Top picks make top plays. Just look at David Robinson and Danny Manning.
Robinson, the first pick in the 1987 NBA draft,
made a layup with 1.4 seconds remaining Tuesday night, lifting the San Antonio Spurs over the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-102.
Manning, whom the Los Angeles Clippers selected first overall in 1988, found Ken Norman with a pinpoint pass to set up the winning basket in a 117-116 victory at Miami.Robinson's basket saved San Antonio a major embarrassment. The two points were the Spurs' only points in the final 3:25 as they blew a 17-point lead before winning. The All-Star center had 25 points and 11 rebounds.
"I'm disappointed in that because we were trying to get things rolling for the playoffs," Robinson said. "We wanted to play well, and we did tonight until the last five minutes or so, then everything seemed to fall apart."
Like Robinson, Manning made the clutch play. But his was an inbounds pass to Norman for the big basket.
"They just had an open spot and I was able to get him the pass," Manning said.
"We ran a play where we picked everyone low," said teammate Ron Harper. "Everyone went to me and Ken was wide open underneath. It was a great pass."
It was not all Manning contributed. He had 30 points, 12 in the fourth quarter.
Glen Rice had 30 points for the Heat, but he was taken to the locker room during the final seconds with a sprained left ankle. X-rays were negative.
Seikaly finished with 20 points and 20 rebounds.
Trail Blazers 105, Lakers 101
At Portland, the Trail Blazers took over first place in the Pacific Division.
Terry Porter matched his season high with 30 points, including two game-clinching free throws with 8.9 seconds left, as the Blazers handed the Lakers their 10th loss in 11 games.
Pacers 103, Bulls 101
The Pacers handed the Bulls just their fourth loss in 30 home games. Reggie Miller scored 23 points and Chuck Person added 22 as the Pacers overcame a 22-point deficit.
Chicago's Scottie Pippen was fouled with two seconds left, but missed both free throws. On the last attempt, the ball went off the rim and the buzzer sounded during a scramble for the ball.
SuperSonics 111, Nuggets 92
At Seattle, the Sonics got the 1,000th victory in franchise history; they have lost 1,027 since joining the league in 1967.
Shawn Kemp came off the bench and scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The Nuggets lost their sixth straight game and matched their longest losing streak of the season. They are winless (0-11) against Pacific Division opponents this season.
Suns 112, Rockets 107, OT
At Phoenix, the Suns overcame 34 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots by Hakeem Olajuwon. Tom Chambers scored seven of his 17 points in the first 31/2 minutes of overtime, and Jeff Hornacek's 3-pointer with one minute left clinched it.
"We felt we should have done a better job of scoring. We shouldn't score 98 points in four quarters," said Hornacek.
Kevin Johnson had 19 points and 17 assists for Phoenix.
Bullets 106, Magic 93
At Orlando, Washington continued its strange season. The Bullets won their 11th road game, three more than the team has won at home. The Bullets are the only NBA team with a better record away from home.
Knicks 102, Mavericks 83
At New York, Patrick Ewing scored four points, his lowest output this season and more than 19 points below his average. Still, with Charles Oakley getting a season-high 17 and both Xavier McDaniel and John Starks scoring 18, the Knicks led all the way in handing the Mavericks their 15th consecutive road defeat.