Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chicago Keeps Rolling, Rips Atlanta by 28 Points

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chicago Keeps Rolling, Rips Atlanta by 28 Points

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Michael Jordan, held to two points in the first 21 1/2 minutes, finished with 25 Saturday night as Chicago remained unbeaten with a 97-69 victory at home over the undermanned Atlanta Hawks.

The Hawks, who were without starting guards Mookie Blaylock and Steve Smith, had their lowest point total since scoring 68 against Cleveland on Jan. 26, 1995.

Dennis Rodman added 15 rebounds for the Bulls, who are 10-0 heading into a seven-game trip. The longest undefeated streak to start a season is 15 games, set by Washington in 1948 and tied by Houston in 1993. The Bulls won a record 72 games in 1995-96 and, including the playoffs, are 97-13 since the start of last season. Jazz 88, Mavericks 87: John Stockton scored 23 points, including two free throws with two seconds left, as Utah escaped with a victory in Dallas. The Jazz led by 14 points after three quarters, but the Mavericks came back with a 30-8 run to go ahead by eight points with 1:54 left. Stockton led Utah's late rally with two 3-pointers and his two key free throws over the final 1:15. The Jazz also got a boost when Derek Harper missed two free throws for Dallas with 20 seconds left. Dallas had one last shot at the victory, but Jason Kidd's 23-footer at the buzzer bounced off the rim. Magic 92, Raptors 87: Orlando continued to adjust well to adversity, getting 25 points and 11 rebounds from Nick Anderson to beat visiting Toronto. Orlando was without Penny Hardaway, who is to undergo exploratory surgery on his injured left knee Sunday and will be sidelined for up to six weeks. Anderson took up the scoring slack against the Raptors and made a clutch 3-pointer for 90-85 lead with 26 seconds to go. With Hardaway out and Dennis Scott still sidelined with a strained left hamstring and Shaquille O'Neal playing for the Lakers, the Magic are left with just two starters from the team that won a franchise-record 60 games last season. 76ers 91, Heat 89: Rex Walters made a 3-pointer with 33 seconds remaining and visiting Philadelphia held Miami to just two points in the final six minutes to win. Walters' 3-pointer capped a 14-2 run to close the game. …

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