While injuries continue to play havoc with Detroit's consistency on offense, the Pistons continue to win games with defense.

The defending NBA champions, 9-4 since Isiah Thomas was sidelined after wrist surgery, beat the Atlanta Hawks 97-89 on Wednesday night, the 17th time this season the Pistons have held the opposition under 90 points.Not surprisingly, the Pistons are 17-0 in those games.

Coach Chuck Daly's problems with Thomas out have been compounded by John Salley's back problems. Against Atlanta, James Edwards and Dennis Rodman both got in early foul trouble.

But Dumars scored 25 points in 37 minutes, Bill Laimbeer had 19 points and 14 rebounds in 43 minutes and Vinnie Johnson had 14 points in 45 minutes for the Pistons.

Dominique Wilkins led Atlanta with 19 points and John Battle had 16.

Suns 113, Clippers 93

Phoenix took control with a 26-6 second-half burst, turning a six-point deficit into a 14-point lead at Los Angeles.

Tom Chambers had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Dan Majerle scored 24 points for the Suns, while Ron Harper led the Clippers with 26 points.

Cavaliers 118, Kings 104

Cleveland handed Sacramento its 21st straight road loss as Brad Daugherty scored 10 of his 24 points in the pivotal third quarter.

The Kings fell to an NBA-worst 1-24 on the road despite a career-high 41 points from Antoine Carr, whose previous high of 35 came just three days earlier in a loss at Indiana.

Pacers 122, Magic 120 OT

Detlef Schrempf's reverse layup with one second left in overtime enabled Indiana to win at home against Orlando.

Reggie Miller scored 34 points and Chuck Person had 29 for the Pacers, who have improved their playoff prospects with a four-game winning streak.

Warriors 108, Timberwolves 105

Tim Hardaway, who nearly let the shot-clock run out, hit a desperation 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left, giving Golden State a road victory over Minnesota.

The Warriors made only one of their first 11 3-point attempts, but Hardaway, who scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, made two in the final 1:18.


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Malone 'day-to-day' with back injury

Jazz guard Jeff Malone has a lower back strain and missed Tuesday's practice with the Jazz.

Malone recently returned after missing seven games due to a groin pull. But he was apparently kicked in the back during Monday's win over San Antonio and left in the second half. Team trainers say Malone's status is "day-to-day."

The Jazz resume play with a Friday night game at Golden State.