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Page Twelve


Fridoy, May 7, 1976

'Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, May 7, 1976

Boston blasts Cavaliers
wth late surge, 111-99,
grabs series lead, 1-0
BOSTON (P- - The Boston Celtics, led by John Havlicek,
Paul Silas and Jo Jo White, withstood Cleveland's furious third-
period comeback and rolled to a 111-99 victory over the Cleveland
Cavaliers last night in the opener of the rNational Basketball Asso-
ciation's Eastern Conference finals.
The Celtics had a 16-point lead wiped out as the upstart
Cavaliers rallied for a 77-77 tie at the end of three periods. Then
the Celtics exploded in the finale, outscoring Cleveland 17-4 in less
than seven minutes, and pulled away to an easy victory.
Havlicek, Boston's 14-year-veteran, topped all scorers with
26 points. Silas, noted mainly for his defensive skill, surprised
Cleveland with 21 points, one more than White.
Havlicek broke an early 8-8 tie with three consecutive field
goals, and White hit on a long bomb as the Celtics appeared ready
to name their own final score with the game just six minutes old.
The Cavaliers narrowed the gap to two points, 18-16, but then
gradually fell behind as Havlicek hit on three more baskets in a
row for a 32-20 Boston leader after one period.
The Celtics built their advantage to 16 points, 43-27, in the
first five minutes of the second quarter, before Cleveland
began cuting the deficit- on the shooting of Austin Carr and
Campy Russell. Cleveland closed to within 57-48 at the half.
With center Jim Chones watching from the bench with his
foot in a cast because of a broken toe suffered in practice Tuesday,
the Cavaliers were led by' Russell and Snyder with 21 points each.
Cleamons had 18 and Carr 12. Veteran Nate Thurmond, forced to
go most of the route in Chones' absence, had just nine points.

AP Photo
Cleveland Cavaliers center Jim Chones' broken toe, pictured in cast above kept him out of
last night's play-off game with Boston. Without Ciones, the Cavs lost, 111-99.

Flyers, abs vie for Cup

By The Associated Pres s
PHILAD)ELPHIA - Sharp shooting Reggie Leach
equalled a National Hockey League record with five
goals as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Bostton Bruins
6-3 last night and reached the Stanley Cup finals.
Leach joined the legandary Maurice "Rocket" Rich-
ard and Darryl Sittler as the only players in the 82-
year history of the NIII to score five goals in one
Stanley Cup playoff game.
The defending champion Flyers eliminated the Bruins
4-1 in the best-of-seven game semifinal series and
earned the right to try for a third straight NH. title.
THE 26-YEAR-OLD Leach also tied the record of 15
goals in playoff competition, previously set by Mon-
treal's Yvan Cournoyer in 1973 in 17 games. Leach has
his 15 in only 12 games, with still at least four games to

Leach set still another NIIL record with his first goal
at 5:45 of the first period. It was the ninth consecutive
game of this year's playoffs in which the 185-pound
right wing turned on the red light.
Leach's second goal, which came at 2:02 of the
second period, came after Boston had tied the score
1-1 only 59 seconds into the period.
Leach followed it with goals at 8:51 and 17:09 to
become the 11th player ever to score a hat trick in
one period of a playoff game.
Islanders stranded
MONTREAL-Steve Shutt scored twice and Serge
Savard hit the eventual winner and added two assists
as the Montreal Canadiens moved into the Stanley Cup
finals aaginst defending champion Philadelphia with a

5-2 triumph over the New York Islanders last night.
The triumph gave Montreal the best-of-seven National
Hockey League semifinal series 4-1. The Canadiens
will open their quest for an 18th Cup Sunday night at
home against the Flyers.
SHUTT OPENED the scoring at 2:38 of the second
period by knocking the rebound of a Guy Lafleur shot
past Islanders goalie Glenn Resch. Murray Wilson
made it 2-0 at 10:29 before New York's Garry Howatt
batted in a shot from the side of the net to bring the
comeback-minded Islanders within one.
But Savard sent in a 35-foot shot at 19:01 of the
second period and Pete Mahovlich made it 4-1 before
the Islanders' Bob Nystrom and Shutt traded goals just
40 seconds apart in the game's closing minutes. Savard
picked up assists on the two third-period tallies.
Major League Standings

Mets handcuff Reds;
Braves lose tenth straight


NEW YORK-Craig Swan and Skip Lockwood
combined on a eight-hitter, and the New York
Mets rode three unearned runs in the first inning
to a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds yester-
Swan, 2-1, allowed all eight hits before leaving
in favor of Lockwood with one out in the eighth
inning. Lockwood entered the game with runners
at first and second and one out, but he struck out
Johnny Bench and got George Foster on a fly
ball to preserve the victory. Cincinnati 'lefty Don
Gullett, 2-1, was the loser.
New York scored three runs off Gullett in the
"first on two base hits.
Cards cash in
ATLANTA-Vic Harris' two-run single high-
lighted a four-run fifth inning as the St. Louis
Cardinals handed the staggering Atlanta Braves
their 10th straight defeat 5-4 yesterday.
The Cardinals had six singles and a walk in the

inning against winless Carl Morton, who was
tagged with his fourth setback.
St. Louis loaded the bases on singles by
Hector Cruz and Don Kessinger and a bunt hit
by pitcher John Curtis. Lou Brock's high chop-
per to the mound scored Cruz before Harris,
who had two other singles, drove in a pair of
runs with a soft liner to center. The final run
of the inning crossed on Ted Simmon's single-
St. Louis added a run in the eighth on Willie
Crawford's single and Kessinger's double.
Curtis, 2-2, allowed five hits before giving way
to Harry Rasmussen with one out in the ninth
after issuing his seventh walk.
The first run ended a 21-inning scoreless string
for the Brave,-.
The Braves scored twice in the ninth, the runs
coming on a sacrifice fly by Marty Perez and
Jimmy Wynn's single. Besides Curtis and Ras-
mussen, the Cardinals used Mike Wallace, Mike
Proly and Al Hrabosky before getting the final

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Yesterday's Games
Minnesota at Detroit, rain
New York at Oakland, late
Only games scheduled
Today's Games
Texas Umbarger (2-1) at Boston
Wise (1-2), n.
Kansas City Busby (1-1) at Bal-
timore Cuellar (0-2), n.
Chicago Forster (1-0) at Detroit
Ruhle (1-0), n.
Minnesota Decker (1-2) at Mil-
waukee Slaton (3-1), n.
Cleveland Brown (2-0) at Califor-
nia. Kirkwood (0-I), n.
New York May (t-0) at Oakland
Blue (2-3), n.

W L Pet. GB
Pkhiadelphia 13 6 .684 -
New York - 16 9 .640-
Pittsburgh 12 9 .571 2
St.. Louis it 1 .478 4
Chicago it 13 .458 4t.
Montreal 7 14 .333 7
Los Angeles 14we.09
Cincinnati 12 10 .545 10
San Diego 12 It .522 2
Hoaston 12 13 .480 3
Atlanta 8 15 .348 6
San Francisco 8 15 .345 6
Thursday's Games
Lou Angele at Chicago, ppd rain
New York 4, Cincinnati2
Pittsburgh 3, San Francisco 9
St. Louis 5. Atlanta 4
tan Diego 4, Montreal I
Only games scheduled
Today's Games
Cincinnati Alcala (0-0) at Chicago
Bonham (2-2).
San Diego Jones (5-1) at New
York Koosman (2-1), n.
Los Angeles Rhoden (2-0) at
Philadelphia Christenson (2-1), n.
Atlanta Messesmnith (0-2) at
Pittsburgh Candelaria (2-1), n.
San Francisco D'Asquisto (0-1) at
Montreal Warthen (0-2), n.
Houston Richard (4-1) at St.
Louis F'orsch (0-0), n.

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