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Page 10 -The Michigan Daily-Monday, April 4, 1988
Jordan's 59

helps

Bulls

nip

Pistons

PONTIAC (AP) - Chicago
guard Michael Jordan thought it was
appropriate that a defensive play
helped decide a game in which his
scoring drew most of the attention.
Jordan scored a season-high 59
points, including two free throws
with four seconds left in the game,
to lead the Bulls to a 112-110 vic-
tory over the Detroit Pistons Sunday
at the Pontiac Silverdome.
The loss was Detroit's fourth in a
row. Chicago has won 12 of its last
16 games.
JORDAN, who leads the NBA
in scoring with an average of 34.3
points per game, helped set up the
game-winning free throws when he
and Brad Sellers teamed to steal the
ball from Isiah Thomas and Bill
Laimbeer near midcourt and Jordan
was fouled by Laimbeer.
The play began as Thomas passed

the ball to Laimbeer, who in turn
tried to pass the ball when it was
slapped away.
"I had switched to cover Isiah, to
keep him from penetrating," said
Jordan. "He threw it to Laimbeer.
Laimbeer tried to throw it and Brad
Sellers tapped the ball away.
"I picked it up. I was going for a
dunk. I was going for two." The
turnover was Laimbeer's second of
the game.
"I SHOULDN'T have made
that pass," said Laimbeer, the Pis-
tons' center. "I have lot of confi-
dence in myself and my teammates.
Unfortunately, I haven't made the
right plays the last few games."
Jordan, who leads the NBA in
steals with an average of 3.15 per
game, said he wants to be recognized
as a good defensive player.
"It shows the versatility of a

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player, to play both ends of the
floor," said Jordan. "That's some-
thing that I strive for. I've been
taught defense. I like to play defense.
"I just want some credit for my
defense," he said. "If that means
taking credit away from my offense,
fine. So be it."
JORDAN, who has scored 50 or
more points four times this season,
scored his previous season-high of
52 against Portland on February 26.
Jordan set the Silverdome scoring
record with 61 points, his regular-
season career high, in a 125-120
overtime loss to Detroit on March 4,
1987. He also scored 61 points in a
117-114 loss to Atlanta on April 16,
1987.
Thomas led Detroit with 24
points Sunday.
A tip-in by Laimbeer capped a
10-2 rally that gave Detroit a 110-
109 lead with 2:58 left in the game.
But Jordan sank a free throw 48 sec-
onds later to knot the game at 110.
THE BULLS didn't score a
field goal in the final 5:37 of the
game. Jordan, who spent the first
1:24 of the fourth quarter on the
bench, scored four points and Dave
Corzine added two free throws in a 6-
0 run that gave Chicago a 99-94 lead
with 8:52 left in the game. Field
goals by Jordan and Sam Vincent
then pushed the Bulls' lead to 107-
100 with 5:50 left.
Jordan made two free throws and
two field goals to lead an 8-0
Chicago spurt to give the Bulls a
93-90 lead with 55 seconds left in
the third quarter.
Jordan's driving layup with 1:29
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left in the first quarter gave Chicago
its only lead of the first half, 28-27.
CoFlts beat Mavs
BOSTON (AP) - The Dallas
Mavericks gave Larry Bird plenty of
rope, and he hung them.
With Dallas defending against the
inside game, Bird sank seven of 10
3-pointers and scored 32 points
Sunday to lead the Boston Celtics to
a 110-101 NBA victory that kept the
Mavericks winless at Boston Garden
in their eight-year history.
"If they leave me open, I'll take
them, I guess," Bird said. "They
were running out at me, but they
weren't getting there quick enough."
Bird fell one short of the league
record of eight 3-pointers in a game
set by Rick Barry with Houston on
February 9, 1980, and tied by John
Roche with Denver on January 9,
1982. He broke Danny Ainge's club
record, set this season, of six.
Ainge made three of six 3-point
attempts Sunday as Boston tied the
NBA record of 10 in a game.
It was the second time this year
that Bird beat the Mavericks with 3-
pointers. In the other game between
the teams, his 3-pointer with four
seconds left gave the Celtics a 105-
104 victory in Dallas February 12.
"Bird's range is 94 feet," Maver-
icks coach John MacLeod said. "He'd
probably shoot from the fifth row if
you'd let him."
Celtics coach K.C. Jones said he
didn't mind Bird launching long
shots if he was open.

A-

What's
Happening

-Associated Press

Michael Jordan slams home two of his 59 points yesterday during the
Bulls' 112-110 victory over the Pistons.

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