Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/5

Game 1: Monday, December 5th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 31st

Mavericks 102

(12-5, 6-3 away)

Bulls 94

(8-8, 4-3 home)

Coverage: FSSW

7:30 PM ET, December 5, 2005

United Center, Chicago, IL

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 22 31 26 23102
CHI 23 28 20 2394

Top Performers

Dal: D. Nowitzki 35 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

Chi: L. Deng 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Stl

Nowitzki scores season-high 35 as Mavs stop Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki tied his season high with 35 points as the Dallas Mavericks held off the Chicago Bulls 102-94 Monday night.

Nowitzki followed his 30-point game in Saturday's victory over New Orleans by hitting 14 of 28 shots.

Devin Harris finished with 13 points, a career-high 10 assists and tied a career best with five steals. Marquis Daniels added 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Adrian Griffin -- starting his second game at small forward for the injured Josh Howard -- delivered season highs with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Both teams lost starting guards to injuries.

Dallas' Jason Terry sat out the second half with a sore right hamstring, after missing all three of his shots and scoring two points.

The Bulls lost Kirk Hinrich to a concussion about 3 minutes into the game, when he took an elbow to the face from a driving Nowitzki. Hinrich, who had rotated to the block, stayed down for several minutes before being helped to the locker room. He was third on the team with 13.5 points per game and the leader in assists at 7.1 entering Monday's game.

Ben Gordon scored 26 points and Luol Deng had another strong game, scoring 25 on 10-for-15 shooting. He scored 28 in a victory Friday at Boston and 18 in a loss to Detroit the following night.

Center Tyson Chandler -- bothered lately by a respiratory problem he said is causing fatigue -- had two points and seven rebounds. He is taking medication and is scheduled to have his lungs re-examined on Thursday.

Dallas held a 46-30 rebounding edge while handing the Bulls their third loss in four games.

After Darius Songaila's free throw pulled the Bulls within three with 45 seconds left, Harris missed on a drive, but a free throw by DaSagana Diop increased Dallas' lead to 98-94 with 25 seconds remaining.

Songaila (13 points) missed a 3-pointer, and Nowitzki grabbed the rebound and hit both foul shots to make it 100-94.

With a 72-71 lead, Dallas scored the final seven points of the third quarter. Keith Van Horn followed Harris' basket with a 3, and Darrell Armstrong blocked Eric Piatkowski's fast-break layup from behind, leading to a jumper by Daniels that made it 79-71 with 2.5 seconds left.

Dallas' lead grew to 86-76 on Nowitzki's 3 4:40 into the fourth, but the Bulls didn't go away.

Back-to-back 3s by Andres Nocioni and Chris Duhon cut the Mavericks' lead to 90-89 with about 4:30 left in the game, but Dallas hung on for its 14th win in 15 games against the Bulls.

Game notes

Howard missed his fifth game with a sprained right ankle. "He's doing some light shooting, moving around better, a lot of pool work," coach Avery Johnson said. "He's looking good. It's just a matter of when we can get him back out on the practice court and him having the confidence to shift, cut, push off. He had a pretty bad sprain, but he's doing really well. He's ahead of schedule." ... The Bulls will retire Scottie Pippen's number 33 at halftime of Friday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The Bulls wore the uniforms of the Chicago Stags, an NBA team from 1946 to 1950.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 102 94
FGM-FGA 39-81 (.481) 34-74 (.459)
3PM-3PA 4-12 (.333) 9-23 (.391)
FTM-FTA 20-25 (.800) 17-23 (.739)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-46 8-30
Assists 29 18
Turnovers 16 15
Steals 12 9
Blocks 5 4
Fast Break Points 13 6
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
Largest Lead 10 5

Top Performers

Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
Points: 35
Reb: 6
Ast: 1
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Luol Deng Deng
Points: 25
Reb: 5
Ast: 0
Stl: 3
Blk: 0