Purvis Short came back to haunt his old team, scoring 13 points in the final quarter as the Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors, 120-113, Thursday night at Oakland.
Akeem Olajuwon led the Rockets with 30 points, 20 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. Short finished with 27 points in the first meeting of the two teams since the Dec. 12 trade that sent Ralph Sampson to Golden State in exchange for Sleepy Floyd and Joe Barry Carroll.
Floyd scored 15 points, Sampson 14 and Carroll 2.
Dallas 105, Phoenix 91--Derek Harper scored 27 points to lead the Mavericks to victory, making Dallas Coach John MacLeod's return to Phoenix a triumphant one.
MacLeod, who coached the Suns for nearly 14 seasons before he was fired last February, was making his first appearance in Phoenix since leaving the team. He was greeted with applause by a crowd of 11,473 as he walked onto the court.