San Antonio knocked Seattle into a tie for the Pacific Division lead Friday night as David Robinson, who returned after a three-game absence, and Tim Duncan led the Spurs to an 89-87 victory.
Duncan had 31 points and 11 rebounds and Robinson, who missed three games after being knocked unconscious by Karl Malone's elbow, scored 22.Robinson sank five free throws and Duncan had a three-point play as San Antonio outscored Seattle 8-4 in the final 1:16 for the Spurs' second win over the SuperSonics in a week.
Seattle lost its 21st game and dropped into a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the Pacific Division lead.
It was just the third victory for the Spurs in 13 games against Seattle, Los Angeles and Utah - the top three teams in the West.
Duncan put the Spurs ahead with 48 seconds left when he scored on a fastbreak layup and added a free throw after being fouled by Nate McMillan.
After Detlef Schrempf scored on a layup with 18.2 seconds to go, Robinson turned the ball over by inbounding into the backcourt. But Duncan blocked Gary Payton's shot, McMillan shot an airball from 14 feet and Robinson grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 1.2 seconds left and sank the first of two free throws for an 89-87 lead.
Robinson then purposely missed the second, and the ball bounced away and time expired before Seattle could call timeout.
Schrempf led the Sonics with 24 points and Gary Payton had 20.
LAKERS 124, MAVERICKS 95: Shaquille O'Neal scored 43 points as the Los Angeles Lakers earned their 60th victory by beating the Dallas Mavericks Friday night to tie Seattle for first place in the Pacific Division.
The victory gave the Lakers' their ninth 60-win season since moving to Los Angeles in 1960-61, and put them a season-high 39 games over .500 with one game left - on Sunday against the Utah Jazz.
HAWKS 121, HORNETS 104: The Hawks had their highest-scoring game of the season and remained alive for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs by completing a sweep of the four-game season series against Charlotte.
Steve Smith scored 27 points, Alan Henderson had 25 and Mookie Blaylock 20.
BULLS 87, 76ERS 80: Amid another sea of flashbulbs in what may have been his last regular-season road game, Michael Jordan scored 24 points as the Chicago Bulls snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Bulls almost let a 13-point lead slip away, but Jordan scored his only two points of the fourth quarter from the foul line with 14 seconds left to end all doubt.
WIZARDS 97, HEAT 89: Washington stayed alive in the playoff race for at least another day as Chris Whitney sank four free throws in the final 92 seconds to help stave off a Miami rally.
Combined with New Jersey's loss at Orlando, it kept alive the Wizards' hopes of squeezing into the postseason. They still must defeat the Boston Celtics on Saturday and hope two things happen Sunday - the Nets lose at home to Detroit and Charlotte wins at home against Orlando.
MAGIC 121, NETS 109: Orlando handed New Jersey its third straight loss as the Nets blew another chance to clinch a postseason berth.
Nick Anderson scored 29 points and Bo Outlaw had a triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
PISTONS 108, BUCKS 102: Grant Hill had 31 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to lead Detroit over Milwaukee.
Detroit also got 27 points from Jerry Stackhouse, while former Piston Michael Curry had a career-high 25 points for Milwaukee. Ray Allen also had 25 and Armon Gilliam 22.
PACERS 107, RAPTORS 98: Dale Davis had 20 points and reserve Jalen Rose 19 as Indiana won its seventh straight.
Rik Smits continued to show his ailing feet were improving by contributing 17 points, his highest production since ending a seven-game absence four games ago.
TIMBERWOLVES 102, ROCKETS 95: Minnesota solidified the order of the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference, clinching seventh place with a victory over eighth-seeded Houston.
Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Wolves in their final regular-season home game. Minnesota, which went 0-7 against Houston last year, including a three-game sweep in the playoffs, finished 3-1 against the Rockets this season.
CELTICS 78, CAVALIERS 71: Rick Pitino missed the game and his two best players, Antoine Walker and Ron Mercer, kept missing shots, but Boston still beat Cleveland.
NUGGETS 109, BLAZERS 101: Anthony Goldwire scored a career-high 22 points on 8-of-8 shooting as the Denver Nuggets enjoyed their home finale with a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.