James Worthy scored seven of his 25 points in overtime Tuesday night and the Los Angeles Lakers used a 20-4 fourth Roundupquarter run to rally for a 124-119 victory that eliminated the Golden State Warriors from the Western Conference semifinals.
Worthy sank a tiebreaking jumper with 38.7 seconds remaining and the Lakers withstood 27 points and 20 assists from Tim Hardaway to win the best-of-seven series 4 games to 1.Los Angeles will face the defending conference champion Trail Blazers in the Western title series beginning Saturday at Portland. The Lakers dropped three of five games against the defending West champions this season, including two of three at the Forum.
Los Angeles, which returns to the NBA's Final Four after missing last year's for the first time in nine seasons, also received 28 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists from Magic Johnson and 19 points and 15 rebounds from Sam Perkins.
Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin scored 26 points apiece for Golden State.
After his jumper snapped a 117-117 tie with 38.7 seconds left, Worthy was fouled on the other end after grabbing a loose ball following Hardaway's miss. He made only his first foul shot, leaving the Lakers ahead by three points 25.8 seconds left.
Hardaway scored off a drive but Byron Scott countered with two free throws for a 122-119 Los Angeles lead with 11.7 seconds to play. Richmond missed a tough three-pointer, and Scott sealed the victory with two foul shots with five seconds to go.
Bulls 100, 76ers 95
At Chicago, the Bulls knocked Philadelphia out of the second round of the NBA playoffs in five games for the second straight season as Michael Jordan had 38 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in a 100-95 victory Tuesday night.
Jordan scored the Bulls' last 12 points and 25 in the second half as they broke away from a 92-92 tie to win the best-of-7 series 4-1.
Chicago will meet the winner of the Boston-Detroit series in the Eastern Conference finals. The Bulls have lost to the Pistons in that round the last two seasons.
Barkley and Pippen took charge in the first quarter in which there were three ties and six lead changes. Barkley scored 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting and Pippen was 7-for-7 with 14 points.
Barkley led the 76ers with 30 points and Gilliam scored 21. Scottie Pippen scored 28 points, 24 of them in the first half, for Chicago.