SUNNY SIDE OF STREET: The Suns signed free agent C Joe Barry Carroll on Friday. Carroll, a nine-year veteran with a 17.9 career scoring average, played with the Nets and Nuggets in 1989-90. Denver did not offer him a new contract.

WORTHY EFFORT: The Lakers were trailing the Nets, 92-90, Friday night when James Worthy was fouled by Chris Morris with 3.6 seconds left. After a timeout, Worthy limped to the line and made two free throws, forcing overtime in a game the Lakers finally won, 108-103, for their 10th consecutive victory.

"I knew he couldn't run, but I asked him if he could shoot and he said, 'It hurts, but I think I can,' " Coach Mike Dunleavy said. "I felt it was worth the chance. With three seconds left, I figured they would have to call timeout."

Worthy, who did not play in the overtime, was taken to a hospital for X-rays of his foot, which were negative, and he planned to accompany the team to Boston, where the Lakers meet the Celtics today. It is not known if he'll be able to play.

DAVIS JUST SAYS NO: Walter Davis rejected a deal that would have sent him from the Nuggets back to the Suns, where he was at the center of a 1987 scandal, the Oregonian reported yesterday.

The Nuggets instead traded Davis to the Trail Blazers last Wednesday in a three-way deal with the Nets.

Davis played his first 11 seasons at Phoenix. His 1987 problems became known as "Waltergate." After allegations of point shaving and drug use were made, Davis was forced to testify before a grand jury against some teammates.

His testimony led to minor criminal charges against some of the players. At the end of the next season, Davis became a free agent and signed with the Nuggets.