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A Roundup of the Weeks Dec. 20-Jan. 2
Compiled by Merrell Noden
January 09, 1989
PRO BASKETBALL—It was a sorry week (Dec. 26 through Jan. 1) for the top half of the Atlantic Division, as the Knicks, 76ers and Celtics went a combined 1-8. Division pacesetter New York dropped three straight games—all on the road—to the Hawks 128-126, to the Bulls 108-106 when Scottie Pippen sank an eight-foot jump shot at the buzzer, and to the Hornets 122-111. New York lost none of its 3�-game lead, however, as second-place Philadelphia also fell thrice without a victory. In the Midwest Division, the Mavericks climbed past the Rockets into first place. While Houston went 2-2, Dallas beat the Spurs 110-101 and the Celtics 131-115, as the Mavericks' Mark Aguirre scored 55 points in those victories. The Pacific Division-leading Lakers suffered their sixth straight loss on the road, falling to the Suns 111-96, before defeating the Sixers 128-123, as Magic Johnson had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 18 assists for his seventh triple double of the season. The second-place Trail Blazers, who could have tied Los Angeles for first place by knocking off the lowly Kings, squandered that chance by losing to Sacramento 112-111 on Harold Pressley's 20-foot jumper with one second to play. In the tough Central Division, five of whose six teams have records of better than .500, both the Pistons and the Hawks swept two games but still gained no ground on the rampaging first-place Cavaliers, who ran their winning streak to a club-record-tying eight games (page 92).
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January 09, 1989

A Roundup Of The Weeks Dec. 20-jan. 2

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As coach of the Detroit Lions, WAYNE FONTES, 48, who, as interim coach for the last five games of the season, guided the Lions to a 2-3 record.

RESIGNED: As coach of the Cleveland Browns, MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER, 45, who led the Browns to a 46-31 record and three AFC Central titles in his five years with them.

SUSPENDED: By the NHL, for 10 games, Toronto Maple Leaf left wing JOHN KORDIC for high-sticking Edmonton center Keith Acton in a Dec. 14 game.

TRADED: By the Chicago Blackhawks, right wing RICK VAIVE, 29, to the Buffalo Sabres for center ADAM CREIGHTON, 23; by the Hartford Whalers, center CAREY WILSON, 26, and a fifth-round pick in the 1990 draft to the New York Rangers for left wings BRIAN LAWTON, 23, and DON MALONEY, 30, and defenseman NORM MacIVER, 24.

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