Derek Smith, waived by the Sacramento Kings a month ago, has revived his career with the Philadelphia 76ers.
"Fun is not the word," Smith said after scoring 15 points Thursday night to help Philadelphia defeat the visiting Kings 106-96. "I'm like a kid with Christmas approaching."I haven't slept a complete night yet because I've been practicing in my dreams. I can't wait for the next game and I haven't felt like that since my second year in in the league. There's no pressure on me, I'm ready to work and I feelgood physically now."
Smith, a six-year veteran, signed with the 76ers on Feb. 13, six days after he was waived by Sacramento. His parting was not smooth, as Smith had clashed with several members of the organization.
That's one reason he took such pleasure in Philadelphia's 114-111 victory at Sacramento last week. He said revenge has left his system.
Smith made his second start as a 76er because of the injury to rookie Hersey Hawkins, who suffered a strained knee ligament Monday night.
"Derek has done a good job," Philadelphia Coach Jim Lynam said. "I'm pleased with his play. He hasn't had a chance to do much practicing because we've had a lot of road games but when he gets some practice, his conditioning will improve."
Charles Barkley had 25 points and Mike Gminski 14 for the Sixers. Ron Anderson added 18 points and the Philadelphia subs outscored their counterparts 40-11.
Sacramento, which has lost nine of its last 11, received 26 points from Wayman Tisdale and 18 each from Danny Ainge and Kenny Smith.
Warriors 120, Cavaliers 114
At Golden State, rookie Mitch Richmond scored 38 points, including a three-pointer with 27 seconds that sealed the win and wrapped up his 24-point second half. Cleveland blocked 14 shots, led by Larry Nance with seven, and the Warriors blocked 11, led by Manute Bol with six. The Cavaliers were led by Mark Price with 37 points. Chris Mullin scored 21 points for the Warriors.
Spurs 112, Nets 98
At San Antonio, Alvin Robertson scored 29 points to lead the Spurs to their second victory in their last 16 games. New Jersey, which had a season-high 30 turnovers, was led by Roy Hinson with 20 points.