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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jordan's 45-Points Lift Bulls Over Supersonics

SEATTLE, Washington -- Michael Jordan scored 45 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Seattle SuperSonics 91-84 in the first meeting of the season between the two teams that met in last year's NBA Finals.

Jordan shot 19-of-28 from the floor as the Bulls won their seventh straight game.

The Bulls opened a 19-point lead early in the second quarter, led 50-39 at halftime and watched Payton lead the Sonics back to within 2 points. But Jordan performed his magic again, making a 3-point shot with 5:33 to go to put Chicago in front 88-70.

Seattle came back with 10 unanswered points, but Detlef Schrempf missed a 3-point shot and Payton, who led the Sonics with 24 points, was called for an offensive foul to end the threat.

Suns 106, Pistons 97. In Auburn Hills, Michigan, reserve Mark Bryant scored 21 points and Phoenix ended a six-game losing streak by beating Detroit.

The Suns, who had lost 10 of their last 11 on the road, became just the second team to score 100 points against the Pistons this season.

Cedric Ceballos and Wesley Person each scored 18 points for the Suns, while Otis Thorpe, who became just the 43rd player to play in 1,000 NBA games, led the Pistons with a season-high 27.

Hornets 99, Knicks 93. In New York, Glen Rice scored 40 points, breaking the 30-point barrier for the ninth time in 10 games, as Charlotte snapped New York's 15-game home winning streak.

Rice, coming off a 43-point performance Friday against Milwaukee, reached 40 points for the third time in seven games.

Lakers 129, Bullets 99. In Inglewood, California, Shaquille O'Neal scored 24 points before leaving in the third quarter with a strained right knee, and the Los Angeles Lakers routed Washington.

It was the Lakers' sixth straight victory, equaling their longest win streak of the season. The Lakers led 46-22 at the end of the first quarter and 78-52 at the half -- the first time in 11 years Los Angeles had totaled that many points in a half.

Rod Strickland led the Bullets with 23 points with Juwan Howard adding 21.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)