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BASKETBALL—NBA: Milwaukee pushed its lead in the Midwest Division to three games over Chicago with three more wins, including a come-from-behind 104-102 victory over the Bulls, as Kareem Jab-bar, the league's leading scorer, totaled 97 points (page 24). Boston slipped into the East lead, half a game ahead of Philadelphia, by winning two while the 76ers split two. The Celtics beat Detroit 103-102 on John Havlicek's 40-foot heave at the buzzer, and Portland 124-109 as Havlicek and reserve Art Williams combined for 59 points. Cazzie Russell, who rarely started in five seasons with New York, has become a star for Golden State. He scored 32 points in a 109-105 win over Los Angeles, 43 in a 106-91 win over Baltimore and then led the Warriors to the Pacific lead with a 10-foot jump shot in the last five seconds to beat Seattle 98-96. The Lakers, however, whacked the Warriors 105-89 in a return game and climbed into a share of first place with the Supersonics as Golden State dropped to third, half a game out. Cincinnati broke a six-game losing streak with two victories and took over first in the Central Division with a 3-6 record.
ABA: Pittsburgh, which has had one league title, two locations, three names, seven coaches and enough players in its five seasons to overflow the Ohio, the Allegheny and the Monongahela, underwent yet another change when Coach Jack McMahon was replaced. General Manager Mark Binstein took over the team, and the Condors immediately defeated defending champion Utah 135-129 as John Brisker scored 37 points. Virginia won three of four to remain on top of the East Division, but Forward Dan Issel led Kentucky to four wins in five games as the Colonels moved from third to second, only half a game out. After a 107-103 loss to New York, in which Issel scored 42 points, he tossed in 39 for a 123-109 win over Memphis, 33 as the Colonels beat the Floridians 118-111, 39 in a 115-110 defeat of Indiana and 36 more in a 102-97 victory over the Nets as rookie Center Artis Gilmore had 22 rebounds. Florida won one of three to drop from second to fourth. Indiana won only one of five, and its lead over Utah in the West was cut from two games to half a game. The Pacers' disastrous week started with a 125-108 loss to Dallas. In its only win, Indiana beat Carolina 137-116 despite rookie Jim McDaniels' 45 points. Then, in successive nights, the Pacers lost to Memphis, Kentucky and Utah. The week was not a total loss for Indiana, since Forward Roger Brown won a seat in the Indianapolis city council.
FOOTBALL—National Conference: Late scores won three games by three points apiece and tied another in the eighth week of the season. GREEN BAY upset Chicago 17-14 when Lou Michaels kicked a 22-yard field goal with 59 seconds to go. Rookie John Brockington gained 142 yards in 30 carries and scored one touchdown for the Packers, who tied Detroit 14-14 in the Monday night TV game. Tony Fritsch's 26-yard field goal with 1:53 remaining gave DALLAS a 16-13 win over St. Louis, while Dick Shiner's 46-yard touchdown pass to Art Malone with 66 seconds left lifted ATLANTA to a 9-6 victory over Cincinnati. East leader WASHINGTON tied Philadelphia 7-7 on Bill Kilmer's 32-yard pass to Clifton McNeil in the last five minutes. DETROIT came from behind with 17 points in the third quarter and then scored the winning touchdown when Greg Landry passed 76 yards to Earl McCullouch to defeat Denver 24-20. The victory moved the Lions within half a game of Central Division leader Minnesota, which lost to West leader SAN FRANCISCO 13-9 on John Brodie's fourth-period touchdown pass to Gene Washington. Rookie Charlie Evans scored three short-yardage touchdowns as the NEW YORK Giants surprised San Diego 35-17.
American Conference: Oakland held a 14-0 lead over New Orleans in the third period, when Saint Quarterback Edd Hargett, who had replaced the injured Archie Manning, directed three long (79, 70 and 77 yards) scoring drives to tie the Raiders 21-21. The tying touchdown came on a 10-yard pass from Hargett to Dave Parks with only eight seconds to go. Bobby Howfield kicked a 39-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter, his second of the game, to lift the NEW YORK Jets past Kansas City 13-10 and drop the Chiefs into second place in the West behind the Raiders. PITTSBURGH slipped into a share of the lead in the Central Division with Cleveland, both with 4-4 records, by beating the slumping Browns 26-9 as Roy Gerela booted four field goals. East leader MIAMI shut out winless Buffalo 34-0 on Bob Griese's two touchdown passes and a 45-yard touchdown run by Mercury Morris, who gained 116 yards in 13 carries as a substitute for the injured Jim Kiick. Two pass interceptions led to a pair of touchdowns by NEW ENGLAND in the last five minutes and enabled the Patriots to charge past Houston 28-20.
HARNESS RACING—ALBATROSS ($3.40), driven by Stanley Dancer, finished first for the 24th time in 27 starts this year with a four-length victory over Horton Hanover in the $50,000 Western at California's Hollywood Park.
HOCKEY—- Montreal, led by Frank Mahovlich (page 80), held second place in the East by one point over Boston, but both teams lost ground to first-place New York. The Rangers extended their unbeaten streak to 11 by a sweeping West Coast tour. They beat Los Angeles 7-1, California 8-1 and Vancouver 3-1 as the highest-scoring line in the NHL—Jean Ratelle, Rod Gilbert and Vic Hadfield—amassed eight goals and 12 assists to boost its point total to 66. Bob Nevin, acquired by Minnesota from the Rangers in an off-season trade, gave the North Stars a tie with Chicago for first place in the West by scoring a hat trick against St. Louis in a 5-1 win, while the Black Hawks were losing to the Canadiens 2-1. John Wilson took over as head coach at Detroit, and the last-place Red Wings promptly dropped two games. St. Louis, with Coach Bill McCreary making his debut, lost three in a row.
HORSE RACING—NUMBERED ACCOUNT ($2.60), ridden by Braulio Baeza, won the $184,375 Gardenia Stakes at New Jersey's Garden State Park by 2� lengths over Susan's Girl for her eighth victory in nine starts.