Regular Season Series (Game 3 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

Raptors 84

(10-28, 5-15 away)

Wizards 75

(19-19, 12-8 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 14, 2003

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 18 20 21 2584
    WSH 20 23 13 1975

    Top Performers

    Toronto: J. Williams 14 Pts, 20 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    Washington: M. Jordan 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    Jordan, Wizards silenced by two NBDL players

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A couple of pickups from the Mobile Revelers and North Charleston Lowgators stunned Michael Jordan into silence.

    Rafer Alston and Damone Brown, both playing on 10-day contracts from the National Basketball Development League, scored 13 points apiece, and Alston added 11 assists as the Toronto Raptors upset the Washington Wizards 84-75 Tuesday night.

    The injury-ravaged Raptors won their second consecutive game despite dressing just eight players -- including 10-day signees Alston from the Revelers, Brown from the Lowgators and Art Long, who was cut this season by Denver. Alston and Long were playing their third game with the Raptors; Brown joined the team earlier Tuesday.

    ''I don't think I've ever been in a position where guys don't even know each other, don't know their tendencies or nothing,'' said Antonio Davis, who scored just 10 points and was in early foul trouble. ''We were drawing up plays as the game was going on, and the guys didn't even know the plays. But we stuck together for 48 minutes and came up with a victory.''

    Jerome Williams scored 14 points and had a season-high 20 rebounds, and Morris Peterson had 21 points for the Raptors, who had lost 12 in a row before beating Minnesota and Washington back-to-back.

    Alston, who made six of 10 shots, was hot enough to engage Jordan in some trash talk.

    ''We play in the summertime together, and he would leave me open and I wouldn't hit my shots,'' said Alston, who earned the nickname ''Skip to my Lou'' playing street ball in New York. ''I told him tonight: 'I'm hitting these shots now.' ''

    Jordan and the Wizards couldn't have been more embarrassed. They had won six of their previous seven, and Monday they talked about sweeping this four-game homestand and getting home-court advantage for the playoffs.

    Instead, they lost the first one, prompting an unusually speedy locker room exit by Jordan and most of his teammates.

    ''No comment from me tonight,'' Jordan said. ''No comment at all.''

    Jordan scored 22 points, but he was just 3-for-12 in the second half and 1-for-6 in the fourth quarter. The Raptors took the lead in the third quarter and gradually increased it the rest of the game -- and neither Jordan nor anyone else on the Wizards could respond. They were outrebounded 29-14 in the second half.

    ''We had zero energy. We just went flat,'' coach Doug Collins said. ''It's about energy. It's about will. It's about going and doing it. We just didn't do it.

    ''I don't want to disrespect Toronto, but this has got to be more important to us than it was to them. Yesterday, we were talking about home-court advantage.''

    The Wizards played without Jerry Stackhouse, who has a pulled left groin. But that pales in comparison to a lengthy Raptors injury brigade headed by Vince Carter.

    The Wizards opened the game by racing to a 10-0 lead, then played the rest of the contest as if they thought their work was done. No doubt they were comforted when the Raptors cute-passed their way out of a three-on-one break, leading to a turnover and a Wizards basket at the other end.

    But Washington took the foot off the accelerator, and Toronto pulled to being down 20-18 by the end of a quarter. Still, the 12 minutes produced an amazing stat for the Raptors: Temps Alston and Brown came off the bench to score as many points (nine) as the five starters.

    The second quarter sped along in similar fashion. The 10-day connection looked nice when Alton fed Brown for a layup, and the Raptors headed into the break down 43-38, even though they had been whistled for 11 fouls to the Wizards' four and were being outrebounded 30-18.

    Williams led the Raptors to their first lead, outrebounding the entire Wizards team 6-1 during a 6-0 run to open the second half. Larry Hughes (eight), Jordan (four) and Brendan Haywood (one) were the only players to score for Washington in the third quarter, and Toronto took 59-56 lead into the fourth.

    The lifeless Wizards went nearly five minutes without a field goal midway through the fourth quarter. Williams scored the first five points in an 11-5 run during that stretch.

    Stackhouse's pulled left groin will keep him out at least a week, Collins said before the game. That rules Stackhouse out of the next three games. ... Raptors rookie forward Chris Jefferies will be out two weeks with a disc injury in his lower back. The complete list of non-traveling Raptors: Jefferies, Carter, Lindsey Hunter, Voshon Lenard, Eric Montross, Michael Bradley, Lamond Murray, Nate Huffman and Mamadou N'Diaye. ... Davis got one block to pass Marcus Camby (360) as the Raptors' career leader.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 84 75
    FGM-FGA 34-78 (.436) 29-85 (.341)
    3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 3-9 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 11-14 (.786) 14-18 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-47 16-44
    Assists 21 12
    Turnovers 19 11
    Steals 8 8
    Blocks 5 9
    Fast Break Points 4 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 14 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Jerome Williams Williams
    Points: 14
    Reb: 20
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Michael Jordan Jordan
    Points: 22
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 2