Jordan hits 41 in win


Published: Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 11:29 p.m.

WASHINGTON - Michael Jordan scored a season-high 41 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter and two overtimes as the Washington Wizards beat the Indiana Pacers 107-104 Saturday night.

Jordan, with Charles Oakley in a major supporting role, battled wills and wits with Al Harrington and Jermaine O'Neal in a tense thriller. Harrington finished with 33 points, and O'Neal had 26 points and 13 rebounds.

Jordan played a season-high 53 minutes in his first 40-point game of the season, making 14 of 26 shots from the field and 10 of 12 from the line, including a pair of free throws that gave the Wizards the lead for good.

Jordan also created a key turnover, knocking the ball out of bounds off Harrington in the final minute of double overtime.

The Wizards won their third straight and got a rare victory over the Pacers, who had won 18 of the last 20 meetings.

NETS 88, MAGIC 83: In Orlando, Kenyon Martin had 19 points and 12 rebounds as New Jersey extended the NBA's longest current winning streak to nine games.

The Nets attempted 28 more free throws than the Magic, leading to the ejection of Orlando coach Doc Rivers in the third quarter. The Nets converted 24 of 36 attempts while the Magic were 6-of-8. Orlando was called for 27 fouls compared to 14 on New Jersey.

The Nets got 15 points and 12 assists from Jason Kidd.

Tracy McGrady led Orlando with 30 points and 11 rebounds.

JAZZ 105, TIMBERWOLVES 97: Karl Malone had 19 of his 33 points in the third quarter, propelling the Utah Jazz over Minnesota for their fourth straight win.

Matt Harpring had 17 points and eight rebounds, John Stockton had 13 assists and reserves Andrei Kirilenko (15 points) and Tony Massenburg (12 points) also made big contributions for Utah, which made 31 of its 32 foul shots.

Kevin Garnett led the Wolves with 26 points and 14 rebounds, but he was only 2-for-9 at the free-throw line. The Wolves went 9-for-18.

MAVERICKS 102, 76ERS 83: Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points as Dallas beat road-weary Philadelphia. It was the Mavericks' biggest winning margin ever against the 76ers.

Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter to make it 34-24, and the Mavericks maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game. They led by as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter.

PISTONS 90, HAWKS 86: Chauncey Billups scored 23 points and Ben Wallace grabbed 20 rebounds to lead Detroit over Atlanta.

Billups shot 5-for-5 from 3-point range and Richard Hamilton added 18 points for the Pistons.

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