Jordan torches Atlanta

Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2002

ATLANTA -- All Michael Jordan needed to rebound from one of the worst games of his career was to play against the Atlanta Hawks.

Jordan scored a season-high 30 points and Jerry Stackhouse added 23 as the Washington Wizards beat Atlanta 109-99 Tuesday night.

Timberwolves 96, Lakers 80

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett scored 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the sluggish Lakers.

Reserve Marc Jackson scored 13 points and Troy Hudson had 10 assists -- one short of his season-high -- for the Timberwolves, who have won three straight against the Lakers at Target Center.

Knicks 101, Nets 99

NEW YORK -- After being all but mocked by their cross-river opponent, the New York Knicks summoned some pride and made one final defensive stop to beat the Nets.

New York snapped a six-game losing streak to the Nets, who were both arrogant and dismissive toward the Knicks in recent days while discussing the way fortunes have changed for the two franchises in the past few seasons.

Mavericks 118, Pacers 97

DALLAS -- Michael Finley had 33 points and 13 rebounds in just three quarters and Nick Van Exel had 20 points and 10 assists as the Mavericks beat the Pacers in a game between the teams with NBA's best records.

The Mavericks improved to 21-3 and avenged a road loss to Indiana last month that prevented them from tying the best start in league history.

Raptors 122, Bucks 117, OT

MILWAUKEE -- Morris Peterson made two free throws with 7 seconds left in overtime as the Toronto Raptors snapped a four-game losing streak.

The Raptors, playing without leading scorer Vince Carter and leading rebounder Antonio Davis, outscored the Bucks 9-2 in the final 67 seconds of overtime.

Kings 95, Suns 86

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chris Webber had 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings stayed perfect at home and snapped the Phoenix Suns' four-game winning streak.

Bobby Jackson had 19 points for the Kings, who never trailed and won for the 15th time in 17 games. Sacramento scored 10 straight points to begin the fourth quarter while improving to 13-0 at Arco Arena this season.

Trail Blazers 102, Hornets 93

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Bonzi Wells scored a season-high 30 points, and Rasheed Wallace had 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Blazers.

Scottie Pippen had 11 points and eight assists, and Derek Anderson added 15 points for the Blazers.

Jamal Mashburn led the Hornets with 22 points and eight rebounds. Baron Davis added 21 points and six assists. Jamal Magloire had 15 points.

Portland pulled ahead thanks to a 12-5 third-quarter run that put some distance between the two teams after what had been a very close game. There were 16 ties and 10 lead changes before the Blazers finally built a lead.

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