WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan scored 25 points in his second game as a starter, and the man he replaced in the lineup, Bryon Russell, matched his season-high with 16 points in a 103-78 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. Etan Thomas matched a career-high with 14 points and had seven rebounds for the Wizards, who used their bench extensively.
Nets 87, Hawks 72
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Richard Jefferson bounced back from a big blunder with 22 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead the banged-up Nets.
The victory was only the second in five games for the Nets, with one of those losses largely to blame on Jefferson. He missed two free throws with New Jersey up by two points with 9.8 seconds left in Seattle on Sunday. Brent Barry then hit a game-winning 3-pointer.
Hornets 115, Bulls 90
CHICAGO -- David Wesley scored a season-high 25 points and Jamal Mashburn added 21 as New Orleans found a cure for its road woes.
It was only the third road victory this season for the Hornets, who are 9-0 at home but just 3-6 away from New Orleans. And they did it without Baron Davis, who missed his second straight game because of back spasms.
Rockets 89, Spurs 75
HOUSTON -- Yao Ming scored 27 points, grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds and had a crowd-pleasing slam in the closing minutes.
After leading much of the game, the Rockets trailed 64-61 going into the fourth quarter. But they quickly regained the lead and won going away as the Spurs went scoreless over the final 2:43.
Kings 98, Timberwolves 86
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Bobby Jackson scored 24 points and Chris Webber had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings overcame Kevin Garnett's second big game against them in seven days.
Garnett had 18 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists -- barely missing his ninth career triple-double.
Lakers 101, Grizzlies 91
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant had 24 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his fourth triple-double of the season. Shaquille O'Neal added 28 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks for the Lakers (7-12), who now have a 4-3 record since O'Neal returned to action -- including an overtime victory over the Grizzlies in Memphis last Friday night.
Warriors 110, Nuggets 89
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Antawn Jamison scored 34 points as Golden State extended its longest winning streak in over a year to three games.
Playing before a season-low crowd of 10,007, Troy Murphy added 16 points as Golden State put together its first three-game victory streak since last Nov. 9-12.
Donnell Harvey scored 16 points as the Nuggets dropped their third in a row following a three-game winning streak. Juwan Howard added 14.
Golden State became just the second team to reach 100 points against Denver this season.
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