. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Magic Nips Houston on Shaq's Shot

COMBINED REPORTS


HOUSTON -- Shaquille O'Neal's layup with 4.7 seconds left after snaring a rebound lifted the Orlando Magic to a 97-96 victory over the Houston Rockets in a rematch of the teams that made last season's NBA Finals.


O'Neal, who finished with 29 points and 16 rebounds, then blocked Sam Cassell's layup attempt at the buzzer to seal the victory Sunday.


Anfernee Hardaway had 13 of his 28 points in the final quarter as the Magic turned away a Houston rally. The Rockets, losing for the fourth time in seven games, had gone ahead 86-78 with six minutes to go before O'Neal and Hardaway took over.


Hakeem Olajuwon finished with 30 points on his 33rd birthday.


Bulls 111, Pistons 96. In Detroit, Michael Jordan scored 12 of his 36 points during a second-quarter spurt in the Chicago Bulls' 11th straight win.


Chicago improved to 34-3, the best start in team history, and needs five more wins to equal the 39-3 start by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.


Jordan had his seventh-straight 30-plus game.


Suns 111, Kings 97. In Phoenix, Charles Barkley and Kevin Johnson returned from injuries and breathed life into the Phoenix Suns in a victory over the Sacramento Kings.


Barkley scored 22 points, and Johnson had 14 of his 16 in the first half as Cotton Fitzsimmons won for the first time since taking over as coach from Paul Westphal.


Nets 103, Timberwolves 97. In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Chris Childs scored a career-high 30 points and hit four free throws in the final 44 seconds of overtime as the New Jersey Nets ended the Minnesota Timberwolves' longest winning streak in three years Saturday night.


Childs also had 10 assists, taking over at point guard following a trade that sent Kenny Anderson and Gerald Glass to Charlotte.


Kendall Gill and Khalid Reeves, the two players obtained in Friday's trade, were ineligible because the Nets have asked for more time to examine Reeves' injured ankle. ()


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