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A Roundup of the Week Nov. 12-18
Compiled by Amy Nutt
November 26, 1990
PRO BASKETBALL—The Celtics, leaders in the Atlantic Division, were pounded by the Bucks 119-91 as Larry Bird was held to five points, his lowest total in four years. The next night, Bird scored 45 in a 135-126 thrashing of the Hornets. Then, after whipping the Jazz 114-89, the Celtics fell behind the Bullets 84-79 before going on a 13-0 spree to come away with a 102-90 victory. With a revived Kiki Vandeweghe scoring 20 or more points thrice, the Knicks won three of four games to finish the week a game behind Boston. Milwaukee, which began the week at the top of the Central Division, ran its winning streak to five games before falling 112-95 to the Nets. The Bucks then lost 99-94 to the Cavs, as Cleveland went on a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter to clinch its fourth straight win and a share of first in the Central Division with the Pistons. Detroit took sole possession of the top spot with a 91-83 win over the Hawks in which Atlanta got only one basket in the last 8:21 of play. In the Midwest Division, the Mavericks went into a nosedive, losing 109-103 to the Magic, who snapped an NBA-record 16-game home-loss streak, and 105-93 to the Heat, who got 30 points and 21 rebounds from Rony Seikaly. Those Dallas defeats opened the way for the Spurs to move into first on the strength of a 122-93 victory over the Kings in which seven San Antonio players scored in double figures. David Robinson's 40 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots then helped the Spurs blow away the Suns 128-114. The Pacific Division-leading Trail Blazers remained unbeaten after eight games by hammering the Knicks 141-125—Portland converted 11 of its first 12 shots against New York and never trailed—and nailing the defenseless Nuggets twice, 155-129 and 143-112 (page 34).
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November 26, 1990

A Roundup Of The Week Nov. 12-18

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NAMED: As the National League Cy Young Award winner, Pittsburgh Pirate righthander DOUG DRABEK, 28; and as the American League Cy Young winner, Oakland Athletics righthander BOB WELCH, 34.

SUSPENDED: Indefinitely, by the stewards at Hollywood Park, from all California tracks, jockey PATRICK VALENZUELA, 28, pending "psychological and medical evaluations." Valenzuela was suspended for 60 days last year for testing positive for cocaine.

DIED: ALYDAR, 15, who finished second to Affirmed in all three Triple Crown races in 1978 and went on to sire 45 stakes winners; by lethal injection; in Lexington, Ky. (page 30).

Northern Dancer, 29, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in 1964 and sire of 143 stakes winners; by lethal injection; in Chesapeake City, Md. (page 30).

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