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PRO BASKETBALL—Boston and Philadelphia thrived on the hottest race in the NBA as both went 4-0 on the week. Thus the Celtics maintained their half-game lead in the Atlantic Division. Boston beat New York 108-97, Chicago 111-108, Washington 103-101 and Atlanta 119-111 in running its winning streak to six. Larry Bird scored his 10,000th point, against Washington. As the 76ers' victory string increased to 11 games. Julius Erving and Moses Malone scored 177 points in wins over Detroit (126-122), Houston (115-108) and Washington (115-104). Andrew Toney of the Sixers nailed a jumper with three seconds to go to defeat Phoenix 100-99. New York had an awful 0-4 week. What hurt the most was losing Bernard King for the third time this season: on this occasion the cause was a sprained right ankle. He sustained it after scoring nine points in the first quarter of a 113-97 loss to Chicago, making it the first time in 85 games that he didn't hit double figures. In the Central Division, Milwaukee moved to 3� games in front of second-place Detroit (page 22). Denver reclaimed the Midwest Division lead with a 3-1 week, in the process snapping the Pacific Division-leading Lakers' nine-game winning streak with a 126-124 win. Houston, which relinquished first place by losing to the Sixers, beat Kansas City 112-110 and lost to New Jersey 100-99. Utah coach Frank Layden was so disgusted during a 120-112 loss to the Lakers that he walked from the arena with two minutes left. "I just wanted to get out of here," he said. The Jazz went 0-3, but the Kings went two worse, 0-5, on the week. San Antonio's Johnny Moore nearly pulled off a quadruple-double in a 139-94 Spurs' embarrassment of Golden State. He had 26 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds and nine steals. The Clippers ran their victory string to four games and moved past Portland into third place in the Pacific Division. They defeated Utah 116-106, Phoenix 98-84 and handed Golden State its seventh straight loss, 104-102.
BOXING—HARRY ARROYO scored an 11th-round TKO of Terrence Alli to retain his IBF lightweight title in Atlantic City.
GOLF—LANNY WADKINS birdied the fifth hole of a playoff to defeat Craig Stadler and win the $500,000 Bob Hope Classic in Palm Springs. Calif. The two had finished five rounds of regulation with a 27-under-par 333.
COLLEGE HOCKEY—Boston College held on to its eight-point lead in Hockey East by splitting with WCHA's No. 2 team, Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs won the first game 8-4, the Eagles the second 4-2. Minnesota held on to a one-point WCHA lead by splitting a two-game series with Wisconsin, and CCHA leader Michigan State extended its record to 19-3 by beating Miami of Ohio 3-2 and 5-1.
PRO HOCKEY—At the halfway point in the season, Pittsburgh has a lot to be proud of, even if it ranks fourth in the Patrick Division. The Penguins' 38 points have equaled their total for last season. Pittsburgh played the NHL's best and second-worst teams last week, and beat them both, winning 7-4 over lowly Vancouver and 4-3 over lofty Edmonton. Troy Loney and Mario Lemieux scored two goals apiece against the Oilers, who hold a 17-point advantage over second-place Calgary in the Smythe Division. Quebec finally ended Calgary's league-record run of games played without being shut out (264) when the Nordiques' goalie, Richard Sevigny, in only his fourth start this season, blocked 19 shots. Anton Stastny scored twice for Quebec, while his brother Peter had a goal and two assists. Adams Division-leading Montreal, which hasn't won in eight outings, saw Buffalo move to within two points of the division lead. The Sabres, who hadn't lost in 10 games, tied Hartford 4-4 and Montreal 1-1, shut out Boston 3-0 and lost to Edmonton 5-4. Buffalo handed the Bruins their first home shutout in 298 regular-season games. But Boston still looked smart, going 3-1 with the help of two new Bruins. Charlie Simmer scored Boston's winning goal in a 5-4 win over his old team, Los Angeles, and Butch Goring, picked up on waivers from the Islanders, put in the deciding goal in a 5-3 defeat of Toronto in his first game as a Bruin. Chicago and St. Louis both had mediocre weeks—the Blues went 1-1-1 and the Black Hawks 1-2—to end up sharing the Norris Division lead. Toronto snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over Vancouver. Patrick Division-leading Philadelphia kept a two-point lead over Washington by beating Vancouver 5-3, Chicago 6-1 and Calgary 7-1. The Flyers' only loss was to the Islanders, 5-3 (page 26).
INDOOR SOCCER—Los Angeles moved into a tie for first place in the Western Division with San Diego by beating St. Louis 7-5 and Dallas 7-2. In 1983. the Lazers went 8-40; they broke even at 24-24 last season: and they're 14-5 this season. In the Eastern Division, Baltimore was 1� games ahead of Chicago after beating Tacoma 9-4. Chicago's Karl-Heinz Granitza leads the MISL's scorers with 35 goals and 24 assists in 20 games.
ELECTED: To the Baseball Hall of Fame, LOU BROCK, 45, the alltime leading base stealer with 938, and HOYT WILHELM, 61, a knuckleballing reliever for nine teams from 1952 to '72. Brock, an outfielder for 19 seasons with the Chicago Cubs (1961 to June 1964) and the St. Louis Cardinals, also holds the National League record of 118 stolen bases in one season (1974). He was the 15th player elected in his first year on the ballot. Wilhelm, who had a 143-122 career record with a 2.52 ERA, holds the major league record for appearances (1,070, only 52 starts), and had 227 unofficial saves. He is the first reliever elected to the 191-member Hall.