Alex English scored 20 points and Calvin Natt had 18 to spark the Denver Nuggets to a 127-115 victory over the struggling Los Angeles Lakers last night in Inglewood, Calif.

The loss was the third straight and fourth in five games for the Lakers. It was only their third defeat in 21 home games this season. The Nuggets have won three of four games against Los Angeles this season.

Wayne Cooper had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Denver.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 26 points and James Worthy 18 for the Lakers, who were missing guard Magic Johnson for the second straight game with a swollen right knee.

Denver outscored Los Angeles by 19-6 to take a 65-53 halftime lead and increased the margin to 95-80 after three quarters. Bucks 104, Knicks 88

Sidney Moncrief scored 13 of his game-high 24 points in a third-quarter turnaround, and Terry Cummings added 23 as Milwaukee won in New York.

The Bucks outscored the Knicks by 21-7 during a 6:20 span that started in the third quarter and ended in the fourth, helping them clinch their 12th victory in 15 games and 12th straight over New York.

Patrick Ewing and Gerald Wilkins each had 20 points for the Knicks and Rory Sparrow had 17.

Bill Cartwright of the Knicks, playing in only his second regular-season game in two years after recovering from a broken foot, reinjured the foot late in the fourth quarter. X-rays were inconclusive.

New York guard Darrell Walker, who reportedly argued with Coach Hubie Brown in a game Tuesday, was suspended for disciplinary reasons but will rejoin the club for practice on Monday. The team issued no further comment.

Rockets 117, Pistons 112: In Houston, Akeem Olajuwon scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to help defeat Detroit. It was the Rockets' ninth victory in 11 games.

Houston's Robert Reid had 19 points and Ralph Sampson had 18. Olajuwon led all rebounders with 18.

Detroit led, 83-79, going into the fourth quarter and by 93-92 with 6:55 left. But the Rockets, behind Olajuwon's six points, outscored Detroit by 12-6 to gain a 104-99 lead with 4:04 to play. Mavericks 123, Spurs 107

Mark Aguirre scored 30 points and Rolando Blackman had 20 of his 29 in the second half as visiting Dallas ended a three-game losing streak.

Alvin Robertson led San Antonio with 23 points, Mike Mitchell scored 18 and reserve guard Jon Sundvold had 17. Pacers 124, Warriors 101

In Indianapolis, reserve Herb Williams scored 27 points, including 14 in the decisive second quarter, to lead Indiana over Golden State.

The game was tied at 29 with 1:40 left in the first quarter when Clint Richardson hit a pair of free throws to give the Pacers the lead for good. After the quarter ended at 35-31, Williams, who had been sidelined four games, went on a tear to boost the margin to 59-49 at halftime. Bulls 133, Suns 114

Orlando Woolridge had a career-high 44 points and Sidney Green had a career-high 27 to help Chicago end a five-game losing streak. It was visiting Phoenix's fifth straight loss.

Chicago led at halftime, 73-61, shooting 67 percent. Woolridge had 24 points and Green 20 at the half. Jazz 130, Clippers 90

Adrian Dantley scored 24 points and Fred Roberts 21 and Utah went on a 17-0 run at the end of the first period to win at home.

The Jazz dominated every facet, shooting 51 percent to Los Angeles' 35, outrebounding the visitors by 63-45 and forcing 24 turnovers. SuperSonics 109, Nets 99

Al Wood and Jack Sikma each scored eight points in the fourth quarter as Seattle won at home, ending a six-game losing streak. New Jersey collapsed after center Darryl Dawkins fouled out with 5:50 to go.

Seattle rookie Xavier McDaniel led all scorers with 22 points. Trail Blazers 129, Kings 125

Clyde Drexler hit two free throws and then stole the inbounds pass with 12 seconds left to assure Portland the victory. Drexler had a season-high 15 assists as Portland won its fourth straight road game.