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Chicago still Jordan's town

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© St. Petersburg Times
published January 3, 2003

CHICAGO -- Michael Jordan had the United Center rocking just like the old days as he and his sidekicks embarrassed another opponent.

Only this time, it was the hometown Bulls Jordan was helping humiliate.

Making his second trip to Chicago as an opponent, Jordan scored 10 points as Washington routed the Bulls 107-82 Thursday night.

The game was so out of hand Jordan didn't play in the fourth quarter, much to the dismay of the sellout crowd. Most left after the third, and the few who stuck it out spent the final minutes chanting, "We want Mike! We want Mike!"

Jordan also had five assists and five rebounds in 30 minutes, a relatively quiet night for the man who once scored 69 in a game.

Jordan's final game in Chicago is Jan. 24.

Jerry Stackhouse led the Wizards with 28 and Kwame Brown had 20 before being ejected with 1 minute, 19 seconds to play.

Jalen Rose led the Bulls with 26, but shadowed by Jordan most of the night, he shot 10-for-25. The other Bulls weren't any better, shooting 36 percent from the floor and 46 percent from the free-throw line. They were dominated on the boards, too, as the Wizards outrebounded them 53-32.

Bulls fans were so disgusted they booed the team at the end of the third, one fan holding up a sign directed at the team owner: "Krause, this is YOUR fault."

When the game ended, Jordan got a standing ovation as he walked off the court.

MAVERICKS 102, CLIPPERS 92: Steve Nash scored 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 20 and 10 rebounds for Dallas. Michael Finley also had 20 for the Mavericks, who held off a late Clippers charge to improve to 15-2 at home and a league-best 26-5 overall. Dallas, which never trailed, won for the seventh time in nine games. Lamar Odom had 20, Corey Maggette 17 and Quentin Richardson 14 for the Clippers, who have lost six of seven.

SUNS 96, 76ERS 78: Shawn Marion scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half as Phoenix pulled away to win its seventh straight home game. Rookie Amare Stoudemire added 20 and 11 rebounds, his 12th double double in the past 21 games. The surprising Suns have won 10 of 12 overall. After a slow start, Marion was 4-for-4 shooting, two of them 3-pointers, in the fourth. The 76ers fell to 1-4 on their Western road trip with one stop remaining Saturday in Dallas. Allen Iverson scored 12, one more than his season low, on 4-for-17 shooting.

HEAT: Point guard Travis Best is expected to miss at least a week with a sprained ankle. Guard Eddie House, who missed the past nine with a leg injury, likely will be activated today. HORNETS: Guard Baron Davis will miss tonight's game against Orlando because of back spasms.

RAPTORS: Forward Michael Bradley, who averaged 3.9 points and 4.7 rebounds, will miss a week with a disc injury to his lower back. Antonio Davis, who missed 13 with a swollen right knee, is expected to dress for tonight's game against Cleveland.

SUNS: The team placed Jake Tsakalidis on the injured list after he had microscopic surgery on his lower back. The 7-foot-2 center is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks.

WOLVES: Reserve center Loren Woods missed his second practice since being suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. Coach Flip Saunders said Woods originally was suspended for Tuesday's practice and Saturday's game at Utah. The team didn't practice Wednesday, but Woods was expected to return Thursday.

ALL-STAR VOTING: Yao Ming has more fan votes than Shaquille O'Neal for next month's All-Star Game. Houston's 7-foot-6 rookie from China is fourth overall in the balloting and tops among centers with 814,393 votes. O'Neal is next among centers and 10th overall with 655,744. Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter are the top vote-getters after two rounds of balloting with 958,695 and 871,189. The game is Feb. 9 in Atlanta.

AWARDS: New Jersey guard Jason Kidd was named Eastern Conference player of the month for December and Sacramento forward Chris Webber won the honor in the West. Kidd averaged 20.0 points, 9.1 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals. Webber averaged 24.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.8 blocked shots.

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