Tom LaGarde is doing his best to make Seattle fans forget Marvin Webster.
LaGarde, the second-year center who inherited Webster's starting spot with the SuperSonics, scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Friday night to lead unbeaten Seattle to its fifth victory of the National Basketball Association season, a 113-117 truumph over the San Antonio Spurs.
"He's a great jumper, he's got long arms and he's and aggressive rebounder," Seattle Coach Lenny Wilkens said of the 6-foot-10 LaGarde. "The fans have seen him play and have accepted him already. His teammates know he can do what I know he can do, and the opposing teams are finding out." Warriors 111, Blazers 108
John Lucas, who came to Golden State as compensation after Houston signed Rick Barry as a free agent, scored 19 of his carer-high 35 points in the fourth quarter and clinched the victory by sinking two free throws with six seconds remaining 76ers 126, Pistons 117
Detroit scored 15 points in a row to take a 78-65 lead early in the third before reserve forward Joe Bryant got the 76ers untracked. Philadelphia closed to within three at 95-92 after three periods and then pulled away in the final quarter, during which Bryant scored 11 of his 27 points. Clippers 110, Bulls 94
Nick Weatherspoon, who played briefly for Chicago last year, came off the bench to score 19 points for San Diego. The Clippers built a 54-442 halftime lead and Chicago got no closer than seven after that. Knicks 115, Bucks 105
Ray Williams scored 26 points, Bob McAdoo 24 and Spencer Haywodo 21 for New York, which pulled away in the fourth quarter by outscoring Milwaukee, 22-21, at the end. Nuggets 126, Nets 117
Denver made a sizzling 67 percent of its field goal attempts and drew away from New Jersey in the fourth quarter by hitting 10 of its first 11 shots. David Thompson scored 34 points, including 10 in the opening minutes of the final period, as the Nuggets stretched their record to 4-0.