The New York Knicks, winners of 21 straight at Madison Square Garden, are having problems when they take their show on the road.

Terry Cummings scored a season-high 38 points, and Larry Krystkowiak added 20 Wednesday night to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to their third straight victory, a 121-111 decision over the Knicks.

New York, which is 24-1 at home but only 13-18 on the road, was led by Gerald Wilkins with 20 points and Patrick Ewing with 19.

"I think we have to have the same enthusiasm every game," Knick Coach Rick Pitino said. "It takes more enthusiasm to win on the road. It's something we have to do."

Milwaukee had gone 19-5 before the All-Star break but dropped three of four after the break.

"I think we're right there," Cummings said.

The Bucks had four players on the bench in street clothes. Forward Fred Roberts and guards Jeff Grayer and Mark Davis are on the injured list while guard Jay Humphries sat out with a hamstring pull.

"We're doing this with three people on injured reserve and one more guy that's injured," Buck Coach Del Harris said. "You can only have three guys on injured reserve so that leaves us with 11.

"We haven't been using Tito (Horford) or Randy (Breuer) much so that's nine. You have to give a team credit that can keep their head above water with that many injuries."

Milwaukee, 35-18, took the lead for good at 13-12 on Krystkowiak's basket with 7:08 left in the first quarter.

"We didn't play well," Ewing said. "I can say for myself that I missed a lot of easy shots."

Ex-Jazzman Rickey Green, who was signed by the Bucks for the balance of the season on Wednesday, hit a jumper with 3:53 remaining to give Milwaukee a 110-97 lead.

Harris said he was hoping to get about 10 minutes of play from Green, but the 10-year pro scored two points and dished out three assists in 17 minutes.

"I was surprised at my conditioning," Green said. "I was surprised that I held up as long as I did."

Kiki Vandeweghe saw action with the Knicks for the first time since being acquired from Portland last week. He failed to score in 15 minutes of play and said he played too cautiously.

"I was trying to concentrate on the plays and what was going on out there," Vandeweghe said. "I hadn't played in many games this year and I was trying not to make a mistake. I think that was a mistake."

Pitino said, "It may have been a mistake on my part to play him. I'm not sure. It's very difficult to play after only two practices."

Elsewhere, Washington beat New Jersey 120-115, Detroit dumped Utah 96-85, Boston bounced Atlanta 104-90, the LA Lakers topped Golden State 142-121 and Philadelphia nipped Sacramento 114-111.

Bullets 120, Nets 115

At Landover, Md., Bernard King scored 28 points to help Washington weather a fourth-quarter New Jersey rally. Washington has won five of its last six and 15 of its last 20 at the Capital Centre. New Jersey dropped its third straight.

Celtics 104, Hawks 90

At Boston, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish scored 23 points apiece and the Celtics outscored Atlanta 20-8 in the closing 5:17 to seal the triumph. The loss snapped the Hawks' four-game winning streak.

Lakers 142, Warriors 121

At Inglewood, Calif., Magic Johnson scored 35 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Los Angeles. Byron Scott added 25 points for the Lakers, who won their third in a row. Chris Mullin led the Warriors with 23 points.

76ers 114, Kings 111

At Sacramento, Calif., Charles Barkley posted a triple double with 30 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists and Philadelphia overcame a 24-point deficit and a leak in the Arco Arena roof that delayed the game for 40 minutes in the fourth quarter. Sacramento's Danny Ainge missed a three-point shot with 3 seconds remaining. Wayman Tisdale and Kenny Smith led the Kings with 25 points each.