Beware of Larry Bird when he's in a shooting slump.
After shooting 15-for-51 in his previous three games and scoring 5 points in his last appearance against Milwaukee, Bird found the range Wednesday night.Bird hit his first seven shots and scored 18 of his 30 points in the first quarter of the Boston Celtics' 129-111 victory over the Bucks at Boston Garden.
"We knew Larry Bird would come back strong. He just didn't play well in Milwaukee," Bucks coach Del Harris said. "I know Larry's history well. Whenever he has a bad game, he follows it with a good one."
Harris said he started worrying about Wednesday night's game immediately after Bird went 2-for-7 against the Bucks on Nov. 13.
"After the game in Milwaukee I tried to be as complimentary as possible because I knew what would happen here," Harris said.
Playing just 31 minutes, Bird hit 11 of 15 field-goal attempts, including four in a row from 3-point range, and was 4-for-4 on free throws for the Celtics, winners of 13 of 15 games.
Mavericks 112, Lakers 97 OT
Dallas scored the first 13 points of overtime and outscored Los Angeles 23-8 in the extra period, snapping a five-game losing streak and handing the Lakers only their second loss in 11 games.
The Lakers, whose fourth loss in 11 home games matched their final number of defeats at the Forum last season, took their only lead of the second half, 89-87, on Terry Teagle's off-balance jumper in the lane with three seconds left in regulation.
Sonics 99, Pacers 90
Seattle converted eight Indiana turnovers into 13 points in the fourth quarter, keeping the Pacers winless in 11 road games.
Derrick McKey and Shawn Kemp scored 18 points apiece for Seattle, and Eddie Johnson, acquired from Phoenix on Dec. 7 in the Xavier McDaniel trade, added 14. Dale Ellis, playing his first game of the season after recovering from a foot injury, scored 8 for the Sonics.
Rockets 108, 76ers 100
Houston broke a 16-year, 23-game losing streak in Philadelphia as Akeem Olajuwon had 29 points and 15 rebounds.
Charles Barkley had 29 points and Hersey Hawkins 19 for Philadelphia, which had its four-game winning streak snapped and lost for only the second time in 10 home games this season.
Clippers 100, Cavaliers 90
Los Angeles broke an 11-year losing streak in Cleveland as Ken Norman scored 9 of his 30 points during a 21-2 run at the start of the third quarter.
The victory was the Clippers' first in the Richfield Coliseum since Jan. 27, 1979. They lost their previous 11 games at Cleveland.
Hawks 118, Heat 93
Dominique Wilkins hit two 3-point shots during a 10-2 run in the third quarter and had 28 points and 14 rebounds, leading Atlanta over Miami.
Miami, losers of five straight games, was led by Sherman Douglas with 16 points and 13 assists. Kevin Willis added 22 points for the Hawks.
Spurs 92, Hornets 81
David Robinson had 24 points and 17 rebounds as San Antonio handed Charlotte its fifth straight loss.
The Spurs, who have a half-game advantage over Utah in the Midwest Division, trailed just once in the game despite making only 44 percent of their shots. But the Hornets managed to hit just 40 percent.