NBA ROUNDUP : Mourning Is Super, Dallas Feels Queasy
Alonzo Mourning said it would take some time for him to get used to Coach Pat Riley and the rest of the Miami Heat.
Opponents take notice: Time’s up.
Mourning scored a season-high 38 points and pulled down 10 rebounds Tuesday night to lead the Heat to its second consecutive come-from-behind victory, 111-89, over the Dallas Mavericks at Miami.
“I knew, in time, it was going to come,” Mourning said. “Everybody was expecting me to leap tall buildings in a single bound.”
Dallas, which began a six-game trip, lost its sixth in a row.
Miami, off to its best start at 8-3, has beaten Dallas eight consecutive times.
Most of the Mavericks were recovering from mild food poisoning from a chicken and spaghetti dinner served on the flight to Miami on Monday.
Mourning received a standing ovation when he sat down with 3:38 left and the Heat ahead, 104-84.
Jamal Mashburn lead the Mavericks with 24 points.
Dallas used a 26-2 run during the first quarter to take a 28-12 lead behind Mashburn’s 10 points.
The Heat came back from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat Vancouver on Saturday.
Indiana 102, Seattle 101--Mark Jackson scored eight of the Pacers’ last 13 points at Seattle, including the winning free throw with seven-tenths of a second left.
The Pacers defeated the SuperSonics for the second time this season and broke a three-game Seattle winning streak. It was the SuperSonics’ first loss in six home games this season.
Reggie Miller led Indiana with 28 points. Gary Payton paced Seattle with 24.
Atlanta 102, New York 97--Craig Ehlo broke up a pass and made two free throws with 10.2 seconds left in overtime at New York as the Hawks ended the Knicks’ five-game winning streak
Steve Smith led the Hawks with 25 points, including three of Atlanta’s seven in overtime.
Patrick Ewing scored a season-high 35 points and had 10 rebounds.
Sacramento 91, Denver 85--Reserve guard Sarunas Marciulionis triggered a 7-0 run late in the fourth quarter, boosting the Kings to victory at Sacramento.
Marciulionis broke a 74-74 tie with a pair of free throws. After Mitch Richmond (23 points) scored on a running one-hander, Marciulionis’ three-point shot gave the Kings a seven-point lead with 2:03 left.
New Jersey 89, Washington 84--Armon Gilliam grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 17 points, including two key baskets and a free throw down the stretch at East Rutherford, N.J.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak and was the Nets’ fifth consecutive victory at home. The Nets are unbeaten at home but have lost all eight of their road games.
Cleveland 93, Toronto 89--Terrell Brandon scored 25 points and Bobby Phills added 21 to lead the Cavaliers at Cleveland.
Brandon scored six of the Cavaliers’ last eight points to hold off a Toronto rally that was sparked by rookie guard Damon Stoudamire, who led the Raptors with 18 points.
Minnesota 121, Vancouver 98--Micheal Williams, benched for two consecutive games, sparked a 10-point run starting the fourth quarter at Minneapolis.
Williams made all 14 of his free-throw attempts and scored 18 points, including six during the run. Christian Laettner and Sam Mitchell also scored 18 points for the Timberwolves. Greg Anthony had 23 for Vancouver.
Charlotte 106, Milwaukee 98--Khalid Reeves came off the bench to score 19 points and the Hornets held off a third-quarter rally at Milwaukee for their third consecutive victory.
Referee William Kennedy called five technical fouls and ejected Hornet Coach Allan Bristow late in the first quarter and the Bucks’ Vin Baker in the third.