Robert Parish scored 21 of his season-high 27 points in the first quarter Friday night and the Boston Celtics won their sixth straight game and snapped the Los Angeles Lakers' 14-game home winning streak with a 98-85 victory.
Reggie Lewis added 26 points while Larry Bird, playing on consecutive nights for the first time since Dec. 19-20, added a triple-double as the Celtics won at the Forum for the first time in five tries since 1986.Boston has won four in a row on the road, including the first three on its current five-game Western swing. The triumph gave the Celtics a 38-12 record, their best after 50 games since their last NBA title season of 1984-85.
The Lakers, who had won 17 of their previous 18 games, had not lost at home since Dec. 12, when they fell in overtime to Dallas.
Bird, who had 29 points Thursday night at Golden State, finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his third triple-double of the season.
James Worthy led the Lakers with 23 points and Magic Johnson had 21 points and 16 assists.
Nets 138, Nuggets 110
At New Jersey, rookie Derrick Coleman scored 14 of his career-high 42 points in the first quarter when New Jersey opened 20-point lead on the way to a victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Orlando Woolridge led Denver with 34 points and Chris Jackson added 25.
Cavaliers 90, Knicks 85
At Richfield, Ohio, Darnell Valentine scored nine of his 19 points in the final 1:46 Friday night and Danny Ferry scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a win over the New York Knicks.
The win was the third in a row for Cleveland, which also got 14 points and 10 rebounds from John "Hot Rod" Williams and 11 points and 11 rebounds from Brad Daugherty. New York, led by 26 points each from Kiki Vandeweghe and Patrick Ewing, has lost two straight and eight of 11. Ewing had 12 rebounds.
Mavericks 121, Bullets 96
At Dallas, Rolando Blackman scored 28 points to help stake Dallas to a 24-point lead in the first half and send the Mavericks rolling past the road weary Washington Bullets.
Washington completed its annual trip through Texas with an 0-3 record.
Dallas raced to an 11-2 start with Blackman scoring five in that streak. Washington was trailing by 12 with four minutes to play in the first half when the Mavericks went on a 14-2 run featuring five from Blackman and four by Derek Harper.
Clippers 124, Timberwolves 107
At Los Angeles, Benoit Benjamin had 27 points and 13 rebounds and Charles Smith scored 22 points as the Los Angeles Clippers shuffled their starting lineup and ended a six-game losing streak with a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Six players scored in double figures for the Clippers, who hadn't won since Jan. 26 when Ron Harper returned from a year's absense after reconstructive knee surgery and sparked them to a one-point victory over Milwaukee. Harper made his first start at shooting guard and finished with 14 points after averaging 17.6 in his five games off the bench.
Bucks 106, Hornets 103, OT
At Charlotte, N.C., Milwaukee overcame a five-point deficit with 1:20 left in regulation and Alvin Robertson scored 24 points in the Bucks' overtime victory over Charlotte.
Bucks forward Fred Roberts' 15-foot shot with three seconds left in regulation tied the score at 99 and forced the overtime.
Milwaukee then got four points from Danny Schayes in the extra period and took a 106-103 lead on Robertson's foul shot with 6.8 seconds left. Dell Curry's 3-point shot bounced off the rim for the Hornets with two seconds remaining.
Schayes finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds and Roberts added 19 points for Milwaukee.