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Washington 118, Memphis 100

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Michael Jordan continued to look more like his old self Wednesday night as he scored a season-high 33 points and led the Washington Wizards to their third strai

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Bob Johnson gets Charlotte NBA franchise

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Robert Johnson, the billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television, has been awarded the new NBA franchise in Charlotte, N.C., the league announced Wednesday.

Washington 109, Atlanta 99

ATLANTA, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Coming off his worst career scoring effort, Michael Jordan netted a season-high 30 points Tuesday night and Jerry Stackhouse added 23 as the Washington Wizards

Washington 95 Toronto 82

TORONTO, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 15 of his 28 points in the third quarter Sunday as the Washington Wizards rebounded from the worst output in franchise history and poste

New Jersey 79, Washington 65

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Richard Jefferson scored 21 points and Jason Kidd notched his second triple-double of the season Friday night as the New Jersey Nets extended the NBA's longest

Portland 98, Washington 79

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Scottie Pippen and Derek Anderson each scored 14 points Tuesday night as the Portland Trail Blazers continued their domination of the Washington Wizards with a

Washington 100, New York 97

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Charlie Ward missed a long three-point attempt in the closing seconds Saturday night as the New York Knicks lost their third straight game, 100-97 to the Washin

Orlando 88, Washington 78

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Tracy McGrady returned with 27 points and Mike Miller added 22 Friday night as the Orlando Magic built a big lead and held on for an 88-78 victory over the Wash

Washington 88, Detroit 83

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Enduring a rough night at the line, Michael Jordan made four free throws in the final 74 seconds Wednesday night as the Washington Wizards downed the Detroit Pi

Washington 103, Milwaukee 78

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Michael Jordan scored 25 points as the Washington Wizards snapped a season-high six-game losing streak Tuesday night with an easy 103-78 victory over the Milwau


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Philadelphia 95, Washington 94

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Allen Iverson scored 35 points Saturday night as the Philadelphia 76ers edged the Washington Wizards, 95-94, for their seventh straight victory.
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Michael Jordan
SLP98081803 - 18 AUGUST 1998 - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: Little 11-year-old Donte Murphy of Kansas City, gets a boost up by Roy Miller, as the two clown around during a casting call for Michael Jordan look-alikes, August 18. The Fox Family channel is searching five U.S. cities, looking for a child,teen and adult Jordan for an upcoming movie, Michael Jordan:An American Hero. .UPI bg/wy/Bill Greenblatt

Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963) is a former American professional basketball player, active businessman, and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. His biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website states, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

After a standout career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Tar Heels' National Championship team in 1982, Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1984. He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness". He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball. In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a "three-peat". Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball at the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he rejoined the Bulls in 1995 and led them to three additional championships (1996, 1997, and 1998) as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season. Jordan retired for a second time in 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Washington Wizards.

Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press's list of athletes of the century. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

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