Glenn Rivers had a team-record 21 assists and Dominique Wilkins scored 32 points last night to lead Atlanta to a 128-121 victory over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers, the Hawks' sixth victory in seven games.
The Hawks led by 30-28 after one quarter and went on an 11-4 surge at the start of the second period with Lorenzo Charles scoring four points.
In the third quarter, the Hawks extended their lead to 87-68 with runs of 9-2 and 8-2 and led by 98-83 after three periods. Pistons 120, Nets 103
In Pontiac, Mich., Isiah Thomas had 28 points and Kelly Tripucka scored 13 of his 25 in the decisive third quarter to help run Detroit's club-record home winning streak to 15 games and lift the Pistons to their 11th victory in 12 games.
New Jersey trailed by just six points at halftime, but Thomas scored six points and Tripucka four in the next 1:36 to extend the lead to 63-47. The Pistons increased the margin to 23 points with 1:10 remaining in the third quarter. Clippers 106, Cavaliers 101
In Los Angeles, Franklin Edwards, starting at point guard in place of Norm Nixon (pulled left hamstring), scored four of his 18 points in the final 15 seconds to help defeat Cleveland. Neither team led by more than six. Celtics 106, Bulls 94
Kevin McHale scored 23 points and Robert Parish 18 as Boston won in Chicago.
Bulls forward Orlando Woolridge failed to report to the game, and instead flew to New York to see his agent, Larry Fleisher. The Bulls fined Woolridge, who had missed 10 of the last 12 games with an injured right wrist, one-82nd of his reported $300,000 annual salary, or about $3,660. Nuggets 128, Rockets 115
In Denver, Alex English scored 25 points and Calvin Natt 21 in the defeat of Houston, the Rockets' third straight loss. The Nuggets are one game behind first-place Houston in the Midwest Division.
Ralph Sampson scored 26 points for Houston, none in the fourth period. John Lucas had 20 for Houston.
Reserve forward Pete Williams' alley-oop dunk gave the Nuggets a 70-49 margin in the second quarter. Warriors 129, Spurs 126
In Oakland, Purvis Short scored seven of his 33 points in overtime as Golden State gave San Antonio its seventh consecutive loss.
Short's 10-foot jumper sent Golden State ahead to stay, 122-120, with 1:14 remaining, and he made two free throws to make the score 124-120. Eric Floyd made five foul shots in the final 15 seconds.
San Antonio's Jeff Lamp scored 21 points, including six in overtime. His three-point shot with two seconds left in regulation play tied the score, 112-112. Kings 94, Jazz 92
Eddie Johnson scored 13 of his 19 points in the final quarter, including four in the final minute, lifting Sacramento over visiting Utah. The Kings ended a five-game Utah winning streak, beating the Jazz for the first time in four games this season. Trail Blazers 102, Pacers 99
Kiki Vandeweghe scored 30 points to spark Portland over visiting Indiana. Portland has won two straight after losing 12 in a row.
Portland gradually lost a 15-point lead until the Pacers' Vern Fleming dunked to tie the score, 88-88.