The Boston Celtics continue to add new highlights to what is becoming a memorable 1985-86 season.
Larry Bird scored 40 points yesterday, including a key basket late in the fourth quarter, to help the Celtics win their 27th consecutive home game with a 122-117 victory over the New Jersey Nets.
The 27 straight wins tie a National Basketball Association mark set by the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1949-50 season. It was Boston's 11th straight victory.
"We had our chances late in the game," said Nets guard Otis Birdsong, who finished with a team-high 26 points. "But Larry came down and hit a big shot for them and that was it for us."
Each Celtics starter scored in double figures. Kevin McHale finished with 24 points, Robert Parish 21, Dennis Johnson 17 and Danny Ainge 13. Mike Gminski scored 24 points, Darwin Cook 17 and Buck Williams 15 for the Nets.
New Jersey closed the gap to 111-107 with 2:56 left on Birdsong's base line drive, but Bird sank an 18-foot jump shot with 1:42 remaining to put the Celtics up by eight. After a basket by Gminski, Johnson scored with 53 seconds to play as Boston held on for the victory.
*Lakers 124, Warriors 117: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, scored 16 points to surpass the 35,000-point mark for his career as Los Angeles defeated Golden State in Inglewood, Calif.
Abdul-Jabbar, who also had a team-leading 10 rebounds, now has 35,004 points in his career.
Forward James Worthy led the Lakers with 34 points. Guard Eric (Sleepy) Floyd led Golden State with 28 points and 12 assists.
*76ers 114, Mavericks 113: Charles Barkley scored 32 points and had a career-high 25 rebounds and rookie Terry Catledge had 29 points as the injury-riddled 76ers held off Dallas in Philadelphia.
The 76ers dressed only eight players for the game. Moses Malone, Bob McAdoo, Clemon Johnson, Andrew Toney and Bobby Jones are injured.
Rolando Blackman had 24 points and Derek Harper 20 for Dallas.
*SuperSonics 103, Suns 89: Gerald Henderson (20 points) hit eight straight shots to lead Seattle over visiting Phoenix. Larry Nance scored 20 points for the Suns.
The SuperSonics, who defeated the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night, put together their first back-to-back victories since March 3.
Phoenix's Larry Nance also had 20 points, but went was scoreless in the fourth quarter.