Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/23

Game 1: Monday, December 23rd
Game 2: Sunday, February 23rd

Mavericks 106


Wizards 101

(26-29, 18-11 home)

    12:30 PM ET, February 23, 2003

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    DAL 13 31 30 16 16106
    WSH 26 23 16 25 11101

    Top Performers

    Dallas: D. Nowitzki 29 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Washington: J. Stackhouse 30 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Jordan alone not enough to subdue first-place Mavs

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Jordan caught the ball with the score tied and two seconds to play. He dribbled right against a double team and got off an 18-footer.

    Michael Jordan

    The ball hit the back of the rim and came out. Coach Doug Collins buried his face into the scorers' table. The game went to overtime, where the Dallas Mavericks' sheer level of talent was too much in a 106-101 victory over the Washington Wizards.

    "I thought I made it,'' Jordan said. "I got exactly what I wanted. I had a great look, hit the back of the rim.''

    Two days after scoring 43 in a victory over New Jersey -- when he became the first 40-year-old to score 40-plus -- Jordan got 30 in 52 minutes as the Wizards came close to a Friday-Sunday sweep of first-place teams. They didn't quite pull it off, failing to win when Jordan gets 30 or more for the first time this season.

    "If you want to look for moral victories, you can definitely look at this as one,'' said Jordan, whose team is fighting to stay in the playoff race. "But either way, it goes into the loss column. If we play this way against any teams the rest of the season, then we're going to win our share of the games.''

    Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Michael Finley had 24 points, and Steve Nash had 22 points and 10 assists as the Mavericks won their sixth in a row.

    The Mavericks were down 18 in the first quarter, relied on their reserves to bail them out, then blew a 12-point fourth-quarter lead.

    "I felt terrible most of the game,'' said Nash, who didn't get to sleep until 2 a.m. and woke up six hours later for the early matinee. "We didn't really have a lot of bounce to us. The bench deserves a lot of credit for the way they played in the second quarter.''

    Jordan finished 14-for-26 from the field and had nine rebounds, but he also had six of Washington's nine turnovers. He and rookie Juan Dixon spurred the fourth-quarter comeback, combining for 17 straight Wizards points, and the stage seemed set for Jordan's buzzer shot to become another classic game-winner.

    "I thought it was going in for sure,'' Nowitzki said.

    Jerry Stackhouse, whose 3-pointer sent the game to overtime, also scored 30 for the Wizards, who had won four straight at home.

    Nowitzki and Nash gave Dallas a quick five-point lead in overtime, but Jordan's runner tied it at 97 with 2:10 left. Finley broke the tie with short hook after a nice inside move, and Nash's tough shot over Tyronn Lue put the Mavericks ahead by four.

    Jordan had six points in overtime, but the final shot went to Dixon, whose 3-pointer that could have tied the game in the final 10 seconds was blocked by Finley.

    Dixon finished with 16 points.

    The unsung heroes for the Mavericks were reserves Eduardo Najera and Walt Williams, who rescued Dallas from a 24-6 first-quarter hole by combining for 16 points on 7-for-7 shooting in the second period. Williams finished with 10 points, Najera with eight.

    Nowitzki scored 14 in the third quarter, when the Mavericks finally took the lead after recovering from the early deficit. Nowitzki missed all five of his shots in the first quarter, but he went 11-for-18 the rest of the way.

    Game notes

    The Wizards had been 6-0 when Jordan scores 30 or more. ... They had also been 16-0 when scoring 100 or more. ... The Mavericks improved to 20-4 against Eastern Conference teams. ... The Mavericks scored a season-low 13 points in the first quarter. ... The Mavericks' reserves outscored the Wizards' subs 25-2 in the first half. ... Jordan had Washington's three turnovers in the first half.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 106 101
    FGM-FGA 40-85 (.471) 40-90 (.444)
    3PM-3PA 10-26 (.385) 7-25 (.280)
    FTM-FTA 16-18 (.889) 14-18 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-39 10-38
    Assists 19 21
    Turnovers 15 10
    Steals 7 11
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 3 1
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (2/0) 21 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 29
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Jerry Stackhouse Stackhouse
    Points: 30
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1