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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MIAMI            20   28   15   19    82   
     WASHINGTON       21   27   22   19    89      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIA - BRIAN GRANT 16, TRAVIS BEST 16, CARON 
                      BUTLER 14
                WAS - JERRY STACKHOUSE 37, MICHAEL JORDAN 19, 
                      CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 8

Box Score

MIAMI (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 41 4-15 5-8 1-4 5 4 14 M Allen 30 6-9 2-2 1-3 1 5 14 B Grant 39 7-10 2-2 6-11 1 3 16 R Butler 28 5-12 0-0 0-6 3 3 10 T Best 32 6-12 2-2 0-5 4 2 16 V Stepania 22 0-5 0-0 5-10 0 3 0 M James 30 3-10 1-1 0-4 7 3 8 S Lampley 12 1-4 0-1 0-1 0 2 2 A Carter 6 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 L Ellis DNP - COACH'S DECISION E House DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 12-16 13-44 21 25 82 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (C Butler 1-5, R Butler 0-2, T Best 2-3, M James 1-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:4 (B Grant, V Stepania, M Allen, C Butler). Turnovers:14 (B Grant 4, M Allen 4, C Butler 3, V Stepania, R Butler, S Lampley). Steals: 6 (C Butler 3, A Carter 2, M Allen). WASHINGTON (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Stackhouse 42 11-22 14-15 1-5 5 1 37 C Laettner 33 4-10 0-2 1-12 5 4 8 B Haywood 29 1-3 2-2 2-4 0 2 4 M Jordan 39 9-18 1-1 2-8 1 3 19 L Hughes 20 2-6 1-2 1-2 1 1 5 K Brown 12 1-3 0-1 1-2 0 0 2 T Lue 28 1-6 2-2 0-0 1 1 5 B Russell 21 1-3 3-6 2-7 0 2 5 J White 7 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 C Oakley 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 B Simmons 1 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 J Dixon DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-73 25-33 10-41 14 16 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.758. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (J Stackhouse 1-4, M Jordan 0-1, T Lue 1-3, B Russell 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:9 (B Haywood 3, M Jordan 2, J Stackhouse, B Russell, C Laettner, J White). Turnovers:8 (M Jordan 3, T Lue 2, B Haywood 2, L Hughes). Steals: 11 (C Laettner 3, B Russell 2, M Jordan 2, B Haywood 2, J Stackhouse, L Hughes). ------------------------------------------- MIAMI 20 28 15 19 - 82 WASHINGTON 21 27 22 19 - 89 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Miami - 1 (Defensive Three, 5:05 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,173. T: 2:06.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Jerry Stackhouse made sure the Washington Wizards took care of business. With his team's postseason hopes fading, Stackhouse scored 37 points and keyed a pivotal third-quarter burst as the Wizards recorded an 89-82 triumph over the Miami Heat. Stackhouse, who turned his left ankle late in Friday's loss to Detroit, had four points in a 6-0 spurt midway through the third period that snapped a 54-54 tie. He made 14-of-15 free throws, half of his 22 shots from the field and topped 30 points for the seventh time this season. "I was just trying to be aggressive and trying to attack the basket," Stackhouse said. "Slashing and taking the ball to the basket is my game, but I still feel I don't do it enough. Every game, I'm trying to get 20-plus free throws, but a lot of times I come up short." Michael Jordan added 19 points for the Wizards, including five straight to turn a 72-67 lead into a double-digit advantage midway through the final quarter. "Jerry was playing pretty well," Jordan said. "He was shooting the ball in a great rhythm. I just rode him for a while and I just tried to defensively keep the intensity on. When my turn came, I took my shots." The Wizards moved into a tie with Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But Washington plays 11 of its final 16 games on the road. Brian Grant had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat. Rookie Rasual Butler sank a runner with 7:52 left in the third quarter to knot the contest, 54-54. But the Wizards took the lead for good 16 seconds later when Christian Laettner found Stackhouse for a jumper. After a turnover by Miami's Malik Allen, Stackhouse sank two free throws. Caron Butler committed a turnover on the Heat's next possession and Larry Hughes made a driving layup for a 60-54 lead. "We were in the game and then we just went through a spurt where I turned it over, Malik turned it over, there were like three or four straight turnovers," Grant said. "You can't do that when when you are on the road. You can't do that at home either." "We just have the same disease every single night," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "Somewhere in the third quarter we go from playing very well and then all of a sudden we start to play bad. We start turning the ball over and they are like mindless turnovers. I don't know if it is fatigue or carelessness but we always go through a stretch where that gets us going in the wrong direction." Miami got within 60-58, but Stackhouse dunked with 4:31 remaining and found Laettner for a jumper 75 seconds later. The Heat battled back and were within 66-63 with 46 seconds to go, but Tyronn Lue made two free throws and Bryon Russell sank a jumper just before the buzzer to give the Wizards a 70-63 edge. Miami's last gasp came with just under nine minutes remaining. Allen's basket got the Heat within 72-67, but Charles Oakley found Jordan for a jumper and the 40-year-old beat Allen to the hoop for a three-point play that pushed the Wizards' lead to 10. The Heat got no closer than seven the rest of the way. "I think Michael made a big basket to put us up seven," Washington coach Doug Collins said. A very tight first quarter ended with Jordan hitting a fadeaway jumper to give Washington a 21-20 lead. The second quarter was more of the same as a jumper by Stackhouse at the buzzer forged a 48-48 deadlock. Stackhouse had 20 in the first half and Jordan 14, but Grant kept Miami in the game with 12. "We were upset with ourselves at halftime," Laettner said. "It was a tie game, but we felt like it should not have been on our home court. We were mad and coach yelled at us a bit. I think the change made us more aggressive."


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