Terry Cummings scored 26 points, and Jack Sikma added 21 as the Milwaukee Bucks snapped the Detroit Pistons’ nine-game winning streak, 117-100, Saturday night.
It was the eighth straight home win for the Bucks, who trail the second-place Pistons by four games in the Central Division.
“We only have 17 losses, and four have been to this team,” Piston Coach Chuck Daly said. “We have trouble matching up and posting up with this club.”
Detroit trailed the entire game. The closest the Pistons came was 57-56 on Isiah Thomas’ jumper two minutes into the second half. The Bucks broke away for good with a 15-6 run late in the third quarter.
Sikma scored five points, and Larry Krystkowiak added four during the run as the Bucks increased a seven-point lead to 82-66 with 3:16 left in the third.
The Bucks led by 19 points four times in the final period, and the Pistons were never closer than 13 points in the quarter.
Washington 123, Philadelphia 114--Bernard King scored 31 points as the Bullets extended their home winning streak to 10 games.
John Williams scored 22, Mark Alarie 17 and Steve Colter 16 for the Bullets, who are battling Philadelphia and Boston for the final two playoff berths in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia trailed, 62-57, at halftime and couldn’t get any closer than three points in the second half. Charles Barkley and Hersey Hawkins scored 24 points each for the 76ers, although Barkley was only seven of 20 from the field.
Indiana 114, Chicago 103--Chuck Person scored 11 of his 30 points in the fourth period, and Detlef Schrempf had 20 points and 10 rebounds at Indianapolis as the Pacers broke a four-game losing streak.
The Bulls battled back from a 14-point halftime deficit to tie the game at 80 before Scott Skiles hit a jumper to give the Pacers a two-point lead entering the fourth quarter.
Michael Jordan had 28 points for Chicago.
Denver 111, Miami 105--Alex English scored 25 points and had nine assists, and the Nuggets turned back a late Miami rally to win at Denver.
Denver led by as many as 17 points late in the second period before Miami cut the halftime deficit to 63-52. The Heat moved to within four points at the start of the final period before the Nuggets, led by Fat Lever, increased their lead to 94-83. Lever, who returned after missing five games with a knee injury, finished with 21 points, eight steals and six rebounds.
The Heat cut Denver’s lead to 101-98 on a jumper by Sylvester Gray, but Michael Adams responded with with a three-point basket and the Nuggets were never threatened again.
Houston 127, Portland 113--Otis Thorpe scored 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Sleepy Floyd had 17 points and 17 assists to lead the Rockets at Houston.
Clyde Drexler scored 35 for the Trail Blazers.
Phoenix 122, Seattle 104--Eddie Johnson scored 29 points, and Tyrone Corbin added 22 as the Suns improved to 23-0 at home against Western Conference opponents and won their 10th straight overall at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Seattle lost its sixth straight road game, despite 29 points by Dale Ellis and 28 by Xavier McDaniel.
San Antonio 114, Utah 98--Alvin Robertson had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at San Antonio as the Spurs snapped Utah’s seven-game winning streak.
Robertson scored 24 of his points in the second half. Vernon Maxwell added 22 for San Antonio and Willie Anderson had 18.
Sacramento 100, Dallas 90--The King extended the Mavericks’ road losing streak to seven games as Kenny Smith scored 23 points and Harold Pressley added 17, including 10 in the final quarter.
Adrian Dantley scored 30 points for Dallas.
The Mavericks, who have lost 20 of their last 24 road games, scored only five points from the field in the final 7 1/2 minutes.