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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 20 22 28 26 96 WASHINGTON 18 29 16 17 80 FINAL


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MIAMI (96) AT WASHINGTON (80)

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

BROWN F 25 4-8 1-2 2 2 4 3 1 1 0 9 MAJERLE F 24 0-3 0-0 1 3 4 4 2 0 1 0 MOURNING C 41 9-20 11-18 5 7 12 1 1 0 2 29 HARDAWAY G 35 8-18 1-2 0 1 1 6 1 0 4 20 WALTERS G 25 3-4 0-0 1 0 1 3 2 0 2 7 ASKINS 15 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 5 CAUSWELL 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 EDWARDS 21 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 4 2 1 0 4 PORTER 21 5-8 5-7 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 16 STRICKLAND 3 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 WEATHERSPOON 27 3-7 0-0 3 8 11 2 1 0 0 6 CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-79 18-29 13 30 43 24 13 2 11 96 (.456) (.621) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 11(15 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 35 4-12 0-1 3 7 10 3 2 1 4 8 JACKSON F 17 4-8 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 3 8 DAVIS C 13 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 RICHMOND G 38 10-16 4-4 1 0 1 0 2 0 6 25 STRICKLAND G 34 3-13 4-4 0 0 0 8 2 2 0 10 CHEANEY 28 4-10 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 10 MCINNIS 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 T MURRAY 16 0-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 THORPE 13 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 6 WALLACE 20 1-3 0-0 3 10 13 0 4 1 0 2 J WHITE 7 1-1 0-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 C WHITNEY 15 2-4 1-2 0 1 1 4 3 0 0 7

TOTALS 240 32-79 11-15 10 26 36 22 21 4 13 80 (.405) (.733) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

MIAMI 20 22 28 26 - 96 WASHINGTON 18 29 16 17 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 6, BROWN, EDWARDS. WASHINGTON - HOWARD 2, C WHITNEY, JACKSON, WALLACE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 6-11 (.545), MAJERLE 0-2, HARDAWAY 3-4, WALTERS 1-1, ASKINS 1-3, PORTER 1-1. WASHINGTON 5-14 (.357), HOWARD 0-1, JACKSON 0-1, RICHMOND 1-3, STRICKLAND 0-2, CHEANEY 2-3, MCINNIS 0-1, C WHITNEY 2-3. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, WASHINGTON - HEAD COACH BICKERSTAFF. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, BILL SPOONER, SCOTT WALL. A - 12,879. T - 2:05.


Box Score

MIAMI (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 25 4-8 1-2 2-4 3 1 9 Majerle 24 0-3 0-0 1-4 4 2 0 Mourning 41 9-20 11-18 5-12 1 1 29 Hardaway 35 8-18 1-2 0-1 6 1 20 Walters 25 3-4 0-0 1-1 3 2 7 Askins 15 2-4 0-0 0-3 0 1 5 Causwell 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Edwards 21 2-6 0-0 1-3 4 2 4 Porter 21 5-8 5-7 0-3 0 1 16 Strickland 3 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Weatherspoon 27 3-7 0-0 3-11 2 1 6 Conlon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 18-29 13-43 24 13 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.621. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (Majerle 0-2, Hardaway 3-4, Walters 1-1, Askins 1-3, Porter 1-1). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 8 (Mourning 6, Brown, Edwards). Turnovers: 11 (Hardaway 4, Mourning 2, Walters 2, Askins, Majerle, Porter). Steals: 2 (Brown, Edwards).

WASHINGTON (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 35 4-12 0-1 3-10 3 2 8 Jackson 17 4-8 0-0 1-3 1 1 8 Davis 13 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 Richmond 38 10-16 4-4 1-1 0 2 25 Strickland 34 3-13 4-4 0-0 8 2 10 Cheaney 28 4-10 0-0 1-2 2 1 10 Mcinnis 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 T Murray 16 0-5 0-0 0-3 0 0 0 Thorpe 13 3-5 0-0 1-2 2 2 6 Wallace 20 1-3 0-0 3-13 0 4 2 J White 7 1-1 0-2 0-1 0 2 2 C Whitney 15 2-4 1-2 0-1 4 3 7 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 11-15 10-36 22 21 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Howard 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Richmond 1-3, Strickland 0-2, Cheaney 2-3, Mcinnis 0-1, C Whitney 2-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Howard 2, C Whitney, Jackson, Wallace). Turnovers: 15 (Richmond 6, Howard 4, Jackson 3). Steals: 4 (Strickland 2, Howard, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Miami 20 22 28 26 - 96 Washington 18 29 16 17 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:20 4th). Washington 1 (Head Coach Bickerstaff, 9:07 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,879. T: 2:05. Officials: Jess Kersey, Bill Spooner, Scott Wall.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Terry Porter keeps playing younger and the Miami Heat keep playing better.

Porter scored 10 of his 16 points during a pivotal five-minute stretch of the second half and the Miami Heat won their sixth straight game, a 96-80 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Signed as a free agent just before the season, the 35-year-old Porter has done a superb job providing the offense that should have disappeared with an injury to starter Voshon Lenard. Porter is averaging 10.7 points per game off the bench.

"I just try to do my part to help us win. That's my job," said Porter, who was a starter on two Portland Trail Blazers teams that reached the NBA Finals earlier this decade.

"He's uncanny that way. That's how he plays," Miami coach Pat Riley said.

Playing the first of a three-game road trip, Miami got its usual big contributions from the inside-outside attack of Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway. Mourning had 29 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Hardaway scored 15 of his 20 points in the third quarter and added eight assists.

Washington's Mitch Richmond scored 25 points. But he got very little help as the Wizards had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Mourning and Hardaway helped shut down Wizards stars Juwan Howard and Rod Strickland. Howard scored eight points on 4-of-12 shooting. Strickland was limited to 10 on 3-of-13 from the field.

"Miami turned it up defensively," said Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "I'm disappointed with the way we responded. They were basically tattooing us. We can't have another game like this."

Hardaway and Richmond, former backcourt mates on the Golden State Warriors, dueled in the third quarter. Richmond drilled consecutive jumpers to give Washington a 61-59 lead. Hardaway answered with a 3-pointer but Richmond hit another jumper with 2:11 remaining.

"He got a roll going. When Tim gets that roll, he makes things happen," Riley said. "We turned it up a notch after the half. We didn't turn the ball over as much."

Porter took over, putting Miami ahead to stay with a layup and two free throws. Mourning made a hook and a jumper to cap a 7-0 burst and give the Heat a 70-63 advantage entering the final period.

Two free throws by Strickland cut the deficit to 73-67 with just over 10 minutes to play before the Heat rattled off 11 straight points. Porter scored six in the burst, including a desperation bank 3-pointer with the shot clock running down.

Mourning's free throw with 8:05 to go completed the run at 79-67 and Miami led by as many as 18 points.

"I'm competitive. I don't like to lose," Hardaway said. "We took the air out of them in the fourth. They pretty much just ran out of gas."

"They started executing offensively in the fourth and took away our agressiveness," Howard said. "Our effort wasn't there at all in that quarter."

Clarence Weatherspoon grabbed 11 rebounds for the Heat, who shot 46 percent (36-of-79) and held a 43-36 rebounding edge.

Calbert Cheaney scored 10 points and Ben Wallace pulled down a season-high 13 rebounds for Washington, which shot just 40.5 percent (32-of-79) and made 11-of-15 free throws. By contrast, Mourning was 11-of-18 from the line.

"Well, it was another day of battling," Mourning said. "It was very physical out there. I got to the point where I knew I was just going to get hit. It was like the WWF out there."

"He gets hammered all the time and he is still able to have a good night," Riley said. "You have to respect that."

Howard grabbed 10 rebounds and Strickland handed out 10 assists.

"We were flat. That says it all," Strickland said. "We just didn't get it done. They outplayed us."

Miami started quickly and a dunk by P.J. Brown provided a 9-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest. Washington closed to 20-18 at the quarter and rode nine second-quarter points from Richmond to a 47-42 halftime lead.

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