Larry Bird scored 41 points to pace the Boston Celtics to a 124-122 overtime victory last night before the largest crowd in the Atlanta Hawks' history.
The crowd of 16,522 surpassed the 16,048 in Atlanta to see the Hawks play the Celtics on Jan. 12, 1985.
Atlanta led by 23 points late in the first half. Boston came back to take a 107-103 lead with 1:23 left in the fourth quarter on a layup by Robert Parish. A layup by Atlanta guard Eddie Johnson with 22 seconds remaining in regulation sent the game into overtime at 112-112.
In overtime, Bird made four free throws and Parish had two baskets. The Celtics went ahead to stay at 118-116 with 2:58 remaining in overtime on a basket by Bill Walton.
Boston got 22 points from Parish and reserve Scott Wedman had 21. Atlanta was paced by Dominique Wilkins with 36 points.
The Celtics are unbeaten in their last 11 road games with the Hawks. Nets 124, Nuggets 113
In East Rutherford, N.J., center Mike Gminski had 23 points and 14 rebounds, power forward Buck Williams had 21 points and 15 rebounds and small forward Albert King had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who outrebounded Denver, 64-36.
The Nuggets, losing their third straight, scored only four points over the final four minutes.
NBA scoring leader Alex English had a game-high 36 points for Denver. Cavaliers 108, Pacers 95
In Richfield, Ohio, Mel Turpin scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half, including 12 in the pivotal third quarter, as Cleveland defeated Indiana.
Indiana, which had lost eight straight, led by 43-42 at halftime before Cleveland ran off the next nine points, including three by Turpin and four by World B. Free. Free scored 10 points and John Bagley eight in the period to help Cleveland build a 78-65 lead.
Cleveland led by from 10 to 19 points throughout the fourth quarter.
The Pacers, who have won only two of 20 road contests this season, got 16 points from Clark Kellogg and 13 from Steve Stipanovich. Rockets 104, Knicks 95
Ralph Sampson scored 26 points and Akeem Olajuwon 24 for Houston against visiting New York.
Houston outscored New York by 11-3 in the final 3:20, even though Sampson fouled out with 5:06 left and Olajuwon followed with less than a minute to go.
Patrick Ewing led the Knicks with 25 points.
Houston, which led by seven with less than five minutes to go, led by only 93-92 with 3:36 left after New York's Darrell Walker hit a jumper. Olajuwon then started a seven-point run with a short jumper and a free throw. Trail Blazers 112, Suns 87
Kiki Vandeweghe scored 26 points and Clyde Drexler had 24 points, 12 assists, six rebounds and three steals against visiting Phoenix.
James Edwards led the Suns with 22 points and Larry Nance had 15.
Portland's trapping defense, led by Jerome Kersey and Terry Porter, keyed an 11-0 run in the second period that helped produce a 65-50 halftime lead. Clippers 131, Jazz 97
Cedric Maxwell scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half and fellow reserve Lancaster Gordon equaled his career high with 22 in Los Angeles as the Clippers achieved their highest point total and biggest victory margin of the season.
Eight Los Angeles players scored in double figures. The Clippers played without injured Marques Johnson, their top scorer.
Utah was led by Adrian Dantley with 34 points and Thurl Bailey with 14. Kings 98, SuperSonics 96
Eddie Johnson's driving shot down the lane with 31 seconds left produced an overtime victory at home for Sacramento and the fourth straight loss for Seattle.
The SuperSonics had a chance to send the game into a second overtime when Sacramento forward Mark Olberding threw a pass out of bounds with five seconds remaining. Seattle went inside to center Jack Sikma, but his shot fell short at the buzzer.
Sikma scored a game-high 30 points and Al Wood added 17 for Seattle. Johnson led the Kings with 22 and Mike Woodson had 19.