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r v 9 r y r i n 8C 8C THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1997 w In the Paint Heat Calendar u "1 Upcoming pmet NovemberDecember AGE-OLD PROBLEM: Richard Lapchick, who helps the NBA run its rookie orientation programs: "All of these kids not just the basketball players who become millionaires are proving tougher to socialize." NO INTRODUCTION NECESSARY: Sacramento's Michael Stewart made an unheralded entrance onto the This one looks without having all the facts like someone went into the stratosphere." DAVID STERN, NBA commissioner, on Latrell Sprewell's actions. 30 1 2 3 t 7:30 6 Cetics SUM 7 t 7:30 9 7:30 10 11 12 8:00 13 9:00 IMi Hawta Paean Backs SUN SUN TNT UPN NBA scene. "I didn't even know,-. who he was," forward Billy J Owens said. "I found out when . . he started blocking my shots." TV: REPORT SUN TV: SUN - Sunshine. Shaded games at Miami Arena; All times EDT Summaries Conference standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Bulls 97, Celtics 87 FG FT Reb CHICAGO Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Heat 94, 76ers 90 FG FT Reb PHILA. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Heat survive late scare, hold on to beat 76ers 4-6 1-2 2-3 5-13 0-0 0-5 31 510 8-9 1-3 0 3 19 40 3-3 2-6 2-17 3 1 8 23 5-11 1-1 2-4 3 4 11 35 7-14 1-2 3-8 11 4 15 40 11-21 6-8 4-9 5 2 29 37 4-9 38 6-12 16 1-4 38 6-13 37 10-19 16 1-3 0-2 2-2 1- 3 2- 6 9O-2O-0O-0 2 1 Harper Rodman Longley Kukoc Jordan R.Brown Buechler Caffey Wennington LaRue Burrell Stackhouse Wthrspoon Montross Jackson Iverson Williams Cummings Thomas Overton Walters Davis 0- 0 2- 2 3- 3 1- 2 0-0 0- 0 1- 2 1-3 1 1-2 1 0-0 0 0- 0 5 1- 1 2 15 2-3 0-0 0-3 0 1 13 0-3 2-2 1-2 0 2 6 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 24 3-5 M 0-2 1 0 4 M 0-0 0-0 0 0 240387715-2012-37 24 24 90 Totala 24038-7520-2814-50 25 20 97 Totala Percentages: FG .507, FT .714. Three-point goals: 1-6, .167 (Jordan 1-3, Kukoc 0-1, Buechler 0-1, LaRue 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 5 (Kukoc 2, Harper, Jordan, Burrell). Turnovers: 24 (Jordan 7, Kukoc 6, Rodman 2, Longley 2, Caffey I LaRue 2, Harper, Buechler, Burrell). Steals: 10 (Buechler 3, Harper 2, Jordan 2, Kukoc, R.Brown, LaRue). Technical fouls: Coach Jackson, 2:09 fourth. Illegal defense: None. Percentages: FG .468, FT .750. Three-point goals: 3-10, 300 (Thomas 2-3, Iverson 1-3, Walters 0-1, Stackhouse 0-1, Jackson 0-2). Team rebounds: 8 Blocked shots: 4 (Wthrspoon, Williams, Cummings, Thomas). Turnovers: 22 (Stackhouse 8, Iverson 4, Wthrspoon 2, Davis 2, Jackson 2, Montross, Williams, Cummings, Walters). Steals: 10 (Davis 3, Iverson 2, Wthrspoon 2, Stackhouse, Jackson, Thomas). Technical fouls: Stackhouse 3:22, 4th. Illegal defense: None. FG FT Reb MIAMI Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts BOSTON 4-4 2-6 3 1-4 6-12 1 3-8 1-4 1 31 3-12 40 4-7 1 7 5 19 1 2 I 12 3-10 I 0-0 4-5 2-3 I ATLANTIC W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf MilirrH U S .688 Wl H il T5 Orlando 11 6 .647 to Wl 5-3 6-3 8-4 New York 10 6 .625 1 LI 5-1 5-5 5-2 New Jersey 10 7 .588 Ito 12 5-2 5-5 5-4 Boston 7 10 .412 Ato L4 5-6 2-4 6-8 Washington 6 11 .353 5to Wl 1-5 5-6 1-11 Philadelphia 4 10 .286 6 L2 2-6 2-4 1-9 CENTRAL Atlanta 15 2 .882 W4 Ti 6-1 10-2 Charlotte 10 5 .667 4 Wl 7-1 3-4 6-4 Cleveland 9 6 .600 5 W5 4-3 5-3 8-4 Indiana 9 6 .600 5 W4 5-3 4-3 6-5 Chicago 10 7 .588 5 W2 6-1 4-6 7-5 Milwaukee 9 7 .563 5to LI 5-3 4-4 6-3 Detroit 7 11 .389 8to Wl 5-4 2-7 5-6 Toronto 1 16 .059 14 L14 1-8 0-8 0-9 WESTERN CONFERENCE MIDWEST W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf Utah Ti 6 .647 W6 8-2 34 9i Houston 9 5 .643 to W6 5-3 4-2 6-4 San Antonio 10 7 .588 1 Wl 6-4 4-3 7-4 Minnesota 7 9 .438 3to LI 3-5 4-4 6-6 Vancouver 7 11 .389 Ato Wl 5-2 2-9 4-8 Dallas 4 12 .250 6ft L2 2-8 2-4 3-9 Denver 1 15 .063 9 L3 1-7 0-8 1-9 PACIFIC LA. Lakers 15 2 .882 W3 7-0 8-2 11-0 Seattle 14 4 .778 Ito Wl 8-1 6-3 6-2 Phoenix 10 4 .714 . 3to LI 6-2 4-2 5-1 Portland 10 6 .625 Ato 12 3-4 7-2 7-3 Sacramento 5 12 .294 10 L4 4-5 1-7 3-6 L. A. Clippers 2 14 .125 12ft L2 1-6 1-8 2-7 Golden St. 1 13 .071 12ft L4 0-5 1-8 1-8 0-1 Mashburn Brown Austin Maierle Hardaway Askins Mills Murdock Strickland 26 1-9 40 8-24 14 1-2 34 6-13 19 2-4 14 3-8 30 6-11 26 1-7 9 1-3 16 3-9 7 1-2 5 0-1 McCarty Walker Ellison Mercer Edney Billups Bowen Knight D.Brown Barros DeClercq Minor 41 12-20 4-6 6-8 4 2 28 36 3-4 0-0 1-1 2 4 7 39 6-16 6-8 0-2 11 3 20 13 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 13 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 2 3 20 7-10 3-6 1-3 3 1 17 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 5 16 4 5 1- 1 3 3-4 1 2- 9 0 0-1 0 0- 0 3 1- 2 0 0-0 0 24038-7317-2913-38 25 18 94 Total! 24033-9314-2121-44 14 24 87 Total! Percentages: FG .493, FT .586. Three-point goals: 5-16, .313 (Hardaway 2-4, Mills 1-2, Majerle 1-2, Mashburn 1-7, Murdock 0-1). Team rebounds: 12 Blocked shots: 7 (Brown 2, Austin, Maierle, Askins, Mills, Strickland). Turnovers: 22 (Austin 7, Maierle 3, Hardaway 3, Murdock 3, Mashburn 2, Brown, Askins, Mills, Team). Steals: 12 (Austin 5, Hardaway 4, Maierle 2, Murdock). Technical fouls: Maierle 3:22, 4th. II-legal defense: 1. Percentages: FG .355, FT .667. Three-point goals: 7-20, .350 (Billups 2-4, Walker 2-7, McCarty 1-1, Bowen 1-2, D.Brown 1-2, Mercer 0-1, Knight 0-1, Barros 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (McCarty, Bowen, Knight). Turnovers: 15 (McCarty 4, Walker 3, Edney 3, Knight 3, Ellison, Billups). Steals: 15 (Bowen 5, Knight 4, Barros 4, Edney, Billups). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. 17 26 29 11-90 26 23 23 22- 94 Philadelphia Miami 25 24 28 20-97 18 20 22 27-87 Chicago Boston in his tender back and let Stackhouse know as they met at center court. The two received double technicals. Stackhouse had eight of the 76ers' 22 turnovers. Philadelphia was led by Allen Iverson, who had 21 points on 10-of-19 shooting. Last season, Iverson shot 7-of-43 (.163) against Miami. Miami stretched the lead to nine points late in the game before Philadelphia took advantage of poor free-throw shooting by the Heat, something that has been uncharacteristic this year. In the last 31 seconds, Miami missed 5-of-8 free throws. "We can't get satisfied when we get a big lead," Murdock said. "We get a big lead and we take quick shots that we would not take in a close game. We have got to learn to finish off teams." Noteworthy: Stack-house, the subject of trade rumors all season, thinks he'll be dealt soon, and would like to come to Miami. "If it happens, I don't think there would be a better choice (than Miami)," Stack-house said. "I like the way they play." Stackhouse, though, is a free agent this summer and any team interested in acquiring him must be sure they can re-sign him. Stackhouse said he'd take less to play for a winner. ; "Sometimes you sacrifice 1 money," he said. "If you can make $30 million and play for ! a bad team or $20 million and ! play for a team with a chance ; to win a championship, I'd take the $20 million. Who's ' going to spend all that mon- ; ey anyway." helped the Heat hold off Philadelphia. After tying the game at 74, Philadelphia had five turnovers in a 3:34 span and Murdock took advantage by scoring six points. Murdock had 11 points in the quarter. "Our offense gets a little stagnant," Riley said. "One thing Eric is going to do is put his head down and go to the basket, which is what we like." When asked if the plays to him were by design, Murdock said: "They weren't saying, 'We've got to get Eric Murdock off.' It just was in the flow of the game." Hardaway, who scored 20 points and added 11 assists, appreciates Murdock's contributions. "I'm just happy he's here," said Hardaway, whose minutes are down slightly from his 38.7 per game a year ago mainly because of Murdock. Murdock and Dan Majerle split the shooting guard duties as Voshon Lenard missed the game to give his sprained left ankle another day's rest. Majerle received the start, his first of the season. Although his line was modest seven points, eight rebounds in a season-high 36 minutes Majerle's hustle helped the Heat maintain their lead throughout the fourth quarter. Majerle even had an exchange with Jerry Stack-house late in the game on a play in which Majerle was called for an offensive foul. Majerle, though, complained that Stackhouse pushed him By Tom D'Angelo Palm Beach Post Staff Writer MIAMI The game started to look a lot like Saturday when the Miami Heat blew a 17-point lead before the Philadelphia 76ers decided to play giveaway. By the end, Miami avoided another collapse, escaping with a 94-90 victory Wednesday at the Miami Arena, in a game that had coach Pat Riley concerned right down to Tim Hardaway's free throw with 1.2 seconds to play. "We dodged a bullet but we'll take it," Riley said. "We made enough plays down the stretch to win the game and that's what it's about at this time. But we're not finishing well." Said Heat center Ike Austin, who had 28 points, 20 in the first half: "We can't handle a lead." Although the 76ers never led, the game began taking on the characteristics of Saturday's loss to Milwaukee in the third quarter. The Heat built another double-digit lead (this time 13) before they started settling for long shots and turning over the ball. Part of the Heat problem was they got little from Jamal Mashburn, who had 10 points but shot just 3-of-12 from the floor, missed all but one of his seven three-point attempts and was just 3-of-8 from the line. But a combination of the 76ers self destructing and Eric Murdock playing his best game of season (17 points on 7-of-10 shooting) A 14,312 (15,200). T 2:11. Officials-Jim Clark, Bob Delaney, Kevin Fehr. SuperSonics 93, Nets 89 FG FT Reb SEATTLE Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts A 18,624. (18,624). T-2.06. Officials Bernle Fryer, Joe Borgia, Rodney Mott. Lakers 107, Nuggets 89 FG FT Reb L.A. Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts 1 17 2 23 2 0 38 5-12 38 9 17 13 0-0 30 2-8 44 6-14 10 0-3 5 Wednesday's results 15 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 4 0 32 3-9 2-3 1-5 1 3 8 35 11-18 3-4 2-12 0 3 25 33 59 5-6 0-2 3 I 16 34 7-11 0-0 0-3 4 1 19 31 6-7 0-0 2-5 0 5 12 16 5-8 0-1 0-0 4 1 11 24 3-10 3-4 1-4 5 1 10 Schrempf Baker Mcllvaine Hawkins Payton Perkins Wingate Ellis A.Williams Anthony 3 16 1 5 1 6 2 16 2-4 2-6 Horry Fox Campbell Jones Van Exel Blount Fisher Bryant Rooks Barry Bennett TOP SCORER 28 5-11 0-1 0-1 13 0-2 1-2 4-8 1 3 1 0 2 24031-7424-29 9 35 21 16 93 Totals 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0-1 3-6 0-1 0 3 24041-7717-2610-42 18 23107 Totals Austin, 28 Jordan, 29 Baker, 23 Hill, 27 Miller, 27 Campbell, 25 Malone, 23 Percentages: FG .419, FT .828. Three-point goals: 7-19, .368 (Hawkins 2-4, Ellis 2-7, Schrempf 1-2, Payton 1-2, Perkins 1-3, Wingate 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Mcllvaine 3, Payton 2, Perkins). Turnovers: 9 (Wingate 3, Baker 2, Schrempf, Mcllvaine, Payton, Ellis). Steals: 7 (Hawkins 3, Schrempf 2, Wingate 2). Technical fouls: Schrempf, 6:53 third. Flagrant fouls: A.Williams, 10:46 second. II-legal defense: None Miami 94, Philadelphia 90 Chicago 97, Boston 87 Seattle 93, New Jersey 89 Detroit 108, Phoenix 103 (30T) Indiana 94, Minnesota 90 L.A. Lakers 107, Denver 89 Utah 115, Toronto 98 Orlando .at Vancouver, late Cleveland at Golden St., late Today's games Percentages: FG .532, FT .654. Three-point goals: 8-11, .727 (Van Exel 5-5, Fisher 1-1, Jones 1-2, Bryant 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Bryant 2, Van Exel, Fox). Turnovers: 13 (Blount 3, Fox 2, Jones 2, Van Exel 2, Bryant 2, Campbell, Bennett). Steals: 9 (Fisher 3, Fox 2, Horry, Campbell, Jones, Van Exel). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts N.J. DENVER 36 9-17 0-0 2-4 4 I 18 1-2 0-0 1-1 2-6 Fortson 32 Ellis 35 Garrett 32 Jackson 37 Washington 31 37 8-18 LATEST LINE 33 8-19 Gill Cage J.Williams Kittles Cassell Galling Benoit McDaniel Douglas Edwards Newman 34 0-0 9-24 3 0-2 4-6 5 7-7 1-3 4 3-4 Ml 1 0-0 2-4 0 2-4 2-4 I 0-0 1-1 0 0-0 1-2 2 6- 12 510 1- 3 ft-14 5-11 7- 15 2- 6 0- 1 1- 2 0-0 0-0 0-2 3-7 1 Battie Goldwlre Lauderdale Wolf Garris Zldek Washington by 8V2 Milwaukee by 2V2 New York by IOV2 Houston by 2'Ai San Ant. by 8 Sacramento at Washington, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. New York at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Atlanta at Houston, 8:30 p.m. San Ant. at Clippers, 1 0:30 p.m. 24037 91 1217 2S 60 20 23 89 Totala 24033 7620 27 9-36 23 25 89 Totals Percentages: FG .407, FT .706. Three-point goals: 3-13, .231 (Benoit 2-3, Kittles 1-4, Gill 0-1, Galling 0-1, J.Williams 0-1, Cassell 0-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (J.Williams 2, Cassell 2, Galling). Turnovers: 16 (Gill 4, Kittles 3, Gatling 3, Cassell 2, Benoit, McDaniel, Douglas, Edwards). Steals: 5 (Gill 2, J Williams, Cassell, Gatling). Technical fouls: Coach Caliparl, 6:30 fourth. Illegal defense: None. Tuesday's results Friday's games Pistons edge Suns in triple OT Percentages: FG .434, FT .741. Three-point goals: 3-14, .214 (Ellis 1-3, Jackson 1-3, Washington 1-6, Newman 0-1, Goldwire 0-I). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Lauderdale, Fortson, Ellis). Turnovers: 14 (Ellis 4, Newman 3, Jackson 2, Washington 2, Garrett, Goldwlre, Lauderdale). Steals: 6 (Newman 2, Garrett 2, Fortson, Washington). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. 31 20 15 27-93 26 22 18 23-89 Seattle New Jersey L.A. Lakers Denver 29 24 24 30-107 25 21 24 19- 89 Char. 121, Sac. 102 Wash. 95, Seattle 78 Phoenix 90, Mil. 86 Atlanta 112, Dallas 79 Houston 112, Denver 101 San Ant. 90, N.Y. 84 Orlando 89, Por. 88 A-14,503 (17,171). T 2:13. Officials-Bruce Alexander, Hue Hollins, Scott Wahl. Boston at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Phi. at N.J., 7:30 p.m. Seattle at Detroit, 8 p.m. Sac. at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Utah at Portland, 8 p.m. Mil. at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Ind. at Denver, 9 p.m. Tor. at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Cle. at Van., 10 p.m. San Ant. at Lkrs, 10:30 p.m. Orl. at Golden St., 10:30 p.m. A 15,259 (20,049). T 2:05. Officials-Jack Nies, Blane Reichelt, Violet Palmer. Pacers 94, Timberwolves 90 FG FT Reb INDIANA Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts Pistons 108, Suns 103 (30T) FG FT Reb PHOENIX Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts 25 3-8 23 2-2 31 7-16 34 11-21 33 3-8 5 15 3 8 3-10 8 1-5 0 6-14 1 1- 1 4 2- 6 0 1- 8 2 0-1 0 0-4 11 2- 4 1 0- 2 5 1- 2 0 0-2 1 0-2 0 0-0 0- 2 1- 1 3-3 5-6 3-4 2- 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 Mullin D.Davis Smits Miller Jackson A.Davis Rose Pope Best Hoi berg 4 7 2 22 0-4 2 2-6 10 2 21 50 6-17 0-0 30 3-9 2-4 49 3-8 1-2 54 8-24 2-2 54 7-21 4-4 32 8-19 0-0 9 1-3 1-2 17 1-2 3-6 19 2-8 2-2 1 0-0 0-0 McCloud McDyess J.Williams Chapman Kldd Manning Robinson Bryant Nash Ceballos 2-6 2 6 16 1 3 0-1 2 2-3 0 Heat statistics 0 5 1 6 0 0 24036 8216-22 7-32 24 21 94 Totala 0-2 2 0-0 0 over host Denver. Nick Van Exel had 19 points to lead five other Lakers in double figures as Los Angeles handed the Nuggets their 14th loss in 15 games. B SuperSonics 93, Nets 89: Vin Baker scored 23 points and Hersey Hawkins made four late free throws and grabbed a key rebound to lead Seattle over ; host New Jersey. ' Baker snapped an 87-all tie by making two free throws with 23 seconds left ; after he rebounded a miss by ; Kerry Kittles and was fouled ; by Chris Gatling. ; LATE TUESDAY B Magic 89, Trail Blaz- , ers 88: Penny Hardaway ; scored 29 points and Orlan- ; do, despite blowing a 10-. : point lead late in the fourth quarter, defeated host Through Tundty'i fsmn The Associated Press AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Grant Hill had 27 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the season as the Detroit Pistons outlasted the Phoenix Suns 108-103 in triple overtime Wednesday night. It was the second triple-overtime game of the season for the Suns, who beat Portland 140-139 in quadruple overtime Nov. 14. Detroit's win came just three days after a 97-95 home loss to Vancouver dropped the Pistons to 6-11 and led to speculation over the future of coach Doug Collins. Williams had 21 points and 17 rebounds for Detroit. Pacers 94, Timber-wolves 90: Reggie Miller scored 27 points and an offensive goaltending call cost host Minnesota two crucial points in the final minute as Indiana edged the Timber-wolves. Miller scored 10 points in a third-quarter rally that brought the Pacers back, and Rik Smits twice broke ties with jump shots in the final five minutes. B Bulls 97, Celtics 87: Michael Jordan scored 29 points and Dennis Rodman had 17 rebounds as visiting Chicago avenged an opening-night loss to Boston. Antoine Walker had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Celtics, who lost their fourth consecutive game. Bruce Bowen added 16 for Boston, and Travis Knight had nine rebounds. B Lakers 107, Nuggets 89: Elden Campbell, filling the middle for the injured Shaquille O'Neal, had 25 points and 12 rebounds to help Los Angeles to a win Percentages: FG .439, FT .682. Three-point goals: 7-16, .438 (Mullin 2-2, Hoiberg 2-2, Miller 2-9. Jackson 1-2, Rose 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (D.Davis 2, Miller, Jackson, A.Davis, Pope). Turnovers: 9 (Best 2, Mullin, D.Davis, Smits, Miller, Jackson, A.Davis, Rose). Steals: 8 (A.Davis 2, Rose 2, Smits, Miller, Pope, Hoiberg). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: 1. AVG. 3-POINT Player C MIX FGM-FGAPCT. FGM-FGA FTM-FTAPCT. PTS. AVG. HO Hardaway IS 37 5 112-239 .469 30-76 39-47 .830 293 19.5 33 Austin IS 32.1 109-209 .522 0-0 61-86 .709 279 16 6 33 Mashburn 14 37 5 16-182 .473 16-36 61-73 .136 249 17.1 32 Brown 14 30.1 55-120 . 451 0-0 32-38 .842 142 10.1 21 Lenard IS 30 1 50-130 .385 22-61 18-21 .857 140 9.3 16 Murdock 15 15.9 36-81 .444 6-17 27-34 . 794 105 7.0 17 Mill) 15 19.1 37-88 .420 14-33 11-16 .688 99 6.6 20 Strickland 14 16.6 33-58 . 569 0-0 19-25 .760 85 6.1 14 Day 5 13 8 11-31 .355 2-12 6-9 .667 30 6.0 13 Waierle 9 16.8 17-43 . 395 11-27 3-4 . 750 48 5.3 16 Askins 14 10.3 4-23 .174 3-15 8-13 .615 19 1.4 5 Causwell 4 4.3 1-3 . 333 0-0 2-2 1 000 4 1.0 2 Smith 4 3 0 0-6 . 000 0-1 1-2 . 500 1 03 1 Heat 15 240.0 5S1 1213 .454 104-278 288-370 .778 1494 99.6122 Opponent IS 240.0 838-1179 .454 88-180 308-442 .892 1432 95.5119 FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts MINN. 37 11-13 3-3 1-10 4 0 25 39 4-13 3-4 5-12 4 3 11 Total! 316 39 111 16-22 16-512724103 Percentages: FG .351, FT .682. Three-point goals: 10-32, .313 (Chapman 4-10, Kidd 3-7, McCloud 3-9, McDyess 0-1, Robinson 0-1, Nash 0-4). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 4 (McDyess 2, Manning, Bryant). Turnovers: 14 (Kidd 4, McDyess 2, Robinson 2, Manning 2, Nash 2, team 2). Steals: 16 (McCloud 6, Kidd 5, J.Williams 3, Chapman 2). Technical fouls: Coach Alnge, 7:18 first; Robinson, 4:04 second; Robinson 3:49 second. Ejection: Robinson, 3:49 second. II-legal defense: None. FG FT Reb DETROIT Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Hiii 55 11-24 5-6 1-16 10 4 27 Reid 14 3-4 0-0 1-3 1 4 6 B Williams 53 10-16 1-3 4-17 0 1 21 Dumars 49 313 2-3 0-2 4 2 10 Hunter 57 6-17 6-4 4-11 2 4 20 Ratllff 4 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 Long 22 2-4 1-3 3-8 0 1 5 Sealy 37 311 7-8 2-4 I 3 13 Pollard 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 McKie 16 1-4 2-2 0-1 2 1 4 Je Williams 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 24 4-7 2-3 2-5 0 4 10 33 7-13 4-4 0-4 1 6 19 37 3-13 2-2 0-0 10 24 3-6 4-5 2-2 2 Garnett Gugliotta Roberts Carr Marbury Mitchell Parks D West Wheat Hammonds Porter 15 1-2 0-0 0-5 0 1 15 1-6 2-2 2-2 1 2 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 5 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 6 0-3 0-0 0-1 2 1 24034-7920 2313-44 25 22 90 Totals REBOUND RES. AST. Player OFF. DEF. TOT. AVG. AST. AVG. PF DQ STL TO BLK Hardaway 12 56 68 4 5 126 8 4 32 0 26 45 4 Austin 49 95 144 9 6 21 1 4 48 2 14 37 9 Mashburn 26 39 65 4.6 33 2 4 44 1 13 32 4 Brown 49 71 120 8.6 13 0.9 55 3 15 19 21 Lenard 14 35 49 3.3 26 1 7 47 0 11 20 2 Murdock 8 21 29 1.9 34 2 3 39 0 19 24 2 Mills 16 38 54 3.6 9 06 43 1 7 19 4 Strickland 25 44 69 4.9 7 0.5 23 0 8 15 12 Day 4 2 6 1.2 7 1.4 10 0 7 3 0 Maierle I 15 21 2.3 9 1.0 13 0 4 2 I Askins 8 11 19 1.4 5 04 22 0 8 6 2 Causwell 1 1 2 0.5 0 0.0 4 0 1 0 1 Smith 3 0 3 08 0 00 0 0 1 3 0 Heat 221 428 849 43.3 290 19.3 380 7 134 237 82 Oppomnta 203 398 598 39. 328 21.7 333 3 113 241 77 31539 94 26-3318-63 20 23108 Totals Percentages: FG .430, FT 870. Three-point goals: 2-9, .222 (Mitchell 1-1, Carr 1-2, Wheat 0-1, Marbury 0-5). Team rebounds: II. Blocked shots: 7 (Garnett 2, Roberts 2, Parks 2, Porter). Turnovers: 16 (Garnett 4, Gugliotta 4, Marbury 3, Mitchell 2, Roberts, Carr, Team). Steals: 3 (Garnett, Gugliotta, West). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. Sprewell speaks: Attack was provoked Percentages: FG .415, FT .788. Three-point goals: 4-14, .286 (Hunter 2-5, Dumars 2-8, McKie 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Hill 2, Long 2, Reld, B.Williams). Turnovers: 22 (Hill 7, B.Williams 4, Hunter 3, Dumars 2, Reid, Ratliff, Long, Sealy, McKie, team). Steals: 8 (Hunter 3, Sealy 2, McKie, Hill, Reid). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. Indiana Minnesota 27 20 26 21-94 26 30 16 18-90 A 16,559 (19,006). T-2:)2. Officials-Ronnie Nunn, David Jones, Gary Benson. Jazz 115, Raptors 98 FG FT Reb TORONTO Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts 23 17 23 24 4 6 6 -103 24 21 23 19 4 6 11 -108 Phoenix Detroit Late Tuesday NBA Today A-15,548 ( 22,076). T 3:11. Officials-Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Derek 28 3-7 2-5 0-1 1 2 8 36 7-14 2-2 2-3 1 2 16 SCOREBOARD Magic 89, Trail Blazers 88 FG FT Red ORLANDO Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts 3 14 2 17 32 6-12 2-3 3-8 4 39 6 16 5-6 3-5 3 39 9-17 4-6 1-4 2 I 25 Slater Wallace Miller Christie Stoudamire Kempton Williams Respert Garner NBA Leaders Through Tuesday's games SCORING 13 1-3 0-0 3-3 1 3 2 Today Atlanta at Houston (8:30 p.m. EST). A meeting of two of the NBA's hottest teams. The Hawks have the NBA's best record at 15-2 and have won four straight, while the Rockets have won six straight. 36 1-9 4-4 1-5 2 4 6 20 5-6 1-2 3-4 1 4 II 43 4-15 6-6 3-10 1 2 14 4 0 3 16 4 0 18 0-5 0-0 0-1 0 23 6-8 3-3 0-1 1 12 0-1 0-0 0-2 3 4 4 2 29 42 13-27 3-8 1-3 4 2 6 2-5 0-1 Strong Outlaw Seikaly Hardaway Price Armstrong Schayes Wilkins Evans Anderson 24038 8318 2512 28 19 24 98 Totals 4 2 5 19 1-2 2-2 0-0 6 17 1-2 M 0-5 0 17 2-4 M 0-1 0 9 0-1 1-2 Basketball updates 1-1111 1-2 1 1 11 4-6 0-0 13 2403377 172511 38 20 20 99 Total Percentages: FG .458, FT .720 Three-point goals: 4-12, .333 (Stoudamire 3-5, Respert 1-2, Garner 0-1, Williams 0-1, Christie 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 9 (Wallace 3, Miller 2, Kempton 2, Christie, Garner). Turnovers: 12 (Wallace 3, Christie 2, Stoudamire 2, Respert 2, Slater, Miller, Kempton). Steals: 9 (Slater 2, Stoudamire 2, Respert 2, Wallace, Miller, Christie). Technical fouls: Illegal defense, 4:15, 1st; Illegal defense, 4:06, 1st; Illegal defense 2:57, 1st Illegal defense: 1. Call 511 and enter the codes below to hear previews, scoring updates Percentages: FG .429, FT 680. Three-point goals: 6-12, .500 (Anderson 3-5, Price 2-2, Wilkms 1-1, Hardaway 0-4). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 1 (Hardaway). Turnovers: 15 (Price 4, Strong 2, Outlaw 2, Hardaway 2, Armstrong 2, Evans 2, Seikaly). Steals: 14 (Hardaway 4, Armstrong 3, Seikaly 2, Price 2, Anderson 2, Outlaw). Technical fouls: Illegal defense, 11:43 fourth Illegal defense: 1. Sill game introductions in the half-empty Oakland Arena. Brian Shaw started in place of Sprewell. It was just the second start Sprewell has missed this season the other came Nov. 12, three days after Sprewell was benched for laughing in a team huddle while the Warriors were being blown out by the Los Angeles Lakers. Sprewell smiled frequently as he talked with a television crew at his home in the Hayward Hills area south of Oakland. It was his first public comment since the confrontation Monday. "It's not just myself, we have other players on the team that he has also verbally abused, and as well as other teams in the past, so it just got to a point where I couldn't take it any more," Sprewell said. "Basically, after a lot of verbal abuse by P.J. over about a month or so, we got in a physical altercation, as he would call it." The suspension would cost Sprewell about $940,000 in salary. He has been banished from practices, games and other club events. Carlesimo, the three-inch scar on his neck starting to heal, said he won't even guess at Sprewell's future. "I don't know the answer to this," he said. "I've stopped trying to figure out what's going to happen." One thing that could happen is a trade. The Warriors were continuing their efforts to trade Sprewell, although general manager Garry St. Jean acknowledged jsome teams may have been scared off by 'the attack. f 1 The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. Latrell Sprewell admitted he made a mistake but did not apologize to P.J. Carlesimo, saying his attack on the Warriors coach was provoked "after a lot of verbal abuse by PJ." "I want to apologize to my fans, my family and friends of mine who saw this. It's definitely not something that I condone, but it did happen. And that's a mistake I made," Sprewell said in an interview with San Francisco's KPIX-TV at his home. "I think it's been known for some time now that we haven't been on good terms. And it's been over a month or so now, and I just couldn't take the verbal abuse that he's been giving all the guys over the past month or so." Sprewell was suspended for at least 10 games following his attack on Carlesimo during practice Monday. He sat out the first game Wednesday night as the Warriors hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sprewell grabbed Carlesimo by the throat, reportedly threatened to kill him and landed a glancing punch to his neck in two separate confrontations about 15 minutes apart. Billy Hunter, the head of the players association, was at the Philadelphia-Miami game Wednesday and said he had had an hour conversation with Sprewell on Tuesday and spoke with Sprewell's agent, Arn Tellum, for two hours before Wednesday's game. Carlesimo was given a standing ovation by a few fans Wednesday night during pre- FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts UTAH 1-1 6-11 I 2 7 1-5 6-15 4 3 23 FG FT Rib Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts 3 8 PORT. 0-0 4-6 0 3-3 03 8 1 15 and final recaps for all pro basketball games. 50 for up to 5 minutes. See 2A for more details. Team Codes 6 2-2 0-0 30 3-8 35 11-19 IB 4-10 28 6-11 23 2-2 22 3-7 24 8-10 12 2-3 28 6-11 II 0 Player, team G FG FT PTS AVG. Jordan, Chi. 16 167 102 441 27.6 Malone, Utah 16 141 119 401 25.1 Robinson, S.A. 17 139 132 410 24.1 Rider, Port. 11 91 36 251 22 1 Rice, Char. IS 119 93 336 22 4 Walker, Bos. 16 134 68 355 22 2 Richmond, Sac. 17 130 90 377 22 2 Robinson, Mil. 16 145 53 350 21.9 Iverson, Phil. 12 102 41 251 21.5 Sprewell, G.S. 14 110 70 299 21.4 Miller, ind. 14 96 63 298 21.3 Gugliotta, Minn. 15 116 84 317 21.1 Adr-Rhm, Van. 16 136 108 380 21.1 Jones, LAL 15 113 58 316 21.1 Swing, N Y. 16 124 84 332 20 8 Webber, Wash. 14 123 26 285 20 4 Cassell, N.J. 16 102 119 325 20 3 Drexler, Hou. 14 93 75 278 19 9 Hill, Det. 16 103 106 313 19 6 Hardaway, Mia. IS 112 39 293 19.5 Baker, Sea. 17 138 55 331 19 5 Smith, All. 14 99 54 272 19 4 Howard, Wash. 15 114 60 218 19 2 Marbury, Minn. 15 94 82 285 19 0 Kemp, Clev. 14 106 49 263 18 1 Allen, Mil. 16 104 65 298 18.6 Austin, Mia. 15 109 41 279 18.4 Payton, Sea. 17 114 66 311 18.3 B. Williams, Del. 17 132 47 311 11.3 Garnett, Minn. 15 110 5 1 273 18.2 Flnley, Dall. 16 105 56 285 17 8 Mashburn, Mia. 14 86 41 249 17.6 Smits, Ind. 14 110 28 248 17.7 Person, Clev. 15 96 33 263 17 5 Stdmlre, Tor. 16 104 55 273 17.1 Van Exel, LAL IS 63 54 255 17 0 Mutombo, Atl. 17 107 74 2J8 16 9 Brandon, Mil. 16 111 36 266 16 6 Schrempf, Sea. 17 102 69 284 16 7 Strcklnd, Wash. 17 108 62 284 16 7 Wallace, Tor. 16 108 51 267 16 7 Hunter, Det. 17 99 60 280 16 5 Sabonis, Port. 16 92 64 259 16 2 Stckh Phil. 13 81 39 210 16 2 BarryAAC 15 83 43 242 16 1 Barkley, Hou. II 60 53 176 16 0 Keefe Malone Foster Hornacek Eisley Vaughn Anderson Ostertag Russell Carr Morris Hudson 2-3 0-2 3 2 8 2- 3 4-5 3 I 18 3- 4 1-5 0 2 7 4- 6 2-5 5 3 19 1 4-40-2 0 4 Wallace 43 2-8 1-2 0-9 5 4 5 Grant 33 5-8 3-4 3-1 1 4 13 Sabonls 34 4-9 1-2 3-10 1 6 9 Rider 40 12-20 4-6 0-3 1 2 33 Anderson 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Williams 40 6-11 2-4 0-1 9 1 14 Trent 17 2-6 0-0 1-10 3 4 Cato 7 2-2 0-0 1-1 I I 4 Augmon II 2-5 2-2 1-4 2 1 6 Brunson 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 24045 88 22 3124 58 32 23 115 Totala 240 35-70 13 20 9 37 20 22 88 Totalt 3458Minnesota 3436New Jersey 3438New York 34400rlando 3442Ptiiladelphia 3444Phoenix 3446Portland 3448Sacramento 3450San Antonio 34S2Seattle 3453Toronto 3454Utah 3456Washington 3460vancouver C 3401MIAMI 3406Atlanta 3408Boston 3410Charlotte 3412Chicago 3414Cleveland 3416Dallas 34180enver 3420Detroit 3422Golden St. 3424Houston 3426lndiana 3428L.A. Clips. 3430L.A. Lakers 3432Milwaukee Percentages: FG 523, FT 710. Three-point goals: 3-8, .375 (Russell 3-6, Anderson 0-1, Hudson 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Malone 2, Foster 2, Vaughn, Ostertag, Russell). Turnovers: 17 (Malone 5, Eisley 4, Vaughn 4, Hornacek, Anderson, Ostertag, Carr). Steals: 7 (Russell 2, Keefe, Malone, Hornacek, Vaughn, Anderson). Technical fouls: None, illegal defense: 1. Percentages: FG .500, FT .650. Three-point goals: 5-9, .556 (Rider 5-8, Sabonls 0-II.. Team rebounds: I. Blocked shots: 8 (Wallace 4, Sabonis 3, Grant). Turnovers: 18 (Wallace 4, Sabonls 3, Rider 3, Williams 3, Trent 3, Cato, Augmon). Steals: I (Grant 2, Sabonls 2, Rider I Anderson, Williams). Technical fouls: Rider, :I7.9 fourth. Illegal defense: None. Orlando 21 24 22 22-89 Portland f 17 2i 25 21-18 A-.I9.677 121,538). T-213. OHicfcls-Terry Durham, joe DeRosa, Jim Klnsey. 19 29 26 24- 98 22 3 7 3 5 21-115 Toronto Utah A 19,590 (19,911). T-2 04. Officials-Joe Forte, Nolan Fine, Tim Donaghy. 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