Forward Kelly Tripucka scored 33 points, including two free throws with two seconds remaining, to give the Detroit Pistons a 118-117 victory in San Antonio over the Spurs last night.
Tripucka scored 12 points in the final period, including eight during a 20-4 Pistons spurt. Guard Isiah Thomas had 30 points for Detroit.
The Spurs were led by forward Mike Mitchell with 36 points and Steve Johnson with 28.
The game, which included scoring streaks and droughts by each team, just missed going into overtime when Spurs guard Alvin Robertson missed a short jumper with five seconds left that would have tied.
*Mavericks 124, Bulls 116: Rolando Blackman totaled 33 points and Sam Perkins scored eight of his 18 points in the final period as Dallas won in Chicago.
The Bulls' George Gervin had 45 points, but only 10 in the second half.
Perkins scored six quick points as the Mavericks opened a 106-98 margin early in the fourth quarter. Chicago closed to 116-111 on a basket by Orlando Woolridge, but Blackman took over in the last three minutes, scoring Dallas' last eight points.
*Nuggets 124, Cavaliers 103: Lafayette Lever led all scorers with 23 points and had 11 assists in Denver's victory at home. Alex English had 22 points, and Bill Hanzlik 20 for the Nuggets.
World B. Free led Cleveland with 19 points.
Hanzlik, a reserve forward, sparked the Nuggets to a 39-28 first-quarter lead, scoring 12 points.
*Bucks 127, Jazz 103: In Salt Lake City, Milwaukee built a 27-point lead by halftime and, behind Sidney Moncrief's 32 points, coasted to victory.
Moncrief was 13 for 13 from the free throw line. Jerry Reynolds scored 16 points for Milwaukee.
Utah was led by Adrian Dantley with 31 points.
The Bucks dominated the rebounding in the first half by 35-15, including 18-3 on the offensive boards, as they took a 70-43 lead. Milwaukee built its lead to 80-47 in the third quarter, before Dantley and Karl Malone (20 points) sparked a Jazz rally.
*Clippers 103, Nets 98: In Los Angeles, Rory White matched his career high with 29 points to help Los Angeles beat New Jersey for its fifth victory in six games.
The Clippers rallied from a 77-76 deficit after three quarters to take a 98-94 lead on two free throws by rookie center Benoit Benjamin with 2:29 left.