Alonzo Mourning had 34 points and Muggsy Bogues scored four of the Charlotte Hornets' last five points Monday night in a 116-114 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics at Tacoma, Wash.
Bogues' basket put the Hornets ahead, 113-112, with 1:35 to play before Gary Payton's free throw tied the score at 113-113 with 50 seconds left.
Mourning's free throw with 31 seconds left put the Hornets ahead to stay at 114-113. Bogues made two free throws with 4.7 seconds left for a three-point lead.
Payton led the SuperSonics with 32 points, while Shawn Kemp had 23 points and eight rebounds.
The Hornets won for the first time in three games as they reached the halfway point of a six-game Western trip.
The SuperSonics have split eight games since the All-Star break.
Chicago 108, New Jersey 86--Scottie Pippen scored 31 points and Luc Longley sparked a 19-0 first-half run for the Bulls at Chicago.
Derrick Coleman scored 17 points for the Nets, losers of four of five games. New Jersey's starting guards, Kenny Anderson and Chris Morris, each made only one of eight shots. Anderson added seven turnovers.
The Bulls had won 19 consecutive home games against New Jersey before frittering away a 19-point halftime lead and losing, 99-94, on Dec. 5.
Monday, Chicago again ruled early, taking leads of 41-21 midway through the second quarter and 57-41 at the half. This time, the Bulls didn't squander it.
Houston 86, Cleveland 78--Clyde Drexler scored all 16 of his points in the second half at Houston. Drexler, who missed all seven of his shots in the first half, finally connected with 9:40 left in the third quarter to give the Rockets a 42-40 lead. They never trailed again.
Terrell Brandon, who had 26 points for Cleveland, kept the Cavaliers close with 12 points in the third quarter, including a three-point shot at the buzzer. Then he scored six of Cleveland's first eight points in the final quarter to pull the Cavaliers within 69-67 with less than six minutes to play.
But baskets by Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon, who led the Rockets with 20 points, helped Houston pull away.
Smits' dunk with 5:38 to play capped an 8-2 run and gave the Pacers a 96-79 lead.
Detroit 97, Milwaukee 89--Rafael Addison scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Pistons at Auburn Hills, Mich.
Atlanta 118, Sacramento 99--Andrew Lang scored 20 points to lead the Hawks at Atlanta.
Houston Rocket guard Vernon Maxwell was reinstated by the league after serving a 10-game suspension for going into the stands and striking a fan. The reinstatement took effect after Monday night's victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and Maxwell will be eligible to play tonight against the Dallas Mavericks at Dallas. . . . The Minnesota Timberwolves released unhappy center Charles Shackelford, who had cleaned out his locker Saturday after learning that he had been put on the injured list.