Derrick Coleman scored 28 points and Chris Morris scored the first four points in overtime Saturday night as New Jersey beat the New York Knicks 96-94, giving the Nets a weekend sweep of the Atlantic Division's top two teams and snapping a 13-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden.
The Nets, who beat Boston 110-108 at Hartford Friday night, picked up their second straight win over the Knicks.After the teams went scoreless the first 31/2 minutes of overtime, Morris gave the Nets the lead for good at 93-92 on a driving basket with 1:10 left. He increased the advantage to 95-92 on a baseline drive with 20.4 seconds to play.
Patrick Ewing's tip-in with 5.6 seconds left pulled the Knicks to 95-94. His 18-foot jumper bounced off the rim with one second left.
Drazen Petrovic added 22 points for New Jersey, 13 in the second half, and Mookie Blaylock added 21, 18 in the first half. Morris finished with 10.
Ewing led New York with 35 points. He was followed by John Starks with 11, nine in the second half. Ewing and Anthony Mason each had 17 rebounds.
Ewing tied the game 89-89 with two free throws with 1:08 to play, the game's first deadlock. Coleman gave New Jersey a 91-89 lead with a corner jumper with 52.6 seconds left.
Ewing forced the overtime with a baseline jumper with 18.6 seconds left that tied it 91-91. Blaylock's foul-line jumper with three seconds left bounced off the rim.
The Nets led 8-0 and pushed the margin to 15 points on five occasions.
Both benches cleared with 6:35 left in the third quarter, when Sam Bowie pushed Xavier McDaniel to the floor and was assessed a flagrant foul. No punches were thrown, but Bowie and referee Bill Saar fell to the floor when Saar attempted to separate the players.
Lakers 92, Bullets 89
At Landover, Md., Vlade Divac scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers survived a miserable shooting performance and beat the Washington Bullets.
Divac had a key block on Pervis Ellison, then hit a jumper on the Lakers' next possession to give Los Angeles its biggest fourth-quarter lead, 86-81, with 3:29 left.
Washington got back within a point three times. But two free throws by Byron Scott with 21.6 seconds left, and another pair by A.C. Green with 15.6 seconds remaining, rebuilt the Lakers' lead to three.
Washington's LaBradford Smith missed a 3-pointer with 10.3 seconds left, and Harvey Grant followed it with a basket that cut the margin to 90-89 with 7.5 seconds remaining. Divac was fouled less than a second later, and made both shots.
A potential game-tying 3-pointer by Harvey Grant went off the mark, and Sam Perkins controlled the final rebound as the buzzer sounded.
Bulls 112, Magic 96
At Orlando, Fla., Michael Jordan scored 18 of his 26 points in the third quarter as Chicago outscored Orlando 39-12 in the period to break open a close game and roll to victory.
Jordan, who also had 10 rebounds, nine assists and five steals, hit seven of nine shots in the quarter after being held to six points in the first half. He had five quick points as the Bulls started the period with an 11-2 spurt, then had four more in an 11-0 burst.
Orlando shot 53 percent from the field and led 54-46 at the half. Chicago picked up the intensity defensively in the third period, though, and didn't let up until after outscoring the Magic 33-6 over a 10-minute stretch.
Hawks 115, Heat 102
At Atlanta, rookie Paul Graham scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half as the Atlanta Hawks snapped a seven-game losing streak with a victory over the Miami Heat.
Stacey Augmon, another rookie, led the Hawks with 24 points - one shy of his career best - and Kevin Willis added 22 points and 15 rebounds - the 56th time in 64 games this season he's had double figures in both categories.
Glen Rice led the Heat with 22 points and Rony Seikaly added 20 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which lost for the seventh straight time at the Omni.
Bucks 110, 76ers 105
At Milwaukee, Fred Roberts scored 19 points and Milwaukee outscored the Philadelphia 76ers 8-2 in the final 2:21 for a victory, breaking the Bucks' three-game losing streak.
Moses Malone had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Alvin Robertson added 15 points for the Bucks, who won for only the fourth time in 15 games.
Charles Barkley, playing with a face mask to protect a nose injured Friday against Phoenix, had 33 points and 14 rebounds for the 76ers and Ron Anderson added 15 points.
Anderson gave the 76ers a 103-102 lead with 2:39 left, but Dale Ellis hit a jumper and Malone made two free throws with 1:32 left to give the Bucks a 106-103 lead.
Hersey Hawkins wore goggles because of an abrasion of his right eye against the Suns Friday and finished with 12 points for the 76ers.
Pistons 89, Kings 83
At Sacramento, Calif., Joe Dumars scored a game-high 28 points and Dennis Rodman grabbed 31 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons claimed their seventh straight win.
Detroit, which claimed its 10th consecutive win over the Kings since 1987, led by as many as 17 points in the first half.
Rodman, the NBA's rebounding leader at 18.9 a game, surpassed 30 for the third time this season. Atlanta's Kevin Willis, with two, is the only other NBA player to get 30 rebounds in a game this season.
Mitch Richmond paced Sacramento with 26 points. Tisdale, playing for the first time since missing three games with a pulled hip muscle, added 21 points and a team-high 11 rebounds for the Kings, who lost their seventh straight.