Julius Erving scored 35 points, and Moses Malone added 22 points and 15 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Detroit Pistons, 126-122, Wednesday night at Philadelphia to extend their winning streak to nine games.
The lead changed hands 10 times and the score was tied five times in the final period before a jumper by Maurice Cheeks gave Philadelphia (29-6) a 118-116 edge with 2:40 remaining, a lead the 76ers never relinquished. A pair of free throws by Malone 20 seconds later made it 120-116.
The Pistons, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, came within one point, 123-122, with 53 seconds remaining. But Andrew Toney made a field goal, and Erving added a free throw for the final margin.
Isiah Thomas led Detroit (19-16) with 23 points and 17 assists.
The lead changed hands eight times in the final 3:13, with Hodges coming up with a loose ball off a deflected pass by Indiana's Vern Fleming for the game-winning basket.
Terry Cummings led the Bucks (24-14) with 30 points. Steve Stipanovich had a career-high 30 points for the Pacers (10-25).
Boston 111, Chicago 108--Robert Parish hit two free throws with 15 seconds left and Rod Higgins missed a three-point shot as time ran out, giving the Celtics the win at Boston.
Michael Jordan led the Bulls (17-18) with a game-high 36 points.
Phoenix 94, Seattle 88--At Phoenix, Larry Nance scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half as the Suns snapped a three-game losing streak.
The Suns (19-18) led Seattle by as many as 18 points in the final period.
James Edwards finished with 14 points for the Suns. The SuperSonics (15-22) got 14 points from Jack Sikma and 12 each from Al Wood, Ricky Sobers and Jon Sundvold.
Denver (21-15) held NBA scoring leader Bernard King to just 15 points in handing the Knicks (13-25) their 10th straight road loss.
Pat Cummings led New York with 20 points before being ejected from the game with two minutes left.
King, averaging 32.8 points per game, made 4 of 14 field-goal attempts. He scored only two points in the second half.