Jordan Nets 45 Points, Wizards top New Jersey - Dec 2001
Jordan 22 Points in-a-row just one shy of his record set
back in 1987 as a member of the Chicago Bulls
Date: 01: 12: 31 - sportshistorian.com - Internet Services
Worldwide sports' fans watched on television as basketball
legend Michael Jordan scored early and often to lead his
Washington teammates to a 98-76 triumph over
New Jersey. Showing his usual 'be like Mike' brilliance,
Michael Jordan netted 45 points in the Wizards' punch-out
of the Nets.
Michael Jordan, who tallied 51 points in his last game for a
stunning two-game total of 96, scored 22 straight points
spanning the half-time intermission. He chalked up 10 straight
to close the second half, and then, the first 12 of the third
quarter, to single-handedly account for a 19-3 run that
put the Wizards ahead for good.
The 22-point streak was just one shy of the National
Basketball Association (NBA) record set by Jordan when
he had 23 consecutive points for the Chicago Bulls against
the Atlanta Hawks on April 16, 1987, when he scored 61
The Jordan-led Wizards are hot-as-fire, winning 11 of its
last 13 games and finished 11-4 for the month of December,
tying a team record for the most wins ever in December.
Last December, before Michael came out of retirement, the
Wizards were a hapless crew and went 2-13, the worst
month in franchise history.
Michael Jordan coming off his 51-point game, scored his 45
points on 16-of-32 shots and made 12-of-13 free throws,
pulled down 10 rebounds and seven assists. His 51 points
broke the old Wizard mark of 50 and his 96 two-game total
set a new franchise record.
The Washington Wizards upped its season record to 16-14
and out-rebounded the Nets 62-30. New Jersey fell to
19-10 but still sit-atop the Eastern Conference's Atlanta
Division with a 19-10 mark... Attendance in Washington:
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Indiana hands Sacramento a 101-95 defeat
From the 'Sacramento Bee' Newspaper by Martin McNeal,
Sports Writer - Here's his article:
Kings All-Star forward Chris Webber, who like to shoot
jumpers, probably was the leading, but surely not lone
culprit of that in Sunday's 101-95 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
But consider this: Webber attempted 77 shots against the
Indiana Pacers in two losses this season and went to the
free-throw line just nine times.
And as in the loss Jan. 8, 2000 to the Pacers in which he
attempted an NBA season-high 47 shots, scored a
career-high 51 and went to the line just six times, Webber
did attack the basket several times Sunday without getting
any calls from the officials. In fact, all three of his free
throw attempts came on one missed three-point shot.
It's clear that either Webber has to work on a few more
pump fakes to draw more contact or the Pacers have an
approach and interior athleticism to defend him
Said Pacers coach Isiah Thomas: "The only thing
different is we [probably kept him off the foul line. He's a
guy is unstoppable. His numbers jump off the page."
Is Indiana a sleeper in Webber-stakes? -- New York?
L. A.? Indianapolis?
Everyone wants to know where Webber will take his
impending free-agent status this summer, and most
point to big cities, if he opts to leave Sacramento.
Webber has high regard for Thomas, who has been sort
of a long distance mentor/adviser going back to the
forward's days in Detroit when the former Pistons star
(Isiah Thomas) ruled the city.
The following article, about the above game, appeared in
Chicago Tribune on March 19, 2001:
Reggie Miller nets 2,000th 3-pointer
Reggie Miller still has his shooting touch and is as
dangerous as ever.
Miller scored 24 points, including four three-pointers, and
became the first NBA player to accumulate 2,000
three-pointers as he led the Indiana Pacers to a 101-95
come-from-behind home victory Sunday over the
"He's so unbelievable and he's so marvelous at what he does
and he's been doing it for so long you almost take him for
granted," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "there have been
a lot of great players, a lot of great shooters in this league
and nobody has accomplished what he just did."
Miller's 2,000 career three-pointer came 4:48 into the
third quarter - just 55 seconds after a 20-foot jumper made
him the 21st player in National Basketball Association
history to score 21,000 points.
Miller also had a strong supporting cast. Al Harrington
scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds
and Jermaine O'Neal had 12 points and 15 rebounds as
Indiana became one of four teams - and the only Eastern
Conference team - to have been the Kings twice this season.
Statistics complied by basketballhistorian.com --
Final Score -- Pacers 101, Kings 95
Attendance: 18,345 in Indianapolis... Game's Time 2:09
Indiana's record is now 29-36, 11 1/2 games out of first.
Sacramento fell to 44-21, 1/2 game behind the LA Lakers
in the Western Pacific Conference.
Pacers: Harrington 17 points... J. O'Neal 12 points... Perkins
5 points... R. Miller 24 points... J. Rose 10 points... Croshere
17 points... Best 14 points... Foster 2 points
Kings: Stojakovic 27 points... Webber 26 points... Divac
10 points... Christie 13 points... Williams 9 points...
Jackson 2 points... Long 6 points... Pollard 2 points