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LAKERS' THREATT TURNS UP HEAT, BURNS THE KNICKS FOR 42 POINTS

Sedale Threatt had the magic touch, then let Sam Perkins - and the officials - decide the game.

Threatt, the man who took over as point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers when Magic Johnson retired last fall, scored a career-high 42 points against the New York Knicks. That put the Lakers in position for their eighth consecutive victory at Madison Square Garden.Perkins secured the win with a 3-point shot with 2.2 seconds left, giving the Lakers a 106-104 decision.

"The last time I shot like this was in college," said Threatt, a nine-year NBA veteran who had 22 of the Lakers' 27 points in the third period. "I had it going in the third quarter. It was great. I really felt like I couldn't miss."

"No matter what you do, you can't stop him," said New York's John Starks, who tried in vain to guard Threatt. "He was even banking shots in when he wasn't trying to."

Cavaliers 102, Suns 100

Mark Price escaped from a deep shooting slump with 17 fourth-quarter points, including Cleveland's last 11.

The Suns led by nine with six minutes to play, but lost their eighth straight road game. Cleveland has won seven of 10 overall and is 23-5 at home.

Pistons 98, SuperSonics 92

At Seattle, Dennis Rodman, the NBA's rebounding leader, pulled down 15 - he has had at least that many in every game since Feb. 11 - and Joe Dumars scored 21 points in Detroit's fifth straight victory, snapping an eight-game SuperSonics' home winning streak.

Hornets 105, Timberwolves 96

At Charlotte, the Hornets took their ninth straight home game as Kendall Gill scored 28 points and Larry Johnson had 24 points and a franchise-record 23 rebounds. J.R. Reid added 20 points against Minnesota, losers of five straight and holding the NBA's worst record (11-49). Doug West's 23 points topped the Wolves.

Trail Blazers 126, Bucks 112

At Milwaukee, where the Blazers had not won in five years, Clyde Drexler scored 29 points, including 16 in the third quarter, as Portland took it fifth win in a row.

Danny Ainge scored 17 points and Porter had 16 for the Trail Blazers, who have the best record (44-18) in the Western Conference.

Heat 108, Celtics 101

At Miami, the Heat didn't wilt despite the late-game heroics of former teammate Sherman Douglas.

Douglas, playing against Miami for the first time since it traded him Jan. 10, scored 11 points in the final 7:40 to help the Celtics reduce a nine-point deficit to 101-99 with three minutes to go. But Bostom missed five straight shots and the Heat held on.

Nuggets 89, Magic 82

At Orlando, the Nuggets snapped a nine-game slide as Reggie Williams had 20 points and Dikembe Mutombo a career-high 10 blocked shots. The Magic lost their seventh in a row.

Pacers 101, Bullets 91

At Indianapolis, Detlef Schrempf had 25 points and 12 rebounds for his 25th double-double this season as the Pacers extended their streak to seven consecutive home victories. It was the 26th straight game Schrempf came off the bench to score in double figures.

Spurs 103, Hawks 92

At San Antonio, Terry Cummings scored 22 points and Rod Strickland added 19 as the Spurs extended the Hawks' losing streak to a season-high five games.

David Robinson added 17 for the Spurs, the NBA's top defensive team. They held Atlanta to 43.5 percent shooting from the field and moved to 13-1 at home under coach Bob Bass.

Rockets 116 Mavericks 93

At Houston, the Rockets sprinted away in the third period to hand the Mavericks their 18th straight road defeat.

The Rockets had six players in double figures as they won their fifth straight game in The Summit and handed the Mavericks their sixth straight loss. Dallas has not won on the road since beating Houston 105-85 on Dec. 23.

Clippers 120, Kings 109

At Sacramento, Ken Norman led seven Clippers in double figures with 21 points. Danny Manning contributed 20 points and reserve Loy Vaught added 17 for the Clippers, who made 12 of their first 14 shots in the second quarter to build a 61-50 advantage.

Warriors 129, Nets 122

At Oakland, Sarunas Marciulionis scored 27 points, hitting 11 of 12 free throws. Thirteen of his points came in the fourth quarter, hitting all five of his shots. The Warriors led throughout the quarter, but not without flirting with disaster as the normally erratic Chris Dudley hit seven straight free throws down the stretch to keep the game close.