Dominique Wilkins had never seen anything quite like it.
Wilkins and the Atlanta Hawks erased a 19-point deficit in just 7:45 of the second quarter on their way to a 117-106 triumph over Indiana Tuesday night."To come back that quick, I don't think I've ever been on a team that ever came back that fast to take the lead," said Wilkins, who scored 28 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. "It was remarkable."
The Pacers, 14-22, used Chuck Person's 19 first-quarter points for a 44-25 lead after one period.
"When a team gets up by that many points, they tend to relax," said Wilkins, who led the charge with 8 points. "You have to keep coming when you get down like that."
Atlanta, 21-15, scored 19 straight points over 4:49 of the second period, taking a 57-52 advantage on two Wilkins free throws 2:34 before halftime.
"They thought they had it won," Atlanta's Kevin Willis said. "This is the NBA. It's never over 'til it's over."
Warriors 112, Nets 111
At East Rutherford, N.J., Tim Hardaway scored 6 of his 35 points in overtime. The Nets, who lost their 11th straight, missed three shots in the final four seconds. The Warriors came back from an 11-point deficit in the final 2:34 with 11 consecutive points. Mitch Richmond had 30 for the Warriors, while Derrick Coleman led the Nets with 29 points and 18 rebounds.
Heat 104, Magic 102
At Miami, Sherman Douglas scored 24 points and Billy Thompson added 18 as the Heat won its fourth straight game over the Magic. Miami held on as Orlando staged a fourth-quarter rally. With the Heat leading, 102-100, Kevin Edwards made two free throws that gave them a 4-point lead the Magic couldn't overcome.
Sonics 146, Nuggets 99
At Seattle, Dale Ellis and Dana Barros each scored 22 points to help hand the Nuggets their worst defeat of the season. The Sonics had seven players score in double figures as they claimed their biggest margin of victory this season and their largest margin ever over the Nuggets. Denver was led by Reggie Williams' 16 points. It was the first time the Nuggets were held under 100 points this season.
Suns 127, Bullets 97
At Phoenix, Xavier McDaniel hit all of his 12 field goal attempts to lead the Suns, who scored the first two baskets of the game and never trailed. McDaniel had 24 points, Tom Chambers added 23 and Kevin Johnson 20 for the Suns. Bernard King was high scorer for Washington with 26.
Lakers 128, Hornets 103
At Inglewood, Calif., Terry Teagle came off the bench to score a season-high 27 points and lead the Lakers to their fourth straight with a season-high 41-point spurt in the second quarter. The Hornets, 11-23, are now 0-7 against the Lakers over two seasons in the NBA.
Trail Blazers 132, Timberwolves 117
At Minneapolis, Clyde Drexler scored 32 points, dished out 11 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Portland. Drexler scored 10 of his points on dunks, leading six Blazers in double figures. Terry Porter added 27 points and Jerome Kersey contributed 22. Sam Mitchell scored a season-high 29 points and Tyrone Corbin added 23 points and nine assists.