PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: When Portland won its sixth straight, an 88-82 decision over Chicago, the Midwest leader, it was a case of the Trail Blazers playing the Bulls' game—defense. In one seven-game stretch Chicago limited the opposition to an average of 82 points, an accomplishment the Bulls' coach, Dick Motta, called equal to a 3:50 mile. The Central-leading Washington Bullets continued their heady pace with a 3-0 record in which Kevin Porter pulled the trigger for 21 and 22 assists against Los Angeles (0-4) and Atlanta (3-1). Houston (page 22) dealt Phoenix two losses and kept third-place Cleveland (0-2) to the rear with a 93-86 win. Seattle had a .500 week, but it was still sweet as Bill Russell's club beat Atlantic-leading Boston 104-97 and snapped Kansas City- Omaha's four-game win streak. Bill Bradley equaled his season's high with 32 points in a 118-100 win against Detroit to end New York's three-game losing streak. Bob McAdoo hit 33 points in Buffalo's 110-95 win over Milwaukee and continued to lead the league in scoring. Rick Barry was still chasing McAdoo for the point title as Golden State (1-3) maintained its six-game lead in the Pacific. New Orleans beat the Warriors and the Lakers.
ABA: Indiana, the only team to win three league titles in the eight-year history of the ABA, beat Utah for its 10th victory in the last 12 games. Third in the West, the Pacers had a 3-1 week, but division leader Denver notched five more wins for a 16-game lead over Indiana. The Nuggets kept San Antonio off their backs, too, beating the second-place Spurs 100-95 on Friday and 156-144 in overtime on Saturday. Defending champ New York held half a game lead over Kentucky in the East, but fell to the Colonels 96-80. The Nets continued their mastery of the Spirits, defeating St. Louis twice to make it 10 straight this season. Virginia (0-3) lifted St. Louis' spirits, losing 114-111. Memphis dropped all three of its games, while San Diego had a .500 week.
BOWLING—DICK RITGER of Hartford, Wis. defeated Earl Anthony 247-223 in the finals of Miami's Don Carter Classic to earn $7,500. It was Ritger's 17th career win, placing him third on the PBA's all-time champion list.
CURLING—The state of WASHINGTON team of Ed Risling, Dave Tellvik, Chuck Lundgren and Gary Schnee won the 19th annual U.S. men's championship by defeating New York 15-5, at Detroit.
FIGURE SKATING—Dutch Champion DIANNE de LEEUW, who has dual Dutch-American citizenship, captured the women's gold medal at the world championships at Colorado Springs, Colo. SERGEI VOLKOV of the U.S.S.R. won the men's individual title.
GOLF—LEE TREVINO took the top prize of $40,000 by winning the Citrus Open title by one stroke with a one-under-par 71 and a 276 total, at Orlando, Fla.
HOCKEY—NHL: Guy Lafleur returned to the Montreal lineup after missing 10 games with a broken finger and led the Norris leader to an 8-4 victory over Washington, which also lost to Vancouver and Boston. Buffalo held an 11-point lead over the Bruins with a victory over the New York Rangers and a tie with the St. Louis Blues. Patrick pacesetter Philadelphia bombed Minnesota 9-2 and tied the Blues. The New York Islanders had two ties and a win over the Canucks. Atlanta blanked Kansas City 4-0. The Scouts also fell to Los Angeles and Detroit and tied Pittsburgh Smythe leader Chicago (2-2) beat California before the Black Hawks lost a game to Vancouver (page 24), then defeated Los Angeles 6-1 the next night. Toronto beat Detroit twice and Minnesota once in a 3-0 week as the Maple Leafs remained undefeated in six games.
WHA: San Diego, no threat for a division title, scored the week's most spectacular wins by knocking off Canadian leader Quebec (8-2) and West honcho Houston (7-4). The Mariners also beat and tied the Winnipeg Jets. Minnesota continued its home mastery over East leader New England, handing the Whalers a ninth straight loss (5-3) over a three-year span. The Fighting Saints got past Toronto, too, while Phoenix blanked Chicago 5-0 for one of its three victories. Vancouver had a 6-0 shutout against Edmonton, only to have the Oilers return the favor with a 4-0 zipping of the Blazers. Baltimore (1-3) was the week's big loser as usual, falling to Indianapolis, among others. The Racers lost to Cleveland 6-5, among others.
MOTOR SPORTS—A. J. FOYT earned $90,112 for winning the California 500, averaging 154.344 mph in his Gilmore-Coyote, at Ontario, Calif. (page 62).
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA won $15,000 by defeating Evonne Goolagong 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the $75,000 Virginia Slims of Boston tournament.