Make it eight straight home wins for the New Jersey Nets, who showed the New York Knicks--the last visiting team to win at the Meadowlands--just how much things have changed in 3 1/2 weeks.
Kendall Gill scored 23 points, Kerry Kittles had 21 points, Stephon Marbury added 16 points and 13 assists and Jamie Feick grabbed 17 rebounds as the Nets beat the Knicks, 89-83, last night for their ninth victory in 12 games.
Eight of those victories have come at home, where the Nets have not lost since Dec. 4--a 10-point defeat to the Knicks that dropped New Jersey's record to 2-15.
Last night, New Jersey (11-18) gained control in the third quarter and held off New York throughout the fourth quarter to move within one victory of tying the longest home winning streak in franchise history.
"I think right now we're at the top of our game," Feick said. "We're playing with confidence and feel we can beat anybody, especially at home."
HEAT 89, TIMBERWOLVES 78: Alonzo Mourning scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Heat closed out their stay at Miami Arena with a win.
Miami had played all of its home games at Miami Arena, beginning with its expansion season in 1988-89. The Heat will move into the $212 million AmericanAirlines Arena Sunday against Orlando.
Minnesota had its five-game winning streak snapped as Miami won for the third time in eight games.
NUGGETS 128, CLIPPERS 105: Antonio McDyess had 22 points and five assists and Raef LaFrentz added 20 points and 11 rebounds as Denver won its fifth consecutive home game.
Ron Mercer had 20 points and Nick Van Exel got his fourth straight double-double with 13 points and 13 assists for the Nuggets, who are 12-3 at home. It was Denver's highest-scoring game of the season. Maurice Taylor had a career-high 30 points and six rebounds for the Clippers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
KINGS 114, CELTICS 101: Chris Webber scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had 6 assists as Sacramento rolled at home.
It was the 400th career win for Coach Rick Adelman and marked the first time the Kings have won back-to-back games in over a month. It was the 11th straight road loss for Boston, which has dropped eight of its last nine games.
RAPTORS 100, ROCKETS 99: Vince Carter made two crucial late free throws and finished with 35 points to lead Toronto in Houston.
Carter thrilled the Houston crowd with a half-dozen highlight-film baskets, but his two foul shots with four seconds remaining lifted the Raptors to a 100-96 lead, which they needed when Bryce Drew hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
TRAIL BLAZERS 94, SUPERSONICS 89: Rasheed Wallace scored 24 points and made two big jumpers in the final minutes to lead Portland to the home win.
Scottie Pippen added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the Blazers, who won their third straight. Seattle's Gary Payton had 24 points and 13 assists.