Dell Curry scored 28 points and made five three-point shots as the Charlotte Hornets, without Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson, ended the Chicago Bulls’ 10-game winning streak, 115-95, Thursday night at Charlotte.
The Hornets placed Johnson, an all-star forward, on the injured list before the game because of a strained lower back. According to league rules, Johnson is required to miss five games.
Mourning, the team’s leading scorer, sat out because of a sprained right ankle.
The Bulls were without starting power forward Horace Grant because of a bronchial infection.
The win was the Hornets eighth in 11 games and first in three meetings against the Bulls this season. The Hornets, 12-2 at home, are 4-20 against the Bulls in the all-time series.
Phoenix 119, Philadelphia 107--Second-year center Oliver Miller scored a career-high 32 points, including three late baskets on passes from Charles Barkley at Phoenix.
Barkley and reserve Danny Ainge scored 22 points each, and Barkley also had 14 rebounds and 12 assists for his first triple-double of the season and 18th of his career.
Miller grabbed 13 rebounds, giving the Suns a 46-37 edge in a game that saw the 76ers pull within four points midway through the fourth quarter.
Clarence Weatherspoon had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, and Dana Barros added 23 points.
Houston 110, Minnesota 104--Hakeem Olajuwon scored 11 of his 34 points during a 20-6 fourth-quarter run and added 10 rebounds, eight blocks and five steals, leading the Rockets at Minneapolis.
Otis Thorpe had 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Rockets, who are 2-3 since their near-record 22-1 start.
Isaiah Rider scored 30 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost seven consecutive games.
Milwaukee 105, Cleveland 103--Frank Brickowski scored 22 points, including two free throws with 2.6 seconds left, giving the Bucks only their third victory in 12 home games.
The Cavaliers ended a five-game winning streak despite 26 points by Brad Daugherty, who scored his 10,000th NBA point. Mark Price scored 22 points for Cleveland.
San Antonio 107, Indiana 82--Dale Ellis scored 16 of his 21 points in the third quarter, lifting the Spurs at Indianapolis.
J.R. Reid, who did not start, led the Spurs with 22 points. David Robinson had 21 points and Dennis Rodman had 19 rebounds.
The loss was the worst of the season for the Pacers.
New York 102, Washington 84--John Starks ended an eight-game scoring slump with 29 points at New York, and Patrick Ewing added 24 as the Knicks beat the Bullets for the sixth straight time.
Starks, averaging 18.4 points, had not scored more than 20 in his previous eight games. He was 13 for 22 from the floor against the Bullets.
Orlando 108, Miami 100--Shaquille O’Neal had 27 points and 19 rebounds and helped the Magic hold off a late charge by the Heat at Miami.
O’Neal, playing with five fouls, scored six points down the stretch.
Denver 101, Golden State 96--At Denver, Robert Pack made two free throws with 14 seconds left and the Nuggets overcame the ejection of center Dikembe Mutombo to post their fifth consecutive victory.
The Nuggets, winning at home for the ninth straight time, got 22 points from Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and 18 from LaPhonso Ellis.
Sacramento 97, Detroit 91--Lionel Simmons scored nine of his 15 points in a key third-quarter spurt at Auburn Hills, Mich., sending the Pistons to their sixth loss in a row.
It was the second consecutive road victory but only the third in 16 tries for the Kings, who had lost 12 in a row to the Pistons, including seven consecutively in Detroit.