For Michael Jordan, becoming the second-fastest player in NBA history to score 10,000 points, playing hurt no less, was a tainted accomplishment.
"If we had won the game, I would have been much more appreciative, but it didn't happen that way," Jordan said after Charles Barkley led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 120-108 triumph over his Chicago Bulls Wednesday night.
Jordan needed 303 games to reach 10,000 points, second only to Wilt Chamberlain, who did so in 236 contests. The league's defending MVP and leading scorer played despite a bruised left knee. Jordan reached the milestone with his 33rd point of the night, a turn-around jumper that gave the Bulls a 102-101 lead with 5:39 left in the game.
Jordan did not score again, however, and the 76ers ran off 9 straight points to take control of the game.
"I don't mind being second to Wilt Chamberlain," Jordan said. "I'm just honored to be in his class.
"We have to play defense," said Jordan, who became the 145th player to reach 10,000. "We were up 102-101 and defensively we didn't execute down the stretch."
Said Chicago Coach Doug Collins, "It was a great honor for Michael. He was playing on only one knee. That he came out and played on one knee is great. It shows what type of player he is."
Barkley scored 34 points and Ron Anderson had 32 for Philadelphia and the pair combined to score all 9 points in the key run that made it 110-102 with 3:36 to go.
Pistons 105, Warriors 104
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Isiah Thomas hit a running bank shot over the outstretched arms of 7-foot-6 Manute Bol with 14 seconds remaining to lift Detroit. Thomas, who had 27 points, drove the right side of the lane, pulled up and banked a shot high off the glass. Chris Mullin, who led Golden State with 28 points, missed a 12-foot baseline jumper with two seconds to play.
Pacers 103, Celtics 94
At Indianapolis, Chuck Person scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth period to help Indiana post back-to-back victories over Boston for the first time in 12 years. The Celtics, led by Reggie Lewis' 22 points, suffered their fourth straight road loss.
Mavericks 117, Clippers 98
At Dallas, Mark Aguirre scored 24 points as Dallas cruised to a 70-point first half and handed Los Angeles its 12th straight loss. Derek Harper added 23 for the Mavericks. Dallas lost guard Rolando Blackman for at least two weeks with a dislocated finger on his left hand.