The Los Angeles Lakers are going back to basics to get back among the NBA's elite.
After a 1-4 start, their worst in 12 years, the Lakers beat the Midwest Division-leading San Antonio Spurs 97-80 on Wednesday night to improve their record to 7-5.In winning five straight by an average margin of 20 points, the Lakers have held the last two opponents under 90 points. On Wednesday, the high-scoring Spurs shot 33.7 percent from the field.
Terry Cummings led San Antonio with 19 points, while Sean Elliott scored 18 and David Robinson had 17 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots, but was only 6-for-19 from the field.
Pistons 90, Knicks 83
Detroit won its ninth consecutive game and improved its record to 7-0 at home behind James Edwards's 22 points.
The Pistons handed New York its fourth straight loss and fifth in the last six games by holding the Knicks to 31 second-half points.
Hornets 118, Bucks 111
Charlotte, which didn't lead until the overtime period, got 21 points apiece from J.R. Reid and Rex Chapman and beat Milwaukee for the first time in franchise history.
Armon Gilliam added 20 points and 11 rebounds for Charlotte. Ricky Pierce led Milwaukee with 28 points and Alvin Robertson had 22 points and 12 assists.
Warriors 110, Cavaliers 108
Golden State snapped a three-game losing streak as Mitch Richmond scored 24 points and grabbed a rebound away from Cleveland's Larry Nance in the final seconds.
Tim Hardaway had 23 points and 17 assists for the Warriors, while Brad Daugherty scored 35 points, including a short jumper with 47 seconds left, leaving the Cavs with a 109-108 deficit.
Bulls 118, Bullets 94
Michael Jordan scored 15 of his 24 points in Chicago's 39-point first quarter against Washington.
The Bullets' Bernard King, the league's scoring leader with a 30.9 average, scored only 16. Pervis Ellison led Washington with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Heat 97, Nets 79
Willie Burton scored only 7 points, but he had 5 points and two steals during a decisive 9-0 third-quarter run by Miami against New Jersey.
The Heat were paced by Kevin Edwards with 20 points and Rony Seikaly with 17. Derrick Coleman scored 14 points for the Nets, who made only 36 percent of their shots.
76ers 116, Pacers 106
Charles Barkley scored 33 points and Hersey Hawkins added 25 as Philadelphia kept Indiana winless in seven road games.
The victory was the 76ers' eighth in their last 10 games and improved their home record to 7-1.
Mavericks 107, Clippers 88
Rolando Blackman scored 30 points to become Dallas' all-time leading scorer as the Mavericks snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating Los Angeles.
Blackman surpassed Mark Aguirre, who scored 13,930 points for Dallas, with a 12-foot jumper with 10:40 left in the second quarter. Blackman now has 13,953 points in 722 games.
Boston was leading Atlanta 37-22 early in the second period when the game was called because of slippery floor conditions.
Unseasonably warm weather in the 70s in Boston caused condensation under the parquet floor at Boston Garden.
It was the first time since Jan. 5, 1986, that an NBA game has been stopped after it started. That game between Phoenix and the SuperSonics in Seattle was called in the fourth period because of a leaky roof.