, STEVE NASH 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6
                IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 18, RON ARTEST 11, 
                      JAMAAL TINSLEY 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   DAL - STEVE NASH 9, DIRK NOWITZKI 4, WALT 
                      WILLIAMS 2
                IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 15, RON ARTEST 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   17,948

Box Score

DALLAS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Griffin 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 D Nowitzki 42 4-20 9-13 1-8 4 5 17 S Bradley 26 5-6 0-0 2-6 0 5 10 M Finley 39 7-20 0-0 1-3 1 2 16 S Nash 41 10-23 5-5 4-7 9 1 29 R Bell 23 3-5 2-2 0-1 1 2 9 E Najera 28 2-6 4-4 2-6 0 3 8 W Williams 26 2-6 2-4 2-4 2 3 7 A Johnson 6 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 A Harrington 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 M Strickland 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 P Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Eschmeyer DNP - KNEE INJURY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-90 22-28 12-36 18 24 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.378, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 8-28, .286 (D Nowitzki 0-8, M Finley 2-5, S Nash 4-7, R Bell 1-3, W Williams 1-5). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:7 (S Bradley 3, D Nowitzki 3, W Williams). Turnovers:11 (S Nash 4, M Finley 3, D Nowitzki 2, S Bradley, A Johnson). Steals: 10 (R Bell 3, W Williams 2, S Nash 2, M Finley 2, E Najera). INDIANA (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Artest 40 7-14 5-5 4-11 6 4 20 J O'Neal 40 11-22 6-8 4-18 1 3 28 B Miller 26 7-8 2-3 0-5 2 5 16 R Miller 35 4-8 0-0 1-2 1 2 10 J Tinsley 43 5-11 2-2 0-7 15 3 13 A Harrington 23 9-12 3-4 1-5 1 5 21 R Mercer 16 0-4 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 J Bender 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 J Foster 5 0-1 0-0 1-4 0 0 0 A Croshere DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-83 18-22 11-54 29 24 110 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.530, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (R Artest 1-3, R Miller 2-5, J Tinsley 1-4, J Bender 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (J O'Neal, J Bender, R Artest, J Foster, J Tinsley). Turnovers:17 (R Miller 3, J O'Neal 3, B Miller 3, R Artest 3, J Tinsley 3, A Harrington, J Foster). Steals: 5 (R Artest 3, R Mercer, J Tinsley). ------------------------------------------- DALLAS 29 20 20 29 - 98 INDIANA 29 30 25 26 - 110 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Indiana - 1 (R Artest, 11:31 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,948. T: 2:24. Officials: Derek Richardson, Eddie F. Rush, Mike Henderson.


Extended Box

DALLAS (98) AT INDIANA (110) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A GRIFFIN F 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 D NOWITZKI F 42 4-20 9-13 1 7 8 4 5 0 2 17 S BRADLEY C 26 5-6 0-0 2 4 6 0 5 0 1 10 M FINLEY G 39 7-20 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 2 3 16 S NASH G 41 10-23 5-5 4 3 7 9 1 2 4 29 R BELL 23 3-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 3 0 9 E NAJERA 28 2-6 4-4 2 4 6 0 3 1 0 8 W WILLIAMS 26 2-6 2-4 2 2 4 2 3 2 0 7 A JOHNSON 6 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 A HARRINGTON 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 M STRICKLAND 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 P JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION E ESCHMEYER DNP - KNEE INJURY TOTALS 240 34-90 22-28 12 24 36 18 24 10 11 98 (.378) (.786) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11 (12 PTS) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R ARTEST F 40 7-14 5-5 4 7 11 6 4 3 3 20 J O'NEAL F 40 11-22 6-8 4 14 18 1 3 0 3 28 B MILLER C 26 7-8 2-3 0 5 5 2 5 0 3 16 R MILLER G 35 4-8 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 3 10 J TINSLEY G 43 5-11 2-2 0 7 7 15 3 1 3 13 A HARRINGTON 23 9-12 3-4 1 4 5 1 5 0 1 21 R MERCER 16 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 J BENDER 12 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 J FOSTER 5 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 A CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION F JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 44-83 18-22 11 43 54 29 24 5 17 110 (.530) (.818) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19 (26 PTS) DALLAS 29 20 20 29 - 98 INDIANA 29 30 25 26 - 110 BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - S BRADLEY 3, D NOWITZKI 3, W WILLIAMS. INDIANA - J O'NEAL, J BENDER, R ARTEST, J FOSTER, J TINSLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 8-28 (.286), D NOWITZKI 0-8, M FINLEY 2- 5, S NASH 4-7, R BELL 1-3, W WILLIAMS 1-5. INDIANA 4-13 (.308), R ARTEST 1- 3, R MILLER 2-5, J TINSLEY 1-4, J BENDER 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - R ARTEST. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEREK RICHARDSON, EDDIE F. RUSH, MIKE HENDERSON. A - 17,948. T - 2:24.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets can rest comfortably for at least another year. Jermaine O'Neal led six players in double figures with 28 points and added 18 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers prevented the cold-shooting Dallas Mavericks from becoming the third team in NBA history to begin a season 15-0 with a 110-98 triumph. Dallas won its first 14 games with lots of scoring and a new commitment to defense to move within one victory of tying the '48 Capitols and '93 Rockets for the best start in league history. "We were beaten fair and square tonight," said Mavs coach Don Nelson, whose team won by 20 points at Detroit on Wednesday. "It was a good ballgame. They did what they had to do. It's unfortunate that we had to come in on a back-to-back with a game of this intensity. But that's the nature of the schedule and you must credit their defense and their game preparation." But the Mavs shot just 38 percent (34-of-90) and allowed the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers to shred their zone for 53 percent (44-of-83) to fall one game short of the mark. "It was definitely a good win for us in terms of confidence and playing against the hottest team in the league," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "I thought we came out and played a really good basketball game tonight. Their zone was tough, especially with (7-6 center Shawn) Bradley inside. But we were patient against it. I thought we were very patient and disciplined." "I hope we get some more people to believe in us, both nationally and locally," O'Neal said. "Everybody is asking why we're having success. We play team defense and do what coach asks. That's why we're successful." Al Harrington had 21 points - 15 in the crucial second quarter - and Ron Artest 20 with a season-high 11 rebounds and six assists as the Pacers posted their 11th victory in 12 games to improve to 12-2. "This win means a lot," Artest said. "They are the best team in the NBA but now they have one loss, and that loss is to us. Games like this are good anytime of the season. We came to play tonight. We played together and we played for 48 minutes." Dallas led, 39-38, after a three-point play by Dirk Nowitzki with 6:36 to play in the second quarter. But O'Neal countered with a pair of free throws 20 seconds later to give the Pacers the lead for good and commence a 19-5 run. O'Neal ended the burst with a follow shot to make it 57-44 with 1:44 to go in the half, and the Pacers took a 59-49 advantage into the break. Harrington had eight points, O'Neal six and Reggie Miller - who was playing in just his second game of the season because of a sore ankle - five during the run. Dallas, which surrendered a season-high point total, got no closer than eight points in the second half. Steve Nash contributed 29 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, but his "Big Three" mates Nowitzki and Michael Finley struggled mightily. Nowitzki made just 4-of-20 shots and Finley 7-of-20 despite scoring 17 and 16 points, respectively. "I wasn't feeling my shot, so I tried to get to the line as much as I could," Nowitzki said. "But it was just one of those nights. I wasn't hitting my shots." Brad Miller scored 16 points and Jamaal Tinsley 13 with a season-high 15 assists for the Pacers, who led, 84-69 entering the fourth quarter. Nash twice got Dallas within eight points, including 100-92 on a 3-pointer with 2:03 to play, but O'Neal countered with a jump shot and Indiana extended its lead to as many as 16 points down the stretch. "It was never about the record - we just lost the game," Nowitzki said. "Now we have to try and start a new one. (Going) 14-0 was huge, it was great, but a winning streak like this doesn't mean anything in November if you do not do anything in the playoffs."


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