Sam Cassell made two free throws with 10.1 seconds left as the visiting Milwaukee Bucks overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 93-90, last night in Gary Payton's debut as a Buck.
Damon Stoudamire, who had not played all game, missed a potential tying three-pointer with about three seconds left. Milwaukee rebounded and ran out the clock.
Payton scored 22 points and had nine assists in his first game since being traded from Seattle along with Desmond Mason on Thursday in a deal that involved Ray Allen going to the SuperSonics. Tim Thomas had 19 points and five rebounds for Milwaukee, which snapped a four-game losing streak.
* SPURS 105, PACERS 96: Tim Duncan scored 21 points lead host San Antonio to its 10th win in 11 games.
"This was by far our worst performance on the road all season," said Indiana Coach Isiah Thomas, whose team lost its fourth straight. "It was such an ugly game."
The Pacers' Ron Artest left in the third, with what appeared to be a sore right elbow. Artest, averaging 15.4 points, did not score or grab a rebound in 13 minutes.
David Robinson was activated after missing seven games with lower back spasms and a sore right knee. He had nine points and five rebounds in 14 minutes.
* HORNETS 93, PISTONS 91: Jamal Mashburn scored 29 points and hit a turnaround jumper with 0.2 seconds left in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Mashburn took an inbounds pass, dribbled on the right wing to run down the clock, then hit a jumper over Chauncey Billups to give the Hornets their third win in a row. Mashburn scored a franchise-record 50 points and hit the winning shot in a 125-123 overtime victory over Memphis on Friday night.
"I've just broken basketball down to its simplest form," Mashburn said. "You create off the dribble, take open shots and just make plays. When you try to make things complicated, they usually don't work."
* HEAT 100, BULLS 90: Eddie Jones, who missed a recent 1-3 road trip because of a strained left groin, scored 23 points to help the Heat snap a three-game losing streak in Miami.
"I knew it would be a slow pace for me at the start," said Jones, who had his fourth consecutive 20-point performance. "After a week off, you're not the same player you normally are."
Jalen Rose scored 31 points before fouling out with 1:56 remaining for the Bulls, who fell to 3-29 on the road.
* ROCKETS 93, GRIZZLIES 82: Cuttino Mobley scored 29 points and Houston, playing without star Steve Francis, held on to snap a three-game home losing streak.
Francis sat out with a strained lower back. He will be reevaluated on Monday prior to a game at Boston.
* JAZZ 99, NUGGETS 89: Karl Malone scored 20 points and tied a career-high with 10 assists and Denver suffered its 14th consecutive road loss and eighth straight overall.
* HAWKS 89, CLIPPERS 87: Theo Ratliff scored 18 points as Atlanta ended a four-game road losing streak.