James Bailey scored a season-high 31 points, including eight in overtime, and the New York Knicks ended an eight-game losing streak with a come-from-behind, 107-103 National Basketball Association victory over the New Jersey Nets last night in East Rutherford, N.J.
The victory also stopped the Knicks' 11-game losing streak against New Jersey and was only their third triumph in their last 22 games this season.
Bailey and Trent Tucker combined to score 14 of the Knicks' 16 points in overtime, with Tucker supplying six in a row to give New York the lead for good.
After Buck Williams' free throw with 3:32 left in overtime put New Jersey ahead, 94-93, Tucker sank an 18-foot jumper. Albert King gave New Jersey its final lead, 96-95, on a 12-foot jumper with 2:53 to go.
Tucker hit from 12 feet with 2:32 left and an off-balance layup at the 1:33 mark to extend the Knicks' lead to 99-96.
There were six lead changes and four ties in the fourth quarter, with Tucker (16 points) forcing the overtime by hitting a driving layup to tie the score at 91.
Mike Gminski led New Jersey with 27 points and equaled his career high with 20 rebounds. Celtics 126, Cavaliers 96
Larry Bird scored 43 points -- 34 in the first half, during which he made five of six three-point attempts -- to lead Boston over Cleveland in Hartford, Conn.
It was the fifth time this season and the 18th time in Bird's career that he has scored more than 40 points.
It was the fifth consecutive triumph for the Celtics, who have won 30 of their last 35 games. The Cavaliers have lost five straight, including both games since Gene Littles replaced George Karl as coach.
Bird's three-point goals put him ahead of Darrell Griffith of the Utah Jazz for the all-time NBA lead. Lakers 128, Trail Blazers 122
In Inglewood, Calif., Magic Johnson scored 26 points help Los Angeles beat Portland and win its ninth straight.
James Worthy had 22 points and six other Lakers scored in double figures. Portland's Kenny Carr led all scorers with 27 points. Mavericks 120, Spurs 113
In Dallas, reserve forward Jay Vincent scored eight points within 2 1/2 minutes midway in the fourth quarter to spark the Mavericks over San Antonio, which suffered its sixth consecutive loss.
The Mavericks, who trailed early in the third quarter, regained the lead, 94-93, on a 20-foot jump shot by Vincent with 9:34 to play. Dale Ellis, who had a season-high 28 points, made the fifth of his six three-point baskets and Vincent scored three consecutive baskets to put the Mavericks up, 103-99.
San Antonio got season highs of 37 points from Mike Mitchell and 26 from Steve Johnson. Rockets 112, Suns 109
Allen Leavell scored a season-high 23 points, including a pair of free throws with four seconds left, as the Rockets beat Phoenix in Houston and clinched a Western Conference playoff berth.
Ralph Sampson scored 23 points for Houston and Akeem Olajuwon and Lewis Lloyd each had 19.
Phoenix was led by Davis with 28 points. Jazz 107, SuperSonics 104
Rickey Green hit five jumpers in the closing minutes to rally visiting Utah over Seattle.
Adrian Dantley of the Jazz led all scorers with 28 points, including 22 in the first half, during which he suffered a cut over his right eye that required stitches at halftime. Karl Malone helped spark Utah's second-half comeback with 16 of his 22 points.
Tom Chambers led Seattle with 26 points. Kings 117, Nuggets 113
Eddie Johnson scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Kings rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit and beat Denver in Sacramento.
Johnson hit an inside shot with one minute left to give the Kings a 114-111 lead. The Kings' final three points came on free throws by Reggie Theus. Denver got its last two points on foul shots by Alex English, who finished with a game-high 29 points. Warriors 126, Clippers 122
In Oakland, Calif., Terry Teagle scored a season-high 32 points and Purvis Short had 30 to lead Golden State past Los Angeles.
Teagle scored nine points in the third quarter and Short eight as the Warriors rallied to a 79-77 advantage after trailing by as many as 16 points in the first half.