Cavaliers Lose at Hands of Jordan Again
Only Michael Jordan, and only in Cleveland.
Jordan did it to the Cavaliers and their fans again, hitting an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer Thursday night to give the Washington Wizards a 93-92 victory.
Jordan victimized Cleveland throughout his career with the Chicago Bulls, and although he now wears a Washington jersey, No. 23 still has the Cavaliers’ number.
“Everybody in the place knew where the ball was going,” Jordan said. “I’ve had some big shots in Cleveland, and they keep going in.”
With 1.6 seconds left and Washington down 92-91, Jordan got free on a defensive switch and calmly made his jumper for the Wizards, who had trailed by 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Jordan’s game-winner was almost identical to the shot he made in Game 5 over Craig Ehlo at Richfield Coliseum in 1989 to defeat the Cavaliers and eliminate Cleveland from the playoffs.
New Jersey 125, Milwaukee 100--Jason Kidd recorded his league-best fourth triple-double with 21 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds as the Nets won at East Rutherford, N.J.
The point total was the Nets’ highest this season and it helped them snap a five-game losing streak against the Bucks that dated to March 18, 2000.
Dallas 95, Houston 91--All-Star guard Steve Nash scored 33 points, 15 in the last eight minutes at Dallas as the Mavericks needed an unexpected comeback to win.
The Mavericks blew a 17-point lead and trailed 73-69 before Nash began his game-ending run with five consecutive points.
Toronto 97, Boston 92--Vince Carter scored 27 points as the Raptors rallied from a 17-point deficit at Toronto and extended their winning streak to three games.
The victory was No. 74 for Coach Lenny Wilkens, who became the winningest coach in the franchise’s seven-year history.
Portland 105, Phoenix 97--Rasheed Wallace and Bonzi Wells each scored 20 points at Portland, Ore., as the Trail Blazers won for 11th time in 13 games.
The Trail Blazers, who shot 68.2% in the first period, set a season high for points in a quarter with 39.
Sacramento 99, Seattle 95--Peja Stojakovic made a three-pointer and an 18-footer in the final minute as the Kings, playing without the suspended Chris Webber, won at Seattle.
Belo Corp. has sold its minority stake in the Mavericks and their new downtown arena to team controlling owner Mark Cuban. Belo will receive $27 million for its 12.38% share of the team and its 6.19% stake in the American Airlines Center.... The Raptors put center Hakeem Olajuwon on the injured list because of a right quadriceps strain and he is expected to be out four to six weeks.