Nets fans watch Jordan sit out

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2002

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets filled their arena for the first time this season, and even Michael Jordan spent most of the night sitting and watching in awe.

The Nets got off to an absurdly good start Wednesday night, hitting their first 13 shots and opening a 41-point lead before halftime to defeat the Washington Wizards 111-67 for the franchise's first six-game winning streak in nine years.

New Jersey (26-11) matched its victory total from last season, improved the Eastern Conference's best record and sent Jordan's Wizards to their fourth consecutive defeat.

Celtics 101, Knicks 100

BOSTON -- Paul Pierce had 30 points and Tony Battie scored a career-high 20 as the Knicks lost their sixth in a row.

Eric Williams hit the go-ahead 3-point shot with 32.9 seconds remaining to give the Celtics a 98-96 lead. He then stole the ball from Allan Houston, which led to a free throw by Pierce.

Raptors 109, Rockets 103

TORONTO -- Vince Carter scored 29 points and Hakeem Olajuwon had six points and five rebounds in his first game against his former team.

Olajuwon, who played 31 minutes, was not much of a factor playing against the team he spent 17 seasons with before the Raptors acquired him in the summer.

Bucks 105, Pacers 100

MILWAUKEE -- Ray Allen scored 36 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Sam Cassell added 20 points as Milwaukee won its fifth straight.

It was Milwaukee's second consecutive victory over Indiana, which fell 106-102 to the Bucks on Tuesday night in Indianapolis.

Kings 112, Nuggets 107

DENVER -- Doug Christie scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Sacramento won its 10th in a row.

Peja Stojakovic had 29 points and Chris Webber 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who erased a nine-point deficit late in the third quarter.

Jazz 95, SuperSonics 80

SALT LAKE CITY -- Rookie Jarron Collins scored a career-best 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Utah.

The 6-foot-11 Collins, in his 26th NBA game, hit all nine of his field goal attempts and easily topped his previous high of 13 points.

Karl Malone scored 17 points and John Stockton added 15 as Utah won its eighth straight over Sonics, including three this season.

Trail Blazers 108, Suns 99

PHOENIX -- Damon Stoudamire scored eight of his 19 points in the last seven minutes for Portland.

It was Portland's first win over Phoenix after twice giving up late leads in losses to the Suns.

Rasheed Wallace had 19 points to help Portland to its fourth straight victory.

Heat 102, Lakers 96

LOS ANGELES -- Alonzo Mourning had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Jimmy Jackson scored eight of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as Miami reached the 100-point plateau for the first time this season.

The Heat (10-27), who won for the fifth time in eight games, blew a 24-point lead before outscoring the Lakers 12-0 to finish the game.

Warriors 117, Cavaliers 88

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Larry Hughes scored 20 points and Antawn Jamison added 18 as Golden State snapped its seven-game losing streak.

Jason Richardson scored 15 points and Adonal Foyle had a season-high 14 as the Warriors emphatically ended their 2 1/2-week skid with their biggest victory margin and highest point total of the season. Cleveland got its eighth straight loss.

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