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A roundup of the week April 5-11
April 19, 1976
PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: In the last week of regular-season play Philadelphia beat New Orleans 102-99 and clinched second place in the Atlantic Division (and the home-court advantage in its best-of-three vs. Buffalo, which finished third) by defeating Kansas City 112-108 behind George McGinnis' 38 points. That accomplished, the 76ers snapped Atlanta's 16-game losing streak by bowing to the Hawks 123-109. First-place Boston, with Dave Cowens sidelined with a bruised heel, lost to Cleveland, Kansas City and Milwaukee. In the Celtics' 103-99 victory over the Bullets John Havlicek celebrated the passing of his 36th birthday by scoring a season-high 38 points. Cleveland inched ahead of Washington in the Central Division by beating Boston 101-92 and New Orleans 111-97, then downed New York 99-94 to assure the Cavaliers of first place and the home-court advantage when they meet Washington in their best-of-seven series. Milwaukee lost to Detroit 106-96, then became No. 1 in the ho-hum Midwest by beating Boston 106-100. In the Pacific, Bill Walton scored 26 points and triggered a second-half rally in Portland's 106-104 defeat of Los Angeles. The Lakers' 113-98 loss to Phoenix put them out of the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Phoenix finished the season 42-40 after downing Seattle 121-95 and will open playoff action against the SuperSonics, who won the home-court advantage by beating Portland 132-131 to finish 43-39. Earlier in the week Seattle's 119-103 win over the Golden State Warriors set a club record of 15 consecutive wins at home.
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April 19, 1976

A Roundup Of The Week April 5-11

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WHA: As a last regular-season lesson for the youngsters, 48-year-old Gordie Howe scored the tic-breaking goal on a power play in Houston's 8-5 defeat of Phoenix. Thirty-seven-year-old Bobby Hull scored three goals to give him a season total of 53—the ninth time in his career he reached the 50-goal plateau—as Winnipeg beat Calgary 5-3 in the Jets' final game. In a best-of-five preliminary, the Roadrunners overcame San Diego 3-2 on Del Hall's 20-foot backhander 31 seconds into overtime, but then lost to the Mariners 4-2, tying the series 1-1. The other preliminary was won by New England, which racked up Cleveland 5-3, 6-1 and 3-2. In the two best-of-seven quarterfinals under way, Calgary beat Quebec 3-1 and 8-4 to lead that series 2-0 and Winnipeg won its first two games against Edmonton 7-3 and 5-4 in overtime.

MOTOR SPORTS—DAVID PEARSON drove his Mercury to a five-length victory over Buddy Baker in the Rebel 500 at Darlington, S.C.

SKIING—Swedish World Cup champion INGEMAR STENMARK won his first giant slalom title in the National Alpine championships at Are, Sweden, beating runner-up Torsten Jakobsson by almost five seconds.

TENNIS—Mexico's Raul Ramirez twisted his ankle and defaulted to JOHN NEWCOMBE in the sixth game of the fifth set of the WCT Avis Challenge Cup match in Keauhou-Kona, Hawaii. Newcombe won the $10,000 winner-take-all round-robin match 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 5-7, 3-2 retired.

New Zealand's ONNY PARUN upset Cliff Drysdale 7-6, 6-3 to win the WCT tournament in Johannesburg.

Harold Solomon upended defending champion Ken Rosewall 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 to win the River Oaks WCT tournament in Houston.

TRACK & FIELD—The UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE 880-yard relay team of Lamar Preyor, Ronnie Harris, Jerome Morgan and Reggie Jones equaled the world record of 1:21.7 at the Dogwood Relays in Knoxville.

MILEPOSTS—ATTAINED: By JAMES E. TARJAN, 24, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., the title of international grandmaster, chess' highest permanently conferred ranking. Of slightly over 100 grandmasters in the world, Tarjan is the 12th American.

HIRED: As basketball coach at Tulane, ROY DANFORTH, 40, after 12 years at Syracuse, eight of them as head coach, in which he compiled a 148-71 record.

HIRED: DON DeVOE, 34, as basketball coach at the University of Wyoming, after five years at Virginia Tech, where his Gobblers were 88-45.

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