Nick Anderson circled last night on his calendar, yet insisted he didn't have a score to settle against his old team.
"This is home. I just played like I was at home," the Sacramento guard said after returning to Orlando, where he played the first 10 years of his career, and posting season highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds to help the Kings beat the Magic, 111-102.
"If I had to sum up my years here, it was more good times than bad," he added. "I have no animosity toward anybody."
Chris Webber had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Vlade Divac added 17 points for the Kings, who bounced back from a 10-point loss at Miami that snapped an eight-game winning streak the previous night. Darrell Armstrong led Orlando with 29 points and 12 assists.
TIMBERWOLVES 109, NUGGETS 92: Making his first start of the season, Joe Smith scored 12 of his 26 points in the third quarter to help Minnesota extend Denver's road losing streak to eight games. "Joe Smith would be an all-star if he played against Denver every night," Nuggets Coach Dan Issel said.
SPURS 106, PISTONS 87: Host San Antonio made 11 straight shots and scored on 15 consecutive possessions in a 40-point third quarter. Led by Tim Duncan's 28 points, the Spurs extended their winning streak to six games. Grant Hill had 30 points for Detroit.
76ERS 74, KNICKS 70: Larry Hughes scored 26 points and host Philadelphia won its third straight.
Despite shooting 30 percent, New York had a chance to win after Chris Childs made two free throws with 12 seconds left to cut Philadelphia's lead to 71-70. But Eric Snow made two free throws, then another after New York's Latrell Sprewell missed a three-pointer.
LAKERS 101, SUPERSONICS 77: In Seattle, Shaquille O'Neal had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Glen Rice added 19 points for Los Angeles. Ruben Patterson, who played for the Lakers last season, led the SuperSonics with 19 points.
CAVALIERS 106, MAVERICKS 99: Shawn Kemp made six straight free throws in the final 2:08 and scored 25 points for host Cleveland.
SUNS 94, CLIPPERS 80: In Los Angeles, Jason Kidd had 20 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds, and Phoenix pulled away in the second half to win its sixth straight.
HAWKS 107, RAPTORS 89: Isaiah Rider had 23 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists as visiting Atlanta continued its dominance of Toronto. The Hawks have won 15 of 16 games against Toronto.