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PRO BASKETBALL—In a week of streaks, Indiana and Houston had the least impressive. The Pacers lost their seventh straight on the road, 115-93 at New Jersey, and the following night saw a five-game home winning streak go by the boards when Philadelphia beat them 120-114 in double overtime. The Rockets had road miseries of their own, losing their sixth straight away game, 133-129 at Indiana, before defeating the Pistons 114-111 in Pontiac, Mich. on Calvin Murphy's four points in the last 1:05. Home teams have won 70% of the time this season. Bucking that trend were New York, which had two victories in three outings on the road, and Boston, which won two away games to extend its road streak to four. Bill Cartwright's 31 points led New York to a 134-118 win at Utah, and Ray Williams' 39 and Michael Ray Richardson's free throw and steal in the last four seconds sealed a 112-111 victory at Kansas City. Boston embarrassed its hosts, amassing 38 assists while swamping New Jersey 116-79 and trouncing Washington 118-97 behind Cornbread Maxwell's 24 points. Atlanta beat Philadelphia twice in three nights, and took the Central Division lead when John Drew's 35 points highlighted a 110-107 win over New Jersey. It was the Hawks' third straight victory. League scoring leader (30.5 average) Lloyd Free of San Diego was held to 13 by T.R. Dunn as Portland won 123-102. The best streak belonged to Milwaukee, which won its 10th straight (page 90).
PRO FOOTBALL—In one of the NFL's more pass-oriented weeks, Terry Bradshaw had the most memorable statistics: 311 yards and four touchdowns passing in just over two quarters of play. Bradshaw's best regular-season game in his 10-year pro career kept Pittsburgh atop the AFC's Central Division as the Steelers overwhelmed Washington 38-7. Steve Grogan threw for 350 yards and three TDs to give New England a 26-6 win over Buffalo and undisputed possession of the AFC Eastern Division lead. Seattle's Jim Zorn used unconventional but highly effective tactics, converting three fourth-down gambles, including a 20-yard completion to Placekicker Efren Herrera, en route to a 31-28 trimming of Atlanta. The Falcons recovered six days later to upset Tampa Bay 17-14 on Steve Bartkowski's four-yard scoring pass to Jim Mitchell, while the Seahawks lost to the Rams 24-0. After Bert Jones suffered another shoulder injury, Baltimore reserve Quarterback Greg Landry threw for two TDs as the Colts winged Cincinnati 38-28 in a battle of AFC tailenders. Rafael Septien's 22-yard field goal with three seconds left gave the Cowboys a 16-14 victory over the Giants. Until Roger Staubach directed a 72-yard fourth-quarter touchdown drive in five plays, the Giants' defense dominated the game, stopping the Cowboys three consecutive times at the one-yard line in the first half and using a 72-yard punt from Dave Jennings and a fumble recovery by Beasley Reece to pressure Dallas in the second. Cleveland beat Philadelphia 24-19 when Mike Pruitt ran for a 24-yard touchdown on a play that was intended merely to set up a field goal. But the week's real running star was Ottis Anderson, who became the first St. Louis rookie to rush for 1,000 yards; he just made it, with a 164-yard performance in a 37-7 romp over the Vikings. In other games, Oakland beat San Francisco 23-10, Chicago mauled Detroit 35-7 and the Jets defeated Green Bay 27-22. In a game between Western Division leaders (page 84), the AFC's Denver beat the NFC's surprising New Orleans 10-3. Dan Fouts (page 52) failed in his bid to pass for 300 yards five games running, but his 236 were enough to keep San Diego, a 20-14 winner over Kansas City, deadlocked with the Broncos.
HARNESS RACING—Favored TRY SCOTCH ($4), a 5-year-old driven by Sheldon Goudreau, set a world record for geldings and equaled the Roosevelt Raceway mark with a 1:56[3/5] mile while winning the $200,000 George Morton Levy Memorial Pace by 1� lengths over Lime Time.
HOCKEY—Late goals accounted for three surprising ties. Rick Vaive, Rick Blight and Thomas Gradin all scored in a 1:57 span late in the third period to give Vancouver a 3-3 deadlock with Boston; Real Cloutier put in a goal with five seconds left as Quebec caught Atlanta 4-4; and mighty Montreal needed scores by Bob Gainey and Rejean Houle in the last two minutes to tie lowly Washington 2-2. Two nights after being traded, former Rangers Pat Hickey, Dean Turner, Mike McEwen and Lucien DeBlois accounted for four goals and three assists while leading Colorado to a 7-2 win over New York. The 22-year-old defenseman the Rangers had received for them, Barry Beck, was shut out. In a 1-1 draw between Winnipeg and the Caps, the Jets' 40-year-old Bobby Hull returned to the NHL after an eight-year absence. Meanwhile, another oldtimer, Gordie Howe, 51, had two goals as Hartford upset Toronto 5-3. Also a double scorer was Los Angeles' Charlie Simmer, who raised his league-leading goal total to 13 with a pair against the Rangers (page 42).
HORSE RACING—KOLUCTOO BAY ($22.60), Jorge Velasquez up, set a stakes record of 1:43 over 1[1/16] miles to win the $251,600 Young America Stakes for 2-year-olds at the Meadowlands by VA lengths over favored Gold Stage.
Balzac ($39.40), Chris McCarron up, finished 1� lengths ahead of Trillion to win the $150,000 Oak Tree Invitational Stakes at Santa Anita. The winner covered the 1� miles in 2:25[2/5].
HORSE SHOWS—The U.S. won the team competition 117-63 over Great Britain, and Mike Matz of the U.S. edged Britain's Harvey Smith 40-33 to win individual honors at the National Horse Show in New York City.
MOTOR SPORTS—NEIL BONNETT, averaging 140.120 mph in a Mercury, won the NASCAR-sanctioned $191,950 Dixie 500 in Hampton, Ga., finishing one-quarter of a car length ahead of Dale Earnhardt in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
POWERLIFTING—LARRY PACIFICO, lifting in the 220-pound class, won an unprecedented ninth world title with a total of 1,995 pounds at the world championships in Dayton.