Larry Bird scored 27 points and Kevin McHale 24 last night in Boston, fueling a 124-106 mastery over the Atlanta Hawks that gave the Celtics sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.

Celtic Danny Ainge extended to 22 consecutive games his NBA record for scoring at least one three-point basket. He made three.

Pacers 113, Nets 104:

In Indianapolis, Vern Fleming scored 26 points and Indiana extended New Jersey's road losing streak to 23 games, 15 this season.

Jazz 119, Spurs 106:

Karl Malone had 28 points and 17 rebounds and Utah used a 20-1 dash in the fourth quarter to put away San Antonio in Salt Lake City.

Bulls 118, Suns 108:

Michael Jordan scored 17 of his game-high 42 points in a decisive third period in Chicago, assuring Phoenix's fourth straight defeat.

Mavericks 110, Clippers 87:

Roy Tarpley and Mark Aguirre helped fight off a third-quarter rally and Dallas dealt Los Angeles a 12th straight road loss.

Lakers 113, Knicks 112:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 12 of his 24 points in the last five minutes of the game in Inglewood, Calif., costing the Knicks their 12th straight road defeat. Pat Cummings of the Lakers, and A.C. Green and Michael Cooper of the Lakers were ejected for fighting.

Sonics 109, Pistons 106:

The SuperSonics won their 17th straight in Seattle, Dale Ellis matching his career-high with 47 points. His two foul shots with 10 seconds left clinched the game.

Trail Blazers 126, Nuggets 106:

Clyde Drexler scored 39 points, and Jerome Kersey had 24 points and 13 rebounds in the victory in Portland, Ore.