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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jordan Leads Bulls to Eighth Straight Win

LANDOVER, Maryland -- Michael Jordan scored 19 of his 46 points in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Bulls won their eighth straight, 116-109 over the shorthanded Washington Bullets.


Chicago trailed after three quarters on Monday before rallying behind Jordan, who had his second straight 40-plus game. He scored 48 on Saturday in Philadelphia.


Scottie Pippen scored 27 points and Dennis Rodman had 15 rebounds for the Bulls, who improved to 31-3 with their 21st win in 22 games. The only other teams in National Basketball Association history to start 31-3 were the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers and the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who set a league record with 69 victories.


Brent Price scored a career-high 30 for the Bullets, who dressed only 10 players because Chris Webber, Calbert Cheaney, Robert Pack and Mark Price were all sidelined with injuries.


Bucks 98, Knicks 92. In New York, Johnny Newman scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to rally Milwaukee past the Knicks, ending the Bucks' four-game slide.


The Bucks got 30 points and 13 rebounds from Vin Baker and 20 points from Glenn Robinson.


Baker gave the Knicks a chance to tie on the last play when he fouled Patrick Ewing on a 3-pointer. Ewing, however, made only the first of the three foul shots.


Hawks 96, Pistons 88. In Atlanta, Steve Smith scored 31 points and Mookie Blaylock added 21 as the Hawks went over .500 for the first time in more than a month, beating Detroit 96-88 for their fourth straight victory.


Detroit was held under 100 points for the fifth consecutive time despite double-figure scoring by all five starters. Grant Hill led the Pistons with 21 points.


Timberwolves 103, Kings 94. In Minneapolis, Darrick Martin scored a career-high 20 points and Isaiah Rider had 29.


Minnesota never trailed as it won for just the third time in 15 games since general manager Flip Saunders replaced Bill Blair as coach.


Lakers 96, Heat 88. In Inglewood, California, Eddie Jones scored 20 points and Vlade Divac 19 in Del Harris' 400th career coaching victory.


Divac also collared 17 rebounds to help send Miami to its fifth straight loss.


Alonzo Mourning scored 28 points for the Heat, which has scored fewer than 100 points in 17 of 18 games.


SuperSonics 104, Warriors 95. In Oakland, California, Gary Payton had 23 points and Hersey Hawkins 22 as Seattle, which opened the fourth quarter with a 14-3 run, defeated Golden State.


Payton, who scored 11 of his points in the fourth quarter, had nine assists for Seattle, which has won 10 of 12.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)