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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kafelnikov, Rusedski Cruise Into Quarterfinals




EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey -- Scottie Pippen hit a free throw with 3.3 seconds left in overtime and the Houston Rockets got the benefit of two late calls in beating the New Jersey Nets 93-92 on Thursday night.


Pippen's game-winning free throw capped a 26-point performance. The Nets thought they had taken a 94-92 lead with 6.6 seconds left when Jayson Williams put in the rebound off Kerry Kittles' miss. However, referee Scott Foster waved off the basket for offensive interference.


Seconds later, Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon made a bad pass to a falling Pippen, but referee Marc Davis ruled Scott Burrell had tripped Pippen as he was backing up. Pippen made the first free throw and missed the second.


Olajuwon forced the overtime, hitting a line-drive shot from the top of the key to tie it at 85.


Cavaliers 98, Knicks 74. In Cleveland, Shawn Kemp scored 20 points and Vitaly Potapenko had 17 points and 12 rebounds as Cleveland, playing its first game since learning Zydrunas Ilgauskas would miss the rest of the season, embarrassed New York.


On Wednesday, tests revealed that the 7-foot-3 Ilgauskas fractured a small bone in his left foot. With Potapenko starting at center, the Cavs outworked the Knicks all over the floor but especially in the paint, finishing with a surprising 42-37 rebounding advantage.


Pacers 99, 76ers 95. In Indianapolis, Antonio Davis scored 16 points and Reggie Miller added 15 as Indiana beat Philadelphia, the Pacers' 10th straight victory over the 76ers and 15th in their last 16 meetings.


Sam Perkins had seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. He made a layup and his first three-pointer of the season to start the final period and ignite a 13-6 run in the first four minutes, giving Indiana a 79-70 lead.


Jazz 97, Nuggets 86. In Salt Lake City, Bryon Russell had 21 points and Jeff Hornacek added 19 as Utah matched its best start in franchise history.


The Jazz, which has beaten Denver nine straight times, is 7-1 to equal its 1989-90 start. The Nuggets lost their fourth straight game to fall to 1-8.