NBA ROUNDUP : Wilkins, Willis Propel Hawks to Fifth in a Row
Dominique Wilkins scored a season-high 48 points and Kevin Willis had 32 points and a season-high 25 rebounds, leading the Hawks to their fifth consecutive victory, 127-118, over Portland in overtime at Atlanta on Monday night.
Cliff Robinson scored a career-high 39 points on 18-for-25 shooting for the Trail Blazers, whose four-game winning streak ended. Robinson scored 15 points during the fourth quarter.
Willis, whose status was listed as doubtful for the game because of a strained right calf, made the key play in overtime when he grabbed a missed free throw by Jon Koncak and converted a three-point play that gave Atlanta a seven-point lead.
“Kevin had an amazing performance, especially not knowing if he was going to play or not,” Atlanta Coach Bob Weiss said.
Wilkins had his seventh 40-plus game of the season.
“Right now we feel really confident about ourselves, and we are playing together,” Wilkins said of the Hawks, who have won 11 of 12 games.
“We’ve had a lot of big wins since I’ve been here,” Weiss said. “This one was probably the most exciting in my three years, and it was definitely one of our better wins at home.”
Boston 110, Sacramento 89--Boston scored its eighth consecutive victory as Kevin Gamble scored 28 points and Joe Kleine had a career-high 20 rebounds at Boston.
The Celtics opened a 32-12 lead late in the first quarter, survived a rally that cut the lead to 37-28 midway through the second period and led by at least 12 points throughout the second half.
Kleine, whose previous high was 18 rebounds as a rookie with Sacramento in 1985, was replacing center Robert Parish, who has a sprained left ankle.
Denver 114, Utah 101--Chris Jackson scored 23 points and Dikembe Mutombo had 19 points and 15 rebounds as Denver scored a rare road victory.
Reggie Williams added 20 points for the Nuggets, who won their third consecutive game, but won for only the sixth time in 35 road games. It also was Denver’s first victory in 14 games at Salt Lake City.
Karl Malone had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Jeff Malone scored 22 points for the Jazz.
Washington 114, Milwaukee 107--Michael Adams scored 11 of his 24 points during Washington’s 40-point third quarter at Milwaukee.
Rex Chapman also scored 24 points for the Bullets. Harvey Grant added 23, including nine during the third quarter, for the Bullets, who ended a three-game losing streak and won for only the second time in seven games.