Jordan leads Washington past Philadelphia

Wizards come up roses

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2001

PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Jordan should criticize his teammates more often.

A night after saying his team ''stinks,'' Jordan scored 30 points and Richard Hamilton added 28, leading the Washington Wizards to a 94-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday.

Allen Iverson scored 40 points and Derrick Coleman added 15 for the Sixers. The defending Eastern Conference champions have lost two straight after winning seven in a row.

Washington won for just the second time in its last 10 games.

Following Tuesday night's 94-75 loss at Cleveland, Jordan ripped his teammates for their lack of urgency and lackluster play on defense.

''I don't see anyone covering my back as everyone probably expected me to cover theirs,'' Jordan said.

The Wizards couldn't stop Iverson, especially in the first half when he scored 27 points. But they shut down the rest of the Sixers, and Jordan scored Washington's last 14 points in the second quarter and the Wizards trailed 50-47 at halftime.

Jazz 112, SuperSonics 88

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone, John Stockton, Donyell Marshall and even Greg Ostertag showed that the Utah Jazz can still be quite formidable when they want to be.

Marshall had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Malone scored 19 and Stockton had 18 as the Utah Jazz handed Seattle its most lopsided defeat this season.

Hornets 104, Pistons 96

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Baron Davis scored a career-high 38 points as the Charlotte Hornets held on to beat the Detroit Pistons.

The Hornets never trailed and appeared to be cruising to an easy victory with a 23-point third-quarter lead, but Detroit pulled to 85-82 with six minutes left.

Knicks 105, Hawks 100

ATLANTA -- Latrell Sprewell scored 25 points and the New York Knicks held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks for the second time in three nights.

The Knicks led virtually the entire way, winning their third in a row to get back to .500 (8-8).

Spurs 94, Warriors 83

SAN ANTONIO -- David Robinson had season-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead San Antonio past Golden State.

Robinson, a former offensive star now looked to for his defensive leadership, was one of three Spurs to finish the game with a double-double.

Suns 104, Bucks 84

PHOENIX -- Penny Hardaway had 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Phoenix Suns beat the Milwaukee Bucks for coach Scott Skiles' 100th victory.

Pacers 99, Nuggets 85

DENVER -- Al Harrington scored 22 points and Reggie Miller had 17 as the Indiana Pacers handed the Denver Nuggets their fourth straight loss.

Jalen Rose had eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, and Jermaine O'Neal had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Clippers 94, Timberwolves 75

LOS ANGELES -- Eric Piatkowski scored all 24 of his points in the first three quarters and Elton Brand added 16 points and 13 rebounds.

The Clippers beat the Midwest Division-leading Timberwolves for only the fifth time in their last 20 meetings despite committing a season-worst 25 turnovers.

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