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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 21 18 25 27 91 TORONTO 24 23 19 26 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 21, MICHAEL JORDAN 14, CHRIS WHITNEY 13 TOR - MORRIS PETERSON 26, ANTONIO DAVIS 17, JEROME WILLIAMS 13

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 6, KWAME BROWN 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 9, ALVIN WILLIAMS 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - POPEYE JONES 4, SIX PLAYERS WITH 2 TOR - ALVIN WILLIAMS 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (91) AT TORONTO (92)

WASHINGTON

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

R HAMILTON F 38 8-17 5-5 3 2 5 1 2 1 3 21 C LAETTNER F 27 4-7 2-2 0 6 6 2 3 1 3 10 J WHITE C 15 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 2 1 1 1 0 C ALEXANDER G 17 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 2 1 4 C WHITNEY G 31 4-11 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 2 1 13 M JORDAN 22 6-17 2-2 0 3 3 2 4 2 3 14 B HAYWOOD 10 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 4 T LUE 10 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 T NESBY 28 6-9 0-0 2 3 5 2 1 0 0 12 P JONES 26 1-4 3-4 1 3 4 4 1 3 4 5 K BROWN 16 2-3 2-2 2 4 6 0 2 1 0 6 E THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-81 16-17 12 27 39 17 21 13 18 91 (.444) (.941) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18 (13 PTS)

TORONTO

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

M PETERSON F 43 7-18 6-7 2 2 4 2 2 0 1 26 A DAVIS F 42 4-14 9-11 3 6 9 0 0 1 1 17 E MONTROSS C 13 3-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 4 0 0 6 D CURRY G 9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 A WILLIAMS G 40 4-11 1-2 3 4 7 9 4 2 6 9 J WILLIAMS 34 5-10 3-4 3 3 6 3 2 2 3 13 H OLAJUWON 14 1-4 0-0 1 4 5 3 0 0 4 2 J JACKSON 19 3-6 3-4 1 0 1 3 0 1 2 9 K CLARK 26 4-8 0-0 1 5 6 0 4 1 2 8 C CHILDS DNP - PELVIC CONTUSION V CARTER DNP - SORE LEFT QUADRICEP M BRADLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-77 22-28 16 26 42 21 16 7 20 92 (.416) (.786) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 21 (27 PTS)

WASHINGTON 21 18 25 27 - 91 TORONTO 24 23 19 26 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE 3, C WHITNEY, K BROWN. TORONTO - E MONTROSS, H OLAJUWON, J WILLIAMS, M PETERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-10 (.300), R HAMILTON 0-1, C WHITNEY 3- 6, T LUE 0-2, P JONES 0-1. TORONTO 6-11 (.545), M PETERSON 6-10, A WILLIAMS 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. A - 19,800. T - 2:03.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (91)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Hamilton 38 8-17 5-5 3-5 1 2 21 C Laettner 27 4-7 2-2 0-6 2 3 10 J White 15 0-1 0-0 2-3 2 1 0 C Alexander 17 2-4 0-0 1-3 2 2 4 C Whitney 31 4-11 2-2 0-1 2 2 13 M Jordan 22 6-17 2-2 0-3 2 4 14 B Haywood 10 2-4 0-0 1-1 0 2 4 T Lue 10 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 T Nesby 28 6-9 0-0 2-5 2 1 12 P Jones 26 1-4 3-4 1-4 4 1 5 K Brown 16 2-3 2-2 2-6 0 2 6 E Thomas DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-81 16-17 12-39 17 21 91 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.941. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (R Hamilton 0-1, C Whitney 3-6, T Lue 0-2, P Jones 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (J White 3, C Whitney, K Brown). Turnovers:18 (P Jones 4, C Laettner 3, M Jordan 3, R Hamilton 3, C Whitney, B Haywood, J White, C Alexander, T Lue). Steals: 13 (P Jones 3, C Whitney 2, C Alexander 2, M Jordan 2, C Laettner, J White, K Brown, R Hamilton).

TORONTO (92)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Peterson 43 7-18 6-7 2-4 2 2 26 A Davis 42 4-14 9-11 3-9 0 0 17 E Montross 13 3-5 0-0 2-4 0 4 6 D Curry 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 A Williams 40 4-11 1-2 3-7 9 4 9 J Williams 34 5-10 3-4 3-6 3 2 13 H Olajuwon 14 1-4 0-0 1-5 3 0 2 J Jackson 19 3-6 3-4 1-1 3 0 9 K Clark 26 4-8 0-0 1-6 0 4 8 C Childs DNP - PELVIC CONTUSION V Carter DNP - SORE LEFT QUADRICEP M Bradley DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-77 22-28 16-42 21 16 92 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (M Peterson 6-10, A Williams 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (E Montross, H Olajuwon, J Williams, M Peterson). Turnovers:20 (A Williams 6, H Olajuwon 4, J Williams 3, K Clark 2, J Jackson 2, D Curry, M Peterson, A Davis). Steals: 7 (J Williams 2, A Williams 2, A Davis, K Clark, J Jackson).

------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON 21 18 25 27 - 91 TORONTO 24 23 19 26 - 92 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,800. T: 2:03.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Michael Jordan cannot perform his magic every game, and the Toronto Raptors had to win at home some time.

Jordan committed the turnover that led to Antonio Davis' go-ahead basket and missed a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer as the Toronto Raptors snapped their nine-game home losing streak with a 92-91 triumph over the Washington Wizards.

Davis, who finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, stripped the ball from Jordan's hands at Toronto's end and put home the layup with 15 seconds left for a 92-91 edge.

"Yes, obviously (it was a foul), they were fouling all day long," said Jordan, who finished with 14 points off the bench in his second game back from knee surgery. "The ref let it go and it couldn't be more obvious. I had the ball, I had the rebound and the ref was right there."

"It is a testament to us not giving up, Davis said. "It is one of those things when you're fighting for the ball, someone has to come away with it."

After a timeout, Jordan lofted a 17-foot jumper with Jerome Williams' hand in his face. Known for hitting clutch shots late in games throughout his legendary career, Jordan watched as the ball rimmed out.

"I was isolated and I felt like I could get a shot," Jordan said. "I had a good look, it went in-and-out and I missed it."

"It was a great honor to guard Michael Jordan at the end of the game," Williams said. "I didn't want to be one of those highlights. I played the best defense I could and it was either going in or it wasn't."

Morris Peterson scored 26 points to lead the Raptors in the absence of All-Star Vince Carter, who will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. After its triumph at Cleveland on Friday, Toronto has recorded consecutive victories for the first time since January 25-31, when the club won three in a row.

The Raptors also pulled out the win without injured point guard Chris Childs and veteran guard Dell Curry, who left the game with 3:26 remaining in the first quarter due to back spasms and did not return.

In their previous visit to the Air Canada Centre on December 16, the Wizards overcame a 19-point first-quarter deficit to earn a victory. On Sunday, Toronto appeared likely to waste another double-digit lead at home against Washington.

Williams, a Washington native, made a basket with just under three minutes to play in the second quarter to give Toronto its biggest lead, 44-31. But the Wizards finished the half with an 8-3 burst. Brendan Haywood hit a jumper as the period expired to close Washington's deficit to 47-39.

"You can't pack it up when your leader is out," Williams said. "You still have to play hard no mater what. We were playing hard with Vince in the lineup. We've had the emotion for a while, but we just couldn't get a win."

Washington overtook Toronto and Richard Hamilton, who had 21 points to lead the Wizards' five double-figure scorers, made a layup with 3:11 to play and increased the advantage to 87-81.

But the Raptors closed the game on an 11-4 run. Davis made 1-of-2 free throws and Keon Clark put home a dunk to pull the Raptors within 87-84.

Davis went 9-of-11 from the line as he made just 4-of-14 from the field.

"He wasn't hitting the shots early but he was doing all the other little things and then, all of a sudden he'd hit three or four shots," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "That rebound at the end of the game was key."

After Jordan scored, Peterson hit a jumper and free throw to make it a one-point game with 89 seconds remaining.

"We made the plays at the end and that is what counts," Peterson said. "We knew that Jordan would get the ball and Jerome was right on him. The ball went in and out and I'm glad that it went out."

Jordan answered with a fadeaway jumper, but Williams closed it to 91-90 with 57 seconds to go.

Jordan and Williams each missed a shot for their respective teams before the five-time league MVP committed his third turnover of the game, courtesy of Davis' steal.

"I thought he got fouled on the hand, but there was no call, so there's nothing I can say," Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "We have had four or five calls at the end of games that haven't gone our way."

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