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A roundup of the week Dec. 14-20
Compiled by ALEXANDER WOLFF
December 28, 1981
PRO BASKETBALL—Boston and Philadelphia continued to play leapfrog. Celtic wins over Dallas, 109-92, and Washington, 99-98 as Robert Parish scored 32 points, and a Sixer 117-115 loss to New York put Boston a half-game ahead in the Atlantic Division going into the teams' second meeting of the season. In that game Philly got 36 points from Julius Erving and won 123-118 to square the Celtic-Sixer season's series and take the divisional lead. Golden State snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating Pacific Division-leading L. A. 120-115 as Bernard King and World B (n� Lloyd) Free combined for 65 points. That left the Warriors, along with Seattle, Portland and Phoenix, in the middle of the Pac, all within four games of the Lakers and all with better than .500 records. In the Central, Milwaukee remained 3� games in front with a 104-96 thumping of its closest rival, Indiana; and in the Midwest, Houston scored three straight wins and welcomed back Forward Robert Reid from a 12-day "leave of absence." He came off the bench to score 22 points in the Rockets' 102-95 defeat of Chicago. One Midwest club that played .500 ball—for the week, at least—was Dallas. Mavs' rookie Jay Vincent had 31 and 24 points in victories over Washington (107-102) and Portland (102-95) as Dallas ran its record to 6-20. Poor Phoenix, no sooner had the Suns gotten Guard Walter Davis back from a broken left elbow than Center Alvan Adams broke his nose in two places thanks to a deliberate blow, Adams claimed, from Midwest-leading San Antonio's George Gervin in a 108-104 Phoenix win. Even without Adams, the Suns beat Kansas City 95-87.
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December 28, 1981

A Roundup Of The Week Dec. 14-20

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Jerry Nicodemus rode DENIM N DIAMONDS ($3.40) to victory by a neck over Sgt Pepper Feature in the $200,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos. The 4-year-old quarter-horse mare ran the 440 yards in 21.73.

INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: Steve Zungul had seven goals in two games, including five in a 9-4 defeat of Buffalo, as New York ran its mark to 8-1 and continued to lead the Eastern Division. St. Louis remained atop the West with a 10-2 thumping of Baltimore.

NASL: Edmonton's Jan Goosens drilled home seven goals in a 14-5 win over Portland, tying the NASL record for goals in an indoor game. Goosens, whose Driller teammates trailed Northwest Division-leading Seattle, was leading the league with 14 goals after his big burst. Tulsa, with the league's best record (4-1), stayed in first place in the Central as Laurie Abrahams scored four times and assisted three times in a 10-3 defeat of the East leader, Toronto. George Best returned from a knee injury, getting five goals for Western Division-leading San Jose in a 10-9 win over San Diego.

TENNIS—TRACY AUSTIN won the $250,000 Toyota Championships in East Rutherford, N.J. with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Martina Navratilova (page 28).

Tim Wilkison beat Chris Lewis 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 in the finals of the $125,000 New South Wales Open in Sydney.

VOLLEYBALL—USC defeated UCLA 9-15, 15-7, 10-15, 15-13 and 15-7 to win the NCAA Division I women's title in Los Angeles.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As football coach at Kentucky, former Maryland Coach JERRY CLAIBORNE, 53, replacing Fran Curci, who was fired; by Texas-El Paso as its football coach, former West Texas State Coach BILL YUNG, 48, to replace interim Coach Billy Alton; by West Texas State, DON DAVIS, 42, to replace Yung; and as the new coach at Virginia, former Navy Coach GEORGE WELSH, 48.

TRADED: By the Cincinnati Reds, Third Baseman RAY KNIGHT, 29, to the Houston Astros for Outfielder CESAR CEDENO, 30.

DIED: JIM ENRIGHT, 71, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and longtime official and sportswriter; of kidney failure; in Chicago.

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