SuperSonics guard Dale Ellis, who served a one-day jail sentence this week for drunken driving, has been served with court papers in a civil suit alleging he caused an accident while driving under the influence of alcohol in Georgia last year.

The lawsuit claimed Ellis was under the influence of alcohol at the time. But records from College Park, Ga., do not show that Ellis was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to clerks at the College Park Police Department and court.


Denver allowed an average of 163.6 points in its eight preseason games, including a presumed-record 194 points by Atlanta in the first week. The Nuggets averaged 143.9 points and went 2-6 while learning new coach Paul Westhead's all-out pressing, running style.


With the retirement of Caldwell Jones, Atlanta center Moses Malone is the only active player with American Basketball Association experience. He played his first two years with the Utah Stars and the Spirits of St. Louis in 1974-75 and 1975-76.


Despite the influx of Chris Jackson and Jerrod Mustaf, both of whom left school after their sophomore years, the league's youngest player still is Seattle's Shawn Kemp, who will not be 21 until Nov. 26. Jackson turned 21 in March and Mustaf reached that age in October.