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A roundup of the week Oct. 25-31
November 08, 1976
PRO BASKETBALL—"There's nowhere else you'll see two forwards play like this," said Philadelphia Coach Gene Shue after his 76ers downed Houston 116-94, in front of the biggest pro basketball crowd for a single game (15,676) in Texas history. The players he was talking about, George McGinnis and Julius Erving, had a combined average of 46.6 points per game in the 76ers' three wins. The 76ers' first victory over New Orleans, 111-101, was played before 27,383 people in the Superdome, the largest crowd to watch an NBA contest. On Saturday night the 76ers beat the Ervingless Nets 104-80. Atlantic leader Boston stayed unbeaten, but the Knicks, whose 3-0 start was their best since their 1969 championship season, lost twice, first to undefeated Cleveland, 114-90, and then to New Orleans, 115-112 (page 26). Denver also remained undefeated and was on top of the Midwest Division. Dan Issel and David Thompson scored 17 of their 44 points in the fourth quarter in a 113-107 defeat of Phoenix. Indiana, another NBA rookie team, won three times to even its record, despite the fact that Forward Billy Knight and Center Len Elmore were sidelined by injuries. Milwaukee won its first game in six outings by beating Chicago 102-74, with Brian Winters and Elmore Smith accounting for 44 points. Kansas City tested its rookie Forward Richard Washington against San Antonio, and he responded with 24 points and 13 rebounds in a 130-102 defeat of the Spurs. Phoenix, defending Western Conference champ, got its first win when Forward Curtis Perry snatched 13 rebounds and combined with Gar Heard for 40 points in a 95-82 defeat of the Bulls. Pacific leader Portland lost to Golden State, 112-92, as Warrior Rick Barry tallied 34 points, including live field goals off a one-handed set shot, to give the Warriors their first win.
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November 08, 1976

A Roundup Of The Week Oct. 25-31

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Royal Ski ($16.20), with Jack Kurtz in the irons, won the $150,910 Laurel Futurity by four lengths over For The Moment. The 2-year-old colt, owned by Boston Bruin Goalie Gerry Cheevers, covered the 1 [1/16]-mile course in 1:44 for his third stakes victory.

MOTOR SPORTS—JOHNNY RUTHERFORD out-dueled Gordon Johncock to win the 200-mile Indy car race in College Station, Texas. Rutherford averaged 150.315 mph in his McLaren on the two-mile Texas World Speedway.

PLATFORM TENNIS—HERB FITZGIBBON and HANK IRVINE beat Keith Jennings and Chauncey Steele 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 and split the $10,000 first-prize money in the PRO- Keds Classic in New York City.

TENNIS—EDDIE DIBBS won the Paris Indoor Open, beating Jaime Fillol 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6. In Vienna, WOJTEK FIBAK upset Raul Ramirez 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 to win the "Fischer" Grand Prix tournament.

MILEPOSTS—DIED: CLAIRE RUTH, 76, widow of Babe Ruth; of cancer; in New York. A former model and showgirl, Mrs. Ruth, n�e Merritt, married the Babe in 1929; it was the second marriage for both. An indefatigable Yankee fan, Mrs. Ruth helped organize the Babe Ruth League.

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