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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     CLEVELAND        26   26   21   20    93   
     DALLAS           28   25   33   28    114     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 30, SMUSH PARKER 16, 
                      CARLOS BOOZER 12
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 28, STEVE NASH 21, MICHAEL
                      FINLEY 21

Box Score

CLEVELAND (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Boozer 25 5-6 2-2 2-5 2 1 12 D Miles 29 3-11 1-2 0-5 2 2 7 Z Ilgauskas 34 8-16 14-16 8-13 3 4 30 M Palacio 32 3-8 0-0 1-3 5 5 6 R Davis 39 4-14 1-4 2-10 4 2 11 W Parker 21 5-11 4-4 0-1 4 3 16 D Diop 14 1-1 0-2 3-5 0 1 2 J Jones 20 0-8 1-2 0-6 2 0 1 C Mihm 18 4-10 0-0 2-4 1 4 8 M Stewart 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 D Wagner DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-87 23-32 18-52 23 24 93 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.379, FT-.719. 3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (Z Ilgauskas 0-1, R Davis 2-7, W Parker 2-5, J Jones 0-6, C Mihm 0-1). Team Rebounds: 14. Blocked Shots:3 (M Stewart, D Miles, D Diop). Turnovers:19 (R Davis 6, M Palacio 3, W Parker 3, Z Ilgauskas 2, D Diop 2, J Jones, C Mihm, D Miles). Steals: 9 (J Jones 3, W Parker 2, Z Ilgauskas, C Boozer, D Diop, R Davis). DALLAS (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Finley 24 8-12 5-5 1-2 3 1 21 D Nowitzki 32 8-14 10-12 1-8 4 2 28 R LaFrentz 23 4-9 0-0 0-3 3 3 10 R Bell 22 1-2 0-0 2-4 1 4 3 S Nash 30 8-16 3-5 0-2 6 2 21 P Jones 13 1-3 1-2 0-3 0 4 3 N Van Exel 24 3-6 0-0 0-1 5 0 7 A Griffin 15 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 0 2 E Najera 23 3-4 1-2 1-2 0 2 7 W Williams 14 2-6 1-2 1-3 2 2 6 T Abdul-Wahad 12 1-4 0-0 0-2 2 2 2 S Bradley 8 1-1 2-2 0-3 1 2 4 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-80 23-30 6-36 27 24 114 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 9-17, .529 (D Nowitzki 2-4, R LaFrentz 2-3, R Bell 1-1, S Nash 2-4, N Van Exel 1-1, W Williams 1-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:9 (E Najera 3, S Bradley 2, D Nowitzki 2, W Williams, R LaFrentz). Turnovers:13 (N Van Exel 2, S Nash 2, E Najera 2, D Nowitzki 2, W Williams, R Bell, A Griffin, T Abdul-Wahad, P Jones). Steals: 13 (E Najera 3, D Nowitzki 3, W Williams 2, S Bradley, N Van Exel, S Nash, A Griffin, R LaFrentz). ------------------------------------------- CLEVELAND 26 26 21 20 - 93 DALLAS 28 25 33 28 - 114 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Cleveland - 1 (COACH Smart, 1:56 3rd). Dallas - 1 (COACH Nelson 2 (ejected), 2:48 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,952. T: 2:08. Officials: Bill Spooner, Eddie F. Rush, Jason Phillips.


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (93) AT DALLAS (114) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BOOZER F 25 5-6 2-2 2 3 5 2 1 1 0 12 D MILES F 29 3-11 1-2 0 5 5 2 2 0 1 7 Z ILGAUSKAS C 34 8-16 14-16 8 5 13 3 4 1 2 30 M PALACIO G 32 3-8 0-0 1 2 3 5 5 0 3 6 R DAVIS G 39 4-14 1-4 2 8 10 4 2 1 6 11 W PARKER 21 5-11 4-4 0 1 1 4 3 2 3 16 D DIOP 14 1-1 0-2 3 2 5 0 1 1 2 2 J JONES 20 0-8 1-2 0 6 6 2 0 3 1 1 C MIHM 18 4-10 0-0 2 2 4 1 4 0 1 8 M STEWART 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 D WAGNER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE TOTALS 240 33-87 23-32 18 34 52 23 24 9 19 93 (.379) (.719) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 19 (18 PTS) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M FINLEY F 24 8-12 5-5 1 1 2 3 1 0 0 21 D NOWITZKI F 32 8-14 10-12 1 7 8 4 2 3 2 28 R LAFRENTZ C 23 4-9 0-0 0 3 3 3 3 1 0 10 R BELL G 22 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 1 4 0 1 3 S NASH G 30 8-16 3-5 0 2 2 6 2 1 2 21 P JONES 13 1-3 1-2 0 3 3 0 4 0 1 3 N VAN EXEL 24 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 5 0 1 2 7 A GRIFFIN 15 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 2 E NAJERA 23 3-4 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 3 2 7 W WILLIAMS 14 2-6 1-2 1 2 3 2 2 2 1 6 T ABDUL-WAHAD 12 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 2 S BRADLEY 8 1-1 2-2 0 3 3 1 2 1 0 4 TOTALS 240 41-80 23-30 6 30 36 27 24 13 13 114 (.513) (.767) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13 (17 PTS) CLEVELAND 26 26 21 20 - 93 DALLAS 28 25 33 28 - 114 BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - M STEWART, D MILES, D DIOP. DALLAS - E NAJERA 3, S BRADLEY 2, D NOWITZKI 2, W WILLIAMS, R LAFRENTZ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 4-20 (.200), Z ILGAUSKAS 0-1, R DAVIS 2- 7, W PARKER 2-5, J JONES 0-6, C MIHM 0-1. DALLAS 9-17 (.529), D NOWITZKI 2- 4, R LAFRENTZ 2-3, R BELL 1-1, S NASH 2-4, N VAN EXEL 1-1, W WILLIAMS 1- 4. TECHNICAL FOULS: CLEVELAND - COACH SMART. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, EDDIE F. RUSH, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 19,952. T - 2:08.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Even without their coach and star shooting guard for the entire second half, the Dallas Mavericks were way too much for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Mavericks shook off the ejection of Don Nelson and an injury to Michael Finley, riding a big third quarter from Steve Nash to a 114-93 victory over the Cavaliers, who returned to their losing ways. After a competitive first half, the second was everything you would expect from a matchup of the NBA's best and worst teams. Dallas (51-16) is on the verge of clinching a playoff berth, while Cleveland (12-55) has lost eight of its last nine games. "To go against a team of this caliber, you have to play 48 minutes," Cavaliers coach Keith Smart said. "We played very good basketball in the first half but didn't make a lot of shots in the second. Nelson was ejected with 2:48 left in the first half for arguing a three-second call with referee Bill Spooner. His son, assistant Donn Nelson, ran the club thereafter. "We needed a wake-up call and Nellie gave it to us," Donn Nelson said. "For whatever reason, we started out sluggish and we kind of needed a kick in the pants." Finley played the entire first half, scoring 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. But he tweaked his left hamstring at some point and did not play after halftime. Nash scored just one point in the first half, which ended with Dallas holding a 53-52 lead. But the All-Star point guard erupted for 18 points in the third quarter, when the Mavs pulled away. "It was a poor first half," Nash said. "We needed to win the game and we needed to be more assertive and take things over, especially without Mike. I wanted to put pressure on the defense and make plays for my team." "Stevie has just been a monster player for us as of late," the younger Nelson said. "I think he sensed with Nellie being out, and like great players do, he stepped up to the plate." Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and Nash added 21 for Dallas, which moved 3 1/2 games ahead of San Antonio atop the Midwest Division. The teams play Thursday in Dallas and again on the final day of the season in San Antonio. "We wanted to take care of business tonight and really had to step it up when Mike went out," Nowitzki said. "But we were able to hit some shots in the second half and picked up the pace." "We can't worry about if they (Spurs) lose," Nash said. "We have to assume that they're going to win every game and we have to win every game." Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 30 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland, which was coming off Sunday's 27-point rout of Utah but have yet to win consecutive games this season. "The whole season has been frustrating, but we have a young team," Ilgauskas said. "Obviously, we're going to make some mistakes." In the first half, it was Dallas making the mistakes. The Mavs committed an uncharacteristic eight turnovers and were fortunate to hold the lead. "We were just throwing it away left and right," Nowitzki said. "We just had to take care of the ball better, and we did." Nash scored 10 points in the first seven minutes of the third quarter, helping push the lead to seven points. "Steve did it again," Mavs guard Nick Van Exel said. "He picked up the tempo in the third quarter and put us on his back." Eight of Nash's points came in an 18-8 surge that pushed the lead to 90-73 with 10:54 remaining. Shawn Bradley capped it by converting a lob pass from Van Exel into an easy layup. Cleveland got no closer than 14 points thereafter. Raef LaFrentz scored 10 points for Dallas, which shot 51 percent (41-of-80), including 9-of-17 from 3-point range. The Mavs are 7-1 when Nowitzki, Nash and Finley all score at least 20 points. Smush Parker scored 16 points and fellow rookie Carlos Boozer added 12 for Cleveland, which shot under 38 percent (33-of-87), including 4-of-20 from the arc. The Cavs held a 52-36 advantage on the glass but still have lost their last five meetings with the Mavs. Cavs guard Ricky Davis, who took a shot at Utah's basket in the closing seconds Sunday in a failed effort to complete a triple-double, had 11 points and 10 rebounds.


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