Dominique Wilkins scored 50 points and Randy Wittman a career-high 35 as the Atlanta Hawks pulled away in the final quarter and defeated the Detroit Pistons, 137-125, yesterday in Atlanta. The victory gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five playoff series that resumes in Detroit on Tuesday.
The Hawks trailed, 94-93, with just under two minutes remaining in the third period when they went on a 12-2 run for a 105-96 lead with 10:42 left in the game.
The Pistons never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Wilkins, who hit 19 of 28 shots, said: "I couldn't miss. I didn't feel tired at all. Regardless of who was on me, I felt that one on one, I could go against anyone."
Wilkins became only the 15th player to score 50 or more in the playoffs. Elgin Baylor holds the all-time playoff mark of 61, set in 1962.
Isiah Thomas led Detroit with 36 points, Vinnie Johnson had 23 and Bill Laimbeer 21. Spud Webb had 19 points for the Hawks.
*Lakers 122, Spurs 94: Magic Johnson, taking command of a close game, scored 10 points in the closing 4 1/2 minutes of the first half, and the Lakers went on to the playoff victory over visiting San Antonio.
Johnson finished with 30 points in the victory that gave the defending NBA champion Lakers a 2-0 edge in the best-of-five opening series. They can end it with a victory Wednesday night in San Antonio.
The Spurs held a 43-37 lead six minutes before the intermission.
But Johnson scored 10 of 16 Lakers points as they stormed back to take a 53-49 halftime lead. The blitz included a 12-0 spurt.
James Worthy scored 24 points for Los Angeles, and Scott had 20.
Wes Matthews led San Antonio with 30 points.
*Rockets 111, Kings 103: Robert Reid scored 29 points, including two important baskets in the closing minutes, as Houston blew most of a a 24-point third-quarter lead but held on to defeat visiting Sacramento.
The victory gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, which moves to Sacramento for the third game Tuesday night.
Trailing by 24 points with 6:26 to go in the third quarter, the Kings battled back in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter on the shooting of Reggie Theus and Eddie Johnson.
Houston led by 100-96 with 4:22 to play after a three-point play by Johnson. Reid hit a basket at 3:19 and another with 1:29 to go to help the Rockets stay ahead in the final minutes.
Johnson scored 17 points for the Kings and Larry Drew returned from a Thursday neck injury to score 20 points.
Houston's Akeem Olajuwon and Lewis Lloyd played much of the fourth quarter with five fouls. Olajuwon had 17 points and Ralph Sampson had 20 for the Rockets.