The Los Angeles Lakers' winning streak was so long that even the Portland Trail Blazers started looking over their shoulders.
Blazer Coach Rick Adelman found his team watching the Lakers-Phoenix Suns game on television Tuesday night and told his players, "Let's worry about Portland. Let's not worry about Phoenix and the Lakers."The Lakers, who made up 5 1/2 games in the Pacific Division standings during their 16-game winning streak, took a step backward against the Suns, losing 99-95 at Phoenix while Portland defeated Philadelphia 121-106.
Kevin Johnson scored 10 of his 35 points in the final 8:13 and Tom Chambers hit a tiebreaking hook shot with 28 seconds left.
The Suns previously stopped Portland's 11-game winning run on Nov. 27 and Detroit's 11-game streak Feb. 3. Both of those victories came on the road.
"I guess you can call us `streak busters' now," said Phoenix center Mark West, who had 13 rebounds. "This was a real big one."
"It was a playoff-level game. A big-time win," Suns Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons said. "I told our team before the game that if we were going to win, we had to be the aggressor, and that's what we were."
Jeff Hornacek added 23 points for the Suns while Chambers finished with 18, giving him 16,008 in his nine-year NBA career.
Sam Perkins scored 26 points and James Worthy 21 for the Lakers, who last lost 96-88 at Seattle on Jan. 8.
"It was a good streak. We just have to go out and start another one," said Magic Johnson, who had 14 points and 15 assists. "This game was as good as it gets. It could have gone either way."
Perkins' turnaround jumper tied the game for the 10th time, 95-95 with 36 seconds remaining. Chambers then sank a 10-foot, left-handed hook to put Phoenix ahead to stay.
Trail Blazers 121, 76ers 106
Buck Williams scored 11 points and Terry Porter nine of his 22 for Portland in the decisive third quarter, which ended with a 31-9 surge against Philadelphia.
Celtics 114, SuperSonics 111
Boston started a five-game West Coast trip with a win at Seattle as Reggie Lewis scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half, including the go-ahead basket with 3:32 left.
Warriors 126, Timberwolves 105
Chris Mullin scored 30 points and Tim Hardaway 29, and Golden State opened a 27-point third-quarter lead before coasting over Minnesota.
Bulls 122, Hawks 113
Michael Jordan scored 32 points and Horace Grant 23 as Chicago beat Atlanta for its 14th consecutive victory at home.
Spurs 102, Bullets 92
Willie Anderson scored 22 points and David Robinson 20, lifting San Antonio over Washington.
Kings 103, Clippers 101
Travis Mays scored on a 15-foot jumper as time expired, giving Sacramento its sixth victory in seven home games.
Magic 129, Nuggets 12
Orlando defeated Denver for the first four-game winning streak in the Magic's two-year history.
Hornets 100, Mavericks 92
Charlotte used an 11-2 run at the beginning of the second half to beat Dallas, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Knicks 114, Pacers 110
Patrick Ewing had 29 points and Kiki Vandeweghe broke a tie by scoring New York's final four points in the last 20 seconds at Indiana.
Cavaliers 94, Heat 78
Brad Daugherty had 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Cleveland overcame 19 first-half turnovers to defeat Miami.