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The Salina Journal Sunday, February 2,1986 Page 24 Defense keys Nuggets' comeback win NBA roundup By The Associated Press Denver coach Doug Moe said his team managed "one of the best defensive exhibitions I've seen in a long time" in the Nuggets' 116-113 comeback victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday. "When we got down by 10 or 11, it seemed like we had guys all over the floor. That was a very big win for us. We couldn't afford to lose at home." Bucks coach Don Nelson called it "a very gutsy performance on the Nuggets'part." "They moved their defense out on us, and their pressure got some steals for them. They used their quickness extremely well. We weren't going to Sidney Moncrief enough." And, Nelson said, "We're not the only ones to have problems with Alex English." He led all scorers with 35 points. Led by consistent shooting from Moncrief, Terry Cummings, and Paul Pressey, the Bucks took the lead early in the first period and were ahead until Denver's rally in the fourth. At halftime, Milwaukee had a 59-53 advantage. "They did a great job denying me the ball," Moncreif said. "They hit a stretch where they shot the ball extremely well, and we got to a point where we couldn't win the ball game. Then their crowd got into the game. We stopped moving the ball, and sudenly Denver got it going." Milwaukee now is 32-17, atop the Central Division, while Denver is 2820 and in second place in the Midwest Division. English tied the score at 96-96 with a baseline 16-f ooter that sparked a 10- point Denver run. Elston Turner connected from 19 feet, Bill Hanzlik from the top of the key, English on a stuff and Wayne Cooper on a 17-footer to give Denver a 104-96 lead with 6:05 to play. But the Bucks kept chipping away until they narrowed Denver's lead to 109-108. The Nuggets retaliated with five points, the last three by a stuffer and a free throw by Cooper, to make it 114-108. Pressey's driving layup for Milwaukee was matched by Hanzlik's two free throws. The Bucks then closed to within three points on three free throws in the final seconds, and a 23-foot shot by Cummings bounced off the rim at the buzzer. It was ruled a two-point try. Lafayette Lever added 17 points for Denver and Turner and Danny Schayes had 12 each. Moncrief led Milwaukee scorers with 23 points, and Cummings and Pressey added 22 each. • BULLS 132, ROCKETS 122 — At Chicago, reserve guard Quintin Dailey came off the bench to score 11 Milwaukee's Terry Cummings tries to get around Denver's Danny Schayes. points in the fourth quarter and rookie Charles Oakley collected 19 points and 17 rebounds, both career highs, to lead the Bulls over Houston. Chicago, paced by George Gervin's 35 points in the first three quarters, dealt Houston its first loss in its last six contests. Chicago beat Houston for the first time in two years. Houston was paced by Akeem 01- ajuwon's 33 points, but the Rockets' center was held to just three points in the final quarter, while teammate Ralph Sampson, winding up with 15 points, scored just one free throw in the second half. After Dave Corzine's five points helped boost the Bulls into a 111-103 advantage with 5:12 left in the game, Dailey connected for four straight baskets and a 119-107 Chicago lead with 2:27 left. Gervin's seven consecutive points at the tail end of the third quarter and two blocked shots and three rebounds by Oakley gave Chicago a 97-94 edge at the end of the third period. The scoring duel between Gervin and Olajuwon intensified in the third quarter with the Bulls' 6-foot-8 off guard collecting 18 points and the Rockets' center nailing 15 points. Dailey, who wound up with 17 points, had replaced Gervin in the final quarter. Oakley, also a reserve, came off the bench in the third quarter. Gene Banks added a season-high 18 points for the Bulls. • PISTONS 116, BULLETS 101—At Pontiac, Mich., Kelly Tripucka scored 26 points and Bill Laimbeer added 23 to lead Detroit over Washington. The victory was the eighth in the last 11 games for Detroit, which pulled to 24-24 on the season. Isiah Thomas made two successive short jump shots, the second coming with 2:54 remaining in the game, to give the Pistons a 108-95 lead. After four successive Washington free throws made the score 108-99 with 2:10 to play, Vinnie Johnson scored four points and Tony Campbell added two in a 6-2 Pistons surge that gave Detroit a 114-101 lead with less than a minute to play. The Bullets, trailing by 16 points on three occasions in the third quarter, had closed to within 104-95, on a tip-in by Charles Jones with 4:15 remaining. Thomas and Campbell each scored 19 points for Detroit. Laimbeer had 16 rebounds. Jeff Malone scored 25 to lead Washington. Leon Wood added 20 points for the Bullets. Tripucka, who scored 14 points in the first quarter, struck for 10 more in the third period as the Pistons stretched their 60-50 halftime lead to 89-75. • NETS 108, HAWKS 100 - At East Rutherford, N.J., Buck Williams scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Albert King added 15 points asnd sparked a fourth-quarter outburst as New Jersey defeated Atlanta. King scored seven points in the fourth period and also helped limit Atlanta's Dominique Wilkins to just four second-half field goals after the Hawks forward tallied 25 points in the first half. With the Nets ahead 86-84, King led a 15-4 burst that boosted New Jersey into a commanding 101-48 lead with 4:53 to play. He had two baskets and a free throw during the run. The Nets trailed Atlanta 55-49 at the half, but outscored the Hawks 102 at the start of the third period to take a 61-59 edge. Mike Gminski, who finished with 15 points, had three baskets in the surge. When Atlanta went the last 3:53 of the third period without a field goal, the Nets opened an 83-75 lead. The Hawks scored 11 straight points spanning the first and second periods to open a 34-23 advantage. Their biggest lead of the game came moments later when Antoine Carr hit a jumper, making it 44-31. Wilkins led all scorers with 38 points and Cliff Levingston added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Darryl Dawkins had 18 ponts for the Nets, while Otis Birdsong, who missed the last two games because of the flu, added 16 points. Darwin Cook had 10 points and 15 assists for New Jersey. • SUNS 112, SPURS 111 — At San Antonio, guard Walter Davis scored 28 points, including two free throws that gave Phoenix its first lead of the game with twb minutes left, to lead the Suns over San Antonio. Davis, who didn't have a point in the first nine minutes of the final period, came alive to score the final eight points for the Suns. His performance offset Spurs forward Mike Mitchell's 30-point game. Mitchell, who also scored eight fourth-quarter points, missed a last- second jumper that would have won the game for San Antonio. Davis also missed his last shot, setting up Mitchell's potential game- winning opportunity. The Spurs, however, had used all their timeouts. Davis received scoring help from forwards Larry Nance and Mike Sanders, who finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Sanders scored all but two of his points in the last quarter. For the Spurs, forward Steve Johnson had 26 points and center Artis Gilmore 23. Johnson scored 22 of his points in the first half as the Spurs raced to a 70-60 lead. Lakers appear ready to defend title Analysis By WILLIAM R. BARNARD AP Basketball Writer Despite their first three-game losing streak since last January, the Los Angeles Lakers still look like the best team in the National Basketball Association. Their only real challengers for that distinction, the Boston Celtics, defeated the Lakers 110-95 last week with an outstanding performance from new addition Bill Walton. But overall, Los Angeles appears to have improved more than their Eastern Conference rivals. During the offseason, the Lakers shored up a supposed weak spot when they got Maurice Lucas, who provides ruggedness and rebounding with little sacrifice of the scoring punch off the bench that Bob McAdoo had supplied. As for the Celtics, the lack of depth at guard — evident in last year's playoffs — hasn't been filled despite the additions of Jerry Sichting and rookie Sam Vincent. At the other end of the spectrum, the Indiana Pacers get the nod as the NBA's worst team. Sacramento, New York, Golden State, Phoenix and the Los Angeles Clippers all were contenders for worst-team billing early in the season, but victories come too frequently for them to overcome the Pacers, who seem to have a patent on late-game foldups. Here are some other bests and worsts, surprises and disappointments in the NBA as the season moves past the halfway point: SURPRISE TEAM — The Atlanta Hawks. They were picked to finish last in the weak Central Division by some observers who thought the addition of Wayman Tisdale would pull Indiana out of the doldrums. The Hawks, instead, are the only challengers to division-leading Milwaukee. Dominique Wilkins, after years of being written off as a high-scoring dunk specialist, still is that, but he has quietly grabbed an average of eight rebounds per game, a remarkably high total for a 6-7 forward. He deserves his first All-Star Game appearance to go along with the defense of his slam-dunk title. Wilkins' teammates are all inconsistent, but there are enough solid performances behind Wilkins to keep the Hawks flying. San Antonio also has been a surprise. The Spurs' previous fall from the top of the Midwest appears to have been more an indication of the improvement of their division rivals than a drop in their own quality. MOST DISAPPOINTING TEAM — Detroit. The Pistons, once thought to be the up-and-coming team in the Central Division, have been down- and-going instead. Any team with Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer can't be all bad, and the Pistons aren't. But when a coach nearly leaves a team in the offseason, then stays, as Chuck Daly did, that's asking for trouble. Thomas reportedly was so unhappy at one point he almost quit. MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Magic Johnson, although there's no clear favorite yet. Recent winners Larry Bird and Moses Malone still are exceptional players, but their statistics have slipped noticeably, and stats have a disproportionate effect on this award, along with team success. Johnson has played well enough for the past four seasons to win, and he practically never has a bad game, so maybe it's his year. He had better be quick because second-year pros Akeem Olajuwon of Houston and Charles Barkley of Philadelphia rapidly are becoming dominant players. Watch a Rockets game or a 76ers game and everything seems to revolve around those two — Ralph Sampson, Malone and Julius Erving notwithstanding. MOST IMPROVED PLAYER — Alvin Robertson. The second-year San Antonio guard sat in the shadow of George Gervin during his rookie season, but has blossomed after Gervin was traded. He has become a consistent scorer, is leading the league in steals and was the league's ing cast, Ewing already is one of the best centers in the league and is getting better as the season progresses and the losses mount for the New York Knicks. Xavier McDaniel, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin and Wayman Tisdale are the best of the rest. MOST DISAPPOINTING ROOKIE — Benoit Benjamin, Los Angeles Clippers. The No. 3 pick in the draft appeared lost for most of the season, although his numbers have improved lately with some tutoring by Bill Russell. While playing in every game and starting seven, he had only three double-figure games through Jan. 11. Then he scored 11 or more points in seven straight games, three with 10 or more rebounds. But he has a long way to go before becoming a consistent force in the NBA. Player of the Month in December. Also showing great improvement with increased playing time is Chicago's Sidney Green. He already has more rebounds this season than he totaled in his first two years as a pro and is showing progress on the offensive end. MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYERS — Kelly Tripucka and Jim Paxson. This pair of two-time All- Stars has fallen on hard times. Trip- ucka, who averaged 26.3 points for Detroit in 1982-33, is down to 17 this season. Paxson, who scored better than 21 points per game in his All- Star seasons in 1982-83 and 1983-64, now is overshadowed by Clyde Drexler at Portland, and his average has slipped to 13. BEST ROOKIE — Patrick Ewing, no contest. With almost no support- Pick-Up and Delivery (City of Salina Only) FEBRUARY SERVICE SPECIAL For * LAWN MOWERS * RIDING MOWERS Call Us During February And We Will Pick-Up And Deliver Your Mower FREE! We Service Any And All Makes of Mowers Let Us Service Your Mower Now! WE NFL Pro Bowl has Super Bowl flavor HONOLULU (AP) - The 1986 Pro Bowl has the flavor of a , Bears-Patriots rematch, with players from the Super Bowl teams heading the cast of All- Stars for today's annual clash of the National Football League's conferences. Chicago, which mauled the Patriots 46-10 in the Super Bowl a week ago, has nine players on the National Football Conference squad, most of any team. New England tops the American Conference with eight representatives. "It's a fun game," said Patriots running back Craig James, "but I'd like to win. "It would make it a lot easier to end on a winning note. It certainly wouldn't make me forget the Super Bowl, but it would make it a lot easier to take." The Bears' delegation includes Walter Payton, the NFL's all- time leading career rusher and Pro Bowl MVP in 1978; colorful and controversial quarterback Jim McMahon; center Jay Hilgenberg; and tackle Jim Covert. Representing Chicago's famed defense are end Richard Dent, the Super Bowl MVP; linebackers Mike Singletary'and Otis Wilson, safety Dave Duerson, and end Dan Hampton. The Patriot players, in addition to James, are guard John Hannah, wide receiver-kick re- turner Irving Fryar, and tackle Brian Holloway from the offense; and linebackers Andre Tippett and Steve Nelson, cornerback Raymond Clayborn and safety Fred Marion from the defense. The nationally televised game at Aloha Stadium is set for a 3 p.m.CSTkickoff. Members of the winning squad will receive $10,000 each, with the losers getting $5,000. The normally quiet week leading up to the Pro Bowl was shattered by a drug scandal involving the Patriots. The team had voted last Monday to undergo voluntary drug testing, then names of players who allegedly had used drugs surfaced — including Clayborn and Fryar. Both declined comment, saying they were concentrating on helping the AFC win the Pro Bowl. While the Super Bowl teams are heavily represented, the opposing Pro Bowl teams are coached by men whose own clubs fell victim to the Bears and Patriots during the NFL playoffs. Don Shula, whose Miami Dolphins were knocked out of the playoffs by the Patriots, is the AFC coach. The NFC coach is John Robinson, whose Los Angeles Rams lost to the Bears. Shula, who guided the AFC to a 16-13 victory in the 1982 Pro Bowl, said, "It's a game you look forward to. You have the best and you're competing against the best. "The opportunity to get to work with the guys we compete against during the season is very enjoyable." The AFC squad will have San Diego's Dan Fouts, the game's MVP three years ago, as the starter at quarterback, with Marcus Allen of the Los Angeles Raiders and Freeman McNeill of the New York Jets at the running back spots. Phil Simms of the New York Giants will open at quarterback for the NFC, with Payton and San Francisco's Roger Craig in the backfield. Two quarterbacks who had been voted into the game, Joe Montana of the 49ers and Dan Marino of the Dolphins, bowed out because of injuries. The AFC's defense features, in addition to the Patriots, ends Mark Gastineau of the Jets and Howie Long of the Raiders. Along with the Bears on the NFC defense will be tackle Randy White of Dallas and linebackers Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson of the Giants. The AFC won 22-14 last year, with Gastineau voted the game's outstanding player. But the NFC has won nine of the 15 contests since the All-Star game began its present format in 1971. Duran begins comeback with 2nd-round knockout PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — Roberto Duran returned to boxing by scoring a second-round knockout over a less-than-willing opponent and said he will continue his quest for an unprecedented fourth world title. Duran, at 165 pounds the heaviest of his career! for a fight, said he I was "very satis-, fied" with Friday night's showing against Colombian middleweight! Manuel Esteban Duran Zambrano — his first outing in 18 months. He sent Zambrano to his knees with a left to the jaw at 2:57 of the second round. Promoter Bob Arum said the victory put the 34-year-old Panamanian in position to fight the winner of the March 9 middleweight fight between Robbie Suns and John Collins in Las Vegas, Nev. "I'm going to take a week to rest and then go back to the gym," said Duran, who shed 55 pounds training for Friday night's fight. He had ballooned to over 200 pounds in what he called "good living" during his layoff. Arum said he wasn't surprised that Duran managed to lose so much weight. "In the case of mere mortals or most frighters, it wouldn't be possible. But Duran through his career done the unusual," the promoter said. Duran against the South American fighter had little chance to show the power that won him the nickname "Hands of Stone." Not that Duran didn't try. He came out swinging at the opening bell and obviously was trying for a quick knockout, but Zambrano .clinched frequently in the brief fight, keeping Duran from unleashing the power punches that led him to lightweight, welterweight and junior middleweight titles. Lou Spada, Duran's manager, said the knockout reinforced his confidence that his fighter could get back to the top, but said he was in no hurry to get a title fight. He said Duran would fight again around March 1 in Panama before heading for the United States to see the Sims-Collins fight. TRADE BARRAGREE RENT-ALL STORE HOURS: Dally 7:30 MM:00 PM Sunday 12:30 PM-5:30FM 827-0847 or 827-5011 1500 S. Broadway k-state union special events K-STATE UNION PR06RAM COUNCIL SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE —Proudly Presents— THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS Tuesday, Feb. 11,1986 7:30 pm Ahearn Field House Kansas State University All seats reserved Tickets: *9 ft *8 (*2 discount available for students with valid KSU ID, Sr. Citizens, children under 12, and gioupsof 25 or more) Tiokott available Today at tba following locations: K-State Union Box Office, and Aggie Ski & Sport, Manhattan, Foot Locker, White Lakes Mall, Topeka, Kansas Union SUA Office, Lawrence, Del's TV and Tape ™ Center, Salina, Bob and Gene's Travel, Junction City. Information Tour and Travel (ITT), Fort Riley

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