Julius Erving and Moses Malone each scored 28 points last night in Philadelphia to lead the undefeated 76ers to a 119-115 double-overtime victory over Boston, breaking a four-game winning streak by the Celtics.
Erving's jump shot with 38 seconds left in the second overtime gave the 76ers a 116-115 lead. Andrew Toney made a steal 15 seconds later and Malone then converted twice from the free throw line with seven seconds left.
Franklin Edwards' foul shot at the two-second mark completed the scoring.
The 76ers had trailed, 93-89, when Boston's Robert Parish made a jump shot with 1:11 left in regulation. But Toney's jumper with 56 seconds left and an eight-footer by Erving with 22 seconds left sent the game into overtime.
Erving led the Sixers to a 104-101 overtime advantage, but with 14 seconds remaining, Larry Bird made a three-point goal to bring on a second overtime period.
"They have an awesome club, but so do we," Bird said later. "Our two clubs will be battling down to the wire this season."
Boston had taken the biggest lead of the game at 72-61 on a jump shot by Quinn Buckner with 3:22 left in the third quarter. But the 76ers, on the stength of shooting by Erving and Toney, were able to close within 91-89 on Toney's layup late in the fourth quarter.
Parish had 25 points and Bird 21 for the Celtics. Toney scored 24 and Maurice Cheeks 11 for Philadelphia.