On This Date 12/9/1977

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Rudy Tomjanovich of the Houston Rockets is seriously injured after being punched in the face by Kermit Washington of the Los Angeles Lakers. Tomjanovich was running down the court during an altercation between the two teams when Washington turned and landed a roundhouse punch that knocked the Rockets star out. The injuries, which doctors said were nearly fatal and caused Rudy T to miss the rest of the season, while Kermit Washington was suspended a record 26 games.