Jordan rebounds from off night to score 51 in win over Hornets

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2001

WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan scored 51 points and set franchise records with 24 first-quarter points and 34 points in a half Saturday night as the Wizards snapped a two-game losing streak with a 107-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

Nets 98, Pacers 93, OT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kerry Kittles scored 22 points, including a tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation and two key baskets in overtime to lead New Jersey past Indiana.

Celtics 105, Clippers 103, OT

LOS ANGELES -- Antoine Walker hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 32.5 seconds left in overtime, and Paul Pierce scored 14 of his 35 in the fourth quarter before fouling out as Boston rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Los Angeles.

Bulls 103, Cavaliers 80

CHICAGO -- Bill Cartwright had a successful debut as Chicago's head coach, as Ron Mercer scored 15 points and the Bulls matched their highest scoring output of the season in a win over Cleveland.

Mavericks 113, Hawks 97

DALLAS -- Don Nelson became the third coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games, getting a season-high 35 points from Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas' win over Atlanta.

Bucks 102, Spurs 99, OT

MILWAUKEE -- Tim Thomas scored 24 points, including two key baskets in overtime, to lead Milwaukee to its sixth straight win over San Antonio.

Suns 109, Nuggets 92

PHOENIX -- John Wallace scored 15 of his season-high 23 points in the second quarter and Penny Hardaway finished with a triple-double to lead Phoenix over Denver.

Wallace sparked a second-quarter burst that propelled the Suns from a 27-25 first-period deficit to a 58-51 halftime lead. After that, the Suns never led by fewer than five points in beating the Nuggets for the first time in three meetings this season.

Jazz 89, 76ers 81

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone had 20 points and 17 rebounds as Utah beat Philadelphia for coach Jerry Sloan's 800th career victory.

The Jazz won their fourth in a row and, for the first time this season, climbed above the .500 mark at 16-15.

Sloan got his milestone victory three nights after 76ers coach Larry Brown notched his 800th career win. However, Sloan has lost only 463 times compared to 630 losses for Brown. The two coaches are tied for ninth place in career wins.

SuperSonics 101, Raptors 75

SEATTLE -- Vin Baker scored 21 points and Gary Payton added 18 points and 11 assists as Seattle took advantage of Vince Carter's absence to beat Toronto.

Carter, the NBA's sixth-leading scorer at 25.5 points per game, watched from the sideline after injuring his left shoulder Friday night in the Raptors' 89-86 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Toronto star is day to day.

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