Jordan passes Havlicek; Bulls top Celts

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BOSTON -- Michael Jordan finished with 32 points and moved into sixth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Boston Celtics 117-106 on Tuesday.

Michael Jordan is now No. 6 on the NBA's all-time scoring list (stats through March 11):
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
2. Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
3. Moses Malone 27,409
4. Elvin Hayes 27,313
5. Oscar Robertson 26,710
6. Michael Jordan 26,399
7. John Havlicek 26,395
8. Dominique Wilkins 26,271
9. Alex English 25,613
10. Jerry West 25,192

Jordan made a pair of free throws with 2:49 remaining to move past former Celtics great John Havlicek. Jordan now has 26,399 career points, four more than Havlicek.

"It's kind of ironic," Jordan said of passing Havlicek while in Boston. "It is a great privilege to pass a great player like Havlicek, especially in this building. I've had some great games here in Boston, so it is ironic."

Scottie Pippen added 27 points for the Bulls, who had lost their previous two road games.

Eric Williams scored 27 points and David Wesley added 21 for the Celtics.

Chicago led by just two points after a layup by Rick Fox with 9:08 left in the game, but the Bulls responded with a 9-0 run to seize control.

Jud Buechler's tip-in started the run with 8:34 remaining. Jordan had a pair of free throws, Pippen converted a three-point play and Steve Kerr hit a bank shot with 4:30 to go, giving the Bulls a 103-92 advantage.

"A lot of people said we didn't have a chance against Chicago," Boston coach M.L. Carr said. "We played well; we were going to go after them. We just came up short. The guys played very hard."

Jason Caffey had 18 points and Kerr 12, leading a Chicago bench that outscored the Boston reserves 46-17. Todd Day, Boston's top scorer off the bench, had just four points on one-for-10 shooting.

Jordan had nine assists and Dennis Rodman grabbed 16 rebounds for Chicago, which shot 54 percent (49 for 91) from the field.

Antoine Walker contributed 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Boston, which shot 40 percent (35 for 87). Fox added 19 points and eight assists.

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