Ft. Wayne Pistons lost to Knicks, Rochester Royals, roared back to take three in row from Syracuse, Philadelphia, Rochester, remained five games in front of Minneapolis Lakers in Western Division.
TRACK AND FIELD
Gunnar Nielsen's record-smashing 4:03.6 victory in Wanamaker Mile highlighted Millrose Games in New York, set pace for other outstanding performances. Norway's front-running Audun Boysen ran away from Villanova's Ron Delany in half-mile, set meet record of 1:51; Mai Whitfield held off Lou Jones, won by inches in 600-yard run in 1:10.8; Rod Richard upset Art Bragg in 60-yard sprint in 0:06.2; veteran Harrison Dillard won 60-yard high hurdles, equaled own meet record of 0:07.2; Horace Ashenfelter outran rivals in 9:04 two-mile; the Rev. Bob Richards maintained superiority in pole vault with 15-foot, 2-inch leap; Parry O'Brien put shot 56 feet, 7 inches; Herman Wyatt, John Hall, Charles Holding, Laverne Smith of Armed Forces, Phil Reavis of Villanova finished in five-way high jump tie at 6 feet, 7� inches.
Marjorie Larney of New York hurled discus 122 feet, 2 inches; Amelia Wershoven of New York tossed javelin 138 feet, 10 inches, established indoor records, led qualifiers for U.S. women's team in Pan-American games in National AAU senior meet at Chicago.
Kid Gavilan, mambo-dancing ex-welterweight king, made little use of right hand, relied upon left hooks and jabs, showed brief flashes of former skill, won 10-round split decision over hard-hitting but slow-thinking Ernie Durando in New York.
Seraphin Ferrer, unbeaten young French lightweight champion, shot right to chin, floored former world titleholder Paddy DeMarco, who got up from canvas at five, was counted out while clutching ropes in fifth round at Paris.
Keeny Teran, scrappy Los Angeles battler who overcame addiction to dope, hurled assortment of punches at top speed, stopped Johnny Ortega in 10th round of 12-rounder billed for "American flyweight championship" at Hollywood, Calif.
Bobo Olson, scheduled to defend middleweight title against tough-guy Joey Giardello in Chicago March 23, changed mind, refused to meet challenger until latter is cleared of assault charges pending in Philadelphia.