Jordan lifts Bulls to 7th in row, 102-98RICHFIELD, Ohio...

NBA

March 17, 1991

Jordan lifts Bulls to 7th in row, 102-98

RICHFIELD, Ohio -- Michael Jordan scored 28 of his 37 pointin the second half, including eight straight to give his team the lead for good in the fourth quarter, as the Chicago Bulls beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-98, last night for their seventh straight win.

The Bulls improved their National Basketball Association-best record to 48-15, one game better than the Portland Trail Blazers' 47-16. Cleveland has lost its last 10 meetings with Chicago.

The Bulls are 20-12 on the road, one victory better than all of last season.

Jordan scored a nine points in the first half, taking just eight shots from the floor as Chicago, tired from a game at Charlotte the previous night, saved its energy for the second half. The Cavaliers led 59-50 at halftime and 61-50 early in the third quarter.

But Jordan scored nine points during a 17-3 Bulls run that gave them a 75-68 lead late in the third period. After Cleveland regained the lead 85-83 with eight minutes left, Jordan ran off eight straight points on an 18-foot jumper and two three-point plays inside, including a forceful dunk over Danny Ferry.

The points were part of a 14-6 Chicago flurry, during which Jordan scored all 14 points. It put the Bulls up 95-89, and they did not trail again.

Cleveland closed to 100-98 on John Williams' jumper with 17.1 seconds left, and was still within three points after Scottie Pippen made one of two free throws with 14.2 seconds to go. But Brad Daugherty missed a long jump shot with 10 seconds remaining, and Pippen again made one of two free throws for the clinching point with 6.6 seconds to go.

Larry Nance scored 24 points, Williams 23 and Daugherty 20 for Cleveland. Horace Grant scored 17 points and Pippen 16 for the Bulls.

Chicago 25 25 27 25 -- 102

Cleveland 27 32 15 24 -- 98

CHICAGO (102) -- Grant 5-8 7-8 17, Pippen 6-11 4-6 16, Cartwright 3-8 0-2 6, Jordan 14-25 9-10 37, Paxson 6-9 0-0 12, Armstrong 2-5 0-0 4, Perdue 1-2 0-0 2, Hodges 1-4 0-0 2, King 1-1 0-0 2, Levingston 2-5 0-0 4, S.Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-78 20-26 102.

CLEVELAND (98 ) -- Nance 10-15 4-7 24, J.Williams 9-16 5-6 23, Daugherty 9-14 2-4 20, Ehlo 3-11 0-0 7, Valentine 2-2 0-0 4, Morton 2-4 6-7 10, Ferry 4-8 2-2 10, Paddio 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 39-72 19-26 98.

3-point goals--Chicago 0-7 (Jordan 0-2, Hodges 0-2, Pippen 0-3), Cleveland 1-8 (Ehlo 1-6, Ferry 0-2). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Chicago 38 (Grant 9), Cleveland 45 (J.Williams, Daugherty 10). Assists--Chicago 26 (Pippen 7), Cleveland 32 (Morton 10). Total fouls--Chicago 22, Cleveland 23. Technicals--Ferry. A-- 20,273.

Pistons 106, Magic 99

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Vinnie Johnson and Joe Dumars scored 21 apiece and Bill Laimbeer had 20, as Detroit stayed unbeaten in seven games against Orlando.

Johnson, Dumars and Laimbeer combined for 18 of Detroit's 27 fourth-quarter points, as the Pistons avoided blowing an 18-point halftime lead and clinched an Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Nick Anderson scored 22 and Scott Skiles 21 for the Magic, who rallied from the 58-40 halftime deficit to 83-80 with 9:19 left.

Dennis Scott's jumper pulled Orlando to a 91-88 deficit with 4:42 to go. But Mark Aguirre responded with two free throws, and Laimbeer scored from the top of the key to make the score 95-88.

Dumars and John Long each sank four free throws in the final minute to preserve Detroit's victory, only its fourth in 12 games.

Skiles recovered from 3-for-9 first-half shooting to go 5-for-6 in the third quarter, as the Magic closed to 76-72. But Aguirre's three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left gave the Pistons a seven-point advantage.

Orlando 17 23 32 27 -- 99

Detroit 27 31 21 27 -- 106

ORLANDO (99) -- Scott 7-21 0-1 14, Turner 6-17 6-7 18, Kite 0-0 0-2 0, Anderson 8-13 6-8 22, Skiles 9-18 3-3 21, Ansley 0-0 0-0 0, Reynolds 1-5 3-4 5, Catledge 5-6 2-2 12, Vincent 1-2 0-0 2, Acres 2-4 1-3 5. Totals 39-86 21-30 99.

DETROIT (106) -- Rodman 3-10 0-0 7, Edwards 2-10 0-0 4, Laimbeer 9-13 2-2 20, Dumars 8-15 5-5 21, Henderson 1-1 0-0 2, Salley 3-8 4-6 10, Johnson 10-18 1-1 21, Aguirre 5-10 6-8 17, Long 0-0 4-4 4. Totals 41-85 22-26 106.

3-point goals--Orlando 0-10 (Turner 0-1, Scott 0-4, Skiles 0-5), Detroit 2-6 (Aguirre 1-1, Rodman 1-3, Laimbeer 0-2). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Orlando 55 (Turner 13), Detroit 49 (Rodman 13). Assists--Orlando 11 (Skiles 5), Detroit 26 (Henderson 9). Total fouls--Orlando 26, Detroit 27. Technical--Orlando illegal defense. Flagrant foul--Henderson. A--21,454.

Warriors 117, Mavericks 105

DALLAS -- Mitch Richmond scored 18 of his 36 in the fourth quarter, lifting Golden State over Dallas.

Tim Hardaway had 33 points and 10 assists and Chris Mullin 26 points and 10 rebounds as the Warriors won for the fourth time in five games.

Herb Williams scored 20 points for the Mavericks, who have won only three of their past 14.

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