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Dallas 102, Cleveland 82

  |   Dec. 13, 2001 at 11:22 PM
DALLAS, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Michael Finley had 20 points and eight rebounds and Tim Hardaway matched a season high with 17 points off the bench Thursday night as the Dallas Mavericks cruised to a 102-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Andre Miller separated his right shoulder in Tuesday's win at Houston and immediately returned to Cleveland for tests, leaving the Cavs without their second-leading scorer and the league leader in assists.

Dirk Nowitzki played despite a sprained left ankle suffered Tuesday, but the Mavericks hardly needed him.

Finley made 10-of-17 shots and Hardaway sank 4-of-8 3-pointers as Dallas completed a season series sweep. Nowitzki finished with 15 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes.

Steve Nash collected 17 points and seven assists and Adrian Griffin had nine points and a season-high 11 rebounds for the Mavs.

The Mavericks pulled away midway through the second quarter with a 16-6 run. Hardaway scored eight points during the burst, which gave Dallas a 39-28 lead.

Lamond Murray scored 11 of his 23 points in the third quarter as Cleveland pulled within eight, but got no closer.

Jumaine Jones had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Bimbo Coles added 13 points for the Cavaliers, who failed in a bid for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

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