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Bulls’ big 4th quarter ends wrong-way streak

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The Chicago Bulls are familiar with streaks.

Unlike their championship runs of the 1990s, however, this is one streak the Bulls are glad to be done with.

Jalen Rose matched a season high with 37 points as the Bulls snapped a 19-game road losing skid with a 115-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

Chicago, which hadn't won away from home since opening the season at Boston, hit 16 of 18 shots and outscored the Hawks 41-19 in the fourth quarter. Marcus Fizer scored 24 for Chicago and hit all four of his free throws in the final period.

The Bulls still have the league's worst record away from home at 2-19.

"It's a big-time burden being lifted," Rose said. "We're in decent shape if we can find a way to play better on the road."

The Bulls had reason to think the losing streak would soon come to an end. They were coming off a double-overtime loss at Miami on Saturday, and their last five defeats on the road were by an average of 6.2 points.

KINGS 102, WARRIORS 80: At Oakland, Calif., Chris Webber had 16 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, two blocked shots and a steal as Sacramento beat Golden State for the 13th straight time and 29th in their past 35 meetings.

The Warriors and Dallas are the only Western Conference teams with 30 wins.

CELTICS 100, 76ERS 99: At Philadelphia, Antoine Walker scored 33 points and made the winning 3-pointer in the final minute as Boston came back from a 20-point halftime deficit. Paul Pierce scored 40 as the Celtics won their fourth in a row.

KNICKS 72, HEAT 65: At New York, Latrell Sprewell outscored Miami in the first quarter and the Knicks went on to beat the Heat as the teams matched the NBA record for fewest combined points in a first half with 57. The Heat lost for the seventh straight time on the road.

LAKERS 96, CLIPPERS 92: At Los Angeles, Shaquille O'Neal had 32 points and 15 rebounds, and Phil Jackson earned his 200th victory as Laker coach in his 286th game, the quickest to do so in franchise history.

WIZARDS 89, NUGGETS 74: At Washington, Wizard Michael Jordan scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter. Larry Hughes scored 20 points and sparked a 21-6 third-quarter run.

PISTONS 88, PACERS 78: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Ben Wallace scored a season-high 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Detroit used a late 9-0 run to win.

SPURS 87, ROCKETS 82: At San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 32 points and converted a tiebreaking 3-point play in the final minute. The Rockets erased a 13-point Spurs' lead in the fourth quarter while Steve Francis and Yao Ming spent the entire period on the bench.

HORNETS 114, SUNS 102: At New Orleans, David Wesley scored 28 points, hitting five 3-pointers. The Hornets won their second straight after a five-game losing streak. Jamal Mashburn added 19 points, while Baron Davis had 18 points and nine assists for the Hornets.

TRAIL BLAZERS 99, GRIZZLIES 87: At Memphis, Tenn., Bonzi Wells scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Portland won its second game without leading scorer/rebounder Rasheed Wallace. The loss was the Grizzlies' sixth in the last seven games.

TIMBERWOLVES 89, RAPTORS 81: At Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Minnesota held on despite a late 16-5 run by Toronto. Troy Hudson hit a 3-pointer to spark a 15-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters that put the Wolves ahead for good.