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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 25 18 15 30 88 WASHINGTON 17 24 29 26 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - JEFF MCINNIS 27, ELTON BRAND 17, COREY MAGGETTE 10 WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 18, CHRIS WHITNEY 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 16

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - ELTON BRAND 11, COREY MAGGETTE 7 WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 10, POPEYE JONES 8

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - JEFF MCINNIS 5, LAMAR ODOM 4 WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 8, CHRIS WHITNEY 6

ATT: 20,674


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (88) AT WASHINGTON (96)

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

BRAND F 31 8-10 1-2 3 8 11 1 2 0 4 17 ODOM F 15 2-6 0-2 1 2 3 4 0 0 0 4 OLOWOKANDI C 25 0-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 MAGGETTE G 30 4-10 0-0 0 7 7 3 0 1 1 10 MCINNIS G 40 11-21 5-6 2 1 3 5 4 2 1 27 MILES 31 3-9 0-2 1 4 5 2 2 0 2 6 RICHARDSON 24 2-10 4-5 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 9 ROOKS 21 2-8 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 4 BOYKINS 8 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 6 PIATKOWSKI 15 2-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 5 EKEZIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-84 10-17 9 27 36 17 15 4 12 88 (.440) (.588) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

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

P JONES F 39 7-10 2-2 2 6 8 0 5 1 4 16 JORDAN F 42 9-24 0-1 2 8 10 8 1 1 4 18 J WHITE C 21 3-5 2-2 2 5 7 0 1 0 0 8 DAVIS G 42 7-13 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 0 1 16 C WHITNEY G 35 5-11 7-7 0 3 3 6 3 0 1 18 NESBY 12 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 3 HAYWOOD 26 4-7 1-2 3 4 7 0 2 0 2 9 LUE 14 2-7 3-4 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 8 BROWN 9 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 ALEXANDER DNP - LEFT ANKLE INJURY SIMMONS DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-79 15-18 9 32 41 22 17 2 13 96 (.481) (.833) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 25 18 15 30 - 88 WASHINGTON 17 24 29 26 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - BRAND, ROOKS, OLOWOKANDI. WASHINGTON - J WHITE, HAYWOOD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 4-18 (.222), ODOM 0-3, MAGGETTE 2-6, MCINNIS 0-1, RICHARDSON 1-6, BOYKINS 0-1, PIATKOWSKI 1-1. WASHINGTON 5-12 (.417), DAVIS 2-3, C WHITNEY 1-6, NESBY 1-2, LUE 1-1. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - DEFENSIVE THREE, HEAD COACH GENTRY, WASHINGTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: GREG WILLARD, TIM DONAGHY, LEON WOOD. A - 20,674. T - 2:06.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 31 8-10 1-2 3-11 1 2 17 Odom 15 2-6 0-2 1-3 4 0 4 Olowokandi 25 0-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Maggette 30 4-10 0-0 0-7 3 0 10 Mcinnis 40 11-21 5-6 2-3 5 4 27 Miles 31 3-9 0-2 1-5 2 2 6 Richardson 24 2-10 4-5 1-1 1 2 9 Rooks 21 2-8 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Boykins 8 3-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 6 Piatkowski 15 2-2 0-0 1-3 0 2 5 Ekezie DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-84 10-17 9-36 17 15 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.588. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Odom 0-3, Maggette 2-6, Mcinnis 0-1, Richardson 1-6, Boykins 0-1, Piatkowski 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Brand, Rooks, Olowokandi). Turnovers: 13 (Brand 4, Miles 2, Maggette, Mcinnis, Olowokandi, Piatkowski, Richardson, Rooks). Steals: 4 (Mcinnis 2, Maggette, Rooks).

WASHINGTON (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Jones 39 7-10 2-2 2-8 0 5 16 Jordan 42 9-24 0-1 2-10 8 1 18 J White 21 3-5 2-2 2-7 0 1 8 Davis 42 7-13 0-0 0-1 5 1 16 C Whitney 35 5-11 7-7 0-3 6 3 18 Nesby 12 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 0 3 Haywood 26 4-7 1-2 3-7 0 2 9 Lue 14 2-7 3-4 0-0 1 3 8 Brown 9 0-0 0-0 0-3 1 1 0 Alexander DNP - left ankle injury Simmons DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 15-18 9-41 22 17 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Davis 2-3, C Whitney 1-6, Nesby 1-2, Lue 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (J White, Haywood). Turnovers: 14 (Jordan 4, P Jones 4, Haywood 2, C Whitney, Davis, Lue). Steals: 2 (Jordan, P Jones). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 25 18 15 30 - 88 Washington 17 24 29 26 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 2 (Defensive Three, 9:15 2nd; Head Coach Gentry, 2:05 4th). Washington 1 (Defensive Three, 11:09 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,674. T: 2:06. Officials: Greg Willard, Tim Donaghy, Leon Wood.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Michael Jordan may be headed for divorce, but the Washington Wizards continue to play together.

Popeye Jones and Hubert Davis scored 16 points each and provided a big lift in the second half as the Wizards held off the Los Angeles Clippers, 96-88, for their fourth straight victory.

"I think if there is an epitome of our team, we are that," Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "We are a sum of our components, and the thing I am happy about is when we get in some rough stretches we can hang around and find ways to win."

"We found a way to win the game," Jordan said. "It wasn't a pretty win. We had some key guys step up to give us some minutes."

One day after news that Jordan's wife of 12-plus years, Juanita, had filed for divorce -- a potential nine-figure settlement -- Jordan took the court and seemed to be more troubled by the big and athletic Clippers than any personal problems.

"That's none of your business," Jordan said. "I don't think that's, uh, quite frankly I don't really want to talk about my personal life. I think we both, my wife and I, released a statement and that's something that privately we will work on. I don't think I want to sit here and go through that. You know we have kids, obviously, and we want to make sure that's the focus. Everything else outside of that, when the time comes, you guys will hear it."

Asked by Lynn Sweet, the Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, if divorce was inevitable, Jordan snapped, "That's none of your business."

Prior to the game, Jordan was a bit more cordial when he was interviewed by the Wizards' TV network.

"Obviously when you have personal issues, it can drain you. Sometimes work is a great avenue for you to try and deal with it and move on. That's basically where I am right now. I come out, do my job and focus on what's enjoyable for me, which is playing the game of basketball. Things will work out in the long run."

Jordan collected 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists but made just 9-of-24 shots and scored only four points in the final period, when the Clippers cut a 12-point deficit to 79-77 on a 3-pointer by Eric Piatkowski with 4:55 remaining.

Chris Whitney, who scored 18 points, responded with a 3-pointer and Jones hit consecutive jumpers to widen Washington's lead to 86-77 with 2:38 to play.

"There is a part of me that always says give Michael the ball late in the fourth quarter," Jones said. "Tonight I just stepped up and took the shot with confidence and that is what I am going to have to do to make my defender stay on me."

Davis, who has thrived since the injury to scoring guard Richard Hamilton, scored 14 points in the third period, when the Wizards turned a two-point halftime deficit into a 70-58 lead.

"We need to help Michael," Davis said. "He cannot be expected to score 50 a night, and if we become aggressive, we help him out."

"He's been hot," Jordan said. "He's a scorer and we try to run plays for him. I think we kind of caught them off guard because the focus was on me. He really carried us in the third quarter and got us right where we needed to be."

Jeff McInnis scored a season-high 27 points for the Clippers, who fell to 0-2 on their six-game eastern swing and 2-10 on the road this season. Los Angeles lost forward Lamar Odom to the flu in the second quarter and center Michael Olowokandi to a bruised forearm in the third.

"We've got to find a way to play with the same energy and play with the same confidence that we do at home," Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said. "That's what playoff teams do."

The Wizards beat the Clippers at home for the first time since January 17, 1998.

Two free throws by McInnis capped a 12-3 burst that pulled the Clippers within 73-70 with 8:49 remaining. Jones answered with a hook to stop the surge and jumpers by Davis and Jordan gave Washington a 79-72 lead with 5:18 to go.

Washington trailed 43-41 at halftime, but Davis -- who did not score in the first half -- made 6-of-10 shots in the third period.

"I put in just a wrinkle where it was a little different action and the Clippers were not ready for it," Davis said. "I was able to get some space and fortuantely I was able to knock down some shots."

McInnis scored eight points in the first quarter as Los Angeles opened a 25-17 lead. But Odom sat down with 2:06 remaining in the second quarter and Olowokandi departed with 1:32 left in the third period.

"We missed Lamar Odom in the second half," McInnis said. "We had to pick it up, but we came up a little bit short."

The Wizards shot 48 percent (38-of-79) and held a 41-36 edge on the boards.

Elton Brand had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Corey Maggette scored 10 points for the Clippers, who shot 44 percent (37-of-84).

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