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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 21 19 24 16 80 WASHINGTON 27 26 26 17 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 18, ALLAN HOUSTON 13, LATRELL SPREWELL 13 WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 34, MICHAEL JORDAN 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 10, KURT THOMAS 10 WAS - POPEYE JONES 11, JAHIDI WHITE 10

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHARLIE WARD 11, ALLAN HOUSTON 2 WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 7, MICHAEL JORDAN 6

ATT: 20,674


Extended Box

NEW YORK (80) AT WASHINGTON (96)

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

SPREWELL F 33 2-10 9-9 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 13 THOMAS F 22 3-11 0-0 4 6 10 1 4 0 3 6 CAMBY C 20 4-7 1-2 1 3 4 1 3 1 1 9 HOUSTON G 29 5-13 2-2 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 13 JACKSON G 15 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 HARRINGTON 32 8-11 2-4 4 6 10 0 2 0 2 18 WARD 26 0-6 0-0 0 3 3 11 2 0 0 0 ANDERSON 26 1-6 3-7 1 5 6 1 1 1 0 5 KNIGHT 22 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 2 EISLEY 12 2-5 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 5 POSTELL 3 0-1 3-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-82 21-30 10 29 39 19 21 4 10 80 (.354) (.700) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

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

JORDAN F 34 8-19 3-3 0 6 6 6 4 1 5 19 LAETTNER F 5 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 J WHITE C 23 2-5 0-2 2 8 10 0 4 0 1 4 R HAMILTON G 40 14-24 5-5 2 3 5 7 4 1 1 34 C WHITNEY G 22 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 8 P JONES 35 3-6 3-4 4 7 11 2 3 4 2 9 DAVIS 23 3-5 2-2 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 9 HAYWOOD 23 1-3 0-3 0 4 4 1 4 0 0 2 LUE 25 1-10 0-0 0 3 3 4 2 0 0 3 BROWN 6 1-2 2-2 3 2 5 1 1 0 1 4 THOMAS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NESBY 2 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 38-82 15-21 12 37 49 27 28 6 10 96 (.463) (.714) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

NEW YORK 21 19 24 16 - 80 WASHINGTON 27 26 26 17 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - THOMAS 2, CAMBY, WARD, HARRINGTON. WASHINGTON - J WHITE 4, HAYWOOD 3, JORDAN 2, LAETTNER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 1-15 (.067), SPREWELL 0-3, HOUSTON 1-3, WARD 0-3, ANDERSON 0-3, EISLEY 0-2, POSTELL 0-1. WASHINGTON 5-10 (.500), JORDAN 0-1, R HAMILTON 1-2, C WHITNEY 2-2, DAVIS 1-3, LUE 1-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE, WASHINGTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, DON VADEN, MARC DAVIS. A - 20,674. T - 2:13.


Box Score

NEW YORK (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 33 2-10 9-9 0-0 1 2 13 Thomas 22 3-11 0-0 4-10 1 4 6 Camby 20 4-7 1-2 1-4 1 3 9 Houston 29 5-13 2-2 0-3 2 2 13 Jackson 15 3-6 0-0 0-0 1 0 6 Harrington 32 8-11 2-4 4-10 0 2 18 Ward 26 0-6 0-0 0-3 11 2 0 Anderson 26 1-6 3-7 1-6 1 1 5 Knight 22 1-6 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Eisley 12 2-5 1-2 0-2 1 2 5 Postell 3 0-1 3-4 0-0 0 0 3 Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-82 21-30 10-39 19 21 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.354, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 1-15, .067 (Sprewell 0-3, Houston 1-3, Ward 0-3, Anderson 0-3, Eisley 0-2, Postell 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Thomas 2, Camby, Ward, Harrington). Turnovers: 10 (Thomas 3, Harrington 2, Sprewell 2, Camby, Jackson, Knight). Steals: 4 (Anderson, Camby, Eisley, Knight).

WASHINGTON (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jordan 34 8-19 3-3 0-6 6 4 19 Laettner 5 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 0 2 J White 23 2-5 0-2 2-10 0 4 4 R Hamilton 40 14-24 5-5 2-5 7 4 34 C Whitney 22 3-5 0-0 0-0 3 2 8 P Jones 35 3-6 3-4 4-11 2 3 9 Davis 23 3-5 2-2 0-1 2 4 9 Haywood 23 1-3 0-3 0-4 1 4 2 Lue 25 1-10 0-0 0-3 4 2 3 Brown 6 1-2 2-2 3-5 1 1 4 Thomas 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Nesby 2 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-82 15-21 12-49 27 28 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Jordan 0-1, R Hamilton 1-2, C Whitney 2-2, Davis 1-3, Lue 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 10 (J White 4, Haywood 3, Jordan 2, Laettner). Turnovers: 12 (Jordan 5, P Jones 2, Brown, J White, R Hamilton). Steals: 6 (P Jones 4, Jordan, R Hamilton). ____________________________________________ New York 21 19 24 16 - 80 Washington 27 26 26 17 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Defensive Three, 6:32 2nd). Washington 1 (Defensive Three, 7:27 2nd). Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (Anderson, 8:53 2nd). A: 20,674. T: 2:13. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Don Vaden, Marc Davis.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Michael Jordan's explosiveness appears to be rubbing off on Richard Hamilton.

Hamilton scored 27 of his season-high 34 points in the opening half and starred during the decisive second quarter as the streaking Washington Wizards handed the tired New York Knicks a 96-80 setback.

Jordan recovered from a slow start to collect 19 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Wizards, who won their fifth straight game in dominating fashion over New York, which arrived in the Washington area around sunrise.

"We had a big advantage that they got in at 7:00 and I'm pretty sure they were tired and we were well-rested," Jordan said. "I think that when we have teams like that we sense blood and we have to go attack. I think tonight was a great example of a young team learning to take advantage of the opportunity."

The Knicks, who suffered a tough loss in Detroit on Thursday night, fell behind by 15 points late in the first half and were never in this one.

"We need rest," said Don Chaney, who fell to 1-3 as Knicks coach. "I don't know what time the players got to bed, but I know I didn't go to bed until about 9:30. It was tough."

However, the night did not feature all good news for Washington, which lost starting forward Christian Laettner to a broken left fibula early in the first quarter. Laettner, the Wizards' fourth-leading scorer, will be sidelined for a month.

The one good stretch of the game for the Knicks came early in the second quarter, when they put together a quick 8-0 run to pull within 31-29 on a jumper by Othella Harrington, who finished with a team-high 18 points.

However, Hamilton and Jordan combined for all of Washington's points during an ensuing 11-1 run that essentially turned the contest into a laugher.

"We just wanted to play aggressive," Hamilton said. "I think that early in the game MJ was giving me the ball and late in the game I was passing to him. We're learning to play with each other each and every day."

Jordan began the burst by making a technical free throw and Hamilton followed by driving into the lane for a basket. Jordan hit a jumper and Hamilton did the same after he made two free throws.

"We ran good plays for (Hamilton)," said Wizards coach Doug Collins. "He was coming off those screens with speed. He was hitting his shot, he was getting out on the court more. He had five rebounds and seven assists so he is playing the whole game."

Shandon Anderson went 1-of-2 from the line for New York before Jordan's jumper gave the Wizards a commanding 40-29 advantage with 4:12 to play in the opening half.

"It feels great any time you win five in a row," added Hamilton. "A lot of guys in this locker room have probably never won five games in a row. It's definitely a confidence booster. We just want to keep building."

Hamilton, guarded by Allan Houston, was basically unstoppable in the second period, totaling 14 points. He finished 14-of-24 from the field and made all five of his free-throw attempts.

With just under three minutes left in the third quarter, Hamilton's 3-pointer from the top of the key pushed the Wizards' cushion to 75-58.

Popeye Jones had 11 rebounds and Jahidi White grabbed 10 ffor Washington, which held a 49-39 advantage on the boards and shot 46 percent (38-of-82) from the field.

The Knicks, who received 13 points apiece from Latrell Sprewell and Houston, connected on just 35 percent (29-of-82) of their shots and were a meager 1-of-15 from 3-point range.

"I'm sure our players are hurting right now because we weren't on our game," Chaney said. "I was watching our shooters shoot, and they weren't even coming close. We were a step slow and we had no rhythm. There were just too many signs of fatigue."

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