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December 5, 1992

Undated (AP) _ Milwaukee at New York (1 p.m. EST). The surprising Bucks (10-4) try to become the first team to beat the Knicks (9-6) at Madison Square Garden. Blue Edwards (17.8 ppg.), acquired from Utah in the offseason, leads five Bucks who average in double figures. STARS Friday

- Scottie Pippen, Bulls, missed a triple-double by one assist in Chicago’s 111-99 victory over Portland. Pippen had 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Bulls (10-4).

- Kenny Anderson, Nets, had 31 points and 17 assists, both career highs, in New Jersey’s 108-103 overtime victory over San Antonio.

- Drazen Petrovic, Nets, scored 34 points including five three-pointers, and hit several key shots in regulation. SUPERSTAR

Chicago’s Michael Jordan, battling a slight tear in the arch of his left foot, had game-highs in points (38) and rebounds (13) in the Bulls’ 111-99 victory over Portland Friday night in a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals. Jordan, who appeared at times to favor the foot, finished strongly with 26 second-half points. SCORING

The New Jersey trio of Kenny Anderson, Chris Morris and Drazen Petrovic combined for 97 of the Nets’ 108 points in an overtime win over San Antonio on Friday night. Only three other Nets scored. SHOT STOPPER

San Antonio’s David Robinson became the 34th player in NBA history to block 1,000 shots in a career. Robinson, in his fourth season, blocked six Nets’ shots in the Spurs’ 108-103 overtime loss. Robinson averaged a league-best 4 blocks per game last season. SQUEAKER

Charlotte’s Larry Johnson made a foul shot with eight-tenths of a second left Friday night as the Hornets beat Sacramento 112-111. Johnson had 27 points and six assists for the Hornets (9-7), who reached five road wins quicker than anytime before in their five-year existence. SWIPES

Detroit’s Dennis Rodman pulled down 23 rebounds in the Pistons’ 101-99 victory over Philadelphia on Friday night. STATS

Boston’s Kevin Gamble, not known for his long-range shooting, nailed all four 3-point attempts as the Celtics beat the Miami Heat 114-104 on Friday night. Gamble had made only 14 three-pointers in his previous five seasons. SUNS SUBS

The Phoenix bench, led by rookie Oliver Miller and Danny Ainge, outscored the Lakers bench 55-30 in the Suns’ 103-93 victory Friday night. SHUT DOWN

Atlanta’s Dominique Wilkins, the NBA’s fourth-leading scorer with a 27.5 average, was held to a season-low eight points in Indiana’s 122-106 victory Friday night. STREAKS

Philadelphia lost its sixth in a row on Friday night, 101-99 to Detroit. The Sixers have now lost five straight home games, their longest losing streak at the Spectrum since the 1973-74 season when they lost six in a row. SENT HOME

Portland sent Clyde Drexler and Jerome Kersey back home with knee injuries Friday. Team officials said the two starters will also miss Saturday night’s game in Cleveland. Drexler, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Sept. 18, was bothered by swelling in the knee. Kersey was placed on the injured list. SIGNED AND SENT

Boston signed holdout guard Jon Barry on Friday and then traded him and a 1995 second-round pick to Milwaukee for forward Alaa Abdelnaby. Barry, from Georgia Tech and the 21st player selected in the 1992 draft, never played a game for the Celtics because of a contract impasse. SHARING THE LOAD

Six Celtics, led by Reggie Lewis with 22 points, scored in double figures in Boston’s 114-104 victory over Miami on Friday night. SPEAKING

″Kenny (Anderson) was brilliant. He was aggressive with the ball snd making his shots. He played like an All-Star. It was the best I’ve ever seen him.″ - New Jersey coach Chuck Daly after Anderson posted career highs in points (31) and assists (17) in the Nets’ 108-103 overtime victory over San Antonio.


″As the game went on I got more confident. There were no problems. Naturally, I had some concern. But other people had more concerns. It was overcovered and over-publicized. I guess it’s great to be loved and liked.″ - Michael Jordan, who despite being hobbled by an injured left foot, scored 38 points and had 13 rebounds in the Bulls’ 111-99 victory over Portland.


″I just got done telling our guys it would be a lot easier on my stomach and my heart if they would play the whole game like they played the last six minutes.″ - Denver coach Dan Issel after the Nuggets came from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to edge Golden State 116-113.

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