Alonzo Mourning scored 25 points last night as visiting Miami once again got physical to beat New York, 94-88, in the first meeting between the teams since the Knicks ousted the Heat in last season's playoffs.
The Heat (6-1), off to the best start in franchise history, trailed for only eight seconds early in the first quarter and have played from behind for just 4 minutes 33 seconds during a five-game winning streak.
Marcus Camby, coming off the bench for the first time this season, had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Knicks, who have lost three straight.
The intensity that surrounds one of the NBA's fiercest rivalries wasn't evident in the teams' first meeting this season. There were no fights, no technical fouls and only one flagrant foul.
LAKERS 93, HAWKS 88: Shaquille O'Neal, back from a one-game suspension, had 23 points and 11 rebounds as Los Angeles nearly blew a 27-point lead at home. The Lakers led 69-42, but the Hawks closed to 91-88 with 25 seconds left.
Isaiah Rider, who led Atlanta with 24 points, missed a three-point shot with 10 seconds remaining. Derek Fisher got the rebound for the Lakers, was fouled and made two free throws.
O'Neal made only 1 of 7 free throws, drawing a loud cheer when he finally hit one after five consecutive misses.
76ERS 93, RAPTORS 90: Allen Iverson scored 30 points, including eight straight in a key fourth-quarter burst, as visiting Philadelphia ended Toronto's four-game winning streak.
The 76ers led by 19 points in the third quarter, but the Raptors trimmed the deficit to one at the start of the fourth. Iverson was taken out of the game during the run. Two minutes later Iverson sparked a 12-4 spurt.
KINGS 126, NUGGETS 116: Chris Webber had 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead host Sacramento. The game was tied at 95 after three quarters, but the Kings opened the fourth quarter with a 14-5 run. Sacramento's Jon Barry scored 12 of his 16 points in the final quarter.
GRIZZLIES 109, CLIPPERS 89: Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 19 points and added 10 rebounds to record his sixth consecutive double-double, sparking host Vancouver to its largest margin of victory in franchise history. The Grizzlies shot a franchise-record 71.4 percent in the second half.