Mercer burns former mates

Ex-Celtic sinks 27 in Bulls win

Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2000

BOSTON -- Ron Mercer scored 27 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to just their third win of the season and their biggest since Michael Jordan retired, a 104-86 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Ron Artest added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who snapped a six-game losing streak. Chicago, which has the worst record in the NBA even with the win, topped 100 points for the first time this season and improved to 1-13 in games decided by 10 points or more.

Antoine Walker scored 15 points, and Bryant Stith had 13 for Boston.

Pistons 92, Hawks 69

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 30 points and reserve guard Dana Barros added 19 as Detroit won its fourth straight home game.

Lorenzen Wright scored 18 points and Jason Terry had 17 for the Hawks, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

The game was played in front of possibly the smallest crowd ever to watch the Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Approximately 3,000 fans braved a snowstorm to attend the game.

Hornets 101, Kings 90

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jamal Mashburn scored a season-high 33 points and Baron Davis added a career-high 26 as Charlotte beat Sacramento for the first time in more than three years.

The Hornets had dropped four straight to the Kings since a 121-102 victory on Dec. 2, 1997.

Chris Webber scored 25 points and Doug Christie added 17 for Sacramento, which lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

76ers 102 Wizards 82

WASHINGTON -- Allen Iverson scored 25 points to lead five scorers in double figures as Philadelphia dealt Washington its eighth straight loss.

Theo Ratliff had 12 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double. Tyrone Hill had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Sixers.

Pacers 97, Mavericks 92

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jalen Rose scored 24 points and Reggie Miller added 22 as Indiana used a 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Travis Best had 15 points, eight assists and four steals, while Jermaine O'Neal added 15 points for the Pacers.

Howard Eisley scored a career-high 27 and Michael Finley added 24 for Dallas.

Suns 103, Spurs 93

PHOENIX -- Shawn Marion had 17 points and 16 rebounds as Phoenix won its third straight game.

Jason Kidd finished with 17 points and nine assists, and Cliff Robinson added 15 points as the Suns won for the fifth time in six games.

Derek Anderson scored 26 points and David Robinson had 18 for the Spurs. Tim Duncan, who hyperextended his knee in a victory over Utah on Monday night, finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes.

Bucks 111, Jazz 102

SALT LAKE CITY -- Glenn Robinson scored 24 of his season-high 32 points in the second half as Milwaukee won for the second straight night on the road.

Ray Allen 23 points for the Bucks, who reached the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Karl Malone led Utah with 35 points. John Stockton had 16 points and recorded his 14,000th career assist in the final minute. The Jazz have lost two straight games.

SuperSonics 94 Grizzlies 93

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Gary Payton scored 17 points as Seattle weathered a late charge by Vancouver and reached the .500 mark for the first time since the first week of the season.

Rashard Lewis scored 13 points and Jelani McCoy added 12 for Seattle, which won for the sixth time in nine games under the direction of Nate McMillan, who replaced Paul Westphal as coach.

Mike Bibby scored 17 for Vancouver, which failed on three attempts to win the game in the final five seconds and lost for the 14th time in 17 games.

Trail Blazers 96, Lakers 86

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rasheed Wallace had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Damon Stoudamire scored all 21 of his points in the second half as Portland handed Los Angeles its second straight loss and fourth in five games.

Kobe Bryant scored 35 points for the Lakers. Shaquille O'Neal had 19 points, on 7-for-21 shooting, and finished with 13 rebounds.

Heat 94, Clippers 88, OT

LOS ANGELES -- Tim Hardaway scored six of his 21 points in overtime, including the go-ahead shot, as Miami won for the sixth time in seven games.

Anthony Mason led the Heat with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Eddie Jones added 22 points, and Brian Grant had 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Lamar Odom led the Clippers with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Corey Maggette added 14 points and Keyon Dooling had 13.



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