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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           22   19   19   18    78   
     DALLAS           24   36   32   11    103     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 20, TONY DELK 13, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 11
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 28, MICHAEL FINLEY 22, 
                      STEVE NASH 13

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - TONY BATTIE 8, PAUL PIERCE 6, WALTER 
                      MCCARTY 5
                DAL - ADRIAN GRIFFIN 12, RAEF LAFRENTZ 8, SIX 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 3, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 3, 
                      PAUL PIERCE 3
                DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 7, STEVE NASH 6, ADRIAN 
                      GRIFFIN 5

         ATT:   20,032

Box Score

BOSTON (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 36 4-14 3-5 1-3 3 2 11 E Williams 32 2-7 4-5 1-3 0 4 9 T Battie 24 3-5 2-2 4-8 2 1 8 T Delk 28 4-6 2-2 0-1 2 1 13 P Pierce 33 7-16 2-3 1-6 3 2 20 W Mccarty 32 5-11 0-0 2-5 0 2 11 S Williams 23 0-7 0-0 0-4 3 1 0 M Moore 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 K Brown 15 2-5 0-0 0-4 0 1 4 J Bremer 9 0-2 0-1 1-1 2 1 0 B Sundov 5 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 V Baker DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-76 13-18 10-36 15 17 78 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.368, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 9-32, .281 (A Walker 0-3, E Williams 1-3, T Delk 3-5, P Pierce 4-8, W Mccarty 1-6, S Williams 0-4, K Brown 0-1, J Bremer 0-1, B Sundov 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:2 (W Mccarty, T Battie). Turnovers:13 (P Pierce 5, A Walker 3, T Delk 2, S Williams 2, J Bremer). Steals: 4 (T Delk 2, T Battie, K Brown). DALLAS (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Griffin 34 3-10 2-2 7-12 5 3 8 D Nowitzki 27 12-20 1-1 1-4 1 2 28 S Bradley 16 0-1 2-2 0-4 1 3 2 M Finley 33 7-14 5-7 1-4 7 0 22 S Nash 26 5-10 3-3 1-2 6 0 13 R LaFrentz 30 5-7 1-1 1-8 3 3 11 W Williams 29 3-8 1-2 1-4 2 4 9 N Van Exel 20 1-6 0-0 1-4 4 1 2 R Bell 11 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 A Johnson 9 2-3 2-2 0-1 1 0 6 P Jones 5 0-3 0-0 2-4 0 1 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-84 17-20 15-49 30 20 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (D Nowitzki 3-6, M Finley 3-4, S Nash 0-2, W Williams 2-6). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:6 (R LaFrentz 3, S Bradley, D Nowitzki, W Williams). Turnovers:8 (R LaFrentz 2, R Bell 2, S Bradley, M Finley, N Van Exel, S Nash). Steals: 6 (S Nash 2, M Finley 2, S Bradley, N Van Exel). ------------------------------------------- BOSTON 22 19 19 18 - 78 DALLAS 24 36 32 11 - 103 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,032. T: 2:14. Officials: Bill Spooner, Derrick Stafford, Gary Benson.


Extended Box

BOSTON (78) AT DALLAS (103) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 36 4-14 3-5 1 2 3 3 2 0 3 11 E WILLIAMS F 32 2-7 4-5 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 9 T BATTIE C 24 3-5 2-2 4 4 8 2 1 1 0 8 T DELK G 28 4-6 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 2 2 13 P PIERCE G 33 7-16 2-3 1 5 6 3 2 0 5 20 W MCCARTY 32 5-11 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 0 0 11 S WILLIAMS 23 0-7 0-0 0 4 4 3 1 0 2 0 M MOORE 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 K BROWN 15 2-5 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 4 J BREMER 9 0-2 0-1 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 B SUNDOV 5 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 V BAKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 28-76 13-18 10 26 36 15 17 4 13 78 (.368) (.722) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15 (25 PTS) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A GRIFFIN F 34 3-10 2-2 7 5 12 5 3 0 0 8 D NOWITZKI F 27 12-20 1-1 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 28 S BRADLEY C 16 0-1 2-2 0 4 4 1 3 1 1 2 M FINLEY G 33 7-14 5-7 1 3 4 7 0 2 1 22 S NASH G 26 5-10 3-3 1 1 2 6 0 2 1 13 R LAFRENTZ 30 5-7 1-1 1 7 8 3 3 0 2 11 W WILLIAMS 29 3-8 1-2 1 3 4 2 4 0 0 9 N VAN EXEL 20 1-6 0-0 1 3 4 4 1 1 1 2 R BELL 11 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 2 A JOHNSON 9 2-3 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 6 P JONES 5 0-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 39-84 17-20 15 34 49 30 20 6 8 103 (.464) (.850) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 9 (3 PTS) BOSTON 22 19 19 18 - 78 DALLAS 24 36 32 11 - 103 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - W MCCARTY, T BATTIE. DALLAS - R LAFRENTZ 3, S BRADLEY, D NOWITZKI, W WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 9-32 (.281), A WALKER 0-3, E WILLIAMS 1- 3, T DELK 3-5, P PIERCE 4-8, W MCCARTY 1-6, S WILLIAMS 0-4, K BROWN 0- 1, J BREMER 0-1, B SUNDOV 0-1. DALLAS 8-18 (.444), D NOWITZKI 3-6, M FINLEY 3-4, S NASH 0-2, W WILLIAMS 2-6. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, DERRICK STAFFORD, GARY BENSON. A - 20,032. T - 2:14.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- If the Boston Celtics aren't impressed with the "Big Three" of the Dallas Mavericks, they should be. Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, Michael Finley added 22 and Steve Nash 13 - all in the first three quarters - as the Mavericks demolished the Celtics, 103-78, for their fifth straight victory. Led by their "Big Three" of Nowitzki, Finley and Nash, the Mavericks have won six straight meetings with the Celtics. The last three have been total blowouts, with Dallas holding leads of 42, 16 and 32 points, respectively. "They are a juggernaut at this point in time," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "They really have it rolling. I think they are a very talented team. They are very difficult for us to guard and it must be difficult for everybody else in the league to guard since they are leading the league in field-goal percentage." The Mavericks used bursts of 13-0 in the second quarter and 12-0 in the third period to turn this one into a rout. They led 92-60 entering the fourth quarter, and Nash joined Nowitzki and Finley on the bench shortly thereafter. Dallas has put together its longest winning streak since opening the season with 14 wins. At 30-5, it is on pace to win 70 games, which would be the second-best mark in NBA history. "It's unbelievable, its amazing, but we can't rest now," Nowitzki said. "We've got a tough West Coast road trip coming up." "They've got three great players and a supporting cast that's doing a good job," Boston forward Antoine Walker said. "We'll see when April comes. That's when you've got to do really well." Paul Pierce scored 20 points for the Celtics, who began the "Texas Triangle" portion of their four-game road trip with their sixth loss in eight games. For the second time in as many nights, one of the Eastern Conference's better teams was destroyed by a top team from the West. On Thursday, Sacramento trounced New Jersey by 36 points before Dallas made quick work of Boston. The Mavs also flashed their improved defense, holding the Celtics to 37 percent (28-of-76) from the field, blocking six shots and owning a 49-36 advantage on the backboards. They scored 25 points off 15 Boston turnovers. "We contested every shot," Nowitzki said. "We kept the ball out of their hands and tried to deny (Antoine) Walker all night and I think that worked out well in both games that we played them." "They keep you off balance with their defense," O'Brien said. "They did a good job of denying in their man-to-man defense and played a lot of zone. They're just a hell of a basketball team." The "Big Three" actually took turns controlling the game. The first quarter was a showcase for Nowitzki, who scored 15 points as Dallas grabbed a 24-22 lead. Boston still was within 35-30 after a 3-pointer by Walter McCarty with 7:52 left in the second period before Finley fueled a 13-0 surge. His 3-pointer capped the burst and gave Dallas a 48-30 bulge with 3:56 remaining. Finley scored 16 points in the period, which ended with the Mavs holding a 60-41 lead. "It was a total team effort, literally," Finley said. "Offensively and defensively we came out and were the aggressor. As a result, we set the tone for the game and kept it up for the entire game." Nash, who was scoreless in the first half, took the reins in the third quarter, when he scored all of his points. After a 3-pointer by Pierce made it 76-56, the All-Star point guard had eight points in a 12-0 run, including a jumper for an 88-56 lead with 3:05 to play. It was garbage time thereafter. "Whenever you double-team, they get rid of the ball real fast," Celtics forward Eric Williams said. "They've got guys out there with Michael Finley and Nash ... They've got a lot of guys out there who can score the basketball, so it's always going to be tough, night in and night out, to guard them." Raef LaFrentz had 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks and Adrian Griffin had eight points and a season-high 12 rebounds for Dallas, which shot 46 percent (39-of-84) and committed just nine turnovers. Tony Delk scored 13 points and McCarty and Antoine Walker added 11 each for the Celtics, who continue the "Texas Triangle" on Sunday in San Antonio and Monday in Houston.


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