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In the Paint Heat Calendar r66- ROBBERY: Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundv after his team sank MarchApril PERFECTION: Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff, on Seattle's season-high 133 points! Wednesday: "They (the Sonics) were pretty close to perfect. Our guys came to play, but Seattle was much, much better." It had to be one of the worst EM par m m;mm 23 24 2b 26 27 7:30 28 Baca SUN 12:30 3! 7:30 2 8 30 3 Spur. ""T two free throws with 8.1 seconds remaining to cap a 22-point effort: as New York came from 10 points down in the final five minutes to hpat the ClioDers 77-76: "It was experiences with a ref that I've ever had." ROD STRICKLAND, Wizards, who was fined $5,000 for verbal abuse of REPORT : ; j a j referees. steal win." l ' Socket. , NBC sun urn I I " 1 1 f-nT . ii M. him irona" AM Times E.L1 TV: SUN - bunsmne. anaaeu gdines m iva" ' ' . . . i M Summaries m Cavaliers 97, Raptors 96 Conference standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Reb I O-T APFPts FG FT Min M-A M-A CLEVE. Majerle is back and plans on staying 26 1-5 0-0 32 5-15 9-It Late Wednesday Lakers 114, Kings 91 FG FT Reb SACRA, Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Owens i 31 (M 2-5 0 3 6 Williamson 24 Ml 3-6 2-4 3 2 19 Thorpe 24 3-t O-O 0-2 3 3 6 Abdl-Whd 37 3-14 5-7 2-4 3 4 11 Johnson 45 5-14 0-0 0-1 1 3 10 Fndrbrke 17 4-7 0-0 1-4 0 1 I Stewart 26 4-7 3-4 2-7 1 5 11 Hndrcksn 27 3-5 4-4 0-2 2 2 10 Polynice 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Dehere 17 4-9 2-2 1-2 1 3 10 i ATLANTIC 40 l it 1-1 L pct GB St. Home Away Conf W 0-1 0-4 3-5 5-12 0- 5 04 1- 4 0-1 0-4 0-0 00 Henderson Kemp llgauskas Person Knight Potapenko Anderson Sura Ferry Thomas 41 4-t 32 7-10 14 5-7 II 0-3 25 5 11 3- 3 0- 0 4- 4 1- 2 1-2 10 2-5 700 W4 25-9 24-12 32-13 "557 10 W2 25-11 14-20 25-21 514 13 Wl 22-12 14-22 20-23 514 13 LI 20-14 16-20 18-26 500 14 L2 20-16 15-19 19-24 435 18'2 L2 21-14 9-25 17-24 362 23ft L4 15-20 10-24 11-32 2 0-0 0-0 49 21 39 31 36 34 36 34 35 35 30 39 25 44 . x-Miami ' New York i New Jersey ; Washington i Orlando ' Boston ; Philadelphia 240 37-8217-2510 32 21 28 91 Totalt 240 37-78 19 29 9-41 26 24 97 Totala Bucks vs. Heat WHAT: Milwaukee Bucks it; y Percentages: FG .451, FT .680. Three-point goals: 0-1, 000 (Dehere 0-1). Team rebounds: I. Blocked shots: 2 (Owens, Abdul-Wahad). Turnovers: 12 (Williamson 3, Owens 2, Funderburke 2, Stewart 2, Johnson, Hendrickson, Dehere). Steals: 10 (Hendrlckson 3, Williamson 2, Thorpe, Johnson, Funderburke, Stewart, Dehere). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. CENTRAL Percentages: FG .474, FT .455. Three-point goals: 4-7, .571 (Sura 2-2, Ferry 1-2, Person 1-2, Kemp 0-1). Team rebounds! 17. Blocked shots: I (ilgauskas 4, Persoi 2, Kemp, Sura). Turnovers: 19 (llgauskas 6, Knight 5, Kemp 3, Ferry 2, Person, Potapenko, Sura). Steals: 9 (Person 4, Anderson 2, Knight, Potapenko, Sura). Technical fouls: Ferry, 0:00 third. Elections: Ferry, 0:00 third. Illegal defense: None. i FG FT Reb TORONTO Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts (30-39) at Miami Heat (49-21). By Tom D'Angelo Palm Beach Post Staff Writer MIAMI Hold off on that invitation for Dan Majerle to complete next winter's foursome. Unsure about his career six weeks ago, Majerle is encouraged about his health, and isn't so sure he'll be dusting off his clubs next winter. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pit 21-14 34-9 23-13 33-11 18- 16 25-16 19- 18 26-16 19-18 20-23 11-23 22-21 10-23 17-28 6-28 7-35 L.A. 32-3 25-8 27-8 22-9 19- 13 23-13 20- 16 10-25 W7 LI W5 Wl Wl W4 LI L4 WHERE: Miami Arena .757 .696 4'i .652 m .603 11 .551 14'2 .486 19 .435 22'2 .217 37 Vi 53 17 48 21 45 24 41 27 38 31 34 36 30 39 15 54 x-Chicago x-lndiana Charlotte : Atlanta Cleveland Detroit Milwaukee Toronto 29 4-7 4-4 2-7 2 28 6-8 0-0 2-8 3 43 5-14 14-16 2-7 I 2 26 30 5-14 2-2 1-5 I 4 12 Christie Wallace 36 10-20 5-10 5-14 4 2 25 34 3-4 4-4 3-5 2-5 19 Camby 38 6-15 10-14 9-13 0 J 22 Brown 46 6-17 2-2 0-1 3 1 18 Billups 35 1-7 0-0 0-4 4 II 2 Slater 20 2-5 4-6 0-1 0 6 8 Garner 15 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 3) 2 Miller 13 3-4 0-0 4-7 4 3 6 29 5-9 0-0 0-0 6 0 12 Horry Fox O'Neal Jones Fisher Van Exel Bryant Blount Campbell Rooks Barry Bennett 2 I) 1-1 21 3-7 4-5 0-0 WESTERN CONFERENCE 1-7 1 3 2 Heat 1-1 3-4 1-4 1 3 1-2 240 29 78 32 4018-38 21 23 98 Totall 2-3 1 1 3-4 1-3 MIDWEST I 21 7 5 2 W L Pct GB St. Home Away Conf 1- 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2- 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 51 47 37 Percentages: FG .372, FT .800. Three-point goals: 6-13, .462 (Brown 4-7, Christie 2-3, Billups 0-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 16 (Camby 6, Wallact 5, Slater 2, Miller 2, Billups). Turnovers) 14 (Camby i, Christie 2, Miller 2, Wallace 2, Brown, Slater). Steals: II (Christie t, Brown 2, Billups, Miller, Wallace). Technical fouls: Miller, 0:00 third, illegal defense, 3:34 third. Elections: Miller, 0:00 third. lle-gal defense: 1. ' Cleveland 29 23 IB 27-97 Toronto 19 28 27 27-9t A 14, 120 ( 20,125). T 2:21. Officials-Pan .750 W3 29-5 22-12 21-11 671 5 LI 27-8 20-15 28-16 .536 14'2 Wl 23-13 14-19 25-18 514 16 Wl 22-15 14-19 25-22 257 34 W2 12-24 6-28 11-29 .235 35 Wl 13-21 3-31 11-28 113 44 ft L4 6-29 2-34 6-37 Totals 24042-7723 3616-53 28 22114 Percentages: FG .545, FT .639. Three-point goals: 7-15, .467 (Fox 2-3, Van Exel 2-4, Barry l-l. Fisher 1-2, Bryant 1-3, Jones 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (O'Neal 5, Campbell 2, Jones, Barry). Turnovers: 17 (Bryant 5, O'Neal 3, Van Exel 3, Jones 2, Fisher 2, Horry, Blount). Steals: 7 (Jones 3, Horry, O'Neal, Van Exel, Barry). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. (15,200). TV: Sunshine. RADIO: WEAT-850AM, WIOD-610AM, WACC-830AM (Spanish). TICKETS: About 1 ,000 remain. All tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster (561) 966-3309 or at the Heat box office (305) 577-4328. DIRECTIONS: Take 1-95 south to Northwest Eighth Street (exit 5A). Go left on Northwest Eighth Street. Arena is three blocks on the right. SCOUTING REPORT: The Bucks have had enough trouble with Miami healthy, losing 19-of-20, but now they have to play the Heat without two of their best players, injured Glenn Robinson and Terrell Brandon. Milwaukee had hopes of the playoffs before losing 10-of-l 1. The Heat have won 22-of-26, including four in a row. PROMOTIONAL GIVEAWAY: Heat luggage tags to the first 15,000. x-Utah x-San Ant. Houston Minnesota Dallas Vancouver Denver PACIFIC 36 34 18 52 16 52 8 63 29 24 II 20-91 33 30 25 24-114 Crawford, Ron Olesiak, Leroy fiicnorospn. Sacramento L.A. Lakers A-16,634 (17,505). T-2:05. OHicials-Dlck Bavetta, David Jones, Kevin Fehr. Hornets 94, Bucks 80 FG FT Reb MIL, Min M-A M-A O-T APFffs 30-4 22-13 31-9 29-7 21-12 36-8 26-10 19-15 27-14 22-14 15-17 24-15 20-14 6-31 17-25 9-25 6-29 12-32 9-23 5-32 10-31 Mavericks 105, Nuggets 94 Gilliam 40 t-17 1-3 4-10 2 1 13 x-Seattle 52 17 .754 W2 x-L.A.L. 50 19 .725 2 W5 x-Phoenix 45 25 .643 7 ft L3 Portland 37 31 .544 14ft L3 Sacramento 26 45 .366 27 L9 L.A. Clippers 15 54 .217 37 L4 Golden St. 14 55 .203 38 L8 x-clinched playoff berth. Thursday's results M.Curry 32 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 4 4 Johnson 40 3-8 2-4 7-17 0 5 I Perry 36 1-16 2-2 0-3 4 0 18 Allen 38 7-19 2-2 0-7 1 5 18 Starting lineups Green 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 Honeycutt 29 6-16 2-3 3-5 1 Pierce 7 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 Feick 10 0-3 2-2 0-3 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 Lang 240338611 161547 11 19 80 Totala TOP SCORER MILWAUKEE BUCKS MIAMI HEAT PSl NAME I PPG I PS I NAME PPG F Michael Curry 5.7 F Dan Majerle 67 F Armon Gilliam 10.1 F Mark Strickland 6.3 C Ervin Johnson 7.3 C Alonzo Mourning 19.0 G Ray Allen 19.2 G Voshon Lenard 12.5 G Elliot Perry 7.0 G Tim Hardaway 188 Christie, 26 Rice, 27 Percentages: FG .384, FT .688. Three-point goals: 3-13, .331 (Allen 2-6, Honeycutt 1-5, Perry 0-1, Feick 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Johnson 4, Gilliam 2). Turnovers: 13 (Allen 4, Honeycutt 3, Johnson 2, Gilliam 2, M. Curry, Perry). Stejls: 5 (Perry 2, Gilliam, Johnson, Honeycult). Technical fouls: None. Illegal deftnse: None. I Cleveland 97, Toronto 96 Charlotte 94, Milwaukee 80 Vancouver at Portland, late Seattle at Golden State, late Today's games "At the beginning of the year, even before the (All-Star) break, I wasn't real happy with the way I was feeling and I thought maybe there was no chance I'd get better," Majerle said. "Now, I'm optimistic it will continue to get better and I just needed some time. "I still think I can play if my back holds up." Not long ago, Majerle was not so sure he'd even complete his contract, which expires after next season. His back was constantly sore and his legs were shot. Majerle couldn't practice and on certain days, couldn't sit on the bench without pain. About a month ago, his back started feeling better and the pain in his legs was subsiding. Majerle reentered the starting lineup about three weeks later after Keith Askins' injury. "He's dunking the ball, taking it very strong to the basket," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "I've looked at Dan as a facilitator, a ball mover, a post entry man, a trigger man. Now I'm looking for him now to shoot the ball so we're running some things for him." Majerle is averaging 34.5 minutes the past 11 games. In Wednesday's victory at Boston he was on the floor the first 16 minutes, longer than any starter, and played 42 minutes. And he's averaging 11.2 points in the past 11 games compared to 5.8 the first 52. FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts CHAR. FG FT Reb DALLAS Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Muursepp 36 5-8 4-5 1-2 3 5 16 Green 39 2-7 6-6 3-11 0 2 10 Riley 30 4-1 1-2 2-1 1 3 9 Finley 27 9-16 3-3 0-2 2 1 22 Reeves 20 1-4 0-0 0-0 6 0 2 Davis 28 5-7 l-l 1-3 2 0 12 Bradley 15 3-6 6-6 0-5 0 1 12 Wells 21 4-7 2-3 2-6 1 3 10 Strickland 24 5-12 2-4 2-5 2 3 12 Totall 240 38-75 2S-3O11-42 17 18 IPS Percentages: FG .507, FT .833. Three-point goals: 4-9, .444 (Muursepp 2-5, Davis 1- 1, Finley 1-2, Strickland 0-1). Team rebounds: 4 Blocked shots: 9 (Riley 4, Bradley 2, Green, Finley, Wells). Turnovers: 9 (Davis 2, Wells 2, Green, Riley, Finley, Reeves, Strickland). Steals: 10 (Muursepp 3, Strickland 3, Green, Riley, Finley, Wells). Technical fouls: None. Illegal de-fense: I. FG FT Reb DENVER Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Fortson 35 7-12 4-5 3-5 3 4 18 Ellis 41 1-17 0-0 0-10 5 4 18 Garrett 23 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Alexander 31 4-6 2-3 0-5 4 1 12 Jackson 21 1-4 1-2 2-4 4 3 3 Newman 36 7-16 5-9 1-2 4 3 20 Battle 20 2-7 0-0 3-7 0 2 4 Goldwlre 28 8-12 0-0 0-2 4 3 17 sum 5 0-2 0-0 o-o 0 0 0 Totals 240 38 7912 18 0 35 24 23 94 Percentages: FG .481, FT .632. Three-point goals: 6-12, .500 (Alexander 2-4, Ellis 2- 5, Goidwire l-l, Newman 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Ellis, Garrett, Battie). Turnovers: 13 (Fortson 3, Jackson 3, Ellis 2, Alexander 2, Garrett, Newman, Goldwlre). Steals: 7 (Goidwire 3, Newman 2, Ellis, Jackson). Technical fouls: illegal LATEST LINE Reserves: Guards Litterial Green, Jerald Honeycutt, Ricky Pierce. Forwards Jamie Feick, Tyrone Hill, Jeff Nordgaard. Centers Andrew Lang. Reserves: Guards Brent Barry, Eric Murdock, Rex Walters. Forwards P.J. Brown, Marty Conlon, Terry Mills. Center Duane Causwell. Mason 39 2-6 2-4 0-10 4 3 6 Rice 41 8-14 8-11 0-5 3 3 27 Geiger 26 5-13 2-2 5-15 0 2 12 Wesley 35 10-16 0-0 1-1 3 0 21 Phills 38 4-10 0-1 1-5 4 2 9 Dlvac 29 7-9 0-0 1-5 3 2 14 Armstrong 13 1-4 0-0 0-1 3 1 2 D Curry 10 1-5 0-0 1-2 10 3 Reid 9 0-3 00 1-4 1)0 Tom D'Angelo 240 38 80 12 18 10 48 24 14 94 Totala Miami by 14 Indiana by 5 New Jersey by 6 p.m. San Ant. by 5'2 Chicago by 5 Cleveland by 1 V2 Orlando by 3 Utah by 9 Pick Phoenix by 6V2 New York by 7 Milwaukee at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte at Indiana, 7 p.m. Boston at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. San Antonio at Philadelphia, 7:30 Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Orlando, 8 p.m. Utah at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Golden State at Denver, 9 p.m. Washington at Phoenix, 9 p.m. New York at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Percentages: FG .475, FT .667. Three-point goals: 4 12, .500 (Rice 3-3, D. urry I-2, Wesley 1-3, Phills 1-3, Armstroig 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Di-vacs 4, Geiger 3). Turnovers: 10 (Mason 3, Phills 2, Divacs 2, Rice, Geiger Armstrong). Steals: t (Mason 2, Rice, nesley, Divacs, D Curry). Technical fouls Illegal defense, 11:35, third; Illegal defene, 7:15, third Illegal defense: I. p.m. Minnesota by 5 23 21 22 14 - 80 22 24 15 31-94 Minnesota at LA. Clippers, 10:30 Milwaukee Charlotte m. Kortiana Dy o defense, BOB Tnira IlltgJl ucinne. i. A-23,086 ( 24,042). T-l:54. F. Rush, Scott Foster, Tony Brotiers. not just feeling better, but getting better. He had back surgery Jan. 30, 1997, and now believes he may have done too much too soon. - "It's been just over a year since the surgery and I never really took time off," he said. "I worked over the summer and hurt myself again. Maybe this time of not practicing and having limited minutes did me good." . 27 24 25 29-105 II 23 22 31- 94 "I'm getting a little more lift and I feel I can take it to the basket a little bit," said Majerle, who still does not practice aside from riding a stationary bicycle and shooting. "And since Mash went down (Feb. 13) I took it upon myself to be more aggressive. Now when I come off (a screen) I not only look to pass, but take to the basket, take the shot if I'm open." Majerle is hopeful he's Dallas Denver Portland at Sacramento, i(J:JU p Wednesday's results NBA Today A-9,525 (17,171). T-2:04. Officials-Bennett Salvatore, Ed Middleton, Dee Kantner. Sonics 133, Wizards 109 FG FT Reb WASH. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts SCOREBOARD Dallas 105, Denver 94 Minnesota 99, Phoenix 97 Seattle 133, Washington 109 New York 77, L.A. Clippers 76 L.A. Lakers 1 14, Sac. 91 Miami 105, Boston 91 Houston 86, Indiana 8 1 New Jersey 91, Phil. 86 Detroit 103, San Ant. 94 Chicago 85, Orlando 70 4-9 1-2 2-5 2 9 3 17 7-11 3-4 3-4 0-2 0-0 2-4 0 1 2-1 0-0 1-3 1 4 Today L Chicago at Atlanta (7:30 p.m. EST). Chicago arrivei for what could be Mtclael Jordan's last appearance In Atlanta. rld-ers of the last 3,000 tickets will be b to watch the game at the Georgia Dom) on giant video screens only. The game, V',n 54,000 tickets already sold, is expected to be the second-most attended In NBA hpto- Saturday's games 5-14 5-1 0-0 6 1 It 0-2 2 1 16 6-15 2-2 Howard Webber Davis Cheaney Strickland Murray Wallace Eackles Grant Whitney Ham Shammgod N.Y. at Seattle, 10 p.m. 2-3 0-0 5-9 6-6 LA. Lak. at Utah, 9 p.m. 3-8 2 14 l-l 1 1 II 0-1112 rv. The No. 1 game In attendance (was 1 II 1-1 2 ' 1-2 0-0 6-14 4-4 l-l 0-1 61,983 at Detroit's Silverdome on Jani 29, Hornets, Rice run past Bucks 2 2 3-7 0 1984 when Boston played Detroit Late Wednesday 3 5 0 1-7 12 0-1 STARS Timberwolves 99, Suns 97 Knicks 77, Clippers 76 Toronto ont the hall hack with 11 sec Hakeem Olaiuwon, Rockets, score! 16 FG FT Reb Min M-A M- O-T A PFPH points, including seven of Houston's! last 10, as the Rockets survived a late Indiana MINN. rjtiiv and bat the Pacers 86-81. 1 Totala 24040 9522 2918-37 27 18109 Percentages: FG .421, FT .759. Three-point goals: 7-27, 259 (Eackles 2-5, Whitney 2-8, Murray 2-9, Strickland l-l, Cheaney 0-I, Grant 0-1, Webber 0-2). Team rebounds: 10 Blocked shots: 4 (Webber, Cheaney, Wallace, Shammgod). Turnovers: 9 (Howard 2, Webber 2, Ham 2, Murray, Wallace, Whitney). Steals: 9 (Wallace 4, Eackles 2, Howard, Murray, Whitney). Technical fouls: None Illegal defense: None. FG FT Reb SEATTLE Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts onds left. Doug Christie brought the ball upcourt and put up a jump shot. The ball bounced off the rim, and Camby was unable to put the rebound back in as the final horn i sounded. I Noteworthy: Police have charged aj man for making a telephone call to Minne- j apolis' Target Center during a Chicago Bulls game and claiming that Michael Jordan's ! mother was ill. Thomas Christopher Da- j 5-5 3-8 4 1 21 0-3 1-5 0 2 2 2-2 0-4 i 27 9-12 29 1-12 14 1-2 31 56 32 4-15 25 M0 22 5-9 2-5 2-3 7 1-5 3 4 II 2-2 0-0 Baker Schrempf Mcllvaine Hawkins Payton Kersey Ellis Perkins McMillan Anthony Williams Zidek 3-t 0 2 12 Garnett 34 5- II 5-7 l-e 4 4 15 Mitchell 34 5-14 0-0 2-5 4 2 11 Parks 23 4-4 1-2 1-5 1 2 Marbury 37 44 4-4 1-4 10 4 19 Peeler 41 I-II 2-4 4-1 2 2 20 Hammonds 20 2-5 2-4 1-3 0 2 4 Porter 1 2-7 0-0 0-2 2 1 4 Jordan 15 3-5 1-2 3-5 3 3 7 Roberts 15 2-3 2-2 1-3 0 2 4 Tdtili 240 37 82 17 25 14-41 28 22 M Percentages: FG .451, FT 680. Three-pinl gears: HI 447 (Werbury 3-4, Peeler 2 3, Porter 2-4, Mitchell 1-1). Tem rebounds: 6. Blacked (halt: 4 (Garnett 3, Prks 2, Porter) Turnovers: 11 (Garnett 4, Marburv 4, Peeler 3). Steal I (Peeler 3, Jordan 3, Garnett, Roberts). Technical roots: None Illegal detewse: None "" FG FT II eb PHOENIX Win M-A M- O-T A PF Pts Manning 34 1 16 2-2 5-12 4 4 II McDyess 33 4-11 4-4 2-5 0 3 12 Williams It 2 3 0-0 1-5 0 1 4 Kidd 36 4-1 2 2 2-6 7 2 II Nash 31 3-9 0-0 0-2 4 I 7 Robinson 22 4-12 4-4 0-5 1 2 17 Johnson 2 2-10 1-1 0-4 7 15 Scott 23 t-ll 1-2 0-0 1 1 14 McCloud 4 2 2 1-1 1-3 1 1 6 Bryant 10 0-0 1 2 0-1 0 2 1 04 0-4 3 1 vis, 23, of Kocky Mountain, N.L., was ; charged late last week with making a harass- j ing telephone call, police said. t 0-0 01 t 1 2 2 3 5 2-4 0 0-2 0 0-0 0-0 Shaquilie O'Neal, Later, nao poms, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots tolead Los Angeles to a 114-91 win over Sacramento. I Allan Houston, Knicks, sank two 'free throws with 1. 1 seconds remaining to ap a 22-point effort in New York's 77-76 vittory over the Los Angeles Clippers j STRING OF WINS The Lakers' 114-91 win against 3cra-mento on Wednesday night was theil 50th of the season, putting them a season-high 31 games over .500 and giving them M or more wins for the third straight ason and the 15th time in the last 19 season STARTING, FINALLY Danny Manning got his first start of the season in the 70th game, playing arrad of Cliff Robinson on Wednesday tight for Phoenix. Manning had 18 points and 12 rebounds, but the Suns lost to the iVinnesota Timperwolves 99-97. SAY HELLO, PAN The Nugyets, just a few hours awer signing Dan Issel as their new genera manager, lost for a franchise-record 6ird time Wednesday night - 105-94 to thp Dallas Mavericks. SCORING Vm Bauer scored 26 points and vx Somes scored in double figures as Seattu defeated the Washington Wizards 133-Wednesday night. Seatte scored a season-high 74 points in the first half on 30-of-44 ttooting and ted by 19 at haiMime FG FT Reb NEW YORK Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Houston 39 8-22 3-3 0-6 1 2 22 Johnson 34 7-14 2-3 3-4 1 2 16 Oakley 31 6-14 0-0 5-15 1 4 12 Ward 29 44 2-2 0-7 4 2 10 Sterks 36 5-13 0-0 1-2 5 0 II Mills 21 0-7 M 1-5 1 I 0 Cummlngs 16 2-5 0-0 1-4 0 3 4 Childs l 1-3 0-0 0-1 3 2 2 Williams 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Toll. 2403385 7 811-46 17 18 77 Percentages: FG 381, FT .875 Three-point goals: 4-11, 364 (Houston 3-3. Slarks 1-5, Ward 0-1, Johnson 0-2). Team fa-bounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Childs). Turn-overt: 14 (Ward 4, Houston 3, Johnson 3, Starks 2, Oakley, Mills). Steals: I (Ward 3, Johnson 2, Oakley 2. Starks). Technical fouls: illegal defense, II 22 fourth Illegal defense: 1. FG FT Reb L.A. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Murray II 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 Rogers 39 4-11 5-6 2 10 4 3 14 Austin 35 7-11 1-4 2 11 1 1 15 Martin 31 4-14 1-1 1 3 3 3 10 Piatkowski 25 0-7 1-2 3-4 0 0 1 Wright 22 t-ll l-l 2-6 0 2 13 Taylor 30 2 11 0-1 0-4 4 0 4 Richardson 10 0-2 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 Robinson 23 6-1 0-0 1 3 2 0 15 Totan 24031 81 1511-45 17 9 71 Percentages: FG 383, FT too Three-paint goats: 5-17, 294 (Robinson 3-3, Rogers 13. Martin 1-5. Murray 0-1, Richardson 0-1, Piatkowski 0-4) Team rebounds: 12 Blocked shots: 6 (Tovlor 3, Murray. Austin, Piatkowski). Turnovers: II (Piatkowski 4, Rogers 3. Austin 3, Robinson 3, Martin 2, Murray, Richardson, team). Steals: 4 (Murray 2. Rogers 2, Martin, Pietkowskil. Technical fouls: None Illegal defense: None LATE TUESDAY The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. Glen Rice scored eight straight points as part of a 12-0 run by Charlotte to open the fourth quarter as the Hornets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 94-80 Thursday night. Charlotte trailed 66-65 when Rice hit a three-pointer from the right wing with 10:29 left, and then added another from the top of the key 21 seconds later to give the Hornets a 71-66 lead. Rice then scored on a fast-break dunk and Bobby Phills converted a layup as the Hornets took a 75-66 lead with 8:32 left. The Bucks could get no closer than four points down the rest of the way. The victory was the Charlotte's 15th in 16 games, allowing the Hornets to move 21 games above .500 for the first time in franchise history. The Bucks have dropped 13-of-15. Cavaliers 97, Raptors 96: Shawn Kemp scored 19 points and Toronto's Marcus Camby missed a last-second putback as Cleveland hung on to win on the road. With Toronto leading 96-95 and 17.5 seconds left, Camby's inbound pass was intercepted by Wesley Person, who passed to Derek Anderson. The Raptors fouled Anderson, who made both free throws. Totalt 240 S 3 89 20 28 17 52 38 25 133 Percentages: FG 596. FT .714 Three-point goals: 7-20, 350 (Payton 3-4, Ellis 2 5, Hawkins 1-2, McMillan 1-3, Schrempf 0-1, Anthony 0-3). Team rebounds: 7 Blocked shots: 5 (Payton 2, McMillan 2. Mcllvaine). Turnovers: 12 (Anthony 3, Schrempf 2. Kersey 2, Williams 2, Baker, Payton, Ellis). Steals: 7 (Kersey 3, Payton 2, McMillan, Anthony) Technical fouls: Anthony, 2 44 fourth Illegal defense: I 240 37 82 10-11 113 25 18 7 Totals 31 24 22 32-109 34 38 31 21-133 Washington Seattle SuperSonics 133, Wizards 109: , Seattle had its highest point total of the ! season at Washington. j Lakers 114, Kings 91: Shaquilie O'Neal had 25 points, 14 rebounds and five i blocked shots for Los Angeles. - Knicks 77, Clippers 76: New York's ', Allan Houston sank two free throws with 8.1 1 seconds remaining to cap a 22-point effort.-' Mavericks 105, Nuggets 94: Den- ver lost for a franchise-record 63rd time. - ! Timberwolves 99, Suns 97: At ! Phoenix, Anthony Peeler had 20 points, ! eight rebounds and three steals, and Stephon ; Marbury had 19 points and 10 assists. 1 A 17,072 (17.072) T-2 02 OHiciels-Hugh Evans, Terry Durham, Jim Kinsey. Percentages: FG 451, FT SOT Three-paint gears: 7 17, 412 (Scott 3-4 McCloud 1-1, Robinson l-l, Kidd 1-2. Nash 1-5, Johnson 0-1) Team rebeunds: 10 Blacked shots: 4 iW'lliams 2, McDyess. Kidd, Robinson, McCloud). Ternevers: 15 Johnson 3, Kidd 3 Williams 2, Robinson 2, Manning. McDyess. Nash, McCloud, team) Steals: 4 ;Kdd t Manning, McOyess). Tachmcal fowls: None Illegal defense: I SPEAKING SNEAKING UP 2J 22 23 26-W 25 ! 24 27-7 Minnesota Phoenii "We only trade with Philiy. I guess the Nets don't want to pay tor airfare. Cal (John Caiipari) and John Nash INew Jersey's general manager) must have their number on speed dial " - New Jersey's Jevson Williams, one of four current Nets who came from the 76ers. 22 19 14 -77 II 14 21 21-74 The Detroit Pistons have wen tour straight and are suddenly within frititng distance of Eastern Conference otayoft contenders. The streak moved the Pistons within two games of eighth place Wishing ton and New Jersey New York L.A. Clippers A-19.023 (19.0231. T 2 07 Officials-Derek Stafford, Mike Callahan, Benme A 15 570(14.0211 T-204 Fryer, Leon Wood, Joe DeRosa Miami diver Ramirez wins second national title j Pony Express tops Escue in OT Strong, DeScott () and Washington; Hunter and Sanchci WP Hontar (I0-I-1) LP Strong ?B PB Paul. Petri. Wynn. Hunter. 38: B-Oeiti. HR: Colleges Local corner TENNIS" onship fr the 'Canes since 1991. Miani is in lOth-place overall with 38 points after five events. FAU men win seventh straight: The Owls (11-4) extended their winning streak to seven with a 5-2 victory against Troy State. . . . The FAU women (6-10) defeated Troy State 7-1. BASEBALL baseman Pat Burrell, a consensus All-America, will miss this weekend's series with Harvard because of back spasms. His status will be evaluated next week. SOFTBALL PBCC 8-18, Brevard 0-10: Lindsey Rhodes (11-0) pitched a complete-game one-hitter, striking out 13, and also went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in the first game as the Panthers (21-1-1 and No. 2 in the state) swept a double-header from Brevard in Lake Worth. cawt 0f FOOTBALL I Palm Beach Post Wire Smnces ; WELLINGTON Pony ; Express needed an overtime chukker to defeat Escue 12-11 ' Thursday at Palm Beach Polo, ! while Revlon beat White Birch ; 14-5 in the 26-goal U.S. Open Championship and Handicap. Pony Express trailed Escue I throughout the match until the ! sixth chukker, when goals by Francisco Bensadon and Miguel ' Novillo-Astrada tied the score ' at 11, forcing overtime. Astrada ; scored the game-winning goal. ; Pony Express leads the tournament with a 3-0 record. Play continues Saturday, with i Bud Light'Grant's Farm playing ; Templeton and Coca-Cola fac-; ing Outback. Special to the Palm Beach Post CORAL GABLES University of Miami sophomore diver Rio Ramirez captured the 1 -meter title on the first day of the 1998 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala. Ramirez posted 630.70 total points to claim the national championship in the 1 -meter for the second straight season. Hurricanes senior Bry an Gil-looly placed second in the event (571.95 points) to earn All-America status. UM senior Chris Mantilla of Boca Raton finished 16th (471.65) and was named an honorable mention All-America. The victory for Ramirez marks the eighth straight year Miami has won an NCAA individual diving crown and the 12th diving champi- Palm Beach Atlantic 7, Baker 3: Freshman right-hander Jimmy Jhnson, a Wellington graduate, stmck out four in the complete galie and junior right fielder Rob Pregnolato went 3-for-5 and scored two runs for the Sailfish (21-6) aiiinst the Wildcats (5-2) at West Plm Beach. BOWLING Pepsi Scratch Sweeper set for Sunday: The Pepsi Scratch Sweeper, with a guaranteed first prize of $1,000, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Pierce Bowl. Entry fee is $50 if paid by midnight Saturday. $55 Sunday. The field will be cut in half after three games and aKam after two more games, with the top five advancing to the televi-sion-stvle stepladder finals. No' touring PBA or WPBA bowlers are allowed to participate. Call (561)464-334.1. at a 1 1 H I it m Florida: Sophomore quarterback Doug Johnson did not practice Thursday and will not play in UF's scrimmage today at Florida Field. UF coach Steve Spurrier said Johnson has had pain in his throwing shoulder the past two days. "I doubt if he'll do too much (today)," he said. Andrea Szulszteyn VOTarf amm ftaadi an am oi-m an Pmtm ftahftartc CSoM aia ft'o"ioi ffnoiwt a"d Sai WP: xm (ll-0t IP DVo" P-WF onlf. h." ?nn it PS -Boor M:odet. 6AMf TWO sat m- 4 I Ml IM-K D I Vvara Pawn aavcll UNi Burred to miss weekeid series: Junior third

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