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A roundup of the week Nov. 12-18
November 26, 1973
PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: It was beginning to look as if Milwaukee would never lose again, and Buck Guard Oscar Robertson was speaking about losing streaks with the contempt bred of unfamiliarity: "Three [losses] in a row. That would be a long one for us—a disaster." Then Boston ended Milwaukee's 13-game winning skein 105-90 as Dave Cowens played like a man possessed, scoring 26 points, collecting 20 rebounds and neutralizing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the fourth quarter. Next, New York shot down the Bucks 100-93 for the 13th time in 14 meetings there in Madison Square Garden. The Knicks' magical mystery man, Willis Reed, who had been sidelined for two weeks with a twisted knee, played Jabbar to a standoff and scored 22 points himself. And presto!—the Bucks were one loss short of disaster. Chicago, which had a win streak of 12 itself, followed suit, dropping two straight, to Phoenix 116-108 and Los Angeles 118-102 to remain a respectful second to the Bucks in the Midwest. Elvin Hayes had 43 points and 32 rebounds as Capital won a shootout with Atlanta 115-109 to take the lead in the Central Division. Boston spoiled Coach Bill Russell's return to Beantown by beating Seattle 110-104 and led the Knicks (3-0) by lots in the Atlantic. Out West, Los Angeles beat Phoenix 130-110 and stayed comfortably ahead of Golden State (1-1), which lost Clyde Lee on an injury.
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November 26, 1973

A Roundup Of The Week Nov. 12-18

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NAMED: As MVP in the American League, REGGIE JACKSON of the World Champion Oakland A's, by a unanimous vote (only the sixth player in 52 years to earn such acclamation) of the Baseball Writers Association. Jackson batted .293 and led the league with 32 home runs and 117 RBIs.

NAMED: JOHN HILLER, Detroit Tiger relief pitcher, as winner of the Hutch Award, given to the player who best exemplifies the competitive spirit of Fred Hutchinson, former major league pitcher and manager who died of cancer nine years ago. Hiller came back from a 1971 heart attack to set a major league mark of 38 saves in 1973 and had a 10-5 record and a 1.44 ERA.

DIED: A. PATRICK (Paddy) SMITHWICK, 46, the nation's top steeplechase rider in 1956, '57, '58 and 1962, in Baltimore after a long illness. He had retired in 1966, ending a 20-year career in which he had 2,500 mounts, 500 winners and purse earnings of about $2 million.

DIED: LLOYD MANGRUM, 59, a member of golf's "Big Three" with Ben Hogan and Sam Snead in the 1940s and '50s, of a heart attack in Apple Valley, Calif. The PGA Hall of Famer won 37 major tournaments, capturing 11 in 1948 and was the leading money-winner in 1951.

DIED: JOHN (Honey) RUSSELL, 70, whose Seton Hall basketball teams had compiled a 294-137 won-loss record between 1936 and 1961, of a heart attack in South Orange, N.J. Russell also served as the first coach of the NBA Boston Celtics in 1946-47 and was selected for the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1964.

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