The Chicago Bulls are so hot that they're making Michael Jordan a part-time player.
Jordan got the fourth quarter off for the second straight game as the Bulls blasted Atlanta 129-107 Wednesday night for their ninth straight victory and 25th in a row at home. As in Monday's win over Denver, Jordan got to sit and enjoy the last 12 minutes as the Bulls completed another blowout.The Bulls are an NBA-best 50-15, including 30-3 at Chicago Stadium.
"We're just trying to mosey along. We want to keep focused and keep winning," said Jordan, who had 22 points and 11 of Chicago's 42 assists. "Tonight, we had to maintain and stop their surges. We thought they would surge more, but they didn't. We kept them back on their heels."
Horace Grant added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who shot 63 percent from the field and got 53 points from their reserves.
Trail Blazers 100, Clippers 96
Clyde Drexler had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, and Terry Porter scored 28 points as Portland regained first place in the Pacific Division with a win at Los Angeles.
The Blazers, who led the division from opening night until Tuesday night, moved a half-game in front of the Lakers with 16 games left.
Jerome Kersey had 16 points and 12 rebounds to help Portland win for only the fourth time in 12 games.
SuperSonics 114, Lakers 106
Seattle knocked the visiting Lakers out of first place despite blowing most of a 27-point lead as Eddie Johnson scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter.
The Sonics, who ended a five-game losing streak and snapped LA's six-game win streak, led 76-49 in the third quarter, but the Lakers closed to 106-102 on Sam Perkins' three-pointer at 2:06.
Suns 110, Mavericks 96
The Suns crept within two games of the Pacific Division lead with their seventh straight road win as Xavier McDaniel scored 24 points and Tom Chambers added 22.
Jeff Hornacek contributed 20 points, and Kevin Johnson had 15 points and 12 assists as the Suns won for the 10th time in their last 11 games. Dallas got 30 points from Herb Williams, who surpassed the 10,000-point mark for his career.
Celtics 102, Bullets 81
Reggie Lewis scored 22 of his 28 points in the first half, and Kevin Gamble added 20 for Boston. Lewis hit nine of his 10 shots from the field in the first half and scored 12 points in the second quarter, including eight of Boston's last 10.
Harvey Grant led the Bullets with 15; A.J. English had 14.
Pacers 117, Heat 107
Reggie Miller scored 27 points, including eight in a row in a fourth-quarter stretch, to lead Indiana at home. Indiana trailed 95-92 with 10:50 left when LaSalle Thompson hit one free throw, Micheal Williams made a layup and Vern Fleming hit three consecutive layups to give the Pacers a 101-95 lead with 7:55 left. Miller scored Indiana's next eight points to give the Pacers a 109-103 advantage with 3:42 remaining.
Knicks 102, Cavaliers 97
The Knicks climbed back over the .500 mark for the first time in four months as Patrick Ewing had 22 of his 32 points in the second half at Madison Square Garden. Ewing scored 12 points in the third quarter and 10 more in the fourth as the Knicks improved to 34-33 with their seventh victory in eight games.
Nets 118, Timberwolves 111, OT
Mookie Blaylock's desperation three-pointer sent the game into overtime, and Sam Bowie scored six of his career-high 38 points in OT to lift New Jersey at the Meadowlands.
76ers 107, Pistons 103
Charles Barkley scored 32 points and Hersey Hawkins had nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Philadelphia handed the visiting Pistons their ninth loss in 13 games.
Detroit never led but closed to 82-81 on a three-point play by James Edwards with 11:32 remaining. Philadelphia then got six points from Hawkins in a 10-2 run for a 92-83 lead and Detroit got no closer than four points the rest of the way.