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January 06, 1964
BASKETBALL—BOSTON (25-5) continued to dominate the East, but there were some small signs of solace for the rest of the league. In a 131-114 win over Baltimore the Celtics had to come from behind in the last quarter on John Havlicek's 16 points (43 for the game), and then, in an easy 133-111 defeat of New York, Bill Russell pulled a leg muscle. Without him the team barely limped by New York 143-140 and two nights later lost to the Knicks 127-117. With Russell back in the lineup the Celtics ran away from LA 126-110 (eight players scored 10 or more points), lost their fourth game to the Royals (97-87) and squeezed by the Hawks 107-100. Even with Boston slowing down slightly, CINCINNATI stayed 4� games behind in second place. The Royals, however, made their best showing of the season by winning seven of eight games. Their only loss was by two points (108-106) to Baltimore in the last minute. PHILADELPHIA started to win (three straight) after dropping three out of four. The last game of the streak was John Kerr's 707th in a row, which set a new NBA record (his coach, Dolph Schayes, held the old mark). Last-place NEW YORK managed to drop nine straight games (longest streak in the NBA this season) before surprising the Celtics. After that it was lose one (134-126 to LA), win one (111-107 over the Hawks) and lose one (105-99 to the Royals). In the Western Division LOS ANGELES opened up its largest lead (2� games) by winning four of six games while second-place ST. LOUIS was losing five of seven. During their streak, the steady Lakers took three in a row for the fifth time this season by defeating the 76ers twice and the Knicks once (Jerry West scored 36 of his 47 points in the second half as LA came from behind to win 134-126). SAN FRANCISCO moved to within a game of the slumping Hawks with four victories in six games, but up-and-down BALTIMORE dropped further behind when it lost three straight and then alternately won and lost its next six. DETROIT defeated the Knicks 107-103, but that was all. The Pistons' next five games were losses, and they fell deeper (12� GB) into the cellar.
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January 06, 1964

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TENNIS—For the first time since 1958 the U.S. DAVIS CUP TEAM ( Dennis Ralston and Chuck McKinley) won the Challenge Round, 3-2, over Australia in Adelaide (see page 18).

TRACK & FIELD—The indoor season opened with the San Francisco Examiner Holiday Invitational meet, and a U.S. record quickly fell when Toronto's BILL CROTHERS ran 880 yards in 1:50.2, bettering by 1/10 of a second Arnie Sowell's 1957 mark. ULIS WILLIAMS of Arizona State took the 440 in 50.5 as Adolph Plummer, the outdoor world-record holder, finished second and PHIL SHINNICK of Washington broad-jumped 25 feet 6� inches, half an inch farther than Ralph Boston. As expected, HAYES JONES won the 60-yard high hurdles (his 49th successive indoor victory), HERB CARPER the 60-yard dash, BRUCE KIDD the two-mile run, KEITH FORMAN the mile, PARRY O'BRIEN the shotput and JOHN THOMAS the high jump. The most stunning performance of the meet, however, was given by a 17-year-old Spokane schoolboy, GERRY LINDGREN, who won a two-mile race in nine flat, slicing 23.5 seconds off the national high school indoor record.

Australia's RON CLARKE broke two world records in one race in Melbourne. He covered 10,000 meters in 28:15.6, cutting 2.6 seconds off the mark set by Russia's Pyotr Bolotnikov; and on the way he established a new time of 27:17.6 for six miles, bettering by 26.2 seconds the record held by Hungary's S�ndor Iharos.

MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: WILLIAM SOL CUTCHINS, 62, one of earliest members of Cassius Clay's "millionaires' syndicate," as president of Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, Louisville.

DIED: SIR JACK HOBBS, Britain's finest cricket batsman, less than a week after his 81st birthday in Sussex, England (see page 8).

DIED: GEORGE WAGNER, 48, who as Gorgeous George made a fortune entertaining the country as a wrestler and clown in the early days of TV, of a heart attack in Los Angeles.

DIED: GEORGE WILSON, 63, an All-America halfback at Washington in 1925, of a heart attack while working on a dock in San Francisco.

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