Great Scottie stuns Hornets
SCOTTIE Pippen, firing on all cylinders, led the streaking Chicago Bulls to a 109-97 NBA victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
Pippen, the Bulls' biggest star since the retirement of Michael Jordan, registered his 12th career triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to pace the three-time defending champions.
The Bulls, who struggled to a 4-7 start, have won six straight games and 10 of 11 while the Hornets are now 3-9 on the road.
The game was all but decided when the Bulls (14-8) ended the first half with a 16-3 run for a 61-48 advantage. B. J. Armstrong scored five of his 19 points during the spurt.
Larry Johnson had a season-high 28 points to lead the Hornets while teammates Alonzo Mourning, Dell Curry and Muggsy Bogues each scored 13.
Charlotte committed 13 turnovers in the first half, which led to 11 Chicago points. The Bulls turned the ball over just four times in the first half, leading to one Charlotte point.
In New York, Patrick Ewing scored 21 points and Charles Oakley added 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Knicks beat Dallas 101-92, handing the Mavericks their 19th straight loss.
The defeat left Dallas just one loss short of the NBA's longest single-season losing streak, set by the 76ers in 1973.
New York (16-5) held a 48-39 half-time lead and broke open the game in the third quarter with a 17-4 run and closed with an 11-4 spurt to lead 86-60 going into the fourth.
The Phoenix Suns posted their ninth win in 10 games with a 102-94 triumph over the visiting Indiana Pacers.
The teams were tied at 76-76 after three quarters but Dan Marjele, who scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, nailed a three-pointer to put Phoenix ahead 81-78 for a lead they never relinquished.
Charles Barkley led the way with 27 points for the Suns, who improved to 17-4.
Rik Smits and Reggie Miller had 16 points each for the Pacers, who committed 25 turnovers. The Suns went to the free throw line 41 times compared to 12 for the Pacers.
In Philadelphia, Tim Perry made all five of his three-point attempts and scored a career-high 29 points as the rejuvenated 76ers hammered the Detroit Pistons 121-92.
Perry, who was a perfect 9-of-9 from the field, came into the game averaging 7.5 points and had made only 6-of-19 three-point shots on the season.
The 76ers, who have won five of eight after winning just four of their first 15 games, were 11-of-22 on three-pointers.
Rookie centre Shawn Bradley had 15 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and five blocks for the winners.
Terry Mills had 16 points and Greg Anderson chipped in with 15 to lead the Pistons, who never got closer than 25 points in the fourth quarter.