PRO BASKETBALL—Indiana extended its winning streak to five games and jumped from the cellar to third place in the Midwest Division. The Pacers first beat Central Division leader San Antonio 123-110 behind Johnny Davis' 27 points and Mike Bantom's 26. The Spurs lost three of four games, but picked up half a game on second-place Houston, which dropped all three of its games, including a 112-106 defeat by Indiana. Pacer Guard Ricky Sobers had 20 points and 16 assists in that win. Indiana also defeated Golden State 87-84 as Alex English hit nine of 13 field-goal attempts and scored 24 points. Midwest Division leader Kansas City, which was 2-1, matched its victory total for the 1977-78 season with a 130-114 defeat of Detroit. Otis Birdsong paced the Kings to their 31st win with a 32-point performance. Guard Kevin Porter, who is averaging a league-high 12 assists, had 20 points and 17 assists for the losers. In an earlier 128-118 win over San Diego. Porter got 24 points and 19 assists, and Detroit set an NBA single-game record by hitting 56 of 81 shots—69.1% shooting. Led by Bobby Dandridge, who scored 109 points. Washington won four times and increased us Atlantic Division lead to 5� games over second-place Philadelphia, which has lost four of its last seven outings. Boston, the division's last-place team, ended a four-game skid with a 103-102 defeat of Golden State. The Celtics went on to make it three wins in a row as Cedric Maxwell pumped in 28 points in a 119-102 rout of Houston and 27 in a 112-98 defeat of Cleveland. Seattle, which leads the Pacific Division by three games, extended its winning streak to four. After handing Portland its only loss in four games by a score of 115-112, the Sonics edged Milwaukee 104-102 and New Jersey 107-102, despite a 40-point effort from the Nets' Eric Money. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar equaled Money's total in Los Angeles' 111-109 win over the Bucks, and San Diego's Lloyd Free poured in a career-high 49 in the Clippers' 124-100 drubbing of Denver. Earlier, the Nuggets upended Chicago 98-87 as substitute Forward Mark Landsberger of the Bulls pulled down an NBA season high of 29 rebounds and hit for 21 points. Two nights later, in a 112-108 loss to San Antonio. Landsberger's totals were 22 and 19.
BOWLING—DICK RITGER beat Neil Burton 211-202 to win a $100.000 PBA tournament in San Antonio.
BOXING—JOSE (Pipino) CUEVAS of Mexico City KO'd Scott Clark of Orlando, Fla. in the second round in Los Angeles to retain his WBA welterweight crown.
Betulio Gonzalez of Venezuela retained his WBA flyweight title by fighting to a draw with Japan's Shoji Oguma in Hamamatsu.
Alexis Arguello of Nicaragua knocked out Puerto Rico's Alfredo Escalera in the second round to retain his WBC junior lightweight crown in Rimini, Italy.
FIGURE SKATING—LINDA FRATIANNE defeated Lisa-Marie Allen by 4.94 points in Cincinnati to win the U.S. women's title. World champion CHARLES TICKNER beat Scott Cramer by 7.02 points for the men's championship, and TAI BABILONIA and RANDY GARDNER won the national pairs title. Vicki Heasley and Robert Wagenhoffer were second by 6.74 points.
GOLF—JOANNE CARNER beat Pat Bradley 4 and 3 to win the $100,000 Colgate Triple Crown LPGA Match Championship at Rancho Mirage. Calif. (page 46).
Lon Hinkle defeated Andy Bean and Mark Hayes on the third hole of sudden death to win the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif. (page 8).
HOCKEY—NHL: Outstanding goaltending brought Minnesota's and Atlanta's four-game winning streaks to a halt. Don Edwards' 44 saves lifted Buffalo to a 2-1 win over the North Stars, and Mike Veisor kicked out 46 shots as Chicago, leader of the Smythe Division, upended the Flames for its only victory in five starts. The Islanders, who were 1-1-1 and lead the Patrick Division by 13 points, came from behind four times to gain a 4-4 tic with Adams Division leader Boston, which has won just three of its last 12 games. Two nights earlier, the Islanders extended Philadelphia's winless string to nine games with a 4-1 victory. Montreal, which enjoys a 28-point lead in the Norris Division, beat the Flyers 7-3 as Larry Robinson and Guy Lafleur scored two goals apiece. Led by Steve Schutt's five goals, the Canadiens also defeated Pittsburgh 4-1 and Toronto 6-3 for their fifth and sixth consecutive wins.
WHA: Quebec, in first place every day but one since Dec. 9, dropped three straight games and fell into a tie for second with Winnipeg. New England did not lose and took over the top spot. The Whalers began the week by beating the Jets 8-6 and 5-2. During the first game, 50-year-old Gordie Howe suffered a fractured ankle and will be sidelined for three weeks. Led by Mark Howe and George Lyle, who scored two goals apiece, New England also upended the Nordiques 4-1 before skating to a 2-2 deadlock with Birmingham.