Fitzsimmons Has Phoenix on Roll, Suns Rout Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The Phoenix Suns shot 64 percent from the field and routed the Atlanta Hawks 120-84 Wednesday night behind Wesley Person's 22 points.

The Hawks, whose 10-game winning streak ended the previous night at Indiana, suffered their worst loss since a 135-96 defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers nearly three years ago.

Phoenix has won five of its last seven under Cotton Fitzsimmons, who took over Jan. 17 after Paul Westphal was fired.

Reserve Waymon Tisdale scored 19 points for the Suns, while Charles Barkley and Kevin Johnson added 18 apiece. Andrew Lang led the Hawks with 21 points.

Cavaliers 81, Bucks 71. In Cleveland, Terrell Brandon scored 23 points and blocked a career-high five shots as Cleveland handed Milwaukee its fourth straight loss.

The Bucks matched their season low for points and shot just 35 percent from the field. Cleveland has won its last eight meetings with the Bucks.

Glenn Robinson scored 21 points for Milwaukee.

Celtics 131, Grizzlies 98. In Boston, Todd Day scored 24 points as the Boston Celtics rolled to their most lopsided victory of the season.

Vancouver was coached by assistant Rex Hughes, who filled in for Brian Winters. Winters missed the game due to the death of his mother-in-law.

Jazz 98, Trail Blazers 94. In Portland, Oregon, John Stockton sank five of six free throws in the final 1:17 as Utah withstood a wild Portland rally to win.

Portland's Clifford Robinson was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 5.2 seconds left, but he missed the first two of his three free throws and Stockton clinched the victory by making two free throws with 4.7 seconds remaining.

Utah led 86-63 early in the fourth quarter before Clifford Robinson and James Robinson, who got in a scuffle after Tuesday's practice, led an improbable comeback.

Clifford Robinson scored 33 points for Portland. Karl Malone scored 28 for Utah, but was 0-for-7 from the field in the fourth quarter.

Spurs 115, Clippers 106. In San Antonio, Avery Johnson scored a season-high 26 points and Vinny Del Negro added 23 to lead San Antonio over the Los Angeles Clippers 115-106.

The Spurs built a 14-point lead early in the third quarter, but the Clippers chipped away and stayed in contention the rest of the way.


Now that Magic Johnson's NBA comeback is under way, the 36-year-old Los Angeles Laker wasted no time Wednesday getting his lobbying campaign for the 1996 Olympics up and running. Johnson, who won a gold medal playing for the original Dream Team in 1992 at Barcelona, said he wants to be on the U.S. team of elite NBA players.

Despite his desire to stand on the medals platform again, Johnson doesn't want any favors.

"I want to make it because I can still play," he said. "I don't want to make it as a goodwill case or because I'm good for the game. I want to make it because I can still get out there and still do my thing."