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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 21 22 22 23 88 WASHINGTON 25 21 25 30 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - ELTON BRAND 24, RON ARTEST 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 13, THREE PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - DICKEY SIMPKINS 10, WILL PERDUE 7 WAS - GERARD KING 10, JAHIDI WHITE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - BJ ARMSTRONG 4, FIVE PLAYERS WITH 1 WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 9, CHRIS WHITNEY 4

ATT: 20,674


Extended Box

CHICAGO (88) AT WASHINGTON (101)

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

ARTEST F 34 4-9 4-6 0 4 4 0 4 1 3 14 BRAND F 36 8-18 8-9 0 5 5 1 1 0 2 24 SIMPKINS C 27 0-3 1-2 0 10 10 1 2 0 4 1 BROWN G 32 2-6 4-5 0 3 3 0 2 2 2 8 HAWKINS G 32 4-7 4-4 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 12 ARMSTRONG 16 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 1 2 4 CARR 25 5-10 2-2 2 3 5 1 2 0 3 12 ANSTEY 14 2-4 3-3 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 7 PERDUE 18 2-2 0-0 2 5 7 1 2 0 1 4 C BENJAMIN 6 1-3 0-2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION MALONEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-65 26-33 5 34 39 9 20 5 18 88 (.462) (.788) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 20(33 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 27 5-14 2-2 0 4 4 0 3 1 1 12 KING F 28 5-9 2-2 3 7 10 1 4 1 1 12 J WHITE C 21 3-6 1-1 5 3 8 0 1 1 0 7 RICHMOND G 30 3-13 5-5 0 3 3 2 1 2 2 11 STRICKLAND G 31 6-11 1-3 2 4 6 9 3 4 4 13 T MURRAY 27 4-9 2-2 1 3 4 1 2 1 0 12 REID 27 4-7 1-1 2 4 6 2 5 2 0 9 C WHITNEY 17 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 1 1 7 A WILLIAMS 13 3-6 3-3 2 2 4 0 5 1 2 9 HAMILTON 18 3-6 2-2 0 2 2 3 2 0 1 9 PROFIT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-88 19-21 15 33 48 22 28 14 12 101 (.443) (.905) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

CHICAGO 21 22 22 23 - 88 WASHINGTON 25 21 25 30 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - PERDUE 2, SIMPKINS 2, ANSTEY, BRAND, BROWN. WASHINGTON - REID, T MURRAY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 2-4 (.500), ARTEST 2-3, HAWKINS 0-1. WASHINGTON 4-8 (.500), RICHMOND 0-2, T MURRAY 2-2, C WHITNEY 1-3, HAMILTON 1-1. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - BROWN. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, TERRY DURHAM, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 20,674. T - 2:04.


Box Score

CHICAGO (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 34 4-9 4-6 0-4 0 4 14 Brand 36 8-18 8-9 0-5 1 1 24 Simpkins 27 0-3 1-2 0-10 1 2 1 Brown 32 2-6 4-5 0-3 0 2 8 Hawkins 32 4-7 4-4 0-1 0 3 12 Armstrong 16 2-3 0-0 0-1 4 0 4 Carr 25 5-10 2-2 2-5 1 2 12 Anstey 14 2-4 3-3 1-3 1 2 7 Perdue 18 2-2 0-0 2-7 1 2 4 C Benjamin 6 1-3 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 Hoiberg DNP - coach's decision Maloney DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-65 26-33 5-39 9 20 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.788. 3-Point Goals: 2-4, .500 (Artest 2-3, Hawkins 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 7 (Perdue 2, Simpkins 2, Anstey, Brand, Brown). Turnovers: 20 (Simpkins 4, Artest 3, Carr 3, Armstrong 2, Brand 2, Brown 2, Hawkins, Perdue). Steals: 5 (Brown 2, Armstrong, Artest, C Benjamin).

WASHINGTON (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 27 5-14 2-2 0-4 0 3 12 King 28 5-9 2-2 3-10 1 4 12 J White 21 3-6 1-1 5-8 0 1 7 Richmond 30 3-13 5-5 0-3 2 1 11 Strickland 31 6-11 1-3 2-6 9 3 13 T Murray 27 4-9 2-2 1-4 1 2 12 Reid 27 4-7 1-1 2-6 2 5 9 C Whitney 17 3-7 0-0 0-1 4 2 7 A Williams 13 3-6 3-3 2-4 0 5 9 Hamilton 18 3-6 2-2 0-2 3 2 9 Profit 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Austin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-88 19-21 15-48 22 28 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.905. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Richmond 0-2, T Murray 2-2, C Whitney 1-3, Hamilton 1-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 2 (Reid, T Murray). Turnovers: 13 (Strickland 4, A Williams 2, Richmond 2, C Whitney, Hamilton, Howard, King). Steals: 14 (Strickland 4, Reid 2, Richmond 2, A Williams, C Whitney, Howard, J White, King, T Murray). ____________________________________________ Chicago 21 22 22 23 - 88 Washington 25 21 25 30 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Brown, 7:14 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,674. T: 2:04. Officials: Bennie Adams, Terry Durham, Tom Washington.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Who would have thought that the Michael Jordan Invitational would be a meeting between the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference?

Rod Strickland had 13 points and nine assists to lead a balanced attack and the Washington Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls, 101-88, as Jordan's new team defeated Jordan's old team.

One of the greatest players of all time, Jordan led the Bulls to six championships in eight years before retiring following the 1997-98 season. After a one-year hiatus, he returned to the NBA as president and part owner of the Wizards.

This was the first meeting between the teams since Jordan was hired by the Wizards on January 19.

Undergoing a massive rebuilding project, the Bulls (13-52) have lost six straight games and are the worst team in the NBA. The Wizards (22-45) are not much better, having lost a pair to the Bulls in early January.

However, Washington has played better of late. With Jordan on hand Thursday, it beat the powerful Los Angeles Lakers and has won four of its last seven games. Afterward, Jordan jokingly said he would resign if his new team lost to his old team.

"It's nothing to do with playing the boss' former team," guard Tracy Murray said. "They kicked our behinds the first two times. I know it's a little different now but they are the same team, same uniform."

Rookie Elton Brand scored 24 points for Chicago, which has lost 10 straught road games.

"My role has changed throughout the course of the season," Brand said. "Now I have to take more shots. Toni Kukoc is not here and most of those shots are bestowed upon me now. Some nights I hit them, some nights I don't. I would rather just be somewhat of a role player and take my time to work into it -- still get the points, but less attempts."

Ina ddition to Strickland, the Wizards got 12 points and 10 rebounds from Gerard King, 12 points from Juwan Howard and 11 points from Mitch Richmond.

"We got beat tonight in a different area," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "Our defensive transition has been outstanding all year long, but we really got beat running the floor tonight. Washington had 15 offensive rebounds to our five."

The Wizards relied on their bench to carry them thoughout the fourth quarter against the weary Bulls, who suffered a 95-92 double-overtime loss to Golden State on Friday in Chicago.

"We can't just blame it on the fatigue factor," said Brand, who was 8-of-18 from the field. "They really came out to play. Their reserves came in and gave them a great boost. We couldn't stop their pick-and-roll action. We just couldn't keep up with their bench."

Washington's bench outscored Chicago's reserves, 46-29, as the Wizards won back-to-back games for only the third time this season before their fourth sellout crowd of 20,674 at MCI Center.

"I was real nervous during the game," Wizards coach Darrell Walker said. "I told the guys to pick up the pace. We can't have a letdown after that good game against Los Angeles. I never wanted to let them in the game. I was glad that the second unit could come in and get the job done."

Forward Don Reid, who was signed on Monday after being waived by Detroit, had nine points and six rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench. Aaron Williams and Richard Hamilton also came off the bench to score nine points apiece and Chris Whitney added seven and four assists.

"Whitney really had an effect on the game when he came in and played off the screen-and-rolls," Floyd said. "We struggled in terms of guarding those. Whitney gave them a boost. The addition of Don Reid on the defensive board was big. Those were the differences that I witnessed tonight."

Howard opened the second half with three consecutive jumpers from the same spot to give the Wizards a 52-43 lead. His slam on the run, assisted by Strickland, made it 61-50 with 4:18 left in the third quarter.

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