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A roundup of the week March 14-20
March 28, 1977
PRO BASKETBALL—Only 1� games separated Kansas City (37-33), Seattle (37-36) and Chicago (36-35) in the battle for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Written off after they lost 13 straight earlier this season, the Bulls have won 12 of 13, the last two over K.C. and Seattle. Artis Gilmore scored a season-high 42 points, including the decisive tip-in with one second to play, in the Bulls' 114-112 defeat of the Kings; Kansas City's Richard Washington just missed beating the buzzer with a desperation 40-foot shot. The next night the Bulls whipped the SuperSonics 104-92 to go over .500 for the first time since Oct. 26. Philadelphia warmed up for the playoffs by winning four times as George McGinnis and Dr. J combined for an average of 49 points a game. Bill Walton returned to the lineup, and Portland responded with three straight wins. With Walton, the Trail Blazers were 37-18; without Walton, 5-12. Ten Warriors scored in double figures as Golden State clobbered Indiana 150-91, the most points for the team since it moved west in 1962. Five New Orleans players were slightly injured in an afternoon traffic accident and had to miss that night's game in Phoenix, but Pistol Pete Maravich scored 51 points—his third plus-50 game this season—as seven tired Jazz-men beat the Suns 104-100. The New York Nets lost four games and became the first team to be mathematically eliminated from the playoff races.
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March 28, 1977

A Roundup Of The Week March 14-20

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SWIMMING—Four American women's records were set at the Southern California Invitational Championships in Los Angeles. JENNIFER HOOKER of Mission Viejo, Calif. was timed in 4:46.27 in the 500-yard freestyle. 16:16.90 in the 1650 freestyle. LINDA JEZEK won the 100-yard backstroke in 57.29 and 200-yard backstroke in 2.01.63.

TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS beat John Alexander 7-6, 6-2 to take the $100,000 WCT Classic in St. Louis.

Chris Evert won her fifth Virginia Slims title of the year and $20,000, beating Martina Navratilova 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in Philadelphia.

WRESTLING—Although it had only one individual champion, IOWA STATE won its seventh NCAA title in Norman, Okla. (page 56).

MILEPOSTS—HIRED: "Terrible" TED LINDSAY, 51. as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, replacing Alex Delvecchio, who was fired. A member of the Hall of Fame, Lindsay played 14 seasons for the Red Wings, mostly at left wing on a line with Gordie Howe at right wing and either Sid Abel or Delvecchio at center, and three years for the Chicago Black Hawks; he scored 379 goals during his career and amassed 1,808 penalty minutes.

UPHELD: Baseball Commissioner BOWIE KUHN's decision to void Oakland owner Charles O. Finley's sale of Vida Blue, Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers last season; by U.S. District Court Judge Frank McGarr; in Chicago.

DIED: CARLOS PACE, 33, Brazilian Formula I driver; in a plane crash; in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Pace, who was under contract to the Brabham racing team, was tied for fifth in the 1977 world driving competition.

DIED: ANTONINO ROCCA, 49, professional wrestler; in New York. Rocca was one of several recognized "heavyweight champions of the world" during his highly successful 25-year career.

DIED: LAWRENCE TIMOTHY (BUCK) SHAW, 77, college and professional football coach for more than 30 years; of cancer; in Menlo Park, Calif. A 178-pound tackle for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, Shaw subsequently coached five college teams, the San Francisco 49ers (1946-54) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1958-60). Shaw retired after his biggest win, a 17-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the 1960 NFL championship game.

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