The Phoenix Suns, facing a six-game road test in their pursuit of the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA's Pacific Division, began the trip by breaking a decade-old jinx in Philadelphia.
Jeff Hornacek scored 21 points and contributed 11 rebounds Monday night, leading Phoenix to a 110-106 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Suns' first triumph in Philadelphia since January 1979.
"We are happy to come out here and get a win," Hornacek said. "We were joking about what (Phoenix Coach Cotton) Fitzsimmons said, which was, `You can't win them all unless you win the first one.' But it's going to be a tough road trip."
The Suns, who have won 10 of their last 13 games, moved within two games of the Lakers in the division race. They face their next critical test Tuesday night when they visit the New York Knicks, winners of 23 straight contests at Madison Square Garden.
Pistons 129, Nuggets 112
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Isiah Thomas scored 9 of his 20 points during an 11-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to lead the Pistons.
Mavericks 105, Nets 99
At Dallas, Derek Harper scored 13 points in the final quarter to help the Mavericks fight off a late New Jersey rally.