A three-guard rotation carried the Detroit Pistons to two consecutive NBA titles, and now the Milwaukee Bucks are challenging the defending champions with the same strategy.
Jay Humphries played all 48 minutes and scored a career-high 36 points Tuesday night, including 13 in the final quarter when the Bucks outscored the Pistons 32-15 in the final 9:31 for a 106-101 victory."I worked overtime," Humphries said. "I felt it a little bit in the fourth quarter, but there were timeouts, fouls and things and I could catch my breath."
Guard Rickey Pierce scored 24 points and backcourt starter Alvin Robertson had 15 rebounds as the Bucks improved their record to 17-7 and their lead over Detroit in the Central Division to 1 1/2 games. Milwaukee is 13-0 at home.
SuperSonics 122, Magic 105
Seattle coach K.C. Jones didn't arrive until the second quarter of a game already delayed for an hour by a snowstorm.
Jones said that because of the six inches of snow, his trip to the Seattle Center Coliseum took four hours instead of the usual 30 minutes. The game's official attendance was 10,400 because of tickets sold, but only 1,568 actually were at the arena.
Trail Blazers 122, Warriors 94
Portland built a 35-9 lead after one quarter and rolled to victory over Golden State.
Clyde Drexler scored 10 of his 20 points during the first-quarter explosion as the Warriors missed 18 of 22 shots.
Kings 108, Timberwolves 99
Sacramento's defeat of Minnesota gave the Kings three consecutive victories for the first time since April 1989.
Wayman Tisdale scored 25 points and Lionel Simmons 24 for the Kings, who beat Portland and Orlando before handling Minnesota.
Lakers 100, Knicks 97
Magic Johnson scored 22 points, including two crucial baskets in the final minute, and Los Angeles overcame a 17-point third quarter to beat New York.
The Lakers, who led by as many as 12 points before 5-of-18 shooting in the third period allowed the Knicks to rally, took 96-93 and 98-95 leads on Johnson's two shots, a hook and a 15-footer.
76ers 110, Clippers 99
Charles Barkley had 25 points and 15 rebounds as the Philadelphia beat Los Angeles for the 21st straight time at the Spectrum.
Rickey Green matched his season high with 21 points for the 76ers. Charles Smith scored 31 points and Ken Norman had 22 points and 20 rebounds for the Clippers.
Bulls 112, Heat 103
Michael Jordan scored 39 points and Scottie Pippen 30 for Chicago as Miami lost its eighth straight.
Willie Burton scored 13 of his 15 points in the final period, helping the Heat close to 96-95 with 4:51 left. But Jordan converted a steal into a breakaway dunk.
Suns 114, Mavericks 95
Dan Majerle scored 13 of his 24 points in the second quarter, helping Phoenix grab a 14-point lead in its rout of Dallas.
Xavier McDaniel added 23 points for the Suns, who have won six straight since acquiring the veteran forward from Seattle on Dec. 7.