Gerald Wilkins scored 28 points and Patrick Ewing had 20 as the New York Knicks overcame 45 points by Gerald's brother Dominique to beat the Atlanta Hawks, 110-102, last night in New York.

Dominique Wilkins has averaged 38 points in his last six games, but the Knicks' 11-0 run wiped out a 75-73 deficit and gave them the lead for good at 84-75 with 2:36 left in the third quarter.

The Hawks got within 105-102 with 42 seconds remaining. But Gerald Wilkins made two free throws with 31 seconds to play and clinched the victory with a breakaway dunk eight seconds later after Ewing blocked a shot by Glenn Rivers.

New York led 64-62 at halftime, despite Dominique Wilkins' 28 points.

Celtics 121, Warriors 101: Larry Bird's 26 points helped the Celtics win their fifth straight and their 15th in their last 17 games.

The Warriors have lost 17 straight on the road and 10 straight in Boston since Jan. 29, 1978.

Dennis Johnson's shoulder is sore and Darren Daye has flu, so the Celtics started the game with only 10 players, which proved more than enough. An early 15-2 run provided a 35-20 lead. With Kevin McHale, who had 17 points, and Bird, the Celtics breezed.

"They've traded all of their veterans," said Boston's Danny Ainge, who had only nine points but passed for 13 assists. "They're just not a good team right now. They're building for the future and you have to avoid a letdown in a game like this."

"I'm not playing well," said the Warriors' Ralph Sampson, who was one for 11 from the field. "I'm not playing bad, I'm playing somewhere in between."

Lakers 121, Rockets 110: In Inglewood, Calif., Magic Johnson scored 26 of his season-high 39 points in the first half and the Los Angeles Lakers made 18 straight field goals in the first quarter.

The Lakers made 19 of 23 shots overall in the first period. Their 18-for-18 streak ended when Johnson missed a layup on a fast break, but he made a hook shot in the closing seconds of the quarter to provide a 41-22 lead.

He scored five straight points to extend the margin to 58-38 in the second quarter, and James Worthy's jumper a few minutes later made it 68-46.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the leading scorer in NBA history, scored 20 points to surpass 37,000. Worthy and Byron Scott had 22 points apiece for the Lakers, who have won 17 of their last 18 games and have the NBA's best record.

Pistons 123, Nuggets 116: Adrian Dantley scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Pistons to victory in Denver.

"Let it get away?" Coach Doug Moe of the Nuggets groused. "You can say that again. It wasn't that A.D. {Dantley} was beating us. We stopped running our offense. We ran the clock down every time, and that's just not our game. Then we get into a half-court press with them and that's when Dantley was able to take over."

Trailing by 107-99, the Pistons evened the score at 109 on Dantley's layup with 3:22 to play. Joe Dumars' breakaway basket with 46 seconds left gave the Pistons a five-point edge.

SuperSonics 115, Pacers 105: Dale Ellis scored 29 points, Tom Chambers 27 and Xavier McDaniel 24 to enable the SuperSonics to win their 15th consecutive game in Seattle. Ellis is averaging 34.2 in his last six games.

Nate McMillan of the winners had his first triple-double: a career-high 16 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds.

Nets 117, Suns 113: Orlando Woolridge scored 27 points and Roy Hinson made 10 of his 22 in the fourth quarter to help the Nets in East Rutherford, N.J. Hinson was playing his first game since being acquired from the 76ers.

Mavericks 99, Clippers 87: Roy Tarpley got 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, enabling the Mavericks to win in Los Angeles.

After the Clippers' Benoit Benjamin made a 17-footer that cut the Dallas lead to 75-67, Tarpley scored eight of the Mavericks' last 10 points during a 14-6 run.