Isaiah Rider scored 32 points in his return to the Atlanta lineup, leading the Hawks to a 113-106 victory over the visiting Miami Heat last night.
Atlanta became the first team since the 1996-97 season to score more than 110 points against the Heat. Rider, who has been fined several times by the Hawks and served a one-game suspension a week earlier for failing to show up at practice, started for the second time this season after serving mostly in the sixth-man role.
Jason Terry added 21 points for Atlanta, scoring 10 in the fourth.
ROCKETS 119, MAVERICKS 99: Charles Barkley scored 26 points and Houston finally won a home game. Houston (3-10) had been the NBA's only winless home team at 0-6, but Barkley's inspired performance was enough to beat the Mavericks (4-8).
Michael Finley scored 29 points to lead Dallas, reduced to an eight-man lineup by injuries and illness.
KINGS 105, NETS 92: Chris Webber scored 26 points, grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds and added 10 assists as Sacramento, at home, won its seventh straight. It was the ninth career triple-double for Webber.
CAVALIERS 103, TRAIL BLAZERS 100: Shawn Kemp made four jumpers and set up Lamond Murray's crucial three-pointer in the final 4:41 to help snap visiting Portland's six-game winning streak. Kemp had 28 points and 10 rebounds as Cleveland became the first team to score 100 points against Portland, the NBA's top team this season, and ended its own three-game losing skid.
SUNS 94, RAPTORS 93: In Phoenix, Jason Kidd had 15 assists and 16 points, including two free throws with 1.3 seconds left.
With Toronto leading by a point, Doug Christie missed two free throws with 5.1 seconds left. Cliff Robinson grabbed the rebound off the second miss and Phoenix called time with 4.8 seconds remaining.
Kidd was fouled by Antonio Davis while taking a hook shot in the lane, and made both free throws for the winning margin.
CLIPPERS 100, KNICKS 95: Derek Anderson scored 17 of his 23 points in the first quarter against the banged-up visitors from New York, and Los Angeles held on after nearly blowing a 28-point lead.