Darryl Dawkins scored 25 points and Buck Williams had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 123-111 victory over the New York Knicks last night in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Knicks played their third game without rookie center Patrick Ewing, who is injured.

Trent Tucker scored 25 points for New York (11-21) and Rory Sparrow and Pat Cummings had 19 each. James Bailey, who filled in at center for Ewing, scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds.

The Nets (20-13) led, 87-82, at the end of the third quarter. They proceeded to blow the game open in the fourth quarter, building a 121-102 lead with 2:15 remaining. Bulls 121, Cavaliers 117:

George Gervin scored 18 of his 31 points in the second half and Dave Corzine had two crucial baskets in the final 90 seconds to lead Chicago over Cleveland in Richfield, Ohio.

Sidney Green had 20 points, Quintin Dailey 19 and Orlando Woolridge 18 as Chicago (13-21) ended a five-game losing streak at Richfield Coliseum.

Cleveland (14-18) was led by World B. Free with 29 points.

Roy Hinson had 19 points for Cleveland and John Bagley had 15 points and 18 assists. Bucks 121, Pistons 110:

Sidney Moncrief scored 26 points, including 21 in the first quarter, and Terry Cummings added 23 as Milwaukee beat visiting Detroit.

The victory improved the Bucks' record to 22-12 and moved them five games in front of idle Atlanta in the Central Division.

Detroit, which lost for the eighth time in nine games, fell to 15-17. Isiah Thomas led the Pistons with 19 points and Earl Cureton had 17.

The Bucks took a 42-25 lead at the end of the first period. Moncrief, playing on a bruised knee, was six for eight from the field and nine for nine from the free throw line in the period. Jazz 107, SuperSonics 105:

Adrian Dantley scored 33 points as Utah beat Seattle in Salt Lake City.

Thurl Bailey had 20 points and rookie Karl Malone had 15 for the Jazz (17-16).

Al Wood led Seattle with 27 points and Sikma and Xavier McDaniel had 20 each for the SuperSonics (12-20). Nuggets 125, Rockets 122:

Alex English scored 42 points and backup center Danny Schayes had 21 as Denver beat visiting Houston.

English, who scored 36 and 54 points in his first two games against the Rockets, also had 10 rebounds and six assists as Denver (19-12) moved to within a half-game of first-place Houston in the Midwest Division.

The Rockets had six men in double figures, led by Akeem Olajuwon with 24 points. Houston, 16-0 at home this season, is 4-12 on the road. Celtics 125, Clippers 103:

Kevin McHale scored 22 points and Larry Bird had 21 as Boston won in Los Angeles before 14,977, the Clippers' largest home crowd of the season.

The Celtics (23-7) raced to a 22-6 lead just 5:09 into the game and were in control the rest of the way.

Marques Johnson led the Clippers (11-21) with 19 points. Trail Blazers 125, Spurs 110:

Clyde Drexler had 23 points, 11 assists and a career-high 15 rebounds as Portland won at home to end San Antonio's five-game winning streak.

Mychal Thompson scored a season-high 30 points for the Blazers (20-15).

Artis Gilmore led San Antonio with 30 points. Mike Mitchell had 29 for the Spurs (19-13). 76ers 87, Kings 84:

Bobby Jones hit three free throws in the final 22 seconds and scored all seven of his points in the final 1 1/2 minutes as visiting Philadelphia won its seventh straight and Sacramento lost its fifth straight.

Sacramento led by 12 points six minutes into the third quarter before Philadelphia's Charles Barkley scored 10 straight points for the 76ers. He finished with 26 points, 10 coming on slam dunks.

Eddie Johnson led the Kings with 16 points.