Toni Kukoc led five Bulls in double figures with 22 points, Chris Carr scored a season-high 15 and Dickey Simpkins grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds as Chicago beat the Detroit Pistons--minus Grant Hill for half the game--98-92, yesterday at United Center.
The win was Chicago's first over Detroit in six games, and the loss was the Pistons' third straight.
The day started going sour for the Pistons with 20 seconds left in the first half when Hill leaped for a steal and came down so hard on his tailbone the smack could be heard throughout the arena. He was on the floor grimacing for about five minutes before he was helped to his feet and walked gingerly to the locker room. Hill came back for second-half warmups, but was back in the locker room shortly after and didn't return. He is expected to play today against visiting Dallas.
TRAIL BLAZERS 95, LAKERS 91: Steve Smith scored a season-high 27 points and Rasheed Wallace scored seven of his 19 points in the fourth quarter in Los Angeles. The loss was the third in five games for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 28 points before fouling out. Shaquille O'Neal had 17 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 blocked shots.
SPURS 96, KNICKS 83: Tim Duncan had 33 points and 15 rebounds to lead San Antonio in a matchup of last season's NBA finalists. Terry Porter added 18 points and 11 rebounds in his first start of the season in front of 34,429 at the Alamodome, the Spurs' largest home crowd of the season.
76ERS 103, PACERS 97: In Philadelphia, Allen Iverson scored 37 points, including a decisive three-point play with 64 seconds left. In a rematch of Indiana's four-game playoff sweep in last year's second round, the 76ers held Reggie Miller scoreless for the final six minutes and finished with a 7-2 run for their fifth victory in six games.
SUNS 101, CAVALIERS 88: Phoenix welcomed Penny Hardaway back to the lineup and handed visiting Cleveland its fifth loss in a row. Hardaway had missed 21 games since going on the injured list Dec. 21 because of a partial tear in the plantar fascia on the bottom of his right foot. He scored 12 points.
JAZZ 104, KINGS 101: Karl Malone and Bryon Russell each scored 24 points for visiting Utah. The win was the ninth in 11 games for the Jazz, which snapped Sacramento's seven-game winning streak.
HORNETS 110, CELTICS 96: Derrick Coleman had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Charlotte, at home, won its fourth straight. Only about 2,000 fans were there because of a storm that dropped several inches of snow on the Charlotte area.
MAGIC 85, GRIZZLIES 82: Pat Garrity hit a three-pointer with 13.5 seconds left, and visiting Orlando snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating Vancouver for the sixth straight time.
NETS 98, MAVERICKS 95: Stephon Marbury scored 20 points and drove the length of the court for a go-ahead layup with 24.5 seconds left in the game in East Rutherford, N.J.