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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW YORK         22   18   28   25    93   
     WASHINGTON       17   20   26   16    79      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 23, SHANDON ANDERSON 18, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 13
                WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 21, LARRY HUGHES 16, 
                      KWAME BROWN 12

HIGH REBOUND:   NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 10, SHANDON ANDERSON 6,
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 5
                WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 8, KWAME BROWN 7, BRENDAN
                      HAYWOOD 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   NYK - HOWARD EISLEY 7, FRANK WILLIAMS 5, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 4
                WAS - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 9, TYRONN LUE 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   20,173

Box Score

NEW YORK (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 33 6-12 0-0 1-10 4 2 13 C Weatherspoon 28 3-4 3-4 1-5 1 1 9 K Thomas 28 4-9 0-0 0-5 0 1 8 A Houston 31 9-13 2-2 0-2 3 1 23 H Eisley 28 1-6 0-0 0-2 7 1 3 M Doleac 20 3-9 0-0 1-5 2 2 6 T Knight 15 1-2 0-0 1-4 1 0 2 C Ward 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 1 0 S Anderson 25 7-11 1-1 2-6 0 3 18 L Postell 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 L Nailon 5 3-6 2-2 0-2 0 3 8 F Williams 12 1-3 0-0 1-3 5 0 3 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-77 8-9 7-46 25 16 93 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 9-21, .429 (L Sprewell 1-3, A Houston 3-6, H Eisley 1-5, C Ward 0-1, S Anderson 3-4, F Williams 1-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots:3 (K Thomas, S Anderson, L Nailon). Turnovers:15 (L Sprewell 3, K Thomas 3, H Eisley 3, F Williams 2, C Weatherspoon, S Anderson, M Doleac, L Nailon). Steals: 7 (L Sprewell 2, S Anderson 2, C Ward, M Doleac, T Knight). WASHINGTON (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Stackhouse 15 2-7 0-0 0-2 1 1 5 K Brown 37 6-11 0-0 4-7 1 1 12 C Laettner 31 1-6 2-2 1-4 9 1 4 M Jordan 37 9-22 3-3 1-8 1 1 21 T Lue 32 2-5 0-0 0-1 4 4 5 L Hughes 28 7-13 0-0 1-3 2 1 16 B Haywood 25 2-7 3-6 2-6 1 0 7 J Dixon 16 3-6 0-0 0-3 0 1 7 B Simmons 19 0-3 2-2 0-5 2 2 2 C Oakley DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE B Russell DNP - COACH'S DECISION J White DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-80 10-13 9-39 21 12 79 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (J Stackhouse 1-2, M Jordan 0-3, T Lue 1-2, L Hughes 2-3, J Dixon 1-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:2 (B Haywood, K Brown). Turnovers:12 (J Stackhouse 3, L Hughes 2, M Jordan 2, K Brown 2, B Haywood 2, T Lue). Steals: 6 (L Hughes 2, C Laettner, M Jordan, K Brown, J Dixon). ------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 22 18 28 25 - 93 WASHINGTON 17 20 26 16 - 79 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,173. T: 1:54. Officials: Greg Willard, Hue Hollins, Luis Grillo.


Extended Box

NEW YORK (93) AT WASHINGTON (79) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 33 6-12 0-0 1 9 10 4 2 2 3 13 C WEATHERSPOON F 28 3-4 3-4 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 9 K THOMAS C 28 4-9 0-0 0 5 5 0 1 0 3 8 A HOUSTON G 31 9-13 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 23 H EISLEY G 28 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 7 1 0 3 3 M DOLEAC 20 3-9 0-0 1 4 5 2 2 1 1 6 T KNIGHT 15 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 1 0 2 C WARD 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 S ANDERSON 25 7-11 1-1 2 4 6 0 3 2 1 18 L POSTELL 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 L NAILON 5 3-6 2-2 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 8 F WILLIAMS 12 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 5 0 0 2 3 TOTALS 240 38-77 8-9 7 39 46 25 16 7 15 93 (.494) (.889) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 15 (10 PTS) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J STACKHOUSE F 15 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 3 5 K BROWN F 37 6-11 0-0 4 3 7 1 1 1 2 12 C LAETTNER C 31 1-6 2-2 1 3 4 9 1 1 0 4 M JORDAN G 37 9-22 3-3 1 7 8 1 1 1 2 21 T LUE G 32 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 4 4 0 1 5 L HUGHES 28 7-13 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 2 2 16 B HAYWOOD 25 2-7 3-6 2 4 6 1 0 0 2 7 J DIXON 16 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 1 0 7 B SIMMONS 19 0-3 2-2 0 5 5 2 2 0 0 2 C OAKLEY DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE B RUSSELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION J WHITE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-80 10-13 9 30 39 21 12 6 12 79 (.400) (.769) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 12 (13 PTS) NEW YORK 22 18 28 25 - 93 WASHINGTON 17 20 26 16 - 79 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - K THOMAS, S ANDERSON, L NAILON. WASHINGTON - B HAYWOOD, K BROWN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 9-21 (.429), L SPREWELL 1-3, A HOUSTON 3- 6, H EISLEY 1-5, C WARD 0-1, S ANDERSON 3-4, F WILLIAMS 1-2. WASHINGTON 5- 11 (.455), J STACKHOUSE 1-2, M JORDAN 0-3, T LUE 1-2, L HUGHES 2-3, J DIXON 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GREG WILLARD, HUE HOLLINS, LUIS GRILLO. A - 20,173. T - 1:54.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Michael Jordan was feted on the court in the final home game of his career and forced to defend his role off it. Allan Houston scored 23 points and reserve Shandon Anderson 18 as the New York Knicks beat the Washington Wizards, 93-79, in Jordan's final home game. Jordan, who concludes his legendary career on Wednesday at Philadelphia, contributed 21 points and eight rebounds to pace the Wizards, who shot just 40 percent (32-of-80) and allowed the Knicks to connect at 49 percent (38-of-77). "Michael's the kind of guy, it doesn't matter if he's tired. If he gets going, he's going to get going," Houston said. "What we tried to do was keep the ball out of his hands. We were playing him like it was the playoffs because we knew what he's capable of doing. We didn't want him to go off on us for his last game." Jordan exited to an ovation from the MCI Center crowd of 20,173 with 2:02 left and the result not in doubt. The crowd remained standing and cheering until the final buzzer. "Michael cannot carry a sub-par team into the playoffs, he is 40," Washington coach Doug Collins said. "Now with Michael at 25, we make the playoffs. He cannot do that at 40." After a postgame ceremony in which Wizards owner Abe Pollin announced a donation of computers in Jordan's name to 18 Washington high schools, Jordan and Collins had some pointed words for some of the team's young players. "It is very tough for young kids to understand what it feels like to go out and play even though you are not playing for a playoff position," Jordan said. "Next year will be what they take from the way that I conducted business on the basketball court. Next year is also going to be a test for some of these guys to understand what at 40 years old I gave to the game for the last two years." "All the guys who thought (Jordan) took away from their games this year are going to find out how much he helped," Collins said. "Sometimes be careful what you wish for, you might get it." Unless he decides to take a similar job with the expansion team in Charlotte next season, Jordan is expected to move back into a front office position with the Wizards. That post will be one in which he will have input over player personnel decisions. "I can look at some marginal players around the league and say, `You know what? This kid may not be as talented, but his desire and passion is strong and he may be able to help a team like this on a consistent basis,'" Jordan said. "I would take 12 guys who have a strong passion to play this game over 12 stars who don't respect the game." "I think (this group) should at least have the opportunity (to win without Jordan)," said Wizards guard Larry Hughes, who scored 16 points off the bench. "I think we have guys who understand the game and guys who want to win, and we're ready to take on the challenge." Collins also said some of the younger Wizards had disrespected him this season. "Obviously, he feels someone did disrespect him," center Brendan Haywood said. "If he was that disrespected, maybe he should have called them out and said something about it to y'all (in the media) instead of saying all the young guys, because that's not fair. There's some guys who've never said a word to this guy. If he has a problem with somebody, say it to them." "If there are guys that he feels disrespect him, I think he should just let us know so we can fix those things," Hughes added. "We have to be basically a family where we go out every night and fight together, so if there are any problems within our group, we just address them man-to-man and try to work things out." Before the game, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld presented Jordan with the American flag that flew over the Pentagon on September 11, 2002 - one year to the day after the terrorist attack. "A lot was probably on Michael's mind because he probably had a lot of emotions going through his head with it being his last game and everything," Houston said. "We just wanted to try, if we could, to use that to our advantage." "I was concerned that our guys would lose focus," New York coach Don Chaney added. "I didn't want our guys to get caught up in the hoopla. We honor and respect (Jordan), but we still had to play to win." The Knicks trailed, 24-22, early in the second quarter before going on a 13-2 run to take the lead for good. "We were focused, we understand," said New York forward Latrell Sprewell, who contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds. "We've been in situations like this several times this year with Patrick (Ewing), with MJ coming to the Garden for the last time and now this - it's somewhat familiar." New York led by 40-37 at halftime, 68-63 after three quarters and by at least four points over the final 12 minutes. "At the end of the day, it's on us as players to go out and win games," Hughes said. "There wouldn't be any problem if we were in the playoffs right now, so we address that as a team and we leave it at that." "Hopefully, MJ is going to do the right thing, whether he goes to Charlotte or stays here, whatever he wants to do," Washington guard Tyronn Lue said. "I'm happy for MJ and happy to have played two seasons with him."


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