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Poof! Wizards make Bulls' road woes vanish

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2001

WASHINGTON -- The Chicago Bulls ended a franchise-record 25-game road losing streak Wednesday night with a 113-109 victory over the Washington Wizards.

The Bulls won on the road for the first time since a 104-86 win at Boston on Dec. 13. Chicago is 3-36 on the road all season, its only other victory away from the United Center coming at Atlanta on Nov. 30.

Elton Brand had 26 points and 11 rebounds and thwarted the Wizards' last chance by intercepting an inbounds pass with three seconds left.

Heat 102, Celtics 97

BOSTON -- Alonzo Mourning had 21 points and nine rebounds and Tim Hardaway hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final minutes as Miami won its fifth straight game and pulled within a game of idle Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference standings.

Boston's loss, combined with Indiana's 100-93 victory over New York, eliminated the Celtics from playoff contention.

Anthony Mason had 23 points for the Heat, who improved to 6-3 since Mourning returned from a kidney ailment. Mourning played 28 minutes in a reserve role, the most since he returned from a 69-game layoff.

Pistons 99, Raptors 87

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 20 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter as Detroit won for the sixth time in seven games.

The Pistons, who entered the game with a 2-34 record when trailing at halftime, overcame a 17-point deficit.

Toronto had its four-game winning streak snapped, and lost for the second time in three games against Detroit this season.

Former Toronto player Corliss Williamson added 23 points for Detroit, and Ben Wallace had eight points and 22 rebounds.

Vince Carter led Toronto with 22 points, and Alvin Williams had 15 points and 11 assists.

Hawks 107, Cavaliers 102

ATLANTA -- Jason Terry scored 38 points and Nazr Mohammed added a career-high 24 as Atlanta took control with a 24-4 run in the second half and snapped a three-game losing streak.

Atlanta, trailing 80-69 with 3:46 left in the third period, outscored the Cavaliers 11-2 the rest of the quarter and starting off the fourth with a 13-2 spurt that culminated with Mohammed's lay-in after a steal by DerMarr Johnson.

Pacers 100, Knicks 93

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jalen Rose scored 25 points and Reggie Miller added 24 -- including seven 3-pointers -- as Indiana clinched the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

The Pacers, who matched their season-high with 14 3-pointers, won their fifth straight and their ninth in a row at home. The victory, coupled with Boston's 102-97 loss to Miami, assured the Pacers of an opportunity to defend their Eastern Conference title in the playoffs.

Suns 111, Mavericks 106

PHOENIX -- Shawn Marion tied his career high with 38 points as Phoenix won its sixth straight home game.

Jason Kidd fell one point short of a triple-double, finishing with nine points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds for Phoenix, which was coming off a 26-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Tony Delk scored 23 points, including two free throws with 3.5 seconds left that sealed the victory. Rodney Rogers had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Cliff Robinson added 15 points.

SuperSonics 107, Warriors 101

SEATTLE -- Gary Payton scored 32 points for Seattle, which extended its home winning streak against Golden State to 11 games.

The Sonics swept their four-game season series and beat Golden State for the eighth consecutive time.

Antawn Jamison scored 24 of his 38 points in the first half for Golden State. Rookie Paul McPherson added a career-high 26 points.



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