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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 30 24 38 15 107 DENVER 25 14 17 19 75 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 30, COURTNEY ALEXANDER 16, TYRONN LUE 14 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 16, DONNELL HARVEY 10, ZENDON HAMILTON 10

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - TYRONE NESBY 8, POPEYE JONES 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 10, ZENDON HAMILTON 7, MENGKE BATEER 6

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - TYRONN LUE 9, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 6, CHRIS WHITNEY 5 DEN - TIM HARDAWAY 7, CARLOS ARROYO 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,162


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (107) AT DENVER (75)

WASHINGTON

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

K BROWN F 17 3-5 2-2 1 4 5 1 6 1 2 8 R HAMILTON F 36 11-18 7-8 0 3 3 3 3 1 0 30 C LAETTNER C 18 2-3 1-1 2 3 5 6 3 2 0 5 C ALEXANDER G 28 6-12 4-4 2 1 3 2 2 0 2 16 C WHITNEY G 12 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 5 P JONES 21 3-9 2-2 2 5 7 2 0 1 0 8 E THOMAS 30 2-7 1-1 1 4 5 0 5 2 1 5 T NESBY 21 3-6 0-0 2 6 8 2 0 0 0 7 T LUE 33 5-12 2-2 0 3 3 9 0 1 1 14 M JORDAN 16 2-9 3-3 0 1 1 2 0 2 2 7 J WHITE 8 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 2 B HAYWOOD DNP - INJ - SORE RIGHT KN

TOTALS 240 39-87 24-25 10 31 41 32 22 11 9 107 (.448) (.960) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 10 (12 PTS)

DENVER

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

A MCDYESS F 22 6-11 4-5 2 8 10 0 2 0 3 16 C CHEANEY F 26 2-4 2-2 0 3 3 2 5 0 2 6 J HOWARD C 22 1-6 4-4 2 3 5 0 1 0 2 6 T HARDAWAY G 18 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 7 1 1 4 2 G MCCLOUD G 29 1-5 3-4 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 5 K SATTERFIELD 26 2-8 5-5 0 1 1 3 0 1 3 9 M BATEER 18 2-7 1-2 0 6 6 1 3 0 0 5 R BOWEN 14 0-2 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 V LENARD 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D HARVEY 22 4-10 2-2 1 3 4 3 2 1 3 10 C ARROYO 22 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 0 1 4 Z HAMILTON 16 3-6 4-7 3 4 7 0 0 2 1 10

TOTALS 240 24-72 27-33 9 31 40 23 18 5 20 75 (.333) (.818) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 20 (19 PTS)

WASHINGTON 30 24 38 15 - 107 DENVER 25 14 17 19 - 75

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - P JONES, C WHITNEY, J WHITE, E THOMAS, K BROWN. DENVER - D HARVEY 2, G MCCLOUD, A MCDYESS, J HOWARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 5-10 (.500), R HAMILTON 1-1, C WHITNEY 1- 2, T NESBY 1-2, T LUE 2-5. DENVER 0-3 (.000), G MCCLOUD 0-2, V LENARD 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: WASHINGTON - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. DENVER - J HOWARD. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, BLANE REICHELT. A - 19,162. T - 2:07.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (107)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Brown 17 3-5 2-2 1-5 1 6 8 R Hamilton 36 11-18 7-8 0-3 3 3 30 C Laettner 18 2-3 1-1 2-5 6 3 5 C Alexander 28 6-12 4-4 2-3 2 2 16 C Whitney 12 2-5 0-0 0-0 5 1 5 P Jones 21 3-9 2-2 2-7 2 0 8 E Thomas 30 2-7 1-1 1-5 0 5 5 T Nesby 21 3-6 0-0 2-8 2 0 7 T Lue 33 5-12 2-2 0-3 9 0 14 M Jordan 16 2-9 3-3 0-1 2 0 7 J White 8 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 2 2 B Haywood DNP - INJ - SORE RIGHT KN

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-87 24-25 10-41 32 22 107 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.448, FT-.960. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (R Hamilton 1-1, C Whitney 1-2, T Nesby 1-2, T Lue 2-5). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:5 (P Jones, C Whitney, J White, E Thomas, K Brown). Turnovers:9 (M Jordan 2, C Alexander 2, K Brown 2, J White, E Thomas, T Lue). Steals: 11 (C Laettner 2, M Jordan 2, E Thomas 2, P Jones, K Brown, J White, T Lue, R Hamilton).

DENVER (75)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A McDyess 22 6-11 4-5 2-10 0 2 16 C Cheaney 26 2-4 2-2 0-3 2 5 6 J Howard 22 1-6 4-4 2-5 0 1 6 T Hardaway 18 1-5 0-0 0-1 7 1 2 G McCloud 29 1-5 3-4 0-0 3 3 5 K Satterfield 26 2-8 5-5 0-1 3 0 9 M Bateer 18 2-7 1-2 0-6 1 3 5 R Bowen 14 0-2 2-2 1-2 0 1 2 V Lenard 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Harvey 22 4-10 2-2 1-4 3 2 10 C Arroyo 22 2-6 0-0 0-1 4 0 4 Z Hamilton 16 3-6 4-7 3-7 0 0 10

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 24-72 27-33 9-40 23 18 75 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 0-3, .000 (G McCloud 0-2, V Lenard 0-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:5 (D Harvey 2, G McCloud, A McDyess, J Howard). Turnovers:20 (T Hardaway 4, A McDyess 3, K Satterfield 3, D Harvey 3, C Cheaney 2, J Howard 2, G McCloud, C Arroyo, Z Hamilton). Steals: 5 (Z Hamilton 2, T Hardaway, K Satterfield, D Harvey).

-------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON 30 24 38 15 - 107 DENVER 25 14 17 19 - 75 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Washington - 2 (Defensive Three, 4:33 2nd; Defensive Three, 5:50 2nd). Denver - (J Howard, 9:22 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,162. T: 2:07. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Blane Reichelt.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Just the presence of Michael Jordan seemed to energize the Washington Wizards and leave the Denver Nuggets in awe.

Jordan's return from a knee injury sparked the Wizards, who got 30 points from Richard Hamilton and cruised to a 107-75 victory over the woeful Nuggets, who have lost six straight games.

Jordan had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee on February 27 and missed 12 games. Without their leader and best player, the Wizards faltered, going 4-8 and dropping out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

"This is important. We need to make a run," Jordan said. "These guys have been playing well. If we come in now with the same intensity that these guys have been playing with in the last six games -- other than the (loss to the) Clippers -- we definitely can make a run."

The 39-year-old superstar practiced Tuesday and Wednesday and was activated from the injured list hours before the game.

He rode the stationary bike on the sidelines for the game's first nine minutes before entering to a huge ovation with 2:55 left in the first quarter.

"I told Doug (coach Doug Collins) I donít want to start," said Jordan, who came off the bench for the first time since April 5, 1986. "Itís not an ego thing. The guys that are out there are getting out there quick. I can come off the bench and give some good minutes and go against some of the other teams' second players. Plus, I can see whatís going on and go out there and do something."

"I thought he did well. I thought he was moving," Collins said. "I thought he missed three or four shots that he was going to make that were good looks for him. I think it was a good game for him It was so he could get out there, feel his way along without feeling the pressure of a real tight game. Michael isnít going to come back too early and set himself back because he wants to finish out the season."

Jordan missed his first shot but made a pair of baskets and scored five points in the remainder of the period, helping Washington open a 30-25 lead. He added just one more basket and finished with a rare single-digit total of seven points in 16 minutes, making just 2-of-9 shots.

For once, the Wizards didn't need him. They used big bursts at the beginning of the second and third quarters to run away from the Nuggets and improve to 3-2 on their seven-game road trip.

"His presence helped us out a great deal," Wizards guard Courtney Alexander said. "Just knowing that heís back to help us, it helped out a great deal. I donít know if he intimidated the Nuggets, just obviously his presence helped out a great deal.ď "Heís good for that team in terms of lifting everybodyís game," Nuggets guard Calbert Cheaney said. "He just brings out the best in everybody."

Jordan seemed to bring out the worst in the Nuggets. They shot just 33 percent (24-of-72), committed 20 turnovers and trailed by as many as 36 points as they matched a season high for consecutive losses.

"This was the worst game of the year for us," Denver coach Mike Evans said. "This time of year we are fatigued and we just didnít compete. (Antonio) McDyess was good but nobody else stepped up. No one was intimidated by Michael, but he provided inspiration to his team."

Alexander scored 16 points and former Nuggets draft pick Tyronn Lue added 14 and nine assists for Washington (32-36), which is tied with Miami for ninth in the East, 2 1/2 games behind Charlotte and Indiana for the final playoff berth.

McDyess scored all 16 of his points in the first half for the Nuggets, who have lost five straight home meetings with the Wizards. Denver did not make a 3-pointer for the third straight game.

Washington began the second quarter with a 16-6 surge, building a 46-31 lead on a dunk by teenage rookie Kwame Brown with 6:41 left.

The Wizards led 54-39 at halftime and put away the game with a 21-2 burst at the outset of the third quarter. Hamilton scored 12 points before throwing a lob that Alexander hammered home for a 75-41 lead with 6:32 left. The Nuggets got no closer than 30 points thereafter.

"I really liked the way our team played with 32 assists, only (10) turnovers -- we moved the ball well," said Collins, whose team shot 45 percent (39-of-87) and made 24-of-25 free throws.

"Youíre going to have games like this, so thereís no sense in throwing chairs or anything like that," Evans said.

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