NBA ROUNDUP : Trail Blazers Keep Wilkens at 938 and Holding
The Portland Trail Blazers denied Atlanta Hawk Coach Lenny Wilkens a record-setting 939th victory Tuesday night, getting 30 points from Cliff Robinson and five free throws from Clyde Drexler in the final 1:02 for a 103-98 victory at Atlanta.
It was the second time Wilkens has had a chance to overtake Red Auerbach for regular-season coaching victories.
Wilkens gets another shot at the record tonight when the Hawks play the Knicks at New York.
“I told you it’s going to happen,” Wilkens said. “It’s just going to happen when it happens. My biggest concern is just getting the team to play consistent basketball. We can’t worry about the record.”
The Trail Blazers, winning for the second time in five games, surged to a 66-49 lead four minutes into the third quarter.
Houston 110, Dallas 98--Hakeem Olajuwon had 41 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks at Dallas to lead the Rockets to their fifth consecutive victory.
Olajuwon scored 18 of his team’s 25 fourth-quarter points.
Jim Jackson scored 27 points and Roy Tarpley had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks.
Denver 108, Minnesota 99--Brian Williams scored nine of his 15 points in two overtime periods to lift the Nuggets at Minneapolis.
Dikembe Mutombo grabbed 22 rebounds and Robert Pack led seven Nuggets in double figures with 23 points.
Utah 123, Milwaukee 91--Jeff Hornacek scored 18 points and led eight Jazz players in double figures at Salt Lake City.
Rookie forward Glenn Robinson led the Bucks with 24 points but had nine turnovers.
New Jersey 114, Indiana 103--Benoit Benjamin scored a season-high 30 points and Derrick Coleman and Kenny Anderson had big games returning to the lineup as the Nets ended a four-game losing streak at East Rutherford, N.J.
Coleman, who sat out six games because of a lacerated left hand, had 20 points and 15 rebounds. Anderson, who had a string of 112 consecutive starts ended when he sat out Friday’s 96-79 loss to the Pacers because of a sore shoulder, added 14 points and 16 assists.
Seattle 121, Washington 107--Gary Payton scored 24 points and Detlef Schrempf and Sarunas Marciulionis each scored 18 to lead the SuperSonics at Landover, Md.
Schrempf and Marciulionis each scored seven of the SuperSonics’ first 14 points in the final quarter to give Seattle a 104-92 lead. The Bullets never got closer in losing for the 12th time in 13 games.
Phoenix 108, Sacramento 100--Charles Barkley scored 11 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter at Sacramento to help the Suns end the Kings’ four-game home winning streak.
Barkley mocked the jeering Sacramento fans several times and jokingly tussled with the Kings’ mascot during the waning minutes.
“I just hope the game is close, so I can get the ball,” Barkley said. “I point-shave just to keep the game close.”
San Antonio 91, Golden State 86--Chuck Person made a three-point basket with 52 seconds left, his only points of the game, breaking a tie at Oakland.
David Robinson scored 26 points and the Spurs held the Warriors to 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Washington Bullet forward Don MacLean, already on the injured list because of tendinitis in both knees, will be sidelined at least six weeks after suffering a broken right thumb during an altercation in a restaurant. Bullet General Manager John Nash said MacLean, formerly of UCLA, was injured Saturday night while “defending his date” in Baltimore.