Otis Thorpe scored nine of his 30 points in overtime Saturday night to push the Houston Rockets to a surprising 100-94 victory over the depleted San Antonio Spurs.
It was the second time in less than a week that Houston, playing without superstar center Akeem Olajuwon, had beaten San Antonio. The Spurs had to do without forward Terry Cummings and guard Rod Strickland, both suffering from a broken hand, and San Antonio center David Robinson fouled out in the final minute of the fourth period.Houston led by eight early in the final quarter before the Spurs ran off nine straight points. The Rockets trailed by four with a minute to play, but a basket by Kenny Smith and two free throws by Thorpe with 35 seconds left brought about an overtime at 89-89.
Eric "Sleepy" Floyd hit a free throw to start the extra period for Houston and Thorpe then gave Houston a three-point advantage with a basket.
After Sean Elliott brought San Antonio to within a point, Thorpe made three straight field goals while the Spurs were turning the ball over twice. San Antonio had 21 turnovers for the game.
Prior to their overtime game Saturday night, the previous three meetings of the teams this year had been decided by one, one and two points.
Smith added 21 for Houston while Robinson paced the Spurs with 24.
Magic 108, Heat 98
Scott Skiles broke out of a shooting slump with 27 points and the Orlando Magic hit 14 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter Saturday night to pull away to a victory over the Miami Heat.
Dennis Scott added 24 points to help the Magic withstand a career-high 35-point performance by Miami's Glen Rice and stop a four-game losing streak against its intrastate rival.
Rice hit 14 of his 18 shots to finish 14-of-22. Edwards added 16 points for Miami, and Rony Seikaly had 13.
Knicks 92, Kings 78
At New York, Gerald Wilkins scored 12 of his 16 points in a span of 4:41 in the third quarter as the New York Knicks handed the Sacramento Kings a franchise-record 18th consecutive road loss.
The Knicks won for only the second time in six games despite the absence of leading scorer Patrick Ewing because of the flu. Kiki Vandeweghe led New York with 19 points, all in the first half, and Charles Oakley grabbed 18 rebounds.
With a loss, the Knicks would have matched Miami with the worst home record in the NBA. Instead, the Knicks dropped Sacramento's road record to 1-21.
The Kings' previous-worst road losing streak was 17 in 1981-82.
Sacramento led 45-43 with 8:02 left in the third quarter after consecutive baskets by Antoine Carr, who led the Kings with 18 points.
Pacers 106, SuperSonics 100
At Indianapolis, Micheal Williams and Detlef Schrempf, who was ejected for fighting with Seattle's Gary Payton, scored 29 points apiece as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Supersonics.
After Payton, who led Seattle with 19 points, cut the Indiana led to 101-98 with a layup with 50 seconds left, Schrempf was fouled by Derrick McKey with 40 seconds remaining and connected on both free throws.
Schrempf grabbed 13 rebounds for Indiana, while Williams had seven rebounds and seven assists. Payton had 19 points and five assists.
Cavaliers 113, Timberwolves 110, OT
At Richfield, Ohio, Larry Nance sent the game into overtime with a last-minute steal and a dunk, then scored five points in the extra period as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Nance's heroics overcame a 28-point performance by Minnesota's Tony Campbell, who returned from a five-game layoff and hit two desperate 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds of overtime. Campbell had one last shot at tying it, but his 3-pointer bounced off the rim.
The Wolves have lost five of their last six games. The win was Cleveland's fifth in the last 26 games.
Brad Daugherty scored 35 points for the Cavaliers, and Nance had 28. Morton had career highs with 15 points and 11 assists, and Chucky Brown scored 18.
Sam Mitchell scored 28 and Tyrone Corbin 25 for Minnesota.
Nuggets 126, Hawks 125
At Denver, Michael Adams, despite making only eight of 31 shots, scored 31 points and had 16 assists, leading the resurgent Denver Nuggets to their sixth consecutive victory, over the Atlanta Hawks.
It was the Nuggets' eighth victory in 10 games following 6-28 starts and was the sixth consecutive loss for the Hawks, all on the West Coast trip that ended with this game.
Denver led 111-100 with 7:53 left in the game on a 3-pointer by Adams, averaging 33.4 in his last eight games.
Atlanta closed the gap to 119-112 with 4:44 left, then pulled ahead 123-121 with 1:19 remaining after an 11-2 burst that included four points by Moses Malone and five by Dominique Wilkins, who led all scorers with 34 points.
Glenn Rivers added 23 points for Atlanta while Blair Rasmussen scored 20 points, Williams 19 and Kenny Battle 18 for the Nuggets.