PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: It was steady as she goes with all four division leaders—Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee and Los Angeles—finishing the week as securely as they began. Finding little competition elsewhere, the Celtics and Lakers took on one another, Boston coming out on top 119-111. Dave Cowens outscored Wilt Chamberlain 34-11 and outrebounded him 19-13. Atlanta continued peachy, overcoming a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to edge Golden State 117-113. Lou Hudson and Herm Gilliam led the Hawks with 27 and 24 apiece. New York, now seven games out of first place, beat everyone but the one that counted, Boston, for a 3-1 week. Willis Reed played 31 minutes against Philadelphia and recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds. As individual performers go, Nate Archibald of the K.C.- Omaha Kings continued to dominate the league in scoring, averaging 34 a game. Other notable statistics: Buffalo suffered its 17th loss in three years to Boston, Portland its 16th to L.A.
ABA: Second-place Indiana in the West and Kentucky in the East put in solid performances in their almost hopeless pursuits of Utah and Carolina. The Pacers showed no favorites, whipping last-place Memphis 122-114, then first-place Carolina 110-105 in a game that was tied 14 times. Pacer George McGinnis scored 30 points against the Cougars, and Indiana became the first ABA team to reach the two-million mark in home attendance since the league began in 1967. Kentucky's Dan Issel made his contribution to the Colonels' 3-1 week by pumping in 118 points, thus surpassing the 2,000 mark for the third straight season. Virginia's Julius Erving kept up his scoring siege with 174 points in five games, including a high of 42 in the Squires' 119-113 loss to Kentucky. Following a 120-118 defeat at the hands of San Diego, Dallas replaced the Q's at the bottom of the Western Division.
BOWLING—MIKE McGRATH of El Cerrito, Calif. rallied to defeat Earl Anthony of Tacoma, Wash. 234-222 to take the $75,000 BPAA U.S. Open at Madison Square Garden.
GOLF—After blowing a four-stroke lead in the final round, LEE TREVINO shot a one-under-par 71 to win the $150,000 Doral-Eastern Open in Miami. Bruce Crampton and Tom Weiskopf finished a stroke behind.
Kathy Whitworth shot a final-round 70 to win the S&H Green Stamps Ladies Classic and $20,000, defeating Mary Mills by two strokes in Houston.
HOCKEY—NHL: In a league where the difference between fourth place and fifth is everything, both divisions provided thrills. Los Angeles, 2-0-1 for the week, capitalized on a pair of Pittsburgh losses to move into fifth just two points behind St. Louie, which held fourth with wins over Boston and the New York Islanders, In the East, Buffalo and Detroit were doing the same dance. The Sabres picked up only two points in three games, tying Los Angeles and California and losing to Vancouver. Detroit also gained two, beating Atlanta but losing to Montreal, thus remaining one point behind Buffalo. The New York Rangers, now 13 points behind Montreal in the East, got no help from Left Wing Vic Hadfield, who was recovering from a slight concussion he suffered when he was hit by a puck the week before. Bobby Orr, who has missed 15 games this season due to knee injuries, scored his 20th goal plus an assist as Boston downed Atlanta 3-2. Philadelphia's Rick MacLeish, who broke Flyer records a few weeks ago when he scored four goals, did it again in a 10-0 rout of Toronto. Except this time MacLeish had three assists in addition to the goals, a single game high for one player this season.
WHA: The New England Whalers, who have won six of their last eight games, bumped Cleveland out of first place in the East by beating the Crusaders twice, 1-0 and 5-4, and then polishing off Minnesota 3-1. It wasn't easy. The first meeting with Cleveland did not end until Jim French slammed home a rebound at 7:57 of the sudden-death overtime, even though Crusader Goalie Gerry Cheevers blocked 39 shots. Against the Saints, New England used rookie Goalie Bruce Landon, who stopped 36 shots. Although Winnipeg was still easily winning in the West, along came Ottawa with its 28-37 record to spoil the Jets 10-game winning streak, whipping them 5-2. The week's outstanding performance belonged to Center Andre Lacroix of Philadelphia who tied New York's Ron Ward for the WHA scoring lead (104 points) on Friday when he scored three goals and had three assists in the Blazers' 11-3 victory over the Quebec Nordiques.
HORSE RACING—LA PREVOYANTE, in her premiere as a three-year-old, lost the first race of her career, to BOLD MEMORY by three lengths at Gulfstream Park. She was unbeaten in 12 outings in 1972.
Cougar II, Laffit Pincay up, won the $170,000 Santa Anita Handicap by a nose over Kennedy Road (page 89).
SKIING—In a surprising come-from-behind victory, defending champion COLORADO retained its NCAA crown with 381.89 points at the Middle-bury Snow Bowl in Hancock, Vt. On the final day of competition, trailing by eight points and in seventh place, Colorado put three of its jumpers in the top four positions, including winner VIDAR NILSGARD at 193.5 feet. Denver's PEIK CHRISTENSEN won the slalom with a two-descent clocking of 1:20.31 on a course that had been liberally covered with ammonium chloride (snow cement) in an attempt to offset 70� temperatures. Vermont's BOBBY COCHRAN took the downhill in two runs of 52.76 and 54.17 for the 4,000-foot course. WYOMING, led by STEINER HYBERTSEN, who covered the 15 kilometers in 53:41, won the crosscountry event. The meet was marred by the death of Nevada's Douglas Macgowan, who was killed when he hit a tree on a downhill practice run.