Tom Chambers banked in a short jump shot with 1:49 to go to break a 101-101 tie and help lead the Phoenix Suns to a 110-106 victory over the 76ers at Philadelphia Monday night.
The victory was only the 10th in 27 road games for the Suns. It was Philadelphia’s third consecutive loss.
Chambers and Jeff Hornacek led the Suns with 21 points apiece. Charles Barkley paced the 76ers with 31.
Philadelphia, making its first home appearance in nine games, overcame a sluggish start to take a 60-57 first-half lead, then scored the first six points of the third quarter to build a 66-57 advantage.
But Phoenix battled back to regain a 75-74 lead on a dunk by Chambers with 3:12 left.
The game was tight from then on, with neither team holding more than a five-point lead. After Chambers broke the 101-101 tie, Kevin Johnson and Hornacek scored to build the lead to 107-102.
Philadelphia got as close as 107-106 before Phoenix made three free throws to ensure the victory.
Detroit 129, Denver 112--Isiah Thomas scored 15 of his 20 points in the final 7:12 and Rick Mahorn set season highs with 19 points and 19 rebounds as the Pistons beat the Nuggets at Auburn Hills, Mich.
Detroit won its fourth straight and eighth in nine games while handing Denver its eighth straight road loss.
Detroit led almost the entire game, taking a 103-94 lead on Mahorn’s basket with 8:41 to play. Denver cut it to 103-99 when Walter Davis scored a free throw and two baskets.
But Thomas dominated the rest of the game. He sank a three-pointer, then hit three straight jump shots to hike the Piston lead to 112-99 with 4:40 left.
Joe Dumars scored 25 points to lead seven Pistons in double figures.
Alex English topped Denver with 27 points, Dan Schayes had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Davis finished with 16 points.
Dallas 105, New Jersey 99--Derek Harper scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Mavericks past the Nets at Dallas.
Adrian Dantley contributed 20 points in his debut as a Maverick starter, and James Donaldson had 20 points and 22 rebounds.
Roy Hinson led the Nets with 23 points and 14 rebounds.