With Jordan still hurt, Wizards corral Bulls

Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2002

WASHINGTON -- Reserve Courtney Alexander scored 26 points as the Washington Wizards won their second straight without Michael Jordan, beating the Chicago Bulls 115-90 Tuesday night.

Alexander was instant offense, making 9 of 11 shots in 28 minutes to lead the team in scoring for the second consecutive game. The Wizards also avenged a lackluster 90-81 loss at Chicago last week.

Cavaliers 103, Hawks 96

CLEVELAND -- Lamond Murray scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half as Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak against the Hawks.

Knicks 102, Bucks 89

NEW YORK -- Kurt Thomas had 29 points and a career-high 20 rebounds and Allan Houston scored 27 for the Knicks. The victory came hours after the team extended coach Don Chaney's contract through next season.

The Knicks are 12-27 since Chaney replaced Jeff Van Gundy.

Heat 93, Pistons 91

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Eddie Jones' baseline jumper as time expired won it for Miami after Rod Strickland tied the game by hitting a wide-open 17-footer with 8 seconds left.

Rockets 112, Raptors 109

HOUSTON -- Former Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon returned to Houston, where the team's current top player, Steve Francis, scored 35 points.

Vince Carter tied his season high with 43 points as the Raptors lost their 12th straight, tying Miami and Cleveland for the second-longest losing streaks this season. Houston had the worst, losing 15 in a row at one point.

Mavericks 81, Suns 77

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points and 20 rebounds, and MIchael Finley scored 24, but both teams had their fewest points of the season. Phoenix's offensive flameout came against the Dallas defense that is allowing an NBA-worst 101.7 points per game. The Mavericks also average 105; this was their lowest output in a victory this season.

Spurs 109, Warriors 98

SAN ANTONIO -- David Robinson had 13 points, passing 20,000 career points. Robinson, the 27th NBA player to surpass that point total, barely did it against the Warriors. He now has 20,001 points after hitting two free throws -- and drawing a standing ovation -- in the third period.

Pacers 111, Magic 98

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jamaal Tinsley had a career-high 30 points and added 12 assists as Indiana got its second straight victory without the suspended Reggie Miller.

The rookie, whose previous high was 29 points against Atlanta in November, had 22 points in the first half. Orlando coach Doc Rivers was ejected with his second technical foul with just over two minutes to go.

Tracy McGrady, tied for sixth in the league in scoring at 25 points a game, was held to 13 on 5-of-21 shooting.

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