Doc Rivers is growing weary of hearing that the Orlando Magic are turning into a pleasant surprise in what many people said would be a mediocre season at best.
"The worst thing now is that we have three days off," Rivers, Orlando's first-year coach, said after the Magic extended their longest winning streak of the season to five games with a 110-106 victory last night in Charlotte. "We're on a roll, and I wish we could play again tomorrow."
Forward Monty Williams scored seven of Orlando's final 10 points and finished with 15 to help the Magic improve to 15-11.
* NETS 99, 76ERS 94: Keith Van Horn scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half as New Jersey overcame Allen Iverson's 42 points to win its sixth straight at home.
Iverson made 11 of 26 shots and 17 of 20 free throws. Philadelphia's other four starters combined for 10 baskets and 33 points.
"Obviously, you don't want him to get 42, but we realize if we limit the other four guys on the court it will help us tremendously," Van Horn said of Iverson.
* BUCKS 94, SPURS 91: With Sam Cassell scoring 27 points and Glenn Robinson 25, Milwaukee won for the first time in San Antonio since Dec. 22, 1990. Tim Duncan had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs, but shot 6 for 22.
* MAVERICKS 111, SUNS 110: Michael Finley had his second triple-double against Phoenix in 12 days to help visiting Dallas break a four-game losing streak.
Finley had his fourth career triple-double by the end of the third quarter and finished with 33 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists. Cliff Robinson, who scored 30 for the Suns, made what appeared to be a game-tying three-pointer with 1.4 seconds to play, but the toe of his right foot was on the line and it counted for only two.
* TIMBERWOLVES 109, SUPERSONICS 102: In Minneapolis, Terrell Brandon scored 30 points as Minnesota won its fourth in a row.
* HAWKS 108, CAVALIERS 90: Dikembe Mutombo had 16 points, 21 rebounds and 9 blocked shots to help host Atlanta end a four-game losing streak.
* CLIPPERS 97, KINGS 91: Troy Hudson, one of six Los Angeles players to score in double figures, had 16 points and 10 assists as the Clippers gave Sacramento its fourth straight loss on the road.
* GRIZZLIES 93, NUGGETS 91: Bryant Reeves tapped in Shareef Abdur-Rahim's miss with 5.5 seconds left to win it for Vancouver over visiting Denver.
* TRAIL BLAZERS 111, WARRIORS 91: With Rasheed Wallace scoring 20 points and Steve Smith 19, Portland cruised at home.