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JORDAN LIGHTS IT UP WITH 51 AS BULLS WIN EIGHTH STRAIGHT

Michael Jordan finally saw the light at Capital Centre.

After a series of subpar performances on the Washington Bullets' homecourt during his career, Jordan went 19-for-30 from the field and 12-for-15 from the free-throw line Thursday night for 51 points in a 106-100 victory, the eighth straight for Chicago.Jordan, on the verge of his sixth NBA scoring title, often has struggled in the dimly lit arena in the Washington suburbs.

This time, he set a record for an opposing player at Capital Centre. His 35 second-half points were the most ever scored by a Washington opponent in any arena and the most by any player in a half at Capital Centre.

"You know sooner or later I'm gonna bust out," he said.

Jordan's point total was the highest in an NBA regulation game this season.

"He was unconscious, unbelievable. He was Mike," said A.J. English, who drew the defensive assignment on Jordan late in the game. "When he hits his jumper, you know you're in for a long night."

Jordan scored 15 points in the third period and 20 more in the final quarter, including six in the final 1:09 to seal the outcome.

Jordan, who scored 40 points in a 90-79 win at New Jersey on Tuesday, has scored 46.4 percent of Chicago's points in the two victories, although Scottie Pippen managed 22 points.

"I still feel my supporting cast is strong," Jordan said. "Maybe they're not shooting well now, but when we get back home and get to sleep in our own beds again, they'll be back."

It was the first time this season the Bulls won when Jordan has scored 44 or more points.

Washington, which got 28 points from Ledell Eackles, trailed 92-85 before scoring eight consecutive points for a 93-92 lead with 3:44 left. The teams exchanged the lead five times before Horace Grant's put-back at the two minute mark gave the Bulls the lead for good, 98-97.

Hornets 123, 76ers 116 OT

Larry Johnson scored eight of his 34 points in overtime at Philadelphia, leading Charlotte to its ninth victory in 11 games.

Johnson, who also grabbed 14 rebounds, outplayed Charles Barkley in their head-to-head duel. Barkley had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the 76ers but made only six of 12 free throws.

Hersey Hawkins had 27 points on 11-for-15 shooting for Philadelphia. Dell Curry scored 22 points for the Hornets, who took a 115-112 lead on two free throws by Johnson with 2:46 to go in overtime.

Ron Anderson's jumper brought Philadelphia within one 20 seconds later. Kendall Gill and Johnson each scored for the Hornets before Barkley made a driving layup and was fouled with 1:04 remaining. But Barkley missed the free throw, and a slam dunk by Johnson with 43 seconds left sealed the outcome.

Knicks 96, Bucks 92

New York withstood Dale Ellis' eight consecutive points down the stretch and handed Milwaukee its 15th consecutive road loss.

The Knicks took their largest lead of the game, 92-82, with 2:36 to play on John Starks' 3-pointer before Ellis hit a 3-pointer, two foul shots and an off-balance 3-point jumper, closing the Bucks to 92-90 with 55 seconds left.

Mark Jackson and Frank Brickowski exchanged baskets, making it 94-92 with 20 seconds to play. Starks' two foul shots iced the game with 9.4 seconds left.

Sonics 112, Rockets 91

Seattle snapped Houston's home winning streak at eight behind Ricky Pierce's 22 points and Shawn Kemp's 18 points and 14 rebounds.

The Rockets overcame an early 12-point deficit to tie the score at 50 at halftime, but the SuperSonics regained control with a 20-5 spurt in the first 8:44 of the third quarter. Pierce scored 10 points during the burst, and Houston got no closer than eight the rest of the way.

Both teams played without their starting centers. The Rockets' Hakeem Olajuwon has a hamstring injury and Benoit Benjamin was placed on the Sonics' injury list with a broken finger.