BASKETBALL—ABA: Indiana waited while New York, down three games to two, swept past Virginia into the championships. The Nets, aided by Rick Barry and John Roche's combined 80 points, caught the Squires by taking a 146-136 scoring war on Long Island. With Billy Paultz leading in both departments, New York shot an amazing 62% from the floor and, for the first time in the series, outrebounded the Squires. There were plenty of rebounds in the seventh game (the Nets hit but 42%, the Squires just 37%), and again New York got the lion's share. But it was Virginia's inability to score in the last 3:20 that allowed the Nets to move from 88-all to a 94-88 win. Happy Coach Lou Carnesecca explained, "We've learned to play together. We've gained so much maturity." Asked about the series with Indiana, he bubbled, "We don't need a plane. We can fly there right now." They took a plane anyhow, stopping three times, and a bus for the last 50 miles. Then Indiana, paced by veteran Guard Freddie Lewis' 33 points, cut the Nets' string 124-103.
NBA: LOS ANGELES defeated New York 114-100 to give the Lakers their first NBA championship since moving from Minneapolis (page 26).
BOXING—MUHAMMAD ALI won a unanimous 12-round decision over Canada's George Chuvalo at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia (page 38).
World Junior Middleweight Champion KOICHI WAJIMA of Japan defended his title with a first-round knockout of Italy's Dominco Tiberia in a scheduled 15-rounder in Fukuoka, Japan.
GOLF—CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ sank a five-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Billy Casper to win the $25,000 first prize in the $125,000 rain-delayed Byron Nelson Classic at the Preston Trail Country Club in Dallas.
Danny Edwards of Oklahoma State University upset defending champion Eddie Pearce of Wake Forest 3 and 1 to win the North and South amateur golf tournament at the Pinehurst Country Club in North Carolina.
Betty Burfeindt of Canaan, N.Y. shot a final-round 69 for a 282 total over the Desert Inn course in Las Vegas to capture the $50,000 Sealy Ladies Professional Golf Association Classic by four strokes over Kathy Ahern.
HARNESS RACING—Stanley Dancer drove SILENT MAJORITY ($3.60) to victory in the $25,000 Romeo Hanover 3-Year-Old Invitation Pace at Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H. Entrepreneur finished second, three-quarters of a length back.
HOCKEY—BOSTON beat New York 3-2 to take a 3-1 lead in their Stanley Cup series (page 61).
Earlier in the week, at what the Canadiens' KEN DRYDEN facetiously referred to as Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito's annual awards luncheon, the Montreal goalie won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year. BOBBY ORR won the Hart Memorial Trophy as Most Valuable Player for the third straight year and the James Norris Memorial Trophy (best defenseman) for the fifth straight time. Harry Howell, the last man to win the Norris Trophy, had said in 1967. "I'm glad I won it now. No one but Orr will win it for the next 20 years." PHIL ESPOSITO captured the Art Ross Trophy as the league's highest scorer for the third time in four years ( Orr won it in 1970) while his brother TONY and fellow Chicago Goalie GARY SMITH shared the Vezina Trophy for allowing the fewest goals. New York's JEAN RATELLE, who scored 109 points while drawing only-two penalties, was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for combining clean play with skill.