Bernard King scored 60 points -- the most in an NBA game in 6 1/2 years -- but his Knicks lost to the New Jersey Nets, 120-114, last night in New York.

Micheal Ray Richardson scored 36 points and Mike Gminski had 27 points and 14 rebounds for New Jersey, which ended an eight-game road losing streak.

"I don't derive any personal satisfaction when we lose," King said. "Maybe this will all hit me after the season is over, but not now. To lose a game that we had control of the whole way is very frustrating."

King had 40 points in the first half, pacing New York to a 64-54 lead. In the half, King made 13 of 16 field goals and 14 of 17 foul shots.

He added 11 in the third quarter and nine in the fourth quarter, breaking Richie Guerin's team record of 57. Wilt Chamberlain holds the Madison Square Garden professional record of 73.

King's point total was the most in the NBA since April 9, 1978, when on the same night, Denver's David Thompson scored 73 against Detroit and San Antonio's George Gervin had 63 against New Orleans.

The league's previous high for this season was Purvis Short's 59 points for Golden State against New Jersey on Nov. 17. One week later, King scored his previous career high of 52 against Indiana.