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Jordan to control Bobcats

Rare win: Devin Harris, who scored 23, drives on the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett in the Nets’ 104-96 win, their sixth of the season.

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Rare win: Devin Harris, who scored 23, drives on the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett in the Nets’ 104-96 win, their sixth of the season.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan is expected to be approved as majority owner of the Bobcats by the end of March, NBA commissioner David Stern said Saturday.

A few minutes before his exclusive negotiating window expired late Friday, Jordan struck a deal with Bob Johnson to take over the team that has more than $150 million in debt.

Jordan has been a part-owner with final say on basketball decisions since 2006. But he has kept a low profile, rarely attending practices or games, taking no role in marketing and leaving the day-to-day operations to a team of assistants.

"Everybody wanted to see him involved, and I can't imagine the NBA not having Michael Jordan involved," Charlotte coach Larry Brown said. "He's been great for us to work with. He lets us do our job, and he's the best. So thankfully, he's back."

Jordan, who turned 47 earlier this month, remained silent Satur­day. Details of his ownership group weren't available.

Johnson, the first African-American majority owner of a major pro team, also declined comment. The founder of Black Entertainment Television paid $300 million for the expansion team, which replaced the New Orleans-bound Hornets and began play in 2004-05.

"Bob Johnson brought the excitement of the NBA back to Charlotte," Stern said in a statement. "And I am certain that as Michael Jordan returns to his home state as the principal owner of the Bobcats, the team will continue its growth as a success on the court, as a business success and as a valued community asset."

Nets stun Celtics

BOSTON — Brook Lopez scored 25, Devin Harris 23 and Courtney Lee 21 as the Nets beat the Celtics 104-96. The Nets, who entered 5-52 overall and 2-27 on the road, took a 29-27 lead on Keyon Dooling's jumper at the end of the first quarter and did not trail again.

"Any win for us is big," Nets coach Kiki Vandeweghe said. "It should demonstrate to our guys that if they play with effort, they can compete against anybody."

Kevin Garnett scored 26 for the Celtics, playing their third game without Paul Pierce, who has a sprained right thumb. He hopes to return Tuesday. Garnett said he was "disgusted" by the loss and said it came down to defense.

"In this league, you have to get stops. It's that simple," he said. "A team gets into a rhythm, and it's hard to turn it off."

Game highlights: John Salmons scored 18 as the visiting Bucks won their sixth straight, 94-71 over the Heat. Milwaukee is 3-0 against Miami this season, winning by an average of 16.7 points. … Zach Randolph had 31 points and 25 rebounds as the Grizzlies beat the Knicks 120-109 to tie a franchise record with their fourth consecutive road victory.

Around the league: Heat guard Dwyane Wade missed his fourth game because of a strained left calf and is doubtful for today's game at Orlando.

Nets 104, Celtics 96

NEW JERSEY (104): Hassell 1-4 1-2 3, Yi 2-12 0-0 4, Lopez 7-11 11-14 25, Harris 6-16 10-10 23, Lee 7-12 5-5 21, Douglas-Roberts 2-5 0-0 4, Humphries 2-4 7-10 11, Dooling 4-7 0-0 11, T.Williams 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 32-72 34-41 104.

BOSTON (96): Daniels 8-9 0-0 16, Garnett 12-16 2-2 26, Perkins 1-3 0-0 2, Rondo 5-9 3-4 13, R.Allen 3-11 3-3 10, Robinson 6-13 0-0 13, Wallace 4-13 0-0 9, Davis 2-5 0-0 4, T.Allen 1-3 1-2 3, Scalabrine 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 42-84 9-11 96.

New Jersey 29 20 25 30— 104

Boston 27 15 22 32— 96

3-Point GoalsNew Jersey 6-13 (Dooling 3-5, Lee 2-3, Harris 1-4, Yi 0-1), Boston 3-19 (Robinson 1-5, Wallace 1-5, R.Allen 1-6, Daniels 0-1, Davis 0-1, Scalabrine 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Jersey 45 (Humphries, Yi 10), Boston 46 (Garnett 9). AssistsNew Jersey 15 (Harris 5), Boston 32 (Rondo 17). Total FoulsNew Jersey 11, Boston 29. TechnicalsNew Jersey defensive three second, Perkins. A18,624 (18,624).

Bucks 94, Heat 71

MILWAUKEE (94): Delfino 6-11 0-0 15, Mbah a Moute 3-5 3-3 9, Bogut 4-10 0-1 8, Jennings 4-11 2-2 11, Salmons 7-11 2-2 18, Stackhouse 6-10 0-0 16, Ilyasova 3-7 0-0 6, Ridnour 1-4 0-0 2, Thomas 3-6 1-2 7, Bell 1-2 0-0 2, Ivey 0-1 0-0 0, Brezec 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-79 8-10 94.

MIAMI (71): Richardson 1-1 0-0 2, Beasley 5-14 0-0 10, O'Neal 6-11 2-3 14, Alston 2-5 0-0 4, Cook 3-11 1-2 8, Haslem 2-6 4-4 8, Chalmers 3-10 0-2 7, Wright 3-7 4-5 10, Jones 2-8 0-0 5, Magloire 0-1 0-0 0, Anthony 0-3 0-0 0, Arroyo 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 28-78 12-18 71.

Milwaukee 26 24 25 19— 94

Miami 18 27 12 14— 71

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 10-26 (Stackhouse 4-7, Delfino 3-6, Salmons 2-5, Jennings 1-3, Bell 0-1, Ridnour 0-2, Ilyasova 0-2), Miami 3-13 (Cook 1-2, Chalmers 1-4, Jones 1-4, Wright 0-1, Alston 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 50 (Bogut 10), Miami 49 (Haslem 9). AssistsMilwaukee 24 (Jennings 8), Miami 9 (Alston, Cook 3). Total FoulsMilwaukee 16, Miami 14. TechnicalsMilwaukee defensive three second. A18,883 (19,600).

Grizzlies 120, Knicks 109

MEMPHIS (120): Gay 10-18 4-4 27, Randolph 10-24 11-13 31, Gasol 10-15 5-11 25, Mayo 5-12 0-0 10, Conley 7-11 2-4 18, Williams 2-3 2-2 7, Arthur 0-2 0-0 0, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Carroll 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 45-87 24-35 120.

NEW YORK (109): Chandler 4-8 1-2 9, Gallinari 3-6 4-4 11, Lee 10-19 1-1 21, Rodriguez 3-6 0-0 7, McGrady 0-3 0-0 0, House 5-12 2-2 15, Harrington 11-18 3-6 31, Walker 3-7 1-2 8, Douglas 2-2 3-3 7. Totals 41-81 15-20 109.

Memphis 31 25 29 35— 120

New York 23 29 36 21— 109

3-Point GoalsMemphis 6-13 (Gay 3-4, Conley 2-3, Williams 1-1, Randolph 0-2, Mayo 0-3), New York 12-31 (Harrington 6-11, House 3-7, Gallinari 1-3, Rodriguez 1-3, Walker 1-4, McGrady 0-1, Chandler 0-2). Fouled OutGallinari. ReboundsMemphis 58 (Randolph 25), New York 40 (Chandler 8). AssistsMemphis 22 (Gasol 8), New York 24 (Chandler 5). Total FoulsMemphis 15, New York 25. A19,763 (19,763).

Pacers 100, Bulls 90

CHICAGO (90): Deng 5-14 3-6 13, Gibson 6-10 2-4 14, Miller 3-8 2-2 9, Rose 9-14 9-12 27, Hinrich 1-6 2-2 4, Murray 0-2 2-2 2, Warrick 1-3 2-2 4, Johnson 1-1 0-0 3, Pargo 5-16 3-3 14. Totals 31-74 25-33 90.

INDIANA (100): Rush 2-6 0-0 5, Granger 10-21 7-7 30, Murphy 7-10 2-2 17, Ford 4-7 1-3 9, Watson 0-3 2-2 2, Hibbert 3-11 6-6 12, Dunleavy 0-2 0-0 0, Head 2-3 4-4 8, D.Jones 7-11 3-4 17. Totals 35-74 25-28 100.

Chicago 24 23 21 22— 90

Indiana 25 29 26 20— 100

3-Point GoalsChicago 3-13 (Johnson 1-1, Miller 1-3, Pargo 1-6, Hinrich 0-3), Indiana 5-17 (Granger 3-8, Rush 1-2, Murphy 1-2, Dunleavy 0-2, Ford 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 52 (Deng 18), Indiana 41 (Granger 8). AssistsChicago 14 (Rose 4), Indiana 23 (Ford 7). Total FoulsChicago 21, Indiana 20. TechnicalsDeng, Chicago defensive three second, Indiana defensive three second. A18,165 (18,165).

Jordan to control Bobcats 02/27/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 27, 2010 10:55pm]

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