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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Title Contenders Ease to Victory

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Great players are expected to dominate big games, and that was the case for David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan as the trio of All-Stars led their teams to commanding 2-0 leads in best-of-five, first-round NBA playoff series.


Robinson set career playoff-highs by pouring in 40 points and pulling down 21 rebounds Sunday in carrying his San Antonio Spurs to a 110-105 home win over the Phoenix Suns.


The San Antonio center scored 13 of his points in the fourth quarter, including a tip-in, a baseline jumper and a driving layup in the final 3:15.


"David was absolutely phenomenal," said Spurs head coach Bob Hill.


The Admiral hit 14 of 25 shots from the field and was 12-of-16 from the free throw line for the game.


"I'm not out to prove anything to anyone, the only thing on my mind is winning games," said Robinson.


Charles Barkley tried to keep the Suns alive with 30 points and 20 rebounds. Kevin Johnson added 21 points and 16 assists for Phoenix.


A three-pointer by Wesley Person with 11:40 remaining gave Phoenix an 87-85 lead, but the Spurs then went on a 12-1 run.


The Suns pulled within one at 102-101 with 1:52 left and again at 106-105 with 17.3 seconds remaining.


But Sean Elliott and Chuck Person hit two free throws each for the Spurs to seal the win.


Bulls 106, Heat 75. In Chicago, Jordan scored 26 of his 29 points in the first half when the Bulls built a 25-point lead en route to a demolition of the Miami Heat.


"That was as complete and thorough a beating as one could take," said Heat coach Pat Riley. "The Bulls came out and did everything right."


The only dark cloud for Chicago was a back injury suffered by Jordan in the second quarter. He hurt his lower back while attempting a reverse layup with 2:39 left in the quarter.


"I wrenched my back on that layup," said Jordan. "I had this injury before, it's not that big of a deal."


The Bulls led by as many as 34 points in the second half with Scottie Pippen chipping in 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.


Magic 92, Piston 77. In Orlando, O'Neal scored 29 points, including a pair of hook shots in a decisive third quarter run, to lead the Magic to a victory over the Detroit Pistons.


O'Neal hit 13 of 19 shots from the field, most of them coming on power moves inside against Detroit centers Mark West and Don Reid.


The Pistons held a 48-47 edge after a basket by Otis Thorpe with 7:47 left in the third quarter. But Orlando went on a 14-2 run over the next 3:10 to open a 61-50 bulge.


Kings 90, Supersonics 81. In Seattle, Mitch Richmond scored eight of his 37 points in the final six minutes as the Sacramento Kings posted their first postseason win in 15 years with a 90-81 upset of the SuperSonics.


Heavily favored Seattle tries to avoid first-round elimination for the third successive year.


"We put a little scare into 'em," said Richmond.


Sacramento last won a playoff game in 1981 against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference finals.


Lakers 104, Rockets 94. Earvin Johnson proved he still has some playoff Magic left in him Saturday and the Lakers took advantage of Hakeem Olajuwon's foul trouble to even their first-round playoff series with the Houston Rockets at one game each.


Johnson scored 26 points and took charge of the Lakers offense in the win over the two-time defending NBA champions.


Olajuwon fouled out when he picked up two fouls in 19 seconds early in the fourth quarter.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)