Michael Jordan scored 41 points, including 14 in a decisive third period, and the Chicago Bulls handed Boston its first defeat, 120-100 on Friday
The Bulls, beaten at home by the Celtics last Tuesday night, built a commanding lead in the third quarter and went on to just their third victory in their last 15 regular-season appearances at Boston Garden.The Celtics, who won their first three games under new coach Chris Ford, jumped to a 31-23 lead after one period before erratic shooting and turnovers caught up with them.
Jordan scored 12 points in the first period. He managed just four in the second period, but he rested most of the time as the Bulls outscored Boston 37-26 for a 60-57 halftime lead.
Boston regained the lead briefly, 63-62, at the outset of the second half. However, Jordan drove in for a dunk and added 10 more points in a 19-7 run.
B.J. Armstrong had 16 points, Stacey King 14, Dennis Hopson 13, Cliff Levingston 12 and Scottie Pippen 10.
The Celtics were led by Kevin McHale with 24 points and Larry Bird with 23.
Pacers 122, Cavaliers 107
At Indianapolis, Reggie Miller scored 27 points, 12 of them in the fourth quarter, to spark Indiana past Cleveland.
Indiana scored the first six points of the second half, taking a 66-55 lead on four straight points by Chuck Person. Cleveland pulled as close as 90-84 early in the fourth quarter, but Miller scored the next five points and the lead never dipped below nine again.
Timberwolves 106, Hornets 77
At Minneapolis, Minn., Tony Campbell scored 26 points and Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak, rolling to a victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
The margin of victory was the largest in the Timberwolves two-year history.
Pooh Richardson scored 18 points and dished out 13 assists, and Tyrone Corbin scored 20 points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds for Minnesota. Johnny Newman led the Hornets with 16 points.