The Philadelphia Warriors returned home from their drubbing of the Toronto Huskies to face the Chicago Stags. Joe Fulks continued to get more widespread press for his 23.4 per game scoring average that led his nearest competitor, Detroit’s Stan Miasek, by more than eight points a game. Still, there were rumblings that maybe Eddie Gottlieb’s team fed their star player the ball a little too much and that the Warriors would improve their record if they spread the rock around more. With that possibly in mind, the team announced a trade for New York’s second-leading scorer, 6’2” forward Ralph Kaplowitz. In exchange, Philadelphia sent seldom-used John Murphy along with an unidentified cash sum to the Knicks. Murphy had been on temporary loan to the Wilmington Bombers of the American Basketball League, so the team wouldn’t notice his absence anyway.
Kaplowicz would be in uniform for the game against Chicago. The Stags, who had beaten the Warriors 75-72, just four days ago were nipping at the heels of the St Louis Bombers in the Western Division, but had lost to Detroit the night before and were only 2-4 in their last six games.
A crowd of 8,397, a record for professional basketball in Philadelphia, filed into Convention Hall for the contest. Fulks charged out of the gate with his usual hot shooting touch, but the team got a serious scare when Howie Dallmar, in the act of rebounding, landed on a teammate’s foot and collapsed to the court. He was helped off the court and there were fears of a broken ankle. He didn’t return to the game. Despite Fulks’ efforts, the Stags had the advantage in the first half and went to the locker room leading 44-37.
In the second half, the Warriors refused to let Chicago extend their lead. Then, with 2:39 left in the final period, Fulks drove the lane, missed a lay-up but managed to fight for a successful tip-in to give Philadelphia a 74-72 lead and bring the locals to their feet. A short time later, the Warriors led 76-73, but both Art Hillhouse and Matt Guokas fouled out on successive plays. Chicago forward Tony Jaros sank two free throws then added a set shot on the next possession and the Stags now led 77-76. Max Zaslofsky followed with a field goal of his own and on the inbounds pass, guard Mickey Rottner stepped in front of it, made the easy bucket, settling the deal for an eventual 84-78 Chicago win.
The Stags improved to 19-12, now just three games behind St Louis, while the Warriors fell to 15-14, 8.5 games out in the East. In the losing effort, Fulks netted 36. Zaslofsky led the visitors with 19.
January 16, 1947
Stags 84, Warriors 78
BAA Eastern Division standings after January 16 (courtesy of ShrpSports):
Washington 24-6 .800
New York 17-11 .607 6
Philadelphia 15-14 .517 8 1/2
Providence 13-15 .464 10
Toronto 11-18 .379 12 1/2
Boston 9-21 .300 15