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y w w 1 6V 6C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 tV c ! i In the Paint Heat Calendar NOT REALLY: Chris Webber , j walked off the court in New j j Jersey with his hands around his pcomlng game MarchApril MESSAGE: Warriors guard Jimmy Jackson was ejected after a double-technical foul, then said after the game: "The referees don't give us a chance to play," Jackson said. "Sometimes they take the game from us." Well, there you have it. Surely they'll be nicer to him now. I like to send the fans home eel; Mil, to: disappointed." MICHAEL JORDAN, who has done it enough, and did again Sunday night in Toronto with the game-winning shot with 5.4 seconds left. neck. A choke sign.' INo way, i Wehher said. "Thev were all i hphinri the basket and they werie I REPORT on me the hardest. I just did thfit tkoYi li'Uo i;nn auva arf our ihf here." That's a new one. j I TV; SUN - Sunshine. Shaded games at Miami Arena; All times EDT f3B ffl: jE ffla ifflL . -M .. 52 23 24 26 7:00 28 2T 7:30 28 r CtMct 33 SUN 'i13;30 30 31 7:30 1 2 8.30 3 4 7:30 hctak Mtfca Spun Mma NSC sun W Brown's injury means Hub - Summaries Pistons 94, 76ers 79 Lakers 107, Nuggets 86 FG FT Rtb FG FT Rab DETROIT Mln W-A M-A O-T A PF Ptl L.A. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pt Conference standings EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC 43 5-11 7-11 1-11 5 3 17 Horry 23 2-3 2-2 1-5 2 1 Foil 24 2-8 04 0-2 3 2 Hill Raid W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf 21 3-6 2-3 1-4 14 1 O'Neal 35 10-16 4-6 4-9 2 2 24 B. Williams 34 7-12 0-2 1-13 4 5 14 another resiliency test Flihar 24 1-5 2-3 0-3 5 1 Dumars Miami Jones 31 10-14 4-4 1-5 1 0 27 35 4-16 I I 1-15 1 20 34 4-7 3-1 3-4 4 3 13 31 3-10 9-9 1-4 4 3 15 12 1-2 3-4 2-3 0 2 5 f New York Van Fie 24 3-5 0-0 0-0 6 I Bryant 32 1-12 5-5 0-3 3 1 23 Hunter Stackhouse J Wllliami Mahorn Pollard Henson 14 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 I .696 W3 25 9 23 12 31 13 .544 LI 25-11 12-20 25-21 .515 12tt W2 20-15 15-18 19-22 .515 2Yi Wl 20-14 15-19 18-26 .507 13 L2 22-12 13-22 19-23 .441 17& LI 22-13 8-25 17-23 .368 22Vi L3 15-19 10-24 11-31 48 21 37 31 35 33 35 33 35 34 30 38 25 43 Campbell II 2-7 0-0 0-2 1 0 Blount 9 1-2 1-2 2-5 0 2 Barrv I 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 I 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Heat Rooks 6 0-3 1-2 2-3 0 2 1 Bennett 6 2-6 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 Totals 240 30-67 32 46 11-43 23 23 94 Orlando 7i, Washington , Hew Jersey . v Boston ' K Philadelphia - CENTRAL 24041 83 19 24 11-40 23 13107 Totals Percentages: FG .494, FT .792. Three- Percentages: FS .448, FT .711. Three-point goals: 2-12, .167 (Hunter 2-4, Hill 0-1, Stackhouse 0-2, Dumars 0-5). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Reld, B Williams, Stackhouse). Turnovers: 10 Hill 3, B.Williams 2, Oumars 2, Hunter, Stack-house, Mahorn). Steals: 3 (Hill 2, Hunter). Technical fouls: B.Williams, 5:05 third. Ille- point goals: 6-19, .316 uones j-e, oryanr Fox 1-4, Horry 0-1, Barry 0-1, Fisher 0-1, Van Exel 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Jones 3, Horry 2, Fox, compDeiu. Turnovers: 9 (Bryant 2, Horry 2, O'Neal, Fisher, Jones, Campbell, Blount). Steals: 11 (Fox 2, O'Neal 2, Jones 2, Bryant 2, Van gai defense: i. FG FT Reb Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPtS PHILA. Exel, Fisher, Horry). Technical touis: None. Illegal defense: None, x-Chicago 52 17 .754 W6 32-3 20-14 33-9 Indiana 48 20 .706 3tt W3 25-7 23-13 33-11 -Charlotte 43 24 .642 8 W3 26-8 17-16 23-16 Atlanta 40 27 .597 11 L2 21-919-18 25-16 Cleveland 37 30 .552 14 W4 19-12 18-18 19-23 Detroit 33 36 .478 19 W3 22-13 11-23 22-21 Milwaukee 29 38 .433 22 L9 19-16 10-22 17-27 .Toronto 15 52 .224 36 L2 9-24 6-28 6-34 WESTERN CONFERENCE FG FT Reb DENVER Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPtS 35 10-14 4-4 0-6 4 5 24 33 6-10 4-4 1-3 3 3 14 33 2-6 (H) 1-6 2 3 4 Thomas 20 4-1 1-2 1-1 1 6 10 Ratllff 39 1-6 44 3-10 1 4 6 S Williams 12 4-4 2-2 3-4 1 4 10 McKle 24 0-4 0-0 0-3 5 5 0 Iverson 44 2-14 0-0 0-1 1 3 4 Coleman 33 3-15 9-9 4-13 0 3 25 Shaw 25 3-10 4-6 M 2 5 11 Snow 10 0-3 2-2 1-2 1 1 2 Smith 23 4-10 2-2 0-5 0 3 10 Beniamln 6 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Davis 4 0-0 1-2 1-110 1 30 2-1 2-2 0-4 4 1 4 2-6 6 1 4 0-0 27 2-11 Fortson Ellis Garrett Alexander Jackson Goldwlre Newman Battle Lauderdale Washington 1 II 30 7-9 1-2 0-1 2 MIDWEST 4 4 W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf 25 2-2 0-1 0-1 1 II 5-11 0-0 4-7 1 5 0-2 0-2 1-1 0 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 Totals 24026-74 25 3114-42 20 34 79 24038-7311-16 9 37 23 20 88 Total! By Tom D'Angelo Palm Beach Post Staff Writer MIAMI The Miami Heat have been successful overcoming injuries to core players this season. With PJ. Brown expected to miss about a week, Miami will be tested again. Miami was 22-7 while Alonzo Mourning recovered from knee surgery and is 16-3 since Jamal Mashburn broke his thumb. Brown, the only key front-line player who has not been on the injured list this season, sprained his left ankle during Sunday's victory against Portland. The Heat are hopeful he will return in about a week. Brown was not fitted for a cast and is not expected to be placed on the injured list. Sunday, after Brown was injured, the Heat hardly missed their starting power forward, blowing out Portland and putting together their most complete game in 10 days. Now, Miami will be without Brown's nine points, eight rebounds and defensive capabilities for three to four games, which isn't so bad considering the next four opponents are Boston, Milwaukee, Houston and Boston. Terry Mills and Mark Strickland will get the majority of Brown's minutes at power forward. Mills will benefit more because of his need for playing time since returning from knee surgery. Heat coach Pat Riley has not said who will start. "I feel like I- really haven't been in- 50 17 .746 W2 28-5 22-12 26-11 46 22 .676 4tt Wl 27-8 19-14 28-16 36 31 .537 14 W6 23-13 13-18 25-18 35 34 .507 16 LI 22-15 13-19 24-22 17 52 .246 34 Wl 12-24 5-28 10-29 16 52 .235 34'2 Wl 13-21 3-31 11-28 8 62 .114 43Vi L3 6-28 2-34 6-36 - x-Utah - x-San Ant. Houston . Minnesota ' Dallas Vancouver ; Denver Percentages: FG .351, FT .804. Three-point goals: 2-10, .200 (Thomas 1-2, Shaw 1-3, Coleman 0-2, Iverson 0-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratllff 2. S Williams, Iverson). Turnovers: 9 (McKle 2, Shaw 2, Smith 2, Ratllff, S.Williams, Iverson). Steals: 8 (McKle 2, Iverson 2, Shaw 2, Ratllff, Snow). Technical fouls: Coleman, 10:27 second; Iverson, 1:40 fourth. Illegal defense: None. volved," said Mills, who averaged just 11 minutes in his first three games back before playing 21 in Sunday's 112-80 victory. "Then after PJ. went down, and knowing I was getting more minutes, I felt a part of the mix and much more in rhythm." Said Riley: "Terry gives us a different dimension. As he plays himself into game shape he can stretch the defense and create another threat out there for us." Riley, though, could opt to start Strickland, at least against Boston. The Celtics, who host the Heat on Wednesday, are the team Strickland matches up best against. Strickland is best suited among all Heat players to run the floor with the Celtics, although he looked good against Portland, scoring a career-high 23 points. Air today, gone tomorrow? The court's ruling Friday that Pan Am is allowed to continue its charter service was good news for the Heat, for now. Miami will have its 727 charter for today's trip to Boston, but is not sure about the availability of its plane from trip-to-trip. Heat trainer and travel coordinator Ron Culp has secured another carrier that could lend the Heat its plane on 24 hours notice. The biggest concern the rest of the regular season is the three-game five-day trip April 6-10 to Minnesota, New York and Toronto. Percentages: FG .493, FT .733. Three-point goals: 3-10, .300 (Goldwire 3-4, Jackson 0-1, Ellis 0-2, Alexander 0-3). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 6 (Ellis 2, Garrett 2, Fortson, Newman). Turnovers: 14 (Alexander 5, Jackson 5, Goldwire 2, Newman 2, Fortson, Ellis). Steals: 4 (Goldwire 3, Fortson, Alexander, Battle). Technical fouls: None. Flagrant foul: Fortson, 3:44 third Illegal defense: None. 21 II II 30-94 15 II 27 19-79 Detroit Philadelphia 27 27 30 23-107 II 20 24 22- 14 L.A. Lakers Denver Sonics 109, Kings 83 PACIFIC "Ix-Seattle 51 17 .750 Wl 29-4 22-13 31-9 'x-L.A. Lak. 49 19 .721 2 W4 28-7 21-12 35-8 x-Phoenix 45 23 .662 6 LI 26-9 19-14 27-12 ""'Portland 37 30 .552 13& L2 22-13 15-17 24-15 Zl Sacramento 26 44 .371 26 L8 20-14 6-30 17-24 LA. Clippers 15 53 .221 36 L3 9-24 6-29 12-32 "Golden St. 14 54 .206 37 L7 8-22 6-32 10-31 A-14,294 ( 20,444). T-2:14. O'rficlals-Tommy Nunei, Blane Relcelt, Tony Brothers. Bulls 111, Celtics 88 FG FT Reb BOSTON Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPtS FG FT Reb Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPtS SACRA. 40 10-20 4-5 2-7 1 3 24 32 9-15 0-2 0-4 4 5 19 27 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 5 4 22 2-5 0-0 1-4 3 2 4 19 1-4 04 1-1 0 1 2 17 4-10 1-5 1-4 119 35 1-12 2-3 1-3 1 1 II 34 5-12 2-2 0-1 4 1 13 24 3-7 54 0-3 4 1 II 21 4-7 0-2 2-7 4 3 I 25 7-11 0-0 0-0 0 3 14 29 0-2 2-2 0-5 2 4 2 10 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Owens Williamson Thorpe Abdl-Whd Johnson Fndrbrke Polynlce Dehere Hndrcksn Stewart 34 3-12 2-2 3-5 6 x-clinched playoff berth. Monday's results 33 5-8 0-0 0-3 7 2 14 Walker McCarty DeClercq Mercer Barros Bowen Knight Edney Minor Tabak 22 2-4 1-2 1-2 2 2 18 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 4 15 1-2 4-4 0-1 2 0 12 3-4 0-2 0-1 1 I 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 TOP SCORER in 240 35-71 12-20 6-32 19 18 83 Totals no no Detroit 94, Philadelphia 79 24035-71 11-17 6-27 24 27 86 Totala "Chicago 111, Boston 88 Dallas 91, Minnesota 87 Coleman, 25 Pippen, 27 Finley, 27 Jones, 27 Payton, 24 Reeves, 35 l.A. Lakers 107, Denver 86 Percentages: FG .493, FT .600. Three-point goals: 1-4, .167 (Johnson 1-4, Owens 0-1, Dehere 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Abdul-Wahad, Funderburke, Polynlce, Stewart). Turnovers: 17 (Abdul-Wahad 4, Johnson 4, Thorpe 2, Funderburke 2, Owens, Polynlce, Dehere, Hendrlckson, Stewart). Steals: I (Johnson 2, Polynlce 2, Owens, Thorpe, Abdul-Wahad, Hendrlckson). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. Lockout of NBA players possible or It rr c. .Seattle 109, Sacramento 83 Percentages: FG .493, FT .647. Three-point goals: 7-13, .538 (Barros 4-5, Walker 2-5, McCarty 1-2, Bowen 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Walker 2). Turnovers: 22 (DeClercq 4, Mercer 3, Ts-bak 3, Walker 2, McCarty 2, Barros 2, Edney 2, team 4). Steals: 13 (McCarty 3, Barros 3, Bowen 2, Edney 2, Waiker, DeClercq, Mercer). Technical fouls: None. II-legal defense: 1. FG FT Reb CHICAGO Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts I 5 Vancouver 106, L.A. Clippers 95 Today's games FG FT Reb SEATTLE Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts LATEST LINE 2-3 3-9 5 1 20 2-2 2-10 6 2 16 0-0 2-5 12 4 38 11-20 4-4 5-11 6 2 27 31 4-9 I-10 1-4 10 1 17 31 9-14 33 7-11 19 2-3 33 6-11 31 10-11 34 S-10 2-5 9-14 1 2 12 uv t 00 1-2 1-4 3 2 16 23 3-4 2-4 2-2 5 I 0 24 0-0 0-4 2 I 1 24 2-2 1-7 2 Charlotte at Toronto, 7 p.m. Charlotte by 1 1 Orlando at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta by 6V2 San Antonio at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Pick Phoenix at Utah, 8 p.m. Utah by 6V2 0-0 0-0 2 1 15 1-5 Baker Schrempf Mcllvaine Hawkins Payton Ellis Perkins Kersey Williams Anthony Zidek 37 11-22 15 2-6 3 4 0-0 0-2 1 Pippen Kukoc Rodmon Harper Jordan Burred Brown Kerr Buechler Klelne Simpkins 2-2 2-5 2 W t i. 19 2-4 2 2-2 0-0 0- 0 1 1- 4 1 0-1 2 14 3-3 2- 2 1- 3 3- 6 2- 6 1-5 0-0 2-4 0 3-3 04 1 04 0-1 1 2-2 0-0 0 01 t OK 3 1 0 0-0 0-0 Houston at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Houston by 8V2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 9 5 9 Washington at Portland, 10 p.m. Portland by 4 V2 2-2 1-4 0-0 0 1 24044-8412-1412-42 29 16109 Totals 24043-6021-3119-46 29 16111 Totala New York at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. New York by 7V2 : Sunday's results Percentages: FG .538, FT .677. Thrte-Balntasals: 4-10. .400 (Kerr 2-2. Kukoc 1-2. Percentages: FG .524. FT .857. Three-point goals: 9-17, .529 (Payton 4-5, Hawkins 9-4, Perkins 1-1, Anthony 1-3, Ellis 0-2). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 4 (Mcllvaine 3, Baker). Turnovers: 12 (Schrempf 4, Anthony 4, Baker, Hawkins, Payton, Williams). Steals: 14 (Hawkins 3, Anthony 3, Schrempf 2, Kersey 2, Baker, Mcllvaine, Payton, Ellis). Technical fouls: None. Ille-gal defense: None. Pippen 1-3, Jordan 0-1, Burrell 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Pippen 2, Jordan). Turnovers: 17 (Brown 4, Rodman 3, Kukoc 2, Jordan 2, Kerr 2, Pippen, Harper, team 2). Steals: 11 (Pippen 2, Rodman 2, Jordan 2, Brown 2, Kukoc, Kerr, Buechler). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: 1. Orlando 92, Golden State 83 Indiana 96, Milwaukee 94, OT Wash. 102, New Jer. 100, OT L.A. Lakers 96, Sacr. 93 San Antonio 93, Phoenix 83 r Miami 112, Portland 80 TJtah 124, New York 1 19, 20T "Detroit 105, Atlanta 98 Chicago 102, Toronto 100 -Boston 108, Philadelphia 90 2 II 14 29- 13 31 27 21 23-109 Sacramento Seattle 24 21 23 20- 16 30 26 24 31-111 S: rx ; no Boston Chicago Wednesday's games Palm Beach Post Wire Services NBA owners voted 27-2 Monday to void the final three years of the collective bargaining agreement with the players' union. The vote at the board of governors meeting in Dallas comes after three years of labor peace and paves the way for negotiations that may alter the off-season and beyond. Acting as anticipated, the owners exercised a clause in the agreement with the union that allowed them to reopen the agreement if it was not working to their satisfaction. Neither Commissioner David Stern nor Billy Hunter, the players' association executive director, would discuss the possibility of the first work stoppage in league history. The current deal will expire June 30. Both sides have from April 1 until then to reach a new deal. Several team officials have suggested that if one is not reached, the league most likely would lock out the players during the summer and prohibit teams from signing free A-23,944 ( 24,119). T-2 03. Officials-Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington, Rodney Mott. Mavericks 91, Wolves 87 Miami at Boston, 7 p.m. Houston at Indiana, 7 p.m. FG Mln M-A Grizzlies 106, Clippers 95 FG FT Reb L.A. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Murray 25 3-8 5-8 1-5 1 5 12 Rogers 38 I-14 0-0 2-6 4 3 II Austin 31 4-13 6-1 3-7 5 3 14 Piatkowskl 34 4-11 4-5 0-3 1 5 20 Martin 32 2-12 2-2 1-3 4 0 7 Taylor 29 5-12 2-3 1-6 4 3 12 Wright 17 2-1 0-2 4-10 0 4 4 Richardson 17 1-4 04 0-2 3 0 2 Smith 14 2-6 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 CIOSS 3 1-1 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Dallas at Denver, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Wash, at Seattle, 10 p.m. N.Y. at L.A. Clip., 10:30 p.m. Sacr. at L.A. Lak., 10:30 p.m. MINN. FT Reb M-A O-T A PF Pts 1-1 2-7 2 4 15 J-2 3-10 1 1 19 New Jersey at Phil., 7:30 p.m. San Ant. at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. hicago at Orlando, 8 p.m. 4 7 4 23 3-4 1-3 0 1-1 3-6 5 Heat statistics 0-0 0-3 6 40 7-14 34 1-14 19 2-5 37 10-22 37 2-12 25 0-6 15 44 25 4-11 4 04 4 04 Garnet! Mitchell Parks Peeler Marbury Hammonds Roberts Porter Hurley Jordan 2-7 1 1-2 0-1 0-3 0 4 2 240 34-8919 2816-48 25 24 91 Totala 1-1 0-2 3 Thrtugh Sundiy 0-0 0-1 0 0 0-0 04 0 1 240 37 90 9 121142 19 23 67 Totala l:....L.,..v ; vi I Percentages: FG .382, FT .479. Three-point goals: 1-21, .361 (Piatkowskl 4-7, Rogers 2-4, Murray 1-1 Martin 1-4, Richardson 0-1, Smith 0-3). Teem rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 10 (Rogers 4, Austin, Pietkowski, Taylor, Wright, Smith, Closs). Turnovers: 15 (Martin 5, Austin 2, Murray 2. Piatkowskl 2, Smith 2, Rogers). Steals: 13 (Smith 3, Austin I Murray I Taylor 2, Martin, Richardson, Rogers, Wright). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. Percentages: FG .411, FT .750. Three-point goals: 4-12, .333 (Peeler 2-7, Mitchell 1-1, Porter 1-3, Marbury 0-1). Team rebounds: I. Blocked shots: 5 (Parks 2, Garnet!, Mitchell, Roberls). Turnovers: 12 (Gernett 3, Porter 1, Mitchell, Peeler, Roberts, Hurley, team 3). Steals: I (Peeler I, Marbury 2). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Detroit's Grant Hill (33) maneuvers for a shot against Philadelphia's Tim Thomas (center) and Theo Ratliff in the Pistons' 94-79 victory. "k AVG. J-POINT ' 'Player 6 WIN FGM-FGAPCT. FGM-FCA FTM-fTAPCT. PTS, AVO. HG Mourning 47 33 4 326-W4 .S49 (Ml 234-354 Ml S II 9 -HarOaway W 37 3 475-10B7 .437 139-35 203-249 .773 1297 II I 33 T Washburn 47 36.0 244-569 . 432 37-121 184-231 .797 713 15.2 32 Lenard M 32 0 300-702 . 427 132-325 113-139 .113 145 12.4 21 Barry 51 29 3 205-412 .425 M-217 109-12 152 605 11 9 26 ' Brown 67 32 2 253-534 . 474 0-0 130-169 . 769 636 9 5 21 Maierle 62 25 4 141-352 . 420 90-231 25-33 . 75 411 66 ! 1 Murdoch 69 14 4 144-331 .432 23-75 112 134 .124 427 4 2 17 Diy 5 13.1 11-31 .355 2-11 4-9 .467 30 4 0 13 Strickland 3t 13.7 91-163 . 551 0-1 42-54 . 771 224 5 9 23 ' Millt 40 16 5 49-175 . 394 23-61 20-27 . 741 Ml 45 20 ') Askini 42 14 3 33-107 .301 lt-64 12 19 .432 94 2 3 10 . Walteri 31 5.9 14-40 . 400 5-11 20-21 .952 57 I I 11 It Conlon 7 4 0 5-13 .315 0-0 2-4 . 500 12 1 7 4 It Causwell 21 13 21-59 .354 04 5-10 500 47 17 I r t HMt 89 240.7 2400 4323 .461 471 1321 12M 1694 .743 SS33 M.7122 I J Optomirta 240.T 2274-4312 .42 280 747 138g-lS .747 6194 9 U8 FG FT Reb Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPtS VAN. FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T APFPtS DALLAS 28 5-11 4-7 1-3 29 54 2-2 5-16 47 11-22 3-4 agents or making trades. 34 0-3 2-2 0- 7 7 2-9 1 1- 5 1 2- 4 7 0-2 0 2-2 Bulls 111, Celtics 2 27 2 2 3 2 3 10 3 9 1 14 0 14 3 5 2-2 0-0 Abdr-Rhm Smith Reeves Mack Mayberry Hurley Lynch B Edwards Chiicutt Mssnbrg Finley Green Riley Reeves Strickland Bradley Davis Muursepp Wells 88: Scottie Pippen scored 16 0-3 34 3-10 23 4-9 32 7-14 35 7-15 14 2-2 38 14-24 74 5-12 4 3 35 23 2-13 0-0 0-2 2 2 4 22 1-2 04 1-2 4 1 3 27 54 2-2 0-2 4 2 12 20 3-11 1-2 4-8 0 3 7 25 4-10 3-3 24 3 3 II 16 03 04 14 1 J 0 10 2-5 04 2-2 0 1 4 2-6 4-12 1 04 1-4 1 27 points and Chicago beat visiting Boston for its sixth 04 0-2 I 2-2 0 5 2-3 04 240 36-61 11 16 1249 19 17 91 Totgl, Totals consecutive victory. 24041 9321 2421 61 26 19 106 scored 27 points as Los Angeles beat host Denver. With 12 games left, Denver needs two wins to avoid tying or breaking the worst record in NBA history 9-73 by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers. Pistons 94, 76ers 79: Allen Iverson was held to a career-low four points as Detroit, behind 20 points from Joe Dumars, defeated host Philadelphia. SuperSonics 109, Kings 83: Gary Payton had 24 points and host Seattle beat Sacramento to end a two-game losing streak. Mavericks 91, Tim-berwolves 87: Hubert Davis scored 10 of his 16 points during a 20-2 fourth-quarter run and Dallas rallied to beat visiting Minnesota. Grizzlies 106, Clippers 95: Bryant Reeves scored 35 points and host Vancouver set a franchise record with its 16th victory. Michael Jordan added 24 REBOUND RES. AST. s -4 player OFF DEF. TOT. AVG. AST. AVG. PF 00 STL TO 8LK Mourning 159 293 452 9 4 44 0 9 174 3 X 144 flS " -; Hardaway 43 215 251 3 7 540 II 171 2 124 192 15 Mainourn 70 143 233 5 0 129 2 7 134 I 43 104 13 Lanard 44 116 250 3 7 142 2 1 175 0 47 75 13 Barry 21 125 153 3 0 144 21 101 0 57 102 25 Brown 211 359 570 1 5 97 1 4 240 7 60 16 93 Maiarl 43 112 225 3 6 125 2 0 111 2 41 54 14 Murdock 31 91 122 II 174 2 4 152 I 14 17 11 Day 4 7 412 7 7 3 0 Strickland 54 13 137 3 4 14 0 4 54 0 13 29 25 - Milli 31 19 120 3 0 30 01 104 1 17 34 7 . Atkins 24 59 15 2 0 25 0 4 93 2 25 24 11 Walttrt 3 12 15 0 5 24 01 19 0 4 20 0 " ' Conlon 1 I 9 1.3 4 0.4 5 0 0 5 0 ' ' Caulwell 19 33 52 I 9 2 0 1 52 0 5 7 14 Mat Ml 1992 2B73 41 1463 21 2 1669 24 71 1030 70 ' ' OwMMata Ot 1IS3 27(1 40.0 I3S 1 7 1S33 14 S3 1040 102 Percentages: FG 444, FT .688 Three-paint goals: 6-15, .533 (Reeves 3-3, Finley 2-4, Davis 7 4, Muursepp 1-1, Strickland 1-3). Team rebounds: 7 Blocked shots: 4 (Bradley 4, Muursepp 7). Turnovers: IS I Bradley 4. Strickland 3, Riley 2. Reeves I Wells 2. Finley. Green). Steals: 4 (Green, Reeves. Bradley, Muursepp). Technical fouls: Fin-ley, 1 04 second Illegal defense: 1 points and Dennis Rodman had 14 rebounds to go with a season-high 12 points for the Bulls, who have won 14 of Percentages: FG .441, FT .175. Three-paint goals: 3-12, .250 (Mack 24, Mayberry 1-2, Reeves 0-1, Lynch 0-1, Chiicutt 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: I (Reeves 5, Abdur-Rahlm, B Edwards, Chiicutt). Turnovers: 16 (Abdur-Rahim A Reeves 3. Smith 3, Chiicutt 2, Lynch I B Edwards, Hurley. Mack). Steers: 6 (B Edwards t Hurley 2, Chiicutt, Lynch, Mayberry, Reeves). Technical fours: None. Illegal defense: None. their past 15 against Boston. 24 21 27 14-17 26 14 IS 39-91 Minnesota Dallas Lakers 107, Nug 21 12 32 23- 95 29 24 27 34-104 L.A. Clippers Vancouver A 11.274 1 11 042). T-2 04. F. Rush, Ken Mauer, Michael Smith. gets 86: Eddie Jones -"Panthers get lots of shots, lose 5-3 Stubborn defense keeps Wolfpack close in first half PANTHERS From 1C Vanbiesbrouck for the game-win-rning goal. Honda outsnot Carolina irj . in the third, pulling within 4-2 on "Viktor Kozlov's fifth eoal in nine Florida's power play was scoreless in seven attempts, totaling just five shots on net "The first one we looked too nonchalant, but on the second and third we had some pretty good chances," said assistant coach Sutter, who filled in for Bryan Murray for the second time in three games. "If you can't capitalize on the power play, you have a tough time staying in the game." Noteworthy: Goaltender Kevin Weekes may be lost for the season with his sprained knee. Team doctors have told goaltender coach Billy Smith that Weekes won't be able to play for two to three weeks, and even then would have to wear a brace. ... Rob Niedermayer missed his third straight game with the flu, but did attend the game. For Panther coverage on line, go to Pa'm Beach Interactive: irw.CiBlxomSpoisTowii Carolina 70: Trailing in the second half for the first time in more than three months, the top-ranked Lady Vols stormed back from 12 points and beat the Tar Heels in the Mideast Regional final at Nashville. The comeback keeps alive Tennessee's hopes of a record third straight national championship, a perfect season and a place in history as the greatest women's team. Tennessee (37-0) rallied after trailing 61-49 with less than Th minutes left The Vols out-scored Carolina 15-1 in 2V4 minutes to go up 64-62. Ail-American Chamique Holdsclaw, who finished with 29 points, keyed the burst with eight points. Teresa Geter also came up big with five points. North Carolina finished at 27- 6. Louisiana Tech 72, Purdue 65: Alisa Bums had 17 points and 16 rebounds as Louisiana Tech fended off comeback- proven Purdue in the NCAA Midwest Regionals at Lubbock, Texas. LaQuan Stall worth added 18 points, including four on free throws in the last 30 seconds, to ensure that the Lady Techsters (30-3) would maintain their streak of advancing to the Final Four at least once every four years. No. 4 seed Purdue finished at 23-10. NCAA ratings highest since 1994: CBS has posted the highest NCAA basketball ratings in four years. Through Sunday's regional finals, CBS had a 62 rating'13 share, 1 percent higher than the 6.114 from last year and the best since the 6.615 from 1994. Three of the past weekend's four games posted gains from the 1997 regional finals. Kentucky's comeback win against Duke was the highest rated regional final since Michigan-Arkansas got a 10.1 1994. Police recover jersey: The final item returned in the thefts between Duke and North Carolina was the jersey banner of former Duke player Grant Hill. The banner, stolen Feb. 26 from the rafters of Cameron Indoor Stadium, was recovered by UNC-Chapcl Hill police on Sunday and returned to Duke on Monday. The Hill banner theft was part of a rash of basketball-related thefts from the UNC and Duke campuses this year that included a Michael Jordan jersey and Duke coach Mike Krzyzews-ki's signed 1992 USA Olympic "Dream Team" poster valued at $20,000. March Madness For coverage and updates of the NCAA men's arid women's tojmaments and of the NIT. go on line to Pafm Beach Interactive: ww C0PEI.comSp9rtsT0wn WOMEN From 1C Summer Erb and Jones each had 12, and Lewis had 11 for North Carolina State. Duran and Paige Sauer led UConn with 11 points each. "Despite all our wins, this year has been an incredible struggle for me," Auriemma said. "The fact that we've even been able to get here is a miracle. It looked bad from the very first day of practice. In games like this, it shows up." North Carolina State used its tenacious defense to stay close in the first half, holding Connecticut which averaged 84 points a game to a 28-23 half-time lead. "At half time we were down. We sort of glazed over," said North Carolina State coach Kay Yow. "The second half we came out and raised the level. Getting down in the second half didn't rattle us." Tennessee J6, North games at 12:01 and 4-3 on Scott i '. Mellanby's 12th of the season at : !. 18:31. In the midst of the rally, a ; backhander by Ray Sheppard hit ; Kidd flush in the mask. - "A little to the left or a little to - the right and it goes in," Sheppard ' said. "That pretty well sums up - our season." m Then, with Vanbiesbrouck out of his net in the final minute, Primeau blocked a shot by Jovan-; ovski and sent the puck into an -CTnpty net with eight seconds re-- warning to complete the scoring. Vanbiesbrouck felt the Pan-I . thers had the better chances in the game, but the Hurricanes got the breaks they needed. - "I make a save on the first '. (Gehnas) goal, and it happens to lie '.".rirfit there for him." he said. -"That's tough tot swallow, no doubt," Vanbiesbrouck said. 0i iff atl... M. i .Mi H tU'dM nfH. M M M A M M .H 1 iff fi if A 1 AAAAA-AAAAAAAAAA .iiri .til A A A M A

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