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Bulls: Scottie Pippen recorded a season-high 37 points, along with 12 assists and nine rebounds as Chicago defeated the Boston Celtics, 123-114, on Monday. Michael Jordan also scored 37. . . . Dickey Simpkins ignited an 18-6 run with a layup and closed the spurt with a desperation 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer. For Simpkins, a second-year power forward, it was his first 3-point attempt in 78 games.

Celtics: Boston's Dana Barros connected on three of five 3-pointers in a 123-114 loss to Chicago on Monday and has made at least one 3-pointer in 78 straight games, one shy of Michael Adams' NBA record of 79 in a row. . . . David Wesley of Boston made all 13 free-throw attempts in the loss. Wesley finished with 18 points in 29 minutes.

Grizzlies: Eric Mobley blocked a career-high five shots in Vancouver's 92-85 loss to the Sacramento Kings. Mobley played only 16 minutes.

Jazz: Karl Malone scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds Monday as Utah beat the New Jersey Nets, 110-103.

Kings: Brian Grant had 22 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field in Sacramento's 92-85 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies on Monday. The victory over the Grizzlies propelled the Kings to a 15-7 record, a franchise-best since the 1965-66 season, which was a 15-6 start.

Mavericks: Jason Kidd, injured during a gruesome-looking fall over the weekend against Phoenix, won't return to the team until at least Friday. Kidd strained a hip flexor muscle in the final seconds of a 111-108 overtime loss to Phoenix.

Timberwolves: Minnesota fired coach Bill Blair on Monday and picked general manager Flip Saunders to coach the team for the rest of the season. Saunders will continue as GM.

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