BASKETBALL—NBA: Despite the absence of Bill Bradley, still missing because of an injured ankle, the New York Knicks had a 2-1 week and took their 54th victory, 115-101 over third-place Baltimore, to tie the club record for wins in a single season set only last year. An NBA record was set by the Boston Celtics when they scored 54 points in the last quarter of a 147-124 rout of San Diego, but it was the only victory the Celtics enjoyed all week, and losses to Los Angeles and Phoenix dropped Boston to sixth place in the division. The West's leader, Atlanta, had three defeats and only one win, 118—106 over second-place Los Angeles. With a 2-1 week, the Lakers moved within a game and a half of the Hawks. Seattle won all five of its contests to move up to fifth, replacing San Francisco, which was 0-4.
ABA: The New Orleans Buccaneers fell from first to fourth place in the West, losing five straight games, including three to last-place Los Angeles. Denver, with a 3-0 week, took over the division lead behind the shooting of Spencer Haywood, the ABA's leading scorer, who hit for 35 and had 21 rebounds as the Rockets defeated the East leaders, the Indiana Pacers, 132-100. It was the worst loss for the Pacers this season and the first win for Denver in five tries against Indiana. The defeat did not threaten the Pacers' comfortable lead in the East, but two losses for the New York Nets—101-97 to Carolina and 119-116 to Washington—dropped the Nets to fourth place. They replaced the Cougars, who moved up to third.
NBA—East: New York (2-1), Milwaukee (3-1), Baltimore (3-2), Philadelphia (2-1), Cincinnati (1-0), Boston (1-2), Detroit (2-3). West: Atlanta (1-3), Los Angeles (2-1), Phoenix (2-2), Chicago (2-2), Seattle (5-0), San Francisco (0-4), San Diego (0-4).
ABA—East: Indiana (0-1), Kentucky (2-2), Carolina (3-1), New York (2-2), Pittsburgh (1-3), Miami (1-3). West: Denver (3-0), Dallas (3-1), Washington (3-1), New Orleans (0-5), Los Angeles (3-2).
BOATING—The world 5.5-meter championship in Sydney, Australia was won by the Australian entry, Carabella, skippered by DAVE FORBES, when she finished the six-race series with a low 16 points lost. Ted Turner of Atlanta sailed Nemesis to second place with 30.7, and Ernie Fay of Houston was third with 47.1.
At Adelaide, Australia Englishman RODNEY PATTISSON skippered Superdocious to a third consecutive world Flying Dutchman championship with 21.7 points for the series. John Truett of Great Britain was second with 26 points.
BOWLING—NELSON BURTON JR. of St. Louis won his second PBA tournament in a month when he bowled 243 against Ray Bluth's 215 in the final of the $50,000 Toledo Open.
BOXING—DENNY MOYER of Portland, Ore. was awarded a unanimous 12-round decision over Eddie Pace of Los Angeles to win the North American Boxing Federation middleweight championship.
COURT TENNIS—JAMES C. BOSTWICK, the U.S. Open champion, defeated Eugene Scott, former Davis Cup player, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 to take the singles title at the U.S. Amateur Tournament in New York.
GOLF—MIKE HILL of Jackson, Mich., younger brother of last year's low scorer on the tour, Dave Hill, shot a final-round 71 for a 279 total to take the $30,000 winner's purse at the $150,000 Doral Open in Miami. It was Mike's first win in two years on the tour.