Bulls still too much for Mavs

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DALLAS -- Michael Jordan scored 36 points and Scottie Pippen added 32 and both keyed a pair of first-half runs as the Chicago Bulls continued their domination of the Dallas Mavericks with a 116-97 victory Friday night.

The Bulls improved to 14-1 with their fourth straight win over the Mavericks. Chicago has taken 16 of the last 17 meetings between the clubs.

Jordan had eight of his 13 first-quarter points during a 12-0 spurt that saw Chicago open a 26-14 advantage. Dennis Rodman grabbed 12 of his 19 rebounds in the opening quarter for the Bulls, who improved to 8-1 on the road this season.

Pippen had the final eight points during a 15-4 Bulls' burst that extended the advantage to 44-28 with just under five minutes remaining in the first half. Pippen was 14-of-22 from the floor and added 10 rebounds and three assists.

Chris Gatling had a career-high 35 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who fell to 3-4 at home.

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