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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     WASHINGTON       20   26   18   23    87   
     PHILADELPHIA     31   25   33   18    107     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   WAS - KWAME BROWN 17, MICHAEL JORDAN 15, JUAN 
                      DIXON 14
                PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 35, AARON MCKIE 15, ERIC 
                      SNOW 14

Box Score

WASHINGTON (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Hughes 32 5-12 0-0 1-4 4 6 11 K Brown 43 6-10 5-6 2-8 0 5 17 C Laettner 8 2-2 0-0 0-1 2 2 4 T Lue 35 3-9 1-1 0-2 8 3 7 M Jordan 28 6-15 3-4 0-4 4 0 15 J Dixon 26 6-14 0-0 1-2 1 4 14 B Haywood 25 2-3 3-4 2-4 0 1 7 B Simmons 28 2-9 0-0 2-8 3 4 4 J White 15 2-5 4-4 7-9 0 3 8 C Oakley DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE J Stackhouse DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS B Russell DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 16-19 15-42 22 28 87 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (L Hughes 1-2, T Lue 0-2, J Dixon 2-5, B Simmons 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:3 (B Haywood 3). Turnovers:18 (K Brown 5, L Hughes 3, J Dixon 3, T Lue 2, M Jordan 2, B Simmons 2, J White). Steals: 5 (J Dixon 2, C Laettner, B Haywood, K Brown). PHILADELPHIA (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A McKie 28 5-10 5-5 1-3 5 2 15 K Thomas 26 3-7 4-4 2-6 4 2 10 D Coleman 24 2-6 0-0 2-5 3 2 4 E Snow 39 5-7 4-6 0-3 5 3 14 A Iverson 42 11-25 11-12 0-6 6 0 35 T Hill 21 3-5 1-1 3-4 1 0 7 K Van Horn 15 4-7 6-6 2-4 1 2 14 G Buckner 25 1-4 0-0 2-7 1 2 2 J Salmons 10 1-3 4-5 0-1 0 0 6 B Skinner 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 E Rentzias 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 M Williams DNP - STRAINED LEFT KNEE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-76 35-39 12-40 26 16 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.897. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (A McKie 0-1, D Coleman 0-1, A Iverson 2-4, K Van Horn 0-1, G Buckner 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:3 (T Hill, D Coleman, A Iverson). Turnovers:7 (K Thomas 2, A McKie, T Hill, J Salmons, A Iverson, B Skinner). Steals: 15 (E Snow 3, A McKie 2, D Coleman 2, K Thomas 2, G Buckner 2, A Iverson 2, T Hill, J Salmons). ------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON 20 26 18 23 - 87 PHILADELPHIA 31 25 33 18 - 107 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Philadelphia - 1 (Defensive Three, 0:12 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,257. T: 2:23. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Steve Javie, Tommy Nunez.


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (87) AT PHILADELPHIA (107) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L HUGHES F 32 5-12 0-0 1 3 4 4 6 0 3 11 K BROWN F 43 6-10 5-6 2 6 8 0 5 1 5 17 C LAETTNER C 8 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 4 T LUE G 35 3-9 1-1 0 2 2 8 3 0 2 7 M JORDAN G 28 6-15 3-4 0 4 4 4 0 0 2 15 J DIXON 26 6-14 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 2 3 14 B HAYWOOD 25 2-3 3-4 2 2 4 0 1 1 0 7 B SIMMONS 28 2-9 0-0 2 6 8 3 4 0 2 4 J WHITE 15 2-5 4-4 7 2 9 0 3 0 1 8 C OAKLEY DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE J STACKHOUSE DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS B RUSSELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-79 16-19 15 27 42 22 28 5 18 87 (.430) (.842) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 18 (21 PTS) PHILADELPHIA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A MCKIE F 28 5-10 5-5 1 2 3 5 2 2 1 15 K THOMAS F 26 3-7 4-4 2 4 6 4 2 2 2 10 D COLEMAN C 24 2-6 0-0 2 3 5 3 2 2 0 4 E SNOW G 39 5-7 4-6 0 3 3 5 3 3 0 14 A IVERSON G 42 11-25 11-12 0 6 6 6 0 2 1 35 T HILL 21 3-5 1-1 3 1 4 1 0 1 1 7 K VAN HORN 15 4-7 6-6 2 2 4 1 2 0 0 14 G BUCKNER 25 1-4 0-0 2 5 7 1 2 2 0 2 J SALMONS 10 1-3 4-5 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 6 B SKINNER 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 E RENTZIAS 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 M WILLIAMS DNP - STRAINED LEFT KNEE TOTALS 240 35-76 35-39 12 28 40 26 16 15 7 107 (.461) (.897) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 8 (6 PTS) WASHINGTON 20 26 18 23 - 87 PHILADELPHIA 31 25 33 18 - 107 BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - B HAYWOOD 3. PHILADELPHIA - T HILL, D COLEMAN, A IVERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-10 (.300), L HUGHES 1-2, T LUE 0-2, J DIXON 2-5, B SIMMONS 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 2-8 (.250), A MCKIE 0-1, D COLEMAN 0-1, A IVERSON 2-4, K VAN HORN 0-1, G BUCKNER 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHILADELPHIA - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, STEVE JAVIE, TOMMY NUNEZ. A - 21,257. T - 2:23.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia 76ers gave Michael Jordan a touching send-off. The Washington Wizards returned the favor. Jordan's fabulous career came to an end amid cheers and tears as his Wizards were trounced, 107-87, by the 76ers, who clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Perhaps the greatest player in NBA history, Jordan scored 15 points in the finale to his 15-year career, which included 10 scoring titles, six championships, five MVP awards, two comebacks and a seemingly endless reel of highlights. "Basketball has been my life," Jordan said. "No way you would ever have come in contact with me without the game of basketball. No way would I have been in contact with a lot of other people without the game of basketball. It gave me an outlet. It gave me a chance to experience life all over the world, not just here in the States. It taught me a lot of things about life in terms of respect, hard work, determination, achievement, setting goals, a lot of basic things in life. "I've used the game as much as the game has used me, as a method of teaching the game and passing on the correct way to play the game. It obviously gave me a lot of opportunities in terms of materialistic things as well as being able to touch people's lives. We've been a great relationship. It's been like my best friend, but sometimes you have to grow up and move away from your best friend. It's always going to be there in my mind and nothing is going to erase what I have attained just by having basketball as a friend." It was a day-long celebration in "The City of Brotherly Love," where the folks who perfected the art of booing showed No. 23 they could cheer long and loud, too. "This was a great send-off," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "I remember my dad talking about Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth and I remember how in love I became with Jackie Robinson I became growing up in Brooklyn. I even walked like him. And then my son got to see Michael (tonight) and spend time with him, and he's going to be able to say the same thing I said about Jackie." "I think the fans here were superb in the way that they treated him and the way they reacted to him," Sixers superstar Allen Iverson added. Prior to the game, 76ers greats Julius Erving and Moses Malone accompanied Eric Snow in greeting Jordan, who received a hug from Erving and a golf cart from Snow on behalf of the team. "It was greatly deserved," Iverson said. "He meant everything to the game, the greatest player of all time." During the pregame introductions, the Sixers turned the microphone over to Ray Clay, the former public address announcer of the Chicago Bulls who launched into his patented growl, "From North ... Carolina ... 6-6 ... number 23 ... Michael ... Jordan!!!" As Jordan shook hands with Clay, a two-minute standing ovation ensued. Jordan rocked back and forth, trying not to cry while staring at the sneakers that he turned into a status symbol. "Now I guess it hits me that I am not going to be in a uniform anymore, and that's not a terrible feeling," Jordan said. "It's not terrible. It's something that I have come to grips with and it's time." Although he departs with the highest scoring average at 30.2 points, Jordan's finale left the sellout crowd of 21,257 and a national TV audience wanting a bit more. He made 6-of-15 shots and had just one dunk - from right underneath the hoop at the end of the first half. With 4:13 left in the period and the Wizards trailing, 75-56, Jordan went to the bench for rookie Juan Dixon. Despite repeated chants of "We Want Mike!" at the First Union Center, it appeared he would not return. Then with 2:35 left, Jordan re-entered to a roar. Fifty seconds later, Snow gave a foul to put him on the line, and Jordan sank two free throws to countless glimmers of flash bulbs. The Wizards quickly gave a foul and Jordan exited to an ovation that lasted three minutes and culminated with Washington coach Doug Collins pushing him onto the floor to give a final wave to an adoring crowd. "I didn't think I would go back into the game," Jordan said. "They (the fans) wanted to see me make a couple baskets and come off. That was very respectful. I had a good time. Obviously, I would have much rather have won the game, but I had a good time." "I said, `Michael, I played here. I've at least got to be able to come back to this city. You got to go in,'" Collins said. "He was so stiff and I said, `Go in for a minute or whatever.' ... It was great that he was fouled, that he can make the free throws and we can foul to get him out. It was great the way it worked out." The atmosphere mirrored that of an All-Star Game and allowed the Sixers to sprint to an easy win. With the Wizards putting up little resistance, Iverson scored 35 points as Philadelphia (48-34) claimed fourth place in the Eastern Conference. "Having to come in here and get a must-win, it was tough," Iverson said. "But I think the guys approached the game real relaxed and didn't get too hyped up." The Sixers will face the New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the playoffs. In 2000, they beat the Hornets in the opening round. Iverson scored 20 points in the first half, when Philadelphia led by as many as 17 points before settling for a 56-46 lead. Jordan opened the second half with a jumper, but Washington got no closer. Iverson had three behind-the-back passes that led to fast-break layups and helped push the lead to 89-64 entering the final period. Aaron McKie scored 15 points and Snow and Keith Van Horn added 14 apiece for the Sixers. Van Horn and fellow big man Derrick Coleman both returned from injuries that sidelined them during Philadelphia's three-game slide. Kwame Brown scored 17 points and Dixon added 14 for the Wizards, who were swept in the four-game season series. "The 76ers brought out the worst in us all year long," Collins said.


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