PRO BASKETBALL—Philadelphia (38-7) and Boston (34-9) remained atop the Atlantic Division (and the league) as neither team lost a game. The 76ers defeated San Antonio 135-102 to snap the Spurs' five-game winning streak, and then beat Houston 107-94 and Chicago 117-102. Larry Bird got 110 points as the Celtics dispatched Portland 120-111, Phoenix 108-90, Chicago 117-111 in overtime and New Jersey 117-115. That was the Nets' 12th loss in a row. Their 11th was a 112-95 defeat by the Suns (35-10), who maintained their 6�-game lead in the Pacific Division despite a 113-106 loss to Atlanta and the setback in Boston. New Jersey's ninth loss was to Central Division-leading Milwaukee 102-86, which also beat San Diego 128-95 and Atlanta 98-95 before falling to Indiana 106-102 (page 94). In the Midwest, San Antonio (30-15) stayed nine games ahead of Kansas City with a 113-108 victory over New York and a 102-86 triumph over Portland, in which James Silas had 15 points in one 6�-minute fourth-quarter stretch. In two Utah victories, 121-117 over Denver and 99-97 over Dallas, Adrian Dantley scored a career-high 51 and 40 points, respectively. His 31.7 point average at week's end led the NBA.
BOWLING—STEVE MARTIN defeated Marshall Holman 216-185 to win a $125,000 tournament in Anaheim, Calif.
CHESS—Behind 4� to 3�, Robert Hubner of West Germany withdrew from his candidates match with VIKTOR KORCHNOI in Merano, Italy. Korchnoi, the Soviet �migr� who now lives in Switzerland, will meet champion Anatoly Karpov of the U.S.S.R. for the world title later this year.
PRO FOOTBALL—In the NFC Championship game, Philadelphia defeated Dallas 20-7, while Oakland beat San Diego 34-27 in the AFC (page 16).
GOLF—JOHNNY MILLER shot a 15-under-par 265 to win the $300,000 Tucson Open by two strokes over Lon Hinkle (page 103).
HOCKEY—With 10 of the week's 33 NHL games ending in ties, it was hardly surprising that only 13th-place Chicago and 10th-place Boston had perfect records. The Black Hawks defeated Pittsburgh 3-2, Colorado 6-2 and the Penguins again, 5-3. The Bruins triumphed at Winnipeg 4-1, over Detroit 7-4 and the Islanders 3-2, with Ray Bourque scoring the game-winner at 4:23 of the third period. The Islanders, who were tops in the league with 60 points at week's end, almost got a 3-3 draw in that game, but came up one second short as a 50-foot slap shot toward an open goal by Mike Bossy (page 36) arrived just after the green light flashed. The Isles' week began better than it ended, with a 6-3 victory over Toronto, in which Bossy had six assists and Left Wing John Tonelli had five goals. They then lost 7-3 to Pittsburgh as the Penguins made 50 shots on goal to New York's 15. "What does a coach tell a team after a stinkeroo like this?" said Islander Coach Al Arbour. "If I have to tell them anything, they can't be very intelligent. They know what they did wrong." St. Louis, in second place with 59 points, defeated Quebec 6-3 and drew with Philadelphia 5-5 and Los Angeles 6-6. The Flyers and Kings were tied for third place in the standings with 57 points. Fifth-place Montreal ran its unbeaten streak to nine with wins over Detroit (6-2) and Pittsburgh (4-2) and a 5-5 tie with Quebec. The week's good conduct award went to eighth-place Vancouver and sixth-place Minnesota, who elicited only five minor penalties while skating to a 1-1 standoff.
MARATHON—BILL RODGERS won the Houston Marathon in 2:12:19, defeating Dick Beardsley by 30 seconds. Patti Lyons Catalano was first among the women in 2:35:27, four seconds ahead of Laurie Binder.
MOTOR SPORTS—BOBBY ALLISON, driving a Chevrolet at an average speed of 95.296 mph, won the Western 500-km. race at Riverside ( Calif.) International Raceway. He finished 1.73 seconds ahead of Terry Labonte, who also drove a Chevy.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE defeated Jimmy Connors 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 to win the $350,000 Challenge of Champions tournament in Chicago.
Peter McNamara and Paul McNamee defeated Victor Amaya and Hank Pfister 6-3, 2-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the $200,000 World Doubles championship in London.