Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 1/22

Game 1: Wednesday, January 22nd
Wizards94Final
Hornets103
Game 2: Saturday, February 1st
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Wizards109
Game 3: Wednesday, February 19th
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Hornets87

Wizards 94

(21-21, 7-12 away)

Hornets 103

(23-20, 15-6 home)

    8:00 PM ET, January 22, 2003

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 28 21 19 2694
    NO 31 27 29 16103

    Top Performers

    Washington: J. Stackhouse 26 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    New Orleans: J. Mashburn 24 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Blk

    Jordan passes Wilt, but Hornets blow past Wiz

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Jamal Mashburn's success against Michael Jordan on both ends of the court helped the New Orleans Hornets get their third straight victory and spoil a milestone night for Jordan.

    Mashburn scored 24 points while holding Jordan to 1-for-7 shooting in the second half as the Hornets defeated the Washington Wizards 103-94 Wednesday night.

    "We were trying to give (Jordan) no open looks to the basket, but he's still an exceptional player,'' Mashburn said. "He can still make plays.''

    With 16 first-half points, Jordan finished with 18 and surpassed Wilt Chamberlain as the NBA's third all-time scorer. He passed Chamberlain's total of 31,419 points with a minute left in the first half when he dribbled laterally with his back to the basket and drilled a fallaway jump shot from the right elbow.

    But Jordan would score only four points the rest of the way, and his team fell behind by as many as 22 before rallying in the fourth period to keep from getting blown out.

    Jordan downplayed his scoring mark.

    "It summarizes the effort I've given throughout my career. But the thing about stats is they define you when you're 10 or 20 years past the game,'' Jordan said. "While you're playing, what matters is wins ... Their defense really kind of got us baffled in the second half and we were not able to get into the rhythm we wanted to get into.''

    Wizards coach Doug Collins said he felt some of Jordan's shots were makable.

    "He just missed them,'' Collins said.

    Jamaal Magloire scored 16 and grabbed 14 rebounds for New Orleans. David Wesley scored 19, hitting four 3-pointers, while Baron Davis finished with 14, including a 3-pointer that gave New Orleans an 80-58 lead in the third quarter.

    Pushing the ball up the floor as hard as they have all season, the Hornets scored 29 points on the fast break, compared to 10 for Washington.

    "I think that's huge,'' Wesley said. "That's also a big part of a lot of people being involved. If you can get out and run, a lot of people are going to get the opportunity to get layups and 3-pointers off the break. I think that's been a key point in our last three wins.''

    Jerry Stackhouse, who returned after missing four games with a groin pull, led Washington with 26 points and helped get Washington within striking distance early in the fourth.

    Etan Thomas hit a pair of free throws to bring the Wizards within 91-81 with about eight minutes to go. But Davis responded with a jumper and Wesley found Magloire for a reverse jam to finish a fast break and push the lead to 14. Washington never got closer than nine after that.

    "We knew coming in fast breaking was going to be a big problem and they just ran the ball at us,'' Collins said. "We couldn't stop them when we had to. This team here is very powerful. We haven't had any team play better against us than they did tonight.''

    Larry Hughes added 14 for Washington.

    New Orleans outrebounded Washington 46-32. Its short win streak has come after a 3-13 stretch that ended with five straight losses.

    "As long as we're pushing the ball and rebounding we're going to be OK,'' Hornets coach Paul Silas said.

    Charles Oakley and P.J. Brown were ejected in the final minute of the third quarter after wrestling each other to the floor while fighting for a rebound. Both players' teammates rushed to break up the scuffle, the hostilities quickly ceased and the game proceeded with no further flareups.

    After taking a 58-49 halftime lead, the Hornets used an 11-2 run to take 75-56 lead. Wesley had a 3-pointer and jump shot during the run, while Davis had a layup and Mashburn capped it with a couple of free throws.

    New Orleans took a 25-14 lead midway through the first quarter when Wesley hit a pair of 3-pointers and converted a steal by Davis into a fast-break layup as part of a 13-0 run.

    Washington responded with a 12-1 run that included a 3-pointer by Stackhouse, a fast-break layup by Jordan and a 15-foot jumper by Jordan to tie the game at 26.

    Game notes


    Star power has brought out the best crowds of the season for the Hornets. Announced attendance was 18,298 with Jordan the major draw Wednesday night. That was second only to last week's crowd of 18,509 when the Lakers were in town. The Hornets list capacity for the New Orleans Arena at 17,200, but standing room only ticket sales have brought attendance above that several times this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    WSH
    NO
    Points 94 103
    FGM-FGA 38-76 (.500) 36-83 (.434)
    3PM-3PA 4-7 (.571) 6-18 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 14-19 (.737) 25-29 (.862)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-32 15-46
    Assists 20 20
    Turnovers 16 15
    Steals 11 11
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 5 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (2/0) 14 (1/1)

    Top Performers

    Washington
    New Orleans
    Jerry Stackhouse Stackhouse
    Points: 26
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Jamal Mashburn Mashburn
    Points: 24
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1