Terry Cummings scored 34 points, 11 of them in overtime, as the Milwaukee Bucks beat Chicago, 125-116, in a game last night in Chicago that featured the return of Michael Jordan to the Bulls lineup.
Sidney Moncrief had 27 points, including 13 in the final quarter, as the Bucks spoiled the return of Jordan, who played for the first time since breaking a bone in his left foot Oct. 29.
Jordan played 13 minutes and scored 12 points. Charles Davis had 17 points for the Bucks, who ended a three-game losing streak.
Chicago, fighting to stay out of last place in the Central Division, got a season-high 35 points from Charles Oakley, 24 from Sidney Green and 18 from George Gervin. Oakley had 26 rebounds, including 18 offensive, both NBA season highs.
Trailing by 107-102 late in regulation, Milwaukee got a three-point jump shot from Ricky Pierce, followed by a basket from Mike Glenn to send the game into overtime.
Jordan entered the game with 5:59 left in the first half and went to the basket the first time he touched the ball. He missed a short jumper, but was fouled and made a free throw.
"I feel like a new man," Jordan said.
"I don't like to play against him," Milwaukee Coach Don Nelson said. " But it is nice to have him back. It's a great addition to any game to see him play." Rockets 148, Clippers 116
Akeem Olajuwon returned to the lineup after a 14-game absence and had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Rockets to victory in Houston.
Olajuwon, the Rockets' leading scorer averaging 23.4 points a game, injured his knee Feb. 15 in a game against Los Angeles.
Jim Petersen had a career-high 19 points and Ralph Sampson had 18 as the Rockets increased their Midwest Division lead to 1 1/2 games. The Clippers were led by Norm Nixon with 24 points.
Sampson scored five points in the first two minutes of play to boost Houston to a 12-2 lead. Hawks 106, Knicks 101
Dominique Wilkins scored 29 points and Randy Wittman hit the go-ahead jumper with 47 seconds left as visiting Atlanta handed New York its seventh consecutive loss.
The victory was Atlanta's 12th in its last 14 games; New York has lost 11 of 12.
Trailing by 92-91 midway through the fourth quarter, the Hawks held the Knicks to three points in the next 3 1/2 minutes as Wilkins and Wayne (Tree) Rollins combined for nine points, giving Atlanta a 100-95 lead with 3:09 left.
But New York center James Bailey, who led the Knicks with 22 points, hit six consecutive points, giving the hosts a 101-100 lead with 1:02 remaining.
Wittman then hit a 15-foot jumper, giving the Hawks lead for good. Wilkins and Cliff Levingston added two free throws each over the last 13 seconds to clinch the victory. Nets 102, Cavaliers 100
Buck Williams hit a jumper with five seconds left and blocked John Bagley's shot at the buzzer, giving New Jersey the victory in Richfield, Ohio.
New Jersey's Otis Birdsong scored 25 points, Albert King had 24 and Mike Gminski had 23. Williams had 14 points and 17 rebounds.
The Cavaliers were led by Mel Turpin's 20 points.
Cleveland had a chance to go ahead with nine seconds left, but Keith Lee was called for a traveling violation after rebounding a missed shot. Mavericks 108, Jazz 98
Rolando Blackman scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and Derek Harper had 24 points as Dallas won at home.
The Mavericks, who led by 10 points early in the final period, watched the Jazz pull to 96-91 on Karl Malone's layup with 4:17 to play.
But Jay Vincent's three-point play, Blackman's 10-foot jump shot and Harper's free throw helped Dallas extend the advantage to 102-92.
After Utah scored five straight points, Blackman scored two baskets to put the Mavericks back up by nine.
Dallas, winning its seventh in nine games, got 15 points and 16 rebounds from center James Donaldson. Utah's Adrian Dantley scored 33 points and Malone had 24.