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A roundup of the week Oct. 24-30
November 07, 1977
PRO BASKETBALL—If ever there was a week for the home-court advantage, this was it. Of the 32 games scheduled through Saturday night, 26 were won by the home team, including all 14 on Friday and Saturday. Portland (4-1) lost at Denver, 111-108, but at home the Trail Blazers won their 11th straight, 98-94 over Philadelphia (2-3) in a rematch of last year's playoff finalists that the 76ers preferred to call "just one of 82." Denver (4-2) defeated Buffalo (2-4) 127-111 but committed 30 turnovers on Indiana's home court, losing 129-104 as Pacers Adrian Dantley and John Williamson combined for 61 points. The Knicks (3-2) began to wonder if they really were playing at home, the fans cheering as Walt Frazier—the same Walt Frazier they booed last year as a Knick—scored 28 points in a 117-112 Cleveland victory (page 74). In Atlanta (3-1), owner Ted Turner promised the fans that if the home team won, they could all come back next week for a free game. The Hawks did themselves and the crowd a good turn by downing the Lakers (2-5) 102-95. The Nets (1-4) won their first game of the season 116-109 over Boston at Piscataway, and the Celtics (1-5) got their first win in their home away from home, Hartford, Conn., downing Atlanta 110-103. Seattle, too, came through at home for its sole win, 97-92 over Buffalo, as Fred Brown tallied 37 points. Phoenix started the week with two strong performances from Paul Westphal, 26 points in a 104-101 victory over the Lakers and 30 in a 93-86 defeat of Seattle. However, the Suns lost 114-107 in New Orleans and 125-112 in Houston. The Jazz beat New York 123-106 as Gale Goodrich scored 25 points to exceed 17,000 for his career and Earl Monroe topped 15,000. Washington (1-3) lost two away games, 136-127 at Indiana and 120-106 at Kansas City (3-4).
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November 07, 1977

A Roundup Of The Week Oct. 24-30

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MILEPOSTS—DECLARED INELIGIBLE: University of Minnesota basketball players Michael Thompson and Dave Winey, by the school's Assembly Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics. The committee's decision was a reversal of its stand in March 1976, when the NCAA placed the university's athletic program on indefinite probation after the committee refused to declare Thompson, the Big Ten's leading scorer, and Winey ineligible. The NCAA's Committee on Infractions will now meet to reconsider the sanctions against Minnesota's athletic program.

FIRED: DAVE BRISTOL, 44, as manager of the Atlanta Braves, after finishing in the division cellar the past two seasons.

NAMED: By the Baseball Writers Association of America, SPARKY LYLE of the New York Yankees as winner of the American League Cy Young Award, with 56� points, 8� more than runner-up Jim Palmer. Lyle, the first relief pitcher to receive the award, had a 13-5 record, a 2.17 ERA and 26 saves.

DIED: TONY HULMAN, 76, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; of a ruptured artery; in Indianapolis. Hulman bought the Speedway in 1945 for $250,000, when it was in a state of near ruin, and developed the Indianapolis 500—whose purse this year was more than quadruple his purchase price—into one of the premier sporting events in the U.S. It was Hulman's voice that was heard every Memorial Day uttering the storied "Gentlemen, start your engines."

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