Notable

January 08, 1996

Bulls: Chicago became only the fourth team in NBA history to start the season 28-3 with a 113-84 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night. The others were the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers, 1969-70 New York Knicks and 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. Chicago extended its winning streak to 24 straight. Chicago is unbeaten at home since losing to Orlando last March 24 in Michael Jordan's first home game after coming out of retirement. . . . Led by Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen, the Bulls had 20 offensive rebounds. Chicago's offensive rebound figure matched Milwaukee's defensive rebound total.

Cavaliers: Cleveland ended Orlando's seven-game winning streak Saturday with a 105-94 win over the Magic, who were without Shaquille O'Neal and Nick Anderson. O'Neal was sidelined with a strained quadriceps muscle and Anderson had a strained left toe.

Heat: Alonzo Mourning came off the injured list and scored 38 points, leading Miami to an 88-86 win over Denver on Saturday. Mourning, activated earlier in the day after missing the previous 12 games because of a foot injury, also had 10 rebounds.

Hornets: Dell Curry, making his first start in nearly five years, scored 21 points Saturday night in Charlotte's 96-90 win over Atlanta. Curry was part of a lineup shuffle following the Hornets' 24-point loss to Chicago on Thursday night. Curry, who hadn't started since March 15, 1991, a span of 358 games, hit eight of 17 field-goal attempts, including four three-pointers.

Kings: Sacramento defeated the Golden State Warriors, 115-106, Saturday night, improving its record to 19-9. It is 10 games above .500 for the first time since the 1979-80 season.

Magic: Shaquille O'Neal was scratched from Orlando's starting lineup minutes before Saturday night's game at Cleveland because of a strained left quadricep muscle. O'Neal has averaged 27.2 points and 11 rebounds per game since coming back from a right thumb fracture that kept him out of Orlando's first 22 games. The Magic, 18-0 at home this season, dropped to 7-7 in road games with a 105-94 loss.

Nuggets: Power forward LaPhonso Ellis played for the first time this season in Denver's 88-86 loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday. Ellis, who had missed all but six games last season and who hadn't played this season because of knee problems, had eight points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes before fouling out with 35 seconds to play.

Rockets: Hakeem Olajuwon had 22 points and 15 rebounds as Houston defeated the Indiana Pacers, 99-87, on Saturday.

Pistons: Grant Hill scored 25 points and had 12 rebounds and Allan Houston scored 25 points in Detroit's 90-82 win over Washington.

Sixers: Scott Skiles, who holds the NBA single-game assist record, retired after a 10-year career in which he played for five teams. Skiles' last club was the Philadelphia 76ers, whom he signed with a month ago. Skiles, 31, was a first-round draft pick out of Michigan State in 1986 and also played with Orlando, Indiana, Milwaukee and Washington. With the Magic in 1990, Skiles recorded 30 assists in a game against Denver.

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