Chris Mullin scored 17 of his 20 points in the third quarter, then watched from the bench as the Indiana Pacers got their final 12 points from the foul line in a 99-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.
Reggie Miller, who led Indiana with 21 points, made six of the 12 free throws as the Pacers were shut out from the field over the final 4:33.Rik Smits added 16 points, while Mark Jackson finished with 14 points and 10 assists.
Keith Van Horn scored 21, Kerry Kittles added 16 and Sam Cassell had 10 for the Nets before refusing to re-enter the game late in the fourth period.
KNICKS 109, HAWKS 108: The Knicks, despite blowing a 14-point fourth quarter lead and having John Starks and Allan Houston each miss a pair of free throws in the final 6.9 seconds, held on to edge Atlanta.
Houston, starting at small forward for the first time this season, finished with 21 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Larry Johnson added 19 points and Starks, making his first start of the season, had 16 points and eight assists.
MAGIC 102, TRAIL BLAZERS 87: David Benoit came off the bench to replace the injured Nick Anderson and scored 19 points with eight rebounds as Orlando defeated Portland.
Coupled with New Jersey's loss at Indiana, it moved the Magic within a half-game of the Nets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
HEAT 93, WARRIORS 87: Alonzo Mourning had 25 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks as Miami held off upset-minded Golden State. Miami had a 15-point lead early in the game, but the Warriors stayed in it right to the end.
PISTONS 105, RAPTORS 99: Brian Williams had 24 points and 18 rebounds and Grant Hill added 25 points to lead Detroit over Toronto.
Chauncey Billups led Toronto with 22, and Doug Christie added 19. The Pistons ended a two-game home losing streak, while Toronto fell to 9-24 on the road.
BULLS 98, GRIZZLIES 92: The Bulls exerted as little energy as they had to and still managed to get the job done, beating Vancouver in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the final score made it appear.
Chicago (50-17) clinched a playoff spot with the victory, becoming the first Eastern Conference team to do so.
Michael Jordan led the Bulls with 24 points despite not scoring in the first quarter.
TIMBERWOLVES 104, NUGGETS 88: Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Minnesota held Denver to eight points in the third quarter.
Terry Porter and Tom Hammonds scored 16 points each off the bench for the Wolves, who snapped a four-game losing streak and crept back over the .500 mark at 34-33.
HORNETS 92, SPURS 82: Bobby Phills scored 21 points to lead Charlotte to its third straight victory.
Matt Geiger and David Wesley added 18 points apiece for Charlotte, which has won 13 of its last 14 games.
San Antonio, which had a two-game winning streak snapped, was led by Tim Duncan with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
LAKERS 93, SUPERSONICS 80: Shaquille O'Neal had 24 points and 16 rebounds Friday night as the Lakers avoided to avoid being swept in the four-game season series.
The Lakers also snapped Seattle's five-game winning streak despite committing 22 turnovers and getting 4-for-15 free throw shooting from O'Neal.