On the opening night of the NBA playoffs, Gerald Wilkins eclipsed his older brother.
Gerald Wilkins took control for the Knicks and scored 34 points Thursday night to lead New York to a 102-96 triumph over the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden. Dominique Wilkins scored 28 points to pace the Atlanta Hawks to their eighth straight triumph with a 100-92 decision over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Omni.At New York, Gerald Wilkins was also involved in the key play when he passed to Mark Jackson, who sank a 3-point shot from 30 feet out with one second left on the shot clock and 16 in the game.
Gerald Wilkins converted 16 of 21 shots from the floor.
"I hit my first 6 or 7 in a row and (Coach) Rick (Pitino) told me to keep focused and he would get the ball to me."
Philadelphia, which won 4 of 6 from New York in the regular season, was led by Ron Anderson with 26 points off the bench. Charles Barkley added 22 points and 12 rebounds. Maurice Cheeks had 19 points and 16 assists.
At Atlanta, Moses Malone added 23 points for the Hawks, who struggled well into the fourth quarter before pulling away.
"The first game is always tough in any series," said Dominique Wilkins, who entered with a 26.7 playoff average. "Sure, we had beaten them in the season, but the defense tonight was what kept us alive."
The Bucks were paced by Jay Humphries with 20 points and Terry Cummings with 18. Milwaukee stayed with the Bucks until the final four minutes when Wilkins, despite favoring an apparent knee bruise, scored 7 of the Hawks' final 16 points.
Lakers 128, Blazers 108
At Inglewood, Calif., Magic Johnson collected 30 points and 16 assists and Byron Scott sank five 3-pointers on the way to 29 points as the Los Angeles Lakers extended their dominance in first-round playoff games .
In beginning their quest for a third straight NBA title, the Lakers closed the third quarter with a 20-6 burst to assume command en route to beating Portland for the sixth time without a loss this season. Mychal Thompson came off the bench to supply 7 of his 20 points in the decisive run.
Clyde Drexler scored 30 points and Jerome Kersey added 24 for the Blazers.