Moses Malone scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Charles Barkley had 24 points and 18 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the New York Knicks, 103-93, yesterday.
The victory was the 76ers' 15th in 17 games. The 76ers shot only 40.2 percent from the field, compared to 43.2 percent for the Knicks. But Philadelphia was 37 for 43 from the foul line compared to New York's 16 for 18.
"We just had too much for them. We had Moses," Barkley said. "Moses set the tone and we dominated inside."
Said New York Coach Hubie Brown: "Look, Moses is Moses. He's the best in the business and takes pride in his job."
Philadelphia scored the final seven points of the third quarter to take an 84-67 lead. The Knicks got no closer than nine points after that.
Julius Erving scored 22 points for the 76ers. Patrick Ewing scored 22 for the Knicks, who lost their third straight.
*Lakers 133, Bulls 118: In Chicago, James Worthy scored 17 of his 33 points in the first quarter and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 27 in handing the Bulls their fifth straight loss.
Abdul-Jabbar, playing in foul trouble in the final quarter, scored seven straight points after Chicago closed to 102-95 with 9:08 left.
Orlando Woolridge scored 23 points for the Bulls.
*Cavaliers 108, Suns 93: World B. Free scored 18 of his 31 points in the first half to lead Cleveland to a 25-point halftime lead en route to an easy victory over Phoenix in Richfield, Ohio.
The Cavaliers had a 66-41 halftime lead, their biggest of the season.
James Edwards scored 22 points and Larry Nance had 18 for the Suns, who lost their fourth straight on the road. They were without Coach John MacLeod, who was attending the funeral of his father-in-law in Buffalo, N.Y.
*Pacers 105, Pistons 99: Wayman Tisdale scored 29 points in Indianapolis to help the Pacers end an eight-game losing streak by beating Detroit.
Indiana scored 15 points in a row in the third quarter to take an 81-63 lead.
Vinnie Johnson scored 27 points and Isiah Thomas had 23 for the Pistons.
*Hawks 101, Bucks 98: Atlanta failed to score for the first 5:45 of the game but came back to beat visiting Milwaukee as Kevin Willis scored a season-high 24 points, including a tie-breaking jumper with 42 seconds left.
With its 10th victory in 12 games, Atlanta improved to 22-17 and moved within four games of the Central Division-leading Bucks.
Dominique Wilkins led Atlanta with 33 points. Sidney Moncrief and Paul Pressey led Milwaukee with 23 each.