- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 10, 2001

Viewed as a bad finesse team less than a year ago, the Golden State Warriors' present philosophy is to make sure that their opponents don't touch the ball once it comes off the rim.
Last night they did that with brutal efficiency on their way to a 109-100 victory over the Washington Wizards, losers for the third game in a row, at MCI Center.
The Warriors (3-3) outrebounded the Wizards 45-27, and the margin was only that close because the Wizards collected rebounds when the game had long since been decided.
The Wizards (2-4) wasted a season-high 32 points from Michael Jordan, who also posted season highs in field goals attempted (30) and made (13).
Jordan, who also mixed in a pair of dunks, said the latest loss was a result of the team not competing.
"Teams that compete win their share of games. Teams that don't compete don't win games," Jordan said. "As for me, the rhythm on my shot is not quite there for whatever reason. I missed a lot of easy shots, a lot of wide-open shots that I wouldn't normally miss. I think that's just more [a case of] getting my rhythm."
Wizards coach Doug Collins could actually live with being pounded on the boards. What he didn't like was the poor attitude that many of the players on the roster exhibited.
"What it comes down to is, do you want to change losing habits and do you want to win," Collins said. "But to do that, it takes hard work. I'll find out who competes."
Collins did not absolve his team of its poor rebounding either.
"Before this game, I said it would not be won by X's and O's; it would not be won by chalk." he said. "It would be won in the paint. They had 50 points in the paint to our 26. They had 45 rebounds to our 27. You saw what happened. We've got to get better. That's what I was brought here to do. I made a promise to Mike, Mr. [Abe] Pollin and everyone involved in this organization that we would get better. And we will find a way to get better."
The Warriors' starters outrebounded the entire Wizards roster 28-27. Power forward Danny Fortson had 16 rebounds to go with his 16 points. He was, however, the only member of the Warriors to finish with double-digit rebounds. Reserve forward Adonal Foyle was next with just six.
Golden State did get 26 points each from Antawn Jamison and Larry Hughes. Jamison was 10-for-17 from the field and Hughes 11-for-12 from the free throw line.
Washington's Richard Hamilton added 16 points but was useless defensively against Hughes, so much so that he played just five minutes in the second half. However, nobody really defended well for the Wizards as Golden State made 52 percent (39 of 75) of its shots.
Christian Laettner, after breaking out for 29 points in the team's loss at Boston on Wednesday, attempted just two shots and finished with three points. Against a team with little else than a power game, Laettner and Jahidi White, the team's starting power forward and center, respectively, combined for five points and five rebounds.
Jordan christened MCI Center with his first dunks of the regular season one along the baseline of the vintage one-handed stuff variety before exiting with 3:43 remaining.
At one point in the fourth quarter when the outcome was a given the Golden State lead stood at 99-82 with 6:33 left even Jordan's presence couldn't prevent the boos raining down on the Wizards, much like last season.
That the Wizards would have problems on the boards against the Warriors was evident from the start.
The bad news is that Collins had preached rebounding to his team just about every waking minute he was with them since they fell to Boston.
The Wizards grabbed just three rebounds in the second quarter. And they didn't get their first rebound of the third quarter, when the Golden State advantage was a lopsided 14-5, until more than six minutes had expired in the half.
Last night's game saw the return of rookie forward Kwame Brown. Brown twisted his right ankle in the season opener at New York and had been on the mend ever since. Brown finished with 10 points and grabbed four rebounds.


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