PRO BASKETBALL—On Friday the 13th, the Boston Celtics took their 13th road trip of the season to play in Philadelphia, where they hadn't beaten the 76ers since the 1982 playoffs. The Celts won 105-104, natch. Boston's Robert Parish made two free throws with :18 left, and Sixer Julius Erving's jump shot at the buzzer went awry. Larry Bird had 29 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists for the Atlantic Division-leading Celtics. Philadelphia fell 2½ games back, thanks in part to getting its fewest points ever, in a 111-73 wipeout at New York. At the other end of the scoring scale, Denver, which on Dec. 13 had lost 186-184 in triple overtime to Detroit, this time outlasted the San Antonio Spurs 163-155 in the regulation 48 minutes. The two teams' combined scores set league records for most points in regulation time (318), in a half (172 in the second) and a quarter (99 in the fourth). Nugget forward Kiki Vandeweghe scored 50 points, including nine in the last :58, to lead the winners. George Gervin had 38 for the Spurs. The Pistons, 11-3 since that marathon victory over Denver, stretched their winning streak to six games and their Central Division lead to 1½ by edging Cleveland 132-131 in OT. Kelly Tripucka scored 44 for Detroit, and Isiah Thomas' two free throws with :01 left won the game. In a battle of the league's leading scorers, Dallas' Mark Aguirre out-pointed Utah's Adrian Dantley 41-22, and the Mavericks defeated the Jazz 117-102. Utah came back with two wins to stretch its Midwest Division lead over Dallas to three games. Los Angeles won three of four games to retake the Pacific Division lead from Portland. The Lakers' loss, their fourth straight at home, was to Seattle 102-91. The Sonics got 24 points and nine assists from Gus Williams. They also got nine-year veteran David Thompson, who signed a one-year contract after a 35-game holdout. L.A. also beat Houston 136-132 (page 18).
BOWLING—BUTCH SOPER defeated Gary Skidmore 172-168 to win a $150,000 PBA tournament in Alameda, Calif.
BOXING—RAY MANCINI successfully defended his WBA lightweight crown with a third-round technical knockout of Bobby Chacon in Reno (page 14).
Milton McCrory retained his WBC welterweight title by stopping Milton Guest in the sixth round in Sterling Heights, Mich.
January 23, 1984
GOLF—JOHN MAHAFFEY parred the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Jim Simons and win the 90-hole, $400,000 Bob Hope Desert Classic in Palm Springs. Both birdied the last hole to finish regulation play at 20-under-par, 340.
HOCKEY—The Islanders were missing their leading point scorer, Bryan Trottier, and three mainstays at forward, John Tonelli, Anders Kallur and Brent Sutter, all of whom were out with injuries, when the Rangers visited Nassau Coliseum, "But the Islanders are like animals when they're hurt," said Ranger center Pierre Larouche. "They get even more vicious." The Stanley Cup champs stretched their Patrick Division lead over the Rangers to seven points with a 4-2 win. Mike Bossy of the Isles netted a third-period shot to become the fastest scorer of 400 goals in league history—it took him 506 games—and he added two assists. Minnesota, the Norris Division leader, whipped second-place St. Louis 4-2 and Toronto 5-4 in overtime. The Maple Leafs fell on Tom McCarthy's second goal of the game, a power-play shot that was the result of Toronto defenseman Gary Nylund's getting a double minor and game misconduct penalty for leaving the bench during a scuffle. The league later rescinded the game misconduct, which carries with it an automatic suspension. Not so fortunate was Detroit center Claude Loiselle, who received a six-game suspension for swinging his stick at Philadelphia center Bobby Clarke on Jan. 7. The class of the league for the week was the Adams Division: Boston and Buffalo each won three games, and third-place Quebec won two and tied one. The Bruins remained a point ahead of the Sabres by thrashing Detroit 7-2, St. Louis 6-2 and Pittsburgh 7-3. Rick Middleton scored four goals in the wins, as the Bruins ran their road record to 14-6-2. Buffalo rookie goalie Tom Barrasso shut out Detroit for 55 minutes in a 2-1 win while Bob Sauve held Edmonton, the Smythe Division leader, to a single Wayne Gretzky point in a 3-1 win. On Sunday, Gretzky lengthened his consecutive-game point-scoring streak to 46 against the New Jersey Devils (page 32).
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: The Force finally got with it. Cleveland, the East leader, which had lost two straight, last week defeated Kansas City, tops in the West, 9-7 before 14,132 at Richfield Coliseum. The Force's Keith Furphy had two goals and three assists for the first five-point game of his career. The Cleveland victory snapped a five-game Comets' winning streak. Kansas City snapped back to beat Buffalo 8-5, and Cleveland also defeated Los Angeles 8-4.
NASL: Golden Bay took over first place by winning twice on the road. The Earthquakes, whose 5-3 away-game mark is the only one in the league above .500, edged the Whitecaps 3-2 in Vancouver and then beat the Sockers 6-5 in San Diego. Jan Goossens scored three goals to lead Golden Bay in the second win, which featured two of the league's top three scorers. The Quakes' Steve Zungul, the No. 1 point producer, had a goal and four assists, while No. 3 Julie Veee had one goal for the Sockers.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE whipped Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to win the $400,000 Grand Prix Masters tournament in New York City (page 28).
Hana Mandlikova defeated Martina Navratilova 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 to win a $150,000 women's indoor tournament in Oakland. The loss snapped Navratilova's consecutive match-winning streak at 54, two shy of the record set by Chris Evert in 1974.
MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: By Santiago, Dominican Republic police and charged with possession and intent to distribute half a gram of cocaine, Atlanta Braves pitcher PASCUAL PEREZ, 26, who was 15-8 and a National League All-Star in 1983.
ELECTED: To the baseball Hall of Fame, LUIS APARICIO, 49, a slick-fielding shortstop for 18 years with the Chicago While Sox (1956-62, 68-70), Baltimore Orioles (1963-67) and Boston Red Sox (1971-73) who led the American League in stolen bases nine times and holds the major league career records for games played (2,581) and double plays (1,553) by a shortstop; HARMON KILLEBREW, 47, the 1969 American League MVP who hit 573 career home runs, fifth on the all-time list, and led the league in homers six times and RBIs three times with the Washington Senators (1954-60), Minnesota Twins (1961-74) and Kansas City Royals (1975); and DON DRYSDALE, 47, a righthanded pitcher with the Brooklyn-Los Angeles Dodgers (1956-69) who was as well known for his brushback pitch as his fastball. Drysdale, who in 1968 set a major league record for consecutive shutout innings with 58, won the 1962 National League Cy Young Award and had a career record of 209-166 and a 2.95 ERA.
HIRED: As football coach at Rutgers, DICK ANDERSON, 42, who had been an assistant coach at Penn State since 1973.
SIGNED: By the USFL Birmingham Stallions, quarterback CLIFF STOUDT, 28, who completed 197 of 381 passes for 2,553 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1983. The Stallions also traded quarterback REGGIE COLLIER, 24, to the Washington Federals for the Federals' No. 1 draft choice in 1985 and the rights to Iowa center Joel Hilgenberg.
DIED: RAY KROC, 81, founder of the McDonald's hamburger chain and, since 1974, owner of the San Diego Padres; of heart failure; in San Diego.