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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        29   19   20   20    88   
     DALLAS           26   18   25   23    92      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 28, SAM CASSELL 18, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 14
                DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 25, STEVE NASH 17, JOSH 
                      HOWARD 15

Box Score

MINNESOTA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 39 6-17 2-2 1-7 3 1 14 K Garnett 40 11-20 5-6 9-20 4 4 28 M Olowokandi 31 5-11 0-0 1-7 1 2 10 S Cassell 38 8-14 1-1 1-6 7 4 18 T Hassell 31 3-7 1-3 0-3 4 4 7 G Trent 24 1-7 0-0 0-4 2 3 2 F Hoiberg 24 2-7 0-0 0-4 1 4 5 K Mcleod 10 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Q Lewis 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Madsen DNP - BACK SPASMS N Ebi DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-86 9-12 12-52 22 24 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (L Sprewell 0-5, K Garnett 1-1, S Cassell 1-4, F Hoiberg 1-6). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:9 (M Olowokandi 4, K Garnett 2, G Trent, Q Lewis, F Hoiberg). Turnovers:16 (K Garnett 6, L Sprewell 5, Q Lewis 2, G Trent, M Olowokandi, S Cassell). Steals: 6 (L Sprewell 4, S Cassell 2). DALLAS (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Finley 44 8-23 4-5 3-8 1 0 25 A Walker 38 4-18 0-4 2-10 3 3 8 S Bradley 16 2-3 0-0 2-3 0 0 4 T Delk 13 2-3 0-0 0-3 0 1 4 S Nash 33 4-18 9-9 1-2 3 3 17 E Najera 23 1-5 1-2 6-9 1 3 3 T Best 15 1-5 0-0 2-5 2 2 2 A Jamison 33 6-13 2-2 6-13 1 3 14 J Howard 25 6-11 2-5 4-7 2 2 15 D Fortson DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE M Daniels DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Nowitzki DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-99 18-27 26-60 13 17 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.343, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 6-24, .250 (M Finley 5-12, A Walker 0-3, T Delk 0-1, S Nash 0-5, T Best 0-2, J Howard 1-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (A Jamison, E Najera, J Howard, M Finley). Turnovers:10 (S Nash 3, A Jamison 2, E Najera 2, T Best, A Walker, M Finley). Steals: 6 (J Howard 3, M Finley 2, A Jamison). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 29 19 20 20 - 88 DALLAS 26 18 25 23 - 92 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 1 (Defensive Three, 5:48 1st). Dallas - 1 (Defensive Three, 11:06 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,089. T: 2:10. Officials: Michael Smith, Ted Bernhardt, Tim Donaghy.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (88) AT DALLAS (92) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 39 6-17 2-2 1 6 7 3 1 4 5 14 K GARNETT F 40 11-20 5-6 9 11 20 4 4 0 6 28 M OLOWOKANDI C 31 5-11 0-0 1 6 7 1 2 0 1 10 S CASSELL G 38 8-14 1-1 1 5 6 7 4 2 1 18 T HASSELL G 31 3-7 1-3 0 3 3 4 4 0 0 7 G TRENT 24 1-7 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 0 1 2 F HOIBERG 24 2-7 0-0 0 4 4 1 4 0 0 5 K MCLEOD 10 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 Q LEWIS 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION M MADSEN DNP - BACK SPASMS N EBI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-86 9-12 12 40 52 22 24 6 16 88 (.442) (.750) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16 (15 PTS) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M FINLEY F 44 8-23 4-5 3 5 8 1 0 2 1 25 A WALKER F 38 4-18 0-4 2 8 10 3 3 0 1 8 S BRADLEY C 16 2-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 T DELK G 13 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 4 S NASH G 33 4-18 9-9 1 1 2 3 3 0 3 17 E NAJERA 23 1-5 1-2 6 3 9 1 3 0 2 3 T BEST 15 1-5 0-0 2 3 5 2 2 0 1 2 A JAMISON 33 6-13 2-2 6 7 13 1 3 1 2 14 J HOWARD 25 6-11 2-5 4 3 7 2 2 3 0 15 D FORTSON DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE M DANIELS DNP - COACH'S DECISION D NOWITZKI DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE TOTALS 240 34-99 18-27 26 34 60 13 17 6 10 92 (.343) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10 (8 PTS) MINNESOTA 29 19 20 20 - 88 DALLAS 26 18 25 23 - 92 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - M OLOWOKANDI 4, K GARNETT 2, G TRENT, Q LEWIS, F HOIBERG. DALLAS - A JAMISON, E NAJERA, J HOWARD, M FINLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-16 (.188), L SPREWELL 0-5, K GARNETT 1- 1, S CASSELL 1-4, F HOIBERG 1-6. DALLAS 6-24 (.250), M FINLEY 5-12, A WALKER 0-3, T DELK 0-1, S NASH 0-5, T BEST 0-2, J HOWARD 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE. DALLAS - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MICHAEL SMITH, TED BERNHARDT, TIM DONAGHY. A - 20,089. T - 2:10.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks found a way to win without Dirk Nowitzki. Michael Finley scored 25 points and rookie Josh Howard had 10 of his season-high 15 in the third quarter as the Mavericks overcame horrendous shooting to rally for a 92-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Dallas has played its last two games without Nowitzki, who is sidelined with a sprained ankle. After losing two in a row without their star forward, the Mavericks finally got a win, despite another shaky effort. "(Nowitzki) makes it easy," Dallas forward Antawn Jamison said. "He brings that sense of comfort that we're so used to having. When he's gone, there is a sense of urgency that everybody has to step up. It's good that we're finding ways to win without him because you never know what could happen." Dallas missed 14 of its first 17 shots and finished at just 34 percent (34-of-99) from the floor, including 6-of-24 from 3-point range. Finley was 8-of-23 while Antoine Walker and Steve Nash each was 4-of-18. The Mavericks lost center Shawn Bradley to illness at halftime and played its second straight game without forward Danny Fortson, who is serving an NBA suspension for a flagrant foul against Phoenix forward forward Zarko Cabarkapa. "That was certainly the best win of the year," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "We were between a rock and a hard place, especially when Shawn went down. We were lucky because I don't know how you win a game shooting 34 percent." The Mavericks also started the second half poorly, making just two of their first 12 shots, and the Timberwolves had a 64-52 cushion with 4:46 remaining. Dallas closed the period with a 17-4 run, highlighted by seven points from Howard. "I just go out there and try to do what I can do," Howard said. "Whatever is given to me, I'm going to take it." "Josh Howard had a lot to do with winning this game," Nelson added. "We are seeing his maturity as the season goes on. He is making a statement that he is a player." Finley hit a tying jumper with 42 seconds left and Howard made 1-of-2 free throws with three seconds to go, giving the Mavericks their first lead since the opening minutes, 69-68. "We were in control and we let the game go," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "We were playing the right way and we got away from what were doing, and all of a sudden the other team goes on a run. You can't say you are going to take a three-minute rest and see what happens." Minnesota never reclaimed the lead and Dallas had its largest edge at 79-71 on a jumper by Finley with 7:32 remaining. The Timberwolves scored 10 of the next 12 points to tie it, but Jamison put the Mavericks ahead for good on a jumper with 2:47 remaining. Jamison had 14 points and a season-high 13 rebounds and Nash finished with 17 points for the Mavericks, who had a season-high 60 boards, including 26 on the offensive end. Kevin Garnett had 28 points and 20 rebounds and Sam Cassell added 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Minnesota, which has lost three of four following a three-game winning streak. Garnett missed a chance to tie it with 2:22 left, splitting two free throws. Finley buried a jumper and Dallas made 4-of-6 free throws before Walker sealed the win with five seconds to play, sinking a leaner for a 90-85 edge.


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