PRO BASKETBALL—With one week left in the regular season, all of the Eastern Conference playoff berths were locked up, but one still remained unclaimed in the Western. In the Pacific Division, Seattle missed two chances to advance, with losses to Phoenix, 127-125 in OT, and Portland, 121-115, but finally clinched when the Suns lost 119-104 to the Lakers. Phoenix kept alive its hopes of seeing playoff action with victories over Dallas, the Sonics, the Trail Blazers and San Antonio to go seven straight but still trailed Midwest contender Denver by two games in the race for the last spot. The Pacific Division-champion Lakers clinched a home-court advantage throughout the playoffs with a 135-112 win over the Clippers, then beat them again 118-100 to complete a six-game season sweep of their local rival. The Lakers finished the week with a 131-121 defeat of San Antonio and the win over Phoenix to run their victory streak to 10 games. Midwest titlist Dallas dropped two games but regained its form by beating Golden State 125-100 before thrashing the Clippers 129-100 to sweep their five-game season series. Atlanta's wins over Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit and New Jersey earned the Hawks the Central Division championship and ended their battle for the title with the Pistons (page 44). Detroit went 0-3 last week. Boston, the Atlantic champ, suffered its eighth road loss in nine games, 107-83 to Cleveland. The Celtics then dropped their third straight, for the first time in more than three years, 117-108 to New Jersey. Bernard King, the '85 scoring champ, rejoined the Knicks after a two-year absence with a knee injury and was held to seven points in a 132-93 mauling by Milwaukee.
BOWLING—TOM CRITES defeated Amleto Monacelli 232-218 to win the Atlantic City Open and $27,000.
GOLF—LARRY MIZE defeated Greg Norman on the second hole of sudden-death play to win the 51st Masters, in Augusta. Mize, Norman and Seve Ballesteros completed regulation play tied at 285, three under par (page 36).
Ayako Okamoto shot a 13-under-par 275 to defeat Betsy King by one stroke and win an LPGA event and $30,000, in San Diego.
April 19, 1987
HOCKEY—Los Angeles stunned Edmonton 5-2 in their Smythe Division semifinal opener, but the Oilers awakened to thrash the Kings 13-3 the next night. Wayne Gretzky amassed seven points in Game 2 to shatter the alltime playoff points record set by Jean Beliveau from 1954 to 1971. Edmonton's 13 goals also set a record for most goals in a playoff game, breaking by two the mark shared by the '85 Oilers and '44 Canadiens. In Game 3, Jari Kurri scored twice to notch his sixth goal of the series, and Mark Messier added two as the Oilers edged Los Angeles 6-5. Edmonton took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series after whipping the Kings 6-3 in Game 4. Winnipeg, swept in three games by Calgary in last year's opening round, got off to a 2-0 start in the other Smythe semifinal when the Jets beat the Flames 4-2 and 3-2. Calgary then squeezed in a 3-2 victory on a Mike Bullard overtime goal before losing 4-3 to go down 3-1 in the series. In the Adams, Hartford came from behind twice to top Quebec, 3-2 in OT and 5-4, but in Game 3 Peter Stastny's hat trick and Michel Goulet's two goals lifted the Nordiques to a 5-1 victory. Goulet also scored the game-winner in Quebec's 4-1 win to even the series 2-2. Defending champion Montreal, unbeaten in 14 games, took four straight from Boston, which has now failed to eliminate the Canadiens from a playoff round in its last 18 tries. Larry Robinson had his 100th playoff point in Montreal's 6-2 win, Mats Naslund scored at 2:38 of OT in the Canadiens' 4-3 victory, Mike McPhee had a hat trick in a 5-4 Game 3 and then scored the winning goal in Montreal's 4-2 clincher. The Canadiens will next face the winner of the Hartford-Quebec series. In Norris action Gino Cavallini's goals contributed to St. Louis victories, 3-1 and 5-3, which sandwiched a 3-2 OT loss to the Leafs, who tied the series with a 2-1 win Sunday night. Detroit took four straight from Chicago in the other Norris semifinal, 3-1, 5-1, 4-3 and 3-1, and will meet either St. Louis or Toronto in the division finals. Washington went ahead 3-0 in the first 12 minutes of its Patrick series opener to edge the Islanders 4-3. The Islanders then snapped the Caps' 10-game unbeaten streak with a 3-1 victory, only to fall, 2-0 and 4-1, in Games 3 and 4. Philadelphia was shut out 3-0 by the Rangers and came back to win 8-3 and 3-0 before New York drew even with a 6-3 victory (page 82).
HORSE RACING—LOST CODE ($17.60), with Gene St. Leon in the saddle, won the Alabama Derby, one of two Kentucky Derby preps run last weekend, defeating Homebuilder by 1¼ lengths. The 3-year-old colt ran 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles on the Birmingham Turf Club course in 1:51[3/5] and won $240,000. In the other prep, the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland, WAR ($35), ridden by Herb McCauley, covered 1[1/16] miles in 1:44[2/5] to finish 2½ lengths ahead of Candi's Gold and win $96,843.
INDOOR SOCCER—In a tight Eastern Division race, all four playoff berths remained open. Baltimore split a series with Cleveland, winning the first game 6-5 in OT and dropping the second 7-6, also in OT, before edging Chicago 7-6 to remain on top 1½ games ahead of the Force. Dallas's 1-1 week left it two games behind Cleveland, while Chicago, in last, went 1-1 to pull to within half a game of fourth-place Minnesota, which went 0-2. Tacoma, San Diego, Kansas City and Wichita will represent the Western Division in the playoffs.
MARATHON—At the World Cup in Seoul, AHMED SALAH of Djibouti won the event for the second straight time, with a time of 2:10:55, 28 seconds ahead of runner-up Taisuke Kodama of Japan.
TENNIS—MILOSLAV MECIR defeated John McEnroe 6-0, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to win the WCT Finals and $200,000, in Dallas (page 91).
Steffi Graf beat Manuela Maleeva 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to win $60,000 and a tour event, in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
MILEPOSTS—CANCELED: Southern Methodist University's 1988 football season, which as part of sanctions imposed on the football program, had been limited by the NCAA to seven road games.
NAMED: To the Hockey Hall of Fame, Philadelphia vice-president and general manager BOBBY CLARKE, 37, a Flyer center from 1970 to 1984 and three-time NHL most valuable player; Montreal assistant coach JACQUES LAPERRIERE, 45, a Canadiens defenseman from 1963 to 1974, 1964 Calder Trophy winner, 1966 Norris Trophy winner and a player on six Montreal Stanley Cup champion teams; and Ranger goaltending coach ED GIACOMIN, 47, who as goaltender for the Rangers (1966-75) and Detroit (1976-78) had a 2.82 goals-against average and 54 shutouts and led the league in shutouts for three seasons.
RESIGNED: AL CAMPANIS, 70, the Los Angeles Dodgers' vice-president in charge of player personnel and a member of the organization since 1943, under pressure after remarks he made about blacks in baseball management while appearing on ABC's Nightline (page 31).
DIED: HORST DASSLER, 51, the influential billionaire chief of Adidas, the West German-based sporting goods company; of cancer; in Erlangen, West Germany (page 34).