BASKETBALL—NBA: Boston evened its series with LOS ANGELES twice during the week to force Monday's finale (page 22). First the Celtics topped the Lakers in Boston 89-88 on a 15-foot jumper by a stumbling Sam Jones in the last two seconds. "That's the play we called," said Bill Russell. "He wasn't supposed to stumble, though. That was his innovation." Despite an eye injury suffered in the previous game, John Havlicek was Boston's high scorer with 21 points. Keith Erickson and Tom Hawkins held him to only 18 the next time they met, in Los Angeles, while Jerry West hit for 39 in leading the Lakers to a 117-104 victory before going out with a hamstring injury. Said Havlicek, "The only way Jerry can't hurt you is if he's on crutches or in a hospital bed. On one leg he's as good as anyone in the NBA." One-legged West and Elgin Baylor hit 26 points each Saturday night in Boston, but Don Nelson scored 25 as the Celtics won 99-90.
ABA: OAKLAND went ahead of Indiana 2-1 in the finals, even though the Pacers outscored the Oaks in those three games 390-379. Gary Bradds scored 40 points for the Oaks in the first game, going eight for eight from the foul line in a 123-114 victory. Roger Brown, Bob Netolicky and Freddie Lewis scored 100 points between them in the second game as the Pacers romped to a 150-122 win. The third game, played in Indianapolis, went into overtime in which the Oaks outscored the Pacers 16-8 for a 134-126 win.
GOLF—LARRY HINSON, a 24-year-old from Gastonia, N.C. who is starting his second year on the tour, won the $100,000 Greater New Orleans Open at Lakewood Country Club. Hinson's final round of 67 left him in a tie with Frank Beard at 13 under par, but Beard bogeyed the third hole of a sudden-death round while Hinson parred it.
Joe Inman Jr., a senior at Wake Forest, scored a 2 and 1 victory over teammate Lanny Wadkins, a freshman, to win the North and South amateur tournament at Pinehurst, N.C.
Sandra Haynie won the $15,000 Shreveport Kiwanis Invitational at 214, two strokes ahead of Mickey Wright and Sandra Palmer (page 64).
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL won its 14th Stanley Cup, defeating St. Louis in the final series in four straight games (page 61). Invincible in their expansion division, the Blues were overmatched against the Canadiens and could muster only three goals in the four games. Rogatien Vachon accomplished his first playoff shutout in the third game.
The season's trophy winners were announced, and DANNY GRANT of Minnesota became the first in the West, taking the Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year. PHIL ESPOSITO won the Hart Memorial Trophy as Most Valuable Player, BOBBY ORR, the James Norris Memorial Trophy as best defenseman for the second consecutive year, and ALEX DELVECCHIO of Detroit the Lady Byng sportsmanship award for the third time.
HORSE RACING—MAJESTIC PRINCE ($4.80) won the $155,700 Kentucky Derby by a neck over Arts and Letters, upping his unbeaten streak to eight and giving Jockey Bill Hartack his fifth Derby (page 14).
J.R. Brown's RIGHT TACK (15-2) outsped Tower Walk by 2� lengths to win the $87,480, one-mile 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, England. Charles Engelhard's favored Ribofilio raced poorly and was pulled up just after the halfway mark.
Annual meeting, owned by Under Secretary of the Navy John W. Warner, took the 44th Virginia Gold Cup, at Warrenton, by three lengths over Gale Force X. Annual Meeting's time for the four-mile, 22-fence timber course was 8:54 3/5.