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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DALLAS           20   16   30   25    91   
     MIAMI            21   23   22   23    89      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DAL - STEVE NASH 22, DIRK NOWITZKI 21, MICHAEL
                      FINLEY 15
                MIA - MIKE JAMES 20, RASUAL BUTLER 20, CARON 
                      BUTLER 16

HIGH REBOUND:   DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 11, DIRK NOWITZKI 10, 
                      SHAWN BRADLEY 9
                MIA - BRIAN GRANT 10, MALIK ALLEN 10, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   DAL - STEVE NASH 5, DIRK NOWITZKI 4, MICHAEL 
                      FINLEY 4
                MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 4, MIKE JAMES 3, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   16,500

Box Score

DALLAS (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Finley 41 6-17 0-0 2-11 4 1 15 D Nowitzki 41 8-22 3-3 3-10 4 3 21 R LaFrentz 27 5-9 0-0 3-3 0 2 10 S Nash 33 5-11 11-12 1-4 5 2 22 R Bell 13 1-3 1-2 1-1 0 2 3 E Najera 32 1-6 0-0 4-8 3 3 2 N Van Exel 12 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 0 3 A Griffin 14 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 3 2 S Bradley 22 6-8 1-1 3-9 0 3 13 E Eschmeyer 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 A Johnson 3 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 W Williams DNP - SPRAINED LEFT INDEX FINGE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-87 16-18 18-49 17 19 91 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.391, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (M Finley 3-7, D Nowitzki 2-6, S Nash 1-2, N Van Exel 1-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:3 (R LaFrentz 2, M Finley). Turnovers:10 (N Van Exel 3, S Nash 3, A Johnson, A Griffin, D Nowitzki, M Finley). Steals: 8 (E Najera 2, M Finley 2, S Bradley, S Nash, D Nowitzki, A Griffin). MIAMI (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 39 7-14 2-3 1-5 1 6 16 M Allen 35 4-11 3-4 4-10 0 4 11 B Grant 32 4-11 2-2 2-10 1 5 10 T Best 22 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 4 2 R Butler 39 9-17 1-1 1-5 2 0 20 M James 34 5-11 8-10 0-0 3 2 20 S Marks 12 2-3 1-1 0-3 0 0 5 V Stepania 17 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 A Carter 10 1-2 1-1 0-1 4 0 3 L Ellis DNP - COACH'S DECISION E House DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Lampley DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 18-22 9-37 13 23 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (C Butler 0-1, R Butler 1-3, M James 2-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:7 (R Butler 3, M Allen 2, B Grant, T Best). Turnovers:14 (C Butler 5, V Stepania 2, M Allen 2, B Grant, S Marks, R Butler, M James, T Best). Steals: 7 (M James 3, B Grant, R Butler, C Butler, V Stepania). ------------------------------------------- DALLAS 20 16 30 25 - 91 MIAMI 21 23 22 23 - 89 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Dallas - 2 (S Bradley, 4:29 2nd; COACH Nelson, 2:28 3rd). Miami - 1 (V Stepania, 8:09 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,500. T: 2:12. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Ken Mauer, Tony Brothers.


Extended Box

DALLAS (91) AT MIAMI (89) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M FINLEY F 41 6-17 0-0 2 9 11 4 1 2 1 15 D NOWITZKI F 41 8-22 3-3 3 7 10 4 3 1 1 21 R LAFRENTZ C 27 5-9 0-0 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 10 S NASH G 33 5-11 11-12 1 3 4 5 2 1 3 22 R BELL G 13 1-3 1-2 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 E NAJERA 32 1-6 0-0 4 4 8 3 3 2 0 2 N VAN EXEL 12 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 3 A GRIFFIN 14 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 1 1 2 S BRADLEY 22 6-8 1-1 3 6 9 0 3 1 0 13 E ESCHMEYER 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 A JOHNSON 3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 W WILLIAMS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT INDEX FINGE TOTALS 240 34-87 16-18 18 31 49 17 19 8 10 91 (.391) (.889) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11 (15 PTS) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BUTLER F 39 7-14 2-3 1 4 5 1 6 1 5 16 M ALLEN F 35 4-11 3-4 4 6 10 0 4 0 2 11 B GRANT C 32 4-11 2-2 2 8 10 1 5 1 1 10 T BEST G 22 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 1 2 R BUTLER G 39 9-17 1-1 1 4 5 2 0 1 1 20 M JAMES 34 5-11 8-10 0 0 0 3 2 3 1 20 S MARKS 12 2-3 1-1 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 5 V STEPANIA 17 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 2 A CARTER 10 1-2 1-1 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 3 L ELLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION E HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION S LAMPLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-76 18-22 9 28 37 13 23 7 14 89 (.447) (.818) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14 (14 PTS) DALLAS 20 16 30 25 - 91 MIAMI 21 23 22 23 - 89 BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - R LAFRENTZ 2, M FINLEY. MIAMI - R BUTLER 3, M ALLEN 2, B GRANT, T BEST. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 7-17 (.412), M FINLEY 3-7, D NOWITZKI 2- 6, S NASH 1-2, N VAN EXEL 1-2. MIAMI 3-7 (.429), C BUTLER 0-1, R BUTLER 1- 3, M JAMES 2-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: DALLAS - S BRADLEY, COACH NELSON. MIAMI - V STEPANIA. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, KEN MAUER, TONY BROTHERS. A - 16,500. T - 2:12.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Steve Nash held his ground and the Dallas Mavericks held on. Nash scored 22 points and made a couple of key defensive plays in the final seconds as the Mavericks edged the Heat, 91-89, for their third straight win. Nash scored six points in an 18-3 second-half surge that gave the Mavericks the lead for good. But the All-Star point guard made some of his biggest plays on defense. Dallas led by nine points with two minutes to play before Miami rallied within a bucket. The Heat had a chance to tie as rookie Caron Butler drove for a transition layup, but Nash stepped in and drew a charge with 11 seconds left. "I thought it was a charge," Nash said. "I don't know if my feet were 100 percent set, but he dropped the shoulder and was a little out of control." "I thought Steve had great position and (Butler's) a rookie, so it's a good call," Mavs forward Eduardo Najera said. The Heat thought otherwise but tempered their comments. "It was a huge call. It showed great courage (by referee Bernie Fryer)," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "I haven't seen it, but my argument was that (referee) Kenny Mauer had jumped out with a block call, very visibly called it. He was under the basket." "I saw the baseline official show block and I clapped my hands," Butler said. "The other guy overruled it from the top. I was disappointed. I was praying that he would change the call. It's just a real tough break." Mavs coach Don Nelson was not surprised Butler attacked the basket and did not call timeout. "You want to take the open court when you can," he said. "I thought Riley was right on that play. You want to push it up in that situation." Nash made two free throws less than a second later, giving Dallas a 90-86 lead. But Miami's Mike James was fouled shooting a 3-pointer, and his free throws made it a one-point game with 3.4 seconds left. Again Nash was fouled, but the 90 percent free-throw shooter split the pair, giving the Heat a chance to tie or win. Miami inbounded to 6-10 Malik Allen, a good shooter who tried to back in the 6-2 Nash. But the guard withstood Allen, whose 15-footer missed at the buzzer. "They ran a bunch of guys off each other and we switched everything," Nash said. "I kind of looked around and realized I had Allen. I just tried to keep him in front of me and make him take a tough shot over me. He kind of dribbled into me and I just stood him up. He didn't have a lot of time, but he got a good look and he almost made it." "I thought it was good. It felt good," Allen said. "Even when it rattled, I thought I would get a good bounce." Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Michael Finley added 15 and 11 for Dallas, which has won five of its last six meetings with Miami. James scored a career-high 20 points and rookie Rasual Butler also had 20 for the Heat, who have lost five of six. Miami controlled most of the first three quarters, holding a 44-36 halftime lead and a 66-58 advantage late in the third quarter. But Dallas scored the final eight points of the period to tie it as Nash had a pair of hoops. Anthony Carter opened the fourth quarter with a three-point play, but the Mavs ran off 10 in a row. Eduardo Najera tipped in a miss, Nowitzki drilled a 3-pointer, Shawn Bradley threw in a hook, Nowitzki made a free throw and Nash drove for a basket and a 76-69 lead with 7:26 left. "If we didn't go on that run, who knows what would have happened?" Nash said. A three-point play and jumper by Bradley made it 86-76 with 3:19 remaining. James sank three free throws before Bradley put home his own miss for an 88-79 bulge with two minutes to go. James had a driving three-point play, Brian Grant had two free throws and a block of Najera and Caron Butler scored on a fast break to cut the deficit to 88-86 with 1:02 to play. Bradley had 13 points and nine rebounds and Raef LaFrentz scored 10 points for the Mavs, who shot just 39 percent (34-of-87) but held a 49-37 edge on the boards. Nash made 11-of-12 free throws. "We knew it wasn't going to be an easy game, but someway, somehow, we knew we needed to come away with a win tonight," Nelson said. "We weren't the smartest team down the stretch by fouling on two 3-point shots. But we were able to execute enough to win the game." Caron Butler scored 16 points, Allen added 11 and 10 boards and Grant 10 and 10 for the Heat, who shot 45 percent (34-of-76) but fell to 4-30 when held below 90 points. "Guys showed their passion to win," Riley said. "They're not counting ping-pong balls."


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