TORONTO (AP) -- Michael Jordan proved a point by matching his
career low with two points.
Jordan, who turns 40 in February, had nine assists and eight
rebounds as he matched his season high by playing 40 minutes. The
Wizards were coming off ugly losses to Portland and New Jersey.
"The thing that I want everybody to understand on this team is
that you don't have to score to be an impact player. My sole
purpose was to rebound, assist and move the ball around,'' Jordan
said. "Once Jerry got started offensively I wasn't really
Jordan had two points in 12 minutes in a 113-96 loss to the Los
Angeles Lakers on April 2, 2002.
He had three assists in the final four minutes against Toronto.
"What this team needs is someone who can sacrifice their game
for the betterment of the team,'' Jordan said. "I'm not afraid to
step up and do that. We need to win. We need to get that attitude
back. Somebody has to sacrifice their game. I don't mind that it's
me right now.''
Former Raptors forward Charles Oakley said Jordan should have
received a standing ovation. Jordan is retiring and might have
played his last game in Canada.
"You know that's how they are in Canada. They don't really know
basketball,'' Oakley said. "They just come out and watch. They
don't know if they're watching polo or lolo.''
Brown had eight points in the final quarter, and the Wizards
finished the game on a 10-4 run.
Jordan assisted on Hughes' jumper with 4:00 left, and later
passed to Christian Laettner for a layup and a jumper, giving
Washington an 89-78 lead with 2:38 left.
After Jordan stole an inbounds pass, Hughes made a jumper to
give the Wizards an 11-point lead with 1:52 remaining.
Stackhouse made an off-balance jumper just as the shot clock
expired to make it 93-80 with 1:15 left.
"I wasn't going to shoot. I didn't care about shooting,''
Jordan said. "How many points did I have? I had 20 points. Nine
assists and two points.''
"Michael really got his teammates the ball at the end and it
hurt us,'' Toronto's Morris Peterson said.
Alvin Williams, who missed Toronto's last game with a sore left
ankle, had 15 points, five assists and six rebounds.
Toronto's backcourt of Williams, Hunter and Voshon Lenard
combined for 34 points as the Raptors led 49-47 at halftime.
Jordan went scoreless in the first half, but had six assists.
"I think he was happy with his two points today because of the
way the team played and all the other things he did,'' Washington
coach Doug Collins said. "This was one of the best games he's
played for us this year in terms of doing what needed to be done to
win the game.''
Davis (swollen right knee) said he will sidelined for at
least another 10 days. ... Oakley said the current Raptors were
happy losing. ... Carter has a strained right knee. ... Brown went
7-for-9 from the field and had seven rebounds. ... Lenard had 18