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May 20, 1982 - Image 15

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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, May 20, 1982-Page 15
Boston bombards P hilly, 114-85

BOSTON (AP)- Robert Parish
scored 15 of his 26 points in the first
quarter and the Boston Celtics went on
to a 114-85 victory over the 76ers last
night,,cutting Philadelphia's lead to 3-
games-to-2 in the National Basketball
Association semifinals.
The sixth game of the best-of-seven
Eastern Conference final will be
tomorrow night in Philadelphia, and a

seventh game, if necessary, will be
Sunday in Boston. The Los Angeles
Lakers, having swept two straight best-
of-seven series, will meet the Boston-
Philadelphia winner for the NBA
THE CELTICS, who came back from
a 1-3 deficit to win three straight games
in last year's Eastern Conference final
against the 76ers, opened a 33-22 lead in

the first quarter and never led by less
than nine after that.
Parish hit seven of eight shots in the
period as the sell-out crowd of 15,320
went wild, cheering for another miracle
comeback. I
Parish hit two straight baskets for the
Celtics to tie the score at 4-4 and 6-6, the
latter starting a run of 10 straight
Boston points as Philallelphia went
nearly four minutes without scoring.
Parish hit another basket at the 10:47
mark for Boston's largest lead of the
first quarter 28-16.
LARRY BIRD, who finished with 20
points for the Celtics, had eight points
in the second period,' when Boston's
defensive net held the 76ers to 15 points.
Philadelphia went the final six minutes
of the second period without a field goal
as the Celtics led as many as 21 points
on three occasions and finished with a

57-37 lead at halftime.
Cedric Maxwell and Gerald Hender-
son added 15 for the Celtics, while An-
drew Toney had 18 and Darryl Dawkins
had 14 for the 76ers. Toney had 39 in
Philadelphia's victory in Game 4.
The blowout was the third of the
series. Boston won the opening game by
40, 121-81, and Philadelphia captured
Game 4 by 25, 119-94.
Last night's triumph pushed the
average margin of victory in the series
to almost 21 points per game.
Boston, which avoided losing a fourth
straight game for the first time in their
playoff history, also won for the first
time in this series without injured
guard Nate "Tiny" Archibald, who
dislocated his shoulder in the first
minute of the third game which
Philadelphia won by two points.

Longhorn eager quits

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Guard-
forward Denard Holmes, a starter who
averaged 12 points a game for Texas
last season, has become the third
player to announce he will not play un-
der new Coach Bob Weltlich.
Holmes, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, said
Weltlich is "blackballing"some players
and trying to force them off the squad
with an off-season fitness program that
includes running and weight-lifting.
HOLMES SAID Weltlich, who was
hired from Mississippi to replace the
fired Abe Lemons, told him Friday he
wasn't good enough to play, a charge
Weltlich denies.
"I didn't tell him that," said Weltlich.
"The reasons he won't be back are in-
consequential, but I never said he
wasn't good enough to play. Obviously,
he played here - and from what I know
he played pretty well at times."
"I think he's blackballing some of the
players and.definitely trying to force
some of us out," said Holmes, a 25-year-
old Army veteran from New York who

transferred to Texas from Jacksonville
Baptist College.
"I'M NOT TRYING to chase anybody
off," said Weltlich. "What I'm trying to
do is determine who is willing to do the
things the way we expect to have them
Holmes received a release to play for
another college, but he said he probably
would drop out of school.
Others who have announced they will
not return in the fall include LaSalle
Thompson, the nation's leading
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THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS' Caldwell Jones (right) reaches to strip the
ball from Boston Celtic center Robert Parish. Larry Bird looks on during the
first-period action at Boston Garden in last night's NBA playoff contest.

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