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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 27 16 13 20 76 WASHINGTON 18 17 29 26 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - SPEEDY CLAXTON 22, MATT HARPRING 13, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 10 WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 29, MICHAEL JORDAN 20, CHRIS WHITNEY 12

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 15, DERRICK COLEMAN 10 WAS - POPEYE JONES 11, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 8

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - DERRICK COLEMAN 3, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2 WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 20,674


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (76) AT WASHINGTON (90)

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

COLEMAN F 39 2-8 5-6 1 9 10 3 2 1 4 9 HARPRING F 37 5-11 2-3 0 0 0 2 4 2 5 13 MUTOMBO C 38 4-12 2-2 5 10 15 0 4 0 3 10 BELL G 21 2-6 0-0 0 5 5 2 4 0 3 4 CLAXTON G 40 9-17 4-5 1 4 5 2 4 0 2 22 CUMMINGS 18 1-5 2-2 2 1 3 1 2 1 0 4 BOWMAN 26 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 8 BLOUNT 13 2-4 0-1 2 2 4 0 3 0 3 4 GEIGER 6 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 BROWN 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 IVERSON DNP - RIGHT ELBOW REHAB MCKIE DNP - RIGHT SHOULDER REHAB

TOTALS 240 30-71 15-19 12 33 45 10 25 5 20 76 (.423) (.789) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 21(10 PTS)

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

JORDAN F 38 7-21 6-9 2 4 6 9 1 2 2 20 LAETTNER F 37 2-9 5-6 4 4 8 2 4 3 1 9 J WHITE C 19 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 1 1 0 R HAMILTON G 39 11-18 7-8 1 2 3 2 2 1 2 29 C WHITNEY G 28 3-8 4-5 1 2 3 1 3 1 1 12 P JONES 30 1-4 0-0 3 8 11 0 4 0 2 2 ALEXANDER 31 4-12 3-4 0 2 2 1 1 3 0 11 NESBY 17 2-2 2-2 0 4 4 2 0 0 0 7 SIMMONS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION LUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - SINUS INFECTION

TOTALS 240 30-74 27-34 11 29 40 17 19 11 9 90 (.405) (.794) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 9(8 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 27 16 13 20 - 76 WASHINGTON 18 17 29 26 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - COLEMAN, CUMMINGS, MUTOMBO. WASHINGTON - LAETTNER 2, J WHITE 2, ALEXANDER, JORDAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 1-8 (.125), COLEMAN 0-3, HARPRING 1-3, BELL 0-1, BOWMAN 0-1. WASHINGTON 3-6 (.500), C WHITNEY 2-4, ALEXANDER 0-1, NESBY 1-1. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, ED F RUSH, BILL KENNEDY. A - 20,674. T - 2:15.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Coleman 39 2-8 5-6 1-10 3 2 9 Harpring 37 5-11 2-3 0-0 2 4 13 Mutombo 38 4-12 2-2 5-15 0 4 10 Bell 21 2-6 0-0 0-5 2 4 4 Claxton 40 9-17 4-5 1-5 2 4 22 Cummings 18 1-5 2-2 2-3 1 2 4 Bowman 26 4-6 0-0 0-1 0 2 8 Blount 13 2-4 0-1 2-4 0 3 4 Geiger 6 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Brown 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Iverson DNP - right elbow rehab Mckie DNP - right shoulder rehab _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-71 15-19 12-45 10 25 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Coleman 0-3, Harpring 1-3, Bell 0-1, Bowman 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Coleman, Cummings, Mutombo). Turnovers: 21 (Harpring 5, Coleman 4, Bell 3, Blount 3, Mutombo 3, Claxton 2). Steals: 5 (Harpring 2, Bowman, Coleman, Cummings).

WASHINGTON (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jordan 38 7-21 6-9 2-6 9 1 20 Laettner 37 2-9 5-6 4-8 2 4 9 J White 19 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 4 0 R Hamilton 39 11-18 7-8 1-3 2 2 29 C Whitney 28 3-8 4-5 1-3 1 3 12 P Jones 30 1-4 0-0 3-11 0 4 2 Alexander 31 4-12 3-4 0-2 1 1 11 Nesby 17 2-2 2-2 0-4 2 0 7 Simmons 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brown DNP - coach's decision Lue DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - sinus infection _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-74 27-34 11-40 17 19 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.794. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (C Whitney 2-4, Alexander 0-1, Nesby 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Laettner 2, J White 2, Alexander, Jordan). Turnovers: 9 (Jordan 2, P Jones 2, R Hamilton 2, C Whitney, J White, Laettner). Steals: 11 (Alexander 3, Laettner 3, Jordan 2, C Whitney, J White, R Hamilton). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 27 16 13 20 - 76 Washington 18 17 29 26 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Defensive Three, 9:12 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,674. T: 2:15. Officials: Jim Clark, Ed F Rush, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The Washington Wizards with a struggling Michael Jordan were better than the Philadelphia 76ers without Allen Iverson.

Jordan got help from hot-shooting Richard Hamilton in the second half and the Wizards rallied for a 90-76 victory in their home opener over the 76ers, who have matched their worst start in four years.

NBC's first NBA telecast prior to Christmas since 1990 -- its first year as the network rights holder -- was being billed as a showdown between superstars Jordan, who has returned after a three-year hiatus, and Iverson, who won the MVP last season as he led the 76ers to the NBA Finals.

But Jordan played erratically and Iverson did not play at all, opting to rest his surgically repaired right elbow. Iverson practiced Friday but indicated it was unlikely he would play.

Hamilton filled the offensive void with 21 of his 29 points in the second half, when Washington outscored Philadelphia 44-10 during one extended stretch.

"We all knew we played terrible in the first half and we figured that we were only down eight points and we played terrible basketball," Hamilton said. "We figured we would come out in the third quarter and go real hard."

Without two-time scoring champion Iverson, the Sixers appeared lost on offense in the second half. They often settled for poor outside shots and scored just 33 points after halftime.

Jordan scored 20 points on 7-of-21 shooting. Working primarily against Matt Harpring, his shooting rhythm clearly was not there, but he did not allow it to affect other aspects of his game and showed trust in his teammates with nine assists.

"When you're not shooting the ball well, there's other things you can do on a basketball court to help the team, and that's what I tried to do," Jordan said.

"If he doesn't have it going offensively, he's going to do other things," Wizards forward Popeye Jones said. "He can do it on the defensive end. He can rebound. And he can get other guys involved."

Rookie Speedy Claxton scored 22 points for Philadelphia, which fell to 0-3. The Sixers lost their first five games under coach Larry Brown to start the 1997-98 season and also dropped their first three n the 1999-2000 campaign. Last year, they won their first 10 en route to the Atlantic Division title.

"It's disappointing. Everyone wants to win here," Harpring said. "When I got traded here, everyone was talking about championships, championships. I know that we don't have Allen Iverson, Eric Snow and Aaron McKie. They're going to help us out tremendously when they come back, but I just want to win a game and start from there."

The Wizards (2-1) ended a six-game losing streak against the Sixers dating to November 24, 1999.

"With anybody in any arena, trust and respect are earned," Wizards guard Chris Whitney said. "We're getting it now, and he's making the plays. That's one thing about this team, we have a lot of people who can shoot the ball. He can bring it up and make things happen for other people. But when he goes out, that's when we really have to execute."

A free throw by Harpring gave Philadelphia its largest lead at 48-35 before Hamilton scored 11 points in a 13-0 run that tied the game midway through the third quarter.

"Rip got really hot in the third quarter, and that kind of got us back into a great rhythm," Jordan said.

A three-point play by Jordan as he headfaked Harpring and drew a foul gave the Wizards a 53-52 lead with 4:41 to go. Washington kept coming and opened a 64-56 advantage behind Hamilton, who scored 15 points in the period.

"He got me on one move -- an and-one," Harpring said. "It was a good move. Yeah, I learned from it. I'll try to stay down on my feet next time and not take his headfakes."

Philadelphia's Corie Blount opened the fourth quarter with a follow shot before Washington rattled off 15 consecutive points. Christian Laettner and Tyrone Nesby had four points each before Jordan's jumper made it 79-56 with 5:25 remaining.

"Once I saw that some of the other guys were stepping up and finding their rhythm, then I wanted to find a way to get them the ball," Jordan said. "Then it was just a matter of setting up those guys by rebounding the ball and passing the ball."

Chris Whitney scored 12 points and Courtney Alexander added 11 for the Wizards, who shot 40.5 percent (30-of-74) but had just nine turnovers. Hamilton made 9-of-11 shots after halftime.

Harpring scored 13 points and Dikembe Mutombo added 10 and 15 rebounds for the Sixers, who shot 42 percent (30-of-71) and held a 45-40 rebounding edge but committed 21 turnovers.

"We just weren't finishing," Claxton said. "We weren't running the offense the right way. We were taking a lot of quick jump shots, which made it easy for them to defend. And we made a lot of turnovers that gave them easy baskets at the other end."

Washington made 27 free throws to 15 for Philadelphia.

The leading scorer among rookies thus far, the 5-11 Claxton had 12 points in the opening half as Philadelphia built a 43-35 lead. Jordan made just 4-of-13 shots and Hamilton was 2-of-7.

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