PRO BASKETBALL—"You wondered if the game was ever going to end," Bucks forward Ben Coleman said after Milwaukee finally beat the SuperSonics 155-154 in a game that was decided in the last seconds of the fifth overtime. It was the first NBA game to go five OTs since the advent of the 24-second clock in 1954. Milwaukee's Jack Sikma scored six points in the fifth overtime, and Tony Brown made a three-point shot that gave the Bucks the lead for good with 1:11 left. At week's end, the best record in the NBA belonged to the Central Division-leading Pacers, who, at 4-0, were off to their best start since joining the NBA in 1976. In beating the Pistons 95-74, Indiana held Detroit to its lowest point total since a 71-point effort against Atlanta on Jan. 5, 1988. The Bullets, 4-0 on the week with wins over the Hawks (118-114), the Celtics (112-103), the Cavs (100-92) and the Trail Blazers (104-95), climbed into the top spot in the Atlantic Division. Washington's Darrell Walker, who missed a triple-double in the defeat of Boston when he had only five points to go along with 10 assists and 12 rebounds, got a triple against Cleveland when his three-point play with three seconds left gave him 11 points. John Stockton of the Midwest Division-leading Jazz had 16 assists and a career-high 31 points as Utah beat San Antonio 106-92. The Lakers, 4-0 on the week, led the Trail Blazers by one game in the Pacific Division. James Worthy had 35 points, nine rebounds, six assists and four steals as L.A. beat the Suns 111-107. The Celtics' sole victory in a 1-3 week was a 117-106 defeat of the Hawks that featured Larry Bird's 50 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.
BOXING—SIMON BROWN retained his IBF welterweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Luis Santana, in Springfield, Mass.
PRO FOOTBALL—Joe Montana of the 49ers, who won 31-13 over the Saints on Monday, Nov. 6, threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth on Sunday as the NFC West-leading 49ers crushed the Falcons 45-3 for their sixth straight victory. The win, combined with the NFC East-leading Giants' 31-10 loss to the Rams, gave 9-1 San Francisco the NFL's best record. Bernie Kosar passed 17 yards to Lawyer Tillman for a third-quarter TD and Matt Bahr kicked a 29-yard field goal in the fourth quarter as the Browns, tops in the AFC Central, beat the Seahawks 17-7. Jim Harbaugh threw for one touchdown and set up another with his running in the Bears' 20-0 shutout of the Steelers. Andre Reed caught two of Jim Kelly's three touchdown passes as the AFC East-leading Bills turned three first-quarter fumbles by the Colts into 13 points in Buffalo's 30-7 victory over Indianapolis. The Saints, whose Dalton Hilliard ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns, also capitalized on turnovers, converting three of them into 21 second-quarter points in a 28-24 defeat of the Patriots. The Lions' defense set up 28 of Detroit's points—including Rodney Peete's two TD passes to Richard Johnson—in a 31-22 upset of the Packers. Anthony Miller returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and Tim Spencer atoned for a goal-line fumble by running for the winning score as the Chargers beat the Raiders 14-12. Backup quarterback Tom Tupa threw a 72-yard TD pass to Ernie Jones with 58 seconds remaining to give the Cardinals a 24-20 victory over the Cowboys. In other games: The Redskins defeated the Eagles 10-3; the Dolphins rallied to beat the Jets 31-23; the AFC West-leading Broncos knocked off the Chiefs 16-13; and the NFC Central-leading Vikings defeated the slumping Buccaneers 24-10 (page 36).
HOCKEY—Mario Lemieux said he had been feeling sluggish all season, so it's no wonder that the 5-10-2 Penguins were languishing near the bottom of the Patrick Division. In a week in which Pittsburgh lost two, 4-3 to the Blackhawks and 8-3 to the Blues, even a battery of medical tests couldn't determine what was wrong with Lemieux, who at week's end was 21 points behind his league-leading scoring pace of 1988-89. In its win over Pittsburgh, Norris Division leader Chicago rallied from a three-goal deficit behind a pair of scores by Dirk Graham. The Hawks then limited the Islanders to 19 shots during a 5-3 victory and ran their point total to 29, highest in the NHL, by beating Hartford 4-2. Tony Granato scored a goal and had two assists in the Patrick Division-leading Rangers' 6-1 thrashing of the Red Wings; the defeat extended Detroit's winless streak to eight games. Sabres Phil Housley and Pierre Turgeon each had a goal and two assists as Buffalo beat the Whalers 6-3 to run their unbeaten string to six games. Two nights later Buffalo capitalized on three of four power-play opportunities to upend the Canucks 4-2 at Memorial Auditorium. The Sabres then defeated Edmonton 6-5 on the strength of a Dave Andreychuck goal to assume the Adams Division lead and remain, with the Smythe Division-leading Flames, one of the only two teams in the league that had yet to lose at home. Calgary, however, did fail once on the road, falling 3-2 to the North Stars as Brian Bellows scored 3:39 into overtime. That ended an eight-game unbeaten streak by the Flames against Minnesota.
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INDOOR SOCCER—Baltimore became the lone undefeated team in the MISL and moved past Kansas City to gain sole possession of first place in the Eastern Division with a 3-2 victory over Tacoma. The 4-0 Blast then further distanced itself from the Comets with a 9-3 defeat of Wichita. Tim Wittman tallied three goals and had two assists against the Wings. Dallas (3-1) remained the only Western Division team with a winning record.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL routed Magnus Gustafsson 7-5, 6-0, 6-3 to win the Stockholm Open and $200,000.
Michael Chang defeated Guy Forget 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 to prevail at an indoor tour event and earn $80,000 in Wembley, England.
Zina Garrison beat Larisa Savchenko 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to win $50,000 in a tour event in Chicago.
Leila Meskhi defeated Helen Kelesi 6-2, 6-3 in a tour event in Nashville. She won $17,000.
MILEPOSTS—FINED: By the NBA, for fighting in games on Nov. 7: the Los Angeles Lakers' MAGIC JOHNSON, the Phoenix Suns' KEVIN JOHNSON and the Lakers' BYRON SCOTT, $3,000, $1,000 and $500, respectively; and the Detroit Pistons' SCOTT HASTINGS and the Chicago Bulls' STACEY KING, $1,500 and $500; and for fighting in a game on Nov. 3, the Atlanta Hawks' KEVIN WILLIS and the Indiana Pacers' RIK SMITS, $1,500 and $750. ALEXANDER VOLKOV of Atlanta and GREG DREILING, REGGIE MILLER, DYRON NIX and CHUCK PERSON of Indiana were each fined $500 for leaving their bench areas during that scuffle.
FIRED: As coach of the New Jersey Devils, JIM SCHOENFELD, 37, whose record since taking the job, in January 1988, was 50-59-15. He was replaced by one of his assistants, JOHN CUNNIFF, 45.
NAMED: By the Baseball Writers Association of America: as American League Rookie of the Year, Baltimore Oriole pitcher GREGG OLSON, 23; and as National League Rookie of the Year, Chicago Cub centerfielder JEROME WALTON, 24.
SOLD: By the NBA to NBC for $600 million, the rights to telecast as many as 220 regular-season and playoff games from the 1990-91 through the '93-94 seasons (page 125).