There was at least one indication Friday night that Michael Jordan might have come back a bit too soon from toe surgery. He missed a breakaway dunk.
But in typical Jordan fashion, he rebounded quite nicely, scoring 15 points during a span of 8:45 in the third quarter as the Chicago Bulls took a 113-101 exhibition win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Chapel Hill, N.C.The nine-time NBA scoring champion had surgery Sunday to remove ingrown toenails and was expected to miss the preseason game at his alma mater and in his home state. But Jordan said he had recovered faster than expected and wanted to play in front of many fans who rooted for him when he was a star in the early '80s at North Carolina.
Jordan played the first and third quarters - 24 minutes - before leaving with 18 points and five assists.
Bucks 103, Celtics 98
At Boston, Glenn Robinson scored 30 points, including a pair of key late baskets as the Milwaukee Bucks made it 6-0 this exhibition season.
The Bucks are the only remaining unbeaten team in the NBA. Boston fell to 1-6.
Nuggets 114, Raptors 100
At Hamilton, Ontario, Bryant Stith scored 23 points and Bobby Jackson had 21 points and 13 assists for Denver.
Johnny Newman added 15 points for the Nuggets (4-3).
SuperSonics 114, Wizards 73
At Inglewood, Calif., Gary Payton scored 18 points and Aaron Williams had 15 of his 16 points in the third quarter for Seattle.
Seattle, 3-4 in the preseason, will face the winner of a late game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta in Saturday night's championship game in the Great Western Forum Shootout.
Nets 101, Cavaliers 100, OT
At East Rutherford, N.J., Chris Gatling scored six of his 35 points in overtime to lift New Jersey.
New Jersey, which had eight players miss the game with injuries, lost rookie forward and No. 2 overall pick Keith Van Horn to a sprained right ankle early in the first period.
Pistons 83, Heat 78
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Joe Dumars scored his 18 points in the second half to lead the Pistons .
Pacers 101, Kings 71
At Indianapolis, Fred Hoiberg scored 20 points in a perfect shooting performance as Indiana routed Sacramento for its fourth straight victory.
Hornets 125, Timberwolves 100
At Fargo, N.D., Glen Rice scored 26 points, and David Wesley 22 in leading Charlotte. Rice made 10-of-12 shots, including all three of his 3-point attempts.
Warriors 107, Grizzlies 100
At Vancouver, British Columbia, Latrell Sprewell scored 35 points as Golden State beat Vancouver to finish the exhibition season 1-7.
Lakers 93, Hawks 89
At Inglewood, Calif., Elden Campbell made up for his poor shooting with a clutch baseline jumper and a critical steal in the final two minutes as Los Angeles held off Atlanta.
Blazers 97, Clippers 85
At Los Angeles, Isaiah Rider scored 15 points to lead Portland over the Los Angeles Clippers. Rodney Rogers paced the Clippers with 15 points and Darrick Martin added 11.