Former NBA star Maurice Lucas dead at 58

31 Oct

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP)—Maurice Lucas, the fierce power forward who helped lead the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA title, has died after a long fight with bladder cancer. He was 58.

The Trail Blazers said Lucas died Sunday.

Lucas, whose No. 20 was retired by the Blazers in 1988, joined Portland in the 1976 and led the 1976-77 championship team in scoring with a 20.2 average. He also averaged 11.2 rebounds that season.

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