Magic Johnson had 22 points and 17 assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers used a 10-0 run in overtime to defeat New Jersey 108-103 and win their 10th consecutive game.
The Lakers overcame a 13-point fourth quarter in which they shot 1-for-12 from the field to hold off the shorthanded Nets, who had won three of their previous four games after losing 11 straight.Reggie Theus, who scored 25 points, gave the Nets a 94-92 lead in overtime, but the Lakers scored the next 10 points for a 102-94 advantage with 1:29 left.
James Worthy, who led Los Angeles with 23 points, forced the overtime with two free throws with 3.6 seconds remaining that made it 92-all. Worthy injured his right foot on the drive that resulted in the foul and did not play in the overtime.
New Jersey took a 91-86 lead.
The Lakers scored the next five points to close to 91-90, including their only basket of the fourth quarter on a breakaway dunk by Vlade Divac with 2:10 left, but they missed five of six free throws that could have tied the score or given them the lead.
Chris Morris' 3-point attempt for the Nets with 16 seconds left was rebounded by newly acquired Drazen Petrovic, who made one of two free throws with 11 seconds left for a 92-90 lead.
The Nets, playing without starters Mookie Blaylock and Sam Bowie and reserve Derrick Gervin because of illness and injuries, had 10 players in uniform, including Petrovic and Terry Mills, acquired in trades on Wednesday.
In contrast to its 1-for-12 shooting in the final period, Los Angeles shot 67 percent from the field in the third quarter, but led only 79-73 as New Jersey shot 63 percent in the period. Rookie Tate George, making his first career start, was 5-for-6 and scored 10 of his 18 points in the quarter.
Sixers 116, Celtics 94
At Philadelphia, Hersey Hawkins had a career-high 38 points, nine steals and eight rebounds as he led the Philadelphia 76ers to a victory over the Boston Celtics snapping a four-game losing streak.
Hawkins got help from Rickey Green, who scored a season-high 27 points on 13-for-17 shooting and contributed nine assists.
Kevin McHale scored 26 and Reggie Lewis 24 for the Celtics, who lost for the fifth time in their last six games.
The 76ers played their sixth game without Charles Barkley, who is sidelined with a broken right foot, while the Celtics were without Larry Bird, who has been out with an injured back for nine games. The 76ers have gone 2-4 without their top scorer and Boston has gone 5-4 without Bird.
Pistons 84, Mavericks 82
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Bill Laimbeer hit a jumper at the buzzer and the Detroit Pistons, now minus Isiah Thomas for three months, beat the Dallas Mavericks.
Dallas' Brad Davis made a 3-point shot with 4.5 seconds left to tie it after Joe Dumars made two free throws with 8.8 seconds remaining to put Detroit ahead 82-79.
The Pistons won for the 13th time in 15 games. They did it without Thomas, their captain, who was put on the injured list earlier in the day. He will undergo wrist surgery next week and will be out at least 12 weeks.
Bulls 108, Heat 87
At Chicago, Michael Jordan scored a game-high 26 points and the Chicago Bulls shot 81 percent in the first quarter to blow past the Miami Heat.
The Central Division-leading Bulls won their 13th straight home game and remain unbeaten against the Heat (10-0). Miami lost its third outing overall and seventh straight away from home.
Scottie Pippen added 16 points and John Paxson 14 for Chicago, which came into the contest having lost two of its previous three games. Jordan, who also had six steals, sat out the final quarter.
Pacers 106, Bullets 100
At Baltimore, Indiana's Chuck Person scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half to rally the Pacers to victory over the Washington Bullets.
Indiana, 17-24, rallied after trailing 57-46 at halftime and by 10 points entering the fourth quarter. The Pacers caught Washington for the first time with 4:41 left in the game when Detlef Schrempf hit a pair of free throws for a tie.
Washington, 18-22, went back on top by four, but a basket by Schrempf and three points by Person gave the Pacers a lead they never lost again.
Suns 128, SuperSonics 113
At Phoenix, Tom Chambers scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth period as the Phoenix Suns beat Seattle , handing the SuperSonics their sixth straight road loss.
Kevin Johnson added 25 points and 15 assists for Phoenix while Jeff Hornacek had 24 points, 12 in the final quarter.
Xavier McDaniel and Dan Majerle had 16 points apiece and Majerle and West each had three of their team's 15 blocked shots as the Suns defeated Seattle for the ninth consecutive time at home since December 1987.
Warriors 127, Bucks 98
At Oakland, Calif., Tim Hardaway scored 31 points and the Golden State Warriors outscored Milwaukee 17-4 to start the fourth quarter and beat the Bucks.
Golden State won for the seventh time in nine games. Milwaukee has lost eight of 10.
Hardaway, who averaged 31 points in his previous five games and was named the NBA's player of the week, again hit his mark. Chris Mullin added 29 points and Mitch Richmond had 24, 20 in the second half.