They are 1-2 in the NBA standings, but when the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons meet, there is little parity.
The Cavaliers, at 42-12 owners of the best record in the league, took their third victory in as many meetings with the Pistons, 36-16, as Ron Harper scored 26 points in a 115-99 decision Tuesday night. It was a bruising battle and set up another war Friday night on the Pistons' court in Auburn Hills, Mich.
"They got all pumped up and made a big deal of this game, so it's a big win for us," said Cavaliers center Brad Daugherty, who had 13 rebounds and 20 points, including his first career 3-pointer.
"My knee, my wrist, my whole body - that's the kind of game it was," added a very sore Harper.
More of the same could be on tap Friday night.
At Richfield, Ohio, Harper made 11 of 16 field goals, mostly on fast breaks and in the low post.
The Cavaliers, five games in front of Detroit in the Central Division, outscored the Pistons 34-17 from the free throw line.
Daugherty and Bill Laimbeer were ejected and suspended for one game for fighting the last time the teams met Jan. 27. There were no fights Tuesday, but four Pistons collected five personal fouls each.
Pacers 108, SuperSonics 106
Chuck Person led the way for Indiana with 45 points, but it was Detlef Schrempf who won it, breaking Indiana's 11-game road losing streak.
Trail Blazers 139, Suns 134
Terry Porter, Jerome Kersey and Clyde Drexler were a three-man gang for the Blazers. Porter scored a season-high 34 points and had 12 assists, while Kersey had 21 of his 31 points in the second half.
Tom Chambers had 15 points in the second period, 13 more in the fourth, and finished with a season-high 42 for the Suns.
Celtics 112, Hornets 87
Boston scored 28 points in the first quarter, with Reggie Lewis and Kevin McHale combining for all of them. Then a 26-4 burst in the second quarter turned it into a rout.
Mavericks 111, Heat 110
At Miami, Rolando Blackman scored Dallas' final seven points, including a three-point play with three seconds left in overtime.
76ers 123, Clippers 105
Rookie Hersey Hawkins scored a season-high 32 points and Charles Barkley added 23, sending Los Angeles to its 10th straight defeat.
Bulls 121, Spurs 102
San Antonio lost its 12th straight game and clinched a losing season for the fourth consecutive year. The Spurs were 1-12 in February, the worst month in their history.