Watertown Daily Times- Bob Pettit Sets Rapid Pace As Hawks Win
St. Louis Ace Has 165 points; Pours In 34 Points As Team Defeats Syracuse Nats; Take 115-101 Victory; Boston Celtics Win Sixth In Row By Defeating Detroit, 111 To 105—Sharman Stars
Bob Pettit, the St. Louis Hawks' six-foot, nine-inch sharpshooter, is setting a whirlwind early pace in an effort to recapture the National Basketball Association scoring championship he lost to Philadelphia's Paul Arizin last season. The ex-L.S.U. star rang up 34 points in leading the Hawks to a 115-101 victory over the Syracuse Nationals last night and now has tallied 165 points in six games for a 27.5 average. Arizin won the scoring title last season with a 25.6 average, partly because Pettit was injured in the closing weeks of the campaign. Pettit poured in 18 points in the first period last night to help the Hawks open up a 31-22 lead and they never were seriously threatened. The victory squared the Hawks' record at 3-3 and sent them into a first-place tie with idle Cincinnati in the circuit's Western Division. Dolph Schayes led the losers with 20 points. The champion Boston Celtics ran their unbeaten streak to six games in the opener of the doubleheader at St. Louis' Kiel Auditorium by whipping the Detroit Pistons, 111-105. Bill Sharman scored 28 points and Frank Ramsey, filling in for Bob Cousy, tallied 21 for the Celtics. The Celtics' sixth straight win enabled them to open up a two and a half game lead on New York, in the Eastern Division but they're still a long way from the N.B.A. mark of 15 straight victories at the start of a season—set by Washington in 1948. Harry Gallatin had 25 points and George Yardley 22 for the Pistons. Boston is at Mnneapolis in tonight's only game.