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THE BREAKS OF THE GAME by David Halberstam Knopf; 362 pages; $15

The 1976-77 Portland Trail Blazers were less a basketball team than a fan's dream. With Center Bill Walton healthy for the only full season of his ill-starred career, the club won the National Basketball Association championship and, in the process, made the works of a Swiss watch look haphazard. Three seasons later, the Trail Blazers had slipped into the second division, the bright hopes of dynasty ended. The parabola of the Trail Blazers is the stuff of tragedy. But Author David Halberstam...

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