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Lakers By JIMCOUft UPI Sports Writer INGLEWOOD, Calif. (UPI) The Los Angeles Lakers are exactly one game ahead of "'• their pace of a year ago when they won their first NBA championship ever. But nobody !*'• is talking four straight. "It's only one win in black and white," warned Gail Goodrich, "and it takes four to doit." A 22-point loser to New York in the title series opener last season, the Lakers built up a 20-point lead late in the third period Tuesday night and then had to hang on with everything National League East m Qalesbuig Kgglster-Mail SPORTS ••i GALESBURG, ILL>, WED ; , MAY .2, 1973 PAGE 35 they had for a lifcm Victory over the stubborn Knieks7 ; "That was one of the most frustrating games I've ever sat through," said frowning Laker! Coach Bill Sharman. "The turnovers in the last quarter are what really hurt." Although Los Angeles is 1-0 at a time when it was 0-1 last year the Knicks demonstrated with their comeback that they're a jbetter team than the one which lost in only five games in 1972. Red Holzman, the astute Knick coach, agreed. "We got blown out in the first game by Boston (134-108) and came back," he said. "We're far from dead." The Lakers and the Eastern Conference titlists play again here Thursday night with the best-of-seven series switching to New York Sunday afternoon and next Tuesday night. If necessary, the teams will . be back in Los Angeles for game No. 5 Thursday night,. May 10. ' . Ahead 93-73 with 1:12 to go in the third period, the Laker £X saw their advantage whittled?, down to just three points—113* 110-with 1:18 to go. But New York threw the ball away with 39 seconds left anC ! Bill Bradley missed a 15-footer!! ; with 21 seconds to go. Bill Bridges then scored on a breakaway with 17 seconds to go and the Lakers had a five- point lead. w. 1. pet. g .b. New York 12 8 .600 Chicago 12 8 .600 Pittsburgh 8 7 .533 1% Philadelphia 9 10 ,474 2% Montreal 8 11 .421 3>' 2 St. Louis 3 16 .158 8tt West - w. 1. pet. g.b. San Francisco 19 6 .760 Cincinnati 13 8 .619 4 Houston 15 10 .600 4 Los Angeles 11 12 .478 7 San Diego 8 15 .348 10 Atlanta 7 14 .333 10 Chamberlain Dunks Laker Wilt Chamberlain (13) gets ready to Angeles'Lakers defeated the Knicks 1^5-112 dunk the basketball as New York's Dave De- in the first game of their playoff series at Busschere (22) waits unedrneath. The Los Inglewood, Calif., Monday night. UNIFAX Aaron's Home Run Streak Obscures Atlanta's Losses Tuesday's Results Houston 3 Philadelphia 0, night Montreal 9 Atlanta 6, night Chicago 9 Los Angeles 5 night San Diego 10 St. Louis 5, night San Francisco 8 Pittsburgh 7, night (Only games scheduled) Today's Probable Pitchers (All times EDT) Pittsburgh (Bribes 0-2) at San Francisco (Barr 3-1) 3:15 p.m. Houston (Roberts 1-1) at Philadelphia (Lonborg 1-3), 7:30 p.m. Cincinnati (Grimsley 3-1) at New York (Seaver 2-2), 8 p.m. Montreal (McAnally 1-0) at Atlanta (Dobson 2-2), 8 p.m. Chicago (Pappas 1-2) at Los Angeles (Downing 24), 11 p.m. St. Louis (Gibson 0-3) at San Diego (Kirby 1-4), 10:30 p.m. By VITO STELLINO UPI Sports Writer The phenomenon of Hank /'Aaron's run for y the record is beginning to obscure the success or failure of the Atlanta ( Braves. The Braves are off to a sagging start with a 7-14 record but Aaron's dramatic surge at the outset of the season is overshadowing the Braves' sorry start. Atlanta lost another one Tuesday night by a 9-6 margin to the Montreal Expos but after the game, the main topic of conversation was Aaron. He clouted two homers to continue his march to the milestone. He not only moved closer to Babe Ruth, he gained ground on Honus Wagner. Aaron—who has just nine hits this season although seven of them are homers—now has a Major League Leaders Strgl, Pitt Frly, Mtl Mdox SF Santo, Chi Crdnl, Chi Cncpcn, Cin Sngln, Pitt Watson, Hou Gaston, SD Szemre, St.L National League gab r hpct. 13 52 17 21.404 17 45 10 18 .400 20 79 12 31.392 20741428.378 20 75 19 27.360 16 591121.356 16721325.347 259013 30.333 19 631121.333 15 54 6 18.333 American Kelly, Chi Munson, NY Fisk Bos Vlntne, Cal Krkptrk, KC Jnsn, Tex Holt, Minn Andrws, Chi Horton, Det Cepeda, Bos League g ab r 10 37 9 20 71 10 17 62 14 18 73 9 15 52 13 17 66 5 14 45 3 13 45 7 13 50 10 17 6811 h pet. 18 .486 27 .380 23 .371 27 .370 19 .365 24 .364 16 .356 16.356 17 .340 23 .338 Home Runs National League: Wyhn, Hou 8; Aaron,'Atl and Stargell, Pitt 7; Evans, Atl 6; five tied with 5. American League: Fisk, Bos, Melton, Chi, Spikes, Clev and Tenace, Oak 6; six tied with 5. Runs Batted-In National League: - Stargell, Pitt 18; Wynn, Hou and Bonds, SF 17; Morgan, Cin and Watson, Hou 16. American League: Mayberry, KC 20; Melton, Chi 16; Kirkpatrick, Piniella and Rojas, KC and Murcer, NY 14. Pitching National League: Billingham, Cin and Koosman, NY 4-0; Reuss, Hou 4-1; Marichal, SF 42; Carlton, Phil 4-3. - ( American League: Coleipan, Det 5-1; Wood, Chi 5-2; Singer, Cal 4-1; fourteen tied with & victories. total of 3,400 hits in his career. Aaron's total of 3,400 hits put him just 30 behind Wagner's fourth place total of 3,430. Ty Cobb's record of 4,191 is out of his reach. Of Course, THE record, the one everyone is interested in, is Babe Ruth's total of 714 homers. Aaron now has 680 hamers and needs just 34 to tie Ruth. It was the 58In time he's hit two homers in one game. Ruth did it 72 times and Willie Mays, No. 3 on the list, 63. Aaron hit a two-run homer in the third and added a solo blast in the seventh. The only frustrating thing for Aaron— besides the fact the team is losing—is that his batting average is only .150 this season with nine hits in 60 at bats. Aaron's second home run tied it, 6-6, but the Expos got three runs in the eighth to decide it. Pinch-hitter Hal Breeden singled in the winning run and Ron Hunt 'singled in a pair of insurance runj. In the other NL games, Houston blanked Philadelphia, 3-0, San Diego beat St. Louis, 10-5, Chicago beat Lps Angeles, 9-5, and San Francisco outlasted Pittsburgh, 8,7. In the American League, Chicago edged Baltimore, 6-5, Milwaukee nipped Oakland, 4-3, California beat Detroit, 6-2, New York topped Kansas City, 6-1, and Texas edged Boston, 76. Cleveland at Minnesota was rained out. American League East w. 1. pet. Milwaukee 10 9 .526 Baltimore 10 10 .500 New York 10 10 .500 Detroit 10 11 .476 Cleveland 9 12 .429 Boston 7 11 .389 West w. I. pet. g.b g.b. % 1 2 Chicago Black Hawks' goalie Tony Esposito kicks the puck away from the goal crease as the Canadiens' Jim Roberts (6) waits for the rebound in action at Montreal Monday night. Esposito Makes Save The Canadiens defeated the Black Hawks 4-1 to take a 2-game lead in the Stanley Cup finals. Chicago Kansas City California Minnesota Oakland Texas 11 5 .688 13 9 .591 1 10 8 .556 2 9 8 .529 2V2 9 12 .429 4% 7 10 .412 4% -Riddled Hawks f Trailing 2-0 in Stanley Cup Tuesday's Results Cleveland at Minnesota (ppd., rain) Chicago 6 Baltimore 5 Milwaukee 4 Oakland 3 California 6 Detroit 2 New York 6 Kansas City 1 ( Texas 7 Boston 6 < Today's Probable Pitchers (All Times EDT) Cleveland (Strom 1-1) at Minnesota (Woodson 1-0), 9 p.m. Baltimore (Palmer 1-1) at Chicago (Wood 5-2), 9 p.m. Oakland (Holtzman 3-2) at Milwaukee (Bell 3-2); 8:30 p.m. California (Ryan 3-1) at Detroit (Lolich 1-3), 8 p.m. Kansas City (Splittorff 3-1) at New York (Medich 2-0), 7:30 p.m. Texas (Broberg 0-2) at Boston (Tiant 2-2), 7:30 p.m. Thursday's Games (No games scheduled) MONTREAL (UPI) - The still optimistic about his team's Chicago Black Hawks are racked with injuries as they head home to meet, the Montreal Canadiens in the third 'game of the Stanley Cup finals down 2-0. , I _^ _ ,. _ , farmhands in the lineup- Thurs| The Canadiens won Tuesday, n jg ht »i ; ; night's second game, 4-1, but The Hawks were without Chicago Coach Billy Reay is defenseman Keith Magnuson, chances "We can still come back and tie this series," he said. "If I didn't think we could do it I wouldn't be coaching here. I'm going to put three of our Dallas who is out wtih a broken jaw, could not return to action, and center Stan Mikita was "The Canadiens have a fast dressed Tuesday night but did hockey team. It is hard to keep not see action because of a up with them and force the badly severed finger. I play." said the 54-year-old In the first period of Reay. Tuesday's game veteran de-| yvan Cournoyer scored twice fenseman Doug Jarrett tore a f or Montreal, giving him 11 i muscle around the rib cartilage when he Canadiens' collided with Rejean Houle the and Cards Are Guilty of Five Errors in Loss to Padres by Nate Colbert and five St. Louis errors combined Tuesday night to give the San Diego Padres a 10-5 victory over the Cardinals, dropping St. Louis' record to 3-16, worst in the major leagues; The victory snapped a three* game losing streak for the Pa- Allen- By FRED DOWN UPI Sports Writer Bill Melton says he is protecting Dick Allen from American League pitchers, bringing up the question of who is going to protect American League pitchers from Dick Allen. "Hitting me fourth in the lineup right behind Dick means that I'm supposed to protect Allen," explains Melton. "The idea is to force the pitchers to pitch to Dick. If they pitch around him they could be worse off because there'll be a man Duo Works for Sox PROFESSIONAL U MILE MOTORCYCLE RACES KNOX CO. FAIRGROUNDS Sun., May 6 TIME TRIALS: 12 NOON RACES — 2 P.M. Sponsored By: THE SILVER RIMS M.C. on base when I bat." , | To say the system' is working is to make the understatement of the year so far in the AL. Allen has hit five homers and knocked in 12 runs in the White Sox' 16 games while Melton has hit six homers and driven in 16 runs. Together, they are making the White Sox the most explosive team in the league and one of the most explosive of the lively ball era- It was Allen's turn to get the good .pitches Tuesday night when he connected for a pair of 400-foot-plus homers in the White Sox' 6-5 triumph over the Baltimore Orioles. Ed Herrmann also homored for the White Sox, who ran their winning streak to five games. California defeated Detroit, 62, New York beat Kansas City, 6-1, Milwaukee shaded Oakland, 4-3, Texas nipped Boston, 7-6, in the other AL games. Cleveland at Minnesota was postponed. In the National League, it was Houston 3 Philadelphia 0, Montreal 9 Atlanta 6, San Diego 10 S'.. Lo,uis 5, Chicago 9 Los Angeles 5 and San Francisco 8 Pittsbnrgh 7. Allen's first homer of the game was a 450-foot shot off Mike Cuellar in the first inning, the ball landing on the roof of White Sox' Park and his second was a 425-foot drive in the fourth inning. Ken Henderson's single and Herrmann's homer accounted for two more runs in the inning and enabled Eddie Fisher to win bis second game with relief aid from Terry Forster and Ed Acosta. The loss was the third in four decisions for Cuellar. Bill Singer, an early-season candidate for comeback of the year honors, pitched a five-hitter for his fourth win in five decisions for the Angels. Frank Robinson hit the 526th homer of his career and drove in two runs for the Angels, who [clinched the game with three runs in the third inning. Billledged the Grabarkewitz also homered fori who relieved the Angels. Bobby Murcer's three-run homer capped a four-run seventh-inning rally which lifted the Yankees to their victory over the Royals. Horace Clarke started the winning rally with a double, Roy White beat out an infield hit and Matty Alou drove in a run with a single before Murcer's blow. Sparky Lyle pitched 2 2-3 innings of hitless relief to preserve the win for Steve Kline and earn his first save of the season. John Briggs drove in four runs, the last with a homer off John Odom's first pitch of the ninth inning, as the Brewers A's. Jim Colborn, Bill Parsons afier he walked the first three batters, was the winner while Odom suffered his fifth straight loss. Gene Tenace homered for theA's. Jeff Burroughs drove in four runs, the last with a game- winning single in the ninth, for the Rangers, earning reliever Steve Focault his first win. Ben Oglivie had three hits for the Red Sox. Campbell, but back with two of SAN DIEGO (UPI)—A bases-idris. Scipio Spinks suffered his double loaded ground rule double by [fourth loss against no victories Cards came as he started and was tagged tne j r own j for six hits and six earned runs^ run fay Jo& Torre ^ & in four innings of work. Colbert's double came in the fifth and broke the game open. The Padres had scored one run already in the inning to break a 3-3 tie. Colbert's drive bounced off the right field wall to score two runs, and an error by second baseman Ed Crosby and a sacrifice fly by Dave Campbell!by Lou Brock, relief pitcher added two more San Diego 1 Jim Bfoby and two by shortstop runs. Dwain Anderson. Bob Gibson goes against Clay The Padreg scored two runs in-the second inning on back-to- back singles by Clarence Gaston and Fred Kendal} and a goals in the current playoffs, a personal all-time high. Cournoyer who scored the winner in the second period and added a third period "power play goal, said, "I came close to a hat trick but I'll keep that third goal for Chicago. Believe me the Black Hawks will play better over there." ^ e Describing his winner, the speedv right Avinger said, "Frank (Mahovlich) gave me a the third on a g0 od pass. Tony (Esposito) was expecting a high shot but I sent it along the ice." The Canadiens got a first period goal from defenseman Pierre Bouchard, who scored his first ever playoff marker. Claude Larose assisted on Bouchard's goal and also played a great defensive game, managing to keep Chicago's Dennis Hull, who leads the playoff scorers with 18 points, off the score sheet. Frank Mahovlich scored Montreal's other goal into an empty net with 34 seconds to play while Cliff Koroll scored for the Hawks. The in walk to. Luis Melendez. Padres scored another run the fourth but the Cards again came back to tie,-with a single run in the fifth before the Padres had their big inning. Besides Crosbyfs errors, Cardinal miscues were committed Kirby tonight as the Cards try again to brsak out of their season-long slump. Mild TOMORROW Time to Insulate WHITE'S PHONE 342 0185 FOR LOW LOW COST AUTO INSURANCE Contact: Tony Lischwe MILLERS MUTUAL INS. 411 BANK Of GALESBUKG BLDG. 343-1166 or 343-6986 TELEVISION SPECIAL "John Thiel and Eighteen Years"- PRESENTED BY — GALESBURG CABLE TV — CHANNEL 7 Wednesday, May 2 — .6:30 P.M. GALESBURG CABLE TV T¥ "Local Television for Local People"