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PRO BASKETBALL—The Lakers swept a midweek home-and-home series with Phoenix, 97-93 and 99-91, polished off Golden State 121-109 for their sixth straight win, then lost 107-100 to Utah. As a result, L.A. improved its Pacific Division lead to 8� games over Portland The Trail Blazers, 2-2 for the week, beat New York 122-109 before ending a string of five victories with a 122-116 loss to Boston. Larry Bird scored a season-high 43 points in the Celtics' win, their fifth consecutive, and 34 more in a 115-105 loss to Atlanta. Kevin McHale's 38 points on Sunday led the Atlantic Division leaders to a 112-102 win over Detroit for their 2,000th regular-season NBA victory. Philadelphia dropped three games, making it four straight losses—to Atlanta 112-103, San Antonio 96-94 and Dallas 123-110—to fall to third place in the division, before beating Houston 102-97. Washington, 2-1 for the week, moved up to second Dallas led the Midwest with a 3-1 record, improving its lead over second-place Utah to 4� games. Rolando Blackman scored 89 points in the Mavericks' wins over Golden State 121-95, Sacramento 108-101 and Philadelphia. Adrian Dantley sank 32 points in Detroit's 120-112 win over New Jersey and added 26 more as the Pistons edged Cleveland 106-105 on an Isiah Thomas free throw with six seconds remaining. Detroit's five-game win streak was snapped by a 123-111 loss to Portland, followed by the loss to Boston. Dominique Wilkins's 103 points in the Hawks' victories over Philadelphia, Boston and Portland (123-102) helped Atlanta retain second place in the division, two games back of the Pistons, while Milwaukee remained in third with a 1-1 week. Michael Jordan's 159-point week, including a team record 58 in a 128-113 thrashing of New Jersey, led Chicago to three wins. Jordan's 26 free throws in the Nets game also broke the Bulls' all-time single-game free throw record of 20.
Jane Geddes defeated Cathy Gerring on the first hole of sudden-death play to win the Women's Kemper Open and $45,000, in Princeville, Hawaii. The two had finished regulation play at 276, 12 under par.
HOCKEY—Smythe Division leader Edmonton, the only NHL team to have clinched a Stanley Cup playoff berth, lost to Pittsburgh 5-2, New Jersey 4-2 and Washington 5-2 to narrow its lead to five points over Calgary, which moved into second with a 3-1 week. Flames goaltender Rejean Lemelin stopped 33 shots to extend his undefeated streak to nine games and gain his second shutout of the season, a 2-0 victory over Vancouver, while right wing Lanny McDonald broke a third-period tie to help Calgary edge Philadelphia 4-3. The Flames won their ninth in 10 games, 5-3 over Winnipeg, who the next night returned the favor 6-3. Detroit edged Vancouver 5-4, then won its sixth consecutive home game with a 4-1 defeat of the Rangers. Minnesota's 3-1 week left the North Stars two points behind the Norris-leading Red Wings. Hartford remained atop the Adams by beating Boston 6-4 and Quebec 2-1, and tying New Jersey 5-5. Despite the loss to the Whalers, the Bruins moved to within two points of second-place Montreal by picking up two victories. In a rough game in which 191 second-period penalty minutes were assessed, Boston topped Quebec 6-2. Next the Bruins trounced Buffalo 5-1. Philadelphia held on to its Patrick Division lead, 14 points ahead of the Islanders, despite the loss to Calgary and a 5-4 loss to Minnesota. Tony McKegney had a hat trick and one assist in the Rangers' 6-3 defeat of Buffalo and the game-winner the next night to break a 2-2 tie in New York's 4-2 victory over Toronto. But losses to Detroit and Washington (7-3) put the Rangers two points behind the third-place Caps, who won all three of their outings last week.
HORSE RACING—TALINUM ($20.20), Angel Cordero Jr. up, beat Cryptoclearance by half a length to win the Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah and $270,000. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1? miles in 1:50 (page 70).
North Sider ($6.80), also ridden by Cordero, won $180,000 and the Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita by a head over Winter Treasure. The 5-year-old mare ran the 1? miles in 1:48 [4/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—Tacoma broke a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over Chicago and held on to a 1�-game Western Division lead with a 5-3 win over Minnesota and a 4-2 loss to Kansas City. Cleveland defeated Los Angeles 4-3, then lost to San Diego 6-5 to fall half a game behind Eastern Division-leading Baltimore, which won us only game, 7-6 over Chicago.
TRACK & FIELD—At the U.S. indoor championships in New York City, HEIKE DRECHSLER of East Germany jumped 24' �" to surpass by 1�" her own 13-month-old long jump record. MIKE CONLEY of the U.S. bettered the world indoor triple jump record with a 58' 3�" leap, 3�" over the previous record set in January by Oleg Protsenko of the Soviet Union: DIANE DIXON of the U.S. improved her own year-old American 400-meter mark by .13, finishing a trial heat in 52,00; TIM LEWIS'S time of 19:30.70 in the 5,000-meter race walk broke by 46.85 the American record set in 1985 by Tom Edwards (page 24).