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6C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 s c Heat Calendar In the Paint Upcoming garnet 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. NOT REALLY: Chris Webber walked off the court in New Jersey with his hands around his " neck. A choke sign? "No way," I Webber said. "They were all 1 behind the basket and they were on me the hardest. I just did that to them like, you guys are out of here." That's a new one. WW .44, I like to send the fans home 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. 26 7:00 Mtfc 33 31 7:30 CaWct SUN 2 8:30 Spurt . UPN 4 7:30 Hornets SUN TV: SUN - Sunshine. Shaded games at Miami Arena; All times EDT HSfl REPORT Summaries Conference standings Lakers 107, Nuggets 86 EASTERN CONFERENCE FG FT Reb Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF PtS L.A. ATLANTIC Brown's injury means another resiliency test 23 2-3 2-2 1-5 2 I 24 2-8 00 0-2 3 2 W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf 35 10-16 44 4-9 2 2 24 Pistons 94, 76ers 79 FG FT Reb DETROIT Min M-A M-A O T A PF PtS Hill 43 5-11 7-11 1 11 5 3 17 Reld 28 3-6 2-3 1-4 1 4 8 B. Williams 34 7-12 0-2 1-13 4 5 14 Dumars 35 6-16 8-8 1-1 5 1 20 Hunter 36 4-7 3-8 3-4 4 3 13 Stackhous 31 3-10 9-9 1-4 4 3 15 J. Williams 12 1-2 3-4 2-3 0 2 5 Mahorn 14 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Pollard 6 0-0 00 0-1 0 1 0 Henson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Miami 48 21 .696 W3 25-9 23-12 31-13 24 1-5 2-3 0-3 5 1 4 31 10-14 4-4 1-5 1 0 27 New York 10'i LI 25-11 12-20 25-21 24 3-5 0-0 0-0 6 1 Horry Fox O'Neal Fisher Jones Van Exel Bryant Campbell Blount Barry Rooks Bennett 32 8-12 5-5 0-3 3 1 23 12!6 W2 20-15 15-18 19-22 12(6 Wl 20-14 15-19 18-26 13 L2 22-12 13-22 19-23 .544 .515 .515 .507 .441 37 35 35 35 30 25 31 33 33 34 38 43 18 2-7 0-0 0-2 I 0 9 1-2 1-2 2-5 0 2 8 0-2 04 0-1 0 0 6 0-3 1-2 2-3 0 2 Heat Orlando Washington New Jersey Boston Philadelphia CENTRAL W2 LI 22-13 8-25 17-23 240 30-67 32-4611-43 23 23 94 Total! 6 2-6 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 .368 22'a L3 15-19 10-24 1 1-31 240 41-63 19-24 1 1-40 23 13 107 Totals Percentages: FG .494, FT .792. Three- Percentages: FG .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, Dumars 2, Hunter, Stack-house, Mahorn). Steals: 3 (Hill 2, Hunter). Technical fouls: B.Williams, 5:05 third. Ille-gal defense: I. point goals: 6-19, .316 (Jones 3-6, Bryant 2-4, Fox 1-4, Horry 0-1, Barry 0-1, Fisher 0-1, Van Exel 02). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked 32-3 20-14 33-9 shots: 7 (Jones 3, Horry I fox, Campbell) 25-7 23-13 33-11 Turnovers: 9 (Bryant 2, Horry 2, O'Neal, Fisher, Jones, Campbell, Blount). Steals: 11 (Fox 2, O'Neal 2, Jones 2, Bryant 2, Van 26-8 17-16 23-16 21-9 19-18 25-16 19-12 18-18 19-23 X-Chicago 52 17 .754 W6 Indiana 48 20 .706 3te W3 Charlotte 43 24 .642 8 W3 Atlanta 40 27 .597 11 L2 Cleveland 37 30 .552 14 W4 Detroit 33 36 .478 19 W3 Milwaukee 29 38 .433 22 L9 FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A 0-T APFPts PHILA. Exel, Fisher, Horry). Tecnnicai touis: None. Illegal defense: None. 20 l-l I 6 10 22-13 11-23 22-21 FG FT Reb 39 1-6 4-6 3-10 1 4 6 DENVER Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPts 19-16 10-22 17-27 9-24 6-28 6-34 , Toronto 15 52 .224 36 L2 35 10-14 4-4 0-6 4 5 24 33 6-10 4-4 1-3 3 3 16 33 2-6 0-0 1-6 2 3 4 Thomas Ratllff S.Williams McKle Iverson Coleman Shaw Snow Smith Benjamin Davis 12 4-4 2-2 3-4 1 4 10 - 24 0-4 0-0 0-3 5 5 0 44 2-14 0-0 0-1 8 3 4 33 8-15 9-9 4-13 0 3 25 25 3-10 4-6 0-0 2 5 11 10 0-3 2-2 1-2 1 1 2 23 4-10 2-2 0-5 0 3 10 30 2-8 2-2 0-6 4 1 6 WESTERN CONFERENCE 27 2-11 0-0 2-6 6 1 4 Forlson Ellis Garrett Alexander Jackson Goldwire Newman Battle Lauderdale Washington MIDWEST 6 04 0-0 1-2 0 30 7-9 1-2 0-1 2 1 18 25 2-2 0-1 0-1 1 4 4 18 5-11 04 4-7 1 0 10 W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf 4 0-0 1-2 1-1 I Total! 240 26-74 26-311442 20 34 79 5 0-2 0-2 l-l 0 4 0-0 OO 0-0 0 240 3 6 73 11 15 9-37 2 3 2 0 66 Totals By Tom D'Angelo Palm Beach Post Staff Writer MIAMI The Miami Heat have been successful overcoming injuries to core players this season. With P.J. 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- Percentages: FG .351, FT .806. Three-point goals: 2-10, .200 (Thomas 1-2, Shaw I-3, Coleman 0-2, Iverson 0-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blacked shots: 4 (Ratllff 2, S.Williams, Iverson). Turnovers: 9 (McKie 2, Shaw 2, Smith 2, Ratllff, S.Williams, Iverson). Steals: 8 (McKie 2, Iverson 2, Shaw 2, Ratllff, Snow). Technical fouls: Coleman, 10:27 second; Iverson, 1:40 fourth. Illegal defense: None. x-Utah 50 17 .746 W2 28-5 22-12 26-11 x-SanAnt. 46 22 .676 4V4 Wl 27-8 19-14 28-16 Houston 36 31 .537 14 W6 23-13 13-18 25-18 Minnesota 35 34 .507 16 LI 22-15 13-19 24-22 Dallas 17 52 .246 34 Wl 12-24 5-28 10-29 Vancouver 15 52 .224 35 L7 12-21 3-31 10-28 Denver 8 62 .114 43!6 L3 6-28 2-34 6-36 PACIFIC volved," said Mills, who averaged just 11" minutes in his first three games back before playing 21 in Sunday's 1 12-80 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. BAir 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: 16 (Alexander 5, Jackson 5, Goldwire 2, Newman 2, Fortson, Ellis). Steals: 6 (Goldwire 3, Fortson, Alexander, Battle). Technical fouls: None. Flagrant foul: Fortson, 3:44 third. Illegal defense: None. 28 18 18 30- 94 15 18 27 19-79 Detroit Philadelphia 27 27 30 23-107 18 20 26 22- 66 L.A. Lakers Denver A-14,294 ( 20,444). T-2:I4. Officials- Tommy Nunez, Blane Reichelt, Tony L2 28-4 22-13 30-9 W4 28-7 21-12 35-8 LI 26-9 19-14 27-12 .746 .721 .662 .552 .377 .224 A 17, 171 (17,171). T-l:54. Officials-Joe Crawford, Mark Wunderlich, Derek Richardson. Sonlcs 109, Kings 83 m 5'2 13 25 35 17 19 23 30 43 52 54 x-Seattle x-L.A. Lak. x-Phoenix Portland Sacramento L.A. Clippers Golden St. Brothers. Bulls 111, Celtics 88 FG FT Reb BOSTON Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts L2 22-13 15-17 24-15 L7 20-14 6-29 17-23 L2 9-24 6-28 12-31 L7 8-22 6-32 10-31 FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts .206 36'2 SACRA. 2 4 22 2-5 OO 1-4 3 19 1-4 0-0 l-l 0 2 x-clinched playoff berth. Monday's results 17 4-10 1-5 1-6 119 40 10-20 4-5 2-7 I 3 26 32 9-15 0-2 0-4 4 5 19 27 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 5 4 34 3-12 2-2 3-5 6 3 8 33 5-6 OO 0-3 7 2 14 22 2-6 1-2 1-2 2 2 5 18 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 6 0 15 1-2 4-4 0-1 2 0 6 12 3-4 0-2 0-1 1 1 6 7 0-0 00 0-0 0 0 0 Walker McCarty DeClercq Mercer Barros Bowen Knight Edney Minor Tabak 35 8-12 2-3 1-3 1 1 18 36 5-12 2-2 0-1 4 Owens Williamson Thorpe Abdl-Whd Johnson Fndrbrke Polynice Dehere Hndrcksn Stewart 26 3-7 54 0-3 4 1 TOP SCORER 4-7 0-2 2-7 4 25 7-11 0-0 0-0 0 3 14 29 0-2 2-2 0-5 2 4 2 10 1-1 O0 02 0 1 2 Detroit 94, Philadelphia 79 24035-71 11-17 6-27 24 27 88 Totals Coleman, 25 Pippen, 27 24036-7112 20 6 32 19 18 83 Total! Chicago 111, Boston 88 Dallas 9 1 , Minnesota 87 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). Finley, 27 Jones, 27 L.A. Lakers 107, Denver 86 Sacramento at Seattle, late Pippen, Bulls roll to 6th straight Turnovers: 22 (DeClercq 4, Mercer 3, Ta bak 3, walker 2. Mccarty 2, Barros 2, td- , L.A. Clippers at Vancouver, late ney 2, team 4). Steals: 13 (McCarty 3, Barros 3, Bowen 2, Edney 2, Walker, DeClercq, Mercer). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: V Percentages: FG .493, FT .600. Three-point goals: 1-6, .167 (Johnson 1-4, Owens 0-I, Dehere 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Abdul-Wahad, Funderburke, Polynice, Stewart). Turnovers: 17 (Abdul-Wahad 4, Johnson 4, Thorpe 2, Funderburke 2, Owens, Polynice, Dehere, Hendrlckson, Stewart). Steals: 6 (Johnson 2, Polynice 2, Owens, Thorpe, Abdul-Wahad, Hendrlckson). Tecnnicai fouls: None. Illegal de-tense: None. FG FT Reb SEATTLE Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts Today's games FG FT Reb CHICAGO Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PtS LATEST LINE -4 - rf Pippen Kukoc Rodman Charlotte at Toronto, 7 p.m. Charlotte by 1 1 Harper Orlando at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta by 6V2 38 11-20 4-4 5-11 6 2 27 38 4-9 8-10 1-4 10 1 17 34 5-10 2-5 9-14 1 2 12 23 3-4 2-4 2-2 5 2 6 37 11-22 2-2 1-7 2 1 24 15 2-6 0-0 0-2 1 3 4 19 2-4 2-2 0-0 1 2 6 14 3-3 0-0 1-4 1 3 6 Jordan 2-3 3-9 5 1 20 2-2 2-10 6 2 16 0- 0 2-5 12 4 1- 2 1-4 3 2 16 San Antonio at Cleveland. 7:30 p.m. Pick 31 9-14 33 7-11 19 2-3 33 6-11 31 10-18 15 1-5 12 2-2 Phoenix at Utah, 8 p.m. Utah by 6V2 Burrell Brown Kerr Buechier Kleine 0-0 0-4 8 0 24 0-0 0-0 2 1 2 Baker Schrempf Mcllvaine Hawkins Payton Ellis Perkins Kersey Williams Anthony Zidek 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 1 2-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 2-5 2 0 7 2-4 0 3 2 Houston at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Houston by 8V2 Washington at Portland, 10 p.m. Portland by 4'2 New York at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. New York by 7'2 23 1-3 0-0 9 2-2 1-4 0-0 0 1 5 Simpkins 20 3-6 3-3 0-0 1 24043 6021 31 19-46 29 18111 Total! 2-6 04 0-1 1 1-5 2-2 OO 0 Percentages: FG .538, FT .677. Three- Sunday's results 240 44-84 12 14 12-42 29 16 106 v. 'V Total! 1 point goals: 4-10, .400 (Kerr 2-2, Kukoc 1-2, Pippen 1-3, Jordan 0-1, Burrell 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Pippen 2, Jordan). Turnovers: 17 (Brown 4, Rodman Miami 112, Portland 80 Utah 124, New York 1 19, 20T Detroit 105, Atlanta 98 3, Kukoc 2, Jordan 2, Kerr 2, Pippen, Harper, team 2). Steals: 11 (Pippen 2, Rodman 2, Jordan 2, Brown 2, Kukoc, Kerr, Buechier). Technical fouls: None. Illegal Percentages: FG .524, FT .857. Three-point goals: 9-17, .529 (Payton 4-5, Hawkins 3-6, 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. Hie-gal defense: None. 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 defense: I. Chicago 102, Toronto 100 " Boston 108, Philadelphia 90 mm. & n .! mm. - 24 21 23 20-86 30 26 24 31-111 Boston Chicago A-23,944 ( 24,119). T-2:03. Officials- Wednesday's games 22 16 14 29- 83 31 27 28 23-109 Sacramento Seattle Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington, Rod ney Mott. A 17.072 ( 17,072). T-l:54. Fryar, Greg Willard, Dee Kantner. Miami at Boston, 7 p.m. Mavericks 91, Wolves 87 FG FT Reb Dallas at Denver, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Wash, at Seattle, 10 p.m. N.Y. at LA. Clip., 10:30 p.m. Sacr. at L.A. Lak., 10:30 p.m. Houston at Indiana, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Phil., 7:30 p.m. San Ant. at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. MINN. Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPts NBA Leaders 40 7-14 1-1 2-7 2 34 8-14 2-2 3-10 1 Garnett Mitchell 4 IS I 19 4 7 Chicago at Orlando, 8 p.m. Through Sunday's games 3-4 1-3 0 Parks 3-6 1-1 Peeler 4 23 2 4 SCORING Heat statistics 0-0 0-3 6 Marbury 19 2-5 37 10-22 37 2-12 25 0-4 15 44 25 4-11 The Associated Press CHICAGO Scottie Pippen scored 27 points and the Chicago Bulls defeated the Boston Celtics 111-88 Monday night for their sixth consecutive victory. Michael Jordan added 24 points and Dennis Rodman had 14 rebounds to go with a season-high 12 points for the Bulls, who have won 14 of their last 15 against Boston. Antoine Walker scored 26 points for the Celtics, who lost for the seventh time in eight games. B Supersonics 109, Kings 83: Gary Payton scored 24 points and Hersey Hawkins 16 as host Seattle ended a two-game losing streak with a victory over Sacramento. B 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. Iverson shot just 2-for-14 for the Sixers, who came back from three 16-point deficits but could never quite catch the Pistons. B Lakers 107, Nuggets 86: Eddie Jones scored 27 points as Los Angeles completed its second straight four-game season sweep of host Denver. Shaquille O'Neal added 24 points for the Lakers, who sent the Nuggets to a franchise record-tying 62nd loss. 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 Phila- 2-7 1 1 Player, team 1-2 0-1 0-3 0 4 Hammonds Roberts Porter 1-1 Through Sundir 0-2 3 2 10 0-10 0 0 0-0 0 10 Hurley 4 0-0 0-0 4 0-0 0-0 tPOINT FGM-FGA FTM-FTAPCT. PTS. , AVG. FGM-FGAPCT. Jordan 9 Player G N 240 37 90 9 1211-42 18 23 87 Totals 234-354 208-269 47 33 4 69 37.3 Parcentaaes: FG .411, FT .750. Three- point goals: 4-12, .333 (Peeler 2-7, Mitchell 1.1. Porter 1-3. Marbury 0-1). Team re THE ASSOCIATED PRESS , 326-594 .549 475-1087 .437 246-569 .432 300-702 .427 205-482 .425 253-534 . 474 141-352 . 420 146-331 .432 .661 886 .773 1297 .797 713 .813 845 .852 605 .769 636 .758 411 .824 427 .667 30 .778 224 Detroit's Grant Hill (33) maneuvers for a shot against Mourning Hardaway Mashburn Lenard Barry Brown Majcrle Murdock Day Strickland 47 322 62 254 18 9 39 18 8 33 15.2 32 12.4 28 119 26 95 21 66 18 62 17 6.0 13 5.9 23 4 5 20 23 10 18 II bounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Parks 2, Garnett, Mitchell, Roberts). Turnovers: 12 (Garnett 3, Porter 2, Mitchell, Peeler, Roberts, Hurley, team 3). Steals: 8 (Peeler 6, Marbury 2). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. 0-0 139-385 37121 132-325 16-217 0-0 90-238 23-75 2-12 0-1 2341 18-64 5-18 00 04 16 4 Philadelphia s Tim Thomas (center) and Theo Ratliff in the Pistons' 94-79 victory. 184-231 113-139 109-128 130-169 25-33 112-136 6-9 42-54 20-27 12-19 20-21 2-4 5-10 1268-1694 . 1386 1865 .741 181 13.1 13.7 16 5 143 5 632 FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts Mills Askinl Waltert Conlon DALLAS 11-31 .355 91-163 .558 49-175 .394 33-107 .308 14-40 .400 5-13 .385 21-59 . 356 2400-6323 .461 2274 6312 .426 .952 .500 .500 1.7 1.7 Finley 60 1.3 2 27 2 2 3-4 0-7 7 2-2 2-9 1 Causwell Green 3 2 1-5 1 47 11-22 34 0-3 16 0-3 34 3-10 23 4-9 94.7122 69.6119 743 6633 747 6194 476-1321 260-767 Riley 69 240.7 19 240.7 2-2 2-2 G FG FT PTS AVG. M 721 471 1935 28 5 45 490 246 1226 27.3 67 635 494 1765 26 3 66 533 397 1590 23.4 56 534 215 1306 23 4 67 526 365 1521 22.7 57 538 158 1289 22.6 62 464 403 1372 22.1 67 576 263 1482 22.1 67 522 421 1478 22.1 67 523 391 1439 21.5 65 506 309 1380 21.2 68 549 264 1439 21.2 62 421 325 1250 20 .2 68 556 249 1365 20.1 60 446 195 1201 20 0 68 442 335 1350 199 67 523 273 1320 19 7 67 449 267 1271 19 0 67 466 235 1271 19 0 69 475 208 1297 18 6 63 410 348 1183 18 6 66 450 290 1266 166 61 397 251 1130 16 5 68 453 324 1241 18 3 68 513 202 1231 18 1 66 434 316 1166 18 0 68 454 227 1204 17.7 66 458 245 1161 17.6 65 404 204 1130 17 4 67 483 176 1142 17 0 64 415 162 10(5 17 0 64 442 174 1056 16 5 66 437 205 1080 16 4 64 359 290 1038 16 2 64 372 196 1027 160 60 359 134 954 15 9 64 412 193 1017 15 9 62 341 20 979 15 6 65 3a 266 1025 15 6 64 320 307 1007 15 7 56 356 162 907 15.4 2-4 7 3 10 Jordan, Chi. O'Neal, LAL Malone, Utah Richmond, Sac. Robinson, Mil. Rice, Char. Webber, Wash. Robinson, S.A. Walker, Bos. Abdr-Rhm, Van. Hill, Det. Iverson, Phil. Finley, Dall. Smith, Atl. Ouncan, S.A. Rider, Port. Miller, Ind. Baker, Sea. Allen, Mil. Payton, Sea. Hardaway, Mia. Cassell, N.J. Marbury, Minn. Drexler, Hou. Strklnd, Wash. Garnett, Minn. Kemp, Clev. Houston, N.Y. Williamson, Sac. Jones, LAL Smlts, Ind. Killles. N.J. B Williams. Det. Willis, Hou. Sabonis, Port. Christie, Tor. Chapman, Phoe. Smith, Phil. Barkley, Hou. Stackhouse, Det Bryant. LAL Johnson, N.Y. 3 9 0-0 0-2 6 Reeves Strickland Bradley Davis Muursepp 32 7-14 2-6 4-12 35 7-15 04 1-4 1 16 0 16 3 5 0 4 2-2 04 0-2 1 2-3 00 2-2 0 14 5 Wells Totals 240 36-61 11-16 12-49 19 17 91 r... ......... tr. aaa FT 684 Three- in Dallas to reopen their collective bargaining agreement with the players, and Commissioner David Stern called for immediate talks on a new deal. The current six-year contract will expire June 30 instead of after the 2000-2001 season. If a new agreement isn't reached by July, a; lockout or at least a sign-' ing moratorium could delphia 76ers. B 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. B Owners reopen labor talks: In what could be the first step toward a lockout, NBA owners voted to go back to the bargaining table for a new labor agreement. The owners voted 27-2 point goals: 8 15, .533 (Reeves 2-3, Finley 2- REBOUND REB. AST. Player OFF. DEF. TOT. AVG. AST. AVG. PF DO STL TO BLK Mourning i 293 452 51 44 51 174 3 30 )4 US Hardaway 43 215 258 3.7 560 6.1 171 2 126 192 15 Mashburn 70 163 233 50 129 27 134 1 43 104 13 LVnard 64 186 250 3 7 142 2 1 175 0 47 75 13 Barry 28 125 153 3 0 144 2.6 106 0 57 102 25 Brown 211 359 570 8 5 97 1.4 240 7 60 86 93 Maierle 43 182 225 3.6 125 2 0 116 2 61 56 14 Murdock 31 91 122 1 6 174 2.6 152 I 64 67 11 Day 4 7 4 1 2 7 7 3 0 Strickland 54 83 137 36 16 04 54 6 13 29 25 Mills 31 69 120 3 0 30 0 6 104 I 17 36 7 Askins 26 59 85 2 0 25 0 6 93 I 25 24 11 Walters 1 12 15 05 26 01 19 0 6 20 0 Conlon I I 9 1 3 4 06 5 . 0 0 J 0 Causwell 19 33 52 1 9 2 0 1 52 0 5 7 16 Hut S61 1992 2673 41.6 1463 21.2 1669 24 671 1030 370 Opponent! 906 1663 2761 40.0 1366 16.7 1633 14 636 1040 302 4, uavis -4, (vtuursepp 1-1, Team rebounds: 7. Blocked snots: 4 (Brad-lev 4, Muursepp 2). Turnevers: 15 (Bradley . C.i.i.. , Oil 9 Bum s UWIH 1. Finley, Green). Steals: 4 (Green, Reeves, Bradley, Muursepp). Technical fouls: Finley, I 04 second Illegal defense: I Minnesota 24 26 27 14-67 Dallas 26 14 25 38-91 tn iij riliull T 7-04 Officials Ed die F. Rush, Ken Mauer, Michael Smith. Panthers get lots of shots, lose 5-3 Stubborn defense keeps Wolfpack close in first half 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." B 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 2-3 weeks, and even then would have to wear a brace Rob Nieder- mayer missed his third straight game with the flu, but did attend the game. Wright drew Carolina to 72-70 . with 21.5 seconds left But Kellie Jolly sank two free throws with 19.9 seconds to go for a 74-70 lead and North Carolina's final , hopes died with Nikki Teasley's " airball from the top of the key with 5.1 seconds remaining. B Louisiana Tech 72, Purdue 65: Alisa Burras had 17 points and 16 rebounds as Loui- . siana Tech fended off comeback- .' proven Purdue in the NCAA . Midwest Regionals at Lubbock, Texas. LaQuan Stallworth added 18 points, including four on free throws in the last 30 seconds, to ensure that the Lady Techsters I (30-3) would maintain their streak of advancing to the Final Four at least once every four years. No. 4 seed Purdue (23-10): was an even match for third-seeded Tech until Tamicha Jack- I son's jumper touched off a 15-4 run that gave the Ladv Techsters a 60-49 lead with 8:02 left came close to being shattered by a North Carolina team that was just as quick and just as athletic as Tennessee and was able to match the Lady Vols step for step in their running game. Tennessee (37-0) rallied after trailing 61-49 with less than 7V4 minutes left. The Vols out-scored Carolina 15-1 in 2 minutes to go up 64-62. AIl-American Chamique Holdsclaw, who had been held in check, keyed the burst with eight points. Teresa Geter, the least recognized of Tennessee's Fab Four recruiting class, also came up big with five points, including a three-point play that got it started. North Carolina (27-6) regained the lead once, at 67-66 on a free throw by Tracy Reid with 2:57 left. But Holdclaw answered with two free throws, Geter put back Holdsclaw's miss and Holdsclaw sank two more free throws. A three-pointer by Chanel neutralizing the Huskies' offense. She came off the bench five minutes into the game, and in less than three minutes had three points, four rebounds and had forced Sauer, Connecticut's best rebounder, to the bench for the rest of the half with her second foul. "Mentally, we had to believe in ourselves," Yow said. "We had to raise the level of our defense and we had to get the ball inside to Chasity." B Tennessee 76, North 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. But all of those possibilities 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 1 1 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." Erb was a major factor in PANTHERS From 1C Vanbiesbrouck for the game-winning goal. Florida outshot Carolina 16-3 in the third, pulling within 4-2 on Viktor Kozlov's fifth goal in nine games at 12.01 and 4-3 on Scott 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." Then, with Vanbiesbrouck out of his net in the final minute, Primeau blocked a shot by Jovan-ovski and sent the puck into an empty net with eight seconds remaining to complete the scoring. Vanbiesbrouck felt the Panthers had the better chances m the game, but the Hurricanes got the breaks they needed. "I make a save on the first (Gclinas) goal, and it happens to lie neht there for him," he said. "That's tough to swallow, no doubt,' Vanbiesbroudc said. For Panthers coverage on line, go to Palm Beach Interactive: wwm.0oP2lxamS(KKtiJown

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