The way things are going for Michael Jordan these days, even a missed shot can turn into a game-winner for the Chicago Bulls.
Jordan followed a career-high 69-point performance with 49 more Friday night against the New York Knicks, but his airball led to Stacey King’s basket with 12 seconds left in overtime and gave the Bulls a 107-106 victory at Chicago.
Jordan had driven the baseline on the left side before tossing up a shot that went over the rim and into the hands of King, who laid it in for the victory.
“I was in the right place at the right time,” King said. “We knew Michael was going up for the shot, and I knew I better be there for the rebound in case he missed. It was a blessing.”
Patrick Ewing scored a team-high 25 points for the Knicks, who have lost eight of their last nine games and 11 consecutive games at Chicago Stadium.
Scottie Pippen scored 14 points for the Bulls.
Boston 123, Detroit 111--Larry Bird scored 33 points and sparked a 10-0 fourth-quarter run at Boston.
The 123 points were the most allowed this season by the Pistons, who lead the league in defense, yielding 97.4 points a game.
Reggie Lewis scored 25 points and Robert Parish added 23 for the Celtics.
Isiah Thomas scored a team-high 32 points for the Pistons, who lost their fourth consecutive road game--the team’s longest such skid in three seasons.
Philadelphia 149, Denver 131--Charles Barkley scored a season-high 38 points at Philadelphia as the 76ers clinched a playoff spot with their best offensive performance of the season.
Hersey Hawkins added 25 points for the 76ers, who extended their winning streak to six games.
Alex English had a team-high 21 points for the Nuggets, who lost their fifth consecutive game.
Seattle 139, Golden State 108--Xavier McDaniel scored 34 points at Seattle as the SuperSonics took a three-game lead over the Warriors in the battle for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.
Dale Ellis added 21 points for the SuperSonics, who made 15 of 21 shots during the game-breaking third quarter.
Sarunas Marciulionis led the Warriors with 21 points.
Phoenix 126, New Jersey 119--Kevin Johnson scored 32 points and Tom Chambers added 31 at East Rutherford, N.J., in a game that had 10 technical fouls.
Chris Morris scored a career-high 33 points for the Nets.
Minnesota 84, Dallas 82--Sam Mitchell’s follow shot at the buzzer gave the Timberwolves the victory at Dallas, ending the Mavericks’ six-game winning streak.
Tony Campbell led the Timberwolves with 23 points.
Derek Harper scored a team-high 22 points for the Mavericks.
Cleveland 105, Miami 104--John Williams made a game-winning free throw with 2.9 seconds left at Cleveland.
Mark Price and Larry Nance scored 26 and 24 points, respectively, for the Cavaliers.
Washington 143, Orlando 115--Jeff Malone scored 35 points and Bernard King added 32 at Landover, Md., in the Bullets’ best offensive performance of the season.