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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 27 28 13 34 102 DALLAS 22 16 26 31 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 21, RICHARD HAMILTON 19, BRENDAN HAYWOOD 19 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 32, TIM HARDAWAY 15, STEVE NASH 10

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 12, BRENDAN HAYWOOD 7 DAL - JUWAN HOWARD 6, MICHAEL FINLEY 5

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 DAL - STEVE NASH 10, TIM HARDAWAY 6

ATT: 20,241


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (102) AT DALLAS (95)

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

JORDAN F 35 7-21 7-9 2 10 12 4 3 4 1 21 LAETTNER F 21 2-2 2-2 2 4 6 1 2 0 2 6 J WHITE C 19 4-5 0-0 4 2 6 1 1 0 3 8 R HAMILTON G 42 6-15 6-7 1 4 5 3 4 1 2 19 C WHITNEY G 21 3-5 5-6 1 2 3 4 1 0 2 11 DAVIS 33 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 2 4 LUE 29 5-11 1-2 0 1 1 4 2 2 2 12 P JONES 11 1-2 0-0 1 5 6 0 2 0 1 2 HAYWOOD 28 8-9 3-7 3 4 7 1 3 1 0 19 ALEXANDER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-73 24-33 14 33 47 20 20 9 15 102 (.521) (.727) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(19 PTS)

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

GRIFFIN F 24 4-7 0-0 0 4 4 1 4 1 1 8 MANNING F 12 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 HOWARD C 23 1-6 2-2 4 2 6 5 3 0 1 4 FINLEY G 45 13-22 3-3 2 3 5 3 3 2 3 32 NASH G 41 4-12 0-0 0 2 2 10 5 1 4 10 NEWMAN 20 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 2 BRADLEY 12 1-1 1-2 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 3 T HARDAWAY 31 6-12 2-3 1 2 3 6 2 0 0 15 WANG 13 4-9 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 2 9 ESCHMEYER 2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 NAJERA 17 4-4 0-2 2 1 3 0 3 2 0 8 NOWITZKI DNP - STRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 40-83 8-14 11 19 30 26 28 8 11 95 (.482) (.571) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(13 PTS)

WASHINGTON 27 28 13 34 - 102 DALLAS 22 16 26 31 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - R HAMILTON, HAYWOOD. DALLAS - HOWARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 2-6 (.333), JORDAN 0-1, R HAMILTON 1-1, C WHITNEY 0-1, LUE 1-3. DALLAS 7-18 (.389), MANNING 0-1, FINLEY 3-4, NASH 2-5, NEWMAN 0-2, T HARDAWAY 1-3, WANG 1-3. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - HAYWOOD, DALLAS - T HARDAWAY. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, TOM WASHINGTON, KEVIN FEHR. A - 20,241. T - 2:11.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jordan 35 7-21 7-9 2-12 4 3 21 Laettner 21 2-2 2-2 2-6 1 2 6 J White 19 4-5 0-0 4-6 1 1 8 R Hamilton 42 6-15 6-7 1-5 3 4 19 C Whitney 21 3-5 5-6 1-3 4 1 11 Davis 33 2-3 0-0 0-1 2 2 4 Lue 29 5-11 1-2 0-1 4 2 12 P Jones 11 1-2 0-0 1-6 0 2 2 Haywood 28 8-9 3-7 3-7 1 3 19 Alexander 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brown DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-73 24-33 14-47 20 20 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.521, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Jordan 0-1, R Hamilton 1-1, C Whitney 0-1, Lue 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (R Hamilton, Haywood). Turnovers: 15 (J White 3, C Whitney 2, Davis 2, Laettner 2, Lue 2, R Hamilton 2, Jordan, P Jones). Steals: 9 (Jordan 4, Lue 2, Davis, Haywood, R Hamilton).

DALLAS (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 24 4-7 0-0 0-4 1 4 8 Manning 12 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 3 4 Howard 23 1-6 2-2 4-6 5 3 4 Finley 45 13-22 3-3 2-5 3 3 32 Nash 41 4-12 0-0 0-2 10 5 10 Newman 20 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Bradley 12 1-1 1-2 1-2 1 1 3 T Hardaway 31 6-12 2-3 1-3 6 2 15 Wang 13 4-9 0-0 1-4 0 1 9 Eschmeyer 2 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 Najera 17 4-4 0-2 2-3 0 3 8 Nowitzki DNP - strained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-83 8-14 11-30 26 28 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Manning 0-1, Finley 3-4, Nash 2-5, Newman 0-2, T Hardaway 1-3, Wang 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Howard). Turnovers: 11 (Nash 4, Finley 3, Wang 2, Griffin, Howard). Steals: 8 (Finley 2, Najera 2, Bradley, Griffin, Nash, Newman). ____________________________________________ Washington 27 28 13 34 - 102 Dallas 22 16 26 31 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Haywood, 7:08 2nd). Dallas 1 (T Hardaway, 0:19 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Dallas 1 (Howard, 6:49 3rd). A: 20,241. T: 2:11. Officials: Joe Crawford, Tom Washington, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Michael Jordan finally is getting some help, and the Washington Wizards are reaping the dividends.

Jordan scored 21 points to lead five players in double figures as the Wizards defeated the undermanned Dallas Mavericks, 102-95, for their fifth win in eight games.

Since Jordan complained openly about his team's struggles following a 94-75 loss at Cleveland on November 27, the Wizards are 4-2.

Rookie Brendan Haywood added 19 points off the bench on 8-of-9 shooting and Richard Hamilton, who led Washington in scoring in each of the previous three games, also had 19 points.

"It was a complete effort," Hamilton said. "Everybody stayed together. Everybody came to play. When the game got tough, guys stepped up and made their free throws. That's what it's going to take to win basketball games."

Washington opened a 62-43 lead with 8:27 left in the third quarter, but the Mavericks answered with a 21-6 burst that sliced the deficit to four points heading into the final period.

But like he has done so many times, Jordan took over down the stretch, scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter. He had five to break an 82-82 tie with just over three minutes remaining as the Wizards took the lead for good.

While Washington was jumping out to a big lead, Jordan had little impact. He missed his first 12 jumpers and his only baskets were a dunk and a layup.

"Michael has really struggled with that sore knee," Washington coach Doug Collins said. "He felt pretty good tonight. They did a nice job defensively, but at the end he hit the big shots. He's hoping that soon he'll turn the corner and be feeling and playing better."

"The guys came out and played well," Jordan added. "You could see it in the last couple of games. The guys are starting to come out and play aggressive. We lost our poise a little bit in the third quarter and let them back into the game. In the fourth quarter, we just grinded it out. I was able to help out and get some scoring. We played a good game."

Dallas, which overcame a 21-point deficit on November 20 against Golden State, kept coming back. But Jordan had an answer each time.

"We came out a little flat tonight," Mavericks forward Michael Finley said. "They were definitely the team with a lot of energy, a lot of spunk in the first half. We made it tough on ourselves. Coach (Don) Nelson said that if it came down to a close game at the end, that's when Michael was going to try to take over. He made some big shots, and that's the main reason we lost the game.

"We're getting out of the box slow. When we start out slow like that, then we really have to try to turn it around in the second half. For every five games (we do that), we may come back one time from a 20-point deficit. We can't make that a habit. I think everybody in the locker room knows that and we'll get it fixed."

In the final minutes, Dallas' deficit hovered around three points but could not get over the hump.

The Mavericks tied it at 82-82 with 4:21 left in the fourth quarter on Adrian Griffin's layup. But Jordan answered with a spectacular layup, a free throw and a jumper as Washington led the rest of the way.

Dallas was still in the game as Finley and Steve Nash hit 3-pointers that reduced the deficit to three in the waning seconds.

But Washington made eight free throws down the stretch to seal its fifth road win. The Wizards, who did not record their fifth road victory last season until February 18, made 16-of-19 foul shots in the fourth quarter and 24-of-33 overall.

Finley scored 32 points to lead the Mavericks, who were without Dirk Nowitzki. Dallas' leading scorer was sidelined with a strained tendon in his left ankle.

Nowitzki's replacement was former Wizard Juwan Howard. Making his first appearance since last February's blockbuster trade, Howard had just six points in 23 minutes.

"Well, 30 points and 10 rebounds were sitting on the bench," Finley said. "We have the type of team that when one guy goes down we have other guys who can step it up. Dirk is playing tremendous ball for us. He gives us an added weapon out there. Without him, we were definitely at a loss, but we had the players that could easily have won this game."

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