The Portland Trail Blazers ignored fatigue and outlasted the Utah Jazz, 101-97, Sunday night at Portland.
While the Jazz spent Saturday night resting in Portland, the Trail Blazers battled through three overtimes at Seattle before pulling out a 130-124 victory. They arrived home early Sunday morning.
With players such as Karl Malone and gigantic Mark Eaton, Utah is one of the NBA’s more physical teams.
But the Trail Blazers are showing signs of greatness. While improving the best record in the league to 14-1, they ended the Jazz’s five-game winning streak.
Buck Williams, who played only 41 minutes of the 63 minutes in the triple overtime, had a season-high 23 points and 11 rebounds and Terry Porter, who had 38 points at Seattle, sank a three-pointer in the last minute to clinch the win.
The Trail Blazers showed signs of fatigue and they had to overcome a magnificent game by Karl Malone, who had 36 points and 16 rebounds.
The Blazers led most of the game, but seldom by more than four or five points. Porter scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, getting a basket both times after Utah cut the lead to a point.
Indiana 107, Milwaukee 103--The Pacers seemed headed for their fifth consecutive defeat when they fell behind the Bucks, 26-12 in the first eight minutes at Indianapolis.
But Chuck Person and Reggie Miller rallied the Pacers and by halftime, they held a 58-46 lead.
The next surge was the Bucks and they pulled ahead 102-101. But in the last 20 seconds both Person and Miller sank two free throws to give the Pacers the victory.