NBA ROUNDUP : Rodman Absent, Robinson Not
Dennis Rodman was missing, but David Robinson wasn’t, capping a 26-point effort by making two free throws with 5.5 seconds left in overtime Friday night and blocking Khalid Reeves’ shot just before the final buzzer to preserve the San Antonio Spurs’ 115-114 victory over the Heat at Miami.
Rodman, who leads the team with 13.8 rebounds per game, was benched by Coach Bob Hill for missing the team’s shoot-around earlier in the day.
Rodman’s absence was reflected on the boards, where Miami held a 50-42 edge.
With 11 rebounds and nine assists, Robinson narrowly missed his 15th career triple-double.
“David Robinson was big late,” said Hill, whose team made up a 12-point halftime deficit. “He hit the big free throws and then stepped up and blocked the final shot.”
Glen Rice led Miami with 24 points.
Orlando 112, Denver 108--Anfernee Hardaway scored six of his 27 points in overtime to help the Magic hold off the Nuggets at Denver.
Shaquille O’Neal added 20 points and 12 rebounds as Orlando posted its sixth consecutive victory.
Dikembe Mutombo had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Denver, which dropped to 0-3 under interim Coach Gene Littles and fell below .500 for the first time this season.
Utah 95, Cleveland 84--Karl Malone scored 28 points and became the 19th player in league history to score 20,000 points at Salt Lake City as the Jazz won its eighth consecutive game in handing the Cavaliers their third loss in a row.
Terrell Brandon, starting for the injured Mark Price, led the Cavaliers with 24 points.
New York 106, Dallas 93--Patrick Ewing scored a season-high 36 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Knicks to their sixth consecutive road victory in defeating the Mavericks at Dallas.
Jim Jackson had 31 points and Jamal Mashburn 28 for the Mavericks, who dropped their seventh in a row to the Knicks.
Indiana 99, Atlanta 89--Reggie Miller became the first NBA player to make at least 100 three-point baskets in six consecutive seasons while scoring 15 points to lead the Pacers past the Hawks at Indianapolis.
The Pacers, outrebounding the Hawks, 48-25, broke the game open early in the fourth quarter with a 20-6 run.
Mookie Blaylock and Craig Ehlo led the Hawks with 22 points each.
Charlotte 99, New Jersey 97--Robert Parish sank a 12-foot jumper with 1.5 seconds left, helping the Hornets to their 13th consecutive home victory in edging the Nets.
It came despite the loss of Larry Johnson late in the third quarter. An inadvertent elbow to the top of the head sent Johnson sprawling to the floor, and team spokesman Harold Kaufman described it as a cervical sprain.
Alonzo Mourning (26 points and 15 rebounds) preserved the victory by getting a hand on Rod Higgins’ inbounds pass, an alley-oop intended for Chris Morris.
Houston 106, Detroit 96--Hakeem Olajuwon scored 24 of his 34 points in the second half at Auburn Hills, Mich., to help the Rockets end a three-game losing streak.
Terry Mills led the Pistons with 33 points.
Chicago 93, Minnesota 86--B.J. Armstrong scored 22 points and several reserves made key contributions as the Bulls downed the Timberwolves at Chicago to snap a four-game losing streak.
Charles Shackleford scored a season-high 18 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost eight consecutive road games.
Washington 102, Philadelphia 98--Scott Skiles scored nine of his 28 points in the final four minutes at Baltimore and the Bullets handed the 76ers their 10th loss in 11 games.
Miami Heat guard Harold Miner, a former USC standout, was diagnosed with a developing stress reaction in his right foot and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team said. Miner is expected to undergo additional tests. . . . Charlotte Hornet forward Kenny Gattison and guard Tony Bennett both had surgery, the team said. Gattison, suffering a contusion of his cervical spine, had disk material removed from his neck and replaced with a section of his pelvic bone. He probably is out for the season. Bennett had scar tissue removed from a ligament in the arch of his left foot. His status is uncertain.