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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 24 24 23 28 99 SAN ANTONIO 22 22 24 21 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 31, TRACY MURRAY 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 23, DAVID ROBINSON 16, JAREN JACKSON 12

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - MICHAEL SMITH 15, AARON WILLIAMS 7 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 13, DAVID ROBINSON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 7, MITCH RICHMOND 5 SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 4, TIM DUNCAN 3

ATT: 17,187


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (99) AT SAN ANTONIO (89)

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

HOWARD F 28 5-14 1-2 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 11 SMITH F 35 3-5 4-4 5 10 15 3 4 2 0 10 AUSTIN C 29 1-5 0-0 0 6 6 1 5 0 3 2 RICHMOND G 40 12-19 6-7 1 3 4 5 2 1 1 31 STRICKLAND G 34 4-11 3-4 0 3 3 7 1 2 2 11 J WHITE 7 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 1 4 0 0 2 A WILLIAMS 22 4-8 1-1 3 4 7 0 5 0 0 9 C WHITNEY 13 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 1 0 6 T MURRAY 20 6-12 2-4 0 3 3 0 1 0 2 15 JORDAN 8 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 2 KING 4 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 PROFIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-82 17-22 13 34 47 23 26 7 11 99 (.476) (.773) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

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

BROWN F 20 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 6 DUNCAN F 43 8-17 7-10 2 11 13 3 0 0 1 23 ROBINSON C 35 5-16 6-8 2 7 9 1 1 3 3 16 ELIE G 31 3-4 3-3 0 3 3 2 4 1 3 11 JOHNSON G 35 2-8 0-0 0 0 0 4 3 0 1 4 ROSE 14 2-5 3-3 3 2 5 1 1 1 1 7 J KERSEY 17 2-5 1-2 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 5 PORTER 14 0-3 3-4 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 3 JACKSON 26 5-9 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 12 WALKER 5 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 DANIELS DNP - COACH'S DECISION S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-75 23-30 9 28 37 15 16 6 12 89 (.413) (.767) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(20 PTS)

WASHINGTON 24 24 23 28 - 99 SAN ANTONIO 22 22 24 21 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE, A WILLIAMS. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 6, DUNCAN 3, ROSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 4-7 (.571), RICHMOND 1-1, C WHITNEY 2-3, T MURRAY 1-3. SAN ANTONIO 4-11 (.364), ELIE 2-3, PORTER 0-2, JACKSON 2-6. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - HEAD COACH HEARD, SAN ANTONIO - HEAD COACH POPOVICH. OFFICIALS: DAVID JONES, SCOTT WALL, JIM CLARK. A - 17,187. T - 2:10.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 28 5-14 1-2 1-2 1 2 11 Smith 35 3-5 4-4 5-15 3 4 10 Austin 29 1-5 0-0 0-6 1 5 2 Richmond 40 12-19 6-7 1-4 5 2 31 Strickland 34 4-11 3-4 0-3 7 1 11 J White 7 1-3 0-0 2-4 1 4 2 A Williams 22 4-8 1-1 3-7 0 5 9 C Whitney 13 2-3 0-0 0-1 3 1 6 T Murray 20 6-12 2-4 0-3 0 1 15 Jordan 8 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 2 King 4 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Profit DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-82 17-22 13-47 23 26 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.476, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 4-7, .571 (Richmond 1-1, C Whitney 2-3, T Murray 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (J White, A Williams). Turnovers: 15 (Austin 3, Strickland 2, T Murray 2, Howard, Jordan, King, Richmond). Steals: 7 (Smith 2, Strickland 2, C Whitney, Howard, Richmond).

SAN ANTONIO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 20 3-7 0-0 0-1 1 2 6 Duncan 43 8-17 7-10 2-13 3 0 23 Robinson 35 5-16 6-8 2-9 1 1 16 Elie 31 3-4 3-3 0-3 2 4 11 Johnson 35 2-8 0-0 0-0 4 3 4 Rose 14 2-5 3-3 3-5 1 1 7 J Kersey 17 2-5 1-2 1-2 1 2 5 Porter 14 0-3 3-4 0-2 1 1 3 Jackson 26 5-9 0-0 0-0 1 2 12 Walker 5 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Daniels DNP - coach's decision S Kerr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-75 23-30 9-37 15 16 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Elie 2-3, Porter 0-2, Jackson 2-6). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 10 (Robinson 6, Duncan 3, Rose). Turnovers: 13 (Elie 3, Robinson 3, J Kersey 2, Duncan, Johnson, Rose, Walker). Steals: 6 (Robinson 3, Elie, Jackson, Rose). ____________________________________________ Washington 24 24 23 28 - 99 San Antonio 22 22 24 21 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Head Coach Heard, 4:23 1st). San Antonio 1 (Head Coach Popovich, 0:18 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,187. T: 2:10. Officials: David Jones, Scott Wall, Jim Clark.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- This is why they play the games.

In the finale of what had been a fruitless four-game road trip and trying to avoid their seventh consecutive loss overall, the Washington Wizards looked inspired in a 99-89 victory that handed the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs their first home loss.

Mitch Richmond scored a season-high 31 points and Tracy Murray came off the bench to fuel a key fourth-quarter burst as the Wizards actually outplayed the champions in crunch time.

"This is just what we were looking for," Richmond said. "Hopefully this will help us turn the corner. We know there is a lot of talent in this room and we play great sometimes. We just haven't always gotten the win in the past."

Richmond drilled 9-of-12 shots in the opening half for 20 points, giving Washington a 48-44 lead. That advantage was 71-68 entering the fourth quarter when Murray took control.

The 6-7 forward hit a 20-footer, a 3-pointer, two free throws and back-to-back jumpers during an 11-5 run that gave the Wizards an 82-73 cushion with 5:54 to play.

"(Murray) got loose a couple of times on us. He made a lot of big shots at the right times," San Antonio point guard Avery Johnson said.

Tim Duncan had 23 points and 13 rebounds and David Robinson added 16 points for the Spurs, who have dropped four of their last five games. Robinson surpassed 17,000 points for his career.

San Antonio was the league's last unbeaten home team. The Spurs suffered their first regular-season defeat at the Alamodome since a 93-91 setback to Toronto on March 26, snapping a 22-game run.

"Bascially, we need to want these games as much as the people we are playing want them," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We need to play smarter and we need to stick together to get those two jobs done as the season progresses."

"We're getting along just fine," Duncan added. "We are just all in different places right now. We are in a little bit of a slump. The effort is always there."

Richmond finished 12-of-19 from the floor and 6-of-7 at the line for the Wizards, who shot 47 percent (39-of-82), but were helped to a 47-37 advantage on the boards by Michael Smith's 15 rebounds.

"Mitch Richmond set the tone offensively," Washington coach Gar Heard said.

Juwan Howard and Rod Strickland had 11 points apiece and Smith added 10 for Washington, which scored 20 points off 13 turnovers.

"This is a good win for us," Strickland said. "I'm glad we were able to get it done. We made a lot of big shots at the end. Tonight, I thought Mitch Richmond carried us."

Jaren Jackson scored 12 points off the bench and Mario Elie had 11 for the Spurs, who shot 41 percent (31-of-75).

The closest San Antonio would get after Murray's one-man run in the fourth quarter was 84-78 with 5:07 to play. But Murray responded by knocking down a 19-footer on the ensuing trip.

"We have to give Washington credit," Johnson said. "They played well, they deserved to win. We had a lackluster effort tonight. Mentally and physically, we just didn't have it tonight."

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