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A Roundup of the Week Dec. 12-19
Compiled by Sally Guard
December 26, 1988
PRO BASKETBALL—With a 119-98 defeat of the Pistons, the Cavaliers overtook Detroit by percentage points for the Central Division lead and passed the Lakers for the best record in the league—15-5 at week's end. Cleveland's Mark Price scored 20 points in that victory and led with 23 in a 120-94 rout of the Hawks. The Lakers, tops in the Pacific Division, found the traveling tough along the Atlantic seaboard: They lost 118-113 in overtime to the Nets—New Jersey rookie forward Chris Morris scored 17 points, three of them on a 28-foot jumper with three seconds left in regulation that forced the OT—and then saw a second-half rally fizzle in a 110-96 loss to the Celtics. The Mavericks took a share, with the Nuggets, of the Midwest Division lead by beating the Warriors, the Hornets and the Heat. As the Knicks stretched their Atlantic Division lead to 2� games, Gerald Wilkins provided the highlight: a 10-foot jumper with 24 seconds left that gave New York a 117-116 win over the Jazz. Utah also lost 119-107 to the 76ers despite 44 points from Karl Malone.
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December 26, 1988

A Roundup Of The Week Dec. 12-19

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SUSPENDED: Indefinitely by TAC, for competing in a series of track and field meets in South Africa in October, javelin thrower TOM PETRANOFF, hurdler MILAN STEWART, middle-distance runner KEITH THIBODEAUX, long jumper KEVIN ATKINS, shot-putter DAVE LAUT and sprinters CEDRIC GILDER and JAMES ANDREWS. Their participation was a breach of the International Amateur Athletic Federation's policy that bars competing in South Africa because of that country's apartheid policy.

TRADED: By the Phoenix Suns, guard CRAIG HODGES, 28, to the Chicago Bulls for forward ED NEALY, 28, and a 1989 second-round draft pick.

By the Boston Red Sox, first baseman TODD BENZINGER, 25; pitcher JEFF SELLERS, 24; and a player to be named, to the Cincinnati Reds for first baseman NICK ESASKY, 28, and pitcher ROB MURPHY, 28. By the Philadelphia Phillies, outfielder MILT THOMPSON, 29, to the St. Louis Cardinals for catcher STEVE LAKE, 31, and outfielder CURT FORD, 28.

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