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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 24 29 23 17 93 CHARLOTTE 35 22 20 18 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - COURTNEY ALEXANDER 21, RICHARD HAMILTON 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 16 CHA - PJ BROWN 22, ELDEN CAMPBELL 18, DAVID WESLEY 17

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 CHA - PJ BROWN 8, JAMAL MASHBURN 5

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 CHA - BARON DAVIS 9, DAVID WESLEY 7

ATT: 16,502


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (93) AT CHARLOTTE (95)

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

ALEXANDER F 34 10-18 1-1 2 3 5 2 4 3 2 21 MICHAEL SMITH F 24 1-3 1-3 0 5 5 2 3 0 0 3 J WHITE C 25 1-2 3-6 0 6 6 1 6 1 3 5 DAVIS G 35 6-13 1-1 0 1 1 3 4 1 4 16 HAMILTON G 41 7-18 6-7 1 2 3 6 1 1 4 20 LAETTNER 33 4-9 8-9 3 6 9 3 2 1 1 16 VANTERPOL 22 4-5 1-2 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 9 P JONES 11 0-2 1-2 2 4 6 2 4 0 0 1 PROFIT 12 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 VAUGHT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 RICHMOND DNP - STRAINED RIGHT KNEE MIKE SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-72 22-31 10 28 38 22 27 8 15 93 (.472) (.710) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

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

BROWN F 36 6-9 10-12 3 5 8 1 5 2 0 22 MASHBURN F 37 5-14 0-1 2 3 5 5 2 4 6 12 CAMPBELL C 25 5-8 8-10 0 3 3 3 5 1 2 18 DAVIS G 41 4-13 1-4 1 2 3 9 4 1 0 10 WESLEY G 41 8-15 1-2 1 1 2 7 1 1 4 17 MAGLOIRE 19 2-4 1-1 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 5 ROBINSON 21 3-5 1-2 0 1 1 1 3 1 2 7 THORPE 16 2-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 4 0 0 4 HAWKINS 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION NAILON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-71 22-32 9 22 31 29 27 10 15 95 (.493) (.688) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

WASHINGTON 24 29 23 17 - 93 CHARLOTTE 35 22 20 18 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE. CHARLOTTE - DAVIS, MASHBURN, MAGLOIRE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-9 (.333), DAVIS 3-7, HAMILTON 0-1, PROFIT 0-1. CHARLOTTE 3-10 (.300), MASHBURN 2-3, DAVIS 1-5, WESLEY 0-2. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JIM CAPERS, TOM WASHINGTON, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 16,502. T - 2:13.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Alexander 34 10-18 1-1 2-5 2 4 21 Michael Smith 24 1-3 1-3 0-5 2 3 3 J White 25 1-2 3-6 0-6 1 6 5 Davis 35 6-13 1-1 0-1 3 4 16 Hamilton 41 7-18 6-7 1-3 6 1 20 Laettner 33 4-9 8-9 3-9 3 2 16 Vanterpol 22 4-5 1-2 1-2 2 2 9 P Jones 11 0-2 1-2 2-6 2 4 1 Profit 12 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Vaught 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Richmond DNP - strained right knee Mike Smith DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-72 22-31 10-38 22 27 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.472, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Davis 3-7, Hamilton 0-1, Profit 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (J White). Turnovers: 18 (Davis 4, Hamilton 4, J White 3, Alexander 2, Laettner, Vanterpol). Steals: 8 (Alexander 3, Davis, Hamilton, J White, Laettner, Vanterpol).

CHARLOTTE (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 36 6-9 10-12 3-8 1 5 22 Mashburn 37 5-14 0-1 2-5 5 2 12 Campbell 25 5-8 8-10 0-3 3 5 18 Davis 41 4-13 1-4 1-3 9 4 10 Wesley 41 8-15 1-2 1-2 7 1 17 Magloire 19 2-4 1-1 1-4 1 2 5 Robinson 21 3-5 1-2 0-1 1 3 7 Thorpe 16 2-3 0-0 1-4 1 4 4 Hawkins 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 James DNP - coach's decision Nailon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-71 22-32 9-31 29 27 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Mashburn 2-3, Davis 1-5, Wesley 0-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 3 (Davis, Mashburn, Magloire). Turnovers: 15 (Mashburn 6, Wesley 4, Campbell 2, Robinson 2, Hawkins). Steals: 10 (Mashburn 4, Brown 2, Campbell, Davis, Robinson, Wesley). ____________________________________________ Washington 24 29 23 17 - 93 Charlotte 35 22 20 18 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Illegal Defense, 10:50 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,502. T: 2:13. Officials: Jim Capers, Tom Washington, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Charlotte Hornets nearly got caught napping at home against the NBA's second-worst team.

Eddie Robinson's jumper with 2:47 remaining put Charlotte ahead for good as the Hornets rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final seven minutes for a 95-93 victory over the Washington Wizards.

P.J. Brown scored a season-high 22 points and Elden Campbell added 18 for the Hornets, who erased an 87-80 deficit after squandering a 15-point lead in the first half. David Wesley added 17 for Charlotte.

"Tonight, we had to find a way to win," Charlotte coach Paul Silas said. "That has been the mark of this club. All season through the hard times, they've found a way to get it done. It was a huge win."

Charlotte rebounded from Friday's 114-109 loss at Cleveland and has won five of its last six to pull within two games of first-place Milwaukee in the Central Division.

The Hornets were five games behind the Bucks after dropping to .500 (25-25) following a 103-89 loss to Orlando on February 6. Since then, Charlotte has won 14 of 17 to pick up three games on Milwaukee.

"It was another one of those must-win games," Brown said. "Teams that have nothing to play for are very dangerous. They are playing for next year. We have to bring the same type of intensity when we play these teams."

After Campbell hit 1-of-2 from the line to give Charlotte a 95-93 lead with 1:03 remaining, the Wizards had a chance. But Richard Hamilton's jumper in the lane hit off the front of the rim with two seconds left.

Brown gave Washington another opportunity by missing two foul shots with 1.6 seconds to go. After a timeout to advance the ball to half-court, the Wizards inbounded to Popeye Jones, whose one-handed shot missed at the buzzer.

"Unfortunately, we had a period in the fourth quarter where we had three or four possessions where we didn't execute or turned the ball over," Washington coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We got beat by a team that just played a little better than we did at the end."

Courtney Alexander scored a career-high 21 points and Hamilton added 20 for Washington (16-50).

"We kept fighting," Alexander said. "Lots of times we could have given up. There's definitely some good things we can take out of this effort. If only we could have given the same effort at the start of the game."

Charlotte played the second half of back-to-back games but Silas would not use that as an excuse.

"I don't think fatigue was a factor," he said. "Washington played well. There was a mismatch on Courtney Alexander and he was on fire. Mash (Jamal Mashburn) couldn't get his shot since they were doubling him. Fortunately, David starting hitting them and then Elden brought it home."

The Hornets never trailed in the first half, jumping to a 10-2 lead in the first 2 1/2 minutes. Charlotte shot 58 percent (14-of-24) in opening quarter, building a 35-24 lead.

The Hornets stretched their advantage to 41-26 on Campbell's jumper with 9:46 left in the first half but could not put away the Wizards.

Wesley did not like the fact that the Hornets were outrebounded, 38-31. Charlotte also allowed Washington to shoot 47 percent (34-of-72).

"Our defense has been suspect lately." Wesley said. "We've been getting outrebounded the last two games, which is unlike us. We know what we have to work on."

Washington closed to 57-53 at the break and held the lead for most of the third quarter before Robinson's jumper with 58 seconds left put Charlotte up, 77-76, entering the final period.

Hubert Davis' 3-pointer gave the Wizards an 87-80 lead, but the Hornets responded with an 8-0 spurt, taking an 88-87 lead on Campbell's layup with 4:01 remaining. Charlotte scored its final five points from the line.

Richard Hamilton and Christian Laettner added 16 points apiece for the Wizards.

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