PRO BASKETBALL—The Pistons won their third straight game and took the Central Division lead, beating the Celtics 103-86. The victory stretched Detroit's regular-season home winning streak to 25. Joe Dumars led the Pistons with 27 points, converting 10 of 14 shots. As Detroit defeated the Heat 130-94, the Bucks 106-79 and the Celts, Dumars went 27 of 40 (67.5%) from the floor. Magic Johnson broke the Laker single-game assist record of 23, which he shared with Jerry West, with 24 assists in a 119-105 win over the Nuggets. The Pacific Division-leading Lakers extended their winning streak to seven games with two other victories, 117-94 over the Pacers and 120-115 over the Bullets. The Knicks lost to the Trail Blazers 118-117 despite a 43-point performance by Patrick Ewing, but then they beat the Kings 121-102 and the Timberwolves 111-96. Those victories—and a string of four Washington defeats—thrust New York into the Atlantic Division lead. The Jazz remained on top in the Midwest Division with three wins, a 106-93 defeat of the Bullets, a 114-100 manhandling of the Pacers and a 108-107 come-from-behind upending of the Bulls that featured a dazzling finish. With 3.6 seconds on the clock, Thurl Bailey made a pinpoint pass to John Stockton, who took the ball on the run, drove to the basket and spun in the ball at the buzzer for the win. And with a little help from the NBA's lone teenager, Shawn Kemp, the SuperSonics won two of three games (page 81).
PRO FOOTBALL—Dan Marino's 48-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to Andre Brown to end the first half snapped the Dolphins out of a daze, and they rallied to beat the Cowboys (now 1-10) 17-14 for their sixth victory in seven games. The win moved Miami into a tie for the AFC East lead with the Bills, who gave up 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and fell to the Patriots 33-24. Dalton Hilliard ran for one TD and a career-high 158 yards as the Saints defeated the Falcons 26-17. Barney Bussey recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to cap a 28-point second quarter for a 42-7 Bengal victory over the Lions. After beating Cincy 26-24 on Monday, Nov. 13, the Oilers won their third straight game when Warren Moon threw two touchdown passes to lead them past the Raiders 23-7. Don Majkowski scooted eight yards on a quarterback draw for the go-ahead score as the Packers shocked the 49ers 21-17 and halted the NFC West leaders' winning streak at six games. Jim Everett threw for 308 yards and a pair of Henry Ellard touchdowns in the Rams' 37-14 defeat of the Cardinals, and Jack Trudeau passed for 255 yards and a TD as the Colts beat the Jets 27-10. In other games: Tampa Bay squeezed past the Bears 32-31; the NFC East-leading Giants beat the Sea-hawks 15-3; the Chiefs tied the AFC Central's top team, the Browns, 10-10; the Eagles edged the NFC Central-leading Vikings 10-9; and the Steelers defeated the Chargers 20-17.
HARNESS RACING—IN THE POCKET ($8), driven by John Campbell, beat heavily favored Beach Towel by a nose to win the Governor's Cup at Garden State Park. The 2-year-old colt trotted the mile in 1:54[2/5] to earn $340,550.
HOCKEY—The Oilers and the Islanders, teams that dominated the NHL in the 1980s, winning four Stanley Cups apiece, are now among the dominated, floundering near the bottom of the Smythe and Patrick divisions, respectively. At week's end, Edmonton had won only four of its last 13 games, but its fortunes may be improving. Goalie Grant Fuhr, who is coming off a preseason appendectomy, had mustered only one win in seven starts before last Friday, when he stopped 30 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Sabres. Jari Kurri and Esa Tikkanen each had three points as the Oilers halted Buffalo's nine-game unbeaten streak. The Sabres fell into a tie with the Canadiens for the Adams Division lead at week's end. That triumph over Buffalo and a 5-4 OT defeat of the Norris Division-leading Black-hawks briefly lifted Edmonton past the Jets and out of the cellar. The Islanders' record dropped to 2-10-1 in their last 13 games, and their home record for the season slipped to 1-8-2 with a 5-4 loss to the Flyers. The Islanders put an end to their six-game losing streak two nights later with a 6-2 defeat of Toronto. Then New York returned to its losing ways, falling 5-3 to the Penguins as Pittsburgh extended its winning streak to a season-high three games (page 32). Another hot team, the Bruins, ran its victory string to five and its unbeaten string to seven with a 6-4 win over the Devils. Unimpressive showings by two division leaders did not hurt them in the standings: The Rangers, 1-2-0 on the week, remained atop the Patrick Division, and Calgary (0-1-2) held fast in the Smythe.
November 27, 1989
HORSE RACING—LIVE THE DREAM ($30.40), with Alex Solis in the saddle, defeated Charlie Barley by a head in the Hollywood Derby, at Hollywood Park. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:47 to win $110,000.
INDOOR SOCCER—San Diego overtook Dallas for the Western Division lead by defeating St. Louis and Tacoma. The Sockers' Rod Castro and Jacques Ladouceur scored two goals each as San Diego turned back two rallies by the Storm and held on for a 7-4 victory. Against the Stars, Cacho scored 13:04 into overtime to lift the Sockers to a 4-3 win. Carl Valentine had a goal and an assist to guide Eastern Division-leading and undefeated Baltimore to a 4-2 victory over Kansas City. It was the third straight loss for the 3-3 Comets. Blast goalkeeper Scott Manning made 17 saves.
MOTOR SPORTS—DALE EARNHARDT, driving a Chevrolet Lumina, beat Geoff Bodine, also in a Lumina, by 25.71 seconds to win a 500-mile NASCAR event and $81,700 at the Atlanta International Raceway. Earnhardt averaged 140.229 mph around the 1.522-mile oval (page 90).
SOCCER—The United States defeated Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 to advance to the World Cup finals for the first time in 40 years, in Port of Spain, Trinidad (page 22).
TENNIS—STEFFI GRAF defeated Martina Navratilova 6-4, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 to triumph in the Virginia Slims Championships, in New York City. The victory was worth $125,000.
MILEPOSTS—CONVICTED: Of first-degree rape, by a Cleveland County, Okla., jury, former Oklahoma football players NIGEL CLAY, 21, and BERNARD HALL, 22. A third defendant, GLEN BELL, 20, was found innocent of the same charge, which stemmed from a Jan. 21 assault of a 20-year-old woman in the Sooners' athletic dorm.
NAMED: As the National League Cy Young Award winner, lefthanded reliever MARK DAVIS, 29, of the San Diego Padres; and as the American League Cy Young winner, Kansas City Royals righthander BRET SABERHAGEN, 25.
SUSPENDED: For life by the NFL, for his third violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, Washington Redskins defensive end DEXTER MANLEY, 30, after urine samples taken from him following the Skins' game on Oct. 29 reportedly tested positive for cocaine. He may appeal for reinstatement in one year (page 11).
TRADED: By the Los Angeles Clippers, guard REGGIE WILLIAMS, 25, and the rights to forward DANNY FERRY, 23, to the Cleveland Cavaliers for guard RON HARPER, 25, first-round draft picks in 1990 and '92 and a second-round choice in '91.