Michael Jordan scored 40 points, including his 15,000th, as the Chicago Bulls defeated the 76ers, 107-99, last night in Philadelphia.
Jordan also scored his 5,000th and 10,000th points in The Spectrum. In addition, he became the Bulls' all-time scoring leader during a 120-109 loss in Philadelphia last Jan. 26.
"I've had milestones here in the past, but we lost the games. The thing that meant most to me tonight was getting the win," Jordan said. "I'm aware of the great basketball history here, maybe that's why I keep getting milestones here."
The sellout crowd of 18,168 gave Jordan a standing ovation. "It gave me chills," he said. "It was a great feeling to get that kind of ovation in Philly."
Jordan scored 28 points in the first half and reached the 15,000 plateau with a free throw late in the first quarter. He hit the milestone in his 460th game, faster than anyone except Wilt Chamberlain (358 games).
"We tried to double him a little more, but he got rid of the ball and they were making their spot-up shots," 76ers Coach Jim Lynam said. "You try to take the ball out of his hands. He's tough. There's no doubt about that."
Bill Cartwright added 19 points and Scottie Pippen 16 for Chicago. Charles Barkley had 29 and Armon Gilliam 23 for the 76ers, who lost their sixth game in seven. They played without Rick Mahorn, who has an elbow injury.
Chicago led the entire second half and held a 95-91 advantage on a jump shot by Jordan with 6:59 left. Philadelphia pulled to 95-94 on a jumper by Andre Turner a minute later, but a 12-2 run led by Jordan (six points and three assists) made it 107-96.