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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 16 29 26 15 86 WASHINGTON 19 24 19 22 84 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - BRIAN GRANT 16, ALONZO MOURNING 16, TIM HARDAWAY 15 WAS - COURTNEY ALEXANDER 25, RICHARD HAMILTON 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - BRIAN GRANT 12, ALONZO MOURNING 8 WAS - MICHAEL SMITH 12, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 9, ANTHONY CARTER 6 WAS - LARON PROFIT 4, RICHARD HAMILTON 4

ATT: 12,904


Extended Box

MIAMI (86) AT WASHINGTON (84)

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

BOWEN F 39 2-8 1-2 0 4 4 3 2 2 2 5 MASON F 36 3-9 0-0 1 4 5 3 1 0 2 6 GRANT C 26 7-12 2-2 4 8 12 1 5 1 4 16 HARDAWAY G 31 6-11 0-0 0 1 1 9 2 2 2 15 MAJERLE G 28 2-7 0-0 0 4 4 3 2 4 1 6 MOURNING 23 8-11 0-0 3 5 8 1 2 0 4 16 CARTER 21 4-7 0-0 1 1 2 6 6 0 1 8 GREEN 14 2-3 1-1 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 5 CEBALLOS 17 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 0 2 7 HOUSE 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-76 4-5 9 32 41 28 27 10 19 86 (.500) (.800) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(25 PTS)

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

ALEXANDER F 45 10-21 5-5 1 2 3 0 2 0 2 25 LAETTNER F 26 4-11 2-2 2 5 7 1 1 2 3 10 J WHITE C 27 4-6 1-2 1 3 4 0 2 2 2 9 HAMILTON G 42 5-21 6-7 1 2 3 4 0 0 5 16 PROFIT G 37 5-12 0-2 1 5 6 4 1 2 1 10 MICHAEL SMITH 25 1-3 5-6 6 6 12 2 1 1 1 7 P JONES 18 1-1 1-2 3 1 4 1 2 0 1 3 VANTERPOL 20 1-4 2-5 2 4 6 3 1 1 0 4 DAVIS DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK MIKE SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION NESBY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-79 22-31 17 28 45 15 10 8 15 84 (.392) (.710) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(13 PTS)

MIAMI 16 29 26 15 - 86 WASHINGTON 19 24 19 22 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 3, CEBALLOS, BOWEN. WASHINGTON - HAMILTON, MICHAEL SMITH, J WHITE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 6-17 (.353), BOWEN 0-4, HARDAWAY 3-6, MAJERLE 2-5, CEBALLOS 1-2. WASHINGTON 0-5 (.000), ALEXANDER 0-1, HAMILTON 0-2, PROFIT 0-2. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - MASON. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TOMMY NUNEZ, RICH. A - 12,904. T - 2:07.


Box Score

MIAMI (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 39 2-8 1-2 0-4 3 2 5 Mason 36 3-9 0-0 1-5 3 1 6 Grant 26 7-12 2-2 4-12 1 5 16 Hardaway 31 6-11 0-0 0-1 9 2 15 Majerle 28 2-7 0-0 0-4 3 2 6 Mourning 23 8-11 0-0 3-8 1 2 16 Carter 21 4-7 0-0 1-2 6 6 8 Green 14 2-3 1-1 0-3 0 2 5 Ceballos 17 3-7 0-0 0-2 2 3 7 House 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Davis DNP - coach's decision Fuller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-76 4-5 9-41 28 27 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Bowen 0-4, Hardaway 3-6, Majerle 2-5, Ceballos 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Mourning 3, Ceballos, Bowen). Turnovers: 19 (Grant 4, Mourning 4, Bowen 2, Ceballos 2, Hardaway 2, Mason 2, Carter, House, Majerle). Steals: 10 (Majerle 4, Bowen 2, Hardaway 2, Grant, House).

WASHINGTON (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Alexander 45 10-21 5-5 1-3 0 2 25 Laettner 26 4-11 2-2 2-7 1 1 10 J White 27 4-6 1-2 1-4 0 2 9 Hamilton 42 5-21 6-7 1-3 4 0 16 Profit 37 5-12 0-2 1-6 4 1 10 Michael Smith 25 1-3 5-6 6-12 2 1 7 P Jones 18 1-1 1-2 3-4 1 2 3 Vanterpol 20 1-4 2-5 2-6 3 1 4 Davis DNP - strained lower back Mike Smith DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision Nesby DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-79 22-31 17-45 15 10 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 0-5, .000 (Alexander 0-1, Hamilton 0-2, Profit 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Hamilton, Michael Smith, J White). Turnovers: 16 (Hamilton 5, Laettner 3, Alexander 2, J White 2, Michael Smith, P Jones, Profit). Steals: 8 (J White 2, Laettner 2, Profit 2, Michael Smith, Vanterpol). ____________________________________________ Miami 16 29 26 15 - 86 Washington 19 24 19 22 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Mason, 1:53 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,904. T: 2:07. Officials: Hue Hollins, Tommy Nunez, Rich.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- It was just like old times for the Miami Heat. The offense was led by Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway and disappeared in the fourth quarter.

Brian Grant made two huge baskets to rescue the Heat, who nearly blew a 15-point lead, survived a pair of potential tying shots by Courtney Alexander and held on for an 86-84 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Mourning scored a season-high 16 points and Hardaway added 15 for Miami, which beat Washington for the 11th straight time. The long-time teammates combined to fuel a third-quarter surge, then sat for most of the fourth quarter while their teammates gave away most of the lead.

"Every fourth quarter has been a nightmare for us," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "Our execution just hasn't been there. We've had leads in the fourth quarter and just let things go. We're not playing as hard. Our efforts are down in the fourth quarter."

"Collectively as a team, we're just letting down," Grant said. "We're not finishing our games. We're getting comfortable with those leads instead of trying to build onto them or taking it to another level."

Alexander scored 25 points, including three free throws that pulled the Wizards within 84-82 with 1:53 remaining. But the rookie guard missed a jumper on the next possession and Grant dunked off a feed from Mourning to double the lead with under a minute to go.

Jahidi White made a hook and Miami's Dan Majerle missed a long shot, giving Alexander another chance. But his 16-footer from the left elbow bounded off the rim and over the backboard with 0.9 seconds left.

"We felt that the opportunity for him to get past Anthony Mason ... gave us the opportunity to isolate him and get off a good shot," Wizards coach Leonard Hamilton said.

Grant scored 15 points for the Heat (44-30), who moved back into a tie with New York for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Playing back-to-back games for the first time since returning from a kidney disorder, Mourning again came off the bench and tallied a season high in points. He added eight rebounds and three blocks in 28 minutes as he is looking more and more like the intimidating force he has been throughout his career.

"He's coming along," Riley said. "Now I can probably take a lid off the minutes, as to how he feels. It's up to me to find the right matchups and get other people out there who want to play."

"I felt OK," Mourning said. "It's not really a huge concern about how I feel. I just go out there and play the game. I'm pretty much concerned about our play, in general, the team's play. We haven't been playing well at all."

Hardaway, who has struggled this season, made three 3-pointers and handed out nine assists. Grant grabbed 12 rebounds.

"I'm trying to get the team playing at that level we should be playing because for the last three or four years we haven't been playing at that level going into the playoffs," Hardaway said. "And we always had a hard time in the playoffs. So let's pick up our game and get better going into the playoffs instead of trying to get it right in the playoffs."

A jumper by Christian Laettner gave the Wizards a 56-56 tie with 4:11 left in the third quarter before the Heat took control.

Dan Majerle and Hardaway made consecutive 3-pointers and Hardaway answered Laron Profit's jumper with another 3-pointer. Mourning had a jumper and layup to push the lead to seven points before Hardaway closed the quarter with a 20-footer at the buzzer for a 71-62 lead.

Hardaway and Mourning began the fourth quarter on the bench but were forced to return when Washington used a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to 80-75 with just under three minutes to go. Miami scored just six points in the final eight-plus minutes.

"We've got to close teams out," Mourning said. "I know that it's going to take some time to develop a sense of chemistry. But I feel we have a group of seasoned veterans who are able to make that adjustment soon enough. We're just not getting it done right now. We're looking sloppy out there. We're playing in spurts and there's not a level of consistency."

Richard Hamilton scored 16 points on just 5-of-21 shooting for the Wizards, who have not beaten the Heat since April 17, 1998.

Miami shot 50 percent (38-of-76) and limited Washington to just 39 percent (31-of-79). The Wizards stayed in the game at the line, where they outscored the Heat, 22-4.

Hardaway was quiet in the first half, scoring just five points. Mourning helped the Heat to a 45-43 lead by scoring 10 points off the bench.

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