Isiah Thomas? Larry Bird? Who needs them?
Not that they wouldn't like to have them back, but the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics are doing all right without their respective injured stars.Bill Laimbeer had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Joe Dumars had 21 points and 11 assists and Vinnie Johnson also had 21 points Monday as the Pistons won their fourth straight game - and second without the injured Thomas - trouncing the Washington Bullets 124-100.
"We're a good team. We have 12 players, not one, and we can go on," Dumars said.
Meanwhile, Kevin McHale's rebound and layup with seven seconds left gave Boston a 113-112 victory over the New Jersey Nets and a 2 1/2-game lead over Washington in the race for the NBA's final Eastern Conference playoff berth.
Celtics 113, Nets 112
Chris Morris, who led New Jersey with 19 points, missed a shot with 19 seconds left. Boston's Robert Parish, who had 29 points and 13 rebounds, got the rebound and started a fastbreak.
Kings 108, Heat 69
Kenny Smith scored 23 points, Vinny Del Negro added 20 and Wayman Tisdale had 18 as Sacramento posted the second largest victory margin in the history of the franchise.
Lakers 133, Clippers 116
Magic Johnson scored 24 points and added 13 assists and A.C. Green had 15 points and nine rebounds as the Lakers snapped a two-game losing streak and reduced their magic number for clinching their eighth consecutive Pacific Division title to six. They lead Phoenix by two games with seven left for each team.
Hawks 112, Hornets 105
Glenn Rivers hit two jumpers, including a 3-pointer, to lead Atlanta on a 17-6 run in the final five minutes that handed Charlotte its 11th consecutive loss at home.
Pacers 110, Mavericks 103
Reggie Miller scored 25 points, including a 3-pointer with 4:20 to play that gave Indiana the lead for good.
SuperSonics 102, Spurs 89
Dale Ellis scored 28 points and Xavier McDaniel added 26 as Seattle clinched a playoff berth. Willie Anderson led San Antonio with 22 points and Vernon Maxwell added 15 for the Spurs, who have lost eight of their last 11 games.