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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Magic 2 Wins Short Of 50-Year-Old Mark

ORLANDO, Florida -- While the Chicago Bulls saw their assault on the 70-win plateau slip a little further away with a loss, the Orlando Magic moved a game closer to the NBA record for home wins at the start of a season with a 112-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings.


Anfernee Hardaway scored 24 points and Shaquille O'Neal had 22 on Tuesday as the Atlantic Division leaders improved to 25-0 at Orlando Arena and extended their NBA-high, home winning streak to 32 regular-season games dating back to last spring.


The record for home victories at the start of a season is 27, set by Washington in 1946-47. Boston holds the league mark for consecutive wins at home overall with a streak of 38 that began in December 1985 and ended the following November.


The 6-foot-7-inch Hardaway exploited his size advantage over Sacramento point guards Tyus Edney and Bobby Hurley to make eight of 10 shots. O'Neal had no trouble scoring against the Kings' Duane Causwell, making nine of 15 shots in 34 minutes.


Mitch Richmond scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half for Sacramento.


Suns 106, Bulls 96. In Phoenix, the Chicago Bulls are on a losing streak. And Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns are looking like an NBA power again.


Barkley scored 35 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Suns handed the Bulls just their fifth loss of the season -- but their second in three nights. Elliot Perry broke a 96-96 tie with two free throws and a jumper. Barkley hoisted Perry over his shoulder and carried him to the bench as Chicago called timeout.


Then Barkley stole the in-bounds pass for his breakaway dunk, and the celebrating began.


Michael Jordan scored 12 of his 28 points in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter, helping the Bulls come from as many as 9 points behind to tie it at 93 and 96.


But, just as in their loss at Denver on Sunday that snapped an 18-game winning streak, the Bulls (41-5) couldn't sustain the momentum.


"The Bulls are the best team in the NBA. They're very good," said Barkley. "They can be beat if you play well."


No NBA team has gone through an entire season without losing two straight games. Last season, the Orlando Magic did not lose consecutive games until the 44th and 45th games.


Cavaliers 91, Celtics 73. In Cleveland, Bobby Phills scored 21 points and Cleveland's league-leading defense let only two Boston players reach double figures.


Terrell Brandon and Dan Majerle each scored 16 for Cleveland. Michael Cage had 13 rebounds and Chris Mills grabbed 12.


Spurs 109, Hornets 102. In Charlotte, North Carolina, Vinny Del Negro scored 13 of his 17 points in the first quarter to fuel a torrid start by San Antonio.


David Robinson had 23 points and 15 rebounds and Sean Elliott added 23 points as San Antonio won for the fourth time in five games.


Lakers 99, Nuggets 78. In Denver, Magic Johnson scored 16 points, dished out 12 assists and narrowly missed a triple-double with nine rebounds. Johnson, in his fourth game since ending his retirement last week, played 33 minutes and showed flashes of his old self, particularly in the final quarter.


Johnson had eight points, five assists and two rebounds in the fourth quarter alone.


Bucks 114, Mavericks 111. In Milwaukee, Vin Baker scored 36 points and had a key fadeaway basket and a lead-saving block in the closing seconds.


Baker hit 14-of-21 from the field and 8-of-8 from the foul line.


SuperSonics 99, Rockets 94. In Seattle, the SuperSonics made it seven consecutive victories over the Rockets, getting 22 points each from Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton.


The Sonics finished with a 34-12 record at the All-Star break, the best in the Western Conference. They're 20-2 in the Key Arena.