Kevin Willis scored a career-high 39 points and grabbed 21 rebounds last night in Atlanta as the Hawks dominated the boards in a 128-116 NBA victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Willis, who had 14 of Atlanta's 31 offensive rebounds, scored 23 points after a 69-69 halftime tie. The Hawks outrebounded the Nuggets, 63-41, in winning their 13th straight at home.
Alex English led the Nuggets with 38 points. 76ers 101, Pacers 91
Bobby Jones, starting for injured Julius Erving, scored four of his 14 points in the final 1:24 as Philadelphia won in Indianapolis. Moses Malone scored 27 points for the 76ers, who beat Indiana for the fifth straight time. Former 76er Clint Richardson led the Pacers with 16. Celtics 116, Rockets 104
Larry Bird had 31 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds as Boston won in Houston. Dennis Johnson and Kevin McHale scored 25 points each for the Celtics, who ended a rare two-game losing streak and improved to 51-13. Houston was led by Ralph Sampson with 23 points. Bulls 113, Nets 100
Gene Banks and Orlando Woolridge combined for 35 second-half points to lead Chicago over visiting New Jersey and give Coach Stan Albeck his 300th NBA victory. Banks finished with 26 points and Woolridge had 22. Mike Gminski scored 19 points and Buck Williams 18 for the Nets, who have lost 14 of 20. Cavaliers 112, Knicks 107
Mel Turpin scored a career-high 32 points in New York to lead Cleveland to only its third victory in its last 17 road games. Roy Hinson finished with 25 points for Cleveland. Gerald Wilkins had 22 for New York, which has lost 15 of 17. Lakers 129, Clippers 108
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 19 points and the Lakers ran off 17 straight points in the first quarter to win at home in Inglewood, Calif. Magic Johnson had 15 points and 16 assists as the Lakers won their sixth straight. Rookie Benoit Benjamin scored a season-high 28 points and had 16 rebounds for the Clippers, who lost their fourth straight. Kings 132, Spurs 120
Reggie Theus scored 22 of his 33 points in the first 14 minutes of play in Sacramento to lead the Kings over San Antonio. Theus also had 10 of his 18 assists during that 14-minute span. San Antonio lost its ninth in 10 games despite 31 points from Mike Mitchell.