Undated (AP) _ San Antonio at Utah (9:30 p.m. EST). Last season the Spurs won their last seven games and Utah lost four of its final six, allowing San Antonio to take the Midwest Division title by one game. STARS Tuesday
Kenny Smith, Rockets, had 35 points and 11 assists as Houston defeated Denver 145-135. Smith was 11 of 15 from the field as the Rockets handed the Nuggets their third straight loss.
Larry Nance, Cavaliers, had 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting, grabbed 12 rebounds and had five blocks as Cleveland beat Orlando 102-95, the Magic’s league-record 16th consecutive home loss.
Alvin Robertson, Bucks, had 27 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and eight steals as Milwaukee defeated Miami 106-94. SUPERB IN DEFEAT
Magic Johnson, Lakers, scored 24 points and had 22 assists in LA’s 125-123 overtime loss to Portland. ... Michael Jordan of Chicago scored 33 points, had 12 assists and added eight rebounds in the Bulls’ 110-108 loss to Boston. SWINGS
Chicago, which was 36-5 at home last season, is 0-2 there this season. The Bulls’ 0-3 start is their worst since 1982-83. ... The Lakers, 0-2 after their overtime loss to Portland on Tuesday, last started a season 0-2 in 1984-85. That year, they won 62 of their final 80 games and went on to beat Boston 4-2 in the finals. SHOOTING SHOW
Detroit’s 7-foot-1 reserve center William Bedford connected on three 3- pointers in a span of 23.4 seconds during mop-up time of the Pistons’ loss at Seattle on Tuesday. Bedford entered the game 1 for 7 from 3-point range in his career. STEPPIN’ OUT
Portland was 9 for 15 from 3-point range in its overtime victory over the Lakers. Danny Ainge made 4 of 5, Clyde Drexler 3 of 4 and Terry Porter 2 of 5. SWEEPING THE GLASS
Houston forward Otis Thorpe had 22 rebounds Tuesday against Denver, the league season high so far. ... New York forward Charles Oakley had 18 rebounds in the Knicks’ loss to Dallas. ... Derrick Coleman, the first pick overall in the June draft, had 14 rebounds in 24 minutes of New Jersey’s loss at Charlotte. STATS
William Bedford of Detroit scored nine points in one minute of playing time Tuesday. Bedford actually played 1:14, but scored the nine points in a span of 23.4 seconds. STEALS
Xavier McDaniel of Seattle had six steals, the same number Detroit managed, in the SuperSonics’ 100-92 victory over the Pistons. ... Tim Hardaway of Golden State had six steals against the LA Clippers. SLOPPY
Miami rookie guard Willie Burton was 5 for 17 from the field with nine turnovers in the Heat’s 106-94 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday. ... Clyde Drexler of Portland had nine turnovers in the Trail Blazers’ 125-123 overtime victory over the Lakers. ... Larry Bird of Boston had eight turnovers in the Celtics’ victory over Chicago. STREAKS
Orlando’s 102-95 loss to Cleveland was its league-record 16th straight at home. The Cavaliers, who lost their last nine home games in 1981-82 and their first six in 1982-83, held the previous mark. ... New Jersey lost its 31st consecutive road game on Tuesday, a 113-105 defeat at Charlotte. The Nets are within one of the league record, set by the Baltimore Bullets from 1953 to 1954. SURRENDER
Former San Antonio Spurs guard David Wingate surrendered to authorities Tuesday on charges of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at his San Antonio apartment June 24. Wingate, released after posting $2,000 bond, and two companions were indicted by a grand jury Oct. 31. SPEAKING
″Hello, reality. Maybe we were a little too full of ourselves and had too much time to think about being in first place.″ - Miami coach Ron Rothstein after the Heat’s 106-94 loss to Milwaukee. The Heat had won its opener to go above .500 for the first time in club history.
″He’s very good at what he does. He may be the smallest player in the league, but he may have the biggest heart. That’s where he makes it up. He’s a get in your hair-type player.″ - New Jersey coach Bill Fitch on Charlotte’s Muggsy Bogues.