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MR. ROBINSON RULES MUTOMBO AS SPURS SLIP PAST NUGGETS

David Robinson scored 34 points and held rookie center Dikembe Mutombo to seven as the San Anto NBA

roundupnio Spurs defeated Denver 115-112 Saturday night, the Nuggets' 24th loss in 28 road games.Mutombo, the Nuggets' leading scorer with an 18.4 average, was limited to seven shots and scored only two points in the second half. Because of foul trouble, he was limited to 33 minutes, seven under his average.

Trailing by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, the Nuggets came back behind the shooting of Greg Anderson, who led Denver with 22 points and 18 rebounds. Anderson had three baskets in a 10-0 run that helped the Nuggets close to 85-77 at the end of three periods.

The Spurs led 95-90 with 5:39 to play, but Winston Garland hit two field goals to pull Denver within one.

Two jumpers by Chris Jackson, who scored 17 points for Denver, made it 111-109, but two free throws by Robinson in the final 20 seconds kept the Spurs in front as Denver lost for the fifth consecutive time since winning its 20th game, matching last season's total.

Sean Elliott followed Robinson with 27 points, while Terry Cummings scored 18 and Rod Strickland 17.

Denver played without rookie guard Mark Macon, who injured his left knee in Friday's loss to Houston.

76ers 101, Bullets 92

At Landover, Md., Charles Barkley had 33 points and 11 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers handed the Washington Bullets their fifth straight loss.

Philadelphia never trailed after Barkley's running jumper made it 46-45 late in the second quarter. Barkley had 30 points through three quarters, staking the 76ers to an 84-75 lead, and the Bullets got no closer than six in the final period.

Pervis Ellison scored 30 points for Washington, which has lost five straight at home and 17 of 21 overall.

Philadelphia is 4-0 against the Bullets this season and has won 14 of the last 18 games between the teams.

Knicks 103, Timberwolves 87

At New York, Patrick Ewing and Xavier McDaniel sparked two key third-quarter spurts as the New York Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Ewing led seven Knicks players in doubles figures with 19 points. Kiki Vandeweghe and John Starks followed with 18 and 16 points, respectively, off the bench. Gerald Wilkins had 13, McDaniel 12, Mark Jackson 11 and Charles Oakley 10. Ewing also had 11 rebounds and equaled his season high with seven blocks.

Reserve Tony Campbell led the Timberwolves with 20 points. Doug West scored 14 and Pooh Richardson 13.

Ewing blocked six shots in the first half, three in a row in a span of 10 seconds against the 7-foot-3 Breuer, in the first quarter.

Nets 99, Pistons 90

At Auburn Hills, Mich., Tate George, who didn't play in the first three quarters, scored nine fourth-quarter points, lifting the New Jersey Nets to victory over Detroit, their first road win against the Pistons since 1987.

The triumph enabled the Nets (26-31), who lost their previous 11 games on the Pistons' home courts, to match their victory total for all of last season. It also gave New Jersey its third consecutive winning month for the first time since the end of the 1984 season.

Terry Mills, making his second straight start in place of injured Derrick Coleman, had a career-high 25 points for the Nets and Drazen Petrovic scored 24.

Orlando Woolridge, who scored 16 of Detroit's 20 first-quarter points, finished with 30 - but only three in the fourth quarter. Isiah Thomas scored 18 points for Detroit and Dennis Rodman, who played the entire game for the eighth time this season, grabbed 23 rebounds for Detroit, who had never lost to the Nets at the Palace.

Hornets 121, Pacers 119

At Charlotte, N.C., rookie Larry Johnson hit an 18-foot fallaway jumper with 0.7 seconds remaining to give Charlotte its franchise-record fourth straight victory.

Indiana erased all of a 108-89 fourth quarter deficit when Reggie Miller sank two foul shots with 13.7 seconds to make it 119-119.

After catching an inbounds pass at midcourt, Johnson stood at the top of the key for 10 seconds, drove to his left and swished a high-arching shot over Indiana's Dale Davis, who is five inches taller than Johnson.

Chuck Person, who led the Pacers with 34 points, including four 3-point goals, couldn't connect on a last-second heave, giving the Hornets eight consecutive victories at home.

Johnson led Charlotte with 27 points. Kendall Gill finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists while Muggsy Bogues had 12 points, 11 assists and six steals.

Kings 115, SuperSonics 110

At Sacramento, Calif., Lionel Simmons scored 27 points and Mitch Richmond 26 as the Sacramento Kings withstood a fourth-quarter rally to snap Seattle's five-game winning streak.

Spud Webb added 24 points for the Kings, who outscored Seattle 19-8 in the first 6:47 of the third quarter to take an 83-61 lead, their largest of the game. But the Sonics pulled within five twice in the final two minutes, but Sacramento held on by making their free throws.

Eddie Johnson paced Seattle, which won nine of its previous 10 games, with 21 points. Dana Barros scored a season-high 19 points for the Sonics.

Warriors 136, Heat 110

At Oakland, Calif., Billy Owens scored 23 points and Tim Hardaway had 21 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Miami Heat.

Chris Mullin scored 21 points before sitting out the fourth quarter for the Warriors, who shot 59 percent while posting their second-most lopsided victory of the season. The Warriors beat Sacramento 153-91 on Nov. 2, 1991.

It was the Heat's 12th loss of the season by more than 20 points, with 11 of the defeats coming on the road. Miami (27-31) already has set a franchise record for victories.

Willie Burton came off the bench to score 25 points for the Heat, who finished a four-game West Coast road trip with a 1-3 record.