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A roundup of the week Nov. 13-19
November 27, 1978
PRO BASKETBALL—For the first time since they came into the NBA, the Denver Nuggets had a five-game losing streak. Four of the defeats came during an ungolden Nugget trip through the Atlantic Division. Division leader Philadelphia held David Thompson to eight points and beat Denver 109-103 in overtime, and Washington, winner of four straight, overcame a 35-point performance by Thompson in its 119-114 victory. Boston, which had lost six in a row and 12 of 14, defeated the Nuggets 120-118 in Dave Cowens' debut as player-coach (page 24). Player Cowens came through with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Coach Cowens. The next night the Celtics made it two in a row by beating Cleveland 92-90. A 106-100 defeat of Denver helped New York run its win streak to four games under new-old Coach Red Holzman. The Knicks also beat Cleveland 97-93 and Milwaukee 102-100. The Denver losses and two Kansas City wins—109-100 over Atlanta and 114-100 over New Jersey—moved the Kings into first place in the Midwest Division for the first time in four seasons. Los Angeles edged close to first-place Seattle in the Pacific by beating New Orleans 121-109 for its 12th consecutive win. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Adrian Dantley, who had a total of 210 points during the Lakers' four victories, continued to lead the way for L.A., but they received plenty of help from Jamaal Wiikes, who scored 23 points a game. San Diego and Portland were also undefeated. Maurice Lucas, who averaged 23 points during the week, and Lionel Hollins, who scored a season-high 29 points in a 123-111 defeat of New Orleans, paced the Trail Blazers to three victories, and the Clippers won thrice behind the scoring of Lloyd Free and Randy Smith, whose season scoring averages are 26.6 and 20.1, respectively.
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November 27, 1978

A Roundup Of The Week Nov. 13-19

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MILEPOSTS—NAMED: Player-coach of the Boston Celtics, Center DAVE COWENS, 30. A former NBA Co-Rookie of the Year and MVP, Cowens this season is averaging 17 points and 7.8 rebounds a game. He replaces TOM (Satch) SANDERS, 40, under whom the Celtics were 2-12 this year and 21-27 last season, after he took over from Tom Heinsohn on Jan. 5.

NAMED: National League Most Valuable Player, Outfielder DAVE PARKER, 27, of Pittsburgh. He led his league in batting (.334) and had 30 home runs and 117 RBIs.

SIGNED: By the New York Yankees, free agent LUISTIANT, whose age is variously listed as 37, 40 or whatever, for a reported $850,000. The righthander, who had a 13-8 record and a 3.31 ERA last season for the Boston Red Sox, will pitch for at least two years and then serve as the team's Director of Latin Affairs.

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