Shaquille O'Neal made the first 3-pointer of his career and the Orlando Magic tied the NBA record for home wins at the start of the season Friday night with a 121-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
The defending Eastern Conference champions improved to 27-0 on their homecourt, equaling the start of the 1946-47 Washington Capitols. They can break the record by beating Philadelphia at Orlando Arena on Tuesday night.O'Neal's 3-pointer at the buzzer capped a 40-point first quarter in which the Magic shot 77 percent. The All-Star center had 19 in the period and finished with 31 despite sitting out the last eight minutes of the game.
Bulls 103, Timberwolves 100
At Minneapolis, Michael Jordan gave the largest crowd in Target Center history what it came to see night, scoring 35 points.
Scottie Pippen added 29 points for the Bulls, who were the main attraction for the 20,214 fans. It was the largest crowd to see an NBA game in Minnesota since the Wolves played in the Metrodome in 1989-90, their first year in the league.
It also was the first sellout for the Wolves since 19,934 turned out for a game against the Orlando Magic on Feb. 19, 1995.
Isaiah Rider led the Wolves with 29 points, 21 in the second half.
Knicks 116, 76ers 84
At New York, the New York Knicks welcomed Brad Lohaus into the starting lineup and had their highest-scoring first quarter of the season. Lohaus, acquired eight days earlier in a trade with San Antonio, replaced Charles Oakley in the starting five. Oakley went on the injured list earlier in the day with a broken thumb. Lohaus finished with eight points and four rebounds in 19 minutes.
Hornets 107, Nuggets 100
At Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte exploited the absence of Denver center Dikembe Mutombo as Matt Geiger scored a career-high 28 points.
Geiger's work and the sidelining of Mutombo helped the Hornets to a 64-36 advantage in scoring in the paint. Glen Rice got 20 of his 26 points in the second half for Charlotte.
The 7-foot-2 Mutombo watched the game in street clothes, resting a sprained left ankle he sustained one night earlier in Denver's loss to Miami. It ended his streak of consecutive starts at 295, third-longest in the NBA.
Pacers 95, Bullets 94
At Baltimore, Reggie Miller scored 29 points, including the tie-breaking free throw with 1.3 seconds left, as Indiana ended a three-game losing streak.
The Pacers survived a career-high 32 points from Washington's Juwan Howard. Calbert Cheaney had 18 points for the Bullets, who dropped their sixth straight game, a season high.
Spurs 113, Warriors 95
At San Antonio, David Robinson had 17 points and 18 rebounds, while Vinny Del Negro scored 20 points as the Spurs snapped a two-game losing streak.
Charles Smith, making his first start since coming to San Antonio in a trade from the New York Knicks, added 15 points.
Hawks 110, Grizzlies 100
At Vancouver, British Columbia, Mookie Blaylock had 21 points and Steve Smith 16 to lead seven Atlanta players in double figures.
Bryant Reeves led the Grizzlies with a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds as he played the entire 48 minutes for the first time this season.
Lakers 119, Mavericks 114
At Inglewood, Calif., Magic Johnson, hitting sky hooks in his best Kareem Abdul-Jabbar imitation, scored 18 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter.
Playing the entire fourth quarter, Johnson added 11 assists and eight rebounds as the Lakers won their fifth straight and improved to 6-1 since Johnson came out of retirement.
SuperSonics 117, Suns 99
At Seattle, the SuperSonics won their fifth straight and their 11th in the last 12 games as Detlef Schrempf and Hersey Hawkins scored 19 points apiece.
Celtics 130, Kings 102
At Sacramento, Calif., Dino Radja led seven Boston players in double figures with 31 points as the Celtics sent the Kings to their sixth straight loss.