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WASHINGTON (85) AT MIAMI (94)

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

HOWARD F 41 9-16 0-0 6 9 15 1 5 2 4 18 THORPE F 34 6-11 2-2 4 2 6 2 6 0 3 14 DAVIS C 12 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 4 MCINNIS G 23 3-10 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 6 RICHMOND G 42 6-18 8-13 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 22 CHEANEY 25 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 5 0 0 4 T MURRAY 17 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 WALLACE 21 1-3 1-3 2 5 7 0 4 0 0 3 C WHITNEY 25 4-7 2-2 0 2 2 6 2 0 1 12 JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LEGLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - STRAINED RIGHT GROIN

TOTALS 240 33-75 15-22 14 23 37 15 30 5 12 85 (.440) (.682) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

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

ASKINS F 13 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 4 1 1 0 BROWN F 26 6-7 6-6 0 2 2 0 4 0 2 18 MOURNING C 42 7-10 5-12 3 11 14 2 4 0 1 19 HARDAWAY G 39 9-20 4-6 1 4 5 9 3 1 2 24 MAJERLE G 37 2-3 0-0 0 5 5 3 2 1 3 6 CAUSWELL 3 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 EDWARDS 13 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 PORTER 35 3-9 7-8 0 1 1 4 0 3 2 13 WALTERS 8 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 WEATHERSPOON 24 4-6 4-4 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 12 CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-59 26-36 6 29 35 20 21 6 14 94 (.542) (.722) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

WASHINGTON 19 19 25 22 - 85 MIAMI 26 23 24 21 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - MCINNIS, RICHMOND, THORPE, HOWARD. MIAMI - MAJERLE 2, PORTER, EDWARDS, MOURNING, WEATHERSPOON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 4-14 (.286), MCINNIS 0-4, RICHMOND 2-5, T MURRAY 0-1, C WHITNEY 2-4. MIAMI 4-12 (.333), ASKINS 0-1, HARDAWAY 2-7, MAJERLE 2-3, PORTER 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, GARY BENSON, TIM DONAGHY. A - 15,200. T - 2:21.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 41 9-16 0-0 6-15 1 5 18 Thorpe 34 6-11 2-2 4-6 2 6 14 Davis 12 2-2 0-0 1-2 0 3 4 Mcinnis 23 3-10 0-0 0-1 3 1 6 Richmond 42 6-18 8-13 1-2 2 3 22 Cheaney 25 2-6 0-0 0-2 1 5 4 T Murray 17 0-2 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 Wallace 21 1-3 1-3 2-7 0 4 3 C Whitney 25 4-7 2-2 0-2 6 2 12 Jackson DNP - coach's decision Legler DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - strained right groin _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-75 15-22 14-37 15 30 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Mcinnis 0-4, Richmond 2-5, T Murray 0-1, C Whitney 2-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Mcinnis, Richmond, Thorpe, Howard). Turnovers: 13 (Howard 4, Richmond 3, Thorpe 3, C Whitney, Mcinnis). Steals: 5 (Richmond 3, Howard 2).

MIAMI (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Askins 13 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 4 0 Brown 26 6-7 6-6 0-2 0 4 18 Mourning 42 7-10 5-12 3-14 2 4 19 Hardaway 39 9-20 4-6 1-5 9 3 24 Majerle 37 2-3 0-0 0-5 3 2 6 Causwell 3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Edwards 13 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 Porter 35 3-9 7-8 0-1 4 0 13 Walters 8 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 2 0 Weatherspoon 24 4-6 4-4 0-2 0 2 12 Conlon DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-59 26-36 6-35 20 21 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.542, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Askins 0-1, Hardaway 2-7, Majerle 2-3, Porter 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Majerle 2, Porter, Edwards, Mourning, Weatherspoon). Turnovers: 16 (Majerle 3, Brown 2, Causwell 2, Hardaway 2, Porter 2, Askins, Mourning, Weatherspoon). Steals: 6 (Porter 3, Askins, Hardaway, Majerle). ____________________________________________ Washington 19 19 25 22 - 85 Miami 26 23 24 21 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:21. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Gary Benson, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- The Miami Heat suffered a rare letdown, but Tim Hardaway took over when it counted.

Hardaway scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Heat recorded their 11th straight home victory with a 94-85 win over the Washington Wizards, who nearly erased a 20-point second-half deficit.

"This was another game that the final score makes it look easier than it was," Hardaway said.

After the Wizards pulled within 82-77 midway through the final period, Hardaway capped a 6-0 run with a foul shot that gave the Heat an 88-77 advantage with 2:08 remaining.

NBA Player of the Week Alonzo Mourning added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who have won five straight games, nine of 10 and 16 of 18.

"Being up 20 was a pleasant experience," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "When they made their run, there was a sense of urgency, but our guys made sure they weren't going to get caught. I didn't need to remind them and that is a good sign."

"It's easier for us to collect ourselves in tough situations," Mourning added. "We know when we do something wrong. Pat doesn't need to tell us."

Miami opened a 1 1/2-game lead over Indiana in the race for the best record in the Eastern Conference and is one win away from matching the franchise-record 12-game home winning streak set from February 15-March 26, 1993.

The Heat could be tested over the next three weeks as they play nine of their next 13 games on the road.

"We are on the verge of being one of the elite teams in the league," Mourning said. "We won't get full respect until we get to the Finals."

Mitch Richmond scored 22 points and Juwan Howard added 18 for Washington, which has dropped three of four. The Wizards again were without guard Rod Stickland, who missed his sixth straight game with a strained groin.

"What I'm pleased about is that you could be down 20 in Miami as well as they're playing and you don't surrender," Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "I thought the guys hung in there and got themselves in striking distance."

Miami improved to 9-1 against Atlantic Division opponents and just missed its 10th double-digit victory this season. The Heat came in allowing an NBA-low 83.2 points per game and have given less than 90 in 10 straight contests. They have surrendered more than 100 points just once.

"Ever since we were 1-3, the defense has made a dramatic turnaround," Miami forward P.J. Brown said. "Zo is the leader of the defense and guys are afraid to come inside now."

For 2 1/2 quarters, the Heat stifled the Wizards with their patented brand of hard-nosed defense. Miami opened a 65-45 lead on Clarence Weatherspoon's dunk with 6:13 remaining.

Howard scored eight points in a 10-0 run that extended into the fourth period and pulled the Wizards within 73-67 with 10:58 remaining.

After Miami opened its 88-77 lead, Richmond hit a 3-pointer and Ben Wallace dunked, pulling the Wizards within 88-82. Hardaway answered with a fadeaway jumper from the top of the key with 53 seconds remaining and Washington got no closer than six on two occasions in the final minute.

"I thought there was less time on the clock than there was," Hardaway said. "(Otis) Thorpe was agitating me, but I got a glimpse of the basket and just threw it up."

"They forced us to take bad shots and when we did we only got one shot," Richmond added. "We tried to make a comeback when we were down 20, but it was too long a climb."

Washington had its last lead at 12-11, but Miami ripped off nine straight points taking a 20-12 lead on Terry Porter's two foul shots with 2:14 left in the first period. Weatherspoon's dunk capped a 6-0 run and opened a 32-19 cushion with 10:25 remaining in the half.

Miami shot 54 pecent (32-of-59) from the field while holding Washington to 44 percent (33-of-76). No Miami opponent has shot 50 percent this season.

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