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January 19, 1976
PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: Guard Phil Smith scored a resounding 51 points—the league high this season as well as a personal record—as Golden State overpowered Phoenix 129-113. The 6'4" second-year man connected on 20 of 27 shots (including eight of eight in the third quarter). The victory increased the Warriors' Pacific Division lead to 7� games over new second-place tenant Seattle. Los Angeles suffered three losses in one evening: 1) a 109-106 defeat by Philadelphia; 2) the banishment of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the locker room for throwing a ball in the direction of an official; and 3) second place in the division. Seattle's Slick Watts directed the Sonics' offense, scoring 18 points in a 91-89 defeat of New York and 20 in Seattle's 112-110 overtime victory against Phoenix, which dropped the Lakers, losers in seven of their last eight games, into third. Detroit Center Bob Lanier will be sidelined for at least three weeks after fracturing his left shoulder in a 104-100 defeat of Cleveland. Milwaukee's subsequent 102-95 drubbing of the weakened Pistons, who previously lost Guard Kevin Porter, moved the Bucks back atop the Midwest. Chicago won three times as former Brave Jack Marin tallied 16 points to help down Buffalo 107-100 and hit a 10-foot jumper at the final buzzer for a dramatic 98-97 win over Houston. Boston's 118-113 victory over Washington was its 14th win in 17 games and assured that the Celtics would retain first place in the Atlantic race, since Philadelphia lost to Cleveland for the first time this season 118-105. The Central race remains the tightest, with last-place New Orleans only 3� games behind division-leading Washington. The Jazz won three in a row with Pete Maravich providing the scoring punch: 26 in a 104-98 defeat of Chicago; 37 to lead the Jazz in an 11-point, third-quarter comeback to win 107-97 over Kansas City, and 34 in a 104-99 defeat of Detroit.
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January 19, 1976

A Roundup Of The Week Jan. 5-11

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TENNIS—ARTHUR ASHE defeated Andrew Patti-son of Rhodesia 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 in Columbus, Ohio to win the opening tournament on the 1976 World Championship tour.

Chris Evert beat Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 7-6 at Austin, Texas to win $50,000 and her second consecutive L'eggs title.

The top-seeded team of DICK STOCKTON and ROSIE CASALS defeated Mark Cox and Virginia Wade of Britain 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to win the $80,000 Spalding World Mixed Doubles in Dallas.

TRACK & FIELD—DAN RIPLEY of the Pacific Coast Club vaulted 18'1�" to set a world amateur indoor record at the National Invitation meet in College Park, Md. (page 56).

Eugen Ray, an 18-year-old East German, ran the 100-meter dash in 10.21 seconds for a world indoor record at a meet in East Berlin.

Emile Puttemans of Belgium bettered his own world indoor three-mile and 5,000-meter records in Paris, recording a 12:54.6 in the former race to lower the previous mark by 4.4 seconds, and a 13:20.8 in the latter to cut 3.8 seconds off his old record.

MILEPOSTS—HIRED: LEO DUROCHER, 71, to manage the Taiheiyo Lions in Fukuoka, Japan, at a reported six-figure salary that would make him "the highest-paid baseball manager anywhere."

PURCHASED: The ATLANTA BRAVES, by Ted Turner, 37, yachtsman and communications executive, for a reported $10 to $12 million.

SOLD: The SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, for $13.25 million, to a Toronto group headed by Labatt Breweries, Ltd., pending approval by the National League.

DIED: ANCIL HOFFMAN, 91, manager of Heavyweight Champion Max Baer and his brother Buddy, a heavyweight contender; in Sacramento.

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