Last-second dunk secures win, Eastern Conference No. 3 seed

Mourning has the right stuff

Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2001

MIAMI -- Alonzo Mourning dunked an inbounds pass with two-tenths of a second left, and the Miami Heat clinched the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating Milwaukee 91-89 Tuesday night.

The game was meaningless for the Bucks, who have clinched the Central Division title and will be the No. 2 seed.

With 1.4 seconds left, Dan Majerle inbounded from midcourt to Mourning breaking to the basket. He outleaped Rafer Alston to catch the pass and slammed home a dunk over Ray Allen.

Mourning, playing his 12th game in a comeback from a kidney disease, played 33 minutes and scored 25 points, both season highs. He also had 16 rebounds.

Glenn Robinson had 22 points and Allen added 21 for the Bucks.

Raptors 94, Pistons 92, OT

TORONTO -- Vince Carter hit a baseline jumper with 7.6 seconds left in overtime as Toronto kept its hopes for home-court advantage in the playoffs alive.

Carter's 8-footer gave him 21 points and gave Toronto its 27th home victory of the season, a franchise record.

Antonio Davis had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, which is in the playoffs for the second time in the franchise's six-year history.

Detroit, out of the playoffs for the first time in five years, was led by Jerry Stackhouse's 22 points. Corliss Williamson scored 17 and Ben Wallace had 28 rebounds.

Bulls 100, Nets 94

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ron Artest hit a go-ahead layup with 39.2 seconds left as Chicago won for just the third time in 22 games.

Rookie A.J. Guyton scored a career-high 24 points, Artest added 19 and Marcus Fizer had 17 for the Bulls.

Fred Hoiberg had 15 points and Elton Brand added 12 points and 12 rebounds as Chicago won its second straight road game, and its fourth in 40 games away from the United Center.

Lucious Harris had a season-high 27 points for the Nets (26-56), who ended their season with a six-game losing streak. Doug Overton added 17 points and Keith Van Horn had 15.

Hawks 122, Wizards 119

ATLANTA -- Dion Glover scored a career-high 28 points and Jason Terry added 27 as Atlanta rallied from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Washington.

The Hawks finished with a 25-57 record, the worst in franchise history.

Atlanta was down 101-86 -- its largest deficit -- with 9:22 remaining when it went on a 19-0 run that culminated with Terry's 3-pointer 2:17 later.

Lorenzen Wright scored 23 and Nazr Mohammed added 20 for Atlanta, which went 7-21 in its final 28 games.

Richard Hamilton scored 30 points and Courtney Alexander added 25 for Washington, which has lost eight of its last nine.

Rockets 114, Timberwolves 87

HOUSTON -- Hakeem Olajuwon, a free agent after this season, scored 24 points and thrilled fans with some vintage moves as Houston closed its season with a victory.

Olajuwon, who has played 17 seasons for the Rockets, started the season planning to retire, but changed his mind and is expected to play again next season, even if it means leaving the Rockets.

Wally Szczerbiak led Minnesota with 16 points. Kevin Garnett had 11.

76ers 111, Pacers 105, OT

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jumaine Jones had career highs of 26 points and 13 rebounds as Philadelphia rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit and snapped Indiana's seven-game winning streak.

Kevin Ollie scored 13 points and Todd MacCulloch added 10 for the 76ers, who face the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs.

The Sixers were without Allen Iverson, who was placed on the injured list Tuesday to be rested and healthy for the playoffs.

Al Harrington had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers, who had their 10-game home winning streak snapped.

Jazz 97, Clippers 92

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone scored 34 points and John Stockton had nine of his 12 in the fourth quarter as Utah secured the No. 4 seed and first-round home-court advantage in the Western Conference playoffs.

Bryon Russell scored 12 points and Danny Manning and Donyell Marshall each had 11 for the Jazz, who will meet the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs this weekend.

Jeff McInnis scored 20 points to lead Los Angeles, which had won three straight. Lamar Odom added 19 points and Quentin Richardson had 10.

Spurs 99, Trail Blazers 93

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Tim Duncan scored 18 points as San Antonio clinched the NBA's best record.

The Spurs (58-23) had already earned homecourt advantage throughout the entire playoffs. San Antonio finishes its season Wednesday night in Seattle.

Damon Stoudamire scored 28 points and Dale Davis had 16 rebounds to lead Portland, which clinched the No. 7 playoff spot. The Blazers finished with a 50-32 record -- a nine-victory drop from last season -- and lost 14 of their last 22 games.

The Blazers played without leading scorer Rasheed Wallace, who was suspended for the game for throwing a towel into the face of teammate Arvydas Sabonis in Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lakers 108, Nuggets 91

LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal shot 13-for-13 from the line and finished with 33 points and 13 rebounds as the Lakers clinched the Pacific Division title.

The defending NBA champion Lakers extended their winning streak to a season-long eight games. Los Angeles will be the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, behind the San Antonio Spurs.

The Lakers will face slumping Portland, seeded seventh in the West, in the first round of the playoffs in a rematch of last year's conference finals.

Kobe Bryant added 26 points for Los Angeles.

Raef LaFrentz led the Nuggets with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Voshon Lenard added 20 points, and Anthony Goldwire scored a season-high 18.

Denver played without Antonio McDyess, Nick Van Exel and Kevin Willis, all sidelined with injuries.



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