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Jordan picks up victory in return to Chicago

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2002

CHICAGO -- Michael Jordan offset a career-high nine turnovers with 16 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in Chicago as a visiting player, leading the Washington Wizards to a 77-69 victory over the Bulls on Saturday.

The Wizards picked up victory No. 19, matching their total from all of last season as Jordan shot 7-for-21 from the floor and added four assists, two steals and two blocks.

Chris Whitney shot 10-for-10 from the line and led the Wizards with 20 points.

Lakers 98, Spurs 81

SAN ANTONIO -- Kobe Bryant scored 17 of his 28 points in the second half to lead Shaq-less Los Angeles to a victory over San Antonio.

It was the teams' first game since last season's Western Conference finals, when the Lakers swept the Spurs in four games en route to their second straight NBA title.

The Lakers broke open what had been a closely played contest by outscoring the Spurs 29-18 and outrebounding them 12-4 in the fourth quarter.

76ers 97, Knicks 89

PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson scored 34 points and Dikembe Mutombo added a season-high 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Philadelphia extended New York's losing streak to seven games.

Bucks 116, Hawks 107

ATLANTA -- Ray Allen scored 31 points and Milwaukee extended its winning streak to a season-high seven games with a victory over Atlanta.

Nets 99, Rockets 90

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Keith Van Horn scored 22 points and rookies Richard Jefferson and Jason Collins made big plays in crunch time in leading the New Jersey to a win over Houston.

Kerry Kittles added 21 points and Jason Kidd made four baskets down the stretch as the Nets (27-12) surpassed their victory total for all of last season in winning for the seventh time in eight games.

Raptors 91, Hornets 89

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Vince Carter scored 34 points and Alvin Williams hit a pair of free throws with six seconds to play, leading Toronto to its first win in Charlotte since 1997.

Pistons 94, Celtics 91

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 28 points and Chucky Atkins made an 18-foot jumper with 3.1 seconds left to lead Detroit past Boston.

Heat 100, Pacers 88

MIAMI -- Eddie Jones scored 23 points and Miami shot a season-high 54 percent and scored 100 points for only the second time this season -- and the second time this week -- to beat Indiana.

The Heat won their fourth consecutive game, a season high, and improved to 5-13 at home The Pacers fell to .500 with their fifth loss in a row, their longest skid of the season.

Magic 119, Grizzlies 103

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Tracy McGrady had 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as Orlando dealt Memphis its third straight loss.

Mavericks 106, Jazz 103

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki made four free throws in the final 6.9 seconds and finished with 34 points, helping Dallas hold off a late surge by Utah.

Timberwolves 105, Warriors 102

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Terrell Brandon, playing his first game since returning from knee surgery, made four free throws in the final 20 seconds, and Kevin Garnett scored 21 points to lead Minnesota past Golden State.

Brandon, who underwent arthroscopic surgery Dec. 20 to remove loose particles in his left knee and missed 16 games, finished with eight points and four assists as the Timberwolves won for the 13th time in 15 games.

Trail Blazers 113, Clippers 93

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damon Stoudamire scored 14 of his 29 points in the third quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-93 on Saturday night.

Ruben Patterson added 19 points and five rebounds, Scottie Pippen and Bonzi Wells each scored 13, Rasheed Wallace 12 and Shawn Kemp 10 for the Trail Blazers.

SuperSonics 104, Nuggets 77

SEATTLE -- Gary Payton had 25 points and 12 assists and the Seattle SuperSonics, beaten in Denver the previous night, handed the Nuggets their 13th consecutive road loss, 104-77 on Saturday night.

Nick Van Exel scored 24 of his 28 points in the first half for the Nuggets, whose road record fell to 2-15. Denver hasn't won on the road since Nov. 17 in Seattle.

Rashard Lewis scored 17 points for Seattle. Vin Baker added 15 points, and Art Long had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the first double-double of his career.

Voshon Lenard scored 16 points for Denver.

The Sonics, who were outrebounded 55-33 in a 96-90 loss in Denver on Friday night, outrebounded the Nuggets 52-32.

Denver lost for the 13th time in 15 games.

The Sonics beat the Nuggets for the first time in three games this season.

Seattle put the Nuggets away with a 17-3 run to end the third quarter, pushing a 67-54 lead to an 84-57 advantage. In the final minute, Brent Barry and Desmond Mason each had a dunk, and Payton scored on a fastbreak layup.

After Baker missed a free throw, Mason grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a tip-in with 2 minutes left in the third period to give Seattle a 78-56 lead.

The Sonics led 52-45 at halftime.

Mason delighting the Key Arena crowd with an alley-oop dunk early in the second quarter that gave Seattle a 36-27 lead. Notes: The first 10,000 fans who showed up for the game received a Gary Payton bobblehead doll. The bobblehead giveaway was the first of four the Sonics have planned this season. The team also will give away Rashard Lewis, Desmond Mason and Nate McMillan bobbleheads. ... The Sonics have a 13-6 record at home.



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