Every night you see a lot of good moves in the NBA. Taunting Michael Jordan is not one of them.
In the third quarter of Monday night's Chicago-Miami game, the NBA scoring champion went in for a layup, and Heat forward Billy Thompson made the block. Then he made a mistake - he turned to Jordan and told him not to come back into the lane again.The response of the Bulls' star was to score 21 of his 37 points in the second half, leading Chicago to a 117-106 victory in Miami.
"It embarrassed me. It got me going," Jordan said of the incident.
Willie Burton, who led the Heat with 21 points, said, "When Michael Jordan goes off like he goes when he wants to go off, there is not much you can do."
Heat Coach Ron Rothstein said, "I know exactly what to do about Jordan. Most of it isn't legal, but I know what to do."
The win enabled Chicago to stay a half-game ahead of Detroit in the Central Division. The Bulls have won 16 of their last 19 games and are a perfect 8-0 against the Heat.
Knicks 117, 76ers 116
At New York, Patrick Ewing scored six of his 37 points in overtime and finished with 16 rebounds to lead the Knicks. Ewing caused the overtime when he was called for goaltending with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, tying the game 107-107. For the Knicks, Charles Oakley contributed 20 points and 16 rebounds. Philadelphia was paced by Hersey Hawkins' 35 points.
Bullets 121, Magic 119
At Landover, Md., Darrell Walker's 20-foot jump shot with 1.8 seconds to go gave Washington the victory. He finished with 15 rebounds, 13 assists and 10 points. Harvey Grant paced the Bullets with 31 points, and reserve Ledell Eackles added a season-high 25. Dennis Scott scored 30 points for the Magic, who dropped their fourth straight game and are 2-19 on the road this season.
Nuggets 115, Timberwolves 110
At Denver, Michael Adams scored 24 points and registered 13 assists as the Nuggets rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second quarter. Walter Davis put Denver ahead to stay on a layup with 44 seconds remaining. For Minnesota, Pooh Richardson scored a team-high 32 points, and Sam Mitchell contributed 25.
Pistons 101, Celtics 90
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Joe Dumars scored 26 points and Vinnie Johnson chipped in 21 as Detroit handed Boston its fourth straight loss. The Pistons, who were without injured star Isiah Thomas, have won 12 of their last 13 games. The Celtics, without injured starters Larry Bird and Robert Parish, were paced by Kevin McHale's 24 points.
Lakers 120, Pacers 114
At Indianapolis, Magic Johnson scored 27 points while dishing out 15 assists as the Lakers rallied from a 13-point second-quarter deficit. Sam Perkins, James Worthy and Byron Scott scored 23 points each as the Lakers beat Indiana for the seventh straight time. The Pacers were led by Chuck Person's 24 points.
Kings 97, Rockets 94
At Sacramento, Calif., Lionel Simmons hit two pressure jumpers in the final 1:19, and Sacramento ended a five-game losing streak against Houston. Travis Mays scored a team-high 23 points for the Kings, who had not defeated the Rockets since March 14, 1989. Houston's Otis Thorpe had 26 points and 19 rebounds. Sacramento's Dick Motta coached his 1,648th NBA game, the most in league history and one more than Jack Ramsay.