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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 24 19 23 18 84 MIAMI 21 28 17 9 75 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 22, RICHARD HAMILTON 19, CHRIS WHITNEY 14 MIA - LAPHONSO ELLIS 24, EDDIE JONES 13, ANTHONY CARTER 11

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 8, MICHAEL JORDAN 7 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2 MIA - ROD STRICKLAND 7, ANTHONY CARTER 5

ATT: 20,118


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (84) AT MIAMI (75)

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

JORDAN F 38 10-20 2-3 1 6 7 5 2 0 2 22 LAETTNER F 39 3-5 3-4 0 8 8 2 3 2 2 9 J WHITE C 11 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 0 0 2 R HAMILTON G 39 6-17 6-6 2 2 4 0 4 0 3 19 C WHITNEY G 30 6-10 0-0 0 4 4 2 2 2 2 14 HAYWOOD 10 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 4 LUE 24 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 1 4 DAVIS 26 3-7 0-0 1 4 5 2 1 0 0 8 P JONES 17 0-2 0-0 2 3 5 1 2 0 0 0 BROWN 6 0-1 2-4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-74 13-17 10 35 45 13 17 4 10 84 (.446) (.765) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 10(2 PTS)

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

ALLEN F 8 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 ELLIS F 40 9-12 3-4 3 4 7 0 3 0 1 24 MOURNING C 33 2-7 0-0 2 6 8 1 4 0 1 4 CARTER G 33 5-15 1-2 1 3 4 5 2 0 1 11 JONES G 45 5-13 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 2 1 13 STEPANIA 10 0-1 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 HOUSE 27 2-8 0-0 1 6 7 2 1 0 0 5 GATLING 19 4-9 1-1 2 2 4 0 1 0 2 9 STRICKLAND 25 3-15 1-1 0 4 4 7 0 3 2 7 HAMILTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACK DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HIP FLEXOR MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-82 8-10 12 29 41 16 15 5 8 75 (.378) (.800) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 9(11 PTS)

WASHINGTON 24 19 23 18 - 84 MIAMI 21 28 17 9 - 75

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - LAETTNER 2, J WHITE, BROWN. MIAMI - JONES 3, HOUSE 2, MOURNING, ELLIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 5-10 (.500), JORDAN 0-1, R HAMILTON 1-2, C WHITNEY 2-3, DAVIS 2-4. MIAMI 5-11 (.455), ELLIS 3-5, JONES 1-3, HOUSE 1-2, GATLING 0-1. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - HAYWOOD, MIAMI - HOUSE, HEAD COACH RILEY. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, RON OLESIAK, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 20,118. T - 2:03.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jordan 38 10-20 2-3 1-7 5 2 22 Laettner 39 3-5 3-4 0-8 2 3 9 J White 11 1-2 0-0 2-5 0 2 2 R Hamilton 39 6-17 6-6 2-4 0 4 19 C Whitney 30 6-10 0-0 0-4 2 2 14 Haywood 10 2-4 0-0 1-3 0 0 4 Lue 24 2-6 0-0 0-3 1 1 4 Davis 26 3-7 0-0 1-5 2 1 8 P Jones 17 0-2 0-0 2-5 1 2 0 Brown 6 0-1 2-4 1-1 0 0 2 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-74 13-17 10-45 13 17 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Jordan 0-1, R Hamilton 1-2, C Whitney 2-3, Davis 2-4). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 4 (Laettner 2, J White, Brown). Turnovers: 10 (R Hamilton 3, C Whitney 2, Jordan 2, Laettner 2, Lue). Steals: 4 (C Whitney 2, Laettner 2).

MIAMI (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Allen 8 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Ellis 40 9-12 3-4 3-7 0 3 24 Mourning 33 2-7 0-0 2-8 1 4 4 Carter 33 5-15 1-2 1-4 5 2 11 Jones 45 5-13 2-2 0-2 1 2 13 Stepania 10 0-1 0-0 2-4 0 1 0 House 27 2-8 0-0 1-7 2 1 5 Gatling 19 4-9 1-1 2-4 0 1 9 Strickland 25 3-15 1-1 0-4 7 0 7 Hamilton DNP - coach's decision Mack DNP - strained right hip flexor Marks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-82 8-10 12-41 16 15 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.378, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Ellis 3-5, Jones 1-3, House 1-2, Gatling 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Jones 3, House 2, Mourning, Ellis). Turnovers: 9 (Gatling 2, Strickland 2, Carter, Ellis, Jones, Mourning). Steals: 5 (Strickland 3, Jones 2). ____________________________________________ Washington 24 19 23 18 - 84 Miami 21 28 17 9 - 75 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Haywood, 10:24 2nd). Miami 2 (House, 10:24 2nd; Head Coach Riley, 6:24 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,118. T: 2:03. Officials: Ron Garretson, Ron Olesiak, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- For the second straight night, the Miami Heat showed why they may be the worst team in the NBA.

Michael Jordan scored eight of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and Richard Hamilton added 19 as the Washington Wizards rallied for an 84-75 victory over the abysmal Heat, who have lost 11 in a row for the first time in more than a decade.

Coming off Thursday's embarrassing loss to the Chicago Bulls, Miami seemed motivated for 26 minutes, but blew a 13-point lead in the third quarter and collapsed in the fourth.

Jordan was held scoreless in the third as Washington stormed back, but he came up huge in the final period.

Miami had a 70-68 lead on a layup by Anthony Carter with 9:28 to go, but the Wizards reeled off 10 straight points, highlighted by three jumpers from Jordan.

Jordan forged a 70-70 tie on a short jumper with 8:19 left and and Hamilton gave Washington the lead for good on a jump shot 23 seconds later.

Tyronn Lue made a tough baseline jump shot before Jordan capped the run with a pair of 18-footers to make it 78-70 with 3:23 to go.

"Our defense just caved," Miami coach Pat Riley. "It just caved. You just can't keep guarding and guarding and guarding and never get any sugar at the other end. It just deflates everything. The major problem is that we just can't score when it counts."

The Heat missed 11 straight shots during the run and did not score again until LaPhonso Ellis made a pair of free throws with 2:16 remaining.

Miami made 6-of-23 shots in the final period and suffered its 11th straight defeat -- its longest slide since dropping 13 in a row from December 19, 1989-January 13, 1990.

"If you have anything in you, you just continue to fight," Ellis said. "You won't see any white flags. There is a sense of urgency to get things going in the right direction."

The Wizards snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Heat, led by Jordan, who made 10-of-20 shots. He also collected seven rebounds and five assists.

"This is his calling card," Washington coach Doug Collins said. "To go into other people's houses and play these kind of games."

Chris Whitney scored 14 points and Christian Laettner added nine and eight rebounds for Washington, which has won consecutive games for the second time this season.

Ellis led Miami with 24 points and Eddie Jones scored 13. Carter chipped in 11, but Alonzo Mourning was held to four on 2-of-7 shooting.

The Heat shot just 37 percent (31-of-82) overall and were held under 80 points for the sixth time this season.

"We made them shoot perimeter jump shots, and when you're in a losing streak, those shots get harder to make," Collins said. "We just wanted to make sure we didn't give them any layups."

Jordan scored 12 points in the first 10 minutes of the game as the Wizards jumped to a 24-16 lead with 2:24 left in the first quarter.

Miami trailed, 27-21, after Washington's Hubert Davis opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer. But the Heat reponded with a 15-8 run and took a 36-35 lead on a 3-pointer by Ellis with 5:10 to go.

Ellis scored 13 points in the final 5:10 of the period and Jones added six as the Heat managed to build a 49-43 halftime lead.

"The second quarter, we got a little discombobulated," Collins said. "We got in a little foul trouble and I had to rest Michael. Our guys have a real resolve about them and so much of that is Michael."

"I think we really clamped down in the second half after having given away the momentum in the second quarter," Jordan said. "We fought our way back into the game."

Mourning made consecutive baskets to open the second half, and Ellis sank two free throws before Rod Strickland gave Miami its largest lead, 56-43, on a jumper with 9:04 to go.

But Washington scored 16 of the next 18 points, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Whitney, who scored eight points during the burst.

The Wizards eventually tied it, 64-64, on a layup by Whitney with 40 second to go in the third and stayed within striking distance until the decisive run.

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