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A roundup of the week April 25-May 1
May 09, 1977
PRO BASKETBALL—For six games, Philadelphia was criticized for not playing any defense against Boston in their quarterfinal playoff battle. For example, Jo Jo White scored at will Friday night, pumping in 40 points in a 113-108 Celtic win that forced the series to the seventh game. On Sunday it was a different story, however. White was held to zero points in the second half while 76er Guard Lloyd Free (27 points) bombed the Boston defenses from all over the floor as Philadelphia outdefensed Boston 83-77 and took the series 4-3, eliminating the defending champions. It was only the second time in 13 occasions that the Celtics had lost a seventh game in the playoffs. Houston won three straight to eliminate Washington 4-2. Tiny Calvin Murphy was the hero of Game Five, hitting for 40 points in a 123-115 Rocket victory. And muscular Mike Newlin scored 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter of Game Six to assure Houston's 108-103 win. Golden State squared its series against Los Angeles with a 115-106 win in Sunday's sixth game, the 16th straight time (over four years) that the Warriors had beaten the Lakers in Oakland. Averaging 37.3 and 29.2 points per game respectively, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Rick Barry (page 63) turned the series into a personal scoring duel. Denver topped Portland 114-105 in overtime to cut the Trail Blazers' series lead to 3-2 (page 22).
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May 09, 1977

A Roundup Of The Week April 25-may 1

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World Team Tennis bounced into its fourth season with exotic new teams like the Soviets playing in exotic new places like Plains, Ga. (page 56). Despite strong individual performances (Olga Morozova beat New York's Billie Jean King and Natasha Chmyreva surprised Phoenix' Chris Evert), the Soviets lost four of five matches, beating only the New York Apples, last year's champions. The Golden Gaters had the league's best record (3-0) and largest crowd (6,113). The Sea-Port Cascades, who as the Hawaii Leis finished in the Western Division cellar last year, roared off to a 3-1 start as Tom Gorman beat Alex Metreveli, Sandy Mayer and Bjorn Borg—all on the road.

Jimmy Connors retained his title in the Alan King Classic at Las Vegas, defeating Raul Ramirez 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 and earning $50,000.

TRACK & FIELD—In an unusual triple, ARIZONA STATE won the 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter relays at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia with Olympian HERMAN FRAZIER anchoring all three teams. The Sun Devils (GARY BURL, TONY DARDEN, GERALD BURL and FRAZIER) set a world record (1:21.4) in the 800. WILSON WAIGWA, a senior at UTEP, won the Ben Franklin Mile in 3:53.8, and five other runners broke four minutes. DWIGHT STONES set a meet record in the open high jump with a leap of 7'4�"

At the Drake Relays in Des Moines, PEG NEPPEL of Iowa State set an American record of 15:52.27 in the rarely contested women's 5,000. Fifteen meet records were set, including FRANCIE LARRIEU LUTZ' 4:15.66 in the 1,500 (page 24).

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: WILT CHAMBERLAIN, 40, as the president of the International Volleyball Association. Chamberlain, who will also play for the IVA's Orange County ( Calif.) Stars, is the three-year-old league's third president.

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