NBA ROUNDUP : Lanier Gets a Rousing First Victory at Phoenix

From Associated Press

It took a nearly flawless performance, but Bob Lanier got his first victory as a head coach Friday night and the Golden State Warriors finally won in Phoenix after a seven-season drought.

Latrell Sprewell had 33 points and Tim Hardaway added 30 as the Warriors broke a 19-game losing streak in Phoenix with a 139-128 overtime victory while making a season-high 59% of their shots and tying a season low with 11 turnovers.

"I would say this is the best win of the year for us," Hardaway said. "I hadn't won here since I've been in the league."

Charles Barkley had a season-high 38 points, including six in overtime, and 13 rebounds for the Suns. Elliot Perry added a career-high 24 points for Phoenix.

Wesley Person's three-point shot with half a second left in regulation sent the game into overtime for the Suns.

"My whole inside started to cave for a minute when they made that three," said Lanier, who had lost his first two games since replacing Don Nelson on Monday. "So I came back to the bench and said, 'Guys, nobody said it would be easy. So let's just go out there and kick some butt.' "


Portland 114, Seattle 109--Otis Thorpe (seven points and three rebounds) made his debut for the Trail Blazers, but Buck Williams (24 points and 12 rebounds) and Terry Porter, who had two key three-point shots down the stretch, stole the show against the SuperSonics at Portland, Ore.

Porter was activated from the injury list just before the game.

Shawn Kemp scored 30 points for the SuperSonics.


Houston 109, Washington 92--Hakeem Olajuwon scored 16 of his 30 points in the first quarter and Pete Chilcutt posted season highs with 18 points and 14 rebounds at Landover, Md., as the Rockets extended their winning streak to three games.

Clyde Drexler, making his first start for the Rockets, had nine points and nine assists.


New York 100, Miami 91--Hubert Davis, subbing for injured John Starks (partial shoulder separation), scored 13 of his 21 points in the third quarter at New York as the Knicks beat the Heat for the second night in a row.


Orlando 129, Philadelphia 83--Anfernee Hardaway scored 31 points and Shaquille O'Neal outscored Shawn Bradley, 30-3, to pace the Magic at Orlando.


Chicago 117, Detroit 102--Toni Kukoc scored a career-high 33 points on 13-of-15 shooting, in the Bulls' rout at Chicago.


Indiana 110, Minnesota 78--Rik Smits scored eight points in a game-opening 21-8 run and finished with 24 as the Pacers cruised to their biggest victory of the season, at Minneapolis.


Atlanta 110, Dallas 90--At Dallas, Mookie Blaylock had 24 points, nine assists and five steals to lead the Hawks to their fourth consecutive victory.

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