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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 21 22 27 20 90 WASHINGTON 16 23 25 15 79 FINAL


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MIAMI (90) AT WASHINGTON (79)

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

BROWN F 28 0-5 3-4 2 2 4 1 5 1 1 3 MASHBURN F 35 7-16 3-3 2 3 5 4 2 3 0 18 MOURNING C 42 8-14 8-12 4 13 17 3 3 0 3 24 HARDAWAY G 39 6-15 7-9 0 2 2 8 3 1 3 20 MAJERLE G 39 3-4 0-0 0 8 8 4 1 1 4 8 ASKINS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CAUSWELL 6 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 PORTER 28 5-6 1-2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 13 WEATHERSPOON 19 1-5 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 4 EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALTERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-65 24-34 8 32 40 20 22 6 13 90 (.462) (.706) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(9 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 41 8-11 4-4 2 3 5 1 3 1 4 20 THORPE F 35 6-9 0-5 0 5 5 1 5 2 3 12 DAVIS C 13 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 5 0 1 2 RICHMOND G 42 3-15 9-11 1 3 4 1 3 1 2 16 STRICKLAND G 39 6-13 4-8 3 4 7 8 3 1 4 18 CHEANEY 30 1-7 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 1 0 2 COKER 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 JACKSON 1 0-1 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 LEGLER 16 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 2 2 MCINNIS 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 WALLACE 12 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 C WHITNEY 6 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 3

TOTALS 240 28-67 19-30 11 26 37 13 25 6 16 79 (.418) (.633) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(23 PTS)

MIAMI 21 22 27 20 - 90 WASHINGTON 16 23 25 15 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 3, BROWN 2, MASHBURN. WASHINGTON - HOWARD 2, WALLACE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 6-14 (.429), MASHBURN 1-3, HARDAWAY 1-6, MAJERLE 2-3, PORTER 2-2. WASHINGTON 4-8 (.500), RICHMOND 1-1, STRICKLAND 2-3, CHEANEY 0-1, JACKSON 0-1, MCINNIS 0-1, C WHITNEY 1-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, WASHINGTON - HOWARD. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, DERRICK STAFFORD, DAVID JONES. A - 14,951. T - 2:18.


Box Score

MIAMI (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 28 0-5 3-4 2-4 1 5 3 Mashburn 35 7-16 3-3 2-5 4 2 18 Mourning 42 8-14 8-12 4-17 3 3 24 Hardaway 39 6-15 7-9 0-2 8 3 20 Majerle 39 3-4 0-0 0-8 4 1 8 Askins 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Causwell 6 0-0 0-2 0-2 0 2 0 Porter 28 5-6 1-2 0-0 0 4 13 Weatherspoon 19 1-5 2-2 0-2 0 2 4 Edwards DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision Walters DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-65 24-34 8-40 20 22 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Mashburn 1-3, Hardaway 1-6, Majerle 2-3, Porter 2-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Mourning 3, Brown 2, Mashburn). Turnovers: 13 (Majerle 4, Hardaway 3, Mourning 3, Weatherspoon 2, Brown). Steals: 6 (Mashburn 3, Brown, Hardaway, Majerle).

WASHINGTON (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 41 8-11 4-4 2-5 1 3 20 Thorpe 35 6-9 0-5 0-5 1 5 12 Davis 13 1-2 0-0 2-4 0 5 2 Richmond 42 3-15 9-11 1-4 1 3 16 Strickland 39 6-13 4-8 3-7 8 3 18 Cheaney 30 1-7 0-0 0-4 1 1 2 Coker 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Jackson 1 0-1 2-2 1-1 0 0 2 Legler 16 1-4 0-0 1-3 0 3 2 Mcinnis 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Wallace 12 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 C Whitney 6 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 0 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-67 19-30 11-37 13 25 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.633. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Richmond 1-1, Strickland 2-3, Cheaney 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Mcinnis 0-1, C Whitney 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Howard 2, Wallace). Turnovers: 17 (Howard 4, Strickland 4, Thorpe 3, Legler 2, Richmond 2, Davis). Steals: 6 (Thorpe 2, Cheaney, Howard, Richmond, Strickland). ____________________________________________ Miami 21 22 27 20 - 90 Washington 16 23 25 15 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:10 3rd). Washington 1 (Howard, 5:18 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,951. T: 2:18. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Derrick Stafford, David Jones.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Alonzo Mourning scored six of his 24 points during a late 10-0 run as the Miami Heat snapped their four-game losing skid with a 90-79 victory over the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards trailed by 16 points in the third quarter before fighting within 74-72 with 4:55 remaining on a tip-in by Juwan Howard.

"We definitely felt we had a handle on it when it was cut to two," said Wizards guard Mitch Richmond. "Our problem is, we let games slip away in the end. We need to play harder."

Mourning began the decisive burst with a hook and Tim Hardaway capped it by making the second of two foul shots with 57 seconds left, giving Miami an 84-72 advantage.

Washington went four-plus minutes without a point until Randell Jackson made two free throws with 46 seconds to play, when the game already was decided.

"It was a good way to end this skid," said Mourning. "The numbers are there, I should be giving more. I'm always thinking of a way to win. If we're making a run for this, I have to give 150 percent."

Mourning also pulled down 17 rebounds and Hardaway collected 20 points and eight assists for the Heat, whose four-game skid was their longest in nearly three years. They have not lost five straight since January 8-15, 1996.

"It's good to break this streak," said Heat coach Pat Riley. "We need to be getting back to playing better basketball, though. This team doesn't quit. We need to focus now and get ready for Toronto (on Tuesday)."

Howard scored 20 points and Rod Strickland added 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Wizards, who have dropped three games to Miami this season by an average of 13 points.

Washington had a chance to immediately answer Mourning's hook but Otis Thorpe misfired on a pair of free throws. After the teams traded possessions, Miami's Terry Porter drove for a layup. The Wizards committed a shot-clock violation and Mourning gave Miami an 80-72 lead with a 17-foot jumper with 2:11 remaining.

Richmond missed a short jumper and P.J. Brown pushed the lead to nine points by making the second of two free throws. Thorpe again missed two free throws with 1:23 remaining and Mourning made two with 1:03 left.

"We had some defensive breakdowns in the fourth," Howard said. "Physically, it was a tough game. But that wasn't an excuse. We need to find a way to get into the (playoff) hunt. We're going to have to win the majority of our games now. I think we still have a chance."

Jamal Mashburn netted 18 points and Porter added 13 for Miami, which shot 46 percent (30-of-65) from the field, including 6-of-14 from beyond the arc. They overcame 24-of-34 free-throw shooting by holding a 40-37 advantage on the boards and turning 17 Washington turnovers into 23 points.

"Getting the win was good," said Hardaway. "How we did it was even better, with tough playing basketball. We kept our composure and we did the little things to win this one. Nothing spectacular, we just got back to the basics."

Richmond scored 16 points and Thorpe added 12 and five rebounds for the Wizards, who connected on 42 percent (28-of-67) and were 19-of-30 from the line.

"We didn't make our shots tonight, plain and simple," Strickland said. "We're playing hard, just not consistently. We let the opportunities we had pass us by. We couldn't get the edge the whole game."

The Heat took the lead in the opening moments of the first quarter and held the advantage throughout. They threatened to put away the contest in the third period, when a 12-2 run capped by Mashburn's 16-footer made it 70-54.

But Washington closed the quarter on a 10-0 spurt, coming within six points on Thorpe's layup with 37 seconds left.

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