Jamal Mashburn scored 23 points and Alonzo Mourning added 22 to lead the Heat to a 110-92 win over the Boston Celtics last night in Miami.
"This is how basketball should be played," said Mashburn, whose style is better suited to the more open game dictated by this year's rule changes. "It had become a bully game, an ugly game. It should be a skill game and if you can't touch anybody, it's tough to stop players that like to create."
"He's not the power player I tried to make him," Heat Coach Pat Riley said. "His game is running, slashing and driving the basketball."
The win gave Miami an 8-2 mark, the best record after 10 games in franchise history.
* MAGIC 107, HAWKS 103: After struggling throughout the game, Darrell Armstrong hit the shot that counted. Armstrong (7-of-20 shooting) sank a three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to give Orlando a four-point lead on its way to snapping a four-game losing streak in Atlanta.
"It was a big shot," Armstrong said. "Sometimes you'll be off the whole game, then at the end you come up with the big shot."
* TRAIL BLAZERS 100, HORNETS 96: In Charlotte, reserve Greg Anthony scored 24 points, including six free throws in the final 25 seconds of overtime, as Portland won its sixth straight. Rasheed Wallace added 17 points for the Blazers.
* 76ERS 100, NETS 96: Allen Iverson scored 37 points and made a key steal late to lead John Calipari-coached Philadelphia to the win over the team that fired him in March.
Calipari took over for Coach Larry Brown, who was ejected for picking up two technical fouls with 1:29 left in the first quarter.
* KNICKS 86, WARRIORS 79: Latrell Sprewell wanted to "crush" Golden State and he let his teammates in on his bitter reunion with Warriors Coach P.J. Carlesimo. Sprewell, eating up the boos, scored 14 points and kept up a steady supply of chest-bumping and hand-slapping encouragement for teammates as New York won on the road.
* SONICS 110, ROCKETS 107: Vernon Maxwell scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, including a three-point play with 50 seconds left, as Seattle rallied for the home win.
Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon became the first player in NBA history to have 2,000 blocked shots and 2,000 steals after a second-quarter steal from Maxwell gave him 2,000.
* JAZZ 111, BUCKS 100: In Milwaukee, Karl Malone scored 40 points and reserve Bryon Russell added 19 for Utah. The Jazz handed Milwaukee its first home loss of the season by outrunning and outshooting the young Bucks, who never got their league-leading offense untracked.
* SPURS 106, MAVERICKS 90: Reserve Jaren Jackson made seven three-pointers to lead a second-quarter spurt for host San Antonio. Jackson finished with 23 points as the Spurs won their 18th straight regular season game, dating from last season.
* NUGGETS 95, BULLS 86: Antonio McDyess scored 21 points and Dan Issel won his 100th game as Denver kept Chicago winless on the road. Ron Mercer added 19 points, including 14 in the second half for Denver.
* PACERS 107, CAVALIERS 98: In Cleveland, Dale Davis scored all 12 of his points in the second half and Rik Smits added 18 to lead Indiana.