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PRO BASKETBALL—With Walter Davis's knee in a cast and Maurice Lucas's contract in limbo, Phoenix faced plenty of difficulties. Then Suns guard Kyle Macy stubbed his toe and was sidelined. No problem. Adversities and adversaries failed to slow Phoenix, which won thrice during the week, maintained the Pacific Division lead and was off to the best start (5-0) in its 17-year history. The Suns beat the Clippers 99-96 and, with Macy back, defeated Portland 139-130 in triple overtime, as Larry Nance scored a career-high 44 points. Nance also had 17 rebounds and blocked six, shots, both personal bests. Two days later Phoenix beat Dallas, which had played six times in eight days, 105-93. The Suns also had good news off the court: Lucas came to contract terms at week's end. Houston remained undefeated and atop the Midwest Division. The Rockets beat Dallas, Kansas City and New York, and only the Kings gave Houston a tough time. With the Rockets trailing 106-105 and less than half a minute to play, Houston's Rodney McCray canned a 20-foot jumper and Lewis Lloyd sealed a 109-106 victory with a pair of free throws. Philadelphia defeated New Jersey 118-96 and Dallas 107-103 to remain unbeaten and half a game ahead of Boston in the Atlantic Division. The Celtics hoisted their 15th NBA championship banner to the Boston Garden ceiling last week, then defeated New Jersey, 116-105. The Celts also beat Detroit, 127-116, as Larry Bird scored 34 points. Milwaukee began the week by losing to Chicago, 116-110, and falling half a game behind the Bulls in the Central Division race. Rookie Michael Jordan scored 37 points—including 22 in the final quarter—to power the Bulls to that win. "Basketball is fun again, thanks to Michael Jordan," said Chicago's Orlando Woolridge, who added 30 points against Milwaukee. But by week's end the Bucks had won three straight to move into first.
Billy Costello won a unanimous 12-round decision over Saoul Mamby to retain the WBC super lightweight title (page 84), and JUAN MEZA knocked out Jaime Garza in the first round to capture the WBC super bantamweight title, in Kingston, N.Y.
PRO FOOTBALL—Denver capped a 26-19 comeback win over New England with a 64-yard fumble return by Dennis Smith with 1:45 left that put the Broncos in front of the Patriots—and kept them in front in the AFC West. Seattle stayed one game back by beating San Diego 24-0 and Kansas City 45-0. These were the first back-to-back shutouts in Sea-hawk history. Seattle, in fact, had never had two shutouts in the same year. Against the Chargers, the Seahawks sacked Dan Fouts six times, and Kenny Easley intercepted three of Fouts's passes (page 75). Against the Chiefs, Seattle picked off six passes and returned four of them for touchdowns. In defeating the Los Angeles Raiders 17-6, Chicago, which leads the NFL in defense and the NFC Central in wins, had nine sacks, caused five turnovers and banged up quarterbacks Marc Wilson and David Humm, who strained ligaments in his left knee. Second-year defensive end Richard Dent more than lived up to his surname, busting through the Raiders for 4� sacks. The New York Giants beat Dallas 19-7, which, coupled with St. Louis's 16-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, created a three-way jam atop the NFC East. Giant kicker Ali Haji-Sheikh, All-Toe last year, had made only six of 16 field-goal attempts this season but converted all four of his tries in Dallas. L.A.'s Eric Dickerson rushed for 208 yards on 21 carries in the Rams' win. San Francisco, which leads the NFC West by three games, trailed Cincinnati by as many as 10 points before Joe Montana found Freddie Solomon with a four-yard TD pass with 1:39 left to give the 49ers a 23-17 win. Unbeaten Miami, pacesetter in the AFC East, came from behind twice to down the New York Jets, 31-17. Pittsburgh beat Houston 35-7 to go three games ahead in the sorry AFC Central as Mark Malone threw for three TDs and ran 13 yards for another. In other games, Minnesota beat Tampa Bay 27-24; Cleveland edged Buffalo 13-10; San Diego defeated the Colts 38-10; Green Bay beat New Orleans 23-13; and Detroit and Philadelphia tied 23-23.
HOCKEY—It was a good week for both the meek and the mighty as Los Angeles won for the first time—after six losses—this season and Smythe Division-leading Edmonton remained unbeaten, at 10-0-2. But the week belonged to Mike Bossy, the New York Islanders' 27-year-old right wing. Bossy tripped over Canadien defenseman Chris Chelios in a game at the Montreal Forum and fell to his side but still swept his stick across the ice and batted the puck past goalie Steve Penney 25 feet away. Bossy, who has scored from his feet, from his side, from seemingly everywhere but the bench, ended the game against the Canadiens with four goals. It was the seventh four-goal game of his career and the second in 12 days. Through 12 games Bossy led the league with 17 goals and, with 33 points, shared the scoring lead with Wayne Gretzky. The Forum crowd chanted for Bossy after the game, but for him the cheers did not erase the disappointment of a 6-5 overtime loss. Though Bossy is better than ever, the Islanders aren't. After the Isles beat the Rangers 7-3 behind a goal and four assists by Bossy, coach Al Arbour said, "We can't waltz through games like we've been doing." But the Islanders went right back to three-four time, losing three in a row and allowing Philadelphia to stay atop the Patrick Division. The Flyers' most notable accomplishment of the week was a 5-1 win over Minnesota. Montreal's Pierre Mondou scored his first goal of the season in that OT win over the Islanders. The Canadiens also beat Boston 3-1 and Quebec 4-2 to take a three-point Adams Division lead. The Oilers, off to one of the fastest starts ever, and goalie Andy Moog had their first shutout of the year with a 7-0 win over Vancouver. Edmonton also beat Chicago, leader of the Norris Division, 4-2 and Winnipeg 2-1. Though celebrated for their offense, the Oilers also have had the league's stingiest defense, allowing just 28 goals in 12 games. Los Angeles, the last team to win this season, did so three times, beating Winnipeg 5-3, Vancouver 10-3 and Toronto 7-0.
HORSE RACING—PROOF ($15.60), with Eddie Delahoussaye up, beat Jack Slade by 3� lengths to win the $216,600 Hawthorne Gold Cup at Hawthorne Race Course. The 4-year-old colt ran the 1� miles in 2:01[1/5].
ROAD RUNNING—CIDALIO CAETANO of Portugal won the inaugural Lisbon International Marathon in 2:08:05 and, pending a remeasuring of the course, equaled the world-best time of Steve Jones, set two weeks earlier in Chicago.
INDOOR SOCCER—The Pittsburgh Spirit opened MISL's seventh season by upending the defending champion Baltimore Blast 4-3 as forward Ian Sybis drilled a shot past goaltender Scott Manning with 19 seconds left in regulation time. St. Louis shut out Chicago 2-0 as Steamer goalie Slobo Ilijevski ran his league record for career shutouts to five. Los Angeles defeated Kansas City 6-5 in a shootout with the onederfully named Beto scoring the game-winner. The Dallas Sidekicks played their first game ever—and lost 7-3 to Las Vegas as the Americans' Fred Grgurev scored a hat trick. The San Diego Sockers, the NASL indoor champs last season but members of the MISL this year, beat the Minnesota Strikers 10-2 as Steve Zungul, the Lord of All Indoors, scored five goals and added two assists. The New York Cosmos, another group of NASL refugees, beat Tacoma 5-1.
TENNIS—The U.S. defeated Britain 5-2 to win the Wightman Cup for the sixth straight time.