MIAMI - Michael Jordan scored seven of his 26 points during a 13-point second-quarter run that sparked the Chicago Bulls to a 107-95 victory against Miami on Tuesday despite a franchise-record 40 points by the Heat's Rony Seikaly. Chicago led 49-43 when a three-point play by Jordan started the burst that ended with the Bulls ahead 62-43 with 1:27 left in the first half. Miami committed seven turnovers as they failed to score over a 4:13 span while Chicago broke the game open.
"Their pressure really hurt us in the second quarter," said Seikaly, who also grabbed 17 rebounds. "We were frustrated by the press and didn't know how to break it."
Celtics 107, Rockets 94
HOUSTON - Larry Bird's consecutive free-throw string ended at 71, but he scored 38 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Boston to a 107-94 victory against Houston.
Bird missed a free throw with 4:17 left in the third quarter, ending his string seven short of the NBA record.
"The game was really too close to think about it," said Bird. "I just missed it. There's no explanation."
Bird came into the game needing 11 free throws to break former Rockets guard Calvin Murphy's NBA record of 78 in the 1980-81 season.