Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/16

Game 1: Saturday, November 16th
Game 2: Sunday, March 2nd
Game 3: Saturday, March 15th
Game 4: Friday, April 11th

Wizards 83

(29-30, 9-19 away)

Heat 93

(20-39, 13-15 home)

    Coverage: WBDC

    6:00 PM ET, March 2, 2003

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 16 22 25 2083
    MIA 22 23 19 2993

    Top Performers

    WSH: J. Stackhouse 24 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast

    Mia: B. Grant 13 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

    Plenty of playing minutes finally catch up with MJ

    MIAMI (AP) -- All those 40-minute games lately finally caught up with 40-year-old Michael Jordan.

    The Miami Heat made nine consecutive shots in the second half and took advantage of a poor shooting night by a weary Jordan to beat the Washington Wizards 93-83 Sunday.

    Jordan missed seven of his first eight attempts and finished 9-for-27, including two airballs.

    ''Michael is human,'' Wizards coach Doug Collins said. ''When it comes to minutes, he has played a lot lately, and his shot wasn't going tonight.''

    Since turning 40 on Feb. 17, Jordan has averaged 27.3 points a game. But he also has averaged 44 minutes.

    Playing with a wrap covering his right leg to protect a thigh bruise, Jordan settled for 21 points against Miami.

    ''I've been on a pretty good roll, and I guess everybody was looking for me,'' Jordan said. ''I've played a lot of minutes the past few games. I didn't seem to have it tonight.''

    Miami won even though scoring leader Eddie Jones played just 21 minutes because of foul trouble. He committed his fifth and sixth fouls in a 13-second span and was disqualified with 8:45 left.

    But by then Miami was in the midst of its shooting streak, which turned a 63-59 deficit into an 84-72 lead. Travis Best's three-point play put Miami ahead to stay, and his 3-point basket midway through the fourth quarter made it 80-70.

    Reserve Mike James also sparked the surge, helping the Heat score on nine consecutive possessions. He finished with 10 points and five assists in 21 minutes.

    ''They were off and running,'' Jordan said. ''We never got into sync offensively, except in the third quarter, when our defense created some things.''

    Caron Butler led Miami with 20 points and added nine rebounds and five assists. The rookie matched up against Jordan at both ends of the court.

    ''He's the best,'' Butler said. ''I just tried to go at him. He went at me. It was fun out there.''

    The game drew a noisy crowd of 16,500 -- only the sixth home sellout for the Heat this season.

    ''It was great,'' coach Pat Riley said. ''There were a lot of fans that we haven't seen most of the year. We wanted to try to put something in their minds to get the fans to come back.''

    Washington, which had won three in a row, missed a chance to climb above .500 for the first time since Jan. 22. The Wizards have lost eight of their past 10 road games.

    Miami snapped a three-game losing streak and avenged a 30-point defeat against Washington in their most recent meeting in November.

    Brian Grant had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Miami, and Jones scored 16 points despite his limited playing time. Jerry Stackhouse had 24 for the Wizards.

    Anthony Goldwire, who signed a 10-day contract Saturday with Washington, scored 10 points, including a 3-pointer that made the score 57-57 during a 14-0 Wizards run. They took their first lead of the second half on their next possession.

    The spurt came when Jones went to the bench early in the third quarter with four fouls.

    ''We played eight minutes of team basketball,'' Collins said, ''and that was in the third quarter.''

    Game notes

    Athletes in the crowd for Jordan's first game in Miami this season included Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain of the Dolphins, Willis McGahee and Andre Johnson of the Miami Hurricanes and Ivan Rodriguez of the Florida Marlins. ... Jones fouled out for the first time this season. ... The Wizards fell to 9-6 in the second game when playing back-to-back.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 93
    FGM-FGA 28-76 (.368) 33-80 (.413)
    3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 23-25 (.920) 22-26 (.846)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-39 13-44
    Assists 15 21
    Turnovers 11 9
    Steals 6 7
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 4 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/1) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Jerry Stackhouse Stackhouse
    Points: 24
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Brian Grant Grant
    Points: 13
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2