NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 22 (Ticker) --
It's good that Michael Jordan
his milestone early, because he could not make a shot late.
NBA TV highlights from|
had 24 points and eight rebounds and Jamaal
added 16 and 14 as the New Orleans Hornets rolled to a
103-94 victory over the Wizards and Jordan, who moved into third
place on the all-time scoring list.
Jordan made six of his first 10 shots and moved past legendary
Wilt Chamberlain on a fadeaway jumper with 78 seconds left in
the first half. He made only two more baskets thereafter and
finished with 18, giving him 31,424 for his career.
"Obviously a milestone is a milestone," he said. "It summarizes
the effort I've given throughout my career. Personally, I was
not aware of the record. Stats define you when you're 10 or 20
years past the game. While you are playing, what matters is
Jordan, who trails only all-time leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(38,387) and Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone
(35,464), made just
three of his last 11 shots. He played the entire third period
but went scoreless.
The return of leading scorer Jerry Stackhouse
milestone failed to jump-start the Wizards, who never threatened
the Hornets in the second half.
"The Hornets were more prepared to play us than we were to play
them" Jordan said. "Their defense baffled us in the second half.
We had no rhythm on offense."
New Orleans had a 41-39 edge with 6:31 left in the first half
before going on a 14-4 run. Five different Hornets scored during
the spurt and Mashburn capped it with a three-point play for a
55-43 lead with 78 seconds left.
Jordan followed with his historic jumper and New Orleans' Baron
made 1-of-2 free throws. The teams traded baskets before
Jordan sank a 10-footer with five seconds remaining.
The shot brought the Wizards within 58-49 at halftime, but
Jordan would not score again until there was 95 seconds left in
Magloire opened the second half with a layup and Mashburn
followed with a long jumper. Washington did not get closer than
10 points thereafter and New Orleans had its largest lead at
80-58 on a three-pointer by Davis with 4:08 left in the third
scored 19 points and Davis added 14 for the
Hornets, who have won three straight games for the first time
since early December.
"We got a lot of help from a lot of different people," Wesley
said. "it's nice to build a lead so that late in the game it
will be a little different. We are playing now like we did early
in the season and it feels good."
Washington shot 50 percent (38-of-76) from the floor but could
not outhustle or outmuscle New Orleans, which held a commanding
46-32 rebounding advantage and scored 29 fast-break points.
"As long as we're pushing the ball and rebounding, we're going
to be OK," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "We look to push it
and advance the ball. I thought that is really what won the game
Stackhouse had 26 points and nine assists in his first game
after missing four straight with a groin injury.