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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     INDIANA          26   24   28   19    97   
     DALLAS           35   27   37   19    118     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 20, AL HARRINGTON 15, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 11
                DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 33, NICK VAN EXEL 20, 
                      DIRK NOWITZKI 20

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 9, JERMAINE O'NEAL 7, AL 
                      HARRINGTON 7
                DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 13, WALT WILLIAMS 6, 
                      ADRIAN GRIFFIN 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 6, ERICK STRICKLAND 4, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 2
                DAL - NICK VAN EXEL 10, STEVE NASH 7, MICHAEL 
                      FINLEY 3

         ATT:   19,954

Box Score

INDIANA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J O'Neal 26 7-16 5-7 5-7 1 3 20 R Artest 20 3-8 0-2 1-5 0 3 6 B Miller 23 3-7 5-5 1-5 0 3 11 J Tinsley 33 4-10 1-2 1-9 6 4 9 R Miller 29 3-8 4-5 0-3 2 0 11 A Harrington 27 6-10 2-2 3-7 2 3 15 R Mercer 29 3-10 0-0 1-2 0 3 6 E Strickland 24 2-6 1-2 0-1 4 2 6 J Foster 7 0-1 2-2 1-5 0 1 2 A Croshere 15 3-4 2-2 2-5 0 1 8 P Brezec 7 1-3 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 J Bender DNP - SORE LEFT CALF _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-83 23-31 15-49 15 23 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.422, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (J O'Neal 1-2, R Artest 0-1, J Tinsley 0-4, R Miller 1-6, A Harrington 1-1, E Strickland 1-4, A Croshere 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:7 (J O'Neal 2, R Artest 2, R Mercer, J Tinsley, P Brezec). Turnovers:18 (E Strickland 4, J Tinsley 4, J O'Neal 3, B Miller 2, J Foster 2, A Harrington 2, R Mercer). Steals: 5 (R Artest 2, R Miller, R Mercer, A Croshere). DALLAS (118) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Griffin 19 2-5 0-0 2-6 1 4 4 D Nowitzki 28 8-15 2-2 1-5 1 3 20 R LaFrentz 17 5-8 2-3 0-1 0 6 13 M Finley 35 13-21 1-1 3-13 3 0 33 S Nash 26 4-11 5-5 0-2 7 2 13 R Bell 6 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 2 0 W Williams 29 1-4 1-2 1-6 2 3 3 S Bradley 26 2-5 2-2 5-5 1 4 6 N Van Exel 31 8-20 3-3 0-2 10 1 20 P Jones 11 0-4 0-0 3-5 0 0 0 A Johnson 8 3-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 6 A Harrington 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-97 16-18 16-47 27 25 118 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 10-24, .417 (D Nowitzki 2-6, R LaFrentz 1-2, M Finley 6-9, S Nash 0-1, W Williams 0-1, N Van Exel 1-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:8 (S Bradley 4, R LaFrentz 2, D Nowitzki 2). Turnovers:11 (S Bradley 3, A Griffin 3, W Williams, R LaFrentz, D Nowitzki, A Johnson, N Van Exel). Steals: 9 (W Williams 2, S Nash 2, M Finley 2, S Bradley, A Griffin, A Johnson). ------------------------------------------- INDIANA 26 24 28 19 - 97 DALLAS 35 27 37 19 - 118 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Indiana - 5 (J Tinsley, 3:10 1st; R Artest, 3:45 1st; R Artest 2 (ejected), 1:24 2nd; J Foster, 0:27 3rd; Defensive Three, 2:44 3rd). Dallas - 3 (D Nowitzki, 3:45 1st; R Bell 2 (ejected), 1:24 2nd; W Williams, 7:06 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,954. T: 2:15. Officials: Joe Forte, Luis Grillo, Violet Palmer.


Extended Box

INDIANA (97) AT DALLAS (118) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J O'NEAL F 26 7-16 5-7 5 2 7 1 3 0 3 20 R ARTEST F 20 3-8 0-2 1 4 5 0 3 2 0 6 B MILLER C 23 3-7 5-5 1 4 5 0 3 0 2 11 J TINSLEY G 33 4-10 1-2 1 8 9 6 4 0 4 9 R MILLER G 29 3-8 4-5 0 3 3 2 0 1 0 11 A HARRINGTON 27 6-10 2-2 3 4 7 2 3 0 2 15 R MERCER 29 3-10 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 1 1 6 E STRICKLAND 24 2-6 1-2 0 1 1 4 2 0 4 6 J FOSTER 7 0-1 2-2 1 4 5 0 1 0 2 2 A CROSHERE 15 3-4 2-2 2 3 5 0 1 1 0 8 P BREZEC 7 1-3 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 J BENDER DNP - SORE LEFT CALF TOTALS 240 35-83 23-31 15 34 49 15 23 5 18 97 (.422) (.742) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18 (24 PTS) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A GRIFFIN F 19 2-5 0-0 2 4 6 1 4 1 3 4 D NOWITZKI F 28 8-15 2-2 1 4 5 1 3 0 1 20 R LAFRENTZ C 17 5-8 2-3 0 1 1 0 6 0 1 13 M FINLEY G 35 13-21 1-1 3 10 13 3 0 2 0 33 S NASH G 26 4-11 5-5 0 2 2 7 2 2 0 13 R BELL 6 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 W WILLIAMS 29 1-4 1-2 1 5 6 2 3 2 1 3 S BRADLEY 26 2-5 2-2 5 0 5 1 4 1 3 6 N VAN EXEL 31 8-20 3-3 0 2 2 10 1 0 1 20 P JONES 11 0-4 0-0 3 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 A JOHNSON 8 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 6 A HARRINGTON 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 46-97 16-18 16 31 47 27 25 9 11 118 (.474) (.889) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12 (11 PTS) INDIANA 26 24 28 19 - 97 DALLAS 35 27 37 19 - 118 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J O'NEAL 2, R ARTEST 2, R MERCER, J TINSLEY, P BREZEC. DALLAS - S BRADLEY 4, R LAFRENTZ 2, D NOWITZKI 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 4-19 (.211), J O'NEAL 1-2, R ARTEST 0-1, J TINSLEY 0-4, R MILLER 1-6, A HARRINGTON 1-1, E STRICKLAND 1-4, A CROSHERE 0- 1. DALLAS 10-24 (.417), D NOWITZKI 2-6, R LAFRENTZ 1-2, M FINLEY 6- 9, S NASH 0-1, W WILLIAMS 0-1, N VAN EXEL 1-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - J TINSLEY, R ARTEST 2, J FOSTER, DEFENSIVE THREE. DALLAS - D NOWITZKI, R BELL 2 (EJECTED), W WILLIAMS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, LUIS GRILLO, VIOLET PALMER. A - 19,954. T - 2:15.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- James Brown would be proud of the Dallas Mavericks' style of payback against the Indiana Pacers. Michael Finley scored 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Nick Van Exel added 20 points and 10 assists as the Mavericks avenged their first loss of the season and improved to 12-0 at home for the first time with an emphatic 118-97 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers. "Mike, from the get-go, put us on his back and carried us when things were the toughest," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. "Van Exel struggled early but just kept going and had a sensational game. The guys gave me what they could and it was an amazing team effort." After missing two games with a sprained right ankle, Dirk Nowitzi returned to score 20 points for league-leading Dallas, which was aiming to become the third team in NBA history to begin a season 15-0 before falling to the Pacers in Indiana on November 28, 110-98. "It was not bad," Nowitzki said. "It could have been better. A couple of movements made it sore. I expect it will be a little sore. It's going to be all right. It can't get worse than it was, so from now own I'm just looking forward to it getting better." "Dirk is amazing," said Mavs guard Steve Nash, who had 13 points and seven assists. "His ankle is still bothering him, but he was still able to come out and have a really good game for us." The Mavs led wire-to-wire in this one, taking a 35-26 lead after one quarter and a 62-50 advantage into the break. The Pacers got within 66-60 on a layup by Reggie Miller with 8:13 to play in the third quarter, but the Mavs countered with a 32-15 run, taking a 98-75 lead on a layup by Finley with 46 seconds remaining in the period. "I had some really good looks at the basket," said Finley, who made 13-of-21 shots, including 6-of-9 3-pointers. "My teammates were penetrating and then dishing the ball out to me for the open look and I was knocking them down. We wanted to attack them tonight and stay aggressive offensively." "They really controlled the game from start to finish," said Jermaine O'Neal, who led Indiana with 20 points. "They had so many guys step up and play well, that every time we tried to get back in the game and put them on their heels, they had somebody else hit a 3." Al Harrington chipped in 15 points for Indiana, which had won three games in a row and four of six. "They were ready for us," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "They had three or four days to prepare. They knew everything that they wanted to do, and they came out and played well. They are a good basketball team and a fun basketball team." Dallas shot 47 percent (46-of-97) and made 10-of-24 3-pointers. Indiana was limited to 42 percent (35-of-83) and 4-of-19 from the arc. "They made shots and we didn't," O'Neal said. "It was really as simple as that. It was the same way when we got them in Indiana - we made shots and they didn't. They did the exact same thing." Indiana's Ron Artest was ejected after picking up a second technical with 1:24 left in the first half. Dallas' Raja Bell was ejected at the same time for taunting. "From what I saw on the tape, Bell elbowed him and then Bell walked into his face and Ron stood his ground," Thomas said. "I didn't see that Ron did anything wrong other than standing his ground and standing up for himself. I thought all the contact and the instigating was done by them." "They beat us up in Indiana, but it wasn't because they played more physical," Van Exel said. "I looked at it as us missing a lot of shots that we normally make. Tonight, we just played our game and let them do what they had to do, try to get all riled up or whatever, and beat the (crap) out of them." It was the Mavericks' fourth victory in five games and fourth straight at home over Indiana. "I am glad we don't have to play Indiana every game," Nelson said. "We wouldn't have any players left. They were very physical tonight. I thought the referees did a good job of controlling that, in what easily could have gotten out of hand." "We knew what we were in store for before the game even started," Finley said. "They're a physical team who wanted to use their physicality as an intimidation factor, but for us, we withstood that and we were aggressive as well. We kept our composure and came away with the win."


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