WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan couldn't take over the game, so Richard Hamilton did.
It was No. 32, not No. 23, who almost single-handedly made up a double-digit deficit, accounting for 11 points in a 13-0 game-tying run to swing the momentum to the Washington Wizards in Saturday night's 90-76 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Hamilton scored 15 of his 29 points in the third quarter, overshadowing Jordan in the Wizards' home opener. Jordan struggled much of the night against the tenacious defense of Matt Harpring and settled for 20 points on 7-for-21 shooting, nine assists and six rebounds.
Hawks 90, Heat 83
ATLANTA -- Jason Terry scored 20 points and five other Atlanta players scored in double figures as the Hawks snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over Miami.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 17 for the Hawks, and Nazr Mohammed and Dion Glover each had 13.
Nets 95, Hornets 85
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Keith Van Horn hit five 3-pointers and had 28 points and nine rebounds to lead New Jersey past Charlotte.
Kenyon Martin and Kerry Kittles each had 16 points and Jason Kidd had 10 and eight assists as the Nets won for the third time in four games. The start is the best for New Jersey since it won first four straight in 1997-98, the only time in the last seven seasons it has made the playoffs.
Magic 99, Cavaliers 69
CLEVELAND -- Tracy McGrady had 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in three quarters, leading Orlando past Cleveland.
The Cavs shot just 25.3 percent from the field, and barely avoided breaking a 47-year-old NBA record for the lowest field-goal percentage in a game.
Bulls 84, Knicks 79
CHICAGO -- Greg Anthony hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1:40 left and Chicago beat New York for its first victory of the season.
Anthony, who played four seasons with the Knicks, and Ron Mercer each scored 17 to lead the Bulls, who rallied from a nine-point deficit in the third quarter.
Timberwolves 90, Rockets 88
HOUSTON -- Kevin Garnett scored 37 points and Terrell Brandon hit a jumper with two seconds remaining to clinch Minnesota's victory over Houston.
Garnett added 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who opened the season with three consecutive victories for the first time.
Jazz 91, SuperSonics 74
SEATTLE -- Karl Malone scored 28 points and Donyell Marshall had 23 as Utah beat Seattle for the sixth straight time.
Utah outrebounded the Sonics 45-29, with Marshall leading the way with 13 and Malone getting 11.
Desmond Mason topped the Sonics with 18 points.
Bucks 105, Celtics 99
MILWAUKEE -- Ray Allen scored eight of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to lead Milwaukee past Boston.
Anthony Mason, acquired by Milwaukee in the offseason, had six points, seven rounds and four assists in home debut with the Bucks, who squandered a 17-point lead, but rallied to win their third straight.
Spurs 106, Trail Blazers 90
PORTLAND, Ore -- Steve Smith scored 36 points in his return to Portland, and Tim Duncan added 29 in San Antonio's victory over the Trail Blazers.
Smith, acquired by the Spurs in an offseason trade for Derek Anderson and Steve Kerr, scored 23 points in the first half as San Antonio built a commanding lead and held on for the victory.
Warriors 110, Clippers 108, OT
LOS ANGELES -- Larry Hughes scored seven of his 15 points in overtime, including two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining, to lift Golden State over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Los Angeles' Corey Maggette made two foul shots with 21.6 seconds left -- his only points of the game -- to make it 108-all and set the stage for Hughes.
With the win, the Warriors snapped a 15-game losing streak, including the final 13 games of last season.
Brand, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds, missed a 15-foot jumper at the final buzzer.
Antawn Jamison led the Warriors with 29 points and 19 rebounds. Chris Mills added 20 points and Erick Dampier scored 14.
Quentin Richardson led the Clippers with a career-high 26 points, and Lamar Odom had 18 points and seven rebounds.
Peninsula Clarion ©2014. All Rights Reserved.