Mark Aguirre scored 21 points in the first quarter and finished with 38 as the Dallas Mavericks clinched an NBA playoff berth last night in New York with a 110-105 victory over the Knicks.
Aguirre made eight of 11 field goal attempts in the first period, including three straight three-pointers, the last of which was a 30-footer from well behind the three-point line.
"He was in a groove, that's for sure," Dallas Coach Dick Motta said. "When he's got it going, some of those long ones are like layups for him."
New York lost another player to injury when guard Rory Sparrow broke his left ankle in a collision with Dallas' Derek Harper in the first quarter. Ken Bannister had a career-high 35 points for the Knicks.
*Warriors 121, Spurs 118: Terry Teagle scored a season-high 33 points as Golden State beat visiting San Antonio and vacated last place in the Pacific Division. Mike Mitchell scored a season-high 44 points for the Spurs.
*Kings 103, SuperSonics 101: Eddie Johnson made a pair of free throws with one second to play as Sacramento won in Seattle and completed a sweep of the five-game season series with the SuperSonics. Reggie Theus led Sacramento with 24 points and Jack Sikma had 24 for Seattle.