At Indianapolis, Portland improved its record to 17-1, matching the second-best start in NBA history, and stayed unbeaten on the road with a 127-105 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Clyde Drexler led Portland with 23 points, followed by Buck Williams with 20 and Terry Porter 19. Indiana was led by Chuck Person with 22 points.The Trail Blazers, who led by as many as 26 points in the fourth period, extended a 2-point edge to 36-20 with a 16-2 run in the first period. Williams scored 7 points and Duckworth, who finished with 15 points, had 5 during the spurt.

The Pacers pulled to within 7 points at the half on a free throw by Vern Fleming with 3.8 seconds left in the second period. But Indiana got no closer as Portland came out strong in the third period with a slam dunk by Jerome Kersey, followed by a three-point play by Porter to give Portland a 66-54 advantage.

The best NBA start in NBA history was 23-1 by the New York Knicks in the 1969-70 season. Milwaukee was 17-1 in 1970-71 and 1971-72.

76ers 135, Nuggets 126

Charles Barkley scored 40 points and grabbed a season-high 22 rebounds to give the Philadelphia 76ers a victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Philadelphia won its third straight game and improved its home record to 10-1, while dropping the Nuggets to 0-9 on the road this season.

Denver got 36 points from Orlando Woolridge and 28 points and 13 assists from Michael Adams.

The 76ers made 17 of 22 shots in the second quarter as they went ahead 69-51 on a dunk by Barkley with 3:36 to play and led 78-63 at intermission.

Suns 129, Nets 110

At East Rutherford, N.J., Jeff Hornacek scored a season-high 28 points and Phoenix took control with a 13-1 second-quarter spurt and rolled to a 129-110 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak the Suns' longest since losing four straight to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1988-89 playoffs - and was only the second loss in seven games for the Nets.

Chambers finished with 18 points for Phoenix, while Kevin Johnson and Dan Majerle had 17 apiece.

Bucks 104, Hawks 103

At Atlanta, Fred Roberts' 20-footer as time expired climaxed a comeback from an 8-point deficit in the final 3:09 and gave the Milwaukee Bucks a victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

The Bucks, who handed the Hawks their sixth consecutive homecourt defeat, started the rally from a 98-90 deficit when Alvin Robertson hit two free throws after Glenn Rivers was charged with a flagrant foul on Robertson's breakaway.

Jack Sikma and Humphries scored 20 points each to lead the Bucks. Rivers led the Hawks with 24 points and Wilkins added 21.

Magic 106, Sonics 100

At Orlando, Fla., Otis Smith scored a season-high 33 points and the Orlando Magic, horrendous from the foul line for three quarters, hit 11 of 12 free throws in the last five minutes to beat the Seattle SuperSonics.

The victory was the second in three games for the Magic, which stopped a seven-game losing streak at New York on Tuesday night.

Celtics 112, Mavericks 104

At Dallas, Robert Parish led a balanced attack with 26 points Friday night as the Boston Celtics improved their all-time mark against the Dallas Mavericks to 18-3 with a victory.

Boston boosted its road record to 6-2 with help from Reggie Lewis' 23 points and 21 by Kevin McHale.

Rolando Blackman had 35 points to lead Dallas, which lost its fourth consecutive game and ninth of 11 in its worst start since 1981-82. Derek Harper added 22 points for the Mavericks.

Bulls 108, Knicks 98

At Chicago, Michael Jordan scored 33 points and ignited the decisive spurt at the end of the first half, leading the Chicago Bulls to their seventh straight victory, over the New York Knicks.

The Knicks fell for the second time in as many games under new head coach John MacLeod.

Ewing led New York with 23 points, Kiki Vandeweghe had 20, Gerald Wilkins 17 and Maurice Cheeks and Charlie Oakley each scored 11.

Pippen contributed 18 points, Grant 14 and John Paxson 14 for Chicago.

Warriors 113, Pistons 110

At Oakland, Calif., Mitch Richmond scored six straight points in the final three minutes as the Golden State Warriors beat Detroit, the Pistons' first four-game losing streak since April 1988.

The Pistons, down by 16 points in the third period and 13 early in the fourth, had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer.

With the score 113-110, Joe Dumars purposely missed the second of two free throws with 4.7 seconds left and the Pistons got the ball back. Isiah Thomas then missed a desperate, off-balance shot in the final second.

Richmond and Chris Mullin led Golden State with 25 points each, while Tim Hardaway had 22. Dumars and Mark Aguirre led Detroit with 29 each, while Thomas had 23.