Originally created 04/10/00

Miami's Hardaway beats buzzer, Knicks



MIAMI -- It was a frantic finish and a vital victory for Tim Hardaway and the Miami Heat.

Hardaway sank a desperation 25-footer as time expired in overtime Sunday, allowing the Heat to close in on their fourth consecutive Atlantic Division title by beating the New York Knicks 95-94.

With 4.7 seconds left and his team trailing by two, Hardaway took an inbound pass above the key and dribbled to his left. Harried by Chris Childs, Hardaway clutched the ball against his right hip and drilled the game-winner.

Hornets 96, Pacers 80

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Eddie Jones, Anthony Mason and Elden Campbell each scored 19 points as the Hornets beat Eastern Conference-leading Indiana and clinched a playoff berth.

Anthony Mason added 18 points for the Hornets, who stopped a two-game losing streak. Campbell added 13 rebounds and Mason 10.

Suns 102, Kings 97

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Penny Hardaway had 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as the Suns beat the Kings to complete a season sweep.

Cliff Robinson scored 20 points, and Rodney Rogers had 16 for the Suns, who shot 50 percent from the field. Jason Williams had 24 points for the Kings, who have lost three of four and saw their lead over eighth-place Seattle dip to one game.

Rockets 99, Jazz 90

HOUSTON -- Steve Francis scored a game-high 26 points as the Rockets broke a four-year drought by beating Utah.

The Jazz had won the past 12 regular-season games over Houston dating to Nov. 9, 1996 and eight straight overall. It was the third straight win for the Rockets and sixth in their last eight games.