Kelvin Ransey made a rebound of his own missed shot and sank a short basket with 42 seconds left to break a tie and lead the New Jersey Nets to a 100-97 victory over New York in East Rutherford, N.J., last night despite 39 points by the Knicks' Bernard King.
The victory was the Nets' third in a row for the first time this season, and their fifth straight against New York.
In other games, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 33 points and Bob McAdoo led a 14-2 second-half surge as Los Angeles rallied in Denver for its sixth straight victory, 135-123.
The Nuggets led, 101-100, with 1:16 left in the third quarter on a basket by Mike Evans, but the Lakers then drew away to 114-103.
Earl Cureton and Brook Steppe scored 10 points each in the fourth quarter, helping rally Detroit past Indiana, 116-110, in Indianapolis and end a four-game losing streak.
Jay Vincent scored a season-high 39 points and Mark Aguirre made 23 as Dallas beat the Suns, 125-111, the Mavericks' second-ever win in Phoenix.
Andrew Toney had 21 points and Julius Erving 20 as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Utah Jazz, 114-111, in Salt Lake City.