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Mourning’s hook shot lifts Heat over Pacers

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INDIANAPOLIS — Alonzo Mourning made a hook shot with 47.2 seconds left, and Eddie Jones scored 29 points to lead the Miami Heat to an 89-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

Mourning, who finished with 19 points, scored over Jermaine O'Neal to snap the Heat's six-game losing streak.

Miami, which trailed by five point with less than 5 minutes remaining, used a 15-9 run to clinch its first victory since Dec. 15.

Rod Strickland had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Jim Jackson added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat.

Jonathan Bender matched his career high with 20 points. Jalen Rose added 20 and Reggie Miller 13 for the Pacers, who lost their second straight game.

BULLS 90, BUCKS 83: At Chicago Ron Mercer scored 20 points, and Marcus Fizer had 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, leading Chicago past Milwaukee.

The Bulls (6-23) improved to 2-0 under coach Bill Cartwright, who took over last week when Tim Floyd resigned. The Bulls have their first two-game winning streak since April 17-18.

Sam Cassell scored 28 to lead the Bucks (18-10), who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Milwaukee was without leading scorers Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson, who sat with injuries.

WIZARDS 98, NETS 76: At Washington Michael Jordan scored 45 points against the top team in the Eastern Conference and nearly set an NBA record for consecutive points in Washington's victory over New Jersey in MCI Center's annual New Year's Eve game.

Jordan, coming off a 51-point game, made 16 of 32 shots and 12 of 13 free throws. He finished with 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Jordan scored 22 straight points, the last 10 of the first half and the first 12 of the third quarter, single-handedly accounting for a 19-3 run that put Washington ahead 56-45. The Nets never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

The 22-point streak was one shy of the league record, set by Jordan when he had 23 in a row for Chicago against Atlanta on April 16, 1987.

Popeye Jones had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Rookie Brendan Haywood had 13 rebounds, and Jahidi White had 10 for the Wizards, who have won 11 of their last 13. Kenyon Martin and Keith Van Horn led New Jersey with 16 points apiece.