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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      DALLAS           28   22   21   26    97   
      MINNESOTA        28   18   18   23    87      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 34, JOSH HOWARD 13, JERRY 
                      STACKHOUSE 12
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 32, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 18, 
                      EDDIE GRIFFIN 14

HIGH REBOUND:   DAL - ALAN HENDERSON 15, JOSH HOWARD 12, ERICK
                      DAMPIER 11
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, EDDIE GRIFFIN 7, MARK 
                      MADSEN 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   DAL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 6, JERRY STACKHOUSE 4,
                      JASON TERRY 4
                MIN - SAM CASSELL 5, KEVIN GARNETT 5, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 4

         ATT:   16,235

Box Score

DALLAS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Henderson 31 5-11 1-1 9-15 0 3 11 D Nowitzki 44 13-26 6-8 2-7 1 3 34 E Dampier 37 4-10 3-4 5-11 0 2 11 J Howard 44 4-14 3-3 6-12 3 1 13 D Armstrong 25 2-7 0-0 1-3 6 3 5 J Terry 25 4-9 2-2 1-3 4 3 11 J Stackhouse 28 3-12 6-8 0-2 4 0 12 S Bradley 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 C Booth DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Harris DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Daniels DNP - SORE LEFT ANKLE D Mbenga DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-90 21-26 24-54 18 15 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.389, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (D Nowitzki 2-6, J Howard 2-4, D Armstrong 1-3, J Terry 1-4, J Stackhouse 0-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:5 (A Henderson, S Bradley, E Dampier, J Terry, J Howard). Turnovers:12 (E Dampier 3, J Howard 3, A Henderson 2, D Armstrong, D Nowitzki, J Terry, J Stackhouse). Steals: 6 (D Armstrong 2, J Howard 2, A Henderson, D Nowitzki). MINNESOTA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 40 7-16 2-2 1-3 4 4 18 K Garnett 41 12-19 8-8 2-12 5 5 32 M Madsen 20 0-0 0-0 2-6 2 3 0 T Hassell 39 4-8 0-0 0-2 2 5 8 S Cassell 30 3-13 2-2 0-0 5 2 8 M Olowokandi 11 0-3 0-0 1-2 2 1 0 T Hudson 18 3-7 0-0 0-0 3 0 7 F Hoiberg 17 0-3 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 E Griffin 23 5-8 1-2 1-7 0 3 14 A Carter 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Sprewell DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 13-14 8-35 23 25 87 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.929. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (W Szczerbiak 2-3, S Cassell 0-2, T Hudson 1-2, F Hoiberg 0-1, E Griffin 3-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (E Griffin 2, K Garnett, M Madsen). Turnovers:15 (S Cassell 4, K Garnett 4, W Szczerbiak 3, E Griffin 2, T Hudson, M Madsen). Steals: 6 (K Garnett 2, S Cassell, T Hudson, T Hassell, E Griffin). ------------------------------------------- DALLAS 28 22 21 26 - 97 MINNESOTA 28 18 18 23 - 87 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Dallas - 1 (COACH Nelson 2 (ejected), 10:27 1st). Minnesota - 1 (COACH Saunders, 9:19 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,235. T: 2:10. Officials: Gary Zielinski, Joe Crawford, Ron Olesiak.


Extended Box

DALLAS (97) AT MINNESOTA (87) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A HENDERSON G 31 5-11 1-1 9 6 15 0 3 1 2 11 D NOWITZKI F 44 13-26 6-8 2 5 7 1 3 1 1 34 E DAMPIER C 37 4-10 3-4 5 6 11 0 2 0 3 11 J HOWARD F 44 4-14 3-3 6 6 12 3 1 2 3 13 D ARMSTRONG G 25 2-7 0-0 1 2 3 6 3 2 1 5 J TERRY 25 4-9 2-2 1 2 3 4 3 0 1 11 J STACKHOUSE 28 3-12 6-8 0 2 2 4 0 0 1 12 S BRADLEY 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 C BOOTH DNP - COACH'S DECISION D HARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION M DANIELS DNP - SORE LEFT ANKLE D MBENGA DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-90 21-26 24 30 54 18 15 6 12 97 (.389) (.808) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12 (13 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 40 7-16 2-2 1 2 3 4 4 0 3 18 K GARNETT F 41 12-19 8-8 2 10 12 5 5 2 4 32 M MADSEN C 20 0-0 0-0 2 4 6 2 3 0 1 0 T HASSELL G 39 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 2 5 1 0 8 S CASSELL G 30 3-13 2-2 0 0 0 5 2 1 4 8 M OLOWOKANDI 11 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 T HUDSON 18 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 7 F HOIBERG 17 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 E GRIFFIN 23 5-8 1-2 1 6 7 0 3 1 2 14 A CARTER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION L SPREWELL DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE TOTALS 240 34-77 13-14 8 27 35 23 25 6 15 87 (.442) (.929) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15 (20 PTS) DALLAS 28 22 21 26 - 97 MINNESOTA 28 18 18 23 - 87 BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - A HENDERSON, S BRADLEY, E DAMPIER, J TERRY, J HOWARD. MINNESOTA - E GRIFFIN 2, K GARNETT, M MADSEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 6-20 (.300), D NOWITZKI 2-6, J HOWARD 2- 4, D ARMSTRONG 1-3, J TERRY 1-4, J STACKHOUSE 0-3. MINNESOTA 6-13 (. 462), W SZCZERBIAK 2-3, S CASSELL 0-2, T HUDSON 1-2, F HOIBERG 0-1, E GRIFFIN 3-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: DALLAS - COACH NELSON 2 (EJECTED). MINNESOTA - COACH NELSON 2 (EJECTED), COACH SAUNDERS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GARY ZIELINSKI, JOE CRAWFORD, RON OLESIAK. A - 16,235. T - 2:10.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Dirk Nowitzki wasn't about to be shut down on consecutive nights. Nowitzki scored 23 of his 34 points in the second half as he lit up Kevin Garnett and led the Dallas Mavericks to a convincing 97-87 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who had a five-game winning streak snapped. The NBA's leading scorer at 27.4 points per game, Nowitzki was limited to 6-of-24 shooting by rangy Rasheed Wallace in Monday's loss to Detroit. In this one, he was matched up against Garnett, another of the league's top defensive power forwards. "Kevin's fun to play against," Nowitzki said. "He's so competitive. He's one of the best in the league." Nowitzki scored 11 points in the first half but came alive with 12 points in the third quarter, when Dallas took the lead for good. He finished 13-of-26 from the field. "I wasn't missing a lot in warmups and that gave me confidence," Nowitzki said. "I had a good feeling about the whole game." "Dirk's playing well," Garnett said. "He's in a nice groove." In the final period, Nowitzki had a basket in a key 6-0 spurt that pushed the lead to double digits, then had a pair of hoops that let the Timberwolves know there would be no comeback. First, the 7-footer drained a long 3-pointer to give the Mavericks an 85-73 lead with 5:38 to go. After a basket by Garnett, Nowitzki drained a 15-footer while drawing a foul. His free throw made it 88-75 with 5:06 left, and Minnesota got no closer than eight points thereafter. "He hit some big shots. That's what he's been doing all year," Garnett said. "You can't really get near him. It makes it difficult to guard him sometimes." Garnett had 32 points and 12 rebounds but also encountered foul trouble, taking a seat early in the final period before returning midway through. Josh Howard had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Alan Henderson had 11 and 15 and Erick Dampier 11 and 11 for the Mavericks, who held a 54-35 advantage on the boards and scored a staggering 24 second-chance points. "They had three guys with double figures in rebounds?" asked Garnett. "It's hard (for us) to win a game like that." "You have to tip your hat to Alan Henderson," said Dallas assistant Avery Johnson, who took over the team after coach Don Nelson was ejected just 1:33 into the game. "Alan does so much for us. When he can guard the opponent's best scorer, that really frees Dirk up offensively." "I got some extra minutes tonight," said Henderson, one of two spot starters for the Mavericks. "I just tried to get my hands on (loose balls), get a tip, keep it alive." Recently acquired Darrell Armstrong started at point guard and had six points and six assists. Rookie Devin Harris, who had been starting, did not play. Wally Szczerbiak scored 18 points for the Timberwolves, who were without Latrell Sprewell. The swingman was suspended by the NBA for shouting obscenities at a female fan in Los Angeles on Saturday.


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