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Mookie Blaylock capped an all-around strong performance with a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 39 seconds left, lifting the Atlanta Hawks to an 89-85 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

After seeing his team's three-game winning streak end, Knicks coach Pat Riley said, "We had a great opportunity. We had to make one stop and we left Mookie wide open. Came down to one play.""That's a good team," Blaylock said after leading the Hawks with 17 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals. He had only one turnover in 39 minutes.

"We had to bring everything we've got to beat them," he said, adding that he was wide open on his 3-pointer that "felt good as soon as I let it go."

Blaylock's basket gave the Hawks an 86-83 lead, and Grant Long stretched it to 88-83 on two free throws with just under 25 seconds remaining.

After Patrick Ewing, who finished with 20 points, scored with 11.9 seconds to play, Blaylock ended the scoring by making one of two free throws one second later.

Steve Smith had 16, all in the first half, and Long added 15 for Atlanta. Charles Smith also scored 20 for the Knicks.

It was the 934th victory for Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens, four shy of the NBA record held by Arnold "Red" Auerbach.

"I admire Lenny's run," Ewing said. "He never said much to me, but I got to know him during the Olympics and All-Star games. He's a player's coach. he's definitely going to have the Hawks in the East race."

"I felt we stood up to the stress during the time when a couple of calls went against us," Wilkens said. "We played through it, as a good team should, and made things happen after that."

It was the fourth victory in five games for the Hawks and only the third setback in nine for the Knicks. New York scored fewer than 90 points for only the second time this season, the other coming in a 101-82 loss at San Antonio in November.

Clippers 109, Lakers 84

At Inglewood, Calif., the Los Angeles Clippers, who needed 17 games and an overtime to get their first victory of the season, won their second in a row as Malik Sealy's 25 points helped beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

Pooh Richardson added 20 points and 10 assists to help the Clippers cruise to their first road victory since April 5 and their first back-to-back wins since last March.

Cedric Ceballos had 23 points and Vlade Divac 21 and a season-high 17 rebounds for the Lakers.

Bulls 117, Pistons 96

At Auburn Hills, Mich., B.J. Armstrong scored a season-high 22 points as the Chicago Bulls routed the Detroit Pistons, who were without their two leading scorers.

Joe Dumars missed the game with bronchitis while Grant Hill had the flu and a sore left foot.

Chicago, which never trailed, led 58-46 at the half and quickly boosted that advantage to 18 points when they started the third quarter with an 8-2 run.

Scottie Pippen had 19 for the Bulls and Bill Wennington added 16 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Magic 110, Heat 96

At Miami, Orlando routed Miami for the second time this season, building a 20-point lead in nine minutes and coasting past the Heat.

Shaquille O'Neal led the Magic with 25 points, six below his NBA-leading average of 31.1 per game. Anfernee Hardaway added 24 points, including five 3-pointers.

Billy Owens had a season-high 21 points for Miami.

Orlando hit 14 of its first 18 shots to build a lead of 30-10. Hardaway hit back-to-back 3-pointers during the run. Miami, now 0-9 when trailing after one quarter, never mounted a comeback.

Cavaliers 96, Celtics 89

At Boston, John Williams scored a season-high 20 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Boston Celtics.

The Cavaliers snapped a three-game losing streak and won their third straight game in the Boston Garden.

Tyrone Hill and Chris Mills each scored 4 points in a 10-0 Cavalier run that put Cleveland on top 86-70 with 4:49 left in the game, and the Celtics never caught up.

Dominique Wilkins led Boston with 27 points, 14 in the first quarter.

Pacers 94, 76ers 88

At Philadelphia, Derrick McKey scored 15 points and Dale Davis had 14 points and a season-high 18 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers for their fourth straight victory.

LaSalle Thompson had 13 points and Reggie Miller scored 12 for the Pacers, who played without Rik Smits and Antonio Davis, both sidelined with injuries.

Jeff Malone had 17 points for Philadelphia, giving him a career total of 17,015 points. Malone became the 47th NBA player to go over 17,000 points.

Blazers 116, Warriors 107

At Portland, Ore., Clifford Robinson scored 28 points and Clyde Drexler added 26 as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated Golden State, sending the Warriors to their sixth straight road loss.

Portland guard Rod Strickland, out with a wrist fracture since Nov. 15, started and had 15 points, 13 assists and four rebounds in 36 minutes.

Tim Hardaway led the Warriors with 21 points and David Wood came off the bench for 14 points.