NBA ROUNDUP : Rice a Real Treat for Hornets; Mourning Is a Hit With Heat
Glen Rice wasted little time establishing himself as a Charlotte Hornet.
His 21-point, seven-assist performance carried his new team to a 119-108 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday night at Charlotte, N.C.
The Hornets acquired Rice, Matt Geiger and Khalid Reeves in Friday’s trade that sent all-star center Alonzo Mourning to Miami. Hornet Coach Allan Bristow didn’t hesitate using his new players, starting all three.
Larry Johnson and Dell Curry each scored 22 for the Hornets in their home opener.
Philadelphia’s Vernon Maxwell finished with 25 points and 12 assists.
Miami 85, Cleveland 71--Mourning scored seven of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and had five blocked shots at Miami.
The Cavaliers’ Chris Mills and Miami rookie Sasha Danilovic were ejected in the fourth quarter after exchanging blows. Danilovic hit Mills in the head with a forearm, and Mills responded with a punch to Danilovic’s face.
Danilovic had blood under his mouth as he was helped to the locker room. There was no immediate word on the extent of his injury.
The former European star led Miami with 16 points in his first NBA game.
Washington 100, Detroit 89--Robert Pack, the Bullets’ new point guard, scored 26 points, including the final basket in a late 7-0 run that carried the Bullets at Landover, Md.
The Bullets held Detroit to four field goals in the fourth quarter and dropped the Pistons to 0-2 under new Coach Doug Collins.
Juwan Howard scored 17 points and rookie Rasheed Wallace 16 for Washington in its home opener.
Grant Hill led Detroit with 26 points and Lindsey Hunter had 16.
Atlanta 124, Orlando 91--Steve Smith made seven consecutive three-point baskets before missing his last attempt and finished with 27 points at Atlanta.
The Hawks tied their team record of 14 three-pointers set last March against New York, and it was the most ever yielded by the Magic, who gave up 10 three-pointers to Cleveland in 1994.
Atlanta took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Magic, 44-16, including a 15-0 burst.
Reserve Brian Shaw had 19 points to lead the Magic.
Indiana 97, Toronto 89--Reggie Miller scored 23 points as the Pacers blew a 22-point second-half lead but held on at Indianapolis.
Toronto erased a 22-point Indiana lead in the third quarter with a 25-5 run.
Indiana committed seven turnovers during the final six minutes of the third quarter as rookie Damon Stoudamire scored 10 points in the quarter’s final three minutes. Stoudamire finished with 26 points.
Free throws by Miller and Haywoode Workman in the final two minutes secured the victory for the Pacers.
Dallas 99, Golden State 84--Popeye Jones had 24 points and 13 rebounds for the host Mavericks.
Jamal Mashburn and Jim Jackson had low-scoring nights for the Mavericks. Jackson scored 15 points and Mashburn was three for 18 from the field and finished with 12. But Jones was only one point shy of a career high. He also had eight offensive rebounds.
Tim Hardaway and Latrell Sprewell scored 18 points for Golden State.
Chicago 107, Boston 85--Scottie Pippen, knocked out of the season opener by a groin injury, scored 21 points for the Bulls at Chicago.
Pippen looked fresh and energetic, finishing with five assists, five steals, four blocked shots and four rebounds.
Dino Radja scored 14 points for Boston, which committed 25 turnovers and is 0-2 under new coach M.L. Carr.
New York 84, Milwaukee 71--Patrick Ewing’s 17 points and 13 rebounds helped the Knicks at Milwaukee.
New York won its second road game in a row by outrebounding Milwaukee, 61-44, and holding the Bucks to 27-of-77 shooting.
Anthony Mason had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Charles Smith added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks.
Vin Baker paced the Bucks with 18 points and 16 rebounds.
San Antonio 116, Denver 108--Sean Elliott scored 32 points, including six three-pointers, and David Robinson added 31 points and 15 rebounds to lead Spurs at Denver.
San Antonio also got 22 points from Vinny Del Negro.
Elliott’s final three-pointer gave San Antonio a 102-99 lead with 5:48 left, and the Spurs never trailed after that.
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf led Denver with 30 points.