Patrick Ewing celebrated his selection as a National Basketball Association all-star with a career-high 37 points, and fellow New York rookies Gerald Wilkins and Bob Thornton also posted their NBA bests as the Knicks defeated the Chicago Bulls, 118-111, last night in Madison Square Garden.

Ewing, named by Eastern Conference coaches as a backup center for the Feb. 9 All-Star Game in Dallas, also had 16 rebounds. Wilkins had 24 points and Thornton 12, both one more than their career highs.

The others added, by coaches' consensus, to the East All-Star team yesterday were Washington guard Jeff Malone, Atlanta forward Dominique Wilkins, New Jersey forward Buck Williams, Philadelphia guard Maurice Cheeks and two Boston Celtics, center Robert Parish and forward Kevin McHale.

They'll back the starting five, elected by fans, of Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Sidney Moncrief and Isiah Thomas. West additions will be announced today.

Quintin Dailey, who scored 26 of his season-high 38 points in the second half, made a three-point play with 1:20 left to cut the Bulls' deficit to 112-111 before the Knicks scored the last six points of the game in the final minute.

*Hawks 123, Pacers 92: Dominique Wilkins scored 22 points and Kevin Willis had 20 and a game-high 10 rebounds as Atlanta dealt Indiana its 19th defeat in 21 road games. The victory was the Hawks' 11th in their last 14 games.

Herb Williams was the Pacers' high scorer with 19 points.

*Rockets 116, Cavaliers 109: Allen Leavell scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter of Houston's 13th victory in 16 games.

Roy Hinson's season-high 39 points were in vain as consecutive baskets by Ralph Sampson and Leavell put Houston ahead for good, 96-93, with 7:05 left.

Midwest Division leader Houston was led by Akeem Olajuwon with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

*Suns 136, Trail Blazers 130: Walter Davis scored 14 of his 33 points in the fourth period at Phoenix as the Suns staved off Portland to end a five-game losing streak.

Suns rookie Ed Pinckney had a career-high 24 points in his first pro start.

Portland center Sam Bowie flew home before the game, the pain in his injured left leg too great for him to return to competition as he had hoped after missing eight games.

*Lakers 125, Bucks 115: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 16 of his 32 points in the third quarter and Michael Cooper scored all 18 of his in the second half in Inglewood, Calif., to help Los Angeles end a three-game losing streak.

Abdul-Jabbar was five for five from the field and six for seven from the foul line in the third quarter to send the Lakers into the final period with a 92-83 lead.

Byron Scott had 23 points for the Lakers. Paul Pressey led Milwaukee with 24.

*76ers 106, SuperSonics 99: Moses Malone scored 22 points and Charles Barkley had 18 points and 21 rebounds to lead visiting Philadelphia over Seattle.

The 76ers have won 18 of their last 21 games. They led by just 92-91 with 4:32 remaining when they scored 14 straight points to put the game away.

Barkley had a career-high 21 rebounds for the second game in a row. Julius Erving had 19 points for Philadelphia.

Jack Sikma led Seattle with 22 points.

*Kings 125, Nuggets 120: Reggie Theus made a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining to clinch the victory for Sacramento at home.

Sacramento led by as much as 18 points through most of the third quarter before the Nuggets' Wayne Cooper and Alex English combined for 24 points in the final period to narrow the gap.

Terry Tyler led the Kings with 26 points and Alex English had a game-high 36 for the Nuggets.

*Nets 117, Warriors 113: Micheal Ray Richardson scored nine of New Jersey's last 15 points to lead the Nets past Golden State in Oakland.

The Warriors, who had trailed by as many as 24 points in the first half, tied the score at 102 late in the fourth quarter on a shot by center Joe Barry Carroll. But Richardson scored four points of a six-point run to put the Nets ahead to stay.

Darryl Dawkins led the Nets with 26 points. Purvis Short led the Warriors with 35.