Danny Ainge finally was able to do what the Portland Trail Blazers signed him to do - light up the scoreboard in the playoffs.
Ainge, 3-for-10 in the first seven quarters of the postseason, scored 16 of his 18 points, including three 3-pointers, in the fourth quarter as the Trail Blazers defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 115-106 for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 playoff series.The Blazers, 6-0 against the SuperSonics this season, led only 81-79 after a 15-footer with 10:55 left by Seattle's Eddie Johnson, who scored 28 points.
Ainge then sank two 3-pointers and scored eight points during a 13-2 run that gave the Blazers a 95-81 lead with 7:52 to play.
"I wasn't concerned about Danny," Portland coach Rick Adelman said. "I had a feeling he was going to snap out of it."
Adelman said Ainge's first 3-pointer seemed to relax him.
"He seemed to loosen up after that," Adelman said. "Before that he was rushing things, trying to do too much."
Ainge, who plays behind starters Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter, said he needed playing time to get himself started.
"I think that was the difference," he said after playing the entire final period. "I just really got a chance to get my rhythm going."
The playoffs resume Tuesday night with the Los Angeles Lakers at Houston, Detroit at Atlanta, Chicago at New York, Milwaukee at Philadelphia, Portland at Seattle and Phoenix at Utah.
On Wednesday night, Boston is at Indiana and San Antonio at Golden State.
In addition to top seeds Portland and Chicago, the Lakers and Philadelphia are leading 2-0. The other series are 1-1.
Pistons 101, Hawks 98
Detroit, in a must-win situation at home, pulled even with Atlanta behind Joe Dumars' 28 points and stifling defense.
The Pistons, who shot only 38.5 percent in a 103-98 loss in Game 1 on Friday night, shot 47 percent in the second game while holding the Hawks to 36 percent. Dennis Rodman grabbed 16 rebounds for Detroit, and set a team playoff record with six offensive rebounds in the first quarter.
Detroit never trailed after the midway point of the first quarter and opened a 19-point margin in the fourth period.
Dominique Wilkins, who scored 32 points in the Game 1 upset, was held to 20 on 5-for-14 shooting in Game 2.
"Rodman always does a great job on Dominique," Hawks coach Bob Weiss said. "But like any defensive scheme, or offensive scheme, it takes more than one player."
Bulls 89, Knicks 79
Chicago got 26 points from Michael Jordan to win at home again against New York, but the Bulls had to struggle, scoring 37 fewer points than they had in the series opener.
The Knicks went on an 11-0 run in the first half, led 44-42 at halftime and were still tied at 66-all when Craig Hodges' 3-pointer ignited a 13-4 run that put the Bulls on top for good.
Patrick Ewing, held to six points in the first game, had 24 for New York. He scored 14 points in the first quarter on 7-for-11 shooting. After that, he was 1-for-11.