clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:


Larry Nance scored 27 points and Mark Price added 24 to offset a 50-point performance by Michael Jordan Friday night, and the Cleveland Cavaliers evened their best-of-5 playoff series against Chicago with a 108-105 overtime victory Friday night.

Game 5 of the series will be played Sunday at Richfield, Ohio, with the winner advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Knicks.

Ron Harper broke a 99-99 tie at the start of the overtime and Price followed with a 3-point basket before Nance gave the Cavaliers a 107-101 lead.

The Bulls never caught up, although they got within two in the final seconds. They had a chance to force a second overtime, but Charles Davis and Craig Hodges missed two 3-pointers as time expired.

Brad Daugherty's two free throws with four seconds left forced the game into overtime.

Jordan scored 11 Chicago's last 13 points in regulation, but he missed a fadeaway jumper at the last second of regulation play.

Jordan, who predicted the underdog Bulls would win this series in four games, tied the game at 95, made two free throws to tie it at 97 and then broke the tie with a free throw with 48 seconds remaining.

He made it 99-97 on a free throw with nine seconds to go, but missed his second free throw. Daugherty then tied it with a pair of clutch free throws to send the game into overtime.

The game was close throughout, with neither team holding more than a six-point lead. The Bulls' biggest lead came when Dave Corzine converted a three-point play for an 81-76 advantage.

SuperSonics 98, Rockets 96

Derrick McKey's layup at the buzzer spoiled a dramatic Houston comeback and gave Seattle a victory that eliminated the Rockets from the playoffs.

The SuperSonics won the best-of-5 series 3-1 and will meet the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round. The Lakers eliminated Portland 3-0.

Down 92-83 with 6:25 to play, the Rockets outscored Seattle 13-4, including Sleepy Floyd's 3-pointer with one second left in regulation play. Seattle went 5:05 without scoring during Houston's rally.

McKey, who scored 15 points, then took a pass under the basket and banked it in.

Dale Ellis shed a brace that protected his broken nose and scored 26 points, 17 in the second half, for Seattle.

The Rockets started their game-tying possession with 11 seconds left. Mike Woodson took a 3-pointer that missed the basket entirely, but Purvis Short rebounded and passed quickly out to Floyd.

Akeem Olajuwon, who led Houston with 24 points and 13 rebounds, hit a basket with 51 seconds to play and Mike Woodson's basket with 14 seconds cut Seattle's lead to 96-93.

Hawks 113, Bucks 106 (OT)

John Battle scored 19 points including two free throws with 12 seconds left to lift the Atlanta Hawks to an overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks that evened their playoff series at two games apiece.

Game 5 is scheduled for Sunday in Atlanta.

Ricky Pierce, who had 22 points for the Bucks, fouled out with 3:07 left in overtime with the Bucks trailing 101-100.

Atlanta then went on a 9-4 run and sealed the victory on Reggie Theus' basket with 42 seconds left to give the Hawks a 109-104 advantage. Moses Malone then sank a free throw with 18 seconds left to give the Hawks a 110-104 lead with 18 seconds left to complete the run.

Paul Mokeski's layin brought Milwaukee to within 110-106 with 14 seconds left. Battle, who had 5 points in overtime, was fouled by Fred Roberts and converted both free throws.

Theus sank a free throw with 8 seconds left to end the scoring.