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m t7 V WWT'W MA""'? a)"'! J'T,41'Vlj-'j-aj ay H'-V ' n r 9 0 1, 1 THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1 998 11C. Heat Calendar In the Paint HEADACHE: The Knicks' Anthony Bowie on playing the last IV2 years in Italy: "If you've ever watched a soccer game, just imagine that mentality for a basketball game. You name it and they throw it. And their coins are much bigger than our coins." THROWING IN THE TOWEL: The Nets' Sam Cassell on the . difference between last year's team and this year's version: "Last year at this time, we were thinking about what we were -going to do for our vacation." , These guys are surrounded by ... all of these influential people . . . They still need to have the safety of knowing, 'I can always call mom.' " CHARLOTTE BRANDON, mother of Bucks' Terrell Brandon REPORT TV: SUN - Sunshine. Shaded games at Miami Arena; All times EDT m m m m m m-w 22 23 24 25 26 27 7:30 28 Bwto SUN 2 12:30 30 31 7:30 1 2 8:30 3 4 7:30 facta. feWc Im Hornets NBC ' SUN UPN SUN .uLfiJnJ Summaries Conference standings Heat 105, Celtics 91 F6 FT Reb MIAMI Mln M-A M-A 0-T A PF Ptl Bulls 85, Magic 70 FG FT Reb CHICAGO Mln M-A M-A 0-T A PF Ptl EASTERN CONFERENCE Olajuwon, Rockets hold off Pacers ATLANTIC 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-0 3-4 1-7 1-2 3-13 6-7 2-7 7 4 1 39 11-20 32 5-10 38 1-1 0-0 4-18 2-4 0-2 1-4 14 5-8 26 Majerle Strickland Mourning Hardaway Lenard Barry Mills Murdock Causwell 42 4-8 40 11-13 41 10-15 42 8-21 36 6-9 11 0-1 7 0-2 17 0-2 4 2-2 8-21 Pippen Kukoc Rodman Harper Jordan Brown Burreil Buechler Kerr Simpklns Kleine 5-5 3-5 04 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 3-5 38 12 17 3 0-1 1 0-3 0 0-1 0 04 0 0-0 0 0-1 2-5 2-4 18 15 Totals 24041-7318-23 7 36 27 16106 2. 0-0 Totals 24037-77 5-910-39 28 IS 85 . W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf x-Miami 49 21 .700 W4 25-9 24-12 32-13 New York 38 31 .551 104 Wl 25-11 13-20 25-21 Washington 36 33 .522 12ft W2 20-14 16-19 18-26 New Jersey 36 34 .514 13 Wl 22-12 14-22 20-23 Orlando 35 35 .500 14 L2 20-16 15-19 19-24 Boston 30 39 .435 184 L2 21-14 9-25 17-24 Philadelphia 25 44 ,362 23'2 L4 15-20 10-24 11-32 CENTRAL x-Chicago 53 17 .757 W7 32-3 21-14 34-9 x-lndiana 48 21 .696 4ft LI 25-8 23-13 33-11 Charlotte 44 24 .647 8 W4 26-8 18-16 24-16 Atlanta 41 27 .603 11 Wl 22-9 19-18 26-16 Cleveland 37 31 .544 15 LI 19-13 18-18 19-23 Detroit 34 36 .486 19 W4 23-13 11-23 22-21 Milwaukee 30 38 .441 22 Wl 20-16 10-22 17-27 Toronto 15 53 .221 37 L3 9-25 6-28 6-35 Percentages: FG .562, FT .783. Thro, point goals: 5-15, .333 (Lenard 2-2, Majerle 2-5, Hardaway 1-7, Mills 0-1). Ttam rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Strickland, Mourning, Causwell). Turnovers: 14 (Mourning 4, Hardaway 3, Majerle 2, Lenard 2, Strickland, Barry, Mills). Steals: 5 (Mourning 3, Strickland, Hardaway). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. Percentages: FG .481, FT .556. Three-point goals: 6-16, .375 (Kerr 7-3, Harper 1-1, Burreil 1-2, Jordan 1-3, Pippen 1-4, Kukoc 0-1, Buechler 0-1, Simpkins 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Pippen 2). Turnovers: 13 (Pippen 3, Rodman 2, Brown 2, Burreil 2, Kerr 2, Kukoc, Harper). Steals: 10 (Jordan 5, Pippen, Rodman, Harper, Kerr, Simpkins). Technical fouls: FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts None, illegal defense: l. BOSTON 37 4-9 42 11-25 26 1-5 43 11-21 34 4-12 21 3-7 23 3-8 14 1-2 McCarty Walker DeClercq Mercer Barros Tabak Minor Edney FG FT Reb ORLANDO Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Outlaw 39 44 0-0 5-11 2 1 8 Grant 34 3-4 1-2 1-5 1 3 7 Schayes 20 2-5 2-2 0-4 0 2 6 Anderson 38 7-24 6-6 3-4 1 I 21 Harper 21 0-6 0-0 1-2 7 1 0 Strong 25 2-9 1-2 3-9 0 1 5 Ollle 27 6-9 2-5 0-1 3 1 14 Benoit 21 3-9 2-2 2-5 1 3 9 Wllkins 13 0-4 04 1-1 1 0 0 Lawson 2 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 WESTERN CONFERENCE Totals 240 38 8913-1719-42 29 21 81 MIDWEST W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf Totals 24027-7614-1916-44 17 13 70 Percentages: FG .427, FT .765. Three-point goals: 2-13, .154 (Walker 1-4, Barros I-5, Minor 0-2, McCarty 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Walker 2, McCarty, DeClercq). Turnovers: 10 (McCarty 4, Walker 2, DeClercq, Mercer, Minor, Edney). Steals: 10 (Walker 3, DeClercq 3, Minor 2, McCarty, Mercer). Technical fouls: Illegal defense, 1:00 2nd. II-legal defense: 1. 51 17 .750 W3 29-5 22-12 27-11 47 23 .671 5 LI 27-8 20-15 28-16 37 32 .536 14ft Wl 23-13 14-19 25-18 35 34 .507 16ft LI 22-15 13-19 24-22 17 52 .246 34ft Wl 12-24 5-28 10-29 16 52 .235 35 Wl 13-21 3-31 11-28 8 62 .114 44 L3 6-28 2-34 6-36 Percentages: FG .355, FT .737. Three-point goals: 2-15, .133 (Anderson 1-9, Benoit 1-4, Harper 0-1, Wllkins 0-1). Team rebounds: 16 Blocked shots: 3 (Outlaw 2, Harper) Turnovers: 16 (Outlaw 6, Harper 3, Anderson 2, Benoit 2, Schayes, Strong, Ollle). Steals: 6 (Outlaw 2, Grant, Anderson, Ollie, Benoit). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. losing streak. B Timberwolves 99, Suns 96: Stephon Marbury scored six points and Anthony Peeler had four in the final 2:40 as Minnesota held on to beat host Phoenix. B Arrest made in Jordan hoax: A man who allegedly telephoned the Target Center during a Bulls-Timberwolves game and claimed to be Michael Jordan's brother was arrested for making harassing phone calls. Thomas Christopher Davis, 23, was arrested late last week after a joint investigation by the Rocky Mount (N.C) and Minneapolis police departments and NBA security. B Noteworthy: Dan Issel was hired as the general manager of the Denver Nuggets. . . . Reggie Hanson signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics, who put Bruce Bowen on the injured list. . : . Suns guard Rex Chapman will be sidelined at least a week with a groin injury. . . . Wizards guard Rod Strickland was fined $5,000 for berating the referees and failing to leave the court after being ejected in the third quarter of Washington's 99-87 victory against Portland on Tuesday. . . . Portland signed guard Gary Grant to a contract for the remainder of the season. LATE TUESDAY B Wizards 99, Trail Blazers 87: Juwan Howard scored 24 points, Tracy Murray had ! 23 and Washington survived the third-quarter I ejection of Rod Strickland to beat slumping j Portland at the Rose Garden. j B Knicks 88, Warriors 75: Larry John- j son scored 23 points and Allan Houston had 18 i as New York beat host Golden State for its J first road victory in more than a month. Palm Beach Post Wire Services INDIANAPOLIS Kevin Willis scored 22 points and Hakeem Olajuwon added 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Houston Rockets held off a late Indiana rally to beat the Pacers 86-81 Wednesday night. The Rockets, who led 80-70 with 3:22 left, survived an 11-2 Indiana run that cut the Rockets' lead to 82-81 with 50 seconds to play. Houston played without Charles Barkley and Clyde Drexler for the second straight game. B Pistons 103, Spurs 94: Grant Hill had 24 points and 10 assists to help streaking Detroit to a victory against visiting San Antonio. The win extended Detroit's winning streak to four games, matching the Pistons' best run of the season, and allowed them to stay within striking distance of the Eastern Conference playoff contenders. The Spurs lost for the third time in 10 games. B Bulls 85, Magic 70: Scottie Pippen scored 23 points and Michael Jordan had 17 as Chicago beat host Orlando for its heir seventh , straight victory. In what may have been his last game at Orlando Arena, Jordan shot just 8-of-21 in 38 minutes. But the Bulls didn't need a lot of offense from him after building an early 13-point lead. B Nets 91, 76ers 88: Keith Van Horn had 31 points and Kerry Kittles added 28 as New Jersey forced 25 turnovers in a win against host Philadelphia. Jayson Williams had 15 rebounds and 11 points for the Nets, who broke a two-game Miami Boston 22 32 28 21 27 24-105 25 17-91 A-18,624. (18,624). T 1:55. Officials-my Nunez, Jack Nies, Violet Palmer. x-Utah x-San Ant. Houston Minnesota Dallas Vancouver Denver PACIFIC x-Seattle x-L.A. Lkrs x-Phoenix Portland Sac. L.A. Clippers Golden St. 11-85 15-70 Chicago Orlando Nets 91, 76ers 86 A 17,248 (17,248). T 1:57. Steve Javie, Ted Bernhardt, Bi Officials I Spooner. Pistons 103, Spurs 94 51 17 .750 Wl 29-4 22-13 31-9 49 19 .721 2 W4 28-7 21-12 35-8 45 24 .652 6ft L2 26-9 19-15 27-13 37 31 .544 14 L3 22-14 15-17 24-15 26 44 .371 26 L8 20-14 6-30 17-24 15 53 .221 36 L3 9-24 6-29 12-32 14 55 .203 37ft L8 9-23 5-32 10-31 FG FT Reb N.J, Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Gill 29 3-9 2-2 0-4 2 5 8 Van Horn 38 12-23 5-6 2-4 3 4 31 J Williams 40 3-3 5-10 7-15 3 4 11 Kittles 41 10-18 5-7 2-5 5 I 28 Cassell 36 3-11 1-2 0-3 8 3 7 Douglas 12 0-2 0-0 0-0 3 1 0 Galling 17 2-6 0-0 3-4 0 1 4 Seikaly 17 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Harris 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Cage 1 04 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Evans 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 FG FT Reb SAN ANT. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts M.Williams 17 0-5 0-0 1-1 2 3 0 Duncan 44 9-14 7-7 5-12 4 4 25 Robinson 40 10-13 9-10 1-9 1 3 29 Del Negro 42 9-15 04 0-3 3 4 21 Johnson 29 5-12 0-0 1-2 6 2 10 Person 12 0-2 0-0 04 2 2 0 Geary 15 2-5 0-0 0-2 3 1 4 Jackson 21 0-7 04 0-3 3 5 0 Perdue 7 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Burton 7 1-3 04 0-0 0 1 2 Herrera 5 1-1 1-3 0-0 0 1 3 Rose 1 04 0-0 04 0 0 0 x-clinched playoff berth. Wednesday's results Totals 240 34-7618-2715-37 24 22 91 TOP SCORER 24037-7817-20 8-34 24 27 94 Total! Percentages: FG .447, FT .667. Three-point goals: 5-15, .333 (Kittles 3-6, Van Horn 2-6, Gill 0-1, Cassell 0-1, Harris 0-1). Team, rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Seikaly 2, J.Williams, Kittles, Cassell). Turnovers: 20 (Cassell 5, Van Horn 4, J.Williams 2, Kittles 2, Douglas 2, Gatling 2, Seikaly 2. Team). Steals: 13 (Kittles 4, Gatling 2, J. Williams 2, Gill, Van Horn, Cassell, Douglas, Harris). Technical touts: None, illegal defense: I. I Percentages: FG .474, FT .850. Three-point goels: 3-11, .273 (Del Negro 3-3, Johnson 0-1, Geary 0-1, Person 0-2, Jackson 0-4). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (Duncan 3, Robinson). Turnovers: 12 (Duncan 3, Geary 2, Jackson 2, M.Williams, Robinson, Del Negro, Johnson, Burton). Steals: 5 (Del Negro 2, Duncan, Robinson, Johnson). Technical fouls: Burton 4:15 3rd. Illegal de-fense: None. FG FT Reb DETROIT Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Miami 105, Boston 91 Mourning, 26 Houston 86, Indiana 81 Smith, 28 New Jersey 9 1 , Philadelphia 86 Van Horn, 3 1 Detroit 103, San Ant. 94 Hill, 24 Chicago 85, Orlando 70 Pippen, 23 Dallas at Denver, late Minnesota at Phoenix, late Washington at Seattle, late New York at L.A. Clippers, late Sac. at L.A. Lakers, late Today's games LATEST LINE FG FT Reb PHILA. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Thomas 34 4-11 2-2 1-2 1 5 10 Coleman 42 7-16 10-11 4-17 5 3 24 Ratllff 17 2-3 0-0 1-4 1 1 4 McKie 21 0-2 0-0 0-2 3 0 0 Iverson 38 8-20 1-1 2-2 1 6 17 Smith 24 6-9 2-2 2-4 1 3 14 Shaw 27 2-4 0-0 0-1 3 2 5 S.Williams 5 1-1 0-0 1-10 1 2 Snow 15 3-4 0-0 1-2 3 3 6 Benamln 11 2-2 0-2 1-2 0 1 4 Davis 6 0-1 00 0-1 0 0 0 1-7 10 1-3 0 Alonzo to Michael: Get real 7-14 10-10 4-7 0-0 5- 11 1-1 6- 13 2-2 6-9 2-4 7- 16 8-12 0- 0 0-0 1- 1 2-2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 Hill Reid B Williams Dumars Hunter Stackhouse Mahorn J. Williams Pollard Henson Totals 240 35 7315-1813-38 18 25 86 Porcontagos: FG .479, FT .833. Thro- Cleveland by 7 polnt goals! 1-7, .143 (Shaw 1-1, Coleman 0- Charlotte by 13'2 Totals 240 37 73 25 31 7-38 24 20103 . 3, Iverson 0-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratllff 2, Coleman, Benamin). Turnovers: 25 (Coleman 6, Smith 5, McKie Portland by 10 Cleveland at Toronto, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Charlotte, 7:30 p.m. Vancouver at Portland, 10 p.m. Seattle at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday's results Seattle by 12 4, Snow 3, Iverson 3, Thomas, Ratllff, Shaw, Team). Steals: II (Snow 3, McKie 2, Iverson 2, Thomas, Smith, Shaw, Benja Percentages: FG .507, FT .806. Three-point goals: 4-10, .400 (Dumars 3-4, Hunter 1-3, Hill 0-1, Stackhouse 0-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (B Williams 2, Stackhouse). Turnovers: 13 (Hill 4, B.Williams 2, J.Williams 2, Dumars, Stackhouse, Pollard, team 2). Steals: 7 (J.Williams 4, Hill, Hunter, Stackhouse). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. min). Technical fouls: Iverson, 9:59 fourth. Illegal defense: None. New Jersey 22-91 21-84 Philadelphia A-14,739 ( 21,000). T-2:13. Officials- Milwaukee 1 18, Houston 108 Washington 99, Portland 87 New York 88, Golden State 75 James Capers, Bill Oakes, Tom San Antonio Detroit 24 27 - 94 27 23-103 Rockets 86, Pacers 81 A-18,82 ( 21,454). T-2 06. Officials-Joe Forte, Nolan Fine, Scott Wall. Late Tuesday Knicks 88, Warriors 75 By Tom D'Angeio Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOSTON Alonzo Mourning had a one-line rebuttal to Michael Jordan's critical comments that appeared in two national publications this week. , "Your Highness has spoken," he said. Jordan repeated his claim that Dennis Rodman gets into Mourning's head in the newest issue of ESPN Magazine and went further in this week's Sports Illustrated. "It's more than athletic ability," Jordan told SI. .Charlotte 106, Toronto 89 .Atlanta 85, Orlando 73 San Ant. 86, Cleveland 85 tJtari 92, Phoenix 73 . . Friday's games Charlotte at Indiana, 7 p.m. Boston at N.J., 7:30 p.m. San Ant. at Phil., 7:30 p.m. Milw. at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Clev., 7:30 p.m. Houston at Orlando, 8 p.m. ; Heat statistics FG FT Reb HOUSTON Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Bullard 26 5-10 0-0 0-2 1 3 12 Willis 35 10-20 2-3 1-8 0 2 22 Olaiuwon 35 7-17 2-3 2-11 2 3 16 Elie 31 2-3 5-6 0-4 4 1 9 Moloney 31 0-4 2-2 1-6 8 2 2 Harrington 26 3-8 7-8 4-10 0 4 13 Johnson 22 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Price 17 2-4 1-2 0-0 3 2 5 Rhodes 17 2-4 1-1 0-0Q2 5 Totsls 240 32 74 20 28 8-43 18 20 88 Utah at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Golden St. at Denver, 9 p.m. Wash, at Phoenix, 9 p.m. N.Y. at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Min. at L.A. Clprs., 1 0:30 p.m. Portland at Sac, 10:30 p.m. Percentages: FG .432, FT .800. Three- FG FT Reb NEW YORK Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Johnson 33 11-15 0-0 3-7 4 0 23 Houston 36 7-15 4-4 0-5 4 2 16 Oakley 34 6-10 04 2-4 I 2 12 Starks 33 3-10 2-2 0-3 4 2 10 Ward 24 0-1 0-0 0-6 8 2 0 Mills 26 4-6 0-0 0-3 I 4 10 Cummlngs 17 3-7 1-1 0-2 117 Child! 22 1-2 04 0-1 6 0 2 H Williams 9 2-3 04 0-1 1 1 4 Bowie 2 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Davis 2 1-1 0-0 04 0 0 2 Thompson ? 0-1 0-0 0-0 10 0 Totals 240 38 78 7 7 6 33 33 14 86 point goals: 2-10, .200 (Bullard 2-3, Elie 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Price 0-1, Moloney 0-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Willis 2, Olajuwon 2, Harrington). Turnovers: 15 (Willis 3, Olaiuwon 3, Elie 2, Price 2, Bullard, Moloney, Johnson, Rhodes, team). THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Boston's Antoine Walker (8) is double-teamed by Miami's Mark Strickland (30) and Alonzo Mourning. Steals: 13 (Olajuwon 6, Moloney 3, Willis 2, Elie, Johnson). Technical fouls: Coach Tomjanovich, :32, 4 second; Moloney, :50. II- Through Tutday'i game AVG. J-POINT MIN FGM-FGAPCT. FGM-FGA FTM-FTAPCT. PTS. AVG. HG MIN tegai oetonso: i. 234-354 . 661 208-269 . 773 184-231 .797 113-139 .613 .852 Percentages: FG .507, FT 1.000. Three-point goals: 5-15, .333 (Mills 2-4, Starks 2-6, Johnson 1-2, Thompson 0-1, Houston 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 8 (Ok-laey 3, Ward 2, Houston, Mills, H.Williams). Turnovers: 16 (Houston 5, Cummlngs 4, Johnson 3, Ward, Mills, Childs, H.Williams). Steals: 13 (Mills 3, Oakley 3, H.Williams 2, Johnson, Houston, Starks, Ward, Childs). Technical fouls: i lle-gal defense, 1:23 2nd. Illegal defense: 1. FG FT Reb G. STATE Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts 109-128 130-169 .769 FG FT Reb INDIANA Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Mullin 29 5-12 4-4 0-1 2 2 16 D Davis 32 3-4 04 2-7 0 4 6 Smlts 25 4-9 3-4 3-10 0 S 11 Miller 37 3-13 8-8 0-6 4 2 14 Jackson 33 2-10 2-2 0-4 6 1 6 A Davis 23 3-7 4-4 3-7 0 3 10 McKey 17 3-6 0-0 3-6 0 3 6 Best 15 2-7 2-2 0-1 2 0 6 Rose 18 1-6 2-4 1-112 4 Hoiberg 11 0-1 04 0-1 0 0 0 326-594 .549 475-1087 .437 246-569 .432 300-702 .427 205-482 .425 253-534 .474 148-352 .420 146-338 .432 11-31 .355 91-163 . 558 69 175 . 394 33-107 .308 16-40 .400 5-13 .185 OO 139-385 37-121 132-325 86-217 04 90-238 23-75 2-12 0-1 23-68 18-64 5-18 04 886 1297 713 845 605 636 411 427 30 224 181 96 57 12 .758 .824 , Player O Mourning 47 33 4 ' Hardaway 69 37.3 MashDurn 47 36 0 Henard 68 32 0 Barry 51 29 3 Brown 67 32 J ' Maierle 62 25 4 Murdock 69 tt4 Day 5 13 8 Strickland 38 13.7 Mills 40 16 5 , Askins 42 14.3 . Walters 31 5 9 - Conlon 7 6.0 ; Causwell 28 8 3 . Hut 69 240 7 1 Celtics defense no match for Heat 25-33 112-136 6-9 18 9 39 16 6 33 15.2 32 12 4 28 119 26 95 21 6.6 18 62 17 60 13 5 9 23 4 5 20 2 3 10 I.I II 1.7 4 1.7 8 (4.7122 11.1111 .667 .778 .741 42-54 20-27 12-19 .632 .952 20-21 2-4 .500 Totals 2402177 26 2812 44 IS 22 81 21-59 . 356 5-10 0-0 .500 47 Percentages: FG .338, FT 893 Three- 478-1321 1258 1694 .743 1833 2(0-787 1386 1866 .747 61(4 , Opponent t 240.7 2274 6312 42 point goals: 4-17, .735 (Mullin 2-7, Miller 7-7, Jackson 0-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked 2- 6 5-12 3- 11 7-17 3- 5 3-5 4- 10 04 1-4 1- 1 2- 2 04 1- 4 0- 0 2- 2 4-4 1- 1 0-0 04 0-0 2- 2 0-0 2-3 04 Wthrspoon Marshall Dampier Jackson Bogues Cafley Deik Ferrell Spencer Madkins Fuller Foyle shots: 2 (Miller, A.Davis). Turnovers: 15 (Mullin 3, Smits 3, Johnson 2, A.Davis 2, D.Davis, Miller, McKey, Best, Rose). Steals: 6 (Miller 2, Jackson 2, Smits, McKey, Best, Hoiberg). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: 1. Houston Totals 240 31 73 12 16 14-40 20 13 76 II Indiana A-14,587 (14.5301. T-2: 12 Otficials- REBOUND REB. AST. j Player OFF. DEF. TOT. AVG. AST. AVG. PP 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 6.1 171 2 126 192 IS 1 Mashburn 70 163 233 5 0 129 2.7 134 I 43 104 13 Lenard 64 166 250 1 7 142 2 1 175 0 47 75 13 : Barry 28 125 153 3 0 144 2 6 108 8 57 102 25 Brown 311 359 570 6 5 97 1.4 240 7 60 86 93 ' Maierle 43 167 275 3 4 125 2 0 116 1 6 1 56 14 Murdock 31 91 122 1.8 174 2.6 152 1 84 87 11 ! Day 4 2 4 1.2 7 1.4 10 0 7 3 0 Strickland 54 83 137 34 1684 54 ( 13 29 25 i Milts 31 89 120 3 0 30 0 6 104 1 17 36 7 i Askins 26 59 85 28 25 06 93 2 25 24 II Walters 3 12 IS OS 26 6 6 19 8 6 20 Conlon .1 6 9 1 3 4 04 S 8 S 6 Causwell If 33 52 1 9 6 1 52 5 7 16 IM Ml IM2 2171 41.6) 144J 21.2 1M 24 171 1030 270 . OMliililU KM 166J 27(1 40.0 1M4) 16 7 1633 14 634 1044) J02 Ronnie Nunn, Jim Clark, Sean Corbln NBA Today Percentages: FG .425. FT .750. Three-point goats: 1-3. 333 (Jackson l-l, Delk 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 0. Turnovers: 21 (Jackson 5, Marshall 3, Dampier 3, Delk 3. Wthrspoon 2, Caffey 2. Bogues, Madkins, Foyle). Stoats: 7 (Bogues 2, Madkins 2, Marshall, Jackson, Delk). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. SECURING A BERTH Miami and Indiana both clinched playoff berths with Orlando's 65-73 loss at Atlanta. Though there is mathematical possibility New York Golden State 21-66 24-7S Of a four-way tie among those three teams and New Jersey, the Pacers and the Heat have season-series advantages over the A-12.524 (19 2001 T-l S3 Offkiats-Hu Hoilins. Tim Donaghey, Mark Wunderlich. Nets and the Magic. points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 42 minutes. The depleted bench had just four points, all by Duane Causwell. "Some night we're a little bit thin," Riley said. The Heat, who shot 56.2 percent, could not shake the Celtics until the final minutes. Miami's lead did not reach double digits until 1:36 remained. "It's amazing how they play like that," Mourning said about Boston's style. "I don't see how they can do it on a regular basis. I don't know if they're going to be effective with it on a consistent basis." They certainly aren't against the Heat, who have won eight straight against Boston. "We can play them 10 times and they're probably going to beat us 10 times," Iitino said. "Their talent is superior, their experience is superior." Wizards 99, Blazers 87 NBA leaders "There's that mental strength you need, and he doesn't have it. If you can can be taken out of your game by another player, the way he is by Dennis, then there's ; something missing." Mourning's name for Jor- . dan was not original. Heat ; coach Pat Riley referred to ; Jordan as His Highness this season. i Bragging rights: During his two seasons in the ; league, Celtics forward An- toine Walker is 0-7 against ! the Heat, something he is I constantly made aware of by Tim Hardaway, like Walker a native Chicagoan. . . "I need to get a win over Miami," said Walker. 'X ; haven't beaten them yet AC least I've beat the Bulls onctv but I need to get one on ; Miami because (Hardaway) ; talks plenty of trash. "He's one of the guys who -grew up on the same side of town as I did, so it's important I get one on him before the; summer." ' Walker has one more ,' chance when the Celtics visit ; Miami on Tuesday. Count your bless- ' Ings: The Heat have won 15 .' games since Brent Barry joined the team five weeks ago, which is four more than . his previous team, the Clip-pers, won the first 3 XA months j of the season. "I'm eating it up," Barry said. "Sometimes these guys ', take it for granted. Coach is ; always harping that we got to do more and we got to do I more and guys are like, 'Man, ' what more do we have to do?' And I'm sitting there saying, 'I ley. enjoy it while you can.'" . "Coming from where I came from it's a special thing ; to win." Nottworthy: Hardaway missed all but one of his seven three-point at- tempts, leaving him with r8 in his caeer. ', F FT Reb WASH. Min M-A M A O-T A PF Pts Howard 42 10-21 4-5 1-3 2 2 24 Webber 36 4-14 3-10 3-11 S 6 II Davis 14 6-1 0-6 0-2 6 2 I Cheaney 32 1-7 7-2 2-6 3 1 1 Strickland 30 2 $ 10-10 12 S I 14 B Wallace 26 4-4 3-4 2-5 I S II Murray 30 7 1 7-7 8-4 I 2 23 Wh.tney 18 1-4 S-6 0-4 9 1 6 H Grant 7 8-1 0-0 M i 6 Eecties 5 60 00 00 6 I I Tetets 20 31 76 34 44 6 17 26 21 9 HEAT From 1C Antoine Walker. Although Walker scored 29 points, he took 25 shots (making 11) and had just four field goals in the second half. Strickland took . advantage of Walker's suspect defense. "Before the game Stan told me Walker is not one to get back on defense," Strickland said about his conversation with assistant coach Stan Van Gundy. Celtics coach Rick Pitino has noticed Strickland, who would be a perfect fit for the Celtics' up-tempo style. Note: Strickland will be a free agent at the end of the season and the Heat can offer no more than a starting salary of about $2.5 million. "If you watch the tapes, he outruns the tape," Pitino said. "You don't see that very often." Mourning and Tim Hardaway also took advantage of a defensive mismatches. Andrew DeClerq was no match for Mourning, who scored 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting. DeClerq had one field goal and six points. And without Kenny Anderson (knee injury), the Celtics had no answer for Hardaway, who scored 22 points and had 14 assists, which equaled his season hih. 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