Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/12

Game 1: Tuesday, February 12th
Game 2: Tuesday, April 2nd

Lakers 113

(53-21, 23-14 away)

Wizards 93

(34-40, 19-18 home)

    8:00 PM ET, April 2, 2002

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAL 37 29 24 23113
    WSH 24 25 22 2293

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: S. O'Neal 22 Pts, 18 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Blk

    Washington: R. Hamilton 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Jordan limited to two points in 12 minutes

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The boxscore will show that Michael Jordan scored a career-low two points in a career-low 12 minutes, and that's not the worst of it.

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal dunks for two of his 22 points against the Wizards.

    Jordan also had a career-low zero impact in a game in which he played. He was an inconsequential reserve on the losing side of a rout as the Los Angeles Lakers overwhelmed his Washington Wizards 113-93 Tuesday night.

    "I'm disappointed we didn't make a game of it," Jordan said. "In terms of my minutes or my points, I'm not worried about that. I'm not chasing anything. I'm not chasing any stats. Yes, it's a career-low in minutes. It didn't make a difference."

    Jordan, struggling to regain his fitness in his seventh game since the surgery on his right knee, entered the game late in the first quarter, was 1-for-5 with three assists and three turnovers and did not play in the second half. There wasn't much need: The game essentially was over by the end of the first quarter, and the Wizards play at Milwaukee on Wednesday in the second of four games in five nights.

    "I talked to Michael at halftime," coach Doug Collins said. "And I said, `Michael, we'll see how the third quarter goes, and if it looks like we're back into it, then you'll play. If not, we're going to get ready to play the rest of the week.' And, he was in agreement with that."

    Jordan scored fewer than 10 points for the fifth time this season. He scored in single figures only once in his entire 13-year career with the Chicago Bulls. His previous low point total was six in Washington's 108-81 loss at Indiana on Dec. 27.

    "It looked to me he was not strong on that leg," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who won six titles with Jordan in Chicago, "or as strong as he'd like to be."

    Shaquille O'Neal had 22 points and tied a season-high with 18 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored all 14 of his points in the first half, and Derek Fisher and Rick Fox had 15 apiece for the Lakers. Los Angeles, starting a four-game road trip, remained 1 1/2 games behind first-place Sacramento in the Western Conference. The Kings beat Memphis 107-83.

    None of the Lakers starters played more than 33 minutes, leaving everyone with fresher legs for Wednesday night's game against East leader New Jersey.

    "We didn't want to be messing around with this team," O'Neal said. "In the past, we had struggles winning in this building, and we wanted to take it to them right away."

    Playoff hopes are fading fast for the Wizards, although they remained 2 1/2 games behind eighth-place Indiana in the East. The Pacers lost to Boston 105-94.

    Richard Hamilton scored 21 points to lead the Wizards. The 113 points was the most allowed by Washington this season.

    Jordan entered the game with 3:17 remaining in the first quarter and never got in the flow of the offense, except for a possession or two when he played point guard in the second quarter.

    The Wizards had one good spurt, when Christian Laettner scored eight points in a 13-0 run to give Washington a 15-10 lead. The Lakers responded with a 17-2 run -- with Fox, Fisher and Bryant each contributing at least two baskets -- and the game was over.

    Bryant had a variety pack of three breakaway dunks in the first half, each one with a different style. The best was a flying one-handed jam after he stole the ball from Hamilton.

    The lead was 37-24 after the first quarter and 66-49 at halftime. Bryant had 14 points in the half and O'Neal had 13 rebounds to compensate for his 3-for-10 shooting.

    The Wizards never got closer than 14 in the second half. Jordan sat pensively at the far end of the bench and never got up to ride his exercise bicycle in the tunnel, his usual warm-up routine before entering a game.

    "We were overwhelmed by a great team," Collins said. "This team is priming itself to three-peat, and they look awfully darn good. We just couldn't match their firepower. They beat us in every way."

    Game notes

    Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter, who led Maryland to the NCAA championship in Atlanta the previous night, attended the game and received a huge standing ovation in the first quarter. O'Neal wasn't impressed, however. Asked if Dixon had the talent to play in the NBA, O'Neal had no idea who Dixon was. "I don't watch basketball," O'Neal said. "I'm not a fan of basketball." ... Wizards forward Popeye Jones missed the game with back spasms. ... Wizards rookie center Kwame Brown, the No. 1 overall draft pick, had a career-high 14 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 113 93
    FGM-FGA 42-82 (.512) 37-82 (.451)
    3PM-3PA 10-18 (.556) 3-12 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 19-23 (.826) 16-22 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-45 9-35
    Assists 28 20
    Turnovers 15 13
    Steals 7 10
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 9 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/1) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Shaquille O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 22
    Reb: 18
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3
    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 21
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0