Moses Malone scored a season-high 42 points and Charles Barkley had 30 last night to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 122-108 victory over the Bulls in Chicago.

Julius Erving added 22 points for the 76ers, who led by 58-54 at halftime. Malone scored 16 points in the third quarter as the 76ers built a 99-81 lead by the end of the period.

Chicago was paced by rookie Charles Oakley, who had a career-high 31 points. Celtics 91, Knicks 74

Larry Bird had 24 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists and scored eight straight points during a 12-0 third-quarter streak as Boston won in New York.

Bird, who reached double figures in three categories for the fifth time in his last eight outings, dominated from midway through the third quarter, scoring eight straight points during a 12-0 Celtics run.

Bill Walton, who had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Celtics, completed the 12-0 streak by passing the ball off a defender's hand and into the basket.

Rookie Patrick Ewing led the Knicks with 16 points in his first game since missing seven with an injured knee. Warriors 116, Nets 109

Joe Barry Carroll scored 25 points and keyed a decisive fourth-quarter rally as Golden State beat New Jersey in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Nets pulled to within 87-85 on Mickey Johnson's rebound layup with 8:53 to play. But that was the closest New Jersey got in the second half in losing for the 16th time in 23 games.

Mike Gminski led the Nets with 25 points. Guard Darwin Cook had a season-high 23. Bucks 114, Clippers 99

In Milwaukee, Terry Cummings scored 16 points and Paul Pressey had 16 assists to lead the Bucks to their ninth straight victory.

The Clippers were led by Norm Nixon with 22 points. Nuggets 112, Suns 99

Alex English scored 41 points -- hitting the 40-point mark for the seventh time this season -- to lead Denver over visiting Phoenix for its sixth straight victory.

The Nuggets moved within 1 1/2 games of first-place Houston, which lost to Utah, in the Midwest Division. Jazz 100, Rockets 97

Adrian Dantley scored a game-high 35 points and Utah withstood a late Houston rally to win at home.

Ralph Sampson's tip-in brought Houston within one at 98-97 before Green hit a pair of free throws with four seconds left to clinch it.

Sampson had 19 points and 19 rebounds for the Rockets. Kings 102, SuperSonics 100

LaSalle Thompson made a 12-foot jumper with 20 seconds left to extend Sacramento's longest winning streak of the season to five games with a victory in Seattle.

Reggie Theus, who had a career-high 18 assists, set up the play by driving to the basket and passing off to Thompson with six seconds left on the 24-second clock. Terry Tyler preserved it by blocking Gerald Henderson's layup attempt with four seconds to play.

Eddie Johnson led the Kings with 20 points. Henderson led the SuperSonics with 22.