Jerome Kersey scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers survived a 40-12 New York spree to defeat the Knicks, 109-106, last night in New York.

The Trail Blazers, playing without injured center Sam Bowie, trailed by 83-75 after New York led by 15 points in the third period. Kersey got the first four points of an 8-0 run that tied the score at 83 with 9:57 left in the game.

There were 11 lead changes in a 4 1/2-minute span until Kersey's free throw put Portland ahead for good at 107-106 with 41 seconds left. Nineteen seconds earlier, Kersey's layup had tied the score for the last time.

Kiki Vandeweghe led Portland with 27 points and Patrick Ewing led New York with 29. 76ers 102, Pistons 101

Charles Barkley scored 26 points and Julius Erving 24 in Pontiac, Mich., as Philadelphia won for the 12th time in 13 games and Detroit lost for the 12th time in 14.

Barkley, after rebounding a missed free throw by teammate Perry Moss, was fouled and made two free throws that gave the 76ers a 102-98 lead with 57 seconds left.

A layin by Isiah Thomas cut the 76ers' lead to 102-100 five seconds later and Thomas' free throw brought the Pistons to within one, 102-101, with 25 seconds to play.

The Pistons had a chance to take the lead, but Kelly Tripucka, who led Detroit with 21 points, missed a jump shot from the left wing with four seconds to play.

Maurice Cheeks scored 20 points and Moses Malone 18 for Philadelphia. Earl Cureton, a former 76er, tied his season-high with 18 points for Detroit. Bulls 132, Clippers 123

Orlando Woolridge scored 28 points and Quintin Dailey 20 as Chicago won at home.

The Bulls trailed, 37-33, after the first quarter but scored the first 14 points of the second period as the Clippers went 5:33 without a basket. Chicago outscored Los Angeles, 31-12, in the second quarter to build a 64-49 halftime lead.

George Gervin scored 17 points for the Bulls and Sidney Green 16. Norm Nixon led the Clippers with 26, Cedric Maxwell had 21 and Rory White 20. Cavaliers 105, Kings 101

John Bagley scored 10 of his 12 points in the last 4 1/2 minutes and World B. Free led all scorers with 24 points as Cleveland won in Richfield, Ohio.

Cleveland led by 77-75 entering the final quarter and by 91-88 when Bagley began his spurt.

Roy Hinson scored 22 points and Mel Turpin 15 for the Cavaliers, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Mike Woodson led the Kings with 23 points, Reggie Theus had 22 and LaSalle Thompson 19. Mavericks 127, Warriors 123

Dallas trailed by four points with 38 seconds remaining in overtime, but Dale Ellis' steal and resulting three-point play helped the Mavericks beat visiting Golden State.

Ellis entered the game after Mark Aguirre fouled out with 38 seconds to play in overtime with the Warriors leading, 123-119. After Jay Vincent scored to cut the margin to 123-121, Ellis stole a Terry Teagle pass and drove in for a layup that tied the game.

Jerome Whitehead committed a foul on the shot, and Ellis' free throw gave Dallas a 124-123 lead.

Golden State's Purvis Short led all scorers with 44 points and Joe Barry Carroll had 26 for the Warriors. The Mavericks were led by Sam Perkins with 32 points. Suns 128, Pacers 99

Rookie Ed Pinckney and James Edwards scored 21 points each in Phoenix to lead the Suns to their biggest margin of victory of the season.

Pinckney, in 23 minutes, made six of seven field goal attempts and nine of 10 free throws to record his career high. He split time at small forward with Larry Nance, who was held to nine points, 14 below his average.

Rookie Wayman Tisdale led the Pacers with 20 points.

Indiana had one more field goal than Phoenix, but the Suns converted 46 of 56 free throws to 15 of 21 for the Pacers. Nuggets 114, Jazz 106

Alex English scored 24 points to pass Bob Dandridge and move into 35th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list as Denver won at home.

Wayne Cooper scored 22 points for the Nuggets, who won their third straight. Utah blew a 14-point third-quarter lead to lose its fifth straight. Karl Malone led the Jazz with 24 points. SuperSonics 105, Lakers 99

Rookie Xavier McDaniel scored 36 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in Seattle to lead the SuperSonics over visiting Los Angeles.

McDaniel scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. He dribbled off the final 15 seconds of the game, then jubilantly hurled the ball into the stands as the final buzzer sounded.

The Lakers, who have the best record in the NBA (29-6) and the best road record (13-4), had a four-game winning streak ended despite 26 points from James Worthy and 22 from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.