NBA ROUNDUP : Coles Provides Fire for Heat, 122-112

From Associated Press

Bimbo Coles missed potential game-winners as time expired in regulation and at the end of the first overtime, but he took over in the second overtime, scoring 10 of his 22 points to give the Miami Heat a 122-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at Miami.

Coles scored five consecutive points for a 107-105 lead in the second overtime, but a three-point shot by Glenn Robinson gave the Bucks a 108-107 advantage with 2:52 to play.

Miami then scored the next eight points, with four players, including Coles, scoring two apiece, to give the Heat a 115-108 lead with 1:05 left. Coles added three free throws in the final minute.


“I didn’t think about the big shots,” said Coles, who made two layups and six of seven free throws in the second overtime. “You can’t put pressure on yourself. I’ll take it anytime.”

Glen Rice had 30 points, and Kevin Willis added 29 points and a season-high 24 rebounds.

Vin Baker had 26 points, Todd Day 25 and Robinson 21 for Milwaukee.

New Jersey 117, Detroit 99--Armon Gilliam, replacing the injured Derrick Coleman, scored a season-high 27 points and the Nets held the Pistons to 10 baskets in the second half at East Rutherford, N.J.

Chris Morris added a season-high 22 points, Benoit Benjamin 18 points and Kenny Anderson a season-high 17 assists and 11 points as the Nets won their third in a row for the first time this season. The last two victories have been with Coleman sidelined because of a lacerated hand.

Former Net Terry Mills had 25 points and rookie Grant Hill 23 as the Pistons lost for the eighth time in 11 games.

Indiana 107, Chicago 99--Rik Smits scored 25 points and the Pacers stretched their home winning streak to seven games with the victory at Indianapolis.

The Bulls failed to score 100 points for the fifth consecutive game, including their previous outing when they scored a franchise low in losing to Cleveland, 77-63.


Indiana used an 8-2 run in the fourth quarter to build a 98-87 lead with 5:02 to play. Smits finished the run with three consecutive points.

San Antonio 111, Denver 97--David Robinson scored 34 points, including 16 in the third quarter, and the Spurs pulled away at Denver for their fifth consecutive victory.

Robinson made 16 of 18 free throws; the Spurs were 33 of 36 from the line.

San Antonio had two 7-0 runs and another 8-0 spurt to take a 91-85 lead after three quarters.

Vinny Del Negro added 20 points and Avery Johnson 19 for the Spurs, who also got 14 rebounds from Dennis Rodman.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf came off the bench to pace Denver with 21 points.