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PRO BASKETBALL—In Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff action, Boston thrashed Chicago 122-104 for a three-game sweep of the Bulls. The Celtics held Michael Jordan—who averaged 56 points in the previous two games—to 19 points. Jordan's 131 points broke Wilt Chamberlain's 26-year-old playoff record of 116 points for a three-game series. Detroit, down 2-0, held Dominique Wilkins to 21 points and won Game 3 106-97 to stay alive in its best-of-five series with Atlanta. But Wilkins came back to score 38 points in Game 4, and Spud Webb sank a pair of free throws with three seconds on the clock to give the Hawks a series-clinching 114-113 win. Boston beat Atlanta 103-91 to take the lead in their best-of-seven semifinal opener. New Jersey, leading Milwaukee at the half after scoring 73 points, blew the lead (18 points), the game (118-113) and the series (3-0). Philadelphia, tied 1-1 with Washington at the start of the week, topped the Bullets 91-86, but the return of Jeff Ruland, who had been out since mid-March after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, lifted Washington to a 116-111 series-tying victory. The Sixers then took the series, trouncing the Bullets 134-109 in the final game (page 50). Rookie Terry Catledge, subbing at center for Moses Malone, who will be out the rest of the season, scored 27 points. Philadelphia will face Milwaukee in an Eastern Conference semifinal. In the West, the Lakers wrapped up their quarterfinal series in three straight by defeating San Antonio in the clincher 114-94. Magic Johnson set a new three-game playoff record with 48 assists for Los Angeles, which achieved its victories by an average margin of 32 points. The Lakers then met up with Dallas, which had eliminated Utah in four games, and in their semifinal opener in L.A. on Sunday beat the Mavericks 130-116. Denver won twice and ousted Portland three games to one. Houston's Ralph Sampson and Lewis Lloyd each scored 25 points in a 113-98 win over Sacramento to eliminate the Kings in three straight. The Rockets won their semifinal series opener against the Nuggets 126-119, thanks to Akeem Olajuwon's 38 points and 16 rebounds.
GOLF—CURTIS STRANGE sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Calvin Peete and win the Houston Open and $90,000. Both players completed regulation play tied at 274, 14 under par.
Pat Bradley defeated Janet Coles by one stroke after sinking a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win an LPGA event in St. Petersburg, Fla. Bradley, whose $30,000 first-prize check boosted her career earnings to $1,996,921, shot a 72-hole total 16-under-par 272.
HOCKEY—While Edmonton battled surprising Calgary in the Smythe Division final series, the Rangers were winning their third straight game, 2-1, to upset Washington and win the Patrick Division title four games to two (page 14). Hartford evened its Adams Division series with Montreal at three games apiece with a 1-0 victory over the Canadiens. Goaltender Mike Liut stopped 32 shots and right wing Kevin Dineen scored the lone goal to force a seventh game. Toronto went up two games to one in its Norris Division final against St. Louis, but the Blues rallied with two straight wins. St. Louis center Rick Meagher scored his first two playoff goals ever in a series-tying 7-4 win, and left wing Mark Reeds's overtime goal gave the Blues a 4-3 victory in Game 5.
The SOVIET UNION edged Sweden 3-2 to win the gold medal at the World Hockey Championships in Moscow, while Canada topped Finland 4-3 for the bronze. Earlier, the U.S.S.R. beat Canada 7-4 and Finland 8-0, and Sweden tied Finland 4-4 and edged Canada 6-5.
HORSE RACING—BACHELOR BEAU ($41.80), with Larry Melancon in the saddle, defeated Bolshoi Boy by three-quarters of a length to win the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. The 3-year-old gelding, who ran the 1? miles in 1:51[1/5], won $171,290, which included a $16,200 Breeders' Cup premium.
INDOOR SOCCER—Branko Segota had two goals and five assists as defending champion San Diego defeated Tacoma 10-4 in the first game of their best-of-five Western Division final series. Cleveland opened with a 5-2 win against Minnesota in their Eastern Division championship showdown, but Minnesota struck back 6-2 to tie the series at one game apiece. Alan Willey booted in three goals for the Strikers in Game 2.