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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sir Charles Rebounds to Eclipse Suns

PHOENIX -- Charles Barkley came up with one of the best games of his life, grabbing a career-high 33 rebounds and scoring 20 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 110-95 win over the Phoenix Suns, his former team.


The 33 rebounds were the most in an NBA game since Rony Seikaly had 34 for the Miami Heat against the Washington Bullets on March 3, 1993.


Barkley, who was traded to the Rockets over the summer after having demanded a trade, received a hero's ovation during the introductions and left to applause with 38 seconds left -- just as he had done so many times during four seasons in Phoenix.


Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon scored 12 and 10 points respectively in the fourth to keep Phoenix at bay.


Bulls 115, 76ers 86. At Chicago, Michael Jordan scored 27 points and Scottie Pippen 22 as the defending NBA champions defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 115-86.


Ron Harper added 19 points for the Bulls, who are 2-0 after posting a league-record 72 victories last season and going on to win their fourth title in six years.


It was the Bulls' 12th consecutive victory over Philadelphia, including eight straight in Chicago.


Allen Iverson, the top NBA draft choice who had 30 points in the 76ers' opening-night loss to Milwaukee, scored 15 this time. He and backcourt partner Jerry Stackhouse combined to go 8-for-26 with seven of Philadelphia's 23 turnovers.


Hornets 109, Raptors 98. At Charlotte, North Carolina, Dell Curry and Muggsy Bogues, two original members of the Hornets, helped their revamped team and new coach Dave Cowens open the season with a victory.


Curry set a club record by making 11 consecutive field-goals during the second and third quarters. He matched a club record with 20 points in the third, and finished with 38 points -- a new high for his 11-year career.


Bogues limped through much of the second half but waved off several attempts to take him out. He wound up with eight points and 10 assists.


Lakers 91, Timberwolves 85. Shaquille O'Neal had 35 points and 19 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a nine-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 91-85.


The Lakers, who trailed by 15 points in the second quarter, are 2-0 in their first season with O'Neal.


The Lakers won Sunday's game by outscoring the Timberwolves 20-2 after Mike Mitchell's jumper with 10:30 remaining gave Minnesota a 74-65 lead. Laker rookie Kobe Bryant, who missed his team's 96-82 season-opening victory over Phoenix on Friday night because of a strained left hip flexor, made his professional debut, becoming the youngest player in NBA history.


Bryant, who turned 18 on Aug. 23, was ineffective, being held scoreless in six minutes, all in the first half.


Warriors 105, Grizzlies 95. At Vancouver, British Columbia, Chris Mullin reached the 15,000-point mark, scoring 24 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Vancouver Grizzlies.


The Warriors broke an 88-88 tie with 5:36 left, scoring seven straight points.


Latrell Sprewell had 20 points for the Warriors. Mark Price and Ray Owes each scored 14 and rookie Todd Fuller had 12 for Golden State.


Anthony Peeler led the Grizzlies with 21 points.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)