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A Roundup of the Week May 9-15
Compiled by Morin Bishop
May 23, 1988
PRO BASKETBALL—All four best-of-seven semifinal conference series were still in doubt at week's end, as underdogs proved to be a bit tougher than expected. In the East, at first it seemed that Boston would do its General Sherman number and sweep through Atlanta. The Celtics broke to a two-games-to-none lead at Boston Garden, winning by scores of 110-101 and 108-97. Larry Bird led the way with 38 points—including a club-playoff-record 24 in the first quarter—in Game 1, while Kevin McHale was the hero of the second game with 32 points. In Game 2, the Hawks accommodated the slightly stale Celtics by missing 22 of their first 26 shots. But the roles were reversed in Atlanta in Game 3 as the Celtics hit only 27 of 70 shots from the field and the Hawks came out flying, never trailing en route to a 110-92 win. Kevin Willis led the way for Atlanta with 23 points and 13 rebounds; Spud Webb came into the game early in the first quarter and dished out 11 assists. In the Western Conference, Denver and Dallas finished the week with two victories apiece as the teams alternated wins. In the first game, Fat Lever led the Nuggets to a solid 126-115 victory with 30 points, 8 assists and 11 rebounds. In the following game, the Mavericks answered with a 112-108 triumph as Rolando Blackman scored 31 points and Roy Tarpley came off the bench for 27 more. Denver's 107-105 third-game win featured a triple double from Lever (11 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds) and late-game heroics from Bill Hanzlik, who scored four of his nine points in the final :35, including the game-winner with three seconds left, to give the Nuggets their only lead of the day. In Game 4, Mark Aguirre, who had been in a slump, came alive with 34 points to pace Dallas to the 124-103 victory that tied the series. In the biggest surprise of the playoffs, Utah fought Los Angeles to a standstill as each team split on its opponent's home court (page 18). Detroit won three of four against Chicago in the only lopsided series. The Pistons took Games 3 and 4 handily (page 22).
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May 23, 1988

A Roundup Of The Week May 9-15

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COLLEGE TENNIS—TERI WHITLINGER and ELENI ROSSIDES won a doubles competition, and WHITLINGER, ROSSIDES, LISA GREEN and KAY TITTLE triumphed in singles to give Stanford its third consecutive NCAA women's team tennis title, in Los Angeles.

TENNIS—IVAN LENDL needed 4� hours to defeat 14th-seeded Guillermo Perez-Roldan 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the final and win the Italian Open, in Rome. The victory was worth $145,200.

Steffi Graf beat Helena Sukova 6-3, 6-1 to win a tour event in Berlin and earn $60,000.

MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, MIKE KEENAN, 38, after a record of 190-102-28 over four seasons. His winning percentage of .638 was second-best among active coaches.

HIRED: As coach of the Phoenix Suns, COTTON FITZSIMMONS, 56. Fitzsimmons, who has been the Suns' director of player personnel since May 1987, has a coaching record of 588-634 over 15 seasons with five NBA teams.

NAMED: As Rookie of the Year by the NBA, New York Knicks guard MARK JACKSON, 23. Jackson's average of 10.6 assists per game was the highest ever by an NBA rookie. The league also cited Chicago Bulls guard MICHAEL JORDAN, 25, as Defensive Player of the Year. Jordan led the NBA with 3.16 steals per game.

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