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NBA ROUNDUP Saturday's games



Published: Sun, January 20, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Wizards 77, Bulls 69

CHICAGO -- Playing in Chicago as a visitor for the first time, Michael Jordan had a career-high nine turnovers and went just 7-for-21 from the floor as his new team, the Washington Wizards, beat the poor-shooting Bulls. The Wizards ended a four-game losing slide and got victory No. 19 -- matching their total from all of last season. Jordan had 16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Chris Whitney led Washington with 20 points. Ron Artest and Ron Mercer each scored 14 for the Bulls. Chicago, the team Jordan led to six NBA championships, threatened the league record for lowest field-goal percentage. The Bulls shot 24.7 percent, just shy of the NBA low of 22.9 by Milwaukee against Minneapolis on Nov. 6, 1954. The Bulls did set a franchise record for worst shooting percentage in a half, managing just 16.7 percent in the first half. The fans cheered every move Jordan made early -- even when he fouled Artest.

Lakers 98, Spurs 81

SAN ANTONIO -- Kobe Bryant scored 17 of his 28 points in the second half to lead the Shaq-less Lakers. It was the teams' first game since last season's Western Conference finals, when the Lakers swept the Spurs in four games en route to their second straight NBA title. On Saturday, the Lakers broke open what had been a closely played contest by overwhelming the Spurs in the fourth quarter. They outscored the Spurs 29-18 and outrebounded them 12-4. Los Angeles went 2-1 during Shaquille O'Neal's three-game suspension for a fight against the Bulls last weekend. The Lakers' center can return Tuesday against Denver. Stanislav Medvedenko scored 12 points, and Derek Fisher 11 for the Lakers. Each Los Angeles player who saw action scored at least five points. Charles Smith, starting for the injured Tony Parker, led San Antonio with 21 points, and Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds.

76ers 97, Knicks 89

PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson scored 34 points and Dikembe Mutombo added a season-high 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Philadelphia extended New York's losing streak to seven games. Eric Snow added 15 points and Corie Blount, starting in place of the injured Derrick Coleman, had 15 rebounds for the Sixers, who outrebounded New York 56-39 and won their fourth straight. Latrell Sprewell scored 32 points, and Allan Houston added 25 for the Knicks, who are mired in their longest losing streak since 1997.

Bucks 116, Hawks 107

ATLANTA -- Ray Allen scored 31 points and Milwaukee extended its winning streak to a season-high seven games with a victory over Atlanta. Sam Cassell, Jason Caffey and Anthony Mason added 17 apiece for the Bucks, who handed the Hawks their sixth straight loss. Jason Terry led Atlanta with 24 points, and Nazr Mohammed had his third straight double-double with 22 points and a season-high 19 rebounds.

Nets 99, Rockets 90

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Keith Van Horn scored 22 points and rookies Richard Jefferson and Jason Collins made big plays in crunch time in leading the New Jersey to a win over Houston. Kerry Kittles added 21 points and Jason Kidd made four baskets down the stretch as the Nets (27-12) surpassed their victory total for all of last season in winning for the seventh time in eight games. Jefferson finished with 10 points. Kidd added 10 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Moochie Norris had 23 points and Kenny Thomas 21 for the Rockets, who were forced to play without All-Star guard Steve Francis, who was sidelined for the second time this week with a migraine headache.

Raptors 91, Hornets 89

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Vince Carter scored 34 points and Alvin Williams hit a pair of free throws with six seconds to play, leading Toronto to its first win in Charlotte since 1997. The Raptors, who have won four straight, had lost nine straight and won just once in Charlotte in franchise history. Antonio Davis scored 13 points for Toronto and Williams added 11. Elden Campbell led Charlotte with 22 points. Baron Davis scored 18, David Wesley 17, Jamaal Magloire 14, and P.J. Brown added 14 rebounds.

Pistons 94, Celtics 91

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 28 points and Chucky Atkins made an 18-foot jumper with 3.1 seconds left to lead Detroit past Boston. Detroit rallied from a 17-point deficit in the final 11 minutes for its second victory in as many nights. Antoine Walker led Boston with 28 points. Paul Pierce added 23 points.

-- Associated Press




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