Kevin McHale scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Friday night, and the Boston Celtics triumphed 108-100 over the slumping De NBA
rounduptroit Pistons, losers in six of their last seven games.The two-time NBA defending champions, who have won just one game in December, trailed by 17 points midway through the third quarter but used an 18-3 fourth-quarter run to pull within 93-92. Brian Shaw then hit a 12-foot jumper off a loose ball and set up McHale on a fast-break layin for a 97-92 lead with 4:42 remaining.
Seven Celtics reached double figures in scoring, with Bird and Reggie Lewis scoring 16 apiece, Shaw had 14, Dee Brown and Robert Parish had 12 each and Kevin Gamble 10. Boston improved its record to 18-4, second-best in the league, behind only 19-2 Portland.
Detroit, 14-8, was without forward James Edwards, sidelined due to a pulled ribcage muscle.
Isiah Thomas led the Pistons' offense with 26 points, despite sitting out the final minutes after falling heavily on his back. Joe Dumars had 18 points and Mark Aguirre, starting in place of Edwards, added 13. Dennis Rodman had a game-high 15 rebounds.
In the third quarter, Boston gradually built its lead up to 17 points, Gamble hitting a 17-foot jumper from the right side for a 72-55 lead at 6:38.
Detroit's fourth-quarter comeback was led by William Bedford, who had not played in the first half. Bedford scored 10 of his 12 points points during the 18-3 spurt.
The Celtics have won 18 of their last 19 regular-season games against the Pistons at Boston Garden.
76ers 95, Heat 92
At Philadelphia, Charles Barkley scored 35 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to give the Philadelphia 76ers a victory over the Miami Heat, who lost their sixth straight game.
Barkley scored on a follow shot and a layup to give the 76ers an 89-84 lead with 3:10 to play and hit a free throw for a 91-86 advantage with 1:38 to play.
Bullets 106, Rockets 93
At Landover, Md., Darrell Walker scored a season-high 22 points and A.J. English scored nine of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Washington Bullets beat the Houston Rockets, ending a three-game losing streak.
Walker had 10 assists and 10 rebounds, his second triple-double of the season. His effort, along with English's fourth-quarter surge, helped the Bullets overcome 5-for-18 shooting by Bernard King, who was held to 13 points.Akeem Olajuwon led the Rockets with 22 points and 15 rebounds and Kenny Smith and Sleepy Floyd each scored 17.
Smith scored 13 points and Floyd got the Rockets' last three baskets to give Houston a 53-49 halftime lead. The Rockets had 13 first-half turnovers, but outrebounded Washington 29-19 and made all 10 of their free throws.
King was held to a season-low three points in the half, missing six of seven field-goal attempts.
Spurs 116, Cavs 106 OT
At Richfield, Ohio, Willie Anderson tied the game on a spinning jump shot with less than a minute left in regulation Friday then scored five of the first seven points in overtime to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 116-106 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Anderson finished with 19 points, while David Robinson had 23 points and 15 rebounds and Terry Cummings added 21 points and 18 boards for the Spurs, who outrebounded Cleveland 69-30. Cleveland was led by 28 points from Larry Nance, 22 points and 11 rebounds from Brad Daugherty, and Danny Ferry's 18 points.
With Cleveland leading 101-99 on a Darnell Valentine jumper with 1:50 left, Anderson hit a spinning 12-footer to the right of the lane to tie the game, which went into overtime when Cummings and Robinson missed jumpers on San Antonio's final possession.
There were several altercations in the game, and Craig Ehlo, Cummings, David Greenwood, Woodson, Reggie Williams, Anderson, and San Antonio coach Larry Brown were assessed technicals.
Bulls 128, Clippers 88
At Chicago, Scottie Pippen scored 22 points and Michael Jordan 20 Friday night as the Chicago Bulls romped to their eighth victory in 10 games, 128-88 over the Los Angeles Clippers.
All 11 Bulls scored as they rolled to the largest victory margin of the season. Previously, Chicago beat Cleveland 120-85 on Dec. 1.
The loss was the seventh in nine road contests for the Clippers, who got 22 points from Jeff Martin and 17 from Danny Manning.
The Bulls took a 31-22 lead after one quarter behind Jordan's 11 points, then got 12 from Pippen in the second period for a 62-43 halftime lead. The big margin came although both teams shot 50 percent in the first two periods.
Trail Blazers 106, Mavericks 104
At Portland, Ore., Clyde Drexler scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half, including a crucial dunk with 51 seconds to play, as the Portland Trail Blazers returned to their winning ways with a victory over Dallas.
Cliff Robinson added 20 points, two short of his career high for Portland. Robinson scored 14 in the second quarter, when Portland took the lead with a 19-2 run to start the period. Porter added 16 points.
Blackman scored 20 of his 26 in the second half.
With his second field goal in the game, which came with 5:28 to go in the third quarter, Alex English became the eighth player in NBA history to score 25,000 points in his career. English finished the game with 13 points.
Derek Harper scored 15.