Lenny Wilkens recorded his 600th coaching victory in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 119-111 win over the New York Knicks Tuesday night. Wilkens, who was an NBA player for 15 years, is in his 15th season as a coach and has a 600-559 record.
Wilkens is seventh on the all-time coaching list, behind Red Auerbach (938), Jack Ramsay (842), Dick Motta (808), Gene Shue (765), Bill Fitch (734) and Red Holzman (696). John MacLeod, coach of the Dallas Mavericks, has 599 victories.
"I'm happy with this victory, but I'm more excited about this ballclub," said Wilkens, who is second on the all-time assists list with 7,211. "The players are more important. Someday, I'll look back and reflect, but this team is my only concern right now."
Mark Price scored a career-high 29 points to lead Cleveland. Craig Ehlo added 14 points and Brad Daugherty 11 as the Cavaliers won their fourth straight home game.
New York, which has lost four of its last five games, was led by Gerald Wilkins with 27 points and Patrick Ewing, who scored 12 of his 21 points in a fourth-quarter surge.
Celtics 104, Bulls 97:
In Chicago, Larry Bird scored 16 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter as the Celtics ended the Bulls' four-game winning streak. Michael Jordan scored 42 points, including 32 in the second half, for Chicago. Danny Ainge extended to 16 his NBA record for consecutive games with a three-point basket.
Bucks 106, 76ers 103:
In Milwaukee, Jack Sikma scored 22 points and Terry Cummings had 17 to help end Philadelphia's four-game winning streak. The 76ers' Albert King missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer. Charles Barkley scored 25 points and Cliff Robinson added 22 for the 76ers.
Lakers 117, Warriors 113:
In Inglewood, Calif., Byron Scott scored a game-high 30 points to help the Lakers to their 15th consecutive victory. Los Angeles improved to 26-6, best in the league.
The winning streak is the longest in the league since Boston won 18 straight during the 1981-82 season.