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A roundup of the week Nov. 3-9
Compiled by CRAIG NEFF
November 17, 1980
PRO BASKETBALL—The Spurs' first victim was Pacific Division-leading Phoenix, fresh off its eighth straight win, 109-108 over Indiana. With James Silas scoring 30 points, including the 10,000th of his ABA-NBA career, San Antonio took a 19-point lead after three periods against the Suns and then benched all its starters in coasting to a 114-84 victory. Los Angeles, second in the Pacific, came next, losing 112-109 as the Spurs' George Gervin had 30 points. The wins increased San Antonio's Midwest Division lead to three games over Utah, which beat Kansas City 107-104 and Cleveland 112-96 before falling 109-102 to the Knicks. Adrian Dantley (33.6 points per game) had 100 points in the Jazz' three games to remain ahead of Moses Malone (29.3) and Denver's David Thompson (27.3) in the league scoring race. In the Central Division, first-place Milwaukee won two of three, while the other division teams went a collective 4-15, leaving the Bucks with a 3�-game edge over the Pacers. Milwaukee defeated Indiana 135-121, with Marques Johnson going for 40 points, and beat Boston 102-101, but, in between, the Bucks saw their 10-game winning streak end with a 98-96 loss to lowly (3-12) Detroit. The heretofore struggling Bullets, who were 2-9 entering the week, suddenly caught fire, beating injury-plagued Atlanta 122-98, Dallas 116-95 and the Pistons 114-88. Never mind that their three opponents' combined record was 10-36, Washington shot a team-record 64% from the floor against the Mavericks, and Elvin Hayes hit 12 of 16 field-goal tries in scoring 29 points against Detroit. Still, the Bullets gained little ground on the Atlantic Division leader, Philadelphia, which also defeated the Pistons, 107-103 behind Julius Erving's 36 points, and beat K.C. 117-100. For the seventh time in four seasons, Sixers Guard Doug Collins was felled by a serious injury, this time a stress fracture of the right foot. The second-place Knicks, unbeaten in six home games this season, won two of three on the road. New York lost 111-102 to the Kings, and then beat Denver 124-115 and Utah 109-102. Four Knicks had 21 or more points in the Denver win, and all five Knick starters scored in double figures against the Jazz.
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November 17, 1980

A Roundup Of The Week Nov. 3-9

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MOTOR SPORTS—TOM SNEVA, averaging 99.925 mph in a Phoenix-Cosworth, won a 150-mile, $75,000 Indy car race in Phoenix by nine seconds over Mario Andretti in a Penske.

TENNIS—IVAN LENDL defeated Brian Teacher 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 to win the men's title at a $125,000 tournament in Hong Kong. WENDY TURNBULL beat Marcie Louie 6-0, 6-2 in the women's finals.

Tracy Austin beat Sherry Acker 6-2, 7-5 to win a $125,000 tournament in Filderstadt, West Germany.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As the National League Cy Young Award winner for a record-tying third time, Phillie lefthander STEVE CARLTON, 35, whose 24 victories, 286 strikeouts and 304 innings pitched led the league. He also won the award in 1972 and 1977.

RETIRED: Japan's most renowned baseball player, SADAHARU OH, 40, after hitting 868 home runs and leading the Yomiuri Giants to 12 Japan Series titles in 21 seasons. The 5'9", 160-pound first baseman, a lefthanded batter and .301 career hitter, was the Central League MVP nine times and its homerun champ 15 times. He will remain with the Giants as assistant manager.

After 12 NBA seasons with Boston (1969-78), Golden State (1979-80) and Kansas City (1980), Guard JO JO WHITE, 34, a seven-time All-Star who scored 17.2 points per game and played on the Celtics' 1974 and 1976 league championship teams. He was named the playoff MVP in '76.

DIED: Of respiratory complications, British bantamweight JOHNNY OWEN, 24, who had been in a coma at California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles since being knocked out on Sept. 19 by WBC champ Lupe Pintor.

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