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December 08, 1969
BASKETBALL—NBA: Coach Joe Mullaney of the Los Angeles Lakers was up against it—he had to meet the league's four toughest teams without the services of Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Keith Erickson. Despite the brilliant effort of Jerry West to carry the load all by himself, the Lakers lost 129-97 to Baltimore which was in the middle of a seven-game winning streak. West was high scorer with 38 points. Next came the New York Knicks, working on the longest winning streak in NBA history (page 16). New York won 103-96 despite West's 41 points and Mullaney's attempt to grab an edge, or maybe just a respite, with a controversial play that caused the Knicks to resort to an illegal zone defense and thereby acquire technical fouls. On Wednesday the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Lakers 100-81 after the tireless West sprained his ankle in the first period. He sat on the sidelines with an ice bag and only five points. Against San Francisco West was back with 43 points, but Warrior Joe Ellis sank 14 of 17 field-goal tries, scored 31 points in all, and the Lakers lost for the fourth time, 114-108. Embattled Mullaney, trying his zone-defense gimmick again, was called "a disgrace to basketball" by Coach George Lee of the Warriors.
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December 08, 1969

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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NAMED: To succeed Joe Schultz as manager of the Seattle Pilots, DAVE BRISTOL, 36, manager until a month and a half ago of the Cincinnati Reds.

TRADED: Outfielder ALEX JOHNSON and Infielder CHICO RUIZ by the Cincinnati Reds to the California Angels in exchange for Pitchers JIM McGLOTHLIN, PEDRO BORBON and VERN GEISHERT. Johnson's .315 was the sixth highest batting average in the National League, while McGlothlin was 8-16 for the season but had a 3.16 ERA.

FIRED: By the Miami Floridians of the ABA, JIM POLLARD, head coach of the franchise since 1967. He will be replaced by Hal Blitman of Cheyney State College.

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