WASHINGTON -- In a rare visit to the MCI Center last season, president of basketball operations Michael Jordan threw a tantrum in the owners' box while watching the Wizards blow a 21-point lead and lose their annual home game against the Clippers.
That game was fresh in Jordan's mind when the Clippers returned Tuesday night. Back in uniform, Jordan had 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to lead Washington to a 96-88 victory.
Lakers 121, Pistons 92
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Shaquille O'Neal scored 28 points, and Kobe Bryant had 20 -- then both sat out the entire fourth quarter -- as Los Angeles won its fifth straight game.
Rockets 88, Knicks 86
HOUSTON -- Moochie Norris made a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer, and Houston dealt New York its third straight loss.
Hawks 101, Trail Blazers 92
ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 30 points, and Jason Terry added 24 as Atlanta ended a two-game losing slide.
Nets 104, Heat 95
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Keith Van Horn scored eight of his 19 points down the stretch, leading seven Nets in double figures.
Grizzlies 84, Raptors 81
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Stromile Swift scored Memphis' final six points as the Grizzlies ended a four-game losing streak.
Mavericks 95, Nuggets 94
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points, and his three-point play with 6.9 seconds left gave Dallas the victory.
Jazz 98, Suns 84
SALT LAKE CITY -- Scott Padgett scored a career-high 17 points as Utah dealt Phoenix its season-worst fourth straight loss.
Bucks 113, Warriors 97
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Sam Cassell had 23 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds as Milwaukee emphatically ended its four-game losing streak
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