PRO BASKETBALL—Neither Michael Jordan's firepower nor Atlanta's Wil power could dislodge Detroit from the Central Division lead, but they came close. Jordan hit an off-balance jumper with 14 seconds left in regulation and scored 61 points—an NBA high for this season—as Chicago handed the Pistons their third straight loss, 125-120 in OT. And the second-place Hawks, with Dominique Wilkins and Kevin Willis combining for 207 points, beat Washington 121-99, Indianapolis 109-108, New Jersey 111-83 and Utah 122-97 to extend their win streak to six. But Detroit rallied with a 125-115 win over Dallas and a 122-119 overtime upset of Boston to hold on to a half-game edge. Wins over the Jazz 123-105 and the Clippers 132-111 kept the Celtics 12 games up on Washington and Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division. Midwest leader Dallas improved its Reunion Arena record to 26-5 by downing Phoenix 135-112 and Denver 115-107 before road losses to Detroit and Chicago left the Mavs with a 5'�-game edge over Utah. The Jazz salvaged a 1-3 week with their first win in Milwaukee since 1979, a 124-123 squeaker. Magic Johnson handed out 53 assists as the Lakers beat the Warriors 114-109, the Sonics 138-124 and the Cavs 122-118 for a 9�-game Pacific Division lead over Portland.
BOWLING—TOM MILTON beat Randy Lightfoot 225-191 to win a PBA event, in Milwaukee.
BOXING—MIKE TYSON added the WBA heavyweight title to his WBC crown with a unanimous 12-round decision over James (Bonecrusher) Smith, in Las Vegas (page 20). On the undercard, AZUMAH NELSON knocked out Mauro Gutierrez to retain his WBC featherweight title.
In Detroit, THOMAS HEARNS won his third world championship, the WBC light heavyweight title, with a lOth-round TKO of Dennis Andries.
Antonio Esparragoza knocked out defending champion Steve Cruz in the 12th round to win the WBA featherweight title, in Fort Worth.
GOLF—MARK CALCAVECCHIA shot a nine-under-par 279 for a three-stroke victory, worth $108,000, over Bernhard Langer and Payne Stewart at the Honda Classic, in Coral Springs, Fla.
Jane Geddes beat Robin Walton on the first extra hole for her second playoff victory in two weeks, at an LPGA event in Glendale, Calif. Both players finished regulation at two-under-par 286.
HOCKEY—It was a whale of a week for Hartford. The Adams Division leaders sandwiched 5-3 victories over Detroit and Philadelphia—both division leaders themselves—around a 10-2 humiliation of Boston, the Whalers' first season-series victory over the Bruins. Hartford's Ron Francis had 12 points for the week, including a team-record six assists against Boston, which had not allowed 10 goals in one game since 1966. The Whalers, unbeaten in six games, stretched their division lead from four to eight points over Montreal, which beat Calgary 4-2, then lost to Vancouver 4-1 and Edmonton 5-3. Petri Skriko, scoreless in 16 games, had a hat trick for the Canucks. A pair of 4-2 wins over Buffalo and Washington helped Philadelphia widen its Patrick Division edge to 17 points over the Islanders. Flyer Mark Howe collected his 500th NHL point in the Buffalo game; and by week's end he was only 1,346 behind his dad, Gordie. In the Smythe, Edmonton snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Vancouver 8-5, Los Angeles 9-3 and Montreal 5-3. Oilers Glenn Anderson, Mark Messier and Esa Tikkanen all passed the 30-goal mark during the Kings game; Edmonton has now put five players over that threshold for five straight years. Victories over Winnipeg 3-2 and New Jersey 4-3 and a 6-5 loss to the Islanders gave Chicago a second-place tie with Minnesota in the Norris Division, five points behind Detroit, which was 2-2 on the week (page 30).
HORSE RACING—BROAD BRUSH ($16.40), Angel Cordero Jr. aboard, beat Ferdinand in a photo finish to win the Santa Anita Handicap and $550,000. The 4-year-old colt covered the 1� miles in 2:00[3/5]. MASTERFUL ADVOCATE ($4), Laffit Pincay Jr. up, won the San Rafael Stakes by five lengths over Chart The Stars to earn $63,500. The 3-year-old colt ran the mile in 1:35[4/5], at Santa Anita.
INDOOR SOCCER—Ade Coker scored his second goal, at 3:35 of overtime, to give St. Louis a 2-1 victory over Baltimore, but the Blast bounced back with wins of 5-4 over Dallas and 6-2 over St. Louis to maintain a half-game edge on Cleveland in the Eastern Division. In the West, Tacoma held a two-game lead over San Diego after beating Cleveland 5-4 and losing to Kansas City 6-3.