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Once again, 76ers have backs to the wall
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The a different frame of mind," Lakers Coach Pat Riley in the first half, helping the Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers, who have overcome said. "I think it's indicative that when a team loses at during a 32-12 spurt that turned an 8-8
adversity three times in the 1982 this level it always responds with a better effort in the tie into a 40-20 lead early in the second
National Basketball Association ayan- next game " quarter.
fs, hope to do it again tonight against. The Lakers do not believe their advantage in the series Nixon was especially brilliant during
the Los Angeles Lakers. is overwhelming, although 25 of the 35 previous NBA an eight-minute span of the second half
The 76ers lost the final game of the champions won the third game. when he scored 19 points.
Eastern"THURSDAY IS a pivotal game for us" said guard HIS BASKET with 5:38 left in the
the Boston Celtics by 40 points before Norm Nixon, who led the Lakers with 29 points in third quarter gave him 12 points and the
rebounding to win the next three con- Tuesday's victory. "If we win, we really put the Lakers a 79-56 lead. At the 9:12 mark of
tests. pressure on Philly. And the same goes for them. If they the fourth period, Nixon got his 28th and
THEN PHILADELPHIA lost the fifth win, the pressure is back on us. We just want to win and 29th points with two free throws that put
game by 29 points and scored only 75 keep them thinking about us. We want the pressure on Los Angeles ahead 102-83.
points in the sixth to let the Celtics tie them The 6-2 guard's eight-for-10 shooting
the series, 3-3. But the 76ers won Game "The pressure is still on us because performance in the second half was
7 at Boston Garden. we're at home," said center Bob quite a turn-around from Game 2, when
After losing the opener against the McAdoo, who scored all 14 of his points he had six points in the Lakers' only
Lakers, Philadelphia was in danger of loss in the 1982 playoffs after an NBA
becoming the first team in the 36-year record nine straight victories.
history of the NBA to drop the first two Despite sitting out 14 minutes of the
games of the championship series at first half, Los Angeles center Kareem
home. Once again, however, the 76ers Abdul-Jabbar finished with 16 points on
won when many expected them to lose. the night in Game 3. The game also
Now, after losing the third game, 129- marked the first appearance in the
108, Tuesday-night for a 2-1 deficit in the series of rookie Mike McGee, the all-
best-of-seven series, the 76ers appear to time Michigan scoring leader. McGee
be on the brink of falling apart. But responded with three-for-three shooting
Coach Billy Cunningham says he ex- from the floor for six points
pects another comeback.
"THIS IS A situation we've been in "
many times in the playoffs... beaten
badly," Cunningham said. "We'll comeakYo'lseadfrntemTh-
badly, You'll Cnia see a different "el ad team Thur -cm - 3.r1
sday night."ba U
"I expect Philly will come back in Actiont Sorts Wer
NEW YORK (AP) - National Foot-
ball League owners said yesterday they
will not lock players out of training
camp or preseason games - but they
also may not start the regular season if
the contract dispute isn't settled by
The owners met at a midtown hotel,
their first meeting since 27 of them lost
their court battle to Oakland Raiders
boss Al Davis, who is attempting to
move his franchise to Los Angeles.
AFTER THE meeting, Jack Donlan,
executive director 'of the NFL
Management Council, the owners'
bargaining agent in the contract talks
with the players' union, told a brief news
"There will be no lockout at the July
15 expiratjon of the contract or at the
opening of training camp. As far as I'm
concerned, the preseason and training
camp are safe.
"But the owners might want to re-
examine the situation in September,"
Donlan added. "I have the feeling the
owners don't want to do what the
baseball owners did - finance a strike."
Baseball's union struck one-third of
the way into the 1981 season. The NFL
owners are concerned, Donlan said,
that the football players might "play
four or five games, get enough money,
then strike. The owners reserve the
right to re-examine their position in
September." The season is scheduled to
sfr Septei1ber 12. T
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LOS ANGELES CENTER Kareem Abdul-Jabbar performs his patented
skyhook in Game.3 of the NBA Championship Series Tuesday night. Team-
mate Jamaal Wilkes (52) and Philadelphia's Julius Erving (6) look on.
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