Shaquille O'Neal scored 41 points and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson won his first meeting against his former team as Los Angeles beat the visiting Chicago Bulls, 103-95, last night.
Known for his struggles at the line, O'Neal set career highs by making 19 free throws on 31 attempts. He topped 30 points for the third time this week and also grabbed 17 rebounds.
Rookie Elton Brand had a season-high 29 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Bulls (1-8). Jackson had coached Chicago to six NBA championships.
* TRAIL BLAZERS 97, 76ERS 91: Host Philadelphia erased a 17-point deficit without much problem. The three-point deficit provided by Portland's Steve Smith proved insurmountable.
Smith hit a three-pointer and Damon Stoudamire added a scoop shot in the final 63 seconds last night as Portland (9-1) improved on the NBA's best record.
* TIMBERWOLVES 89, JAZZ 84: Kevin Garnett scored 29 points and host Minnesota never trailed in a hard-fought win over Utah.
* KINGS 103, MAVERICKS 94: In Dallas, Chris Webber scored 24 points as Sacramento won its fifth straight.
* CELTICS 109, NETS 96: Host Boston, off to its best start in six years, pulled away from New Jersey.
* PISTONS 101, CAVALIERS 90: Grant Hill had 28 points and 10 rebounds to help Detroit past visiting Cleveland.
* HORNETS 103, MAGIC 92: In Orlando, Eddie Jones scored 30 points and Bobby Phills had 27 as Charlotte got its first road win.
* HAWKS 105, PACERS 99: In Indianapolis, Atlanta had six players in double figures, led by Jim Jackson with 19 points.
* RAPTORS 106, CLIPPERS 100: Dell Curry scored 16 points in 20 minutes, hitting all four three-pointers he attempted, as host Toronto held off Los Angeles.
* SUNS 96, KNICKS 81: In Phoenix, Jason Kidd had 16 points and 10 assists to help the Suns give New York its sixth loss in eight games.
CAPTION: Stanley Roberts (53) of 76ers finds Trail Blazers' Steve Smith is in arms' way as they battle for rebound.