Jordan misses game winner against Hawks

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2003

WASHINGTON -- In his first game ever with no playoff meaning, Michael Jordan made a thrilling go-ahead shot in the final minute. But he missed the game-winner at the buzzer.

Ira Newble's dunk off an offensive rebound with 8 seconds to go turned out to be the winning basket as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 101-100 Saturday night.

Jordan hit a fadeaway 13-footer over Newble with 18 seconds left to give the Wizards a one-point lead, but the Hawks had enough time for Newble to score the last of his career-high 21 points.

Jordan had one final chance, but Newble didn't give him much space this time, and the 20-footer was off the mark.

Jordan, whose Wizards were eliminated from playoff contention Friday night, scored 17 points in 30 minutes, the fewest minutes he's played since March 5. Coach Doug Collins said he would rest Jordan because he wanted ''these other guys to have to play to try to win a game,'' but Jordan was still there at the end.

In Jordan's previous 1,069 regular-season NBA games, his team was always in the running. The Bulls made the playoffs all 13 seasons Jordan was in Chicago, and a knee injury kept him out of the final games after the Wizards were eliminated last season.

Jordan missed his first four shots and was called for a reckless charge, but there was one flashy play down the stretch -- a flying one-handed dunk off a beautiful feed from Christian Laettner.

Jason Terry also scored 21 points for the Hawks, who have won five of six and got their 34th victory, surpassing last season's total. Darvin Ham, who has been fighting the flu, was 5-of-6 and had 12 points.

Laettner led Washington with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Wizards tried to feature Kwame Brown, but he had an awful game, twice missing easy layups off offensive rebounds from his own missed shots. He was booed at the halftime buzzer and made just 2 of 13 shots and finished with six points.

The Wizards trailed by seven with 2:59 to play, but Jordan scored four points in an 8-0 run to take the lead before Newble's dunk.

Before the final minute, the Wizards were ahead only in the third quarter, with Christian Laettner's jumpers helping to build a six-point lead. But the quarter ended with a 9-0 Hawks run, capped by Terry's 3-pointer.

Nets 94, Raptors 86

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Richard Jefferson scored 21 points and banked in a 3-pointer from mid-court at the end of the third quarter for laughs as New Jersey beat undermanned Toronto.

Kenyon Martin added 19 points and nine rebounds, and Jason Kidd had 17 points and eight assists as the Nets opened a half-game lead over idle Detroit in the race for the top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The Nets also increased their lead in the Atlantic Division to 1 1/2 games over idle Philadelphia.

Morris Peterson had 22 points and Rafer Alston 19 to lead the injury-riddled Raptors, who were only able to use seven players because Alvin Williams was hobbled by an ankle injury.

Magic 89, Celtics 86

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady scored 37 points and Gordan Giricek hit the winning 3-pointer with 32.2 seconds left as Magic beat Boston in their home finale.

Orlando won its third straight and moved into a tie with the Celtics for sixth place in the Eastern Conference with two games remaining for both teams. But Boston owns the tiebreaker thanks to its 3-2 record against the Magic.

Giricek finished with 16 points. Paul Pierce had 25 points and nine rebounds for Boston.

Cavaliers 104, Knicks 99, OT

CLEVELAND -- Ricky Davis had 37 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as Cleveland rallied for an improbable victory.

Cleveland trailed by 15 points midway through the fourth quarter before going on a 21-6 run to tie it as the Knicks went stone cold from the field.

With the comeback, the Cavs (16-64) avoided having the worst single-season record in team history. Cleveland went 15-67 in 1970-71 -- its inaugural season -- and again in 1981-82.

Mavericks 117, Warriors 108

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki had 37 points and 12 rebounds and Steve Nash added 21 points and 10 assists as Dallas finally broke the team record with its 58th victory.

The Mavericks had lost three straight since tying the mark, and had dropped four of five to relinquish their season-long grip on the NBA's best record. By ending the slide, they keep alive a chance to win the Midwest Division.

Antawn Jamison had 25 points -- 20 in the first half -- and 11 rebounds for Golden State.

Rockets 101, SuperSonics 86

HOUSTON -- Cuttino Mobley scored 13 of his 17 points in the third quarter to help Houston keep its slim playoff hopes alive.

Steve Francis also had 17 points for the Rockets, who will be eliminated from playoff contention Sunday if the Phoenix Suns beat San Antonio at home.

Brent Barry led Seattle with 23 points.

Clippers 101, Nuggets 79

DENVER -- Rookie Marko Jaric scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, Andre Miller had 16 points for Los Angeles.

Corey Maggette added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Lamar Odom had 13 points and 10 rebounds to help the Clippers snap a three-game losing streak. Juwan Howard and Shammond Williams each had 12 points for Denver.

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