BASKETBALL—NBA: Milwaukee's winning streak was ended at 10 games by Atlanta. Pete Maravich notched six straight points to lead the Hawks to a 117-110 victory as Walt Bellamy led all scorers with 25 points. Lew Alcindor, although limited to 16 points by the Hawks, had a pair of 44-point performances as the Bucks downed Boston 120-113 and Portland 142-117. In the showdown that pitted the Midwest Division leader against Central Division leader Baltimore, Milwaukee came out on the winning end 120-116. Chicago had he hottest hand, winning all three of its games—against San Francisco 87-83, Portland 123-111 and New York 109-103. The Knicks defeated San Diego 117-113 and terrorized Boston 128-107 as Willis Reed, Walt Frazier and Dick Barnett teamed for 90 points. In the duel between the two top teams in the Pacific Division, Los Angeles snapped San Francisco's four-game win streak 130-110.
ABA: In the midi-week before Saturday's All-Star game, Virginia appeared to be Virginia Slims rather than the East Division-leading Squires, losing games to fourth-place Carolina 114—104 and second-place Kentucky 124-114. The Colonels won two of three games, edging Memphis 117-110 in addition to their Virginia win but succumbing to Indiana 137-124. Last year's champs, the Indiana Pacers, were No. 1 in the West Division, although they led by only half a game. In addition to trouncing Kentucky, the Pacers beat Denver 118-106 and lost to Utah, their nearest competitor, 116-106.
In the ABA All-Star game Rick Barry connected on two free throws before adding a field goal in the final 49 seconds to give the underdog EAST a come-from-behind 126-122 victory over the West.
BOWLING-In Las Vegas DON JOHNSON of Akron, Ohio won the $77,777.77 Showboat Invitational tournament by defeating Barry Asher in the final game 269-223.
BOXING—In a nontitle bout, welterweight champion BILLY BACKUS won a 10-round unanimous decision over Bobby Williams, of Memphis, at Syracuse, N.Y.
FOOTBALL—In the absolute final pro game of the season John Brodie tossed a 23-yard tie-breaking touchdown pass to Dave Osborn in the third quarter and evasive Mel Renfro added electrifying punt returns of 82 and 56 yards as the National Conference smashed the American Conference 27-6 in the Pro Bowl at Los Angeles.
GOLF—MILLER BARBER closed with a six-under-par 65 for an impressive 23-under-par 261 to win the $125,000 Phoenix Open. His score, although one of the lowest in several years, was only two strokes better than Dan Sikes and Billy Casper, who were tied at 263.
HOCKEY—In their second contest of the season, New York and Philadelphia resumed their kiss-your-sister affair, tying 3-3. Going into this season, the Rangers and the Flyers had compiled a seven-game string of tied games, a streak Philly finally broke this year 3-1. Boston, averaging almost five goals per outing, held its slim three-point lead over New York by beating Toronto 9-1 while Chicago remained firmly planted in the West Division lead.
In a game so dull that one man yelled, "I's the Super Bowl on ice," Chicago teammates Chico Maki and Bobby Hull scored a pair of goals from opposite sides of the rink to lead the West to a 2-1 victory over the East in the All-Star game. Yvan Cournoyer got the East's lone score.
HORSE RACING—EXECUTIONER ($3.80), making his first start in two months, won a three-horse photo finish in the $32.350 Hibiscus at Hialeah. The 3-year-old ran the six furlongs in 1:11. Brazen Brother, beaten by a nose, was a neck ahead of Raja Baba.