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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DALLAS           29   35   24   15    103  
     LA LAKERS        24   12   25   44    105     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DAL - NICK VAN EXEL 25, STEVE NASH 22, DIRK 
                      NOWITZKI 21
                LAL - KOBE BRYANT 27, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 26, 
                      ROBERT HORRY 11

HIGH REBOUND:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 12, MICHAEL FINLEY 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 11, KOBE BRYANT 9, 
                      ROBERT HORRY 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   DAL - STEVE NASH 7, NICK VAN EXEL 4, MICHAEL 
                      FINLEY 4
                LAL - KOBE BRYANT 7, ROBERT HORRY 6, RICK FOX 
                      5

         ATT:   18,997

Box Score

DALLAS (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Griffin 16 3-4 4-4 0-1 1 4 11 D Nowitzki 43 6-11 5-7 0-12 3 2 21 R LaFrentz 18 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 4 5 M Finley 46 4-19 1-1 2-5 4 1 11 S Nash 41 7-18 6-6 0-1 7 1 22 P Jones 4 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 3 2 N Van Exel 35 9-17 2-2 0-4 4 3 25 S Bradley 17 0-3 2-2 0-3 1 3 2 W Williams 17 2-5 0-0 2-4 0 2 4 R Bell 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 A Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Najera DNP - LEFT KNEE SURGERY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 22-24 4-31 21 24 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.917. 3-Point Goals: 15-25, .600 (A Griffin 1-1, D Nowitzki 4-4, R LaFrentz 1-2, M Finley 2-7, S Nash 2-3, N Van Exel 5-8). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:3 (R LaFrentz, D Nowitzki, M Finley). Turnovers:7 (S Nash 3, N Van Exel 2, D Nowitzki 2). Steals: 7 (D Nowitzki 2, M Finley 2, W Williams, S Nash, A Griffin). LA LAKERS (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 29 3-8 1-1 2-4 5 3 8 S Medvedenko 7 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 S O'Neal 40 8-12 10-18 3-11 2 5 26 K Bryant 42 10-19 6-6 1-9 7 3 27 D Fisher 27 3-12 1-1 0-5 2 3 8 B Shaw 23 3-5 0-0 0-3 3 2 8 R Horry 32 4-5 2-6 3-8 6 3 11 K Rush 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 S Walker 4 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 D George 19 3-4 0-0 0-2 0 2 7 T Murray 13 1-4 2-2 0-4 2 0 4 M Madsen DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-74 22-34 11-50 28 23 105 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (R Fox 1-4, K Bryant 1-2, D Fisher 1-5, B Shaw 2-4, R Horry 1-1, D George 1-1, T Murray 0-2). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:4 (S O'Neal 3, K Bryant). Turnovers:18 (K Bryant 6, S O'Neal 4, D Fisher 4, R Fox, T Murray, S Medvedenko, K Rush). Steals: 4 (S O'Neal, R Fox, R Horry, K Bryant). -------------------------------------------- DALLAS 29 35 24 15 - 103 LA LAKERS 24 12 25 44 - 105 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Dallas - 1 (COACH Nelson, 2:18 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:27. Officials: Bennie Adams, Joe Crawford, Ron Olesiak.


Extended Box

DALLAS (103) AT LA LAKERS (105) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A GRIFFIN F 16 3-4 4-4 0 1 1 1 4 1 0 11 D NOWITZKI F 43 6-11 5-7 0 12 12 3 2 2 2 21 R LAFRENTZ C 18 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 5 M FINLEY G 46 4-19 1-1 2 3 5 4 1 2 0 11 S NASH G 41 7-18 6-6 0 1 1 7 1 1 3 22 P JONES 4 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 N VAN EXEL 35 9-17 2-2 0 4 4 4 3 0 2 25 S BRADLEY 17 0-3 2-2 0 3 3 1 3 0 0 2 W WILLIAMS 17 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 1 0 4 R BELL 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION E NAJERA DNP - LEFT KNEE SURGERY TOTALS 240 33-80 22-24 4 27 31 21 24 7 7 103 (.413) (.917) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 7 (11 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R FOX F 29 3-8 1-1 2 2 4 5 3 1 1 8 S MEDVEDENKO F 7 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 S O'NEAL C 40 8-12 10-18 3 8 11 2 5 1 4 26 K BRYANT G 42 10-19 6-6 1 8 9 7 3 1 6 27 D FISHER G 27 3-12 1-1 0 5 5 2 3 0 4 8 B SHAW 23 3-5 0-0 0 3 3 3 2 0 0 8 R HORRY 32 4-5 2-6 3 5 8 6 3 1 0 11 K RUSH 4 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 S WALKER 4 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 D GEORGE 19 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 7 T MURRAY 13 1-4 2-2 0 4 4 2 0 0 1 4 M MADSEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-74 22-34 11 39 50 28 23 4 18 105 (.514) (.647) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 18 (16 PTS) DALLAS 29 35 24 15 - 103 LA LAKERS 24 12 25 44 - 105 BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - R LAFRENTZ, D NOWITZKI, M FINLEY. LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 3, K BRYANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 15-25 (.600), A GRIFFIN 1-1, D NOWITZKI 4- 4, R LAFRENTZ 1-2, M FINLEY 2-7, S NASH 2-3, N VAN EXEL 5-8. LA LAKERS 7- 19 (.368), R FOX 1-4, K BRYANT 1-2, D FISHER 1-5, B SHAW 2-4, R HORRY 1- 1, D GEORGE 1-1, T MURRAY 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: DALLAS - COACH NELSON. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, JOE CRAWFORD, RON OLESIAK. A - 18,997. T - 2:27.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- If the Los Angeles Lakers go on to win their fourth straight title, this will be the game in which they turned their season around. The Lakers staged one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history, erasing a 30-point deficit for an improbable 105-103 victory over the league-leading Dallas Mavericks, who have to believe they are hexed in Hollywood. Kobe Bryant scored 21 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, when the three-time defending champions climbed out of an 88-61 hole with a rally that rocked the Staples Center. Bryant's spinning jumper with 8.4 seconds left gave the Lakers the win. "It shows we still have the heart of a champion," Bryant said. The comeback was the biggest in franchise history. The Lakers had erased a 25-point deficit to beat Chicago on April 3, 1979. They fell just short of the greatest comeback in NBA history, Utah's rally from a 34-point halftime deficit against Denver on November 27, 1996. "It's nice to have a team believe that they have the ability to overcome insurmountable odds, and it certainly looked insurmountable," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. On the other side was the collapse by the Mavericks, who appeared to have swung the balance of power in the Western Conference in their favor until allowing 44 points in the final period. When Michael Finley's open 20-footer from the left wing clanged off the rim, the Mavs were saddled with their 24th straight loss in Tinseltown since December 12, 1990. "We choked, just flat-out choked," Dallas guard Nick Van Exel said. "They played like the world champs and we played scared, we played tentative and we just choked." "We probably need to go through this experience as a team," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. "It's going to be good for us. But it hurts like hell right now." Shaquille O'Neal had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers (8-13), who climbed out of the Pacific Division cellar, percentage points ahead of the crosstown Clippers and Golden State. "Tonight, for the first time in a long time, we showed that championship attitude," guard Brian Shaw said. "Confidence is not our problem. Our problem is complacency," O'Neal said. "It's not going to be easy ... we just have to fight." Former Laker Van Exel scored 25 points, Steve Nash added 22 and Dirk Nowitzki 21 for the Mavs (17-2), who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Dallas shot a blistering 60 percent (15-of-25) from 3-point range but under 33 percent (18-of-55) inside the arc. A driving layup by Nash gave the Mavs a 92-69 lead with 9:25 to play, but Dallas went scoreless for nearly four minutes and LA scored 15 straight points. "As soon as we got it down to 10 with 8:36 to go, then it is a whole new ballgame," Bryant said. "From that point on it is just a matter of taking our time and really executing." Bryant took over down the stretch. He had two free throws, a 3-pointer and a driving finger roll before O'Neal scored to make it 96-93 with 3:08 remaining. Nash threw in a scoop shot, but Bryant had a reverse layup and drive around two foul shots by Nash, then found Brian Shaw for a 3-pointer that tied it, 100-100, with 1:28 left. "We stopped playing. I don't know what happened," Nash said. "We had a hard time scoring and we were terrible defensively in the fourth quarter. It was too easy in the first half and too difficult in the fourth quarter. I can't explain it." Ten seconds later, a free throw by Robert Horry gave the Lakers the lead. Van Exel answered with a 3-pointer for a 103-101 lead with 1:04 to play, but Shaw drilled a corner jumper to tie it again just six seconds later. Horry scored 11 points for the Lakers, who shot 51 percent (38-of-74), including a sizzling 89 percent (16-of-18) in the fourth quarter. Finley scored 11 points on 4-of-19 shooting for Dallas. "You grow when you go through tough times together," Nelson said. "This is definitely a tough time for us." The Lakers were booed off the floor in the first half. The Mavs used four 3-pointers to race to a 22-10 lead, allowed the Lakers to creep within 31-30 early in the second quarter, then seemingly obliterated them with a 33-6 rush to the end of the period. In the final 1:44 of the first half, Van Exel, Nash and Nowitzki buried 3-pointers and Finley and Nowitzki drove for three-point plays, completing a frightening 15-0 run for a 64-36 lead that had owner Mark Cuban whooping it up behind the bench. "If at any point we should have given up, tonight would have been the perfect time for us to do that," Shaw said. A layup by Adrian Griffin opened the third quarter and gave Dallas its largest lead. Two free throws by Bryant cut the deficit to 75-56 with 3:12 left, but Finley made two 3-pointers and Van Exel one to help rebuild the lead to 27 points entering the final period.


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