Michael Jordan isn’t going to be knocked out of playoff contention without a fight.
Jordan looks to revive Washington’s playoff hopes as the Wizards visit the Boston Celtics at the FleetCenter.
Jordan and his team have lost four in a row, dropping three games behind Milwaukee for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. There are just seven games remaining.
“There’s still light at the end of the tunnel,” Jordan insisted. “I’m not going to give up till we’re mathematically eliminated. Even then, I will play the game like I know it should be played.”
Jordan scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds against the Hawks.
“He’s amazing,” Wizards coach Doug Collins said. “He’s the oldest player, and he seems to have more energy than anyone else. He kept fighting, fighting, fighting.”
Jordan is averaging 19.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists in the final season of his storied career.
The Celtics have won three of four and can clinch their second straight playoff berth with a win over Washington.
STANDINGS: Wizards - 5th place, 12 1/2 GB, Atlantic Division. Celtics - 3rd place, 6 GB, Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Wizards - Stackhouse, 21.9 ppg and 4.5 apg; Laettner, 6.5 rpg. Celtics - Pierce, 26 ppg and 7.3 rpg; Walker, 4.7 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Wizards, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 6; Wizards, 100-95. At Boston, Stackhouse had 37 points and Jordan added 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Wizards to their fourth straight win. Tony Battie had 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead Boston.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Wizards - 11-26 on the road; Celtics - 24-14 at home.
INJURIES: Wizards - F Etan Thomas (eye); F Jared Jeffries (knee). Celtics - C Bruno Sundov (hamstring).