- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 10, 2002


Seen and heard last night at Gund Arena in Cleveland:
OLDIE BUT GOODIE: The play that freed Jerry Stackhouse for a game-winning dunk with less than a second to go Friday night obviously caught the Los Angeles Lakers flat-footed, as no defender stepped up to stop Stackhouse's drive to the basket.

It was a play Wizards coach Doug Collins just drew up on the sideline, but one he had used before, when he coached Grant Hill in Detroit.
"Jerry is a slasher like Grant and the big thing is, we used to try to get him the ball and get right inbounds with it and then just use his speed to try to create something," Collins said. "We didn't want to get a jump shot, we wanted to get something going to the basket."

IT'S LIKE THIS: Doug Collins likened the Wizards' dramatic defeat of the Lakers to how this year's PGA Tour's International tournament played out.

Rich Beem ran out to a sizable lead in the final round, but Steve Lowery came charging back, and after posting a double eagle and an eagle in the final five holes, had a 10-foot birdie putt to win the tournament. He missed, and Beem held on to win; two weeks later, Beem won the PGA Championship. Likewise, the Wizards held off a furious rally from the Lakers to secure a victory, and Collins hopes the triumph provides a similar momentum for his team.
"I always think to myself, had Steve Lowery made that putt, would Rich Beem have won the PGA Championship?" Collins said. "We've got to hope that that game [Friday night] sort of jump-starts us, that it gives us that good feeling of winning against a good team."

Duff Durkin

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