Basketball: Surprise Hotshots

A few weeks before the opening of their season, the Baltimore Bullets be decked the town with posters portraying determined-looking team members and bearing the line, WE'VE GOT A FEW SCORES TO SETTLE. The hoopla sounded nice but, since it was raised by a team that had finished last in its division for two straight years, nobody believed a word of it. Nobody, apparently, except the Bullets. Last week, with a league-leading 24-7 record, the once lowly Bullets were the surprise hotshots of the National Basketball Association.

Split by dissension, unsettled by frequent shifts in owners and coaches, and booed...

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