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SPURS' ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN BARKLEY'S PREDICTIONS

The San Antonio Spurs' 11th straight win drowned out a loud performance by Charles Barkley.

Barkley, who took a verbal shot at the Spurs' playoff chances prior to the game, scored 45 points Sunday, but San Antonio beat Phoenix 109-106. Combined with Orlando's loss Sunday night to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Spurs own the NBA's best record at 52-18.David Robinson played only 32 minutes and scored 23 points, but Sean Elliott came through with 30 and Robinson made two key free throws down the stretch.

"David Robinson was in for only 32 minutes and Dennis Rodman didn't even play, and we beat Phoenix," Spurs coach Bob Hill said. "That makes a statement about our team."

San Antonio has won eight straight since Rodman, the NBA's leading rebounder, separated his shoulder in a motorcycle accident.

Barkley, who earlier said he'd leave Robinson second-round playoff tickets, was undeterred by the loss.

"I sent them a message today," said Barkley, who was two points short of his career high.

"What message?" Elliott said. "That he can score 45 and they still lose? I don't think you should ever bad-mouth your opponent. It just pumps you up."

For the Spurs, reserves Chuck Person and J.R. Reid added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Terry Cummings had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Avery Johnson had 10 points and 10 assists.

Barkley, meanwhile, had little help. Besides his 45 and Kevin Johnson's 16 points, the rest of the Suns' starters contributed only 26.

Knicks 94, Nets 85

Visiting New York, despite the first-half ejection of Patrick Ewing, outscored New Jersey 33-11 in the final 15 minutes of the game.

Pistons 110, Bullets 105

Joe Dumars scored 22 of his 23 points in the second half as Detroit handed visiting Washington its seventh straight loss.

Pacers 104, Trail Blazers 93

In Indianapolis, Portland's team meeting failed to patch up troubles on the court as the Trail Blazers lost for the sixth time in seven games. Portland went more than seven minutes without a field goal while making four turnovers and missing 12 straight shots in the third quarter.

Celtics 94, Mavericks 87

Sherman Douglas had 27 points and 10 assists and the Celtics held off a late charge by Dallas, ending the Mavericks' last hope for a win in Boston Garden.

SuperSonics 105, Hawks 83

In Tacoma, Wash., Gary Payton scored nine of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and Shawn Kemp finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds as the Sonics won their seventh straight.

Hornets 105, Heat 92

Alonzo Mourning, in foul trouble throughout the game, scored 22 points in 24 minutes as Charlotte won in Miami.

Nuggets 104, Cavaliers 101

In Cleveland, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf scored 32 points and Dikembe Mutombo had a triple-double as Denver won its fourth straight.

Lakers 119, Magic 112

Cedric Ceballos scored 33 points and rookie Eddie Jones had 11 of his 17 in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter as Los Angeles beat Orlando.

The loss was the 10th in the last 14 road games for the Magic, which fell to 53-19, a half-game behind San Antonio for the best regular-season record in the NBA.

The Magic played without All-Star point guard Anfernee Hardaway, who was sidelined because of dehydration that caused him to be hospitalized for much of the day. Shaquille O'Neal had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando.