James Worthy scored 36 points as the Los Angeles Lakers cooled off the Golden State Warriors 115-112 Friday night, taking a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.
The Lakers held Chris Mullin, who scored 41 points on 15-for-21 shooting in Game 2, to 13 points as the left-hander missed 10 of 14 shots. The Warriors, who shot better than 53 percent in each of the first two games, shot 46.2 percent as the Lakers played more aggressive defense.Game 4 in the best-of-7 series is scheduled for Sunday.
The Lakers, who got 23 points from Byron Scott and shot 55.3 percent, built a 101-89 lead with 5:21 remaining, but had to hold off a furious Warriors charge to win.
Tim Hardaway, who scored 24 points, converted a three-point play with 4:10 left to pull Golden State to 103-95. Another three-point play, by Sarunas Marciulionis, closed the gap to 107-101 with 3:09 remaining.
After Sam Perkins made the first of two free throws, Mario Elie scored off a rebound before Mitch Richmond stole the ball from Magic Johnson and passed to Mullin for a breakaway layup, making the score 108-105 with 2:29 left.
Worthy made an 18-footer that Hardaway followed with a 3-pointer, pulling the Warriors within two with 1:52 to play.
Scott answered with a 3-pointer of his own as the 24-second clock expired, and the Lakers led 113-108. After Richmond hit a spinning jumper, the Warriors forced Los Angeles into a 24-second violation before Marciulionis made a bank shot with 37.1 seconds left, making the score 113-112.
But it was Scott again who answered with a 6-footer with 20 seconds left, putting Los Angeles ahead 115-112.
Hardaway missed a 3-point try with Johnson in his face, but Paul Mokeski tipped the rebound back to Mullin, who fed Hardaway again, but the point guard's final shot with three seconds left hit both sides of the rim before falling away.
Johnson finished with 15 points and 15 assists for the Lakers.
The Lakers built a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter with a pair of 10-2 runs. Leading 81-80, the Lakers reeled off the first one, taking a 91-82 lead on Vlade Divac's two free throws with 8:56 to play. The second spurt, this one finished off by two free throws by Scott, put Los Angeles ahead 101-89 with 5:21 remaining.
The Warriors took their first lead since the opening minutes at 69-68 when Rod Higgins hit a 3-pointer with 41/2 minutes left in the third quarter. Hardaway's two free throws with 3:05 left put Golden State ahead 76-74 before the Lakers went on an 8-2 run to lead 81-78 after three quarters.
The Lakers led 57-50 at halftime before the Warriors scored seven straight points to open the second half, tying the score on a 3-pointer by Higgins.
Los Angeles opened a 20-10 lead as Golden State made four of 13 shots to open the game, then ran off a 9-2 run for a 33-20 advantage with 49 seconds left in the first period. Los Angeles led 41-30 before the Warriors scored 10 straight points.
76ers 99, Bulls 97
Hersey Hawkins scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead 3-point basket with 10.3 seconds to play to give the Philadelphia 76ers a victory over Chicago, cutting the Bulls' lead to two games to one in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Game 4 in the best-of-seven series will be played Sunday afternoon at the Spectrum.
Hawkins took a pass from Charles Barkley and sank a 3-pointer from the right side to put Philadelphia ahead 98-97 after Michael Jordan hit only one of two free throws to give the Bulls a 97-95 edge.
Chicago's Scottie Pippen forced an off-balance jump shot with less than five seconds to go and Philadelphia's Armon Gilliam grabbed the rebound, was fouled and hit one of two free throws for a 99-97 lead.
Chicago got to inbound the ball with 1.3 seconds left but did not get off a final shot.
Jordan led all scorers with 46 points, his playoff high this season, but he missed three crucial free throws in the last two minutes. Pippen added 22 points.
Gilliam scored 25 points and Barkley added 19 for Philadelphia.
Jordan scored on a drive to the basket to give the Bulls a 95-93 lead and was fouled by Manute Bol. Bol was also called for a technical foul and ejected after the play.
Jordan made the free throw for the technical, but missed the free throw for the personal to give the Bulls a 96-93 lead with 1:24 left.
Andre Turner hit a jumper to bring Philadelphia within 96-95 with 43. 2 seconds to play.
Jordan also scored on a drive to the basket to tie the score at 93-93 with two minutes left, was fouled, but missed the free throw.
Philadelphia went ahead 92-91 on a driving layup by Turner and 93-91 when Barkley hit one of two free throws with 2:14 left.
After Hawkins sank two free throws to tie the score at 83-83 with 7:18 to play, the lead changed hands five times and Chicago led 89-86 on a turn-around jumper by Jordan with 4:40 to play and 91-90 on a follow shot by Bill Cartwright with 3:04 to go.
Philadelphia outscored Chicago 9-2 in the last 2:17 of the third quarter to cut the Bulls' lead to 76-75.
Pippen hit a jumper to give the Bulls a 61-51 advantage with 8:06 to play in the period and Craig Hodges hit a 3-point shot for a 74-66 lead with 2:33 to go.
Barkley made a pair of free throws with 2.1 seconds left in the second quarter to bring the 76ers within 51-47 at intermission.
Chicago outscored Philadelphia 10-2 in a nearly five-minute span of the period to take a 51-45 lead on a free throw by Jordan.
Philadelphia led 33-30 on a jumper by Ron Anderson and 39-35 on a basket by Gilliam with 6:35 to go in the quarter.
The 76ers took a 13-8 lead on a 3-point play by Rickey Green and led 23-16 on a jumper by Gilliam but Jordan dropped in a turn-around jumper to tie the score 26-26 at the end of the first quarter.