Just when the New Jersey Nets were expected to sink back into the depths of the NBA Atlantic Division, they are making some of the league's elite pay for their overconfidence.
Reggie Theus scored 25 points Wednesday night, including eight free throws in the final 83 seconds, to lead the Nets to their third victory in their last four games with a 99-95 triumph over the Chicago Bulls.During their recent stretch, the Nets have recorded victories over division leaders Boston and Chicago - including a 111-106 triumph at Boston Garden - and a road win Tuesday night at Charlotte.
"When you're on the road, you can't say, `We're supposed to win this game,' " said Chicago's Michael Jordan, who scored 35 points. "It's not that way. It's hard."
Derrick Coleman and Mookie Blaylock added 21 points each for New Jersey, which had lost 11 straight games prior to their current four-game stretch.
Pacers 110, 76ers 109
At Philadelphia, Reggie Miller scored 21 points and hit the go-ahead jumper with 37 seconds left to lift Indiana over the 76ers. Miller's jumper gave the Pacers a 108-106 lead. Chuck Person led the Pacers with 24 points.
Bullets 104, Hawks 99
At Landover, Md., Bernard King scored 25 points to power the Bullets past Atlanta. The Hawks held a 99-92 lead with 3:40 remaining, but Washington held Atlanta scoreless after that while scoring the final 12 points.
Celtics 111, Pistons 94
At Boston, Robert Parish scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Celtics over the defending NBA champions. Boston held Detroit to 14 points in the fourth quarter and used a 16-3 run during that time to take control.
Cavaliers 99, Mavericks 85
At Dallas, Brad Daugherty and Larry Nance keyed a 17-2 run in the final quarter that lifted the Cavaliers to victory. Dallas came back from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter, but could not overcome the Cavaliers.
Kings 95, Bucks 91
At Sacramento, Calif., Antoine Carr scored 28 points and the Kings rallied from a 15-point deficit to claim their third straight victory. Carr, who also had six assists and five rebounds, hit a jumper with 31.7 seconds left for a 93-89 lead, then blocked Dan Schayes' shot with 17.2 seconds to play.