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PRO BASKETBALL—Detroit's Isiah Thomas may be only a rookie, but against Atlanta last week he did something no one in the NBA has ever done: He won a game with a four-point play. After the Hawks had scored 17 straight points. Thomas canned a 25-foot three-pointer and a free throw to give the Pistons a 106-105 win. Moses Malone did something he'd never done before: score as many as 53 points. He also had 22 rebounds in Houston's 122-106 win over San Diego. Malone later scored 92 points in two other victories. Seattle, 4-0 for the week, knocked Los Angeles, 2-2, out of first place in the Pacific Division. Since starting the season 5-5, the Sonics have been Super, winning 28 of 36. Philadelphia won all three of its games to move within 1� games of Boston, 2-1, in the Atlantic Division Milwaukee turned the Central Division race into a walkover, beating Chicago 113-98, Dallas 117-92 and Phoenix 107-92 to build a 12-game bulge over Atlanta. Midwest Division-leading San Antonio defeated Dallas 103-98 and Phoenix 118-112 but lost to Golden State 116-111 and, earlier, to Kansas City 109-102 as the Kings snapped an eight-game losing streak.
BOBSLEDDING—ERICH SCHAERER and MAX RUEGG beat Hans Hiltebrand and Uli Baechli by .53 of a second over four runs on the 1,585-meter course in St. Moritz to win the world two-man title.
BOWLING—DAVE HUSTED beat Gil Sliker 255-180 to win the $131,000 U.S. Open in Houston.
BOXING—DAVEY MOORE won the WBA junior middleweight title with a sixth-round knockout of defending champion Tadashi Mihara in Tokyo.
Amado Ursua won the WBC super flyweight title from Hilario Zapata with a second-round knockout in Panama City.
HOCKEY—In the tight Adams Division race, Montreal took over first place as Buffalo lost three games and fell all the way to third, and Boston climbed to second. The Canadiens ran their win streak to nine by winning all four of their games, including a 6-3 victory over Smythe Division leader Edmonton (page 14) and a 5-3 defeat of Colorado before a sell-out Save-the-Rockies-Night crowd of 16,384 in Denver that included Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm. The Bruins beat Buffalo 5-2, twice. In the first game, the Sabres also lost All-Star Defenseman John Van Boxmeer for up to three weeks with a broken finger. The Patrick Division-leading New York Islanders ran their winning streak to a club-record nine games with four victories. Minnesota. 1-1-1, stayed atop the Norris Division, beating Pittsburgh 9-6 in a game in which the Penguins led 3-0 and later 4-2. "We've hit bottom," Pittsburgh Coach Eddie Johnston said. Sorry, Eddie—the Penguins plunged even lower with losses to Washington (6-4) and Philadelphia (5-4); they have won only once in their last nine games.
HORSE RACING—CASSALERIA ($3.40), Darrel McHargue up, beat Crystal Star by half a length to win the $139,700 El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1[1/16] miles in 1:42[4/5] (page 44).
SKIING—At the World Alpine Championships in Schladming, Austria, ERIKA HESS won the women's slalom, giant slalom and combined; GERRY SORENSON, the women's downhill: MICHEL VION, the men's combined; HARTI WEIRATHER, the men's downhill: INGEMAR STENMARK, the men's slalom: and STEVE MAHRE, the men's giant slalom, to become the first U.S. man to win an individual world skiing title (page 22).