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A Roundup of the Week Jan. 7-13
Compiled by Amy Nutt
January 21, 1991
PRO BASKETBALL—The Bucks started the week off well, with a 99-96 defeat of the Bullets, but lost three straight and surrendered the Central Division lead. Milwaukee fell behind the Atlantic Division-leading Celtics by as many as 28 points, battled back to within four points by the end of the third period but sagged down the stretch to lose 110-102. The Bucks were then pounded 120-105 by the 76ers, whose Charles Barkley scored 37 points. Milwaukee's third loss, which left the Bucks half a game behind onrushing Chicago, came against the on-again, off-again Pacers. Indiana scored 44 points in the third period, eventually overwhelming Milwaukee 118-110. Boston's Kevin McHale, starting his first game of the season because Larry Bird was out with an inflamed disk that will bench him indefinitely, scored 28 points to lead the Celtics to their fourth consecutive win by crushing the Knicks 101-87. McHale had another big night in the aforementioned Boston defeat of the Bucks, scoring 30 points, getting 10 rebounds and blocking five shots. Reggie Lewis scored the last four points of the game on free throws to seal a 109-107 victory against the Clippers, but Boston ended the week with a loss, 116-99, at the hands of Washington, whose Bernard King, the league's top scorer, with an average of 31.2 a game, had 37 points to run his total for the week to 112 in three games (page 30). David Robinson, arguably the NBA's top center, got 31 points and 16 rebounds to pace the Midwest Division-leading Spurs past the 76ers 111-102 in overtime. Robinson's 35 points and 16 rebounds were wasted in a 109-98 loss to the Hawks, who received 40 points from Dominique Wilkins. Robinson then poured in a career-high-tying 43 points, got 12 rebounds and snuffed 10 shots for the fifth triple double in his two years in the NBA as he led San Antonio past the injury-riddled Magic 117-111. Robinson got his second triple double of the week—22 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocks—in a 112-92 whipping of the Jazz. The Trail Blazers, leaders in the Pacific Division, had eight players in double figures as Portland blew out the Rockets 123-97. Playing without Akeem Olajuwon, who is out indefinitely with facial and eye injuries suffered during a Jan. 3 game against the Bulls, Houston missed 11 of its first 15 shots. Rolando Blackmail and Alex English each scored 24 points as the Mavericks ended a nine-game losing streak with a 109-99 victory over the Blazers. Portland couldn't get back on track as Bill Laimbeer's basket with 0.3 of a second remaining in overtime lifted the Pistons to a 100-98 win in a rematch of last season's playoff finalists.
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January 21, 1991

A Roundup Of The Week Jan. 7-13

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NAMED: As football coach at Syracuse, PAUL PASQUALONI, 41, who had been the Orangemen's linebackers coach the last four years.

DIED: ALAN WIGGINS, 32, a switch-hitting second baseman for the San Diego Padres from 1981 to '85 and the Baltimore Orioles from '85 to '87; of pneumonia, tuberculosis and other medical complications; in Los Angeles. Wiggins helped San Diego win the National League pennant in '84 by stealing 70 bases and scoring 106 runs. He was suspended from baseball for 30 days in '82 after an arrest for cocaine possession and indefinitely in '87 for reportedly failing a drug test.

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