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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 14 26 22 26 88 CHICAGO 22 19 15 27 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 21, CHRIS WHITNEY 17, JAHIDI WHITE 12 CHI - KHALID EL AMIN 21, ELTON BRAND 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - MICHAEL SMITH 12, JAHIDI WHITE 11 CHI - ELTON BRAND 14, BRAD MILLER 8

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2 CHI - RON MERCER 4, KHALID EL AMIN 3

ATT: 21,312


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (88) AT CHICAGO (83)

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

HOWARD F 36 4-18 0-2 4 6 10 1 5 0 2 8 LOPEZ F 33 2-8 2-2 1 7 8 1 1 1 0 6 J WHITE C 23 2-8 8-14 8 3 11 1 4 3 2 12 RICHMOND G 31 3-9 5-7 0 3 3 0 5 0 0 11 STRICKLAND G 34 4-10 13-17 0 0 0 8 2 3 1 21 EKEZIE 9 0-1 0-0 1 4 5 0 2 1 0 0 C WHITNEY 19 5-11 6-7 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 17 HAMILTON 22 2-8 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 4 MICHAEL SMITH 13 2-6 1-3 6 6 12 0 2 0 0 5 KING 12 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 2 PARKS 8 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 2 P JONES DNP - FRACTURED LEFT INDEX FINGER

TOTALS 240 26-83 35-52 22 33 55 15 28 9 9 88 (.313) (.673) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 9(7 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 32 3-6 2-2 0 5 5 1 3 0 3 10 BRAND F 40 6-17 3-8 5 9 14 2 4 2 2 15 MILLER C 18 0-3 5-6 3 5 8 0 4 0 1 5 DREW G 20 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 3 MERCER G 38 3-15 2-4 2 3 5 4 3 0 1 8 EL AMIN 25 7-16 6-7 0 2 2 3 3 1 0 21 RUFFIN 17 2-4 2-2 3 2 5 1 2 0 1 6 HOIBERG 21 1-3 2-4 0 6 6 2 4 1 3 5 FIZER 25 4-10 2-3 2 3 5 1 2 0 1 10 CRAWFORD 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 GUYTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TARLAC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-82 24-36 15 36 51 16 31 4 15 83 (.329) (.667) TEAM REBS: 22 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

WASHINGTON 14 26 22 26 - 88 CHICAGO 22 19 15 27 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE 3, MICHAEL SMITH 3, LOPEZ 2, EKEZIE, RICHMOND. CHICAGO - BRAND 3, RUFFIN 3, ARTEST, MILLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 1-8 (.125), RICHMOND 0-2, STRICKLAND 0-1, C WHITNEY 1-4, HAMILTON 0-1. CHICAGO 5-17 (.294), ARTEST 2-2, DREW 1-2, MERCER 0-4, EL AMIN 1-4, HOIBERG 1-3, FIZER 0-1, CRAWFORD 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, JESS KERSEY, (MICHAEL SMITH. A - 21,312. T - 2:29.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 36 4-18 0-2 4-10 1 5 8 Lopez 33 2-8 2-2 1-8 1 1 6 J White 23 2-8 8-14 8-11 1 4 12 Richmond 31 3-9 5-7 0-3 0 5 11 Strickland 34 4-10 13-17 0-0 8 2 21 Ekezie 9 0-1 0-0 1-5 0 2 0 C Whitney 19 5-11 6-7 0-2 2 2 17 Hamilton 22 2-8 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 Michael Smith 13 2-6 1-3 6-12 0 2 5 King 12 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Parks 8 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 P Jones DNP - fractured left index finger _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-83 35-52 22-55 15 28 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.313, FT-.673. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Richmond 0-2, Strickland 0-1, C Whitney 1-4, Hamilton 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 10 (J White 3, Michael Smith 3, Lopez 2, Ekezie, Richmond). Turnovers: 9 (C Whitney 2, Howard 2, J White 2, Hamilton, Parks, Strickland). Steals: 9 (J White 3, Strickland 3, Ekezie, King, Lopez).

CHICAGO (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 32 3-6 2-2 0-5 1 3 10 Brand 40 6-17 3-8 5-14 2 4 15 Miller 18 0-3 5-6 3-8 0 4 5 Drew 20 1-6 0-0 0-1 2 3 3 Mercer 38 3-15 2-4 2-5 4 3 8 El Amin 25 7-16 6-7 0-2 3 3 21 Ruffin 17 2-4 2-2 3-5 1 2 6 Hoiberg 21 1-3 2-4 0-6 2 4 5 Fizer 25 4-10 2-3 2-5 1 2 10 Crawford 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Guyton DNP - coach's decision Tarlac DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-82 24-36 15-51 16 31 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.329, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Artest 2-2, Drew 1-2, Mercer 0-4, El Amin 1-4, Hoiberg 1-3, Fizer 0-1, Crawford 0-1). Team rebounds: 22. Blocked shots: 8 (Brand 3, Ruffin 3, Artest, Miller). Turnovers: 16 (Artest 3, Hoiberg 3, Brand 2, Crawford 2, Drew, Fizer, Mercer, Miller, Ruffin). Steals: 4 (Brand 2, El Amin, Hoiberg). ____________________________________________ Washington 14 26 22 26 - 88 Chicago 22 19 15 27 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:33 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,312. T: 2:29. Officials: Dan Crawford, Jess Kersey, (michael Smith.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Chicago fans used to hold up signs touting Michael Jordan for President. They got their wish, but Jordan took his act to the nation's capital, where he became president of the Washington Wizards. No absentee votes were allowed.

That sentiment means a lot in the legend's absence as the Wizards rallied to take down the Bulls in the house that Jordan built, handing Chicago its fourth straight loss to start the season, 88-83.

With 1:25 remaining, Brad Miller turned over the ball and Gerard King made a layup to break a 79-79 tie and put the Wizards ahead for good.

"I was just happy to see someone step up and make plays at the end," said Washington coach Leonard Hamilton. "I'm really happy with the win. We played good defense but didn't shoot well at all."

Ironically, the Bulls' 13-year sellout streak ended at 610 games. It was the first time they played before empty seats at home since November 17, 1987 against the Washington Bullets. The streak included 515 regular-season games and 95 playoff contests.

Rod Strickland, who made back-to-back layups to forge the deadlock, fed Mitch Richmond for a 21-foot jumper, opening an 83-79 lead with 43.5 seconds left. Rookie Khalid El-Amin answered with a short jumper, but Strickland made two free throws for an 85-81 cushion with 30.8 seconds remaining.

"Tonight I was trying to be aggressive and just take it to the basket," Strickland said. "Even though I didn't make many shots, I did get to the line for the free throws."

Felipe Lopez blocked a short jumper by Ron Mercer and Richmond added a free throw for a five-point edge. Chicago got no closer than three thereafter as Mercer missed a pair of 3-pointers and El-Amin another.

Strickland made 13-of-17 free throws and finished with 21 points and eight assists, while Chris Whitney added 17 points off the bench and Jahidi White chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds.

"I got a few to go down" Whitney said. "We wanted to win this for (Jordan), also ourselves because we need the victory. But tonight we were thinking about him, too."

El-Amin scored a season-high 21 points and Elton Brand added 15 and 14 rebounds for the Bulls.

Washington shot a dreadful 13 percent from the field (3-of-23) in the first quarter. The Wizards had been anchored by Juwan Howard, who led the team with 15.3 points per game. But he shot 1-of-5 in the opening period, finishing 2-of-10 in the first half.

With 6:14 remaining in the second quarter, the Wizards tied it at 29-29 on a free throw by White.

Brand sparked the Bulls with 10 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in the last seven minutes of the first half. Fred Hoiberg's steal with 15.9 seconds to go led to Brand's layup and gave Chicago a 41-40 halftime lead.

But Washington held Brand to one point after halftime and controlled the boards, 44-37. After a turnover by Brand, White's offensive rebound led to a follow shot that put Washington ahead. The Wizards took a 62-56 lead into the final period.

"It's tough to lose one like this. We were up by four with just a few minutes left," Brand said. "We didn't have any continuity in our offense. We played good defense, but we couldn't do it down the stretch."

The game was tied again with 8:53 in the fourth on a jumper by Marcus Fizer, but a three-pointer by Whitney put the Wizards back in front, 69-68.

Late in the fourth quarter, Miller broke a bone in his right hand and could be sidelined three to four weeks, although surgery is not expected.

The Wizards did not commit any turnovers in the fourth quarter, while the Bulls allowed 21 points off 16 turnovers for the game.

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