The longest winning streak in the NBA this season ended at 15 games Friday night when the Portland Trail Blazers, behind Jerome Kersey's 22 points, beat the Houston Rockets 106-98 in overtime.
Hakeem Olajuwon had 34 points and 17 rebounds for the Rockets before fouling out with 15 seconds left in regulation. Olajuwon fouled Kersey, a 61 percent free-throw shooter, but he made both attempts to tie the score at 94-94.Houston's Vernon Maxwell missed a 3-pointer with five seconds to go and Portland's Cliff Robinson failed to connect on an off-balance 18-footer at the regulation buzzer.
The Blazers, who never trailed in overtime, built a 102-98 lead on Mario Elie's three-point play with 45 seconds to go in the extra period.
Terry Porter, just 2-for-13 from the field, sank 3 of 4 free throws in the final 11 seconds for the Blazers.
Carl Herrera scored 17 points and Maxwell 16 for the Rockets.
Spurs 96, Magic 93
At San Antonio, David Robinson outscored Shaquille O'Neal 30-15 in the Orlando rookie's first pro game in his hometown, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Magic in San Antonio.
O'Neal, who played high school basketball in San Antonio, was ejected in the fourth quarter after he recieved two technicals for protesting an offensive foul. The Magic rallied from an 88-69 deficit without him, closing to 94-93 with 42 seconds left. But Sean Elliott's two free throws with 11 seconds remaining gave the Spurs their winning margin.
Warriors 113, Kings 101
At Sacramento, Calif., Victor Alexander scored 20 points and Latrell Sprewell had 17 points and three 3-pointers as the Golden State Warriors ended a six-game losing streak.
Celtics 129, Lakers 119
At Inglewood, Calif., Boston rallied from a 20-point deficit in the second half and made its last 15 shots to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, the Celtics' fourth straight road victory.
Xavier McDaniel scored 13 of his 22 points in the final period, four of them during a 23-2 rally in which the Celtics held the Lakers without a field goal during a 5:42 span.
Mavericks 89, 76ers 87
At Philadelphia, the Dallas Mavericks won for the first time in 30 road games this season, beating Philadelphia for their first two-game winning streak.
Pacers 112, Hornets 108
At Indianapolis, LaSalle Thompson came off the bench to score 14 points in the fourth quarter of Indiana's ninth straight home victory.
Alonzo Mourning scored 37 points and Larry Johnson had 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for Charlotte, his second triple-double in two nights and the second in franchise history.
Nets 99, Bucks 85
At East Rutherford N.J., Drazen Petrovic and Derrick Coleman combined for 21 of New Jersey's 29 fourth-quarter points, and the Nets held Milwaukee scoreless for 3:59 down the stretch en route to the victory.
Hawks 121, Timberwolves 103
At Atlanta, Dominique Wilkins scored a season-high 45 points despite sitting out the final quarter as the Atlanta Hawks crushed the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Suns 127, Pistons 97
At Phoenix, Charles Barkley scored 12 of his 22 points in the third quarter, and Danny Ainge picked up the slack in the fourth with 16 of his 23, leading the Phoenix Suns to victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Detroit's Joe Dumars and Terry Mills scored 31 and 25 points, respectively.
Bulls 104, Bullets 99
At Chicago, Michael Jordan scored 11 of his 25 points in final five minutes of the game as Chicago defeated Washington 104-99 despite a career-high 37 points by the Bullets' LaBradford Smith.