Kiki Vandeweghe scored 10 of his 22 points in the final 5 1/2 minutes, helping the New York Knicks defeat the Lakers, 109-103, last night in Inglewood, Calif.
New York led by 94-93 on Patrick Ewing's two free throws with 5:29 left before Vandeweghe scored the Knicks' next eight points on two 18-footers, a layup and two free throws, giving them a 102-99 lead with 2:30 remaining.
Vandeweghe's dunk with 1 1/2 minutes left made it 106-100 as the Knicks outscored the Lakers by 9-4 in the last three minutes.
Ewing led all scorers with 27 points and added 13 rebounds.
Magic Johnson had 24 points, 15 rebounds and 14 assists and Byron Scott, whose three-pointer with 29 seconds left got the Lakers within four, finished with 24 points. The nine-time defending Pacific Division champions are 1-3 this season.
Rockets 110, Jazz 90: Akeem Olajuwon had 31 points and 21 rebounds and scored seven points during a 21-2 run in Houston.
Utah took advantage of a two-for-16 shooting slump by Houston to take a 79-78 lead with 8:27 remaining in the game.
But the Rockets regained the lead for good on their next possession with a three-point play by Otis Thorpe that started the 21-2 spurt. Kenny Smith, who finished with 15 points, also scored seven during the run that gave Houston a 99-81 lead with 3:06 remaining.
Utah guard Darrell Griffith, inserted into the starting lineup when Jeff Malone could not play because of a back sprain, scored 24 points to pass the 12,000-point mark for his career. The 10-year pro from Louisville has scored 12,003 points.
Trail Blazers 138, Clippers 107: Clyde Drexler scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half and Kevin Duckworth scored 22 as Portland, at home, remained the NBA's only undefeated team.
Charles Smith's 21 points led the Clippers, who lost their fourth straight game by a lopsided margin after winning their first two. Ken Norman added 20 for Los Angeles, which lost the four games by an average margin of 26.
The Trail Blazers built a 69-42 halftime lead as Drexler scored 13 points in the first quarter and reserve Cliff Robinson came had 10 of his 16 points in the second quarter.
Timberwolves 108, Magic 81: Sam Mitchell scored 10 of his 16 points and Tony Campbell eight of his 24 points during a 30-10 second-half run in Minneapolis that kept Orlando winless.
The Magic (0-6 this season) has lost 21 of 22 games, 30 of 32 and 37 of 40. Yesterday, the Magic shot 40 percent and committed 19 turnovers.
Minnesota continued its domination of the NBA's most recent expansion teams. On Friday, the Timberwolves posted a 106-77 victory over Charlotte -- which joined the league in 1988-89, one year before Minnesota and Orlando.
It was the Timberwolves' first two-game winning streak since March and gave them a 3-1 record at their new Target Center. They have had back-to-back 100-point games for the first time since February.