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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     WASHINGTON       28   28   19   16    91   
     MIAMI            21   28   15   23    87      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 25, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 
                      13, LARRY HUGHES 13
                MIA - CARON BUTLER 19, EDDIE HOUSE 10, RASUAL 
                      BUTLER 10

HIGH REBOUND:   WAS - KWAME BROWN 10, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 8, 
                      FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4
                MIA - MALIK ALLEN 8, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   WAS - TYRONN LUE 7, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 6, 
                      MICHAEL JORDAN 4
                MIA - CARON BUTLER 8, SEAN LAMPLEY 4, ANTHONY 
                      CARTER 2

         ATT:   20,152

Box Score

WASHINGTON (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Simmons 24 3-8 0-0 3-4 0 2 6 K Brown 39 5-9 2-4 2-10 1 4 12 C Laettner 39 6-11 1-1 3-8 6 0 13 T Lue 38 4-9 4-4 0-4 7 1 12 M Jordan 40 11-26 3-3 1-2 4 2 25 B Haywood 17 4-4 1-1 2-4 0 2 9 B Russell 13 0-3 1-2 0-4 0 3 1 L Hughes 24 5-11 2-4 0-1 0 0 13 J Dixon 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 C Oakley DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE J Stackhouse DNP - TENDINITIS RIGHT KNEE J White DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-82 14-19 11-37 19 14 91 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (T Lue 0-1, M Jordan 0-1, B Russell 0-1, L Hughes 1-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:2 (C Laettner, L Hughes). Turnovers:11 (C Laettner 2, T Lue 2, B Haywood 2, K Brown 2, L Hughes, M Jordan, J Dixon). Steals: 8 (C Laettner 2, M Jordan 2, K Brown 2, B Russell, J Dixon). MIAMI (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 43 6-13 6-6 1-5 8 1 19 M Allen 28 3-9 0-0 4-8 0 1 6 B Grant 24 1-2 1-2 0-5 0 1 3 A Carter 24 4-7 0-1 0-2 2 1 8 R Butler 20 4-7 0-0 0-1 1 2 10 S Lampley 26 2-6 3-4 2-5 4 4 7 V Stepania 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 L Ellis 20 2-6 3-6 2-5 1 2 8 T Best 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 M James 7 3-4 2-2 0-1 1 1 8 K Johnson 17 3-7 0-0 1-4 0 4 6 E House 15 5-7 0-0 0-1 0 3 10 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-71 15-21 10-38 17 22 87 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (C Butler 1-2, R Butler 2-3, L Ellis 1-3, M James 0-1, E House 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:6 (C Butler 2, B Grant, M Allen, K Johnson, R Butler). Turnovers:17 (B Grant 3, A Carter 3, E House 2, C Butler 2, S Lampley 2, K Johnson 2, R Butler 2, T Best). Steals: 5 (L Ellis, E House, R Butler, C Butler, S Lampley). ------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON 28 28 19 16 - 91 MIAMI 21 28 15 23 - 87 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,152. T: 2:06. Officials: Jason Phillips, Ronnie Nunn, Sean Corbin.


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (91) AT MIAMI (87) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B SIMMONS F 24 3-8 0-0 3 1 4 0 2 0 0 6 K BROWN F 39 5-9 2-4 2 8 10 1 4 2 2 12 C LAETTNER C 39 6-11 1-1 3 5 8 6 0 2 2 13 T LUE G 38 4-9 4-4 0 4 4 7 1 0 2 12 M JORDAN G 40 11-26 3-3 1 1 2 4 2 2 1 25 B HAYWOOD 17 4-4 1-1 2 2 4 0 2 0 2 9 B RUSSELL 13 0-3 1-2 0 4 4 0 3 1 0 1 L HUGHES 24 5-11 2-4 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 13 J DIXON 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 C OAKLEY DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE J STACKHOUSE DNP - TENDINITIS RIGHT KNEE J WHITE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-82 14-19 11 26 37 19 14 8 11 91 (.463) (.737) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12 (6 PTS) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BUTLER F 43 6-13 6-6 1 4 5 8 1 1 2 19 M ALLEN C 28 3-9 0-0 4 4 8 0 1 0 0 6 B GRANT F 24 1-2 1-2 0 5 5 0 1 0 3 3 A CARTER G 24 4-7 0-1 0 2 2 2 1 0 3 8 R BUTLER G 20 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 10 S LAMPLEY 26 2-6 3-4 2 3 5 4 4 1 2 7 V STEPANIA 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 L ELLIS 20 2-6 3-6 2 3 5 1 2 1 0 8 T BEST 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 M JAMES 7 3-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 8 K JOHNSON 17 3-7 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 0 2 6 E HOUSE 15 5-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 2 10 TOTALS 240 34-71 15-21 10 28 38 17 22 5 17 87 (.479) (.714) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17 (16 PTS) WASHINGTON 28 28 19 16 - 91 MIAMI 21 28 15 23 - 87 BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - C LAETTNER, L HUGHES. MIAMI - C BUTLER 2, B GRANT, M ALLEN, K JOHNSON, R BUTLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 1-5 (.200), T LUE 0-1, M JORDAN 0-1, B RUSSELL 0-1, L HUGHES 1-2. MIAMI 4-10 (.400), C BUTLER 1-2, R BUTLER 2- 3, L ELLIS 1-3, M JAMES 0-1, E HOUSE 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JASON PHILLIPS, RONNIE NUNN, SEAN CORBIN. A - 20,152. T - 2:06.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Michael Jordan's final basketball memory of Miami was bittersweet. Jordan scored 25 points to assure himself the league's all-time scoring average crown and guide the Washington Wizards to a 91-87 victory over the Miami Heat, who surprisingly retired the superstar's No. 23 prior to the contest. But minutes after the contest ended, so did the Wizards' playoff aspirations, as Orlando defeated Indiana to claim the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. "I was hoping that we could get in the playoffs," Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "It makes me sad to think that ... Michael Jordan will only have three more games left in his career. That makes me sad." "Orlando won tonight so obviously that knocks us out but we've still got three to finish up the season," Jordan said. "We'd like to get 40 wins and try to build for the future." In a pregame ceremony, Jordan, who will retire after the season, looked stunned as a half-Chicago Bulls, half-Wizards No. 23 jersey was unveiled in the rafters at American Airlines Arena. Heat coach Pat Riley said no player ever again would wear No. 23 for the Heat, an unusual gesture by an opposing team. "I was totally surprised," Jordan said. "It was by far the best gift I could have ever received. To have your jersey retired in someone else's building, that says a lot about (Riley). He's such a competitor, we've had so many battles. It's a class act and I take it as that. It's something very special." "I thought about it a month ago," Riley said. "I discussed it with (managing general partner Micky Arison), and we thought it would be a gesture of goodwill. It was a gesture of goodwill for what he has done for the game." Riley thinks the rest of the NBA should further his team's honoring of Jordan. "The guy has been the greatest player in the history of the game, and I think it wouldn't be a bad idea for every team in this league to hang his number in the rafters as a reminder of what greatness is all about," Riley said. Jordan needed just 17 points over his final four games to maintain his narrow career scoring average lead over Wilt Chamberlain and scored 23 points in the first half as the Wizards took a 56-49 lead into the break. "In all honesty, I thought Pat was playing that psychological game, getting my mind thinking about all the accolades and whatever and the next thing you know I forget about the game," Jordan said. "So I came out early and I said, 'You know what? I'm not going to fall for that.' I came out of the blocks quick and I kind of got into a good rhythm." "Michael was absolutely phenomenal to start the game," Collins said. "He jump-started us and got us the lead and we were able to hold it." After the Heat scored the first seven points of the third quarter, Washington took the lead for good, 58-56, on a layup by Christian Laettner with 7 1/2 minutes left. The Wizards took a 75-64 lead into the fourth quarter but saw the Heat climb within 89-87 on a 3-pointer by Laphonso Ellis with six seconds left. But Tyronn Lue countered with a pair of free throws one second later to cap the scoring. "We were very tired," Collins said. "Tyronn Lue wasn't feeling well. Michael Jordan was really tired. I could tell. We have such a habit of not warming up in the third quarter. We come out, play about five minutes and don't score. We called a timeout, then we scored like ten points straight." Washington was playing without guard Jerry Stackhouse, who did not dress due to right knee tendinitis. "Stack not playing, that hurt, but Larry (Hughes, who had 13 points off the bench) stepped in and gave us some great minutes and helped us with those points that have been missing," Jordan said. Caron Butler scored 19 points to lead Miami, which lost for the sixth time in seven games. Butler's first basket, a running jumper with 1:29 left in the first half, gave him 1,156 points on the season, breaking Sherman Douglas' team record for points by a rookie. "(Jordan is) the greatest ever," Butler said. "He's always a guy that we can look up to. He's leaving the game and we got big shoes to fill. Hopefully the guys coming into the league can do that."


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