BASKETBALL—"It was strictly a Bo Derek second half," said Boston Coach Bill Fitch after a game with Philadelphia. Fitch did not mean that the Celtics had scored only 10 points in the half, but that the quality of their play deserved a perfect "10" rating. Larry Bird got 22 of his 32 points, Cedric Maxwell 15 of his 19 and Nate Archibald all of his 18 in the final two quarters as Boston, which has the league's best record (42-13), beat the Sixers 129-110 and jumped two games ahead of Philly in the Atlantic Division. The Celts gained more ground by beating the Pacers 130-108. That night Pete Maravich was given a joyous welcome by Boston Garden fans, and although he hadn't played since Nov. 21, he managed two points in six minutes of playing time. In his debut with Milwaukee, former Piston Bob Lanier scored 14 points in a 111-109 defeat of Cleveland, then 18 to lead the Bucks over the Bullets 115-90. Those wins enabled Milwaukee to close to within 3½ games of Midwest leader Kansas City, which lost two games before beating Washington 108-106 in overtime (page 68). George McGinnis was back home in Indiana, where he received a stirring ovation from the sellout crowd. "It was the greatest feeling of my career, whether we won or lost," said Big Mac. They lost—109-108 to the 76ers—despite a game-high 13 rebounds by McGinnis, who scored 14 points in 24 minutes of play. Bill Walton got some more floor time in his second and third games for San Diego: 17 minutes in a 117-92 loss to Golden State, during which Walton scored eight points, and another 17 minutes against his former teammates, the Trail Blazers. San Diego clipped Portland 118-104 with Walton upping his production to 13 points. Pacific leader Seattle beat Cleveland 123-121, Detroit 119-102 and the Sixers 109-94, breaking an eight-game Philadelphia home-win streak. New York had its five-win string snapped by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had 22 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists and five blocked shots while holding Knick rookie Center Bill Cartwright to three baskets in 18 attempts. Final score: L.A. 116, N.Y. 105. Rick Barry scored an NBA-record seven (in 10 attempts) three-point goals in Houston's 115-114 victory over New Jersey and another by connecting on eight (of 12) three-pointers as the Rockets added to the Jazz' blues, 117-95, and jumped into third in the Central Division, five games behind Atlanta. Last week's MVP became this week's MIP (Most Invisible Player). After matching his league-leading scoring average with 34 points in the All-Star Game on Feb. 3, George Gervin of the Spurs did a disappearing act. He missed three practices and called in sick for a game with New Jersey. The Nets took advantage of his absence to pick up a 123-115 win. Gervin then reappeared for a game with Indiana, but fell four points short of his average. The Spurs, it turned out, lost by four, 131-127. A possible diagnosis? A severely anemic contract.
BOWLING—MIKE AULBY won the $125,000 Midas Open in Palatine, Ill. 224-188 over Dave Davis.
BOXING—LUPE PINTOR of Mexico City retained his WBC bantamweight title with a 12th-round knockout of Alberto Sandoval in Los Angeles.
CHESS—Grandmaster Walter Browne of Berkeley, Calif. and Yasser Seirawan of Seattle each finished with a 10-3 record and tied for first place against a strong field in the Wijk aan Zee tournament in the Netherlands. The 19-year-old Seirawan met his grandmaster norm during the play. He should soon become the 18th American to hold the title.
GOLF—ANDY BEAN won the $325,000 Hawaiian Open in Honolulu with a tournament-record 266, 22 under par, three strokes better than Lee Trevino.
Jane Blalock finished first in a $100,000 women's tournament in Miami. Her five-under-par 283 put her one stroke ahead of Jerilyn Britz and Debbie Massey, who tied for second.
HOCKEY—Tonight's the night, thought 51-year-old Gordie Howe on Wednesday. He had gone scoreless in his last 24 games for the Whalers, but on the previous evening he had set up the final goal in the Wales Conference's 6-3 NHL All-Star win over the Campbell Conference, an accomplishment that delighted the crowd in Detroit so much that it cheered its former hero until he actually blushed, And now, after two years of skating in temporary quarters following a roof cave-in, the Whalers were back home, in the Hartford Civic Center. Howe was right on target—with his prediction and his shooting—firing a 20-footer in the third period to help bring the roof down again, this time on the Los Angeles Kings, 7-3. It was Hartford's eighth win in 11 games and the Kings' sixth straight loss. Pittsburgh also snapped a scoreless drought—183 minutes—but it was small comfort. The Penguins lost their fifth straight game—and their 13th in 16 outings—5-2 to Minnesota. Two days earlier the Penguins had been shut out 9-0 by Buffalo, which got three goals from Danny Gare and spectacular tending from Don Edwards. The Sabres were the victims when Bernie Federko turned a hat trick in leading St. Louis to a 3-2 win, its fifth in six games. Mike Bossy of the Islanders scored his 36th and 37th goals in a 4-1 win over Los Angeles before his club-record 18-game point-scoring streak was halted. No matter. Even as Bossy's string was cut, the Isles won 5-0 over the Nordiques. Boston extended its succession of unbeaten games to five while handing Chicago a 5-2 defeat, its first in six outings. Rookie Defenseman Ray Bourque had three assists in the Bruins' 8-6 victory over Toronto to give him 30 for the season, a club rookie record. The mark of 28 had been held by Bobby Orr. Coach Pat Quinn was glad his Flyers' streak was over. And it was an up-beat streak—26 games undefeated at home. "It actually takes some pressure off us," said Quinn after his team had been beaten 4-1 by none other than Vancouver, which had won once in its 13 previous games.
HORSE RACING—GLORIOUS SONG ($8.60), Chris McCarron up, won the $136,600 La Ca‚Äö√†√∂¬¨¬±ada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies at Santa Anita, covering the mile and an eighth in a stakes-record 1:47[3/5] and finishing 1¾ lengths in front of Prize Spot.
SPEED SKATING—ERIC HEIDEN of the U.S. won an unprecedented fourth world sprint championship in West Allis, Wis. with two victories at 1,000 meters and one at 500. KARIN ENKE of East Germany earned the women's title, also winning the 1,000 twice and the 500 once.
TENNIS—BJORN BORG won the $300,000 Grand Slam tournament in Boca West, Fla. 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 over Vitas Gerulaitis.
Martina Navratilova defeated Tracy Austin 6-2, 6-0 to win a $125,000 women's tournament in Inglewood, Cal.
TRACK & FIELD—At the Wanamaker Millrose Games in New York, MARY DECKER set a women's indoor world record of 4:00.8 in the 1,500 meters, surpassing the mark set by Natalia Maracescu of Romania by 2.2 seconds, and STEPHANIE HIGHTOWER established a women's world record in the 60-yard hurdles with a clocking of 7.47 seconds (page 14). In the women's mile relay, Tennessee State University's DEBORAH JONES, HELEN BLAKE, CHANDRA CHEESEBOROUGH and ERNESTINE DAVIS set a world indoor record of 3:41.5. The following night at the Mason-Dixon Games in Louisville, Hightower's time of 8.17 set a U.S. women's indoor record in the 60-meter hurdles.
Konstantin Volkov of the Soviet Union established an indoor world record by vaulting 18'6", in Moscow. His vault was half an inch higher than Dan Ripley's 1979 mark.
Mauro Zuliani of Milan set an indoor world record in the 200-meter dash with a clocking of 21.05, in Genoa. His time surpassed by .06 the mark held jointly by Karl-Heinz Weisenseel and Pietro Mennea.
MILEPOSTS—FOUND GUILTY: In Montreal, of conspiracy to commit bribery arising from charges of influence buying, CLARENCE CAMPBELL, president of the NHL from 1946 to 1977.
NAMED: Winner of the AAU's Sullivan Award as the nation's outstanding amateur athlete of 1979, Gymnast KURT THOMAS.
TRADED: By the Detroit Pistons, Center BOB LANIER to Milwaukee for Center KENT BENSON and the Bucks' 1980 first-round draft choice.
By the Portland Trail Blazers, Forward MAURICE LUCAS and two first-round draft choices to the New Jersey Nets for Forward CALVIN NATT; and Guard LIONEL HOLLINS to the Philadelphia 76ers for a first-round draft choice and an undisclosed amount of cash.