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NBA  FINAL IN 1ST OT  1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  1OT  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     WASHINGTON       23   26   20   22   8     99   
     BOSTON           26   19   26   20   7     98      FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS:   WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 25, JERRY STACKHOUSE 24, 
                      CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 16
                BOS - PAUL PIERCE 36, WALTER MCCARTY 23, TONY 
                      DELK 12

Box Score

WASHINGTON (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Stackhouse 47 9-20 6-6 2-5 4 3 24 C Laettner 49 8-18 0-0 3-13 4 4 16 J White 7 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 T Lue 42 3-6 0-0 0-1 5 2 7 M Jordan 47 10-22 4-4 2-13 7 3 25 K Brown 27 2-6 1-2 0-6 2 0 5 B Simmons 34 6-10 3-4 4-7 3 5 15 J Dixon 12 3-5 0-0 1-1 2 0 7 C Oakley DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE B Russell DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Hughes DNP - SORE RIGHT ANKLE B Haywood DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 41-87 14-16 13-48 27 19 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 3-5, .600 (J Stackhouse 0-1, T Lue 1-1, M Jordan 1-1, J Dixon 1-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers:13 (C Laettner 4, J Stackhouse 3, T Lue 2, M Jordan 2, B Simmons, K Brown). Steals: 10 (J Stackhouse 2, M Jordan 2, B Simmons 2, J Dixon 2, T Lue, K Brown). BOSTON (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 49 3-16 1-4 0-10 14 3 7 E Williams 30 4-9 2-2 2-5 1 3 10 T Battie 26 1-3 4-4 1-3 0 3 6 J Bremer 19 0-5 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 P Pierce 50 10-22 11-12 0-9 6 3 36 W Mccarty 35 8-15 2-2 2-3 2 3 23 M Blount 17 2-2 0-0 1-2 1 1 4 T Delk 34 5-10 0-0 0-2 0 1 12 K Brown 5 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 G Long DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Coles DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Bryant DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 33-82 20-24 7-36 25 17 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 12-30, .400 (A Walker 0-5, J Bremer 0-2, P Pierce 5-9, W Mccarty 5-10, T Delk 2-4). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:6 (A Walker 2, T Delk, W Mccarty, M Blount, P Pierce). Turnovers:11 (A Walker 3, P Pierce 3, W Mccarty 2, J Bremer 2, T Battie). Steals: 9 (T Delk 3, M Blount 2, P Pierce 2, E Williams, A Walker). ----------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON 23 26 20 22 8 - 99 BOSTON 26 19 26 20 7 - 98 ----------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:37. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Derek Richardson, Ken Mauer.


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (99) AT BOSTON (98) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J STACKHOUSE F 47 9-20 6-6 2 3 5 4 3 2 3 24 C LAETTNER F 49 8-18 0-0 3 10 13 4 4 0 4 16 J WHITE C 7 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 T LUE G 42 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 1 2 7 M JORDAN G 47 10-22 4-4 2 11 13 7 3 2 2 25 K BROWN 27 2-6 1-2 0 6 6 2 0 1 1 5 B SIMMONS 34 6-10 3-4 4 3 7 3 5 2 1 15 J DIXON 12 3-5 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 2 0 7 C OAKLEY DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE B RUSSELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION L HUGHES DNP - SORE RIGHT ANKLE B HAYWOOD DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 265 41-87 14-16 13 35 48 27 19 10 13 99 (.471) (.875) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15 (18 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 49 3-16 1-4 0 10 10 14 3 1 3 7 E WILLIAMS F 30 4-9 2-2 2 3 5 1 3 1 0 10 T BATTIE C 26 1-3 4-4 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 6 J BREMER G 19 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 P PIERCE G 50 10-22 11-12 0 9 9 6 3 2 3 36 W MCCARTY 35 8-15 2-2 2 1 3 2 3 0 2 23 M BLOUNT 17 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 2 0 4 T DELK 34 5-10 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 3 0 12 K BROWN 5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 G LONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION B COLES DNP - COACH'S DECISION M BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 265 33-82 20-24 7 29 36 25 17 9 11 98 (.402) (.833) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11 (9 PTS) WASHINGTON 23 26 20 22 8 - 99 BOSTON 26 19 26 20 7 - 98 BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - NONE, BOSTON - A WALKER 2, T DELK, W MCCARTY, M BLOUNT, P PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-5 (.600), J STACKHOUSE 0-1, T LUE 1- 1, M JORDAN 1-1, J DIXON 1-2. BOSTON 12-30 (.400), A WALKER 0-5, J BREMER 0- 2, P PIERCE 5-9, W MCCARTY 5-10, T DELK 2-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, DEREK RICHARDSON, KEN MAUER. A - 18,624. T - 2:37.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Michael Jordan bid a memorable farewell to Boston and may yet have a shot at the playoffs. Jordan hit a game-tying 14-foot jumper in the lane with 43 seconds left in regulation and set up Christian Laettner for a wide-open winning basket from the left corner with 53 seconds remaining as the Washington Wizards posted a pivotal 99-98 overtime victory over the Boston Celtics. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Wizards (35-41), who pulled within two games of the Milwaukee Bucks (38-40) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Jordan's former team - the Chicago Bulls - helped his cause by beating the Bucks on Saturday night. The Celtics (41-36) had a chance to officially clinch a postseason berth but instead slipped one game behind New Orleans (42-35) for the fifth playoff spot. Most of the sellout crowd Sunday paid homage to Jordan, who said he earned his "legitimacy" here during the 1986 playoffs. Then a 23-year-old with the Bulls, Jordan set a playoff record with 63 points on the parquet at Boston Garden in a first-round Game Two loss. He preceded that with a 47-point performance in the opener. Afterwards, Celtics superstar Larry Bird anointed Jordan as the best player in the league with the famous quotation, "That was God disguised as Michael Jordan." During his travels to Boston, Jordan has torched the Celtics for 50-plus points twice and 40-plus points seven times. "Winning in Boston's good. I mean, I always liked this place," Jordan said. "It's not the (Boston) Garden, but it's the next best thing. The respect that I got in here in Boston over the years has always been positive." Now at 40 and in his last season, Jordan graced the FleetCenter crowd with a 25-point, 13-rebound performance. He did not soar for any high-flying dunks as he did in his prime, but played 47 minutes and hit four jumpers in the final 3:42 of regulation. "Michael played a happy game today," Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "I think just being in Boston makes him happy and he loves to play against Antoine (Walker) and Paul (Pierce). It was fun to watch him have fun." Pierce had 36 points and nine rebounds but committed a key turnover after Laettner's basket gave the Wizards a 99-98 lead. The Celtics had other chances to win, but Walker, who hit just 3-of-16 shots, missed a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left and Eric Williams missed a jumper from the top of the key with two seconds remaining. "We really had two good looks. Unfortunately they didn't fall for us," said Celtics coach Jim O'Brien. "I thought we passed the basketball well but didn't make enough shots." Boston held an 89-85 lead on a driving layup by Pierce with 2:13 left before Jordan took matters into his own hands. He hit a turnaround jumper over Walter McCarty with 1:54 remaining and again faked McCarty into the air and converted an 18-footer with 1:21 left to tie the game at 89-89. But Jordan's best moment came when he demanded the ball and went 1-on-1 against Pierce with the Celtics holding a 91-89 lead on a pair of free throws by Williams with 1:07 left. Jordan took the ball from Tyronn Lue at the top of the key and dribbled hard to the left of the lane. Pierce defended the drive perfectly, forcing Jordan to spin off his pivot foot for a fadeway 14-foot jumper which rattled through the rim. "I smiled after that one," Jordan said. "I intended to go all the way to the basket, but Paul played it well. I knew the shot clock was winding down, so I just went to the fadeway and fortunately, the shot fell for me." "It could have gone either way," Pierce said. "I thought I played good defense, but he (Jordan) made the shot. We had our chances to win, but the shots didn't fall for us." Neither Jordan nor Pierce scored in overtime, but Jordan drew two players before dishing off to Laettner for the winning basket. "Coach called the play and it seemed like they weren't ready for it," said Laettner, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds. "It was a designed play for Christian, with Michael drawing the defense," Collins said. "When Christian doesn't hesitate, he's got the best shot on the team." Walker had a miserable shooting game for four quarters, making just 1-of-13 shots before hitting a pair of layups and a free throw in overtime. After missing the first free throw, he converted the second to give the Celtics a 98-97 lead with 1:05 left. Walker had just seven points but tied a career-high with 14 assists and added 10 rebounds. McCarty drilled five 3-pointers, including three in the fourth quarter, and finished with 23 points. "We played well, but Mike hit three jumpers with a man contested and a hand up on him," McCarty said. Jerry Stackhouse scored 24 points for the Wizards, including a pair of 21-foot jumpers in overtime. "They're (Jordan and Stackhouse) a nice combination to have on the wings," O'Brien said. "They're a team fighting for their lives and played a very intense game." Bobby Simmons provided a surprising boost off the bench with career highs of 15 points and seven rebounds. Jordan scored 10 points in the first quarter, but the Celtics shot 52 percent (11-of-21) and held a 26-23 lead. While Jordan sat in the second quarter, the Wizards scored 14 straight points to take a 43-33 lead. Laettner had two layups and a jumper and Stackhouse added a fadeway jumper and a pair of free throws. Rookie Juan Dixon capped the spurt with a 17-foot jumper with 3:57 left in the half. The Celtics made just 4-of-17 shots in the quarter but closed with an 11-4 run as Pierce scored nine points, pulling the Celtics within 49-45. A 3-pointer by Jordan increased the lead to 61-52 with 7:59 left in the third quarter, but the Celtics scored the next 10 points. Pierce ignited the run with a 3-pointer and Tony Delk capped it with a shot from the arc with 5:24 remaining.


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