Ron Anderson says the key to success in pressure situations is confidence and knowing which way to run.
"I think it's just a matter of wanting it when the game is on the line," said Anderson, whose 3-point basket tied the game in regulation before he scored seven points in the last 22 seconds of the second overtime to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 133-129 victory over the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night.The Hawks seemed to have the game in hand when John Battle's basket gave them a 106-102 lead with 18 seconds remaining in regulation.
A 3-point basket by Charles Barkley with 5 seconds left pulled the 76ers within a point. After Dominique Wilkins' two free throws gave the Hawks another 3-point lead with 4 seconds left, Anderson's 3-pointer tied the score at 108 with 1 second to go.
Barkley had a chance to win the game with 2 seconds remaining in the first overtime, but missed the first of two free throws. His second tied it at 116, bringing on the second overtime.
Barkley finished with 34 points, Anderson 27 and Armon Gilliam 25 for Philadelphia. Wilkins paced Atlanta with 29 points, Battle added 26, Kevin Willis 17 and Glenn Rivers 16.
Bulls 131, Timberwolves 99
Horace Grant and Michael Jordan scored 20 points each, leading surging Chicago to its 23rd consecutive home victory while sending Minnesota to its 11th straight road loss.
Chicago won its fourth game in a row and 16th in its last 18. The Bulls are 28-3 at Chicago Stadium.
Rockets 93, SuperSonics 91
Kenny Smith had 24 points, including four free throws in the final 17 seconds, and Hakeem Olajuwon scored 32 points to lead Houston.
Olajuwon scored his points off the bench. Otis Thorpe added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets.
Lakers 102, Heat 95
Byron Scott hit long jumpers on three consecutive possessions in the final three minutes to help visiting Los Angeles clinch a playoff berth.
The Lakers appeared in control when they led 88-75 with 5:30 left. But they failed to score on their next six possessions, and the Heat closed to 88-84 with four minutes to go.
Bullets 103, Hornets 100
Pervis Ellison scored a career-high 28 points as injury-riddled Washington snapped a nine-game losing streak.
The Bullets, losers in 15 of their previous 17 games, played without their two leading scorers. Bernard King, the league's second-leading scorer at 29.5 points per game, sat out with a strained lower back.
Clippers 126, Nuggets 123 OT
Ron Harper scored 8 of his 23 points in overtime, including a pair of 3-pointers, as the Clippers snapped a five-game losing streak.
After Michael Adams, who had 38 points, gave Denver a 113-112 lead on a free throw 15 seconds into overtime, Harper drilled a 3-pointer to put the Clippers ahead for good with 4:26 remaining.
Celtics 110, Kings 95
Reggie Lewis scored 27 points as surging Boston continued its mastery over Sacramento, beating the Kings for the 10th straight time.
Warriors 129, Pacers 117
Mitch Richmond had 28 points and Chris Mullin 21 and a season-high 10 assists as sharp-shooting Golden State, held without a free throw in the first half, made 25 of 31 in the second half.