BASKETBALL—NBA: Milwaukee, the fastest gun in the West, shot down five more opponents on the way to a new NBA record for consecutive victories—19. The Bucks maimed Boston 111-99, Philadelphia 127-103, Los Angeles 112-97, Buffalo 116-113 and then hit for 63% from the field in the first quarter of a 108-95 win over Detroit in the record-breaker. The Atlanta Hawks moved 1� games ahead in their playoff spot struggle with Cincinnati by winning three straight after being nipped by Detroit 106-105 in the week's opener. The Hawks belted Seattle 128-116, then broke a 102-102 tie with six straight points in the last three minutes to down San Francisco 109-105 and finish the week with a win over Los Angeles 105-104. In the East the Knicks lost to second-place Philadelphia 121-116 but clinched a playoff berth by beating Boston 112-104.
ABA: Kentucky, 7� games behind Virginia in the East Division, beat both Carolina and the Floridians twice: the Cougars 122-112 and 131-128, Florida 128-119 and 118-113. In the West, Indiana cut into Utah's lead by winning two of its three games. The Pacers dropped a 113-110 decision to Pittsburgh but conquered Memphis 122-98 and Utah 98-97. Pittsburgh's Stew Johnson broke the league single-game scoring record with 62 points to lead the Condors to a 142-129 win over the Floridians. The fifth-year pro from Murray State eclipsed the previous single-game high of 59 established last year by Spencer Haywood.
BOATING—RUNNING TIDE, owned by Jakob Isbrandtsen, was the overall and Class A winner of the Southern Ocean Racing Conference championship (page 24).
BOWLING—DICK WEBER, using a borrowed ball after his had been stolen before the semifinal round, defeated his brother-in-law, Norm Meyers, 237-235 in the final game of the $60,000 Buckeye Open in Toledo. Meyers led most of the way, but Weber finished with four straight strikes to win.
BOXING—BOB FOSTER, beaten in his last bout by Joe Frazier, knocked out Hal (TNT) Carroll with right hands at 2:32 of the fourth round in Scranton, Pa. to defend his share of the world light-heavyweight championship. Foster won the title from Dick Tiger in 1968 but was stripped of it two months ago by the World Boxing Association when he failed to defend against Jimmy Dupree within six months. Foster is still considered the champ by all bodies but the WBA, which recognizes Vicente Rondon of Venezuela.
GOLF—J. C. SNEAD overtook Gardner Dickinson with a third-round 66 and finished with a three-under-par 69 for 275 to win the Doral-Eastern Open in Miami. Snead, a onetime baseball player who didn't take up golf until five years ago, scored his first professional win at Tucson a month ago.
HOCKEY—Even seven stitches in his forehead couldn't stop Phil Esposito. Boston's explosive center. Esposito scored the Bruins' fourth goal to give them a 4-3 win over Toronto, increasing his scoring total to 117 points with his 52nd goal and 65th assist. Boston, as usual, continued cutting up everyone in the league: Minnesota 6-3, Pittsburgh 6-3 and California 7-0. The Rangers won six in a row before tying Detroit 2-2. Chicago got five of a possible six points and held an excitement-ending 22-point lead over St. Louis.
HORSE RACING—In the first of the season's $100,000 races for 3-year-olds EXECUTIONER ($14.80) caught speed-horse Dynastic in the stretch to take the Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah by a head (page 22).
High-weighted 5-year-old MANTA ($8.20) led a field of 11 all the way to capture the Santa Margarita Handicap for fillies and mares at Santa Anita. Scoring her seventh victory in nine starts on the California track, Manta won by two lengths and covered the 1? miles in 1:48[4/5]. Beja was second and favorite Last of the Line third.
SKIING—MARILYN COCHRAN of Richmond, Vt. dominated the French National Women's championship in La Plagne, winning the giant slalom and the special slalom and finishing fourth in the downhill. Her impressive performance gave her the combined championship.