Michael Finley and the young guns of Dallas outdueled Utah 84-83 on Thursday night at the Delta Center, overcoming a 17-point deficit to knock off the incumbent Jazz in their best-of-five series and advancing to Round 2 for the first time since 1988. Finley tallied a game-high 33 points and Calvin Booth hit a layup that put the Mavs ahead to stay with 9.8 seconds remaining. The Utah loss tainted Karl Malone's 24-point, 10-rebound performance. Western Conference Semifinals:Spurs-Mavericks Series Page My Highlights:56k | 230k NBA.com TV highlights:28.8+ |
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Michael Finley and Dirk Nowitzki may get most of the points, but no one has been more instrumental in the Mavericks' playoff run than point guard Steve Nash. Nash and the Mavs face Utah in tonight's decisive Game 5 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.
The Mavericks make their first playoff appearance in more than a decade, while this is old hat for the Jazz, literally. NBA.com analyst Bernie Bickerstaff previews the first-round series. Jazz-Mavericks Head-to-Head Breakdown Keys to Success:Jazz | Mavericks
He's reunited with an old friend from Chicago, he's no longer asked to be the team savior, and, most importantly, he's winning again. Meet Juwan Howard, the sequel.
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Shawn Bradley and the Mavs turned away Greg Ostertag and the Jazz. AP Photos