The NBA trading deadline passed without a deal Thursday night, but the Seattle SuperSonics cashed in on a trade they made last weekend.
Ricky Pierce, who was acquired from Milwaukee for Dale Ellis, scored 26 points to lead Seattle to a 122-101 rout of the Knicks in New York. It was Pierce's third game for the Sonics."I'm not going to come in and learn all the plays right away, I have to go out and simply play basketball and that's what I did tonight," Pierce said.
"You can get sidetracked with all the things going on outside the basketball court, but we really concentrated on going out and getting the job done."
Knicks guard Mark Jackson was happy when the 9 p.m. EST deadline passed and New York failed to make a deal. He was at the center of most Knicks' trade rumors.
"I'm very happy to still be in New York. I think the fans are very supportive and I think there is a future here," Jackson said after scoring 20 points for the Knicks, who have lost six of their last eight.
"I'm just going to keep working harder and keep trying to improve. We're disappointed right now and we have to get our act together and it starts tomorrow in practice. But, I am relieved. I was never anxious to leave."
Seattle Coach K.C. Jones said he was delighted to see Pierce come off the bench and take over in the fourth quarter. Pierce scored 14 points in the period to hold off a New York comeback bid.
"He gives us great shooting and can also post up. Those are two weapons that will definitely help us at the end of games," Jones said.
Shawn Kemp added 24 points and Eddie Johnson had 20 for the Sonics, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Lakers 106, Mavericks 92
At Dallas, James Worthy and Byron Scott touched off a 13-0 run in the first quarter that sent the Lakers past cold-shooting Dallas. Magic Johnson contributed his ninth triple-double of the season and second in a row with 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Derek Harper scored 20 for the Mavericks, who trailed by 25 in the third quarter.
Rockets 92, Bucks 90
At Houston, Otis Thorpe scored 28 points and grabbed 19 rebounds and Vernon Maxwell added 15 points to lift the Rockets. Houston led by 15 points in the first half and 11 in the second half, but had to score the final 4 points and surive a miss by Milwaukee's Jack Sikma with :02 left to win. Frank Brickowski scored 18 points for the Bucks, who had a three-game winning streak stopped.
Heat 104, Bullets 90
At Landover, Md., Glen Rice scored 12 of his 27 points during the third quarter to lift the Heat. Pervis Ellison led the Bullets with 17 points and 11 rebounds, but Miami held All-Star forward Bernard King without a field goal for the final three quarters. King, averaging 29.3 points, finished with 15.
Portland 122, Denver 111
At Denver, Kevin Duckworth scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to snap a three-game Trail Blazers' road losing streak and extend the Nuggets' losing streak to seven. Orlando Woolridge led the Nuggets with 20 points and 13 rebounds.