Kenny Carr stuffed in the rebound of a missed shot with nine seconds left to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 101-100 triumph over the Detroit Pistons in NBA action last night at Richland, Ohio.

Detroit had taken a 100-99 lead on a Larry Wright jump shot with 35 seconds left. Cleveland's Randy Smith misfired with 12 seconds remaining and Carr grabbed the carom and muscled in the winning basket.

Keith Herron missed a 20-footer in the closing seconds, and the Cavaliers' Mike Bratz grabbed the loose ball to clinch the victory.

In Indianapolis, Johnny Davis contributed three assists and a basket to a 14-2 Indiana spurt opening the third quarter as the Pacers raced past Kansas City, 107-88. Reserve guard Mike Glenn make eight consecutive shots and scored all 21 of his points in the second half to ignite the host New York Knicks to a 104-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. In Atlanta, rookie Don Collins scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Hawks past the Dallas Mavericks, 110-104.

In Oakland, Lloyd Free scored a game-high 28 points and Purvis Short came off the bench to add 26, leading the Golden State Warriors to their third straight victory, a 119-103 triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers hve lost five of eight games since Magic Johnson was injured Nov. 18.

In Houston, Mike Dunleavy scored a career-high 48 points to lead the Rockets to a 111-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Seattle defeated Utah, 108-98, in Salt Lake City with Fred Brown scoring 16 of his 27 points in the second half.