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Pistons Knock Warriors Out of Playoff Spot

Mar. 8, 1963 - The Warriors lost the game they had to win tonight in an overtime heartbreaker to the Detroit Pistons, 131-123, in Fort Wayne, Ind. Now, the San Franciscans now apparently must be content to wait till next year. Detroit moved two games out in front of the Warriors in their battle for third place and an NBA Western Division playoff spot by pulling out the decision after the West Coast team had battled back to tie the regulation contest at 112-112. Don Ohl (pictured), of Edwardsville, Ill., a jump-shooting demon always effective against the Warriors, led off the overtime with a bucket which big Wilt Chamberlain answered. Then the Pistons roared for eight straight points, including a pair of baskets by Ohl, and the Warrior hopes crashed with a thud. Chamberlain was the high scorer tonight with 51 points. Detroit was paced by Ohl with 41 points.


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