Darryl Dawkins led five teammates in double figures with 20 points as the New Jersey Nets defeated visiting San Diego, 110-100, in a National Basketball Association game last night.
The Clippers' Randy Smith, who scored eight points, tied the league's record for most consecutive games played. Smith tied Johnny Kerr with 844 straight games; Smith's date back to Feb. 18, 1972. He can break the mark tonight at Philadelphia.
Other double-figure scorers for the Nets were Buck Williams and Otis Birdson with 17 each, Albert King and Darwin Cook with 13 apiece and Phil Ford with 11.
The Nets never led by more than five points until Cook had two straight baskets in the first minute of the fourth quarter to give New Jersey an 85-77 lead. The Clippers never got closer than seven the rest of the way.
New Jersey's largest lead was 105-89 with 4:36 to go on a steal and dunk by Williams. After that point, the Clippers held the Nets without a basket for nearly four minutes, but San Diego missed five of 10 free-throw attempts in that span.
Michael Brooks led all scorers with 30 for San Diego and teammate Jerome Whitehead had 21. Brooks scored 12 points in the second quarter, all in a 3 1/2-minute period. But the Nets, who had 15 first-half turnovers, failed only once during that time to respond with a basket of their own, and they trailed only 53-52 at halftime.