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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - January 28, 1983, Tokyo, JapanFriday january 28, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes sports 33. v Elvin Hayes Hayes Calls Bench Rolea lot of fun Houston a after a record 47,947minutes of playing time in the National basketball association Houston Forward Elvin Hayes has become a substitute. Rockets coach Del Harris decided before tuesday night s 114-111 Victory Over the new Jersey nets that the time was right to put plan a in effect. Hayes following one of the most illustrious careers in the history of the Aba would play a support role yielding his starting position to James Bailey. Hayes initial reaction to the decision Wasto Call Harris Petty paranoid and a bad coach a statement that Cost him a undisclosed Fine from rockets general manager Ray Patterson earlier when the dust settled from Hayes statement on tuesday the plan worked to perfection. Bailey scored 24 Points on 11 of 17 shot from the Field and two for two from the free throw line and Hayes provided Able help of the Bench As the rockets won for Only the seventh time this his 16 minutes of playing time against the nets Hayes called his new role a lot of everybody has to face this at some time in his career Hayes said. Willie Mays and Hank Aaron did t Start in the latter stages of their careers. It s not As big a thing As everybody is making made a big thing of it earlier when he blasted really Don t see How things can Ever get better next year under him he told the Houston chronicle. This stuff is All too far imbedded. It s not me or one or two other veterans. It s just about every one of the s a Petty person. He s paranoid. And he s not a Good coach. I think that you be Gotto think about changes. I Don t think you can say that right now there is anybody who automatically has the right to come Back. I Don t care what the Job is but following his backup performance tuesday night Hayes said i was please with the Way i played tonight. I m surprised but i adapted to it very , trying to maintain a winning attitude after the loss of Moses Malone to the Philadelphia 76ers, said he Hopes he s made the right did t want to go into next season not knowing if James Bailey could be starter Harris said. And we did t want to wait until then to see if Elvin could adapt to coming off the cellar Dweller rockets stun new Jersey nets associated press new Jersey had won 14 of its previous 16 games and Houston had won six games in a Hal season so the rockets needed something special to beat the got it. With Allen Leavell James Bailey and Joe Bryant playing their Best games of the season the rockets Defeated the nets 114-111 in a National basketball association game tuesday night. Leavell had 24 Points and an Aba season-high22 assists Bryant shot 13 of 17 from the Field for a season High 28 Points and Bailey was ll-for-17 an scored 24 Points while blocking five shots. When you let a team like Houston get a Little Confidence they re going to be Tough on you All night said nets coach Larry Brown. Bailey whom the nets traded to the rocket earlier in the season was phenomenal Brown added. Leavell was great. We just weren t very smart Down the in other Aba games new York Bombe Cleveland 111-78, Atlanta edged Phoenix 96-94, Dallas outscored Indiana 134-126, Philadelphia Defeated Chicago 116-99, san Antonio dropped Utah 116-106, Denver tripped Kansas City 119-112,Milwaukee beat san Diego 115-102 and los Angeles trimmed Portland 125-120.Leavell was the catalyst in Houston s Victory hitting a 15-foot Baseline shot with 30 seconds left to give the rockets a 112-111 Lead he s been playing super for about six weeks said rockets coach Del Harris. There was one game where i did t play him dec. 14and fro that Point on he s been More than a pleasant new Jersey took a 107-103 Lead with 4 18 to play but Houston responded with seven straight Points for a 110-107 Edge. Mickey Johnson put the nets ahead again with a three Point play and Afree throw that made it 111-110 with 1 01 failed to score on its next Possession but Bailey s fifth blocked shot set the stage for Leavell s game winning Basket. Leavell added a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left to ice the rockets seventh Victory in 42 games. Leavell said i got off to a bad Start and i trying to recuperate. I think i be played really Well the last six or seven games. We be been in every game except one. We just Haven t been Able to walk away with any of the rockets ranked last in the Aba in Bot scoring and win loss percentage hit 76.1 percent of their shots in the first period to take a 34-25lead. They also hit 64.7 percent in the third Quarter and ended the game with a 57.8 Williams scored 20 Points and Otis Birdsong 18 for the 27-16 nets. Lakers 125, blazers 120 Kareem Abdul Jabbar scored 17 of his 25 Points in the first Quarter As los Angeles raced Toa 20-9 Lead and never trailed in route to breaking Portland s 15-game Home winning Streak. The lakers led 104-88 Early in the fourth Quarter and had to fight off a late rally by the Trail blazers who got 29 Points from Jim Paxson. Bucks 115, clippers 102marques Johnson scored 33 Points and sixth Man Junior Bridgeman added 27 to Lea Milwaukee past san Diego. Bridgeman had 15 Points in the second quarters the Bucks opened a 59-50 halftime Edge. Then Johnson poured in 17 in the third period to extend the margin to 86-73. Nuggets 119, Kings 112 Alex English scored 32 Points Dan Issel added28 and . Dunn had 11 of his 13 in the fourth Aba Roundup Quarter for Denver against Kansas Drew had 22 Points to Lead the Kings who lost their seventh straight Road game. Spurs 116, jazz 106 Artis Gilmore scored 19 of his 40 Points in the fourth Quarter when san Antonio overcame a 13-Point deficit by outscoring Utah 34-11 in the period. Gilmore scored the first seven Points of the Quarter to key a 13-0 run by the spurs that tied the score 95-95. After Darrell Griffith who scored30 Points for the jazz put them ahead 102-99, san Antonio responded with an 8-0 Streak to take the Lead for Good. 76ers 116, bulls 99 Andrew Toney scored 24 Points and Juli serving 23 As Philadelphia beat Chicago for its nth Victory in the last 15 games. The 76ers scored 14 straight Points Midway through the first Quarter As the bulls missed 11 consecutive shots. Chicago never got closer than11 Points thereafter. Hawks 96, suns 94 Eddie Johnson s off balance 16-foot jump shot with two seconds remaining gave Atlanta its Victory Over Davis hit two three Point goals in the final minute to pull the suns into a tie before Johnson s game Winner. Wayne tree Rollins had a season High 22 Points for Atlanta hit two free throws with 11 seconds left. Mavericks 134, pacers 126 Mark Aguirre scored a career High 43 Points to offset a career High 42 by Butch Carter of gave the Mavericks the Lead for Good at 48-47 with a Layup 4 04 before the half. Dallas went on to go ahead by As Many As 16 Points. Kicks 111, Cavaliers 78 sly Williams making his first appearance in month after a knee injury and Paul Westphal scored 17 Points apiece to Lead six new Yor players in double figures against Cleveland. World free led All scorers with 21 Points for Cleveland the 12th straight game he s scored 20 or More. Jazz fans applaud John Drew Salt Lake City a John Drew stood with his Utah jazz teammates tuesday night for the first time after eight weeks of drug rehabilitation and was greeted with a standing , who entered a Maryland Hospital for drug rehabilitation nov. 22, was in Street clothe Sas the jazz played the san Antonio spurs in a National basketball association that did t Stop an estimated crowd of at least 7,500, a few with tears in their eyes from standing and giving Drew a one minute ovation. Drew 28, said he had been using cocaine for two years but now does not plan to use drugs or associate with anyone who will be of if i do what i a supposed to do and i m going to do what i supposed to do Drew dressed in White Slacks White sweater and Cowboy boots said shortly before entering the Salt Palace Arena. They always told me at the Hospital not to close the door on the past but not to let it happen again he said. Jazz coach Frank Layden who had approached Drew before a game at Cleveland in november about Drew seeking treatment said Drew would not suit up for a game until he Felt think his attitude is great Layden said. Everything is there but his conditioning. I can Trush him because he s not in Good physical shape yet. Hell let us know when he s ready and hell know estimated he would be Back in uniform in two refuse to come on the court until i feel i m completely ready Drew 6-foot-6, 205-Pound Drew was a two time All Star before joining the jazz in a Trade with the Atlanta Hawks in september

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