Mr. Robinson's neighborhood was an unfriendly place for the New Jersey Nets.
Usually, that area is in San Antonio, where David Robinson patrols the middle. On Monday night, however, Portland had the dominant Mr. R., as in Cliff Robinson, who had 20 points in a 117-102 victory.Robinson led Portland's strong bench, which hit for 53 points compared to 29 for New Jersey, losers of five straight, all on the road.
"I felt I had some advantages on offense," Robinson said. "I felt quicker than most of those guys. I'm taller and could get my shot off over them."
He did that enough to assure the Blazers' 24th home win against two losses, which gave them a 39-8 overall record, best in the NBA. Robinson had nine points in the fourth quarter, as did Danny Young, another substitute.
"It was great to be able to sit on the bench and watch Cliff put on a show," Blazers starting center Kevin Duckworth said.
It was educational for the Nets.
"We didn't come anywhere near handling them in any one area," coach Bill Fitch said. "A young team can learn something from playing great teams, but you've got to play teams like that more than twice to get anything from it."
Chris Morris led New Jesey with a season-high 25 points.
Trail Blazers 117, Nets 102
Leading 55-46 at halftime, Portland opened a 78-63 behind Terry Porter, who had 17 points, and Clyde Drexler with 15.
The Blazers have won nine in a row at home and 16 of their last 17 in Portland.
"We went with our regular rotation and didn't change a lot," Portland coach Rick Adelman said. "Our guys off the bench did a great job in the fourth period."
Porter sprained his left ankle last Thursday at Utah and missed Friday's game against Golden State. Buck Williams, a former Nets star, has been bothered by a groin injury.
"I was glad to see both Terry and Buck in the lineup," Adelman said. "I didn't know until gametime if they would play."
Drazen Petrovic, whom the Blazers traded to the Nets on Jan. 23, played 14 minutes and scored 10 points. He received a standing ovation when he was introduced.
Bulls 108, Kings 97
Stacey King scored 11 of his 16 points in the first six minutes of the final quarter as the Bulls pulled away. Michael Jordan led Chicago with 24 points and Scottie Pippen added 21 for Chicago, which was sluggish in the second half.
"We played very timid in the second half," Jordan said. "They (the Kings) played very aggressive. It got them back into the ball game."
Antoine Carr led Sacramento with 21 points. Travis Mays had 19, while Rory Sparrow tied his season high of 18 points.
Ralph Sampson played for the first time at home since Dec. 26. He had three points in 16 minutes.
"Sampson came in and got the job done," Chicago coach Phil Jackson said. "He played hard, had some big postups and banged our players. It's just what they needed."
Bucks 103, Cavaliers 96
Ricky Pierce scored 20 points in the second half and 27 overall. Jeff Grayer, playing for the ill Alvin Robertston, had 11 in the fourth quarter in the Bucks' first road win in more than a month.
The Bucks had lost nine straight road games since they won at Charlotte on Jan. 2. Cleveland has lost 22 of its last 27 games.
Robertson had the flu and did not dress for the game, giving Grayer his first start of the season. Grayer scored only two points until the fourth quarter, when he erupted for nine in the first five minutes.
Larry Nance scored 28 points and had 16 rebounds, while Brad Daugherty scored 30 with 15 rebounds for Cleveland.
SuperSonics 100, Hornets 93
Seattle got a season-high 34 points from Eddie Johnson and held Charlotte scoreless over a two-minute stretch late in the fourth quarter.
Michael Cage grabbed 18 rebounds for Seattle, and Shawn Kemp had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Seattle made 28 of 35 foul shots to Charlotte's 14 of 25. The Sonics outrebounded Charlotte 19-6 in the fourth period.
Charlotte had six players in double figures, led by Mike Gminski's 14 points. Charlotte's 5-foot-3 guard Muggsy Bogues did not score but had seven rebounds and 11 assists.