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A roundup of the week Dec. 31-Jan. 6
Compiled by Kathleen Andria
January 14, 1980
PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: It had been a long time since New York-area fans had much to cheer about, but last week they got a double treat. The young Knicks ran their winning streak to five games and went over .500 for the first time in a month. Michael Ray Richardson, who leads the league in assists (8.79 per game) and steals (3.28), had 17 assists—10 in one quarter—and four swipes in pacing New York to a 128-120 victory over San Antonio and 13 assists and five steals in a 138-101 win over San Diego. In that game the Knicks led the Clippers 42-12 after the first quarter. Meanwhile the Knicks' neighbors, the Nets, beat Houston 104-101, despite 39 points from Moses Malone, and Central Division leader Atlanta 126-119. After missing 33 games because of an injured right knee, Center Artis Gilmore returned to the lineup and led the Bulls to a 121-118 victory over San Diego. George Gervin scored 42 points in San Antonio's 118-109 win over Phoenix, and then the Spurs scored 18 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to beat Boston 119-111. Nonetheless the Celtics remained on top in the Atlantic Division, with a league-leading .750 percentage, 1� games in front of Philadelphia. In a 128-121 victory over Utah, Scott Wedman of Kansas City scored a career-high 45 points, and then got 27 more points, and Otis Birdsong had 37 as the Kings defeated the Hawks 112-107. The Kings also beat the Spurs 115-106 and took a half-game Midwest lead over Milwaukee, which lost to the Jazz 95-88. A rematch of last year's championship series went into double overtime. This time, though, Washington defeated Seattle 139-134, Elvin Hayes coming through with nine points in the second OT. The Sonics remained first in the Pacific Division, 16 percentage points in front of Los Angeles. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 60 points in the Lakers' two wins and brought his career total to 23,192, putting him past Elgin Baylor and into fifth on the all-time list. And Denver's George McGinnis didn't seem to learn his lesson. In his first game following a three-game suspension for knocking down a referee. McGinnis was ejected for getting two technicals on the same second-quarter play—for arguing with the referee. The Nuggets beat Detroit anyhow, 135-116.
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January 14, 1980

A Roundup Of The Week Dec. 31-jan. 6

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TRACK—Two world indoor records were set at the Muhammad Ali Invitational in Long Beach. HOUSTON McTEAR won the 60-meters in 6.38, and EVELYN ASHFORD won the women's 60 in 7.04 (page 103).

MILEPOSTS—FIRED: By Arizona State, FRED MILLER, the athletic director who dismissed Football Coach Frank Kush on Oct. 13.

By the University of Florida as basketball coach, JOHN LOTZ, 44, after guiding the Gators to a 4-7 start this season. Ed Visscher was named acting coach.

NAMED: As head football coach by Northern Illinois. BILL MALLORY, 44, former coach (1974-78) of the University of Colorado, who had a 35-21-1 record.

HIRED: As coach of the CFL Toronto Argonauts, WILLIE WOOD, 43, former Packer defensive back. He is the first black coach of a major pro football team.

DIED: FRANK WYKOFF, 70, a sprinter who won gold medals as a member of the U.S. 400-meter relay teams in the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics; of emphysema; in Pasadena, Calif.

Middleweight Boxer TONY THOMAS, 20, of a blood clot on the brain suffered during a Dec. 22 fight in Spartanburg, S.C.

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