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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DALLAS           23   18   32   25    98   
     MINNESOTA        34   24   19   23    100     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 34, MICHAEL FINLEY 21, 
                      STEVE NASH 14
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 26, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 21, 
                      RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 15

HIGH REBOUND:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 7, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 9,
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   DAL - STEVE NASH 8, MICHAEL FINLEY 6, NICK VAN
                      EXEL 5
                MIN - TROY HUDSON 12, KEVIN GARNETT 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   15,145

Box Score

DALLAS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Bell 15 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 D Nowitzki 43 11-21 6-7 1-7 3 2 34 R LaFrentz 16 4-5 0-0 0-4 0 6 9 M Finley 41 7-19 3-3 0-4 6 2 21 S Nash 34 5-12 3-4 1-4 8 2 14 S Bradley 15 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 N Van Exel 31 4-11 0-3 0-2 5 0 9 W Williams 9 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 A Griffin 10 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 E Najera 11 1-2 1-2 1-4 1 4 3 E Eschmeyer 10 0-3 0-0 3-3 3 4 0 A Rigaudeau 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-82 13-19 6-33 27 24 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 13-25, .520 (D Nowitzki 6-8, R LaFrentz 1-2, M Finley 4-8, S Nash 1-2, N Van Exel 1-4, W Williams 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (S Bradley, A Griffin, E Eschmeyer, D Nowitzki). Turnovers:14 (N Van Exel 3, S Nash 3, D Nowitzki 3, M Finley 2, S Bradley, E Najera, R Bell). Steals: 10 (N Van Exel 3, S Nash 2, D Nowitzki 2, S Bradley, R LaFrentz, R Bell). MINNESOTA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 36 8-11 2-2 2-8 3 4 21 K Garnett 44 10-26 6-10 3-12 7 1 26 R Nesterovic 34 6-8 3-4 4-9 1 3 15 A Peeler 35 4-9 0-0 0-8 3 4 10 T Hudson 38 1-9 5-5 1-4 12 3 7 K Gill 19 4-7 0-1 1-5 1 4 8 I Rakocevic 10 0-1 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 M Jackson 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 G Trent 17 4-7 1-2 1-4 1 2 9 R Strickland DNP - STRAINED LEFT GROIN J Smith DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE L Woods DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 19-26 12-50 29 22 100 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (W Szczerbiak 3-4, A Peeler 2-5, T Hudson 0-4, K Gill 0-1, I Rakocevic 0-1, G Trent 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:5 (R Nesterovic 3, K Garnett, W Szczerbiak). Turnovers:19 (K Garnett 4, T Hudson 4, K Gill 3, W Szczerbiak 3, R Nesterovic 2, G Trent, M Jackson, A Peeler). Steals: 4 (A Peeler, K Garnett, W Szczerbiak, M Jackson). ------------------------------------------- DALLAS 23 18 32 25 - 98 MINNESOTA 34 24 19 23 - 100 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Dallas - 2 (D Nowitzki, 9:10 2nd; S Nash, 4:07 4th). Minnesota - 5 (Defensive Three, 2:12 2nd; M Jackson, 9:10 2nd; K Garnett, 4:39 3rd; W Szczerbiak, 4:16 4th; G Trent, 6:01 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,145. T: 2:17. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Michael Smith, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

DALLAS (98) AT MINNESOTA (100) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R BELL F 15 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 D NOWITZKI F 43 11-21 6-7 1 6 7 3 2 2 3 34 R LAFRENTZ C 16 4-5 0-0 0 4 4 0 6 1 0 9 M FINLEY G 41 7-19 3-3 0 4 4 6 2 0 2 21 S NASH G 34 5-12 3-4 1 3 4 8 2 2 3 14 S BRADLEY 15 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 N VAN EXEL 31 4-11 0-3 0 2 2 5 0 3 3 9 W WILLIAMS 9 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 A GRIFFIN 10 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 E NAJERA 11 1-2 1-2 1 3 4 1 4 0 1 3 E ESCHMEYER 10 0-3 0-0 3 0 3 3 4 0 0 0 A RIGAUDEAU 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 TOTALS 240 36-82 13-19 6 27 33 27 24 10 14 98 (.439) (.684) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14 (23 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 36 8-11 2-2 2 6 8 3 4 1 3 21 K GARNETT F 44 10-26 6-10 3 9 12 7 1 1 4 26 R NESTEROVIC C 34 6-8 3-4 4 5 9 1 3 0 2 15 A PEELER G 35 4-9 0-0 0 8 8 3 4 1 1 10 T HUDSON G 38 1-9 5-5 1 3 4 12 3 0 4 7 K GILL 19 4-7 0-1 1 4 5 1 4 0 3 8 I RAKOCEVIC 10 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 M JACKSON 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 G TRENT 17 4-7 1-2 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 9 R STRICKLAND DNP - STRAINED LEFT GROIN J SMITH DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE L WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-79 19-26 12 38 50 29 22 4 19 100 (.481) (.731) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 21 (10 PTS) DALLAS 23 18 32 25 - 98 MINNESOTA 34 24 19 23 - 100 BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - S BRADLEY, A GRIFFIN, E ESCHMEYER, D NOWITZKI. MINNESOTA - R NESTEROVIC 3, K GARNETT, W SZCZERBIAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 13-25 (.520), D NOWITZKI 6-8, R LAFRENTZ 1- 2, M FINLEY 4-8, S NASH 1-2, N VAN EXEL 1-4, W WILLIAMS 0-1. MINNESOTA 5- 16 (.313), W SZCZERBIAK 3-4, A PEELER 2-5, T HUDSON 0-4, K GILL 0- 1, I RAKOCEVIC 0-1, G TRENT 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: DALLAS - D NOWITZKI, S NASH. MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE, M JACKSON, K GARNETT, W SZCZERBIAK, G TRENT. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, MICHAEL SMITH, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 15,145. T - 2:17.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves kicked off the second half with one of their most exciting wins of the season. Wally Szczerbiak hit a fallaway jumper from the left wing at the buzzer, lifting the Timberwolves to a 100-98 victory over the league-leading Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks rallied from a 19-point deficit and led by as many as four in the fourth quarter, but Szczerbiak rescued the Timberwolves, who won for the ninth time in 11 games. "It was a nice cap to a nice win for us," he said. "It was big to come off the break and keep the ball rolling. We played very well, and we didn't miss a beat." With the contest tied 98-98, Minnesota's Kevin Garnett missed a turnaround jumper with 16 seconds left. Steve Nash grabbed the rebound and raced up court without calling a timeout. But Michael Finley, who scored all 21 of his points in the second half, shot too soon, giving the Timberwolves plenty of time for their final possession. Finley's 3-pointer from the right corner hit the rim and bounced over the backboard. "We definitely wanted to call timeout," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "We wanted to look for an easy shot or a layup. We made a bad decision. Even if made that shot, they have a chance to tie it. I'd like to have a radio headset to communicate with them during the game, but you can't. Finley feels bad about the situation." Garnett scored 26 points and Szczerbiak added 21 for Minnesota, which opened a 58-39 lead with 15 seconds left in the first half. "They played a lot better than us for a long time," Nash said. "We fought back, didn't get any bounces down the stretch. You can't fall that far behind and expect to win. We felt terrible about the way we played in the first half." Dallas took a 92-88 lead when Nash made a technical free throw with 4:16 left. Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 34 points, hit a 21-footer to make it 98-95 with 1:33 left. Garnett answered with a three-point play with 1:17 left, the final scoring until Szczerbiak's buzzer-beater. After calling a timeout to get possession at midcourt, the Timberwolves got the ball to Garnett, who had it knocked out of his hands by Eduardo Najera with 1.6 seconds left. This time, Minnesota got the ball underneath its basket and Anthony Peeler inbounded to Szczerbiak, who swished a 17-footer for the win. "We haven't run that play all year," Szczerbiak said. "That's a play he (coach Flip Saunders) pulled out of his back pocket. It was designed for Kevin to go for a lob from the corner, and for me to get a screen." "The last time we called this play was when 'Googs' (Tom Gugliotta) hit a winner against Houston about five or six years ago," Saunders added. "We call the play 'New York'. It seems only fitting two guys from New York made that shot." Rasho Nesterovic added 15 points and Peeler contributed 10 for the Timberwolves, who survived the Mavericks' long-range assault. Dallas made 13-of-25 3-pointers, including six by Nowitzki and four by Finley. Minnesota, which shot 48 percent overall (38-of-79), also overcame 19 turnovers. Dallas shot 44 percent (36-of-82) and turned the ball over 14 times. The Timberwolves came out hot, opening a 34-23 lead after the first quarter and building their advantage to 58-41 at the intermission. Dallas outscored Minnesota, 31-29, in the third quarter to close within 77-73 entering the final period. The Mavericks took their first lead since early in the first quarter, 89-88, on Nowitzki's jumper with 5:04 to go. The Mavericks have dropped two straight. Prior to the All-Star break, they suffered a 110-109 setback to the Sacramento Kings. Dallas is just 7-6 in its last 13 contests after a 31-5 start. "It's important to win games against good teams from the Western Conference," Nowitzki said. "It's nice that we can beat Cleveland twice, but we need to beat the good teams in our conference."


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