Jordan goes off for 41 in OT win over Pacers

Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2003

WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan scored a season-high 41 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter and two overtimes as the Washington Wizards beat the Indiana Pacers 107-104 Saturday night.

Jordan, with Charles Oakley in a major supporting role, battled wills and wits with Al Harrington and Jermaine O'Neal in a tense thriller. Harrington finished with 33 points, and O'Neal had 26 points and 13 rebounds.

Jordan played a season-high 53 minutes in his first 40-point game of the season, making 14 of 26 shots from the field and 10 of 12 from the line, including a pair of free throws with 3:03 left that gave the Wizards the lead for good.

Nets 88, Magic 83

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Kenyon Martin had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the New Jersey Nets extended the NBA's longest current winning streak to nine games.

The Nets attempted 28 more free throws than the Magic, which helped lead to the ejection of Orlando coach Doc Rivers in the third quarter. The Nets converted 24 of 36 attempts while the Magic were 6-of-8. Orlando was called for 27 fouls compared to 14 on New Jersey.

Pistons 90, Hawks 86

ATLANTA -- Chauncey Billups scored 23 points and Ben Wallace grabbed 20 rebounds to lead the Detroit Pistons to their fourth straight victory.

Billups shot 5-for-5 from 3-point range and Richard Hamilton added 18 points for the Pistons, one of only two teams in the Eastern Conference with winning road records.

Jazz 105, Timberwolves 97

MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl Malone had 19 of his 33 points in the third quarter Saturday night, propelling the Utah Jazz to their fourth straight win.

Matt Harpring had 17 points and eight rebounds, John Stockton had 13 assists and reserves Andrei Kirilenko (15 points) and Tony Massenburg (12 points) also made big contributions for Utah, which made 31 of its 32 foul shots.

Warriors 86, Rockets 84

HOUSTON -- Troy Murphy had 23 points and Earl Boykins added 12, including seven in the fourth quarter, as Golden State held off Houston.

Cuttino Mobley had 27 points and Steve Francis 15 for Houston. Yao Ming had six points and a career-high 17 rebounds but missed a long 3-point attempt at the final buzzer.

Kings 87, Nuggets 76

DENVER -- Mike Bibby scored 24 points and Doug Christie had 12 points, seven assists and seven steals.

The Kings had not played in a week and were without Chris Webber (sore knee), but it didn't matter against the lowly Nuggets. Sacramento forced 21 turnovers and held Denver to 36 percent shooting to win its seventh straight over the Nuggets.

Bulls 85, Cavaliers 79

CHICAGO -- Jalen Rose scored 19 points and Tyson Chandler hit two go-ahead baskets in the fourth quarter as Chicago blew a 20-point lead before beating Cleveland.

Rose, playing despite a stomach flu, had four free throws in the final period and a jumper with 42 seconds left to hold off the Cavaliers.

Suns 107, Lakers 93

PHOENIX -- Shawn Marion scored 23 points and the Phoenix Suns stretched their home winning streak to eight in the first meeting of the season between the teams.

Kobe Bryant had 37 points, seven assists and seven rebounds and Shaquille O'Neal added 25 points and nine rebounds, but the rest of the Lakers shot just 11-of-41.

Mavericks 102, 76ers 83

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points and Dallas beat road-weary Philadelphia 102-83 Saturday, the Mavericks' biggest winning margin ever against the 76ers.

Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter to make it 34-24, and the Mavericks maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game. They led by as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter.

The 76ers finished their six-game road trip with just one win, and seemed lifeless pretty much from the start of the early afternoon game.

Philadelphia's only lead came 41 seconds in when Keith Van Horn hit a free throw for the game's first point. Nowitzki's 14-foot jumper, after Steve Nash's steal, put the Mavericks ahead to stay 17 seconds later.

Dallas hadn't managed a win at home against Philadelphia since Dec. 6, 1996, a stretch of just four games because the team didn't play each other during the 1998-99 season. The Mavericks twice had 18-point wins in the series.

Michael Finley had 18 points for the Mavericks, while Nash had 16 points and eight assists. Shawn Bradley, a late addition to the starting lineup, had 10 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks in just 21 minutes against his former team.

Allen Iverson led Philadelphia with 25 points and his best shooting game on the trip. After shooting just 31 percent (32-of-102) the previous five games, Iverson made 11 of 19. Former Maverick Greg Buckner added 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting in a reserve role.

Nowitzki started the second quarter with five straight points. He hit a 16-foot jumper, then after a steal by Nash, moved through traffic, making a continuation basket and adding the free throw for a 15-point lead.

The Mavericks led 58-42 at halftime, getting the last basket when Raja Bell chased down the rebound after a failed ally-oop to Nowitzki. Bell knocked the ball off Derrick Coleman out of bounds, and then drove for the half-ending layup.

Philadelphia never got closer than 13 after halftime, and trailed by 73-53 when Finley made a 19-footer with 5:24 left in the third.

Bell was in the starting lineup to guard Iverson, who he used to go against in practice while with the 76ers. Because of the three-guard lineup, Bradley started in place of Raef LaFrentz.

Notes: Iverson has scored in double figures in 154 straight games, the NBA's longest active streak. ... Dallas played the fourth of five straight home games, and has won three of them. ... The Mavericks are 116-6 over the last three seasons when taking a lead into the fourth quarter. ... Midway through the first quarter, Sixers coach Larry Brown went the arena announcer, upset that a technical foul called on Iverson was announced to the crowd before and after a timeout. ... The Mavs were just 3-of-10 on 3-pointers, but that was an improvement from a franchise-worst 1-of-11 against the Clippers on Thursday.

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