NBA ROUNDUP : O'Neal Helps Magic Stay Perfect at Home

From Associated Press

Shaquille O'Neal scored 28 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked six shots Friday night to win another personal matchup with Patrick Ewing and lead the Orlando Magic to a 111-90 victory over the New York Knicks at Orlando, Fla.

O'Neal only had eight points after halftime but broke a 16-minute drought to help the Magic hold off the Knicks, who fell behind by 19 in the first quarter and never got closer than 14 the rest of the way.

Dennis Scott had 26 points, 11 in the Magic's 37-point first quarter, and Penny Hardaway added 19 as Orlando extended the NBA's longest home winning streak to 21 games, including 14 this season.

Derek Harper led the Knicks with 21 points. Ewing made only five of 20 shots and finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

Chicago 113, Toronto 104--Michael Jordan had 27 points and 10 rebounds and Scottie Pippen added 25 points at Chicago as the Bulls won their 12th in a row.

Steve Kerr and Bill Wennington came off the bench to score 16 points each for Chicago.

Zan Tabak scored a career-high 24 points for the Raptors.

Boston 114, Minnesota 113--Dana Barros and Todd Day each got into the record books while helping the Celtics to victory at Boston.

Barros made a three-point basket for an NBA-record 80th consecutive game. Day scored 24 of his career-high 41 points in the second quarter to tie Larry Bird's team record for points in a quarter.

But it wasn't until Dino Radja made one free throw with 2.4 seconds to play to break a 113-113 tie that the Celtics' record improved to 12-12.

Michael Adams, who went to Boston College before Barros, made three-point shots in 79 consecutive games in 1988-89.

Atlanta 94, New Jersey 91--Grant Long scored a season-high 23 points, including two crucial free throws with 8.7 seconds to play, and Mookie Blaylock had a key block of a last-second three-point attempt to preserve the victory at Atlanta.

The Nets have lost five in a row.

Armon Gilliam led New Jersey with 23 points.

Detroit 84, Miami 75--Grant Hill scored 24 points and Allan Houston 22 at Miami as the Pistons held off the Heat to win their third in a row.

Detroit led by as many as 18 in the first half, but saw its lead dwindle to six with three minutes to play before Hill made four free throws in the final 1:26.

Milwaukee 99, Philadelphia 94--Vin Baker scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and Glenn Robinson added 19 at Philadelphia.

Sherman Douglas had 16 points and nine assists for Milwaukee.

Clarence Weatherspoon had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia.

Indiana 90, Dallas 79--Mark Jackson scored half his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Pacers pulled away at Indianapolis.

George McCloud, an Indiana draft pick released after the 1992-93 season, scored 19 points for Dallas, playing for the injured Jamal Mashburn.

Pacer center Rik Smits, averaging 21 points, sat out the game because of a sprained right foot.

Phoenix 101, Vancouver 80--Charles Barkley had 24 points to lead six Suns in double figures at Vancouver. Wayman Tisdale and A.C. Green added 13 each.

The Grizzlies were led by rookie Bryant Reeves with 19 points.

Golden State 132, Washington 117--Joe Smith scored 27 points and outdueled Chris Webber, and the Warriors used a 70-point first half to power past the Bullets at Oakland.

Smith made 10 of 14 shots and added 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who reached a season-high in points while the Bullets hit a season-high for points given up.

Webber, booed throughout by Warrior fans, led Washington with 26 points.

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