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Nets embarrass Wizards, Jordan

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The crowd stood and cheered the New Jersey Nets with 30 seconds left — and there was still another half to play.

That's how good the Nets were Wednesday night, rolling to a 111-67 victory over the Washington Wizards in front of the first home sellout of the season.

The game was decided early as the Nets hit their first 13 shots, led 43-18 after one quarter and 72-33 at halftime.

By then, even Michael Jordan had had enough. He sat the entire second half after scoring 10 points in the first.

"This was a learning experience, a most embarrassing learning experience," said Jordan, who played 18 minutes.

The Nets will take it, all right. The crowd of 20,049 — nearly 10,000 above their average — showed up for Jordan but ended up watching New Jersey hand him the most lopsided loss of his career.

The Nets (26-11) matched their victory total from last season, improved the Eastern Conference's best record, posted their first six-game winning streak in nine years, and sent the Wizards to their fourth consecutive defeat.

Keith Van Horn led the way with 27 points, Aaron Williams had 17, Kenyon Martin 14 and Jason Kidd 11 points and 12 assists.

The Nets led 88-49 at the end of the third after Martin hit a 3-pointer with a second left, and the lead reached 48 with 3:19 left in the fourth when Richard Jefferson hit a jumper to make it 107-59.

HEAT 102, LAKERS 96: Miami blew a 24-point lead, but scored the final 12 points of the game in Los Angeles to top the Lakers in the Heat's first 100-point game of the season.

Alonzo Mourning had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Jimmy Jackson scored eight of his 19 points in the fourth quarter for the Heat.

CELTICS 101, KNICKS 100: At Boston, the Knicks lost their sixth straight as Paul Pierce scored 30 points and Tony Battie added a career-high 20.

RAPTORS 109, ROCKETS 103:Vince Carter had 29 points and Hakeem Olajuwon had six points and five rebounds for Toronto in his first game against his former team.

BUCKS 105, PACERS 100: At Milwaukee, Ray Allen scored 36 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Sam Cassell added 20 points as the Bucks won their fifth straight.

KINGS 112, NUGGETS 107: Sacramento won its 10th consecutive game as Doug Christie scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter at Denver.

TRAIL BLAZERS 108, SUNS 99: Portland avoided another collapse against the Suns thanks to Damon Stoudamire, who scored eight of his 19 points in the final seven minutes at Phoenix.

It was the Blazers' first win over the Suns after twice giving up late leads in losses to them.

WARRIORS 117, CAVALIERS 88: Larry Hughes scored 20 points and Antawn Jamison added 18 as Golden State enjoyed a rare rout in ending a seven-game losing streak.