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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     WASHINGTON       21   21   11   21    74   
     MEMPHIS          24   16   18   27    85      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 20, KWAME BROWN 14, 
                      TYRONN LUE 11
                MEM - EARL WATSON 17, WESLEY PERSON 14, GORDAN
                      GIRICEK 11

HIGH REBOUND:   WAS - CHARLES OAKLEY 10, KWAME BROWN 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6
                MEM - PAU GASOL 15, LORENZEN WRIGHT 6, WESLEY 
                      PERSON 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   WAS - JERRY STACKHOUSE 6, TYRONN LUE 5, 
                      MICHAEL JORDAN 5
                MEM - BREVIN KNIGHT 5, EARL WATSON 5, PAU 
                      GASOL 4

         ATT:   19,351

Box Score

WASHINGTON (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Russell 17 1-4 0-0 2-3 0 1 3 K Brown 36 6-12 2-2 2-8 2 6 14 B Haywood 14 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 4 4 L Hughes 20 1-7 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 J Stackhouse 43 4-19 1-2 0-4 6 3 9 C Oakley 27 1-3 2-2 5-10 0 4 4 M Jordan 32 9-18 2-2 2-6 5 1 20 T Lue 30 5-10 0-0 0-1 5 2 11 J Jeffries 19 3-6 1-2 4-6 0 2 7 J Dixon 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 C Laettner DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Thomas DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-83 8-10 17-41 19 25 74 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.386, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (B Russell 1-3, J Stackhouse 0-8, T Lue 1-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:1 (K Brown). Turnovers:14 (K Brown 4, J Stackhouse 3, M Jordan 3, C Oakley 2, L Hughes, J Jeffries). Steals: 9 (B Russell 3, M Jordan 2, K Brown 2, T Lue, J Jeffries). MEMPHIS (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Gooden 23 3-6 0-0 1-4 2 0 6 P Gasol 30 2-5 3-6 2-15 4 2 7 S Swift 21 5-7 0-0 1-3 1 2 10 B Knight 24 2-5 0-0 0-1 5 3 4 G Giricek 21 4-9 3-3 0-0 1 2 11 M Batiste 18 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 2 2 E Watson 24 5-7 6-6 1-1 5 0 17 S Battier 25 1-4 2-2 0-0 2 1 4 L Wright 27 3-5 4-6 0-6 0 3 10 W Person 27 6-10 2-2 0-5 1 1 14 J Williams DNP - SPRAINED FOOT C Trybanski DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-63 20-25 5-36 23 16 85 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.508, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (P Gasol 0-1, G Giricek 0-2, E Watson 1-1, W Person 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:6 (S Swift 2, P Gasol 2, L Wright, G Giricek). Turnovers:15 (D Gooden 5, L Wright 3, B Knight 2, S Swift, M Batiste, G Giricek, S Battier, P Gasol). Steals: 8 (B Knight 2, S Battier 2, L Wright, G Giricek, D Gooden, S Swift). ------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON 21 21 11 21 - 74 MEMPHIS 24 16 18 27 - 85 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Washington - 1 (Defensive Three, 3:49 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,351. T: 2:08. Officials: Ken Mauer, Steve Javie, Tommy Nunez.


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (74) AT MEMPHIS (85) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B RUSSELL F 17 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 3 0 3 K BROWN F 36 6-12 2-2 2 6 8 2 6 2 4 14 B HAYWOOD C 14 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 4 L HUGHES G 20 1-7 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 2 J STACKHOUSE G 43 4-19 1-2 0 4 4 6 3 0 3 9 C OAKLEY 27 1-3 2-2 5 5 10 0 4 0 2 4 M JORDAN 32 9-18 2-2 2 4 6 5 1 2 3 20 T LUE 30 5-10 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 1 0 11 J JEFFRIES 19 3-6 1-2 4 2 6 0 2 1 1 7 J DIXON 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 C LAETTNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION E THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-83 8-10 17 24 41 19 25 9 14 74 (.386) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16 (14 PTS) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D GOODEN F 23 3-6 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 1 5 6 P GASOL F 30 2-5 3-6 2 13 15 4 2 0 1 7 S SWIFT C 21 5-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 10 B KNIGHT G 24 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 5 3 2 2 4 G GIRICEK G 21 4-9 3-3 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 11 M BATISTE 18 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 2 E WATSON 24 5-7 6-6 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 17 S BATTIER 25 1-4 2-2 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 4 L WRIGHT 27 3-5 4-6 0 6 6 0 3 1 3 10 W PERSON 27 6-10 2-2 0 5 5 1 1 0 0 14 J WILLIAMS DNP - SPRAINED FOOT C TRYBANSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-63 20-25 5 31 36 23 16 8 15 85 (.508) (.800) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16 (12 PTS) WASHINGTON 21 21 11 21 - 74 MEMPHIS 24 16 18 27 - 85 BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - K BROWN. MEMPHIS - S SWIFT 2, P GASOL 2, L WRIGHT, G GIRICEK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 2-13 (.154), B RUSSELL 1-3, J STACKHOUSE 0- 8, T LUE 1-2. MEMPHIS 1-5 (.200), P GASOL 0-1, G GIRICEK 0-2, E WATSON 1- 1, W PERSON 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: WASHINGTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, STEVE JAVIE, TOMMY NUNEZ. A - 19,351. T - 2:08.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Hubie Brown is back in the win column. So are the Memphis Grizzlies. Earl Watson came up big down the stretch as the Grizzlies became the final team in the NBA to win this season with an 85-74 victory over the Washington Wizards. Off to an 0-13 start and winless in five games since Brown replaced Sidney Lowe as coach, the Grizzlies scored the game's final 11 points to finally shake some of their futility. "It's great, we feel good," Watson said. "It was big for us. It was just a matter of time for us to collectively come to a point where we made it happen." Memphis avoided inching closer to the NBA record of 17 straight losses to start a season, set by Miami in 1988 and matched by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1999. It was Brown's first win as coach since early in the 1986-87 season before he was fired by the New York Knicks. "It's a group thing," Brown said. "This is terrific for these kids. Tonight they did it all four quarters." "It feels great. It's tough to get a win in the NBA, especially the Western Conference," Grizzlies rookie Drew Gooden said. "I knew it was going to happen sooner or later. We played well in the crunch. It was serious business. We got it done today." Watson, who was just seven years old the last time Brown won a game, nailed a 3-pointer with 2:38 remaining to snap a 74-74 tie. He added four free throws in the final 28 seconds to seal it. Michael Jordan scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead Washington, which fell apart down the stretch en route to its third straight loss. "Anything can happen on any given night," said Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in the 1990s. "They had nothing to lose. We didn't match their intensity. It's tough because you're capable of playing better. It's unimaginable. These are games you've got to win." After scoring just 11 points in the third quarter to fall behind by five, the Wizards came out hot in the fourth quarter, making seven of their first eight shots. Washington finally got even at 74-74 with 2:57 to play on a turnaround jumper by Tyronn Lue, who finished with 11 points. But the Wizards faded down the stretch. Jordan missed three shots in the final 2 1/2 minutes and committed a turnover. Washington missed 11 of its last 14 shots in the period after the hot start. "We're a marked team because Michael is on our team and everybody is going to give us their best effort," Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "The one thing I was disappointed in tonight was poise. We didn't play with any poise." A second-year guard out of UCLA who is seeing increased playing time due to a foot injury by starter Jason Williams, Watson came off the bench and finished with 17 points while handing out five assists. Led by Watson, the Grizzlies' bench outscored their starters, 47-38. Pau Gasol - the reigning Rookie of the Year who has seen his offensive production under Brown drop off - scored just seven points, but contributed a season-high 15 rebounds. Wesley Person added 14 points and rookie Gordan Giricek 11 for the Grizzlies, who shot 51 percent (32-of-63). Washington shot just 39 percent (32-of-83). A thunderous dunk by Kwame Brown, who scored 14 points, gave the Wizards their last lead at 51-50 with 4:38 left in the third quarter. But the Grizzlies responded with a 12-2 run, triggered by six points from Watson to take a 62-53 with 10:10 remaining in the contest.


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