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PRO BASKETBALL—In one of the most remarkable games ever played, division leaders San Antonio of the Midwest and Milwaukee of the Central ended up tied after regulation time (131-131 on a three-pointer at the buzzer by the Bucks' Brian Winters), at the end of the first overtime (145-145 on a basket by the Spurs' Mike Mitchell, again at the buzzer) and at the end of the second OT (157-157) before the Spurs finally won 171-166. The total of 337 points easily set a league record, surpassing the 316 scored on two occasions, one of them Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962 against the Knicks. George Gervin got 24 of his 50 points in overtime; Mitchell had 45 more for the Spurs, and Winters scored 42 for Milwaukee and over one span hit 13 consecutive shots, several of them launched from out behind The Alamo. At no time did either team lead by more than six points. In the Atlantic Division, Boston, with Larry Bird and Tiny Archibald out with injuries, ran its winning streak to seven games with four victories, including a 100-98 squeaker over Houston that the rarely used Eric Fernsten clinched with a three-point play with 35 seconds left and a 107-106 defeat of New York in which Danny Ainge had 16 points and seven steals. In other photo finishes, Denver edged Washington 127-126 as Kiki Vandeweghe got a basket with 29 seconds to go; Golden State beat San Diego 117-116 on Mike Gale's reverse layup with one second left in OT; Cleveland won 111-110 at Portland when James Silas was fouled at the buzzer and made both free throws; and Seattle defeated Dallas 98-97 on Gus Williams' foul shot with 30 seconds remaining. Pacific Divison-leading Los Angeles lost three games of its margin over the Sonics because of defeats at New Jersey (111-103)—the fourth of a five-game winning streak for the Nets—New York (129-119 in overtime) and Philadelphia (119-113). Andrew Toney had a career-high 46 for the 76ers in that win.
BOWLING—BOB HANDLEY defeated Storm DeVincent 213-193 to win the $100,000 Greater Miami Sunshine Open.
BOXING—MARVIN HAGLER retained his world middleweight title with a first-round knockout of William (Caveman) Lee in Atlantic City.
HOCKEY—Both the New York Islanders and Mike Bossy had a big week. The former stretched their lead to 26 points in the Patrick Division with four victories, 9-5 and 10-1 over Toronto, 6-3 over Calgary and 6-4 over the Rangers, while the latter scored seven goals to bring his season's total to 53 and thus became the first NHL player to score 50 in each of his first five years. The Islanders' wins also gave them the league lead in points, supplanting Smythe Division-leading Edmonton, which had two losses and a tie as Wayne Gretzky was contained. The Great One had only two assists in a 3-3 tie at Montreal, No. 1 in the Adams Division, and a 6-4 loss at Quebec. Gretzky had neither shots on goal nor assists in a 5-2 defeat at Colorado. For the Rockies, who are in dire financial straits and have the NHL's worst record, the victory was their third win in a row. Minnesota retained the top spot in the Norris Division with a 6-4 win over Detroit and a 3-1 triumph over Vancouver.
HORSE RACING—TIMELY WRITER ($7.80), Jeffrey Fell up, won the $250,000 Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah by 3� lengths over New Discovery. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1? miles in 1:49[3/5] (page 69).
Bill Shoemaker rode JOHN HENRY ($4.60) to victory in the $543,800 Santa Anita Handicap. Perrault, who had finished first, was charged with interference and put down to second. The time for the 1� miles was 1:59.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: New York took first place in the Eastern Division with defeats of Pittsburgh (6-2), New Jersey (6-5) and Denver (3-2). That was the Arrows' Coach Don Popovic's 100th MISL win. In the West, St. Louis kept the top spot, beating Denver (7-5) and Cleveland (7-6).
NASL: San Diego won the first of the two-game championship series 9-7 over Tampa Bay, Julie Veee scoring three goals with two assists. The Sockers had beaten Edmonton 12-3 to win the Pacific Conference title, while the Rowdies had been forced into a tiebreaker, which they had won 1-0, against Tulsa after the Roughnecks had evened the Atlantic Conference playoffs at a victory apiece with a 4-3 win.