Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/4

Game 1: Tuesday, December 4th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 15th

Wizards 88

(5-12, 3-6 away)

Spurs 103


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, December 4, 2001

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 26 22 14 2688
    SA 29 28 28 18103

    Top Performers

    WSH: R. Hamilton 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    SA: T. Duncan 13 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Jordan wears stylish suit, Spurs wear smiles

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- With Michael Jordan in street clothes, the largest crowd of the NBA season had to be content with watching the Spurs win another game.

    Michael Jordan got a lot of cheers in San Antonio, maybe they liked his suit?

    Antonio Daniels scored 15 points and Tim Duncan and David Robinson added 13 each as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Washington Wizards, 103-88 Tuesday night.

    Six Spurs finished in double figures, while Richard Hamilton paced the Wizards with 24 points and Courtney Alexander had 16.

    Alexander, who did not play by coach's decision in the three previous games, started in place of Jordan, who sat out due to a hyperextended right knee. It was the first time since March 5, 1993, that Jordan missed a game due to injury.

    The Spurs drew a crowd of 35,052, and Jordan was still the man everyone wanted to see. Attired in a stylish tan sports coat and dark tie, he heard a generous helping of cheers from the partisan crowd as he slowly walked to his seat on the bench.

    Robinson said he hoped some of the fans were there to watch the Spurs, but he understood their applause for the prominent visitor.

    "I'm sure a lot of the fans think this might be their last chance to see Michael Jordan," he said. "They still got to see him, but I'm sure it wasn't the same."

    Wizards guard Tyronn Lue said that while Jordan wasn't in uniform, his presence was felt by his teammates.

    "(Jordan) was very helpful to us when we made mistakes tonight," said Lue. "It's nice to have the greatest player ever explaining things to you in the huddle."

    San Antonio broke open the game with a 16-0 run late in the third quarter that boosted its lead to 26. Even that burst reflected the balanced offensive effort on the night, as six different players scored.

    San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich sat most of his starters in the third and went all the way to the end of his bench. The Spurs' reserves contributed 45 of the team's 103 points.

    "The bench players went in and didn't miss a step," said Duncan, who played only 28 minutes. "It was great to see some of the guys who don't get a lot of minutes get out there and get up and down the court tonight."

    What ended up as a runaway was a tight contest in the early going.

    The teams swapped the lead 11 times in the first quarter before the Spurs took the advantage for good at 25-24 on a dunk by Daniels with 1:15 left in the second quarter.

    Washington made 10 of its 17 field goal attempts in the first, but lost the touch for most of the second quarter. San Antonio, meanwhile, built its lead up to double-digits on the strength of Robinson's inside work and 3-pointers by Charles Smith and Tony Parker.

    The Wizards made five of their last seven shots of the half, but still could trim only a couple of points off the Spurs' margin.

    Game notes
    Duncan's double-double was his 14th in 16 games this season. ... San Antonio reserve forward Cherokee Parks was like Mike -- he also didn't dress for the game because of a hyperextended right knee. ... The last regular-season game Jordan missed was also in San Antonio, that time due to a foot infection.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 88 103
    FGM-FGA 35-76 (.461) 38-82 (.463)
    3PM-3PA 2-6 (.333) 8-22 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 16-19 (.842) 19-28 (.679)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-38 8-37
    Assists 17 26
    Turnovers 15 10
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 7 7
    Fast Break Points 4 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 18 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 24
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 13
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1