Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/9

Game 1: Thursday, December 9th
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Mavericks102
Game 2: Sunday, February 13th
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 13th
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Game 4: Tuesday, April 19th
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SuperSonics 96

(52-29, 26-14 away)

Mavericks 101

(57-24, 29-12 home)

    7:30 PM ET, April 19, 2005

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 14 18 38 2696
    DAL 23 28 23 27101

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Lewis 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Stl

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 21 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Dirk eclipses 2,000-point season

    DALLAS (AP) -- In last year's playoffs, Marquis Daniels was a rookie starter for the Dallas Mavericks. Going into this postseason, he's nearly at the end of the bench.

    Daniels reminded new coach Avery Johnson to keep him in mind for the playoff rotation by scoring nine points and handing out a season-best nine assists, sparking Dallas past the Seattle SuperSonics 101-96 Tuesday night. It was a milestone-filled home finale that was almost ruined by a third-quarter collapse.

    After letting a 21-point lead turn into a one-point deficit in about an 8-minute span during the third quarter, Daniels and Shawn Bradley helped the Mavs recover to win their eighth straight game and 15th of 17 since Johnson replaced Don Nelson as coach last month.

    The win was their 57th, tying the second-best total in team history, and it gave them a nine-game home winning streak heading take into the playoffs. The Mavericls will open the postseason on Saturday, at home, against Houston.

    Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 21 points, giving him a career-best 2,016 for the season.

    With starting point guard Jason Terry getting the night off to rest, Daniels had more chances to run the offense and responded with what Johnson called "a huge effort." As a team, Dallas tied its season-best with 32 assists.

    "I'm just trying to be ready whenever," said Daniels, lost in the shuffle at point guard behind Terry and rookie Devin Harris and left out at the two swing spots because of Michael Finley, Josh Howard, Jerry Stackhouse and Keith Van Horn.

    "You always want to play more, but we're winning. I just want to keep helping the team."

    Asked if he was going to remind Johnson about his performance in last year's playoffs, when the coach wasn't with the club, Daniels smiled and said, "I think they've got film in there."

    Bradley has also made a bid for postseason minutes lately and he may be needed against 7-foot-5 Yao Ming. Against Seattle's much smaller frontline, Bradley made his first five shots, including a hook that restored Dallas' lead. He finished with 12 points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes.

    "I'm just playing hard," he said. "Everyone is. Everyone is focused on trying to contribute in a positive way."

    Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis each had 21 points for Seattle, most coming during a 14-0 run midway through the wild third quarter. Luke Ridnour scored all 15 of his points in the second half, but it wasn't enough to keep the Sonics from taking a 4-9 skid into their finale in Houston on Wednesday night. They'll open the playoffs Saturday night against Sacramento.

    Seattle came in having won two straight, and they were important ones -- clinching the Northwest Division title, then homecourt advantage in the first round. Some bad information had players thinking they might have an easy shot at three in a row.

    "We had heard they weren't going to play their big guys," center Jerome James said, "but Avery Johnson did just the opposite."

    Seattle coach Nate McMillan said there was another misunderstanding.

    "I didn't say to take the night off. I said I was going to cut some guys' minutes," he said.

    The Sonics trailed 47-27 before halftime and were down 53-32 early in the third quarter. Then Lewis and Allen got rolling, getting Seattle within four.

    After trading baskets, the Sonics went ahead 64-63 on a steal and a layup by Reggie Evans. It was short-lived, though, as Bradley immediately answered then Daniels made a short jumper in transition. Seattle was within one again until Harris made a 3 at the third-quarter buzzer.

    Nowitzki topped his previous best of 2,011 points. He and Mark Aguirre are the only players in franchise history to top 2,000; Nowitzki has done it twice, while Aguirre did it three times, including a franchise-record 2,330 in 1983-84 when he led the NBA in scoring.

    Darrell Armstrong started in place of Terry and had two points, four steals and an assist in 18 minutes.

    Game notes


    Lewis had a four-point play during the third-quarter rally. ... Although the Mavs are the West's fourth seed, they have a chance at homecourt advantage in the NBA Finals, should they get that far. If Miami -- which had 58 wins to Dallas' 57 -- loses at Orlando on Wednesday night and Dallas wins at Memphis, the Mavericks would have the edge because they won both head-to-head meetings.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SEA
    DAL
    Points 96 101
    FGM-FGA 33-73 (.452) 40-79 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 10-21 (.476) 4-11 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 20-26 (.769) 17-24 (.708)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-41 13-38
    Assists 14 32
    Turnovers 17 13
    Steals 11 10
    Blocks 6 4
    Fast Break Points 11 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 19 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 5 21

    Top Performers

    Seattle
    Dallas
    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 21
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 21
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1