Dominique Wilkins scored 34 points as the Atlanta Hawks won a franchise-record 18th consecutive game at home with a 111-102 triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night.
The Hawks led most of the way, then withstood a 19-8 Los Angeles spurt that cut a 14-point deficit to 90-87 with 7:47 to play.Wilkins then led a 14-4 run with six points as the Hawks built a 104-91 lead with 4:11 to play, and the Lakers never threatened again.
It was only the fourth setback in the last 25 games for the Lakers, who had won three games in a row and nine of their previous 10 on the road.
Atlanta's 18th consecutive victory at the Omni broke the previous team mark of 17 set at the end of the 1978-79 season and the start of the 1979-80 campaign. It was the sixth time in nine games that Wilkins had scored 30 or more points.
Magic Johnson led the Lakers with 24 points and James Worthy added 23. Spud Webb added 15 points for Atlanta.
The Lakers had won on their last four trips to Atlanta and had a three-game winning streak in the series.
But they never led after the first four minutes of the game and Atlanta never trailed after Webb broke an 18-18 tie by hitting a 3-pointer with 3:26 left in the first quarter.
The Hawks' biggest leads came at 54-40 on a layup by Wilkins 3:15 before halftime and a dunk by Kevin Willis that made it 82-68 with 2:09 left in the third period.
Celtics 111, Nets 99
At Hartford, Conn., Brian Shaw equaled his season-high with 26 points, including 10 in a decisive 25-9 run bridging the third and fourth quarters, Friday to power the Boston Celtics to 111-99 victory over the New Jersey Nets.
The win was Atlantic Division-leading Boston's eighth in its last nine games. The Nets dropped their eighth straight road game, falling to 5-22 away from The Meadowlands.
Robert Parish also scored 26 points, Kevin Gamble had 17, Larry Bird chipped in with 14 and Dee Brown added 10.
Rookie forward Derrick Coleman paced the Nets with 29 points and Chris Morris finished with 21.
Pacers 106, Cavaliers 98
At Richfield, Ohio, Micheal Williams scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and Indiana did not allow a field goal in the first six minutes of the period as the Pacers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers for their fifth straight victory.
The win was only the second for the Pacers in their last 16 trips to Richfield Coliseum.
Cleveland dominated the third quarter, overcoming a four-point halftime deficit and going up 79-71 on Craig Ehlo's steal and layup at the end of the period.
76ers 103, Heat 96
At Miami, the Philadelphia 76ers rallied back from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Miami Heat behind Hersey Hawkins with 26 points and Charles Barkley with 24.
The Heat had led 75-57 with 5:11 left in the third quarter but The Sixers scored the last 13 points of the period and trailed only 77-72 at the break.
The 76ers continued to roll in the fourth quarter and closed to within two points at 77-75 on Brian Oliver's 20-footer and Barkley's free throw in the first minute.
Hornets 122, Pistons 114
At Charlotte, N.C., Mike Gminski scored 5 of his 25 points in the last minute to give Charlotte a victory over Detroit for the Hornets' first triumph in nine tries against the Pistons.
The Pistons were one of three teams the Hornets had not beaten since entering the league in the 1988-89 season. They have yet to beat Portland and the Los Angeles Lakers. Charlotte also snapped a three-game losing streak with the triumph. The Hornets' 122 points were the most scored against Detroit all season.
Gminski hit on 12 of 18 field goals and grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds. He sank a sky hook with 45 seconds left to give Charlotte a 115-110 lead, and then converted a three-point play off a fastbreak pass from Kendall Gill for a 118-100 lead. Rookie Gill scored 13 of his 17 points in the final period.
Magic 103, Timberwolves 101
At Minneapolis, Jerry Reynolds scored 7 of his 14 points during a 14-7 spree to start the fourth quarter and Scott Skiles rebounded from a bad game with 25 points and 14 assists, leading the Orlando Magic to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In winning for only the third time in 25 road games, Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak. Playing without leading scorer and rebounder Terry Catledge, who hurt his back in Wednesday's loss at Indiana, the Magic had six scorers in double figures.
Tony Campbell scored 33 points and Tyrone Corbin 27 for the Timberwolves, who have lost seven of their last eight games, a streak that started Feb. 7 with a loss at Orlando.
Bulls 129, Kings 82
At Chicago, NBA scoring leader Michael Jordan scored 22 of his game-high 34 points in the first half, lifting the Chicago Bulls to a romp over the Sacramento Kings and extending their home winning streak to a club record 17 games.
The Bulls never trailed after Scottie Pippen sank two free throws to ignite an 18-2 run early in the second quarter. Reserve Cliff Levingston contributed six points to the outburst, opening a 46-30 lead.
Chicago increased its lead to 96-64 at the end of three quarters, fueled by Jordan's 12 points, and coasted to the finish. The Kings shot 33 percent from the field and were guilty of nine turnovers in the period.
Trail Blazers 127, Suns 106
At Portland, Ore., the Portland Trail Blazers set an NBA record for fewest turnovers in a game Friday night as they rolled past the Phoenix Suns 127-106.
The Blazers' three turnovers broke the previous record of four set on six different occasions in the past 19 years.
Jerome Kersey, Clyde Drexler and Kevin Duckworth triggered a decisive first-quarter outburst as the Trail Blazers won their 13th home game in a row.
Kersey finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Drexler 18 points and seven assists and Buck Williams 16 points, 12 in the third quarter. All of the Portland starters sat out most of the final quarter.
The win boosted Portland's lead to 41/2 games over the Los Angeles Lakers and 9 games over the Suns in the Pacific Division.
Clippers 107, Spurs 101
At Los Angeles, Ron Harper recovered from an 0-for-11 shooting slump by scoring 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers held David Robinson to six points and dealt the San Antonio Spurs their fourth straight defeat.
Robinson, the NBA's second-leading scorer with a 26.1 average, was 1-for-12 from the field. The two-time All-Star was 0-for-5 in the first half, when his playing time was limited to eight minutes after he was called for his third foul with 1:53 gone in the second quarter.
Ken Norman had 24 points and Danny Manning added 20 for the Clippers, who won for only the second time in their last 10 games. Olden Polynice, in uniform for the first time since Wednesday's trade that sent Benoit Benjamin and two first-round draft picks to Seattle, finished with eight points.