Blazers beat Nets, 116-101

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Terry Porter had 26 points and 10 assists and Buck Williams scored 24 points and led a third-quarter burst last night, as the Portland Trail Blazers stopped a two-game losing streak, beating the New Jersey Nets, 116-101, and sending the Nets to their 10th straight loss.

The Nets led, 63-62, with 6 minutes, 53 seconds left in the third period when Portland scored 12 consecutive points, six by Williams. The Trail Blazers led by at least six points the rest of the game.

Portland, which leads the NBA with 31 victories, has not lost three in a row. The Nets have lost 13 of their last 15.

Williams, formerly with the Nets, also had 10 rebounds and Kevin Duckworth added 22 points for Portland. Mookie Blaylock led the Nets with 23 points and 12 assists and Reggie Theus scored 22.

Portland all-star guard Clyde Drexler got two technical fouls from referee Jess Kersey and was ejected with 4:11 left in the game. Drexler got the first technical while running up court and got another when he continued to argue.

Lakers 116, Rockets 97


INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Vlade Divac scored a season-high 22 points and James Worthy added 21, as the Los Angeles Lakers handed Houston its 14th consecutive regular-season defeat at the Forum.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Lakers, who recorded their seventh straight home triumph -- their longest such streak since capturing their final 13 home games of last season.

Otis Thorpe scored 24 points for the Rockets, who remained winless here in the regular season since Jan. 30, 1985.

Houston is 2-3 since losing center Akeem Olajuwon.

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