George Gervin of the Chicago Bulls became pro basketball's seventh-best all-time scorer yesterday when he got 27 points in a 114-101 victory over the New York Knicks. Teammate Sidney Green had a career-high 31.
Gervin has 26,397 points, two more than John Havlicek had while playing with the Boston Celtics.
Chicago led at the half, 64-58, then Green and Gene Banks totaled 17 points to help the Bulls take an 88-80 lead into the fourth period.
The Knicks got within 103-99, but Gervin made four foul shots and Kyle Macy a three-point field goal to send the Knicks to their 15th loss in 19 games. Nuggets 123, Clippers 121
In Los Angeles, Alex English had 36 points and reserve guard Mike Evans scored 14 of his 24 in the last period as Denver outlasted the Clippers.
English had 23 points by halftime but his team trailed, 56-55. The Nuggets took a 89-82 lead into the fourth quarter. 76ers 120, Pacers 102
In Philadelphia, Moses Malone had 34 points and 17 rebounds to help the 76ers end their three-game losing streak and officially make the playoffs for the 11th straight year.
The Pacers have lost eight of 11 recently and 10 straight in Philadelphia over three seasons. But Coach Matt Guokas credited his team's good practice session. "It was the best practice of the year in terms of intensity and looks of determination on a lot of people's faces," he said. "We want to correct what's going wrong with us." Nets 115, Suns 111
Albert King scored 28 points and Otis Birdsong 27 to help New Jersey beat Phoenix in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Nets trailed, 104-100, but King scored 12 points in the fourth period. The Suns led by 106-105 before Birdsong and King made successive jump shots. Alvan Adams' foul line jumper got the Suns to 111-109, but Birdsong made a running jump shot with 33 seconds to go.
Buck Williams of the Nets had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Teammate Darryl Dawkins, who had missed 16 games, played five minutes before reinjuring his groin. Mavericks 117, Kings 102
Brad Davis scored 13 of his 23 points in the last quarter to enable Dallas to win in Sacramento, Calif.
The Kings fell behind by 86-79 then got within 106-102 with 2:30 left. They didn't score again. Lakers 108, SuperSonics 106
In Seattle, Los Angeles clinched its fifth straight Pacific Division title behind Magic Johnson's 32 points. It was the fifth straight victory for the Lakers. Seattle is 0-10 in games decided by three points or fewer.