Finley came in averaging 20.5 points per game, but has played second banana this season to teammate Dirk Nowitzki, an emerging star averaging 23.3 points. However, it was Finley who made the Western Conference All-Star team last season and led the NBA in minutes while averaging 21.5 points per game.
In this one, it was Finley who took charge in the pivotal third quarter. He scored 14 points in the period, during which the Mavericks turned a seven-point deficit into an eight-point lead.
Steve Nash scored 25 points and Nowitzki added 21 for the Mavericks, who posted a season high in points and won their third straight game.