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May 15, 1976 - Image 12

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Pcge Twelve


Saturday, May 15, 1976

avs nail Celtics, 106-87
Suns squeak by
Warriors, 105-104

By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND - The Cleve-
land Cavaliers, ignited by vet-
eran center Nate Thurmond and
reserve guard Austin Carr, roar-
ed away from the Boston Celtics
in the fourth quarter and evened
their best-of-seven National Bas-
ketball Association sdmifinal
series at two games apiece with
a 106-87 victory last night.
The Cavaliers outscored the
Celtics 33-17 in the final period
before a record crowd at the
Leading 79-77 with 8:30 left to
play, the Cavaliers exploded
behind the shooting of Carr and
the rebounding of Thurmond to
outscore the Celtics 16-4 in the
next five minutes, 20 seconds,
taking a 85-81 lead.
Cleveland coasted the rest of
the way, pulling Thurmond with
jist under two minutes remain-
ing. The 13-year veteran, press-
ed into service as a starter for
the Boston series because of an
injtry to Jim Chones, scored, 12
points, grabbed eight rebounds
and blocked five Celtics shots.
Carr, who scored only five
points and made several er-
rors after coming off the
bench in the second period,
scored 11 points for the fast-
breaking Cavaliers in the final
period after sitting out the
third quarter.

AP Photo
BIG DAVE COWENS hooks over even bigger Nate Thurmond in last night's NBA semi-final
game between Cleveland and Boston. Thurmond turned 'it on for the Cavs in the late going to
help blow out the Celtics, 106-87.

Cleveland cIps

By The Associated Press
DETROIT UP - Rico Car-
ty drove in three runs and
George Hendrick two last night
to lead the Cleveland Indians
to a 6-3 victory over the De-
troit Tigers.
The Indians jumped on Joe
Coleman for two runs in the
first and two in the third to
send the Tigers starter to an
early shower.

Carty doubled in a run in the
first and Hendrick drove in the
other with a single. In the
third, Jitm Crawford's wild
pitch scored one Indian and a
fielder's choice grounder by
IHendrick sent in the other.
Carty added a run - scoring
double in the fifth and singled
in a r1 in the ninth, bringing
home Rick Manning with the
third of his four runs in the

game. He
a triplev
singles, tw
to pace a
Ron Let
singles for
his hitting
four runs
hits in t
cluding a
Reggie J
homer in
ing the Or
over the
last night.
After it
third strik
to start th

Tigers, 6-3
had three singles and nger singled and Jackson wal-
while Carty had two loped his second home run in
'o doubles and a walk nine games since ending his
12-hit Cleveland at- holdout, a tremendous drive
into the right - center field
Flore collected three bleachers.
the Tigers to extend
streak to 17 games. Lolich loses
fried CINCINNATI - J o h n n y
Bench, returning from a knee
ORK - Baltimore injury, slammed a two-run
Catfish Hunter for homer in the sixth for the
on six consecutive Reds' first hit of the game and
he first inning, in- Jack Billingham tossed a four-
two-run homer by hitter to lead Cincinnati over
ackson, and Elrod the New York Mets 5-1 last
slammed a two-run night.
the sixth, power- Bench, who had been out for
ioles to a 6-2 triumph a week with a sprained right
New York Yankees knee, belted his home run with
two out in the sixth off veteran
unter fired a called Mickey Lolich, who hadn't
e past Ken Singleton allowed a hit in his first career
ie game, Mark Bela- outing against the Reds.

Starting forward Bobby Smith,
who was on the bench during
the fourth-quarter surge, pump-
ed in a game-high 27 points,
in liding 14 in the tight first
half. Reserve forward Campy
Rssell, Smith's sub, came tip
with 16 points, six in the final
Boston's leading scorer was
Jo Jo White with 23. Charlie
Scott added 19 for the Celtics.
Suns still up
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Alvan
Adams took a pass underneath
and scored with 12 seconds left
to give Phoenix a 105-104 vic-
tory over Golden State and tie
their National Basketball Asso-
ciation Western Conference play-
offs series at three games each
Friday night.
Phoenix forward Garfield
Heard, who had a game high
14 rebounds, blocked the final
Golden State shot by Jamaal
Wilkes in the corner and then
grabbed the ball as time ran
The Son's victory sends the
series back to Oakland for the
final game on Sunday.
The Warriors' Phil Smith had
hit a jump shot with 20 seconds
left to give the defending NBA
champions a 104-103 lead. But
Adams, the NBA Rookie of the
Year, followed with his game-
winning basket eight seconds
The Suns trailed 57-54 at half-
time. But in the third period
Phoenix outscored the Wariors
31-21 to ake an 85-78 lead.
Golden State trailed throughout
the fourth quarter until Smith's
Keith Erickson led the Suns
comeback, scoring 16 of his 24
points in the second half, most
of them on long jumpers. Rick
Barry tallied a game-high 30
points for Golden State while
Smith added 20 for the Warriors.
Andy's shirt
adds up to
By The Associated Press
A T L A N T A - Atlanta
Braves' owner Ted Turner may
be using million-dollar pitcher
Andy Messersmith illegally -
as advertising for his television
National League President
Charles Feeney asked Turner
yesterday to meet with him
next week in San Francisco to
discuss Messersmith's uni-
form, among other topics.
"I've invited him (Turner) to
lunch when the team is out
here," said Feeney by tele-
phone from San Francisco.
"That's one of the things I
want to talk to him about."
Messersmith, like all the
Braves' players, has a nick-
name sewn on the back of his
uniform. In Messersmith's
- case, the nickname is Channel
and his number 17.
Turner's Atlanta television
station is Channel 17 and, ac-
cording to league officials, that
is a kind of advertising which
is frowned upon in major league

Major League Standings

Neen' rk 16 9 .640-
Detroit 12 11 .02?3
Baltimore 13 13 .00 31
MIlwaukee 10 11 .476 4
Cleveland 1t 14 .46 4..
Boston 115 .375 6'-
Texas 17 8 .680 -
Kansas City 15 9 .6?5 11,'
Oakland 14 13 .519 4
Minnesota Il 12 .418 5
Chbago 8 14 .i64 Iq,
California 11 111.06; 6'.
Late gante not in,'luded
Veslvrdoiy'-, Rsut
Boston, t. keake "I
Baltimoie 6, Nets ork
Cleveland 6. Dtroit 3
Kansas City 1.t'hi("ag,' I
Minnesota: at Calitocti,,1
Texas at Oakland, n
Today's GSante
Milwaukee (Colborn 1-3) at Bos-
ton (,Jenkns 1-5)
Laltinmre (Cuellar 1-2) at New
York, (Figueroa 2-2)
Cleveland (Dobson 3-3) at Detroit
(Fidrych 0-0)
Texas (Briles 3-1) at (takiand
(Mitchell 1-1)
Minnesota (Blyleven v-2 and
Redfern 0-0)gat California (Ross
0-4 and Monte 1-0 , 5,n
Chicago (Gossage 1-) at Kansas
CIly (splittortt 2-3), n

W L. let. 011
Philadelphia 7 i G.600 -
New York 19 12 .613 1
Pittsburgh 16 11 .593 2
St. Louis 13 17 .433 6'/1
Chicago 13 18 .419 7
.Montreal 10 16 .385 71 r
Los Angel s 19 11 .633 -
Cincnntati 17 11 .607 1
San Diego 15 14 .517 3'
Hltioston 15 16 .484 4';
San Francisco 10 20 .33:3 9 ~
Atlantia 9 19 .3 1 9
Yesterda's Results
S:! Diego7 , 'heago 4
Nlo'lit-al at Atilnia,. ppd., rain
1.0S ns'els . Pittburgh 02
I" ttinnai 5.Nest Yrk I
St.1t, a :1. Satn Franciseo I
I'hiladl-ihia . Houston I
Today's Games
los Antigeles (Rau 4-1) at Pitts-
bhrghi ( ledich I-3)
sait Dliego stron 3-1) at Chicago
(Frialing 1-1)
Net, York seaver (4-1) at Cin-
iinnati (Alcalt 1-0), tIwi
Montreal Warthen (0-3) and Kir-
by (0-2) at Atlanta Rthven :-4)
and Morton (0-4), 2, twi
San Francisco CaldweIl (0-4) at
S1.Lotis Detnny It-a), n
Philadelphia Lonborg (4-0) at
tbouston Dierker (4-3), 11

Joe Coleman . . . Ron Letlore . . .
.. early shower ... 3 more hits

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