SAN ANTONIO, FEB. 18 -- Washington Bullets center Moses Malone said today he doesn't regret what he said after Wednesday's 123-108 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. After the game, in which he played only 19 minutes, scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds, he said that he needed to play more for the team to win.

"I feel the same, that I have to play more for us to be a consistent winner," he said after the Bullets practiced today. They will play the Spurs here Friday night, hoping to break a four-game losing streak. "No one in the league can stop me; I'm the only one that can stop myself -- or maybe someone putting me in and out of games."

He was referring to Bullets Coach Wes Unseld. On Wednesday, Malone said he is often pulled from games if he doesn't immediately control both backboards.

"My man doesn't get the rebounds, though," Malone said. "I think they look at me like I'll check all five guys. I can't stop everybody out there.

"I played against him {Unseld} four or five years. He knows what I can do. People know the game; I don't want to be used as the scapegoat."

Since becoming coach in January, Unseld has yet to criticize any player publicly. "I have no problem with anything he says, but talking about it won't get it done," Unseld said today. "Until he does, then it's going to be the same as it is for everybody else. I told them all that from Day One, and I'm not changing."

Unseld blames the Bullets' defense for their recent problems. As was often the case during the Bullets' 8-19 start, opponents have been able to drive to the basket for easy scores as well as get easy baskets after offensive rebounds. Once during today's practice, Unseld halted play and berated his squad for not executing defensive fundamentals.

"Teams just come down, get lobs and dunk the ball," he said. "Nobody talks, nobody says anything. It's just what we accept."

According to one player who wished to remain unidentified, Unseld's concerns are valid.

"There are a lot of attitude problems on the first team," he said. "We're back to playing that old way, like we were at the start of the year. We're not talking on defense, we're not executing, we're not moving the ball."

Malone said he's been unfairly receiving the brunt of the criticism for those deficiencies and that a different offensive philosophy could change things.

"It would be a different situation if we were winning, but we are not doing that," he said. "I don't have plays called for me; I can crash the boards. I'm not worried about getting the ball, I just don't think I'm playing enough for us to win. I know what I can do; everybody knows what I can do. I work hard every night."

Billy Cunningham, Malone's former coach when he played for the Philadelphia 76ers and now an analyst for CBS-TV, watched the Bullets practice today at Reunion Arena in Dallas. He said he felt Malone, "still has the ability to take the Bullets to the playoffs. I've only seen him on television a few times; some games he's played well, some he's seemed so-so.

"Wes knows what he can do and one way for Moses to overcome what he feels is wrong is to play great and put Wes in the position where he can't take him out of the game."

Malone has said that his playing time is substantially less when the Bullets are on the road as opposed to playing at home. Statistics bear that out to some extent, and they show a decline in virtually every statistical category.

He has averaged 34 minutes in 24 home games, including Monday's 114-110 loss to Milwaukee when he played five minutes before being ejected for fighting. On the road he has averaged 31 minutes in 20 games. He averages 22 points at home and 18.7 on the road. He shoots 49 percent from the field at Capital Centre and 47 percent on the road. He averages 11.5 rebounds at home and 9.8 on the road.

Lakers 111, Rockets 96:

Byron Scott scored 27 points and Magic Johnson added 26 to lead Los Angeles to its fifth straight victory, a decision over host Houston.

James Worthy finished with 17 points and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 16 for Los Angeles, which has won 10 of its last 11 games. Akeem Olajuwon had 20 points and 20 rebounds for Houston, which fell to 0-3 against the Lakers this season. Purvis Short scored 17 points and Allen Leavell 13 for the Rockets.

Los Angeles led, 88-72, entering the final period. Houston pulled to within 94-82 with seven minutes left on two free throws by Purvis Short, but a skyhook by Abdul-Jabbar and a 15-foot jumper by Johnson boosted the Lakers lead to 98-82 and put the game out of reach.

Pistons 108, SuperSonics 95:

Vinnie Johnson scored 16 of his 27 points in the second quarter as host Detroit beat Seattle for its sixth straight victory and a half-game lead over idle Atlanta in the Central Division.

Johnson, who made seven of 10 shots in the second quarter, scored the Pistons' first eight points of the period and had a hand in their final eight of the first half as Detroit took a 54-43 lead.

The SuperSonics narrowed the deficit to 65-61 before Johnson, a former SuperSonic who tied his season scoring high, scored four points in a 9-0 spurt as Detroit built a 74-61 lead with 1:37 left in the third quarter.

A field goal by John Salley and a three-point play by rookie Ralph Lewis gave Detroit a 90-71 lead with 7:50 left in the game.

Knicks 108, Kings 104:

Gerald Wilkins scored 18 of his career-high 39 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning basket with 1:12 left, as New York won its ninth straight game at home over Sacramento.

Sacramento, trailing by 104-98 with 2:36 left, tied the game at the 1:30 mark on two free throws by Otis Thorpe, who led the Kings with 30 points and 17 rebounds.

Wilkins, whose previous high was 29 points, then drove the baseline for the go-ahead points as the Knicks won their ninth consecutive game in Madison Square Garden for the first time since 1975-76.

Pacers 88, Cavaliers 83:

Steve Stipanovich drove around Brad Daugherty for the go-ahead basket with 1:11 left and host Indiana held Cleveland scoreless the rest of the way for its sixth straight victory.

After a timeout with 54 seconds remaining, Cleveland's Ron Harper missed a shot that Indiana rebounded. Indiana's Vern Fleming then missed two shots, but came up with a steal and was fouled with 10 seconds to go.

Fleming made one free throw and, after Cleveland's Mark Price missed a three-point attempt, John Long pulled down the rebound for Indiana. He was fouled with four seconds left and made both free throws to close the scoring.

Spurs 122, Suns 114:

Alvin Robertson scored 31 points, Johnny Dawkins added 27 and the two triggered a decisive 13-0 fourth-quarter run as visiting San Antonio snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over slumping Phoenix.