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February 08, 1971
BASKETBALL—NBA: Boston defeated Cleveland, the worst team in the NBA, 121-110, then gave everyone—including Cleveland—a Boston Tea Party. The Celtics fell to the Cavaliers 117-116, Milwaukee 132-129, and New York 118-111. Lew Alcindor, the player who has made Milwaukee even more famous, equaled his career high of 53 against the charitable Celtics. The Bucks also downed Atlanta 142-120 and Philadelphia 142-118 but lost to the Knicks 107-98 for their third loss in four games (page 14). Georgians who had claimed that L.A. was the abbreviation for Lovely Atlanta rather than Los Angeles had their fervor dampened as the Hawks were winged in three of their four encounters. Detroit lost to New York 117-105 and San Francisco 129-112 before the Pistons ran up their second-highest season total against San Diego 131-104, the Rockets' 12th defeat in their last 13 games. The Philadelphia front office blew one by erroneously announcing earlier in the week that Hal Greer needed 18 rather than 20 points to enter the exclusive 20,000-point club. The goof notwithstanding, Greer became the sixth member to be initiated in the 25-year history of the NBA by scoring 21 points in a losing effort against Milwaukee. The next night Greer's only field goal of the second half edged New York 106-105. The win Left the 76ers 4� games behind the Knicks. Willis Reed also set a record during the week. He became the leading scorer in New York's history when he reached 10,500 points. In the Central Division Baltimore split a pair with Cincinnati and defeated San Francisco to hold a 9�-game margin over the Royals. Pacific Division leader Los Angeles won three of five but lost to second-place San Francisco 87-85.
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February 08, 1971

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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TENNIS—ROD LAVER beat Arthur Ashe 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in a winner-take-all much of the $210,000 Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden, thus eliminating Ashe from the competition. The Australian southpaw is now undefeated in seven matches and has earned $5,000 per hour for his work.

TRACK & FIELD—MARTY LIQUORI of Villanova won the Wanamaker Mile in 4:00.6 at the Milrose Games in Madison Square Garden, finishing some 10 yards ahead of Tom Von Ruden. Liquori was joined in meet-record performances by KERRY PEARCE, who ran the two-mile in 8:36.4; Atoms Track Club's CHERYL TOUSSAINT. who captured the half mile in 2:10.0; and BYRON DYCE, with his 2:07.7 victory in the Devaney 1,000.

Margaret Beacham of Watford, Hertfordshire established a world record in the 1,500-meter run by clocking 4:20.5 at the British indoor track and field championships at Cosford. The mark erased American Doris Brown's old standard by three-fifths of a second.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: GEORGE WEISS, RUBE MARQUARD, HARRY HOOPER, JOE KELLEY, JAKE BECKLEY, CHICK HAFEY and DAVE BANCROFT to Baseball's Hall of Fame in the annual ballot of an oldtimers' committee. Only Kelley and Beckley are not living.

TRADED: Pittsburgh Pirate Outfielder MATTY ALOU and Relief Pitcher GEORGE BRUNET to the St. Louis Cardinals for Pitcher NELSON BRILLS and Outfielder VIC DAVALILLO.

RETIRED: BILL VEECK, as president of debt-ridden Suffolk Downs at Boston, after two stormy years of trying to apply hi baseball operating techniques to the foundering track.

DIED: CHARLES S. GARLAND, 72, former U.S. junior singles champion, nonplaying captain of the 1927 Davis Cup team and member of the first U.S. doubles team to win the Davis Cup; in Baltimore.

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