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A roundup of the week Nov. 24-30
Compiled by CRAIG NEFF
December 08, 1980
PRO BASKETBALL—Boston used such a tall lineup against the Knicks that 6'9" Larry Bird played guard. The result was a 120-106 Celtic win in which Boston out-rebounded New York 56-31, blocked 10 Knick shots and got 23 points and nine assists from Bird. But not even the Celts' eighth victory in nine starts was enough to move second-place Boston any closer to the Atlantic Division-leading 76ers, who have won 10 straight and 22 of 23. Philly beat Dallas 108-92 to become the NBA's first 20-game winner, and then edged Houston 101-100 when Julius Erving slapped away a last-second jumper by the Rockets' Allen Leavell. The Sixers also won 116-103 over Portland, whose earlier 126-101 defeat in Boston had been its 15th road loss in a row, and 113-93 over Utah. A 1-2 week dropped the Jazz to 3� games behind Midwest leader San Antonio, which beat Chicago 125-122 and K.C. 106-104 but lost 124-115 to Houston. Moses Malone spearheaded the Rocket victory with 40 points, while Otis Birdsong had 37 in defeat for the Kings. Pacific Division-leading Phoenix swept four games to run its record to 21-4, the Suns' best ever at this point of the season. The second-place Lakers stayed within three games of Phoenix with wins over Golden State (128-119) and Denver (124-123). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who hit only five of 16 field-goal tries in L.A.'s only loss of the week, 110-94 to the Bucks, scored 40 points in the Lakers' victory over the Warriors. Milwaukee retained its Central Division lead despite a 98-89 defeat in Washington that snapped the Bucks' 11-game road winning streak.
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December 08, 1980

A Roundup Of The Week Nov. 24-30

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George Maloof, 57, owner of the Houston Rockets and chairman of the New Mexico Horse Racing Commission; of an apparent heart attack; in Albuquerque.

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