PRO BASKETBALL—As the Pistons and the Bulls began a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference finals, Detroit jumped to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Piston defense shut down all the Bulls except Michael Jordan, who scored 34 points in the 86-77 Chicago defeat. The Pistons were paced by Joe Dumars, who personally outscored the Bulls 18-17 in the third period as Detroit erased a four-point halftime deficit. Chicago was held to only 34 points in the second half and shot 37.8% for the game. Earlier in the week, the Pistons earned their fourth straight trip to the conference finals by dismantling the Knicks in the fifth and final game of their best-of-seven conference semifinal series. New York took an eight-point first-period lead, but reserve forward Mark Aguirre of Detroit scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the second period and Vinnie Johnson added 14 points as the Pistons pulled away to a 95-84 win. The Bulls also finished off a semifinal opponent in the fifth game, eliminating the 76ers 117—99. Chicago, which trailed by a point at halftime, broke the game open with a 14-2 run at the beginning of the second half. Jordan, who averaged 43 points in the series, scored 37 in Game 5 and added six steals, while Philly's Charles Barkley was limited to 17 points. In the Western Conference semis, Pat Riley—who was named the NBA's Coach of the Year—and his Lakers failed to prevail for the first time in four seasons. In the decisive fifth game at the L.A. Forum against the Suns, the Lakers led by five points with 3:56 to play, but Kevin Johnson brought Phoenix back, finishing with a team-high 37 points as the Suns won 106-103. Magic Johnson's 43 points were not enough to prevent Los Angeles's earliest exit from the playoffs since 1981. In Monday's opener of the Western finals, Phoenix faced the Trail Blazers, who earned their berth by knocking off the Spurs 108-105 in overtime of the seventh game of their semifinal series (page 40).
BOWLING- CHRIS WARREN defeated Brian Voss 224-213 to win a PBA event and $18,000 in Seattle.
BOXING—PERNELL WHITAKER scored a unanimous 12-round decision over Azumah Nelson to retain his WBC and IBF lightweight titles, in Las Vegas.
EQUESTRIAN—ANNE KURSINSKI, riding Starman, had two penalty-free rides and a jump-off time of 28.472 seconds to defeat Chris Kappler, aboard Concorde, by .257 of a second and win the Empire State Grand Prix, in North Salem, N.Y. The event was part of the U.S. equestrian team selection trials for the world championships, in Stockholm in August.
GOLF—BEN CRENSHAW shot a final-round four-under-par 66 for an eight-under total of 272 to beat Corey Pavin, Nick Price and John Mahaffey by three strokes and win a PGA Tour event and $180,000 in Fort Worth.
Cindy Rarick defeated Beth Daniel by one point in an LPGA event employing a modified Stableford scoring system, in High Point, N.C. She took home $60,000.
Lee Trevino had a final-round three-under-par 69 for a 13-under total of 203 to outshoot Gary Player by six strokes and win a Senior tour event and $45,000 in Houston.
HARNESS RACING-DORUNRUN BLUEGRASS ($5.40), driven by Ron Pierce, defeated TK's Skipper by 1� lengths to win The Graduate, at the Meadowlands, and earn $102,750. The 4-year-old pacer covered the mile in 1:51[3/5].
HOCKEY—In the Stanley Cup finals, the Edmonton Oilers jumped to a 2-1 series lead over the Boston Bruins (page 18).
HORSE RACING-SUMMER SQUALL ($6.80), with Pat Day up, broke away from Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled in the stretch to win the Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico, by 2� lengths and earn $445,900. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1[3/16] miles in 1:53[3/5] (page 24).