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6C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 In the Paint i Heat Calendar 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," Webber said. "They were all 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. 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. KM I ittMu ilMim I inn i i iiiwini m i nimii am i ,22 23 24 25 7:00 26 27 7:30 28 CWcfl Buck 33 SUN r 2 30 31 7:30 1 2 8:30 3 4 7:30 Rockets Cat Speci Home NBC 9UN UPN SUN REPORT TV: SUN - Sunshine. Shaded games at Miami Arena; All times EDT Summaries NBA Leaders Conference standings Through Sunday's games Pistons 94, 76ers 79 FG FT Reb DETROIT Milt M-A M-A O-T A PF Ptl EASTERN CONFERENCE Brown's injury means! another resiliency test G FG FT PTS AVG. Player, team 43 5-11 28 3-6 Hill Reid B Williams Dumars Hunter Stackhouse J.Williams Mahorn Pollard Henson 7- 11 2- 3 0-2 8- 8 3- 8 9- 9 3-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 471 248 494 397 215 365 158 403 263 7-12 6-16 4-7 3-10 1-2 1-3 0-0 0-0 28.5 27.3 26.3 23.4 23.4 22.7 22.6 22.1 22.1 22.1 21.5 21.2 21.2 20.2 Heat 240 30-67 32-45 11-43 23 23 94 Totals 421 391 309 ATLANTIC W l Pet GB St. Home Away Conf .Miami 48 21 .696 W3 25 9 23-12 31 13 New York 37 31 .544 0Vi LI 25-11 12-20 25-21 Orlando 35 33 .515 12& W2 20-15 15-18 19-22 ' Washington 35 33 .515 12& Wl 20-14 15-19 18-26 New Jersey 35 34 .507 13. L2 22-12 13-22 19-23 "Boston 30 37 .448 17 Wl 22-13 8-24 17-22 Philadelphia 25 42 .373 22 L2 15-18 10-24 11.30 CENTRAL x-Chicago 51 17 .750 W5 31-320-14 32-9 Indiana 48 20 .706 3 W3 25-7 23-13 33-11 Charlotte 43 24 .642 lVi W3 26-8 17-16 23-16 'Atlanta 40 27 .597 lO'i L2 21-919-18 25-16 Cleveland 37 30 .552 13'2 W4 19-12 18-18 19-23 , Detroit 32 36 .471 19 W2 22-13 10-23 21-21 Milwaukee 29 38 .433 2W L9 19-16 10-22 17-27 Toronto 15 52 .224 35'i L2 9-24 6-28 6-34 264 1439 325 1250 1365 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 (Reid, 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- 1201 1350 1320 1271 235 4271 gal defense: 1. 209 1297 348 1183 290 1266 721 490 635 533 534 526 531 484 576 522 523 506 549 421 558 446 442 523 449 466 475 410 450 397 453 513 434 454 451 404 483 415 442 437 359 372 359 412 341 348 320 356 343 409 410 376 362 377 402 318 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. Flnley, Doll. Smith, Atl. Duncan, 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 Smits, Ind. Kittles, N.J. B. Williams, Det. Willis, Hou. Sabonis, Port. Christie, Tor. Chapman, Phoe. Smith, Phil. Berkley, Hou. Stackhouse, Det Bryant, LAL Johnson, N.Y. Schrempf, Sea. Marshall, G.S. Reeves, Van. Person, Clev. Rogers, LAC Murray, LAC Mercer, Bos. Loettner, Atl. FG FT Reb PHILA. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Thomas 20 4-8 1-2 1-1 1 6 10 Ratllff 39 1-6 4-6 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 8 3 4 Coleman 33 8-15 9-9 4-13 0 3 25 Shaw 25 3-10 4-6 00 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 Benjamin 6 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Davis 4 0-0 1-2 1-110 1 204 1130 WESTERN CONFERENCE 176 1142 MIDWEST 20.1 20.0 19.9 19.7 190 19.0 18.6 IS 8 186 18.5 18.3 18.1 180 17.7 17.6 17.4 17.0 17.0 16.5 16.4 16.2 16.0 15.9 15 9 15.8 15.8 15.7 15.6 15.6 15.6 15.4 15.4 15.3 15.2 15.0 14.7 1085 1058 1080 W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf 240 26-74 2 5311442 20 34 79 Total! Percentages: FG .351, FT .806. Three-point goals: 2-10, .200 (Thomas 1-2, Shaw 1-3, Coleman 02, Iverson 0-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratllff 2, S.Williams, Iverson). Turnovers: 9 (McKie 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- x-Utah 50 17 .746 W2 28-5 22-12 26-11 x-SanAnt. 46 22 .676 4'b Wl 27-8 19-14 28-16 Houston 36 31 .537 14 W6 23-13 13-18 25-18 Minnesota 35 33 .515 15V4 W2 22-15 13-18 24-21 Dallas 16 52 .235 34'2 LI 11-24 5-28 9-29 Vancouver 15 52 .224 35 L7 12-21 3-31 10-28 Denver 8 61 .116 43 L2 6-27 2-34 6-35 PACIFIC 1038 1027 954 1017 979 1025 1007 907 984 1030 1002 1029 981 970 972 927 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 P.J. 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 to-day'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. 2, Shaw 2, Smith 2, Ratllff, S.Williams, Iverson). Steals: I (McKie 2, Iverson 2, Shaw 2, Ratliff, Snow). Technical fouls: Coleman, 10:27 second; Iverson, 1:40 fourth. Illegal defense: None. Detroit II II soil 27 19- Philadelphia A-14,294 ( 20,444). T- 2:14. Officials Relchelt, Tony Tommy Nunez, Blane Brothers. FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE Bulls 111, Celtics 88 L2 28-4 22-13 30-9 W3 28-7 20-12 34-8 LI 26-9 19-14 27-12 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 x-Seattle 50 17 .746 x-L.A. Lak. 48 19 .716 2 x-Phoenix 45 23 .662 5V4 Portland 37 30 .552 13 Sacramento 26 43 .377 25 L.A. Clippers 15 52 .224 35 Golden St. 14 54 .206 36'i x-clinched playoff berth. Monday's results FG FT Reb BOSTON Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pfs Walker 40 10-20 4-5 2-7 1 3 26 McCarty 32 9-15 0-2 0-4 4 5 19 DeClercq 27 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 5 4 Mercer 34 3-12 2-2 3-5 6 3 8 Barros 33 5-8 OO 0-3 7 2 14 Bowen 22 2-6 1-2 1-2 2 2 5 Knight 18 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 6 0 Edney 15 1-2 4-4 0-1 2 0 6 Minor 12 3-4 0-2 0-1 1 1 6 Tabak 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 TOP SCORER 24035-7111-17 6-27 24 27 86 Totala 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). Detroit at Philadelphia, late Boston at Chicago, late Minnesota at Dallas, late L.A. Lakers at Denver, late Sacramento at Seattle, late L.A. Clippers at Vancouver, late Today's games Pippen, Bulls roll to 6th straight Turnovers: 22 (DeClercq 4, Mercer 3, Tabak 3, Walker 2, McCarty 2, Barros 2, Ed-ney 2, team 4). Steals: 13 (McCarty 3, Barros 3, Bowen 2, Edney 2, Walker, De Clercq, Mercer). Technical fouls: None. II-legal defense: I. FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pfs CHICAGO LATEST LINE Pippen 38 11-20 4-4 5-11 6 38 4-9 8-10 1-4 10 .- Q. I,,, is Player, team FG FGA PCT O'Neal, LAL 490 15 SJi Outlaw, Orl. 251 447 .562 Mourning, Mia. 326 594 .549 Duncan, S.A. 558 1024 . 545 Mutombo, Atl. 339 624 . 543 Baker, Sea. 523 968 . 540 Malone, Utah 635 1201 .529 Wallace, Port. 379 726 . 522 Reeves, Van. 410 787 .521 McDyess, Phoe. 391 755 .518 Ellis, Sea. 307 593 .5)8 Ratliff, Phil. 256 500 .516 Robinson, S.A. 484 938 . 516 llgauskas, Clev. 356 691 .515 Manning, Phoe. 345 673 .513 Geiger, Char. 297 584 . 509 Mason, Char. 318 630 . 505 B. Williams, Det. 442 878 . 503 Willis, Hou. 437 669 . 503 Williams, N.J. 313 623 . 502 Gugliotta, Minn. 319 635 .502 Williamson, Sac. 456 915 . 501 Smits, Ind. 483 974 . 496 Sabonis, Port. 359 725 .495 Wallace, Tor. 400 611 .493 Garnett, Minn. 513 1044 . 491 Henderson, Clev. 298 607 .491 Taylor, LAC 280 571 .490 Murray, LAC 377 770 .490 Laettner, Atl. 318 651 .488 3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE Player, team 3FG 3FGA PCT Ellis, Sea. Til 227 !w Nash, Phoe. 67 153 .438 Mullin, Ind. 78 180 . 433 Bullard, Hou. 87 202 . 431 Rice, Char. 104 242 .430 Hornacek, Utah 45 105 .429 Person, Clev, 158 369 .426 Miller, Ind. 131 306 .426 Kittles, N.J. 93 216 .427 Davis, Dall. 72 169 .426 Curry, Char. 45 108 . 417 Piatkowskl, LAC 102 248 . 411 Mack, Van. 108 263 .411 Barros, Bos. 71 173 .410 Lenard, Mia. 132 325 . 406 Hawkins, Sea. 99 245 . 404 Brown, Tor. 73 182 .401 Anthony, Sea. 46 IIS .400 Perkins, Sea. 74 185 .400 Price, Hou. 60 150 .400 Van Exel, LAL 104 261 .398 Ward, N.Y. 73 184 .397 Schrempf, Sea. 41 121 .397 Barry, Mia. 86 217 .396 Murray, Wash. 126 323 .390 Richmond, Sac. 127 327 .388 Maloney, Hou. 109 281 .388 Harper, Orl. 52 137 .380 Jones, LAL 118 311 .379 Kukoc Rodman 34 5-10 2-5 9-14 1 2-4 2-2 23 3-4 37 11-22 Harper Jordan Burred 1-7 0-2 15 2-6 w I 2-2 0-0 2-2 0-0 2- 4 3- 3 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 6'2 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 Sunday's results 0- 0 1- 4 0-1 0-1 0-0 Brown Kerr Buechler Kleine Simpkins 0-0 0- 0 1- 4 0-0 0-0 2-2 krt' ' l ,; ' I. Totals 24043-8021-3119-46 29 18111 1 v, - J vt v : Percentages: FG .538, FT .677. Three-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 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. '-. ' --.(jar, 2 utt u. - a Miami 112, Portland 80 Utah 124. New York 1 19, 20T '. Detroit 105, Atlanta 98 Chicago 102, Toronto 100 Boston 108, Philadelphia 90 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 23 20-81 24 31-111 Boston Chicago Wednesday's games A-23,944 ( 24,119). T-2 03. Officials-Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington, Rodney Mott. Mavericks 91, Wolves 87 FG FT Reb MINN. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Dallas at Denver, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Wash, at Seattle, 10 p.m. N.Y. atL.A. Clip.. 10:30 p.m. Sacr. at L.A. Lak., 10:30 p.m. 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. The Bulls are 8-0 against the Celtics at the United Center. Boston's last win at Chicago was on April 22, 1994 the next-to-last regular-season game at the old Chicago Stadium. 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. 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 ( map tV'v toUsl : ; lit 1-1 2-7 "Miami at Boston, 7 p.m. Houston at Indiana, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Phil., 7:30 p.m. San Ant. at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. ..Chicago at Orlando, 8 p.m. Heat statistics 'J Through Sunday FREE THROW PERCENTAGE 2- 2 3-10 3- 4 1-3 FT FTA PCT 1-1 Player, team 40 7-14 34 6-14 19 2-5 37 10-22 37 2-12 25 04 15 4-4 25 4-11 4 0-0 4 0-0 Garnett Mitchell Parks Peeler Marbury Hammonds Roberts Porter Hurley Jordan 0- 0 1- 2 0- 1 1- 1 0-0 (Ml 240 37 90 8 121142 19 23 97 Totals 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: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Parks 2, Garnett, Mitchell, Roberts). Turnovers: 12 (Garnett 3, Porter 2, Mitchell, Peeler, Roberts, Hurley, team 3). Steals: 6 (Peeler 6, 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. 135 233 267 123 149 285 397 335 229 126 365 141 346 103 325 105 156 109 205 227 197 112 250 109 206 198 116 140 135 154 145 262 303 140 171 328 ' 457 387 265 146 423 164 405 120 380 123 183 128 241 267 232 132 296 130 249 238 142 169 163 186 .931 .889 .881 .879 .871 .669 .169 .666 .864 .863 .663 .660 .859 .858 .855 .854 .852 .852 .851 .850 .649 .646 .839 .638 .635 .632 .831 .628 .828 826 Mullin, Ind. Hornacek, Utah Allen, Mil. Johnson, Phoe. Hawkins, Sea. Laettner, Atl. Richmond, Sac. Miller, Ind. Anderson, Clev. Porter, Minn. Rice, Char. Murray, Wash. Cassell, N.J. Eisley, Utah Smith, Atl. Armstrong, Orl. Martin, LAC Barry, Mia. Billups, Tor. Houston, N.Y. Van Horn, N.J. Elie, Hou. Schrempf, Sea. Brandon, Mil. Stoudamlre, Por Christie, Tor. Curry, Mil. B. Edwards, Van. P'atkowski, LAC Stockton, Utah FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T APFPfs DALLAS 3-4 2-2 2-2 2-2 AVG. 3-POINT Player O MIM FOM-FGAPCT. FGM-FGA FTM-FTAPCT. PTS. AVG. HG Mourning 47 13 4 326-594 . 549 0-0 234-354 Ml 886 119 39 Hardaway 69 37 3 475-1067 .437 139-385 200-269 . 773 1297 II 33 Mashburn 47 36 0 246-569 .432 37-121 104-231 .797 713 15.2 32 Lenard 61 32 0 300-702 .427 132-325 113-139 .813 (45 12.4 28 Barry 51 29 3 205-482 .425 06-217 109-121 .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 .750 411 66 II Murdock 69 16 4 146-331 .432 23-75 112-136 .174 427 6 2 17 Oay 5 131 11-31 .355 2-12 6-9 . 667 30 6.0 13 Strickland 31 13.7 91-163 . 551 0-1 42-54 . 771 224 5 9 23 Mills 40 16.5 69-175 . 394 23-61 20-27 .741 111 45 20 Askins 42 14 3 33-107 . 301 18-64 12-19 .632 96 2 3 10 Walter! 31 59 16-40 400 5-18 20-21 .952 57 1 1 II Conlon 7 6 0 5-13 . 385 0-0 2-4 . 500 12 1.7 4 Causwell 21 13 21-59 .356 0 0 5-10 . 500 47 1 7 I HMt 69 240.7 2400 S323 .451 475-1321 1299 1994 .743 8533 94.7122 Opponents 69 240.7 2274-5312.429 260 757 1386 IB5 .747 6194 99.8119 REBOUND REB. AST. Player OFF. OEF. TOT. AVG. AST. AVG. PF DO STL TO BLK Mourning 159 293 452 9 6 44 0 9 174 3 30 146 115 Hardaway 43 215 258 3 7 560 1.1 171 2 126 192 15 Mashburn 70 163 233 5 0 129 2.7 134 I 43 104 13 Lenard 64 186 250 3 7 142 2 1 175 0 47 75 13 Barry 21 125 153 3 0 144 21 108 0 57 102 25 Brown 211 359 570 IS 97 1 4 240 7 60 66 93 Maierle 43 162 225 3 6 125 2 0 118 2 61 56 14 Murdock 31 91 122 1 6 176 2 6 152 1 14 17 11 Day 426127730 Strickland 54 13 137 3 6 16 0 4 54 0 13 29 25 Mills 31 69 120 3 0 30 0 6 104 I 17 36 7 Askins 26 59 15 2 0 25 0 6 93 2 25 24 II Walters 3 12 IS OS 26 08 19 0 6 20 0 Conlon 1 I 9 1.3 4 0 6 S 0 0 5 0 Causwell 19 S3 52 1 9 2 0 1 52 0 S 7 16 Hut 991 1992 2973 41.6 1463 21 2 1569 24 571 1030 370 Opponent! 909 1651 2791 40.0 1356 19.7 1539 14 639 1040 302 0-0 47 11-22 34 03 16 0-3 34 3-10 23 4-9 32 7 14 35 7-15 14 2-2 5 2-3 Finley Green Riley Reeves Strickland Bradley Davis Muursepp Wells 2-6 4-12 04 1-6 04 0-2 0-0 2-2 240 3691 11 161249 19 17 91 Totals REBOUNDING delphia 76ers. 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. 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 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 agree- ment isn't reached by July, a, lockout or at least a sign-' ing moratorium could begin. ; G OFF OEF TOT AVG Player, team Percentages: FG 444, FT 688. Three-point goals: I-15, 533 (Reeves 2 3, Finley 2-4, Davis 24, Muursepp 1-1, Strickland 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Bradley 4, Muursepp 7). Turnovers: 15 (Bradley 4, Strickland 3, Riley 2. Reeves 2, Wells I Finley, Green). Steals: 4 (Green, Reeves, Bradley, Muursepp). Technical fouls: Finley, 1:04 second Illegal defense: f 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- 353 425 230 230 226 212 165 225 149 127 639 426 591 509 526 456 539 466 527 S24 150 135 12 I II 9 11 3 108 10 5 10 3 10 2 10 2 Rodman, Chi. -Williams. N.J. Duncan, S A. Barkley, Hou. Mutombo, Atl. Robinson, S A. Malone, Utah Walker, Bos. Mason. Char. Sabonis, Port. 16-17 36-91 Minnesota Dallas 4k 11.274 (18 042) T-2 06 F. Rush, Ken Meuer, Michael Smith. Panthers get lots of shots, lose 5-3 Stubborn defense keeps Wolfpack close in first half "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 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. NHL Leaders PANTHERS From 1C 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 in the game, but the Hurricanes got the breaks they needed. "I make a save on the first (Gelinas) goal, and it happens to lie right there for him," he said. On Grimson's goal, Kapinen's pass appeared to bounce off the skate of Jovanovski, never touching Grim-son. "That's tough to swallow, no doubt," Vanbiesbrouck said. ; Florida's power play was scoreless in seven attempts, totaling just five shots on net " NHL TV schedule 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. "In the last 10 minutes of the game, we played about as well defensively as we can play." North Carolina State, making its ninth NCAA appearance, had never reached the final eight until knocking off top-seeded Old Dominion 55-54 on Saturday. Connecticut was the No. 2 seed. "We feel like we had to beat two No. 1 seeds in this region." Yow said. With Sales, Connecticut probably would have been a No. 1 seed. 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 (23-10) was an even match for third-seeded Tech until Tamicha Jackson's jumper touched off a 15-4 run that gave the Lady Techsters a 60-49 lead with 8:02 left. But the Boilermakers had rallied from double-digit second-half deficits in five of their last seven games and seemed girded to do it again. A baseline jumper by Stephanie White closed the gap to 68-65 with 30 seconds left. But Stallworth 's foul shooting and three Purdue turnovers in the final 20 seconds cinched the Lady Techsters' 15th consecutive victory and 11th Final Four appearance since the NCAA sanctioned women's bas- ' ketball. White led Purdue with 23 points and nine rebounds. L"kari . Figgs added 1 8. North Carolina State, the No. 4 seed in the East, is the lowest-seed this year to go to the Final Four. Last year, Notre Dame, a sixth seed, went. This year was the 10th straight NCAA tournament appearance for Connecticut, the fifth consecutive regional final and the second consecutive loss in the regional final; Tennessee knocked off the Huskies last year. The loss also ended the Huskies' tradition of winning on Aur-iemma's birthday. Connecticut had previously won all three NCAA tournament games played on March 23. Louisiana Tech 72, Purdue 65: Alisa Burras had 17 points and 16 rebounds as Louisiana Tech fended off comeback-proven Firdue in the NCAA Midwest Regionals at Lubbock, Texas. LaQuan Stallworth added 18 points, including four on free throws in the last 30 seconds, to WOMEN From 1C Summer Erb and Jones each had 12, and Lewis had 11 for North Carolina State. Duran and Paige Saucr 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 Vow. "The second half we came out and raised the level. Getting down in the second half didn't rattle us." Lrb was a major factor in Tnovg1 SjJev t Chicego tVace- S9T tunnel 7 Jt f) f FVArt. TtkNk S 6 rr !M Mr p m 5 b i 5 f ru'9 cm 77 u Snae - ti m Ji 90 M Crry J 7 91 78 M f n ?i s n 6 ri 71 O M 1 C xn e ? a n 1X ? 7 71 7 P,v N"! f V 27 e 7J Fr t" j 99 1S a ftofo tV-tr, wrsv7, JffcPT Drr t PB0"1 Crc-k ESP1 -9Jkrf9jJBgfJhj(fB9-JJ

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