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BASKETBALL—NBA: Early in the week spirits were high in Milwaukee as Lew Alcindor led his team to a 115-113 victory over Los Angeles, with a career-high 46 points and two other scoring records. Then the Bucks' five-game winning streak was cut and they lost ground in their struggle for the East lead with New York, which was undefeated for the week, when they were beaten in overtime by Chicago. In the West, Atlanta dropped three straight games but was still leading by 6�. San Francisco's Nate Thurmond, the NBA's top rebounder, suffered a torn knee cartilage that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
ABA: The Indiana Pacers, leading in the East with an impressive 32-8 record, lost the only game they played, 100-93, to the third-place Carolina Cougars, who enjoyed a 3-0 week. Pittsburgh's new coach, Buddy Jeannette, got off on the wrong foot by losing his first four games, running the Piper streak to eight and putting the team in last place. Both New Orleans and Denver were undefeated in the West, but Denver continued its climb from last by taking second from Dallas, which had two losses.
NBA—EAST: New York (2-0), Milwaukee (2-1), Baltimore (2-1), Philadelphia (2-2), Cincinnati (1-3), Boston (2-1), Detroit (2-2). West: Atlanta (1-3), Chicago (2-2), Los Angeles (1-1), San Francisco (1-2), Phoenix (2-2), San Diego (0-2), Seattle (3-1).
BOWLING—After nine years as a pro, ED BOURDASE of Fresno, Calif. won his first PBA tournament with a 201-182 final-match victory over Johnny Petraglia of Brooklyn in the $50,000 Greater Los Angeles Open.
AFL: The league went out of existence playing its All-Star Game in the Astrodome, a 26-3 rout of the East that was highlighted by the passing of West Quarterback John Hadl, who earned the MVP award with 18 completions in 26 tries for 224 yards and a touchdown.
GOLF—DALE DOUGLASS shot a final-round 66 to edge defending champion Gene Littler 271-272 in the $100,000 Phoenix Open. John Miller, the 22-year-old who joined the front-runners with a startling 10-under-par 61 on the third round, finished in a tie for 10th.
HOCKEY—NHL: The fifth-place Chicago Black Hawks won all three of their games, including a controversial 1-0 victory over second-place Boston, the first shutout the Bruins have suffered in 70 games on their home ice. New York, still way ahead in first place, had two wins, a tie and a loss, the last a 4-1 defeat by third-ranked Montreal, which remains only one point behind Boston. There were no changes in the West standings, though Los Angeles, with four losses, took a firmer grip on last place.