Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 10/31

Game 1: Thursday, October 31st
Game 2: Monday, January 6th
Game 3: Sunday, April 6th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 9th

Wizards 100

(17-17, 6-11 away)

Celtics 95

(19-14, 12-7 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 6, 2003

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 21 18 35 26100
    BOS 24 24 27 2095

    Top Performers

    WSH: J. Stackhouse 37 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Bos: P. Pierce 30 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Jordan, Stackhouse have Wizards on four-game roll

    BOSTON (AP) -- Jerry Stackhouse thinks the Washington Wizards' success might have as much to do with what they're doing off the court as what they do on it.

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Jerry Stackhouse has experienced a bizarre NBA career.

    Stackhouse had 37 points on Monday night in a 100-95 victory over the Boston Celtics as the Wizards won their fourth straight game -- their longest winning streak of the season. They haven't lost since New Year's Eve, when Stackhouse made a resolution to spend more time bonding with his new teammates.

    "To spend some time away from basketball has definitely been good for us,'' said Stackhouse, who was traded to Washington in September after 4½ years with the Detroit Pistons. "These things go a long way to build a team.''

    Michael Jordan converted a three-point play with 32.8 seconds left for his only points of the fourth quarter, and the Wizards improved to .500 (17-17) for the first time since Nov. 22.

    "The team is starting to look like a team,'' said Jordan, who also had 11 rebounds and seven assists as he took over as point guard in the fourth. "There's so many ways I can help the team. It's not just scoring.''

    Stackhouse thinks part of the secret is team bonding. Ever since the team's Christmas party, he said, players have spent more time together away from basketball, getting together after practice or going to dinner in groups of three or four.

    "When I was in Detroit, everybody did it,'' he said. "It's not something you force guys to do. Guys have to want to be part of a team. That's what you're seeing.''

    Boston took its final lead, 95-93, on two free throws by Tony Battie with 1:02 left. But Jordan got Eric Williams turned around to the right of the basket before putting up a soft jumper and drawing the foul.

    "It was a heartbreaking loss,'' said Paul Pierce, who led Boston with 30 points. "It hurts because it's a game we felt like we should have won.''

    Jordan was coming off a season-high 41 points in a victory over Indiana, a performance that helped him earn NBA player of the week honors for the first time since coming out of retirement last season. He had 16 points through three quarters but hadn't scored in the fourth as the teams swapped leads eight times, with two ties.

    The Celtics led 89-82 with 6:48 left in the game, but Stackhouse scored 13 of the Wizards' final 18 points to seal the victory.

    The Celtics had been waiting for a rematch ever since Halloween, when they lost their second game of the season in Washington 114-69 -- the worst loss in the storied franchise's history.

    Battie, who returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with a sore knee, had 10 points and 15 rebounds.

    Boston led by as many as 10 points in the third quarter and led 63-55 with 4:29 left before Washington scored the next 11 points.

    Game notes

    C Mikki Moore, who signed a 10-day contract with Boston on Monday, did not play. ... Antoine Walker was called for a technical foul for complaining about the officiating in the first half. ... Pierce and Celtics coach Jim O'Brien were called for technicals in the final seconds of the half after reacting to a hard foul by Stackhouse. ... Wizards assistant coach Patrick Ewing was honored at halftime and given a piece of the old parquet floor.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 100 95
    FGM-FGA 34-73 (.466) 36-84 (.429)
    3PM-3PA 5-14 (.357) 8-32 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 27-41 (.659) 15-16 (.938)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-37 10-42
    Assists 22 19
    Turnovers 12 17
    Steals 10 8
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 2 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/1) 28 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Jerry Stackhouse Stackhouse
    Points: 37
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Paul Pierce Pierce
    Points: 30
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1