PRO BASKETBALL—Led by Rick Barry, who scored all 26 of his points in the second half, Houston upended Seattle 113-101 and moved into first place in the Central Division by percentage points over San Antonio, which has lost four of its last five games. Earlier the Rockets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 113-108 defeat of Detroit and then beat Milwaukee 134-129 as Rudy Tomjanovich turned in his second straight 26-point performance. The following night Moses Malone (page 60) poured in 33 points and grabbed a career-high 37 rebounds—19 off the offensive board—to lift Houston to a 106-99 win over New Orleans. For the Sonics. the loss to Houston was their fourth in a row and dropped them into second in the Pacific Division, a half game behind Los Angeles, which was unbeaten. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Norm Nixon and Jamaal Wilkes each averaged more than 20 points for the Lakers, who overcame 18-, 15- and 12-point deficits to edge, respectively, San Antonio 119-111 in overtime. Golden State 106-104 and Cleveland 106-103. Midwest Division leader Kansas City beat Atlanta 124-108 and Chicago 124-114, and second-place Denver kept pace by defeating the Cavaliers 120-105 and the Warriors 106-104. Otis Birdsong had a total of 56 points for the Kings, and George McGinnis scored 55 for the Nuggets, including his team's final 12 against Golden State. Elvin Hayes hit for 33 as Atlantic Division leader Washington beat Detroit 96-90 in its only game. Second-place Philadelphia knocked off the Pistons 114-103 behind Julius Erving's season-high 37 points and San Diego 117-106, but learned Doug Collins would be lost for the season with a leg injury. Boston, which has been in the division cellar since the opening week of the season, beat New York 106-102 for its sixth win in its last seven starts. Cornbread Maxwell, who has averaged 23.7 points in his last 15 games, pumped in 33 for the Celtics, who moved within a game and a half of the fourth-place Knicks.
BOWLING—MARK ROTH beat Marshall Holman 279-227 to win a $100,000 tournament in St. Louis.
GOLF—HUBERT GREEN shot a three-under-par 69 for a 267 total to win the $300,000 Hawaiian Open in Honolulu by three strokes over Fuzzy Zoeller.
HOCKEY—The Soviet National Team defeated the NHL All-Stars two games to one in Madison Square Garden (page 18).
WHA: Three teams took turns in first place, but New England ended up there for the second week in a row. The Whalers beat third-place Quebec 5-3 and second-place Winnipeg 7-2, with Dave Keon getting two goals in the first game and a hat trick in the second. Before losing to New England, the Jets defeated Birmingham 3-2 and split a pair of games with Cincinnati, winning 8-1 behind Kent Nilsson's hat trick and losing 4-0. Serge Bernier's three goals lifted Quebec, loser of six of its last seven games, to a 6-3 win over Edmonton, but five nights later the Oilers' Dave Dryden, who leads the league in shutouts with three, blanked the Nordiques 3-0.
HORSE RACING—SPECTACULAR BID ($2.10), Ron Franklin up, won the $28,200 Hutcheson Stakes at Gulf-stream by 3� lengths over Lot o' Gold. The 3-year-old covered the seven furlongs in 1:21[2/5].
Flying Paster ($2.20), ridden by Don Pierce, finished six lengths ahead of long shot Oats and Corn to win the $64,300 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old was timed in 1:21[1/5] over the seven furlongs (page 52).
SPEED SKATING—ERIC HEIDEN of Madison, Wis. swept all four events in meet-record times to win his third straight overall title at the World Championships in Oslo. Last week his sister Beth won all four races at the women's World Championships at The Hague.
NORDIC SKIING—ODDVAR BRA of Norway won the men's 15-kilometer race in 43:36.39 and the 30 kilometers in 1:26:05.41 at the pre-Olympic games in Lake Placid, N.Y. Russia's RAISA SMETANINA won the women's five kilometers in 16:17.81 and the 10 in 31:30.87. PENTTI KOKKONEN of Finland finished first in the jumping competition on the 90-meter hill with leaps of 115 and 110.5 meters. Jim Denney of Duluth, Minn. came in third with jumps of 112 and 104.5 meters (page 16).
SQUASH RACQUETS—HEATHER McKAY defeated Barbara Maltby 15-7, 9-15, 15-8, 15-6 to win the U.S. Women's Open title in New York City.