PRO BASKETBALL—Denver forward Alex English, the NBA's scoring leader, had a total of 51 points in victories over Phoenix 142-127 and Seattle 90-73 as the Nuggets ran their record to 4-0. Seattle's 73 points were the fewest ever allowed by the Nuggets, and the then-winless SuperSonics tied a league record for fewest points—eight—in a fourth quarter. The Los Angeles Clippers beat Portland 119-113, Chicago 120-112 and New York 103-95 to make their record 5-0; while the Los Angeles Lakers defeated Dallas 133-115, Phoenix 144-107 and Golden State 120-116 to go 4-0. The Warriors and the Knicks were both looking for their first wins when they met in Oakland, each still missing a key player. Golden State guard Chris Mullin hadn't yet come to contract terms, and the Knicks were minus center Bill Cartright, who had reinjured his left foot and would be out for at least four weeks; Cartright missed all of last season because of the fractured left foot. Joe Barry Carroll scored 28 points to Patrick Ewing's 27 as the Warriors downed the Knicks 111-104. "I'm never going to get used to losing," said Ewing after the game. Golden State joined Cleveland, San Antonio, Sacramento, Utah, Atlanta and Seattle as first-time winners, while New York, now 0-5, and 0-4 Phoenix were the only winless teams. Nets guard Micheal Ray Richardson scored a career-high 38 points—16 of them in the overtimes—and had 11 rebounds, 11 assists and nine steals to lead the Nets to a 147-138 triple OT victory over Indiana. Richardson, the league's steals leader with 5.3 per game, added 20 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and eight steals two nights later as New Jersey beat Philadelphia 106-102.
SUSPENDED: For 10 days without pay at the start of the 1986 season and fined $500, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher JOAQUIN ANDUJAR, for an incident involving bumping and arguing with umpire Don Denkinger in the seventh game of the World Series.
DIED: RICHIE EVANS, 44, who had just clinched his ninth NASCAR modified division title, of injuries suffered in a wreck during practice at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway; on Oct. 24.