Isiah Thomas scored a season-high 39 points to help the Detroit Pistons end a six-game losing streak with a 113-109 victory over the visiting Boston Celtics last night.
Thomas had 12 points in the fourth quarter, including six during a 13-6 run at the start of the period. The Pistons turned a 93-87 deficit into a 100-99 lead with 7:16 remaining in the game.
Kevin McHale scored 29 points and Larry Bird 26 for Boston, which had won four straight. Rockets 124, Warriors 115:
Akeem Olajuwon had 26 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 11 blocked shots against Golden State to help keep Houston unbeaten at home this season.
The Warriors hit a cold spell midway in the fourth quarter and were outscored, 17-2.
For Houston, Ralph Sampson had 22 points and 17 rebounds and John Lucas had 18 points, including 16 in the second half. Bucks 110, Cavaliers 101:
Ricky Pierce scored 20 points and Sidney Moncrief 17 to lead Milwaukee to its seventh consecutive victory, over visiting Cleveland.
Pierce's lay-in with 8:35 left to play gave the Bucks a 98-81 lead, and a Jeff Lamp layup made it 104-85 with 5:57 left. Cleveland then went on a 9-1 spree, pulling within 105-94 when Keith Lee made a jump shot with 3:31 to play. Hawks 117, Clippers 103:
Against visiting Los Angeles, Dominique Wilkins scored 37 points to pace Atlanta to its fourth straight victory.
The Hawks took the lead for good, 46-44, midway through the second quarter.
Atlanta got 18 points from Randy Wittman, and Kevin Willis finished with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Glenn Rivers had 13 points and a game-high 10 assists. Knicks 93, Pacers 85:
Patrick Ewing scored 24 points, and New York outscored visiting Indiana, 15-4, in the final 3 1/2 minutes to end its four-game losing streak.
A turn-around jumper by Wayman Tisdale had given Indiana, which trailed by 19 points in the first quarter, an 81-78 lead with 3:54 remaining. But two free throws and a jumper by Louis Orr put the Knicks ahead, 82-81, with 3:03 left. Nets 110, Bulls 105:
In Chicago, Darryl Dawkins scored 24 points as New Jersey won for the 11th time in 15 games.
Dawkins gave the Nets the lead for good at 91-90 midway through the final period. Otis Birdsong's basket and Mickey Johnson's three-point play at 6:49 made it 96-90. Nuggets 132, Mavericks 110:
Alex English, the NBA's leading scorer, had 33 points and Calvin Natt got 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead Denver over visiting Dallas. The Nuggets took an 11-4 lead and were not pressed the rest of the game. SuperSonics 91, Jazz 84:
Jack Sikma had 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead Seattle over visiting Utah. In the third quarter, when Seattle opened up an eight-point lead, Sikma had 12 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots and two assists.