The Chicago Bulls needed a half of play to get into step, and once they hit stride their winning streak had grown to six games.
The Bulls were sluggish in shooting just 42 percent in the first half Monday but were just four points behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. By the third period Chicago's shooting touch had returned and the Bulls ran away with a 110-95 victory.Michael Jordan scored 32 points, 11 in a 24-7 third-quarter run, and helped key a late 23-6 run with his defense, to give the Bulls their ninth consecutive victory against the Cavs.
The Cavaliers led 56-48 with 10:12 left in the third quarter on a basket by Brad Daugherty, who finished with 30 points. From there, Jordan took over, scoring 10 of the first 14 points in Chicago's 24-7 run that was worth a 72-63 lead with 2:49 left in the period.
Cleveland cut the lead to four twice, the second time on John Morton's steal and dunk with 7:15 to play, but Jordan found Stacey King for a dunk to ignite the 23-6 run that iced the game. Jordan had four steals and a blocked shot in the run, all of which resulted in Chicago dunks. With all the easy baskets, the Bulls hit 13 of 19 shots in the final quarter.
Pistons 85, SuperSonics 83
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Joe Dumars made a layup with two seconds left and Dennis Rodman scored 19 points to rally the Pistons, breaking a two-game losing streak at home Detroit was coming off its worst loss of the season, 116-88, Sunday at New York. The SuperSonics lost for the third time in their last four games. Dumars, who had 15 points, took a pass from Bill Laimbeer and drove the left side of the lane for the winning shot after Derrick McKey's hook shot with 22.4 seconds remaining had tied the score.
Timberwolves 128, Nuggets 114
At Minneapolis, Minn., Sam Mitchell scored 6 points in the final five minutes to spark a 14-2 run and help the Timberwolves snap a five-game losing streak. It was Minnesota's fourth straight win at home and the 128 points were a franchise record. The Timberwolves shot 49 percent from the field, rolled up a 55-44 rebounding edge, and had six players finish in double figures.
Mavericks 107, Warriors 101
At Oakland, Calif., Derek Harper scored 13 fourth-quarter points and the Dallas bench outscored the Warriors bench by 32 points, leading the Mavericks. Harper made eight of 15 shots and tied Alex English for Dallas scoring honors with 24 points. Harper hit a 3-pointer to put the Mavs up 97-95 with 3:15 left and then another basket for a 99-95 lead.