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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 20 17 26 24 87 NEW YORK 32 8 22 24 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 26, HUBERT DAVIS 14, TYRONN LUE 12 NYK - KURT THOMAS 16, ALLAN HOUSTON 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - BRENDAN HAYWOOD 11, ETAN THOMAS 7 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - CHRIS WHITNEY 4, MICHAEL JORDAN 3 NYK - MARK JACKSON 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (87) AT NEW YORK (86)

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

P JONES F 20 1-5 2-2 2 2 4 1 4 0 1 4 JORDAN F 36 11-22 4-7 0 1 1 3 2 1 4 26 J WHITE C 19 1-3 4-4 0 2 2 0 3 1 1 6 DAVIS G 40 5-12 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 3 0 14 C WHITNEY G 19 1-5 2-2 0 2 2 4 1 2 0 5 HAYWOOD 34 2-8 7-8 4 7 11 1 2 2 1 11 LUE 30 5-13 2-3 1 3 4 2 1 3 1 12 BROWN 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NESBY 20 1-6 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 4 THOMAS 20 1-1 3-4 2 5 7 0 3 1 2 5 R HAMILTON DNP - PULLED RIGHT GROIN SIMMONS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-75 26-32 10 24 34 14 20 13 10 87 (.373) (.813) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 45 3-16 0-0 1 3 4 3 5 0 6 6 THOMAS F 32 8-13 0-0 4 3 7 2 3 2 3 16 CAMBY C 40 5-11 4-4 4 10 14 2 4 1 4 14 HOUSTON G 31 4-9 6-6 0 5 5 2 4 0 4 16 JACKSON G 34 5-6 1-2 2 5 7 8 3 0 2 14 ANDERSON 20 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 6 HARRINGTON 20 4-7 1-1 4 1 5 1 4 0 2 9 WARD 15 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 0 5 KNIGHT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 EISLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-73 12-13 15 30 45 22 27 5 23 86 (.452) (.923) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 23(26 PTS)

WASHINGTON 20 17 26 24 - 87 NEW YORK 32 8 22 24 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE 2, HAYWOOD, BROWN. NEW YORK - CAMBY 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 5-13 (.385), DAVIS 4-7, C WHITNEY 1-4, LUE 0-2. NEW YORK 8-15 (.533), SPREWELL 0-2, HOUSTON 2-2, JACKSON 3-3, ANDERSON 2-4, WARD 1-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, DERRICK STAFFORD, MIKE SMITH. A - 19,763. T - 2:14.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Jones 20 1-5 2-2 2-4 1 4 4 Jordan 36 11-22 4-7 0-1 3 2 26 J White 19 1-3 4-4 0-2 0 3 6 Davis 40 5-12 0-0 0-1 2 1 14 C Whitney 19 1-5 2-2 0-2 4 1 5 Haywood 34 2-8 7-8 4-11 1 2 11 Lue 30 5-13 2-3 1-4 2 1 12 Brown 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Nesby 20 1-6 2-2 1-2 1 3 4 Thomas 20 1-1 3-4 2-7 0 3 5 R Hamilton DNP - pulled right groin Simmons DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-75 26-32 10-34 14 20 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.373, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Davis 4-7, C Whitney 1-4, Lue 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (J White 2, Haywood, Brown). Turnovers: 10 (Jordan 4, Thomas 2, Haywood, J White, Lue, P Jones). Steals: 13 (Davis 3, Lue 3, C Whitney 2, Haywood 2, J White, Jordan, Thomas).

NEW YORK (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 45 3-16 0-0 1-4 3 5 6 Thomas 32 8-13 0-0 4-7 2 3 16 Camby 40 5-11 4-4 4-14 2 4 14 Houston 31 4-9 6-6 0-5 2 4 16 Jackson 34 5-6 1-2 2-7 8 3 14 Anderson 20 2-5 0-0 0-2 1 2 6 Harrington 20 4-7 1-1 4-5 1 4 9 Ward 15 2-6 0-0 0-1 3 2 5 Knight 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Eisley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-73 12-13 15-45 22 27 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.923. 3-Point Goals: 8-15, .533 (Sprewell 0-2, Houston 2-2, Jackson 3-3, Anderson 2-4, Ward 1-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Camby 2). Turnovers: 23 (Sprewell 6, Camby 4, Houston 4, Thomas 3, Harrington 2, Jackson 2, Knight 2). Steals: 5 (Thomas 2, Camby, Knight, Ward). ____________________________________________ Washington 20 17 26 24 - 87 New York 32 8 22 24 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Washington 1 (J White, 3:31 1st). A: 19,763. T: 2:14. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Derrick Stafford, Mike Smith.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks were visited by the ghost of Christmas past.

Michael Jordan scored 26 points and nailed a pull-up jumper over Latrell Sprewell with three seconds left to give the Washington Wizards their record-tying ninth straight win, 87-86 over the struggling Knicks.

In his first two stints in the NBA, Jordan made a habit of torching the Knicks, especially at Madison Square Garden. But he scored just 19 points in the Wizards' season-opening loss here and did not play in the rematch on December 14.

Jordan was inconsistent throughout this game and missed two shots in the final 96 seconds before nailing the clincher. He was off with a jumper with 1:06 left and, after Mark Jackson made 1-of-2 free throws to tie it, misfired on another with 37 seconds to go.

But Sprewell took an ill-advised jumper nine seconds later and Washington gave the ball to Jordan on its final possession. He took the inbounds pass at the top of the circle and drove to the free-throw line, where he pulled up and drained the jumper over Sprewell and Allan Houston.

"They felt Sprewell could contain me," Jordan said. "I just utilized my quickness to get one step ahead of him and got the shot off quick. Sometimes, you have a favorite place to play. This has always been one of my favorite places."

"I felt strongly that Michael was going to make it," Washington coach Doug Collins said. "There is so much pressure on (the Knicks) that if we could keep it close, I thought we could win it at the end."

Sprewell stepped out of bounds on the ensuing possession, capping a terrible game by the Knicks' leading scorer. He was held to six points on 6-of-16 shooting and committed six of New York's 23 turnovers.

"I really feel like tonight is a game that we win if I could make shots," he said. "This one I blame on myself."

Washington also won nine in a row from November 14-December 1, 1978, the season it reached the NBA Finals.

"This nine-game win streak has given us confidence," Jordan said. "We've been playing hard and when you play hard, you get rewarded. That's the only way you're going to change the franchise around. Every time you step on the court you believe that you can win. This is an indication of that. I think it's changing."

Former Knick Hubert Davis scored 14 points and rookie Brendan Haywood had 11 and 11 rebounds for Washington, which won despite shooting just 37 percent (28-of-75).

Houston scored 16 points and Marcus Camby had 14 and 14 rebounds for New York, which fell to 2-6 under coach Don Chaney and has lost four in a row at home for the first time since March 1990.

"We're just not doing the things down the stretch that we need to do to win," said Knicks forward Kurt Thomas, who had 16 points and seven rebounds. "Teams are able to come into our house and leave with victory."

"A lot of the games we play here lately, we haven't been able to close them out," Sprewell said.

The Knicks used a 13-2 run to open up a 77-69 lead with 8:02 remaining in the game. Shandon Anderson scored all six of his points during the spurt on a pair of 3-pointers.

Charlie Ward's 3-pointer gave New York an 80-70 advantage before Washington scored 13 of the next 15 points. The Wizards took an 83-82 lead on a pair of free throws by Haywood with 2:01 left before Jackson tied it 70 seconds later.

Washington stumbled out of the gates without Richard Hamilton, who sat out with a pulled right groin. New York scored the first nine points and reeled off nine straight later in the first period to take a 32-20 lead into the second.

But the Knicks made just 4-of-19 shots and matched a franchise low with eight points in the quarter. The Wizards pulled within 40-37 at halftime and neither team led by more than three until the final period.

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