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Royals Top Nats, 125-118, as “Big O” Explodes

Mar. 25, 1963 - Oscar Robertson (pictured), shackled to a lone field goal and 7 points in the first half, erupted for 22 in the second and teamed with Bob Boozer in a fourth period breakout that enabled Cincinnati to beat Syracuse, 125-118, last night and even up their NBA playoff series, 2-2. Robertson, held to 16 points by an air-tight Nats' defense in Saturday's Syracuse victory, had similar troubles in the first half last night, but finally found the formula in the second quarter. He got 13 points in the third period to help Cincinnati pull away into a 95-91 lead, then added 9 in the final period. The Royals not only outshot the Nats percentage-wise, as they've done the entire series, but got more shots. In addition, they regained control of the backboards, getting help there from Tommy Hawkins, who had another fine game. Adrian Smith also was helpful, sinking three straight shots late in the first half.


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