Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Wednesday, October 30th
Game 2: Sunday, December 15th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 14th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 4th

Wizards 68

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Raptors 74

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 30, 2002

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 14 22 9 2368
    TOR 20 24 15 1574

    Top Performers

    WSH: K. Brown 12 Pts, 18 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 Blk

    Tor: M. Peterson 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    Jordan's play as ugly as teammates' in loss

    TORONTO (AP) -- Michael Jordan played so poorly he got laughed at.


    Morris Peterson scored 20 points and Jordan went scoreless in the second half -- and even missed a dunk -- as the Toronto Raptors opened their season with a 74-68 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

    Jordan, coming off the bench, scored just eight points in 24 minutes. After missing two free throws with 4:06 left, he missed a breakaway dunk as the ball clanged off the back rim. The crowd laughed at Jordan, who turns 40 in February.

    The Wizards, down by 12, never recovered.

    "I'm pretty sure everybody is going to look at the one play,'' Jordan said. "I felt like I exploded pretty good. I got hit on the knee, but I still should have finished it. Other than that I felt good.''

    Jordan finished 4-for-14 from the field.

    "I've never seen Michael miss a couple of free throws and a dunk late in the game like that. Normally, that's money in the bank,'' Washington coach Doug Collins said.

    The only positive for the new-look Wizards, who shot just 29.6 percent from the field, was the play of Kwame Brown, who had a career-high 18 rebounds, 12 points and five blocks.

    "Everybody was fumbling the ball,'' Jordan said. "It was pretty ugly on both sides.''

    Vince Carter had 18 points in his first game since surgery on his left knee in March.

    Peterson also had a career-high 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who also got a career-high 12 rebounds from new center Jelani McCoy.

    "I thought I did a great job on Jordan,'' Peterson said.

    The Wizards started the game with four new starters in their lineup, including Jerry Stackhouse, who had a team-high 19 points. Stackhouse, acquired from Detroit in exchange for Richard Hamilton, went 6-for-17 from the field.

    "There wasn't any chemistry,'' Jordan said. "For us to come out in the first game and expect to have everything clicking is kind of far-fetched.''

    Carter had eight points, including an impressive fadeaway jumper after spinning around his defender, as Toronto took a 18-11 lead in the first quarter with Jordan on the bench.

    Jordan entered with 3:50 left in the first quarter and immediately stole Peterson's pass, but Washington didn't score on the possession because of Stackhouse's turnover.

    Stackhouse later shot an airball after another pass from Jordan.

    "We were all out of sync,'' Stackhouse said.

    The Wizards shot 25 percent in the first quarter as the Raptors led 20-14.

    After Jordan made his first shot of the gave early in the second, the Raptors went on a 14-0 run as Peterson scored seven points and the Wizards went almost five minutes without scoring.

    "We were terrible,'' Collins said. "Our screening was poor and our shot selection was very poor.''

    Jordan scored all eight of his points in the second quarter as the Wizards cut Toronto's lead to eight at halftime.

    Game notes

    After Charles Oakley complained before the game that his locker wasn't near the TV, Jordan told rookie Jared Jefferies to switch lockers with Oakley. ... With reporters huddled around Oakley's locker, the former Raptor took a jab at Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens: "The crowd should be in Lenny's office asking how he got that deal,'' he said. Wilkens has two years and $10 million left on his four-year deal. ... Seven of the Washington's next 10 games are against last season's playoff teams. ... NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik attended the game.

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