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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 36 21 22 25 104 VANCOUVER 34 30 26 28 118 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 34, TYRONE NESBY 18, JAHIDI WHITE 15 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 26, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 24, BRYANT REEVES 18

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 8, JAHIDI WHITE 7 VAN - BRYANT REEVES 7, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 13, JUWAN HOWARD 4 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 12, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 4

ATT: 11,510


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (104) AT VANCOUVER (118)

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

HOWARD F 44 15-27 4-5 1 7 8 4 5 2 5 34 NESBY F 35 6-12 4-4 1 2 3 0 6 2 1 18 J WHITE C 24 5-7 5-7 4 3 7 0 2 0 2 15 LOPEZ G 26 3-7 1-1 0 2 2 2 5 1 2 7 STRICKLAND G 36 3-9 1-4 1 1 2 13 0 4 3 7 BOOTH 13 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 1 2 2 HAMILTON 26 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 7 MICHAEL SMITH 14 3-4 2-2 3 2 5 2 2 1 1 8 C WHITNEY 12 1-4 0-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 KING 10 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 EKEZIE 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PROFIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-81 17-25 14 22 36 24 25 11 19 104 (.519) (.680) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 21(25 PTS)

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 41 6-9 12-12 0 5 5 4 4 2 2 24 HARRINGTON F 30 6-9 5-6 3 4 7 0 4 1 3 17 AUSTIN C 17 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 0 2 4 BIBBY G 38 10-14 4-5 0 3 3 12 2 0 2 26 DICKERSON G 36 6-14 4-6 1 1 2 3 3 1 5 17 REEVES 30 7-11 4-4 4 3 7 2 5 0 3 18 EDWARDS 13 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 1 0 4 WEST 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 SWIFT 19 1-2 0-2 2 3 5 0 2 2 2 2 JONES 10 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 6 LONG DNP - THUMB INJURY MASSENBURG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-75 29-35 10 24 34 27 27 7 20 118 (.560) (.829) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 20(11 PTS)

WASHINGTON 36 21 22 25 - 104 VANCOUVER 34 30 26 28 - 118

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE 2, LOPEZ, STRICKLAND. VANCOUVER - BIBBY, REEVES, WEST. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-8 (.375), NESBY 2-4, LOPEZ 0-1, STRICKLAND 0-1, HAMILTON 1-1, C WHITNEY 0-1. VANCOUVER 5-9 (.556), BIBBY 2-3, DICKERSON 1-4, JONES 2-2. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, VANCOUVER - HARRINGTON. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, TOMMY NUNEZ, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 11,510. T - 2:15.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 44 15-27 4-5 1-8 4 5 34 Nesby 35 6-12 4-4 1-3 0 6 18 J White 24 5-7 5-7 4-7 0 2 15 Lopez 26 3-7 1-1 0-2 2 5 7 Strickland 36 3-9 1-4 1-2 13 0 7 Booth 13 1-2 0-0 2-4 0 3 2 Hamilton 26 3-6 0-0 1-3 1 1 7 Michael Smith 14 3-4 2-2 3-5 2 2 8 C Whitney 12 1-4 0-2 0-1 2 1 2 King 10 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 4 Ekezie 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Profit DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-81 17-25 14-36 24 25 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Nesby 2-4, Lopez 0-1, Strickland 0-1, Hamilton 1-1, C Whitney 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (J White 2, Lopez, Strickland). Turnovers: 21 (Howard 5, Strickland 3, Booth 2, J White 2, Lopez 2, C Whitney, Hamilton, King, Michael Smith, Nesby). Steals: 11 (Strickland 4, Howard 2, Nesby 2, Booth, Lopez, Michael Smith).

VANCOUVER (118) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-rahim 41 6-9 12-12 0-5 4 4 24 Harrington 30 6-9 5-6 3-7 0 4 17 Austin 17 2-6 0-0 0-3 1 3 4 Bibby 38 10-14 4-5 0-3 12 2 26 Dickerson 36 6-14 4-6 1-2 3 3 17 Reeves 30 7-11 4-4 4-7 2 5 18 Edwards 13 2-5 0-0 0-2 3 2 4 West 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Swift 19 1-2 0-2 2-5 0 2 2 Jones 10 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 6 Long DNP - thumb injury Massenburg DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-75 29-35 10-34 27 27 118 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.560, FT-.829. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Bibby 2-3, Dickerson 1-4, Jones 2-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Bibby, Reeves, West). Turnovers: 20 (Dickerson 5, Harrington 3, Reeves 3, Austin 2, Bibby 2, S Abdur-rahim 2, Swift 2, Jones). Steals: 7 (S Abdur-rahim 2, Swift 2, Dickerson, Edwards, Harrington). ____________________________________________ Washington 36 21 22 25 - 104 Vancouver 34 30 26 28 - 118 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 0:12 1st, 2:35 2nd). Vancouver 1 (Harrington, 9:05 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,510. T: 2:15. Officials: Terry Durham, Tommy Nunez, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Playing in front of the smallest crowd of the season, the Vancouver Grizzlies turned in their best offensive performance and halted a six-game losing streak with a 118-104 victory over the Washington Wizards.

There were just 11,510 at GM Place to watch the Grizzlies, who were nearly sold to Wal-Mart heir Bill Laurie last year. Laurie wanted to move the team to St. Louis but Chicago businessman Michael Heisley eventually bought the team.

Flagging support remains an issue but those who came tonight saw an outstanding effort by the home team.

Mike Bibby had 26 points and 12 assists and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 24 points as Vancouver rang up its highest total since a 131-129 triple-overtime loss to the Boston Celtics on February 17, 1998.

Bibby hit 10-of-14 shots and Abdur-Rahim made 6-of-9 as the Grizzlies shot a season-high 56 percent (42-of-75). Bryant Reeves scored a season-high 18 points off the bench and grabbed seven rebounds for the Grizzlies.

"That was a good team effort," Vancouver coach Sidney Lowe said. "Our starting unit played well and we had the guys contributing off the becnh. The bench gave us a big spark and a big boost tonight."

Vancouver shot 83 percent (29-of-35) from the free-throw line and improved to 3-1 when scoring at least 100 points this season.

Othella Harrington and Michael Dickerson each contributed 17 points, helping the Grizzlies win their fourth straight home meeting with the Wizards.

"Tonight we were making the right decision the first time," Dickerson said. "We were executing the plays and shooting the ball well. I'm just happy that we won. Either way people will say our defense wasn't so strong, but when you play a game like this with lots of scoring it feels good."

Juwan Howard scored a season-high 34 points and Tyrone Nesby added 18 for Washington, which shot 52 percent (42-of-81) but lost for the 11th time in 12 games. The Wizards committed 21 turnovers, leading to 25 points for the Grizzlies.

Washington has given up at least 100 points in five of its last seven games. Its only win this month was a 103-94 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

"Defensively we didn't get it done tonight," Howard said. "Plain and simple that was the difference. The points were on the board. We had enough offense, but we had a defensive breakdown. They got on a roll tonight. I haven't seen the Grizzlies much. This is the first time we played them, but I can guarantee you the next time this team will have a far better effort against them."

Point guard Rod Strickland had 13 assists, but was held to 3-of-9 shooting by Bibby.

"Team game, it's a team game," Strickland said. "Mike Bibby's a good player he can shoot the ball, he can make those plays. But this isn't a man-to-man game, it's the NBA. You have to play as a team, it's a team game. They executed their offense well, they played defense when they had to and they got the victory tonight."

Vancouver had 20 turnovers that Washington converted into just 11 points.

Felipe Lopez, who had seven points, capped an 11-4 surge with a fast-break layup to give the Wizards a 71-70 edge with 7:46 to play in the third quarter. Issac Austin answered with a 17-footer 18 seconds later and Rod Strickland made a layup at the other end for Washington's final lead, 74-73, with 6:39 left.

The Grizzlies closed the third with an 18-6 run, ignited by Harrington's basket with 6:13 remaining. Reeves had four points on the run as did Abdur-Rahim, who capped it with a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left.

"I don't think we did anything offensively different," Reeves said. "We ran the same plays tonight as we always have. We hit the shots. Although we were high-scoring, we shut them down and got the lead in the third and that's where it was won. We went through a couple of hard days of practice on Monday and Tuesday and it's good to come out and get a win."

Washington could not close the deficit under double digits in the fourth quarter when Vancouver made 9-of-15 shots and 10-of14 free throws. Abdur-Rahim was 12-of-12 from the line, making half of those in the fourth.

Harrington scored 15 points in the first half when the Grizzlies built a 64-57 lead.

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