PRO BASKETBALL—The game of the week was a showdown between the Pacific Division-leading Lakers and the second-place Trail Blazers and was, oddly, the first game this season between the clubs with the two best records in the NBA. Magic Johnson scored 24 points, had 15 assists and got 10 rebounds for his sixth triple-double of the season, but with .5 of a second left in regulation and Los Angeles ahead by one, he committed a personal on Portland's Terry Porter and fouled out of the game. However, Porter could make only one of the two free throws, and L.A. went on to win 121-119 in overtime. Johnson and the Lakers then dismantled the Bulls 121-103 as Magic scored 22 points and dished out 17 assists. That enabled them to go into the All-Star break with a four-game winning streak, the best record in the NBA and a two-game lead over the Blazers. Chicago also lost to the Nuggets, 123-98, when Michael Jordan was held to a season-low 15 points. Those Bulls defeats, coupled with two Piston victories, 105-96 over the Cavaliers and 104-101 over the Bucks, extended Detroit's Central Division lead over the Bulls to six games. The closest division race was in the Midwest, where the Jazz and the Spurs started the week tied for first. San Antonio defeated the Hawks 105-94 but then fell 105-100 to the Pacers. That loss ended the Spurs' 20-game winning streak at the HemisFair. Utah lost 114-89 to the 76ers but took a half-game lead over San Antonio by beating the Nets 108-101 and the Hornets 94-74. The Atlantic Division also began the week with two leaders, the Knicks and the 76ers, but finished with only one. New York took a two-game lead by knocking off the Heat 116-107, the Magic 117-110 and the Warriors 122-118. After Philadelphia defeated the Jazz for its 12th straight win, it lost two games in the last second. Golden State's Mitch Richmond scored 32 points against the Sixers, but it was the last two that mattered, as his follow-up shot with .3 of a second left gave the Warriors a 113-112 victory. The following night, Reggie Theus of Orlando made an 18-foot jumper with one second left, to push Orlando past Philadelphia 101-99. In Sunday's All-Star Game in Miami, Magic Johnson scored 22 points and won the MVP award, but the East beat the West 130-113.
BOWLING—PARKER BOHN III outrolled Mike Edwards 214-191 to win the Don Carter Classic and $39,000, in Kenner, La.
BOXING—JAMES (Buster) DOUGLAS knocked out Mike Tyson in the 10th round to win the world heavyweight crown, in Tokyo (page 12).
FIGURE SKATING—At the U.S. championships, in Salt Lake City, JILL TRENARY successfully defended her women's title; TODD ELDREDGE won the men's, KRISTI YAMAGUCHI and RUDI GALINDO retained the pairs title, and SUSAN WYNNE and JOSEPH DRUAR won the ice dancing championship for the second straight year.
February 19, 1990
GOLF—DAVID ISHII defeated Paul Azinger by one stroke to win the Hawaiian Open and $180,000, in Honolulu. Ishii shot a nine-under-par 279 for the tournament.
HOCKEY—The Patrick Division-leading Islanders charged through a four-game road trip without a loss, to run their unbeaten streak to five games and take a six-point lead over the Penguins, the Devils and the Rangers, who were locked in a three-way tie for second. Derek King and Pat LaFontaine each had a hat trick in a shootout in Pittsburgh, but it was Don Maloney's goal with 32 seconds left in overtime that put the Penguins away 8-7. The Isles tied the Flyers 5-5 and then visited the Bruins, the Adams Division pacesetters and possessors of the best record in the league. Boston took a 3-1 lead in the second period, but New York rallied for a 4-3 victory, which came on Randy Wood's goal at 2:13 of overtime. While the Blackhawks remained on top in the Norris Division, with a 1-1 week, the Flames, who began the week with a one-point margin over the Oilers in the Smythe Division, lost 5-3 to the Kings and 7-5 to the Red Wings before defeating the Rangers 5-2. However, the Oilers gained only a first-place tie with the Flames, by drawing 2-2 with the Devils, losing 5-2 to the Rangers and defeating the Jets 7-4.
HORSE RACING—HOUSEBUSTER ($5.80), Randy Romero up, won the Hutcheson Stakes by three lengths over Yonder, at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old colt covered the seven furlongs in 1:24[1/5] to earn $94,645.
INDOOR SOCCER—In a battle of division leaders, Baltimore, tops in the East, beat Dallas, the best in the West. The Sidekicks led 3-2 after three periods, but Tim Wittman and Glenn Carbonara scored goals 17 seconds apart in the fourth to clinch the Blast's win.
MARATHON—TAKEYUKI NAKAYAMA of Japan ran a 2:10:57 to win the Tokyo International Marathon. He finished 26 seconds ahead of John Tracy of Ireland.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL defeated Tim Mayotte 6-3, 6-2 to win the Milan Indoor tournament. He took home $78,000.
Andre Agassi beat Todd Witsken 6-1, 6-3 to win a men's tour event in San Francisco and $32,400.
Dinky Van Rensburg defeated Nathalie Tauziat 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 to finish on top in a women's tour event in Wichita, Kans. She earned $27,000.
TRACK & FIELD—LYUDMILA NAROZHILENKO of the Soviet Union set a women's indoor world record of 7.69 seconds for the 60-meter hurdles, in Chelyabinsk, U.S.S.R. She surpassed by .04 of a second the mark set a year ago by Kornelia Oschkenat of East Germany.
Doina Melinte of Romania ran the Meadowlands Women's Mile in 4:17.13 to break by 1.73 seconds her own two-year-old world indoor women's record, in East Rutherford, N.J. (page 72).
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: To the Basketball Hall of Fame, DAVE BING, 46, who, during a 12-season NBA career as a guard for the Detroit Pistons, the Washington Bullets and the Boston Celtics, played in seven All-Star games and averaged 20.3 points a game; ELVIN HAYES, 44, a two-time All-America at the University of Houston, who, during a 16-season pro career with the San Diego/Houston Rockets and the Baltimore/Washington Bullets, was named to 12 All-Star teams and led the NBA in scoring in '68-69 and in rebounding in '70 and '74; NEIL JOHNSTON (he died in '78), who, while playing for the Philadelphia Warriors from '51-52 to '58-59, thrice led the NBA in scoring and once led it in rebounding; and EARL MONROE, 45, a flashy guard and four-time NBA All-Star, who played for 13 seasons with the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks and averaged 18.8 points a game.
NAMED: As coach of the New York Jets, former Cincinnati Bengal offensive coordinator BRUCE COSLET, 43; and as coach of the Phoenix Cardinals, JOE BUGEL, 49, who for the past nine seasons was an assistant coach of the Washington Redskins.
SOLD: By Notre Dame to NBC for a reported $38 million, the rights to telecast all of the Fighting Irish home football games for five years, beginning in 1991 (page 56).