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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 24 24 27 22 97 MIAMI 20 21 19 29 89 FINAL


Box Score

WASHINGTON (97) AT MIAMI (89)

WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

HOWARD F 46 11-16 0-4 0 11 11 2 2 3 3 22 WEBBER F 45 10-17 0-3 1 9 10 5 5 1 4 21 WALLACE C 30 2-2 3-4 4 4 8 1 3 1 0 7 WHITNEY G 44 7-14 5-5 0 2 2 9 3 2 6 21 CHEANEY G 36 4-9 6-7 1 3 4 2 3 1 1 14 DAVIS 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 T MURRAY 24 5-12 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 12 SHAMMGOD 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 HAM 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 EACKLES DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-71 14-23 6 31 37 21 22 8 16 97 (.549) (.609) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

STRICKLAND F 37 6-16 1-2 7 2 9 1 4 2 2 13 BROWN F 35 3-13 6-7 4 5 9 1 1 1 2 12 MOURNING C 31 6-11 8-12 10 8 18 0 3 1 5 20 HARDAWAY G 36 7-14 3-5 0 0 0 5 4 2 1 18 LENARD G 36 0-9 0-0 1 2 3 5 3 1 2 0 MILLS 16 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 0 2 5 MURDOCK 27 3-11 1-2 2 5 7 4 3 1 0 7 CONLON 13 2-6 3-4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 7 WALTERS 9 2-2 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 7 ASKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-86 24-34 25 27 52 18 23 9 15 89 (.360) (.706) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

WASHINGTON 24 24 27 22 - 97 MIAMI 20 21 19 29 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - WALLACE 7, CHEANEY 2, WHITNEY, HOWARD. MIAMI - MOURNING 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 5-14 (.357), WEBBER 1-2, WHITNEY 2-6, T MURRAY 2-6. MIAMI 3-6 (.500), HARDAWAY 1-2, LENARD 0-2, MILLS 1-1, WALTERS 1-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - LENARD. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, BRUCE ALEXANDER, GREG WILLARD. A - 15,200. T - 2:15.


Agate Box Score

WASHINGTON (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 46 11-16 0-4 0-11 2 2 22 Webber 45 10-17 0-3 1-10 5 5 21 Wallace 30 2-2 3-4 4-8 1 3 7 Whitney 44 7-14 5-5 0-2 9 3 21 Cheaney 36 4-9 6-7 1-4 2 3 14 Davis 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 T Murray 24 5-12 0-0 0-2 1 2 12 Shammgod 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Ham 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Eackles DNP - coach's decision Grant DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-71 14-23 6-37 21 22 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.549, FT-.609. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Webber 1-2, Whitney 2-6, T Murray 2-6). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 11 (Wallace 7, Cheaney 2, Whitney, Howard). Turnovers: 16 (Whitney 6, Webber 4, Howard 3, T Murray 2, Cheaney). Steals: 8 (Howard 3, Whitney 2, Cheaney, Wallace, Webber).

MIAMI (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Strickland 37 6-16 1-2 7-9 1 4 13 Brown 35 3-13 6-7 4-9 1 1 12 Mourning 31 6-11 8-12 10-18 0 3 20 Hardaway 36 7-14 3-5 0-0 5 4 18 Lenard 36 0-9 0-0 1-3 5 3 0 Mills 16 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 4 5 Murdock 27 3-11 1-2 2-7 4 3 7 Conlon 13 2-6 3-4 1-2 0 0 7 Walters 9 2-2 2-2 0-2 1 1 7 Askins DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-86 24-34 25-52 18 23 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.360, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (Hardaway 1-2, Lenard 0-2, Mills 1-1, Walters 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Mourning 2). Turnovers: 15 (Mourning 5, Brown 2, Lenard 2, Mills 2, Strickland 2, Hardaway, Walters). Steals: 9 (Hardaway 2, Strickland 2, Brown, Lenard, Mourning, Murdock, Walters). ____________________________________________ Washington 24 24 27 22 - 97 Miami 20 21 19 29 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Lenard, 11:29 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:15. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Bruce Alexander, Greg Willard.


Game Recap

The Washington Wizards kept alive their playoff hopes for the third straight game as Juwan Howard scored 22 points and Chris Whitney added a season-high 21 in a 97-89 victory over the Miami Heat.

The Wizards (41-40) have beaten three playoff-bound teams in the last four days -- including wins over New York and Cleveland -- to move within one game of New Jersey in the race for the final postseason spot in the East. The Nets, who lost to Orlando tonight, can clinch the last spot with a win against Detroit on Sunday, even if Washington wins its regular-season finale against Boston on Saturday.

Washington, which has not won four in a row since it captured six straight from December 15th-26th, has lost three of four meetings with Boston.

"As far as I'm concerned, I want them loose and ready to play," said Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "We've got to get it done and we have to find a way to get it done. One thing though about Boston, if we're up by 20, they're not out of it. And if they're up by 20, we're not out of it."

Chris Webber contributed 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who took control in the first quarter and built a 19-point lead in the third quarter, when Howard and Webber combined for all but eight of Washington's 27 points.

"If we win Saturday, I'm going to put on my uniform, get some pom-poms and have a Piston party on Sunday," said Webber.

Alonzo Mourning collected 20 points and a season-high 18 rebounds and Tim Hardaway added 18 points for Miami, which will face the seventh-seeded New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs.

"They needed it, they played hard, and made all the hustle plays," said P.J. Brown, who had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Brown went on to discuss the upcoming series with New York. In last season's conference semifinals with the Knicks, he was suspended for the final two games after body-slamming guard Charlie Ward. That incident touched off a brawl and suspensions that impacted the final two games of the series, which Miami won to complete a 3-1 comeback.

"It's going to be a tough series, a typical Miami-Knick basketball series," Brown said. "I'm not saying I won't get some technical fouls, but I'll play every game, every second right to the end.

"Patrick (Ewing) is good right where he's at (on the injured list), continued Brown. "We're not playing well, there's only one place to go, and that's up. I have the most confidence that when the ball goes up Friday, we'll be ready."

Howard added 11 rebounds and Ben Wallace totaled seven points, eight rebounds and seven blocks as the Wizards shot 55 percent (39-of-71) from the field while holding Miami to 36 percent (31-of-86).

Mourning led the Heat to a 52-37 rebounding edge while playing only three quarters and Hardaway left shortly after the start of the fourth quarter as Miami emptied its bench.

Wizards reserve Tracy Murray scored 12 points, including five straight in the first quarter that opened a six-point lead.

After building a 48-41 halftime edge, the Wizards extended their lead to double digits in the third quarter. They took their biggest lead in the fourth when Calbert Cheaney -- who had 14 points -- drained a three-pointer with 10:25 to play for an 81-63 advantage.

The Heat's bench made it interesting when Marty Conlon scored six consecutive points before Rex Walters capped a 9-0 burst with a three-pointer, slicing the deficit to 81-72. But the Wizards didn't fold, taking an 89-75 lead with 3:30 to go on Webber's basket.

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