Rory Sparrow started and ended an 11-0 third-quarter burst and Patrick Ewing scored 18 points and had 18 rebounds to lead the Knicks over Indiana, 82-64, last night in New York.

The Pacers' total was the lowest in an NBA game since Buffalo scored 63 against Milwaukee on Oct. 21, 1972. The previous low this season was 73 by Seattle and Washington.

With the Knicks ahead, 43-42, Sparrow scored on a driving layup at 7:44 of the third quarter and, 4:40 later, he sank two free throws that gave New York a 54-42 lead. Bucks 117, SuperSonics 98

In Milwaukee, Terry Cummings scored six points in a 10-3 Bucks surge to open the second half and they went on to beat Seattle easily.

Cummings scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter as the Bucks outscored the SuperSonics, 35-19, to take a 96-73 lead into the fourth period.

Seattle was led by Tom Chambers and Ricky Sobers with 17 points each. Pistons 130, Cavaliers 120

In Richfield, Ohio, Kelly Tripucka scored 15 of his 26 points in the third quarter as Detroit overcame a two-point halftime deficit to beat Cleveland.

The Pistons (14-9) trailed by 17 points in the first half before rallying to close to 61-59 at the half.

The game was delayed for five minutes in the fourth quarter when fans began throwing debris onto the court, protesting the ejection of Cleveland forward Phil Hubbard, who was thrown out when he threw the basketball at Bill Laimbeer after Laimbeer fouled him. Celtics 114, Hawks 110

After relinquishing a 15-point halftime lead, Boston came back in the final period as Robert Parish scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half, to defeat Atlanta in Hartford, Conn.

The Celtics led by 17 points in the first half, but Dominique Wilkins, who scored a game-high 32 points, got hot as the Hawks closed to one with 40 seconds left in the third quarter. Spurs 109, Bulls 107

In Chicago, Steve Johnson's tip-in with 27 seconds left gave San Antonio the victory. Alvin Robertson led the Spurs with a season-high 29 points and Johnson, an ex-Bull, scored 24.

Quintin Dailey, whose 15-foot shot with five seconds remaining fell short, and Orlando Woolridge led the Bulls with 25 points each.

After Dailey had tied the score at 107 with 35 seconds remaining, Johnson tipped in a missed shot. Trail Blazers 94, Warriors 92

Kiki Vandeweghe made two free throws after time ran out to give Portland a ragged home victory. Vandeweghe scored 21 points as a reserve, 11 in the second half.

Joe Barry Carroll led Golden State with 21 points but fouled out with just over two minutes left and Golden State leading, 90-88.

Jim Paxson, who had a game-high 24 points, gave Portland the lead at 92-90 on two free throws. But Golden State's Terry Teagle tied it on a goal-tending call against Sam Bowie with 26 seconds remaining.

The Trail Blazers went for the final shot. Bowie missed, but Vandeweghe grabbed the rebound and was fouled as the buzzer sounded. Clippers 120, Mavericks 118

Rookie Benoit Benjamin scored seven of his nine points in the last 3:30 and Marques Johnson led Los Angeles over Dallas with 30 points.

Play was interrupted for 17 minutes in the third quarter when a thunderstorm caused a power outage. Nets 106, Kings 100

Micheal Ray Richardson scored 23 points and had 14 assists and Buck Williams scored 19 points and had 15 rebounds to lead host New Jersey over Sacramento.

The Nets blew a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead, then rallied behind Otis Birdsong and Richardson. Rockets 134, Jazz 105

Akeem Olajuwon's 27 points led seven Houston players in double figures as the Rockets won their 13th straight home game this season.

Houston, which is 16-7 and the Midwest Divison leader, is the only team in the NBA with an undefeated home record this season.

Utah was led by Adrian Dantley's 21 points and Karl Malone's 19.