Knicks inch past Washington in the Garden

Jordan, Wiz get floored

Posted: Monday, March 10, 2003

NEW YORK -- Demonstrating once again how his presence can rattle the Knicks, Michael Jordan scored 39 Sunday in what was likely his last game at Madison Square Garden, the arena where he had some of his greatest performances. New York blew all but one point of a late 15-point lead and came away with a 97-96 victory.

Jordan was brilliant in the first half, scoring 26, and quiet for most of the second half until the game went down to the final minute.

Lakers 106, 76ers 92

LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal had 39 points and 10 rebounds, and Kobe Bryant added 28 points and nine assists as the Los Angeles Lakers won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Allen Iverson scored 30 points on 12-of-28 shooting, and Keith Van Horn had 19 points for Philadelphia.

Pistons 107, Warriors 105

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chauncey Billups hit a 3-pointer as time expired to cap a 31-point performance and give the Detroit Pistons their second straight win after a seven-game losing streak.

Magic 111, Nuggets 98

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady scored 43 points in three quarters and the Orlando Magic extended their winning streak against Denver to 12 games.

McGrady outscored Denver by himself in the first half, 37-32. He hit 12-of-17 shots, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range as Orlando put up 63 points.

Grizzlies 119, Raptors 106

TORONTO -- Pau Gasol tied a career-high with 32 points, and Stromile Swift had 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies won their third straight.

Nets 102, Hornets 92

NEW ORLEANS -- Kerry Kittles scored 20 points, while Jason Kidd added 17 points and 10 assists as the New Jersey Nets snapped the New Orleans Hornets eight-game winning streak.

New Jersey, which had lost four straight and seven out of eight, got an unexpected lift from reserve forward Brian Scalabrine, who averages three points a game. He tied a season high with 16 points on a variety of drives, mid-range jumpers and the only 3-pointer he took.

Timberwolves 105, Suns 98

PHOENIX -- Kevin Garnett had his fourth-triple double of the season, including the go-ahead baseline jumper with 1:04 to play.

Garnett had his triple-double after three quarters, and finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. All five starters scored in double figures for the Timberwolves, who outscored Phoenix 9-2 over the final 1:04.

Kings 107, Pacers 88

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chris Webber had 16 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and the Sacramento Kings snapped a five-game losing streak to Indiana.

Indiana, which lost its fourth straight and ninth in a row on the road, played without fiery forward Ron Artest, who was suspended Sunday for one game after accumulating six flagrant foul points, and center Brad Miller, out with a sore left foot.

Jermaine O'Neal scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half for Indiana, including 10 straight during one run, but left the game with 7:50 to go in the third with what the team called a ''moderately'' sprained left ankle and did not return.

Al Harrington had 27 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the Pacers, but was ejected with 41.1 seconds left after getting his second technical of the game.

The Kings have won four straight, and seven in a row at home.

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