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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     WASHINGTON       21   22   21   25    89   
     NEW YORK         19   18   27   20    84      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 23, JERRY STACKHOUSE 22, 
                      LARRY HUGHES 11
                NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 22, LATRELL SPREWELL 13, 
                      HOWARD EISLEY 13

HIGH REBOUND:   WAS - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 11, MICHAEL JORDAN 
                      10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6
                NYK - KURT THOMAS 12, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 8, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   WAS - JERRY STACKHOUSE 3, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 
                      3, MICHAEL JORDAN 3
                NYK - CHARLIE WARD 5, LATRELL SPREWELL 4, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   19,763

Box Score

WASHINGTON (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Laettner 27 2-7 4-4 3-11 3 2 8 J Stackhouse 43 6-15 8-8 0-4 3 2 22 B Haywood 21 2-4 0-0 2-6 1 1 4 L Hughes 39 4-14 3-4 2-3 2 3 11 M Jordan 41 8-25 7-9 5-10 3 2 23 T Lue 22 2-6 0-0 1-1 1 1 5 K Brown 23 3-5 0-1 2-3 1 3 6 C Oakley 13 1-2 4-4 1-6 0 1 6 E Thomas 11 2-4 0-0 0-3 0 2 4 B Russell DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Simmons DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Dixon DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-82 26-30 16-47 14 17 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (J Stackhouse 2-5, T Lue 1-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:5 (K Brown 3, C Laettner, L Hughes). Turnovers:10 (C Laettner 2, L Hughes 2, M Jordan 2, K Brown 2, J Stackhouse, B Haywood). Steals: 9 (J Stackhouse 2, C Laettner 2, L Hughes 2, C Oakley, T Lue, M Jordan). NEW YORK (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp O Harrington 24 2-5 0-0 4-8 0 5 4 L Sprewell 39 3-13 6-8 1-4 4 2 13 K Thomas 28 3-10 0-0 3-12 3 6 6 H Eisley 25 5-10 0-0 0-0 3 4 13 A Houston 37 8-24 5-6 1-7 3 3 22 C Weatherspoon 24 3-5 2-2 5-7 1 1 8 C Ward 23 1-4 0-0 1-4 5 3 3 S Anderson 15 2-5 1-2 1-2 0 3 5 M Doleac 19 2-7 0-0 1-4 0 1 4 L Nailon 6 3-4 0-0 0-0 2 0 6 T Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Postell DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-87 14-18 17-48 21 28 84 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.368, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (L Sprewell 1-3, H Eisley 3-6, A Houston 1-7, C Ward 1-2, S Anderson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:1 (C Weatherspoon). Turnovers:12 (O Harrington 4, C Ward 3, M Doleac 2, C Weatherspoon, S Anderson, L Sprewell). Steals: 4 (C Weatherspoon, L Sprewell, K Thomas, H Eisley). ------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON 21 22 21 25 - 89 NEW YORK 19 18 27 20 - 84 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Washington - 2 (Defensive Three, 2:50 3rd; C Laettner, 7:35 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:14. Officials: Derek Richardson, Eddie F. Rush, Mike Henderson.


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (89) AT NEW YORK (84) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C LAETTNER F 27 2-7 4-4 3 8 11 3 2 2 2 8 J STACKHOUSE F 43 6-15 8-8 0 4 4 3 2 2 1 22 B HAYWOOD C 21 2-4 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 0 1 4 L HUGHES G 39 4-14 3-4 2 1 3 2 3 2 2 11 M JORDAN G 41 8-25 7-9 5 5 10 3 2 1 2 23 T LUE 22 2-6 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 5 K BROWN 23 3-5 0-1 2 1 3 1 3 0 2 6 C OAKLEY 13 1-2 4-4 1 5 6 0 1 1 0 6 E THOMAS 11 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 4 B RUSSELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SIMMONS DNP - COACH'S DECISION J DIXON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 30-82 26-30 16 31 47 14 17 9 10 89 (.366) (.867) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11 (15 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === O HARRINGTON F 24 2-5 0-0 4 4 8 0 5 0 4 4 L SPREWELL F 39 3-13 6-8 1 3 4 4 2 1 1 13 K THOMAS C 28 3-10 0-0 3 9 12 3 6 1 0 6 H EISLEY G 25 5-10 0-0 0 0 0 3 4 1 0 13 A HOUSTON G 37 8-24 5-6 1 6 7 3 3 0 0 22 C WEATHERSPOON 24 3-5 2-2 5 2 7 1 1 1 1 8 C WARD 23 1-4 0-0 1 3 4 5 3 0 3 3 S ANDERSON 15 2-5 1-2 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 5 M DOLEAC 19 2-7 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 2 4 L NAILON 6 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 T KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION L POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-87 14-18 17 31 48 21 28 4 12 84 (.368) (.778) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13 (12 PTS) WASHINGTON 21 22 21 25 - 89 NEW YORK 19 18 27 20 - 84 BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - K BROWN 3, C LAETTNER, L HUGHES. NEW YORK - C WEATHERSPOON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-6 (.500), J STACKHOUSE 2-5, T LUE 1- 1. NEW YORK 6-20 (.300), L SPREWELL 1-3, H EISLEY 3-6, A HOUSTON 1- 7, C WARD 1-2, S ANDERSON 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: WASHINGTON - DEFENSIVE THREE, C LAETTNER. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEREK RICHARDSON, EDDIE F. RUSH, MIKE HENDERSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:14.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The Washington Wizards showed they could win a close game without any help from Michael Jordan. Jordan went scoreless over the final five minutes but Jerry Stackhouse and Charles Oakley picked up the slack and lifted the Wizards to their sixth win in seven games, an 89-84 victory over the New York Knicks. "Thank God for Stack and Oak, we won this game tonight," Jordan said. "Our experienced players stepped up and won this game." In his penultimate visit to Madison Square Garden, Jordan thrilled the sellout crowd of 19,763, collecting 23 points and 10 rebounds. He turned "The World's Most Famous Arena" into a light show of flash bulbs each time he stepped to the foul line. But for all his popularity and magnetism, Jordan did not play extremely well. One month shy of his 40th birthday, he made just 8-of-25 shots and was not a factor down the stretch. "He actually missed a lot of easy ones," said Knicks swingman Latrell Sprewell, who took his turn defending Jordan. "He could have had a lot more points than he had." "I missed several easy tip-ins, layups and everything in the final minutes," Jordan said. Stackhouse and Oakley covered for Jordan, splitting Washington's last 12 points. After a slow start, Stackhouse finished with 22 points. Oakley, a former Knick, scored all of his points in the final 1:45. "As a team, we can't sit back and expect Mike to be on all night in every game," Stackhouse said. "Tonight we kept playing hard and made the right plays. "We're learning that sometimes when Mike is off, we just need to step up as a team, and experienced players like myself need to continue like tonight and find a way to win," said Oakley, a 17-year veteran. Veteran forward Christian Laettner had eight points, 11 rebounds and a key blocked shot for the Wizards, who bounced back from Friday's home loss to Golden State and beat the Knicks for the fifth straight time. "The good thing is we have experienced players on the court, so when Mike is off, they know what to do, instead of our younger players, who sometimes lose focus of what's going on," Washington coach Doug Collins said. Allan Houston scored 22 points but missed a jumper in the waning seconds for the Knicks, who were unable to build on Friday's win at Philadelphia and lost for the fourth time in five games. Those games have been decided by a combined 15 points. "It takes its toll after a while, but if I want my players to bounce back, I have to bounce back as well," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "It hurts right now. ... You play well enough to be there, you want to win." The Knicks took a 67-64 lead early in the final period, but Stackhouse tied it with a 3-pointer and Jordan returned to score eight points over the next four-plus minutes, helping the Wizards open a 77-72 lead with 5:18 to play. "He's not the guy you go to for four quarters," Chaney said. "But late in the game, he's still a go-to guy. He made some big hoops when they really needed it." But that was it for Jordan. Two free throws by Stackhouse made it 79-75 before Sprewell drilled a 3-pointer and free throw to tie it with two minutes to go. Stackhouse found Oakley for an inside bucket and Laettner jumped out to swat a jumper by Houston. Sprewell responded with a steal that led to Clarence Weatherspoon's tying free throws with 1:04 remaining. Oakley rebounded Houston's potential go-ahead 3-pointer and was fouled with 34 seconds left. On the line for the first time in 2003, he calmly made both to give Washington the lead. "Oak won the game with his rebounding and clutch free throws," Stackhouse said. Just 13 seconds later, Howard Eisley had the Garden rocking with a 3-pointer for an 84-83 edge. But Stackhouse exploded past Shandon Anderson and drew a foul. His two free throws gave the Wizards the lead for good with 17 seconds to play. Guarded by Stackhouse, Houston dribbled right and pulled up for a 10-footer that was short. Again, Oakley rebounded and was fouled, making two foul shots for an 89-87 lead with 4.1 seconds remaining. "When it left my hand, I thought it was good," said Houston, who made 8-of-24 shots. "It was just short." Out of timeouts, the Knicks never got a potential tying shot as Stackhouse stole the inbounds pass and added two more from the line. Larry Hughes scored 11 points for Washington, which shot under 37 percent (30-of-82) but made 26-of-30 free throws. Sprewell and Eisley scored 13 points apiece for the Knicks, who also shot below 37 percent (32-of-87) and made 14-of-18 foul shots. One night after setting a team record with 16 3-pointers, New York was just 6-of-20 from the arc. "We opened up by taking long-range shots," Chaney said. "I thought that set the tone of the game. Every game is different, and after tonight, I hope they're aware of that." Jordan scored 10 points in the first quarter as Washington grabbed a 21-19 lead. Stackhouse did not score until the 5:26 mark of the second period, then had nine in the rest of the half as the Wizards pushed the advantage to 43-37. Houston scored 15 points in the third quarter, which ended in a 64-64 tie. But he managed just three in the final period, and the Knicks fell to 0-7 in the finale of back-to-back games. "You wanna kill that nonsense about not winning back-to-back games, but it comes down to making plays," Houston said.


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