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A roundup of the week Jan. 25-31
February 07, 1972
BASKETBALL—NBA: Boston and New York traded spine-tingling victories (page 12), and by week's end the Celtics, with three of five wins overall, led the Knicks, winners of three of four, by 4� games in the East Division. Central leader Baltimore edged closer to a .500 record (24-26) with three straight wins, defeating Cincinnati twice—132-101 on 43 points in the last period and 132-124—and Buffalo 115-114 when Wes Unseld scored a basket with one second left in overtime. With Pistol Pete Maravich feeling better and scoring more, second-place Atlanta, five games out, won three of four, including a 118-113 victory over Milwaukee as Maravich popped in 35 points (14 in the last five minutes) and made 14 assists, and a 123-110 win over Buffalo as Pistol Pete tossed in 28. Milwaukee held its 4�-game lead over Chicago in the Midwest when both teams took three of four, while Golden State chipped half a game off of Los Angeles' Pacific Division lead (11�) by winning four of five as the Lakers snapped out of their mild slump with two wins in a row. The Warriors' 11-game victory streak was stopped by the Bulls 110-105, and Cleveland's 11-game losing streak came to an end when the Cavs, bolstered by the return of rookie Austin Carr, who had been out with a bad foot since Dec. 8, unexpectedly dumped Boston 112-108.
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February 07, 1972

A Roundup Of The Week Jan. 25-31

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RETIRED: DEBBIE MEYER, 19, winner of three freestyle swimming gold medals at the 1968 Olympics. "I don't seem to have the drive anymore," said Meyer. "I have been to the Olympics and I don't want to work that hard to get there again."

SIGNED: as head coach of the Chicago Bears, ABE GIBRON, 46, an assistant coach the past seven years. Gibron, a pro guard, for 11 seasons and a line coach with the Washington Redskins for five, becomes only the sixth coach of the Bears in 52 years.

TRADED: By the New York Giants, Quarterback FRAN TARKENTON, 31, to the Minnesota Vikings for Wide Receiver BOB GRIM, 26, reserve Quarterback NORM SNEAD, 32, rookie Running Back Vince Clements, 23, and two draft choices (page 16). In another trade, the San Diego Chargers obtained Defensive End DAVID (Deacon) JONES, 33, an All-Pro seven times in his 11-year career, Defensive Tackle GREG WOJCIK, 26, and Running Back LEE WHITE, 25, from the Los Angeles Rams for Linebacker JEFF STAGGS, 27, a five-year veteran, and three draft choices.

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