With two minutes to go and the Denver Nuggets holding a 16-point lead, not a single fan headed for the exits at McNichols Arena.
Some were prepared to witness history--a rare Denver victory. The rest wanted to see how the home team would blow that advantage, as it had squandered leads all season.
The Nuggets held on, winning successive games for the first time in more than a year by beating the Portland Trail Blazers, 92-82, Saturday night behind Johnny Newman's 33 points.
The Nuggets, who ended a 16-game losing streak by beating Vancouver two nights earlier, made it two in a row for the first time since February 1997, a span of 99 games.
"Our first winning streak of the year? You've got to love it," Denver Coach Bill Hanzlik said.
Despite the win, the Nuggets (7-58) remained on pace to eclipse the worst record in NBA history, the 9-73 mark set 25 years ago by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jordan also broke Tom Boerwinkle's team rebounding record of 5,745.
The Bucks, who have lost five consecutive games and eight of their last nine, were led by Ray Allen with 23 points and Elliot Perry with 21.
Milwaukee, already without injured starters Terrell Brandon and Glenn Robinson, lost forward Tyrone Hill in the first quarter and reserve center Andrew Lang in the second.
Hill, who was carried off the court on a stretcher, fell to the court hard after a collision with several players while defending as Iverson drove to the basket. There was no report on his injury.
Lang injured his left knee.
Houston 89, Sacramento 86--Mario Elie's three-point basket started the Rockets on a late 8-0 run and Charles Barkley made three free throws in the final 15 seconds to lift them at Houston.
New Jersey 108, Dallas 93--Kerry Kittles scored five of his 20 points during a decisive 10-0 fourth-quarter run for the Nets, who won at Dallas and ended a seven-game losing streak.
Brevin Knight made two free throws with 14.9 seconds left in the extra period to put the Cavaliers ahead for good.
Seattle 114, Minnesota 80--Six days after Minnesota had extended them into overtime, the SuperSonics had no trouble winning at Seattle, getting 18 points from Sam Perkins in 17 minutes.