CHICAGO — In one of the most violent and stunning games of the NBA season, the Chicago Bulls shocked the Los Angeles Lakers 106-104 in overtime Saturday night after Shaquille O'Neal was ejected for fighting.
O'Neal flew into an uncontrollable rage when he was fouled hard late in the fourth quarter, throwing two roundhouse punches at Bulls center Brad Miller — one of which connected as Miller had his back turned.
O'Neal faces an automatic one-game suspension for throwing a punch, and the penalty will likely be longer given the amount of anger he vented and the size of the ensuing melee.
Kobe Bryant tried to singlehandedly take over after O'Neal was tossed, but he missed a free throw that would have tied the game with 8 seconds left in overtime and a jumper that would have tied it with a half-second left.
TIMBERWOLVES 108, WIZARDS 100: Kevin Garnett had 31 points, seven assists and six rebounds as Minnesota followed up its 18-point victory over the Lakers with a win over Washington.
Michael Jordan scored 35 points and was a thrill to watch in the first half as he made his first flashy dunk of the season and toyed with Garnett on three straight possessions. But Jordan scored only nine points and went just 4-of-13 from the field in the second half, finishing the night 14-for-30 with five turnovers in 40 minutes.
CELTICS 115, HAWKS 91: Paul Pierce scored 31 points and Antoine Walker added 23 for Boston.
The Celtics, who improved to 14-1 when they score 100 points, had lost two straight to Atlanta and entered the game with just two wins in their last seven on the road.
PISTONS 104, HORNETS 76:Jerry Stackhouse scored 27 points, and Cliff Robinson added 21 to help the Pistons end a three-game slide.
NETS 91 MAGIC 85: Reserve Lucious Harris scored 20 points, and Jason Kidd led a late charge as New Jersey won its fourth straight game.
Kidd had six of his 14 points in the final 3:56 as the Nets closed the game with a 14-5 run. He also had 10 rebounds and six assists.
BUCKS 102, KNICKS 97: Ray Allen scored a season-high 37 points, including a franchise record-tying eight 3-pointers for the Bucks.
The Knicks scored a season-low 12 points in the first quarter and extended their losing skid to a season-worst five games.
ROCKETS 98, NUGGETS 86: Eddie Griffin tied his career high with 25 points on 10-of-11 shooting and blocked five shots to lead the Rockets.
Kenny Thomas added 15 points, and Steve Francis had 14 points and seven assists for the Rockets.
MAVERICKS 111, PACERS 102: Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and Steve Nash added 29 points — 15 in the fourth quarter— as Dallas rallied from a 15-point third-quarter deficit.
SUNS 108, HEAT 74: Shawn Marion had 21 points in under three quarters, and the Suns ended a five-game losing streak
The Heat's 28 points in the first half was a record low for a Suns opponent.