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A Roundup of the Week Nov. 2-8
Compiled by Merrell Noden
November 16, 1987
PRO BASKETBALL—As the 42nd NBA season opened, the Los Angeles Lakers appeared eager to show that they could do what no team has done since the Boston Celtics of 1968-69: repeat as NBA champions. Led by Magic Johnson's 26 points—10 in the fourth quarter—the Lakers began their quest with a 113-109 defeat of the Sonics and added a 101-92 win over the Rockets. In Boston's 125-108 defeat of the Bucks, Larry Bird had 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists—and he was just warming up. The next night he scored 19 fourth-quarter points, including a running one-hander from 24 feet that sent the game into overtime, and then hit a 20-foot jump shot at the end of the second OT period to give the Celtics a 140-139 win over the Bullets. The Doctor-less 76ers, paced by Charles Barkley's 29 points, beat the Pacers 108-95 but lost 104-94 to the Bulls, who got 36 points from Michael Jordan and 21 rebounds from Charles Oakley. Sparked by 53 points from Dominique Wilkins, the Hawks opened with a pair of wins, 114-97 over the Bullets and 113-105 over the Cavaliers. In the Midwest the Nuggets opened with a club-record 46-point thrashing of the Clippers, 139-93, and then squeaked by the Warriors 103-99. The Trail Blazers also went 2-0, beating the Suns 118-104 and the Clippers 124-99. Otis Thorpe had 31 points as the Kings beat the Warriors 134-106 in Bill Russell's debut, but the next night Sacramento made 31 turnovers and lost to Utah 121-100 (page 36). The Knicks dropped their first two games under Rick Pitino, 110-99 to the Pistons and 108-95 to the Pacers.
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November 16, 1987

A Roundup Of The Week Nov. 2-8

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TRADED: By the Golden State Warriors, forward PURVIS SHORT, 30, to the Houston Rockets for center DAVE FEITL, 25, a future first-round draft pick and cash.

By the Kansas City Royals, lefthanded pitcher DANNY JACKSON, 25, and shortstop ANGEL SALAZAR, 26, to the Cincinnati Reds for shortstop KURT STILL WELL, 22, and righthanded pitcher TED POWER, 32.

DIED: JIM FITZGERALD, 65, the winningest driver in the history of the Sports Car Club of America and a racing partner of actor Paul Newman; following a crash in Florida's St. Petersburg Grand Prix.

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