Alonzo Mourning was his dominant old self in his second game since having a kidney transplant 11 months ago, making back-to-back layups in the second overtime to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 111-106 victory over the Bulls last night in Chicago.
"When I step out on the court, I play each minute like it's my last," Mourning said before the game. "Because there's a possibility it is."
Though Mourning said before the game that he has asked the Nets for a contract buyout so he can go to a team with a better chance of winning, he promised it wouldn't affect his play. He scored 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in 26 minutes.
"I feel fine," said Mourning, who had a kidney transplant last Dec. 19. "I know what I'm capable of doing and I've still got a ton of room for improvement."
Richard Jefferson had 26 points and a career-high 21 rebounds for the Nets, who won despite blowing a 27-point lead.
* TRAIL BLAZERS 94, CLIPPERS 81: Theo Ratliff tied both his career high and the franchise mark with nine blocked shots as Portland beat visiting Los Angeles.
Zach Randolph, who recently signed a six-year, $84 million contract extension, scored 14 points and had 14 rebounds as Portland put together back-to-back victories to open a season for the first time since 1999, when the team started 4-0.
* RAPTORS 101, PISTONS 89: Loren Woods had 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, and Vince Carter scored seven of 12 points in the final three minutes to help host Toronto improve to 2-0.
"We thought it was going to be a cakewalk," Detroit's Ben Wallace said.
Chris Bosh led Toronto with 18 points. Six Raptors reached double figures.
* ROCKETS 89, GRIZZLIES 81: Tracy McGrady scored 30 points and had nine assists to lead visiting Houston.
"I was a little hesitant in the first two games," McGrady said. "Tonight, I just wanted to come out and impose my will on the game because I didn't want to go back home 0-3."
* MAGIC 90, HORNETS 89: Steve Francis hit the game-winner, soaring into the lane to put back Pat Garrity's missed three-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in New Orleans.
The ending stunned the crowd, charged up after watching the Hornets rally to take only their second lead on David Wesley's three-pointer with 19 seconds left.
Francis finished with 19 points.
* SPURS 105, LAKERS 96: Tim Duncan had a double-double, and San Antonio won the teams' first meeting since Los Angeles eliminated the visiting Spurs from the Western Conference semifinals last season.
Duncan led five players in double figures with 26 points and 16 rebounds. Manu Ginobili added 18, Tony Parker 16, Rasho Nesterovic 14 and reserve Brent Barry 13.
* PACERS 100, CELTICS 94: Ron Artest scored 28 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 19 to lead Indiana to the road victory. The Pacers, playing without Reggie Miller, Jonathan Bender, Jeff Foster and Anthony Johnson because of injuries, improved to 2-0 and extended their winning streak against Boston to eight -- including a four-game sweep in the first round of the playoffs last season.
* SUNS 108, 76ERS 98: Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points, Shawn Marion had 24 and Joe Johnson 22 to lead visiting Phoenix.
The young, athletic Suns have made an early impact, blowing out Atlanta in a 30-point win and running out to a 21-point, first-half lead against Philadelphia.
* JAZZ 102, WARRIORS 80: Keith McLeod had 17 points and 10 assists, and Carlos Boozer added 16 points and nine rebounds for visiting Utah.
* SUPERSONICS 106, HAWKS 85: Rashard Lewis brought his game at both ends, scoring 23 points and blocking five shots, leading Seattle to the home victory.