Robert Parish scored a season-high 28 points and had 17 rebounds as the Boston Celtics set a franchise record of 22 consecutive home victories by crushing the Indiana Pacers, 127-108, last night.
Larry Bird had 21 points and Boston never trailed in winning its sixth straight and making its home record 31-1. The Celtics (56-13) reduced their magic number to clinch the Atlantic Division title to one.
In other games: Julius Erving had a season-high 29 points and made a key steal and slam dunk in the final minute as Philadelphia beat visiting Chicago, 118-112. After Dominique Wilkins (38 points) scored with 12 seconds left for Atlanta, Alvin Robertson (27 points) dunked at :003 in the Spurs' 115-112 win in San Antonio. The Phoenix Suns rallied at home for a 108-104 win over the Sacramento Kings. Alex English had 35 points as Denver, at home, beat Detroit, 114-98, and clinched a playoff berth. Benoit Benjamin (27 points) made a decisive free throw and blocked a shot by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (34 points) with :004 to play as the Los Angeles Clippers, at home, rallied from 14 down in the fourth quarter to end the Los Angeles Lakers' nine-game winning streak, 115-114.