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PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: It seemed an innocuous trade: Buffalo sent Guard Dave Wohl and rookie Center Kevin Kunnert to Houston for Forward Jack Marin and Guard Matt Goukas—but both the Braves and the Rockets were rewarded for their bartering acuity with unbeaten weeks. Buffalo downed Philadelphia twice and Goukas and Marin hit key points down the stretch as the Braves snapped Chicago's 10-game win streak 106-101. Buffalo then drew within 4� games of second-place New York in the Boston-led Atlantic Division with a 103-100 overtime decision over the Knicks, Marin scoring four of his 10 points in the extra five minutes. Houston climbed out of the Central cellar with three wins, but trailed pacesetter Capital by 11� games and Atlanta by 5�. Dave Wohl nailed down the Rockets' 116-112 upset of Los Angeles with six straight free throws in overtime. Pacific leader LA then dropped another, 107-103 to Atlanta, which was playing without the temporarily suspended Pete Maravich and the injured Lou Hudson. But the Lakers remained � game ahead of Golden State, which lost to Detroit 110-86 and KC- Omaha 121-120. Detroit rode the scoring of Willie Norwood and George Trapp to four straight wins and trailed Chicago by one game and Milwaukee by four in the Midwest.
ABA: Amidst rumors of player discontent with Coach Wilt Chamberlain, blatant fan disinterest and almost daily discussion of their sale and removal to Los Angeles next year, the San Diego Qs finished the week undefeated, taking Virginia 107-104 and Memphis 136-120, and handing San Antonio its fourth straight loss, 120-105. It was enough to make San Diego a prouder fifth (if still last) in the West Division. Rookie Dwight Lamar led the Qs with 88 points. Atop the division, Utah also won three in a row to open a 10-game lead on Indiana, which lost two of three. In the East, Kentucky's Artis Gilmore set a league record with 40 rebounds in a 123-91 rout of New York. The Colonels then beat Carolina 125-111 and Denver 106-105 to move within � game of first-place New York, which blitzed Indiana 121-100 and then saw their next game with the Pacers snowed out.
FIGURE SKATING—GORDON McKELLEN, 20, of Lake Placid, N.Y., won the U.S. men's championship in Providence and DOROTHY HAMILL, 17, of Riverside, Conn., captured the women's crown. MELISSA MILITANO, of Dix Hill, N.Y., and JOHNNY JOHNS, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., are the new pairs champions (page 66).
HOCKEY—NHL: The Los Angeles Kings, who had been acting like West Division patsies all year, tried some winning ways and surged into a tie with Atlanta for fourth place and a playoff spot. The Kings wiped out Buffalo 5-1 behind Tom Williams' two goals, Butch Goring's goal and two assists and Bob Nevin's three assists. Then Nevin and Goring scored a goal and an assist each in a 2-1 win against St. Louis, for the Kings' fifth win in eight games. Philadelphia continued to pace the West and Chicago by six points, but could not shake the Boston jinx. The Bruins whipped the Flyers 5-3, making Boston 30-3-4 against them since Philly entered the NHL in 1967. Ken Hodge scored twice. The Bruins stayed firmly atop the East, eight points ahead of Montreal, which won three, including a 7-2 rout of third-place New York.
WHA: The Brothers Walton—Minnesota's Mike and Vancouver's Rob—again shot up the West and lifted their respective teams to hitherto unreal heights. Mike scored two goals and an assist in a 4-1 victory against Cleveland, added two assists in Minnesota's 7-2 rout of Chicago, and scored the winning goal in overtime as the Saints beat Winnipeg 4-3 and moved into third in the West. Minnesota is now only one point back of the Jets, but 11 behind Houston, which got some pretty fancy scoring—five goals in three wins—from its Family Affair, Gordie, Mark and Marty Howe. Vancouver got two goals and two assists from Brother Rob Walton in an 8-0 pasting of Edmonton. The Blazers then received another goal and two assists from Rob in the 7-3 win over Quebec, and climbed out of the West cellar. In the East, Quebec earlier won its sixth straight, 3-0 over division leader New England, and moved ahead of Toronto into second.
HORSE RACING—ANCIENT TITLE ($4.80), ridden by Laffit Pincay, scored a wire-to-wire victory in the $130,200 Charles H. Strub Stakes. The gelding beat Dancing Papa by three lengths to become only the third horse to sweep the Strub Series, Santa Anita's three races for 4-year-olds.
TENNIS—CHRIS EVERT was awarded the $10,000 first prize in the $50,000 S&H Green Stamp Classic in Fort Lauderdale when Kerry Melville forfeited the finals because of an injury suffered the night before when she "stubbed her foot on a chair."