PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: Less than a minute to play, score 99-99. Washington's Charlie Johnson takes a long shot and misses. Teammate Wes Unseld grabs the rebound and shoots. The ball rolls on the rim and falls off. Rebound to Unseld. He shoots again with 12 seconds left. The Bullets are in the final round of the NBA championships, with a 101-99 sixth-game victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. In Game 5, the 76ers, looking like the multimillion-dollar team that they are, had stayed at least eight points ahead of the Bullets for the entire second half for a 107-94 win. Seattle defeated Denver 105-91 in Game 3 of the Western Conference championship, the 18th straight home victory for the Sonics. Two nights later Seattle made it 19 in a row as Dennis Johnson pumped in a career-high 31 points for a 100-94 win and a 3-1 series lead. Back in Denver, David Thompson scored 35 points to keep Denver's playoff hopes alive with a 123-114 win (page 12).
GOLF—LEE TREVINO shot a final round of 66 for a 12-under 268 to win the $200,000 Colonial National Invitation in Fort Worth. Jerry Heard and Jerry Pate tied for second place, four strokes back.
Jan Stephenson won the rain-delayed $80,000 LPGA International in Hilton Head, S.C. with a five-under-par 283. Beth Daniel, an amateur, was second, four strokes back.
Nancy Lopez shot a one-under-par 212 to defeat Donna Caponi Young by three strokes in the $65,000 Greater Baltimore Classic at Lutherville, Md.
May 21, 1978
HOCKEY—NHL: Guy Lafleur scored one goal and set up two others as Montreal defeated Boston 4-1 in the first game of the Stanley Cup finals at the Forum. Boston took an early 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Brad Park, but the Canadiens quickly went ahead 2-1 on power-play scores by Lafleur and Yvon Lambert and then controlled play the rest of the way, out-shooting the Bruins 27-16. The Canadiens, seeking their third straight cup, gained the finals with a four-straight wipeout of Toronto in the semifinals, Goaltender Ken Dryden shutting out the Maple Leafs 2-0 in Game 4. Boston eliminated Philadelphia in five games, stunning the Flyers 4-2 in Game 4 at Philadelphia and then eliminating them 6-3 in Game 5 at Boston Garden.
WHA: Winnipeg, which enjoyed a bye during the semifinals, whipped New England 4-1 in Game 1 of the Avco Trophy finals at Springfield, Mass. Bobby Guindon led Winnipeg with two goals. The Jets then beat New England 5-2 for a 2-0 series lead.
The SOVIET UNION defeated defending champion Czechoslovakia 3-1 to win the World Championships in Prague.
HORSE RACING—Winning his sixth consecutive race, BOWL GAME ($2.80), under Jorge Velasquez, defeated Oilfield by six lengths to win the second division of the $58,450 Dixie Handicap at Pimlico. The Greentree Stable's 4-year-old gelding completed the 1½-mile turf race in 2:33[2/5]. FLUORESCENT LIGHT ($17.60), Vince Bracciale up, won the $57,450 first division by a neck over That's A Nice, covering the course in 2:33[1/5].
Seattle Slew ($2.20), Jean Cruguet in the irons, won an allowance race by 8¼ lengths over Proud Arion. In his first start in 10 months, the 1977 Triple Crown champion and Horse of the Year covered the seven furlongs of sloppy track in 1:22[4/5].
J. O. Tobin ($3), Steve Cauthen up, won the $214,550 Californian Stakes by 2½ lengths over Replant at Hollywood Park. The 4-year-old colt ran the 1[1/16] miles in 1:41.
MOTOR SPORTS—CALE YARBOROUGH, in an Olds-mobile, scored a two-car-length victory over Buddy Baker, also in an Olds, to win the $252,000 Winston 500 in Talladega, Ala. A. J. Foyt, who arrived from the rain-postponed Indianapolis 500 qualifications minutes before the race, finished third. Yarborough averaged 159.995 mph for the 188 laps.
SOCCER—NASL: Memphis just can't seem to get things rolling. After losing to Minnesota 2-1 on Tuesday, the Rogues dropped their eighth straight three nights later to Portland 1-0. Rodney Marsh scored twice as Tampa Bay broke a four-game losing streak by beating Philadelphia 4-0. Washington, trying to keep pace with the Cosmos for the top spot in the Eastern Division of the National Conference, defeated Tulsa 4-0. Mike Bakic had two goals as the Diplomats boosted their record to 7-1, and Goalkeeper Bill Irwin notched his fifth shutout of the year. The Cosmos boosted their record to 7-0 by defeating Colorado 4-3. George Best, last year's MVP runner-up, was suspended by Los Angeles for skipping practice. Nevertheless, the Aztecs picked up their second victory of the season, defeating Oakland 2-1 in a shootout. Later L.A. got win No. 3 against Chicago, 2-1.
ASL: Two proved to be the magic number in the ASL last week. Emilio John scored two goals as Sacramento defeated Southern California 2-1; Cleveland scored both its goals within two minutes to beat the New York Apollo 2-1; and Los Angeles' Alan Sproates and Billy McNicol each booted one in as the Skyhawks beat California 2-1.
TENNIS—WTT: Seattle's 32-19 defeat by Boston was the Cascades' sixth straight this season. The Lobsters' Greer Stevens, who was sidelined with injuries, was replaced by Terry Holladay in Boston, and teamed with Martina Navratilova and Mike Estep to win both doubles sets. Seattle broke its losing streak by defeating the New Orleans Nets 27-22 before a crowd of 704. Billie Jean King stalked off the court and smashed her racket after Navratilova had broken King's string of nine singles triumphs with a 7-5 win as Boston beat New York 32-22. Chris Evert moved back into the Top 10 in "total offense," beating Kerry Reid, Sue Barker and Rosie Casals, all by 6-2. Evert's Los Angeles Strings beat Phoenix 27-17 and Anaheim 28-23, but lost to San Diego 23-18.
Vitas Gerulaitis defeated Eddie Dibbs 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 to win the $200,000 World Championship of Tennis men's singles title in Dallas (page 16).
TRACK & FIELD—HENRY RONO of Washington State and Kenya broke the world record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, running the distance in 8:05.4 at the Northwest Relays in Seattle. The previous record of 8:08.0 was set by Anders Garderud of Sweden in 1976.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As coach of the Kansas City Kings, COTTON FITZSIMMONS, 47, former coach of the Buffalo Braves (1977-78), the Atlanta Hawks (1972-76) and the Phoenix Suns (1970-72). Fitzsimmons' NBA teams had a 170-158 record.
DIED: DAVE KERR, 68, in Belleville, Ontario. Kerr played 11 seasons in the NHL, most notably for the New York Rangers (1934-41). During the 1939-40 championship season, he played in every game and had 11 shutouts, three in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That season Kerr won the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's top goalie; he had a 1.60 goals-against average.
DIED: ETHELDA BLEIBTREY, 76, in West Palm Beach, Fla. A member of the 1920 U.S. Olympic swimming team, Bleibtrey won gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle, the 300 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay.