Blazers lead playoff series
April 23-24, 1977
The Trail Blazers edge Denver 110-106 to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven NBA playoff series. Bill Walton makes a late steal and passes ahead to Dave Twardzik, who feeds Herm Gilliam for the key breakaway layup in the closing seconds. Maurice Lucas scores 27 points and Walton has 26 with 13 rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
• The Los Angeles Aztecs defeat coach Brian Tiler's Portland Timbers 2-1 in North American Soccer League play at Memorial Coliseum in LA.
• The Oregon men upset No. 3-ranked Arizona State 77.5-76.5 in a dual track and field meet at Hayward Field. The deciding point comes down to Oregon's Jan From tying ASU's Danny Jackson for second in the high jump, both clearing 6-10 behind UO winner Greg Fries, who makes 7-0.
• The Portland Winter Hawks term their first season a success. Brian Shaw, president and GM, said the hockey club needed to average 3,500 fans per home game at Memorial Coliseum to break even, and the Hawks pulled in 3,448, and Shaw said other revenue streams produced better than budgeted. He said he hopes to double the season-ticket base of 700 for the 1977-78 season.
Winger Tony Currie (73 goals) is honored as the top scorer and most popular player during the team banquet at Henry Ford's restaurant.
• The Sea-Port Cascades, a joint Portland-Seattle team, is set to begin play in the fourth season of World Team Tennis. Player-coach Tom Gorman's team will open its Memorial Coliseum slate against the San Diego Friars.
• John Dunn pitches Portland State to a 6-2 win over Idaho at Moscow in Northern Pacific League baseball.