David Robinson scored 26 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, leading the San Antonio Spurs to their fifth straight win with a decision over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 90-74.
The Spurs outrebounded Minnesota 36-18 in the second half and capitalized on the Timberwolves' 31-percent field-goal shooting on the night.Robinson, who added five blocked shots, scored five points in a knockout 15-2 fourth-quarter run. Minnesota had pulled within 67-66 with 9:20 remaining but scored just eight points the rest of the way.
Reggie Williams scored 19 points and Terry Cummings added 12 second-half points for San Antonio. Pooh Richardson led Minnesota with 16 points. The Timberwolves have dropped eight of their last 11.
Minnesota shot the same 31 percent from the field in the first half but used a 41-28 edge in rebounding to take a 45-44 lead into halftime.
Robinson scored six points in the first 2:03 of the game and had 13 points in the first quarter. After the Timberwolves surged ahead 18-13, Robinson scored five points to key an 11-2 run that let San Antonio take a 24-20 lead into the second quarter. Robinson finished the first half with 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Celtics 114, Heat 100
At Miami, Robert Parish scored nine of his 23 points in the first six minutes to send the Boston Celtics to a victory over the struggling Miami Heat.
Parish also collected 13 rebounds to lead the Celtics in that department also. Brian Shaw added 19 points and Reggie Lewis had 17.
The Heat, playing without starter Sherman Douglas who has an elbow injury, was led by Willie Burton with 22 points. Miami's Rony Seikaly sat out the second half with an injury.
It was the fourth straight win for Boston, 19-4, and the seventh loss in a row for the Heat, 5-16.
Rockets 100, Hornets 97
At Charlotte, N.C., Akeem Olajuwon's layup with 37 seconds left lifted the Houston Rockets to a victory over Charlotte on the Hornets' sixth consecutive loss.
Olajuwon finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Rockets, who led by as many as 21 points in the second half, held on to win.
The Hornets got back into the game with a 18-4 run in the fourth quarter, making the score 95-92 with 2:12 left. Rex Chapman sparked the rally with 11 of his 28 points, including two 3-pointers.
Knicks 125, Nets 104
At East Rutherford, N.J., Patrick Ewing had 16 of his 31 points in the third period, and the New York Knicks scored 21 consecutive points in a six-minute span of the second half en route to a victory over the New Jersey Nets.
Trailing 73-67 with 4:52 in the third period, the Knicks scored the last 17 points of the quarter, including eight by Ewing and five by rookie Jerrod Mustaf, then added the first four of the fourth period.
The decisive spurt, one point short of the club record of 22 straight points on March 26, 1974 against Philadelphia, gave New York an 88-73 lead a minute into the fourth quarter. The Knicks went on to their third consecutive victory after losing their first three under new coach John MacLeod.
Hawks 125, Bullets 113
At Atlanta, John Battle scored a career-high 28 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, leading the Atlanta Hawks to their fourth consecutive victory, over the Washington Bullets.
The Bullets, who were led by Bernard King with 29 points, trailed 112-108 after Haywoode Workman's steal and layup, but Battle responded with four free throws and a field goal as the Hawks widened their lead 118-108.
It was Atlanta's sixth victory in seven games, following a nine-game losing streak.
Harvey Grant had 22 points for the Bullets, while Dominique Wilkins scored 21 and Glenn Rivers 19 for the Hawks.
Bulls 116, Cavaliers 98
At Chicago, Michael Jordan scored 24 points, including 10 in a 36-5 first quarter, to power the Chicago Bulls to a victory over Cleveland, handing the Cavaliers their fifth straight loss.
Ironically, Chicago had trounced the Cavs 120-85 in Richfield, Ohio, on Dec. 1, the worst loss in the franchise's history.
The Bulls now are 9-2 in their last 11 games, winning their seventh straight over the Cavs.
Scottie Pippen added 19 points for Chicago, while reserve Chucky Brown had 19 and Danny Ferry 18 for the Cavs.
Bucks 98, Clippers 92
At Milwaukee, Frank Brickowski scored a season-high 25 points and Fred Roberts hit a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left to help the Milwaukee Bucks extend their home-court winning streak to 12 games with a win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Ricky Pierce added 22 and Jay Humphries 19 for first-place Milwaukee, which moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the idle Detroit Pistons in the Central Division.
Charles Smith led the Clippers with 27 points and Ken Norman fired in 23, including 21 in the second half.
Suns 142, Nuggets 134
At Denver, Jeff Hornacek and Tom Chambers scored 28 points, pacing the Phoenix Suns to a win over the Denver Nuggets.
Kevin Johnson added 24 for Phoenix and Tim Perry and Xavier McDaniel 19 each.
The Suns won their fourth in a row and have not lost since acquiring McDaniel, who also had a game-high 19 rebounds, from Seattle.
Denver dropped its second in a row, despite 23 points and a career-high 19 assists from Michael Adams. Orlando Woolridge and Blair Rasmussen each scored 22 points.
SuperSonics 106, Mavericks 105
At Seattle, Sedale Threatt scored 14 points in the second half, including the go-ahead basket with 7.4 seconds left, and the Seattle SuperSonics beat the Dallas Mavericks.
Threatt made seven of eight shots in the second half and finished with 16 point.
Rodney McCray missed a driving shot with two seconds left and time expired before either team could control the rebound.
The Mavericks had the ball and a 105-104 lead with 33 seconds remaining. Derek Harper drove the lane and his shot was blocked by Shawn Kemp with 18.2 seconds left.
Kemp led the Sonics with 22 points. Harper had 22 points and Alex English 20 for the Mavericks.
Kings 117, Magic 108
At Sacramento, Calif., Wayman Tisdale scored 30 of his season-high 36 points in the first and fourth quarters as the Sacramento Kings defeated the Orlando Magic.
Leon Wood added a season-high 25 points, including four 3-point baskets, as the Kings won for the second straight time.
Jerry Reynolds led the Magic with 24 points, while Terry Catledge and Otis Smith added 21 apiece in Orlando's fourth consecutive loss.
Lakers 111, Warriors 109
At Oakland, Calif., Sam Perkins made six consecutive free throws in the final 1:44 to cap a season-high 30-point performance as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors 111-109 Saturday night.
Perkins gave the Lakers leads of 105-103 with 1:44 left and 107-105 with 1:07 to play before making his final two free throws with 14 seconds remaining, sealing Los Angeles' 10th victory in 12 games.
Sarunas Marciuloinis was fouled on the Warriors' next possession, but missed both free throws. Magic Johnson and Terry Teagle each made one of two free throws in the final seconds for Los Angeles.
Chris Mullin scored 27 points and Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond each added 22 for the Warriors, who have lost three of their last five home games after opening the season with six consecutive home victories.
James Worthy added 28 points for Los Angeles, which won for the fourth time in five road games.