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6C THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1997 c In the Paint ; Heat Calendar Upceminc games NovmbfDecmbf A NEW LEAF? Dennis Rodman, who leads the league in distractions, says Scottie Pippen demanding a trade hasn't been one. "We're grown men playing a game and we're getting paid lots of money. We have to be able to put the distraction aside." IN THIN AIR: In between deep breaths, Lakers' Nick Van Exel was 5-for-5 from three-point range after a 107-89 win in the high altitude of Denver's McNichols Arena."I don't breathe well, but I feel good shooting the ball." I feel as if we are on a 1,000-mile journey and every 10 minutes someone wants to know if we're there yet" JIM CLEAMONS, Dallas coach before his journey ended by being fired Thursday SB vn " i HA REPORT l , , Tr - 1 2 3 4 t IX I CeMce. i SUM 1 7 ?:30 9 7:30 10 11 12 8 00 13 9 00 Rati Hart hcan Uda SUN SUN TNT UPN TV: SUN - Sunshine. Shaded games at Miami Arena; All times EOT Heat forward Askins big on defensive side Conference standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Heat ATLANTIC W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf "Dan had a real good game for us so we just want to make sure we keep- that bottled and not leave it here on the practice floor," Riley said. 11 Majerle had seven points anfj1 eight rebounds in a season-high 3fe Miami 11 5 .688 Wl 8-2 3-3 7-5 5-3 , 7-3 8-4 5-2 5-5 5-4 5-1 5-6 5-2 5-6 2-4 6-8 2-5 5-6 1-11 2-6 2-4 1-9 Orlando 12 6 .667 W2 New Jersey 10 7 .588 ft L2 New York 10 7 .588 14 L2 Boston 7 10 .412 44 L4 Washington 7 11 .389 5 W2 PhiladelDhia 4 10 .286 6 L2 minutes against the 7bers. 9 1 a CENTRAL the Heat's 11-5 start As Heat coach Pat Riley said on Thursday, Askins is still one of the team's best defensive players. "I don't pay Keith to shoot the ball," Riley said. "But I'd like to see him hit a jumper before the millenni- M " Uin. Told of Riley's crack, Askins smiled and responded, "By the year 2000, 1 should make one." B Lenard should be back: Riley said he expects shooting guard Voshon Lenard to be available tonight against the Celtics. Lenard, who started the Heat's first 15 games, did not play against Philadelphia with a sprained left ankle. Lenard worked out Thursday with no problems. Dan Majerle, who started Wednesday in place of Lenard, did not practice. By Jorge Milian Palm Beach Post Staff Writer MIAMI Nobody has ever mistaken Keith Askins for a sharp shooter, but the Miami Heat forward has had more than his share of offensive struggles this year. Including Wednesday night's performance where he was 0-for-l from the field in 13 minutesagainst Philadelphia, Askins has connected on only 4-of-24 shots for the season for a woeful .167 shooting percentage. Askins has played in 15 of the Heat's 16 games this season, but has scored from the field in only three of them. Askins is only a career .411 shooter, but his percentage has increased in each of the last three seasons. The 6-foot-8, seven-year veteran is at a loss to explain his difficulties. "I work just as hard or harder than most of the guys with my shot in practice," Askins said. "I can't let it get mental. I work too hard and the coaches have been working too hard with me, for me to come out and have the type of performances I've been having." Askins' offensive numbers are down across the board. He's averaging 1.3 points and has hit just 3-of-15 from three-point range (20 percent). Last season, Askins averaged 4.9 points and connected on 37 percent of his three-pointers. Of course, just because Askins isn't contributing offensively doesn't mean he hasn't added something to Atlanta Charlotte Cleveland Indiana Chicago Milwaukee Detroit Toronto n Celtics no pushover: The Heat may have a hard time beating" ,., Boston tonight in Miami Arena. , The Celtics' full-court press and j frenzied approach under new coach Rick Pitino has caused problems fof.? opponents. The Celtics have forced 386 turnovers and registered 204 steals in 17 games. The Heat, byV comparison, have forced 263 turn!-'" overs and picked up 123 steals in lf.J games. "There's no easy games wit (Boston)," Riley said. lift 15 3 .833 LI 9-1 6-2 10-2 10 6 .625 4 LI 7-1 3-5 6-5 10 6 .625 4 W6 4-3 6-3 8-4 9 6 .600 44 W4 5-3 4-3 6-5 10 7 .588 44 W2 6-1 4-6 7-5 10 7 .588 44 Wl 6-3 4-4 7-3 7 11 .389 8 Wl 5-4 2-7 5-6 1 16 .059 134 L14 1-8 0-8 0-9 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf .MIDWEST Summaries Late Wednesday Mavs fire 10 5 .667 W7 6-3 4-2 6-4 11 6 .647 W6 8-2 3-4 9-5 10 7 .588 1 Wl 6-4 4-3 7-4 7 9 .438 34 LI 3-5 4-4 6-6 7 12 .368 5 LI 5-3 2-9 4-8 5 12 .294 6 Wl 3 8 2-4 3-9 1 14 .067 9 L2 1-6 0-8 1-9 Houston . Utah ', San Antonio Minnesota Vancouver Dallas .'Denver Magic 101, Grizzlies 97 Wizards 118, Kings 96 FG FT Reb Mln M-A W-A O-T A PF Pts FG FT Reb ORLANDO Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts SACRA. 1-3 2 1-4 3 7-1 6-11 3 0-0 2-8 2 PACIFIC 39 1-16 40 4-7 34 3-8 40 7-H 0-4 0 23 3-6 1-4 21 3-8 0-0 19 5-9 2-4 36 10-16 4-4 34 2-6 4-4 8 2-6 0-0 25 1-2 0-0 1 22 0-1 7 2 26 0-0 6 3 9 Strong Outlaw Seikaly Hardaway Price Anderson Armstrong Schayes Wilkins 0-1 0- 1 0 1- 5 4 1-5 13 0-1 I 3-4 3 0-2 1 0-0 1 4-8 7-8 0-0 0-0 00 1- 2 0-0 Williamson Owens Polynlce Richmond Johnson Abdul-Raul Stewart Abdl-Whd Fndrbrke Hurley Dehere Salvadorl 24 2-10 2-2 30 4-8 8-9 11-0 6- 2 5-1 7- 3 3-6 2-7 1-8 7-2 6- 3 4-2 7- 2 1-8 1-8 1-8 7- 0 8- 1 6-2 3- 4 4- 5 1-6 0-6 L. A. Lakers 14 2 .875 W2 Seattle 14 4 .778 1 Wl Phoenix 10 4 .714 3 LI Portland 10 6 .625 4 L2 Sacramento 5 13 .278 10 L5 L.A. Clippers 2 14 .125 12 L2 Golden St. 1 14 .067 124 L5 3-8 1 11 1 1-6 0 0-0 1 0-2 1 0-0 0 2-2 6 0-1 9 1-5 240 39 8019 2613 37 28 19101 Totals 5 0-1 0-0 24033 7827 33 7-30 22 20 96 Totals Cleamons,! top Knicks 1 '!UP The Associated Press p DALLAS Don Nelson won his debut as Dallas coach Thursday night when Michael Finley scored 275 points and Khalid Reeves" added 24 to lead the Mavericks to a 105-91 victory over the New York Knicks. ll Nelson, already the Mavericks general manager; took over bench duties fronTt Jim Cleamons, who was firetf earlier in the day after post Thursday's results Percentages: FG .488, FT .731. Three-point goals: 4-9, .444 (Anderson 2-3, Price I-2, Hardaway 1-3, Armstrong 0-1). Team rebounds: I. Blocked shots: 5 (Strong, Outlaw, Seikaly, Hardaway, Schayes). Turnovers: 12 (Strong 4, Price 2, Armstrong 2, Outlaw, Seikaly, Hardaway, Wilkins). Steals: 10 (Hardaway 4, Price 3, Strong 2, Seikaly). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: 1. Percentages: FG .423, FT .818. Three-point goals: 3-7, .429 (Richmond 2-3, Johnson 1-3, Abdul-Raul 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Stewart 4, Salvador!). Turnovers: 12 (Richmond 3, Williamson 2, Johnson 2, Hurley 2, Owens, Polynlce, Dehere). Steals: 4 (Williamson, Owens, Polyn-. Ice, Funderburke). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. TOP SCORER FG FT Reb Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts VAN. FG FT Reb Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPts Webber, 26 Rice, 27 Finley, 27 Willis, 31 WASH. Washington 1 18, Sacramento 96 Milwaukee 102, Charlotte 92 Dallas 105, New York 91 Houston 94, Atlanta 87 San Antonio at LA. Clippers, late 37 12-25 2-5 5-14 3 26 41 I-14 6-8 2-3 7 3 22 28 2-5 2-2 3-7 0 3 6 23 5-6 0-0 0-1 3 4 10 32 7-11 2-3 2-7 10 1 16 28 6-15 3-4 2-10 0 3 16 Adr-Rhm 45 11-18 2-2 1-9 7 3 24 Thorpe 37 6-10 7-7 7-13 5 3 19 Reeves 14 2-6 0-0 1-7 0 4 4 Mack 20 1-9 2-2 0-0 2 1 5 Daniels 26 2-6 0-0 0-0 4 1 4 Newbill 7 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 3 2 Edwards 28 6-7 2-3 1-2 5 4 15 Chilcutt 13 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 Mayberry 22 0-3 0-0 0-1 4 1 0 Lynch 20 8-12 0-1 0-2 2 2 16 Msnbrg 8 2-2 0-1 0-1 0 1 4 Webber Howard Davis Cheaney Strickland Murray Eackles Whitney Ham Wallace Today's games 24 5-8 1-2 3-4 1 2 11 0-0 0-2 4 3-5 ing a 28-70 record over twb; 1-2 3-5 0 1 1-3 1 0-1 04 1-2 0 0 seasons. LATEST LINE 24041-7813-1611-38 30 23 $7 Totals 24049 9317-2621 55 28 24118 Ex-Knick Hubert Davis Totalt Percentages: FG .526, FT .813. Three-paint goals: 2-7, .286 (Edwards 1-1, Mack I-2, Daniels 0-2, Mayberry 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Thorpe, Edwards, Chilcutt). Turnovers: 17 (Abdur-Ra-him 4, Daniels 4, Thorpe 3, Lynch 2, Mayberry 2, Mack, Newbill). Steals: 9 (Mayberry 3, Abdur-Rahim 2, Thorpe, Daniels, Edwards, Chilcutt). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense; None. Percentages: FG .527, FT .654. Three-point goals: 3-10, .300 (Whitney 2-4, Murray 1-5, Webber 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Wallace 2, Webber, Howard, Davis). Turnovers: 13 (Strickland 3, Howard 2, Murray 2, Eackles 2, Whitney 2, Webber, Wallace). Steals: 10 (Cheaney 3, Strickland 3, Howard 2, Murray, Eackles). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: 1. Boston at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Miami by 1 1 Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. New Jersey by 7 Seattle at Detroit, 8 p.m. Seattle by 3'2 Sacramento at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Minnesota by 9 Utah at Portland, 8 p.m. Portland by 5V2 Milwaukee at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Chicago by 7 Indiana at Denver, 9 p.m. Indiana by 8 Toronto at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Phoenix by 1 3 Cleveland at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Cleveland by lxh San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.L.A. Lakers by 4 Orlando at Golden St., 10:30 p.m. Orlando by 9 25 23 20 28- 96 32 33 28 25-111 27 25 29 20-101 29 30 15 23 - 97 Orlando Vancouver Sacramento Washington Oversea, CBA only options SPREWELL From 1C the NBA again until Dec. 3, 1998 even if another team claims him off waivers by Monday morning or signs him to a free-agent contract. Under the terms of the suspension, Sprewell isn't even allowed to have contact with an NBA team, and that includes buying a ticket and attending a game as a spectator. About all Sprewell can do is try to play overseas an option he said he'd consider. He also could join the Continental Basketball Association, the NBA's official developmental league, but not for the kind of salary he could make in Europe. "I'll go overseas to play if I have to. And my life will go on if I never play basketball again," Sprewell said before the league suspended him. "Basketball didn't make me what I am. I'll be OK. I'll be man enough to deal with whatever happens." He also will take a financial hit from his outside income Converse said it was dropping him as an endorser of its sneakers. "The way I look at it, he's going to have to keep sharp objects away from himself because, once the smoke clears, the reality for him is that he played so long to get this type of deal and now that's gone," said Washington Wizards guard Tim Legler. New York Knicks guard John Starks said the punishment was too harsh. "He deserves some type of penalty, but I think it's too hard to terminate and suspend him for a year from the league," he said. Brian Shaw, one of Sprewell's teammates with the Warriors, said: "I thought we were supposed to be a family. Do you throw your brother and sister out of the house just because they commit a crime?" However, Warrior rookie Adonal Foyle said: "If you're in a real life, you wouldn't get away with it." The NBA has been on the offensive this season against disruptive behavior, with penalties ranging from suspensions of Allen Iverson and Isaiah Rider for their off-court arrests to fining players $2,500 for wearing their uniform shorts too long. The league also mailed each player code-of-conduct guidelines that warned of penalties for fairly common practices such as cursing during games. "The league office sees all these things that are happening, and I'm sure they weighed it to make a decision that's in the best interest of the league," Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "You hate to see this happen to anybody, but no player should ever strike a coach. That's just unheard of." The previous longest penalty issued by the league was 60 days to the Lakers' Kermit Washington in 1977 for a punch that broke the jaw of Houston's Rudy Tomjanovich in a game. A-15,069 (19,193). T 2.13 Officials-Ted Bernhardt, Leroy Richardson, Dick A-18,230 (18,756). T-2:0O. Officials-Bennett Salvatore, Terry Durham, Dee Kantner. Cavaliers 95, Warriors 67 Bucks 102, Hornets 92 Wednesday's results FG FT Reb Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts FG FT Reb Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPts CLEVE. CHAR. Henderson 28 5-9 1-2 1-4 4 2 II Kemp 30 2 17 2-2 2-4 2 1 6 4 22 1-10 2-4 8-10 1 1 2-2 2-6 2 0 24 LA. Lakers 107 Denver 89 Utah 115, Toronto 98 Orlando 101, Vancouver 97 Cleveland 95, Golden St. 67 36 10-17 36 5-10 30 2-6 0-0 1-5 8 4 10 Miami 94, Philadelphia 90 Chicago 97, Boston 87 Seattle 93, New Jersey 89 Indiana 94, Minnesota 90 Detroit 108, Phoenix 103 Mason 37 5-9 5-6 0-5 3 1 15 Rice 45 10-24 5-6 2-2 3 4 27 Divac 27 4-6 0-1 3-7 1 2 1 Phills 27 3-8 0-0 0-1 2 3 6 Wesley 34 1-5 0-0 0-3 10 4 2 Curry 21 6-12 00 0-4 2 2 13 Geiger 18 2-5 2-2 0-3 0 3 6 Reid 17 4-5 3-3 1-3 0 3 11 Beck 8 1-2 0-0 1-2 10 2 Armstrong 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 9-9 0-3 6 1 13 1-3 1-8 1 0 13 llgauskas Person Knight Anderson Potapenko Ferry Butler Scott James 21 6-11 22 5-9 0-0 1-4 3 4 12 13 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 1 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 1 0-0 2-2 O0 0 0 2 Totals 24037-7818-18 7-30 22 24 92 Saturday's games Totals 24036-9218-241748 27 14 95 had 20 points and went 5-for 6 from three-point range to' help the Mavericks to their;, biggest margin of victory this season. t Running a freelance atii! tack for Nelson after tht' players rebelled agains Cleamons' structured trian-n gle offense, the Mavericks, connected on 12-of-22 three pointers and broke 100 points for only the second' time this season. They arii the first team to break 100 against the Knicks this sea- son. Rockets 94, Hawks 87: Kevin Willis scored 3J points and Houston beat vis-q iting Atlanta for its seven tir consecutive victory. "ll The loss broke a four;-?; game winning streak and' was only the third in 18) games for the Hawks, wh$ have the NBA's best record Atlanta has not won in Hous ton in six years. mi: H Wizards 118, Kings 96: Chris Webber had 2ft points as host Washington handed Sacramento its fifth? straight loss. 'IU H Bucks 102, Hornet$: 92: Terrell Brandon had a'-season-high 24 points and li' assists to lead host Milwaul-3 kee past Charlotte. All five Bucks starters scored at least 16 pointsu 'U 91 Houston vs. Dallas, 9 p.m. Orl. at LA. Clip., 10:30 p.m. Percentages: FG .474, FT .833. Three-point goals: 3-11, .273 (Rice 2-5, Curry 1-3, Wesley 0-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 2 (Mason, Wesley). Turnovers: 13 (Rice 3, Mason 2, Divac 2, Phills 2, Geiger, . Reid, Beck, Armstrong). Steals: 13 (Wesley 5, Rice 2, Phills 2, Mason, Curry, Reid, Beck). Technical fouls: Illegal defense, 8:11, 4th Illegal defense: 1. Charlotte at New York, 1 p.m. 'Minnesota at Wash., 7 p.m. Celtics vs. Heat Percentages: FG .391, FT .792. Three-point goals: 4-9, .444 (Ferry 2-3, Person 2-5, Kemp 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (llgauskas 2, Henderson). Turnovers: 13 (Henderson 4, Knight 2, Anderson 2, Potapenko 2, Person, Ferry, Butler). Steals: 18 (Knight 5, Anderson 4, Person 3, Henderson 2, Potapenko 2, llgauskas, Ferry). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None, FG FT Reb G. STATE Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPts FG FT Reb Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts MIL. RECORDS: Boston (7-10) X at Miami 11-5). 44 8-10 2-2 3-11 1 3 18 40 7-13 2-5 1-5 3 3 16 28 7-6 2-6 3-8 S 5 16 42 8-13 4-4 1-5 5 2 22 41 10-20 4-5 1-4 11 2 24 44 9-16 2-3 2-10 I 4 23 24 3-11 0-0 1-5 3 2 6 37 5-6 0-0 3-8 3 1 10 25 1-6 0-0 0-5 3 2 2 Hill Robinson Johnson Allen Brandon Gilliam Curry Lang Perry Feick Honeycutt 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Miami Arena. 0 3 w MIAMI, HEAT 24 1-4 0-0 0-2 3 13 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 17 1-3 0-2 2-6 0 2 Marshall Smith Dampler Shaw Coles Delk Vaughn Bogues Spencer Fuller Ferrell Foyle TV: Sunshine. 7 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 1 3 0-2 0-0 2-3 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 20 2-7 0-0 0-1 1 0 20 4-10 0-0 1-6 1 2 28 2-6 4-4 1-3 6 0 10 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 4 6 1-4 0-0 02 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0-1 OO 0-0 0 1 Totals 24043-7414-2416-44 27 22102 Totals 24029-74 6-7 8-42 21 22 67 Percentages: FG .581, FT .583. Three-point goals: 2-4, .500 (Allen 2-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Hill 3, Johnson 3). Turnovers: 22 (Brandon 6, Allen 4, Robinson 3, Johnson 2, Gilliam 2, Lang 2, Hill, Curry, Perry). Steals: 8 (Brandon 4, Hill, Robinson, Johnson, Perry). Illegal defense: 1. Percentages: FG .392, FT .857. Three-point goals: 3-6, .500 (Marshall 3-5, Vaughn 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Dampier 3, Smith 2, Vaughn 2, Marshall). Turnovers: 27 (Marshall 6, Smith 5, Dampier 4, Coles 3, Delk 3, Shaw 2, Vaughn 2, Bogues 2). Steals: 7 (Marshall 2, Vaughn 2, Smith, Dampier, Coles). Technical fouls: Charlotte Milwaukee 22 23 22 25 - 92 31 14 31 26-102 none, niegai oetense: None. A-13,898 (18,717). T-2:03. Officials-Joe Crawford, Greg Willard, Derek Cleveland 21 15 26 33-95 23 17 17 10-67 Golden State A-10,565 (19,200). T 1:53. F. Rush, Mark Wunderlich, Rashan RADIO: WI0D-610AM, WACC-830AM (Spanish). TICKETS: About 2,000 remain. SCOUTING REPORT: The Heat beat the Celtics 90-74 at the FleetCenter on Oct. 31. Boston has lost three in a row after winning six of seven. Ten different players have started this season in Rick Pitino's revolving lineup. The Celtics' full-court press appears to be working: opponents have turned the ball over 361 times this season compared to Boston's 300 turnovers. The Celtics also have 189 steals compared to 144 for their opponents. INJURIES: Boston F John Thomas, F Dontae Jones and F Roy Rogers are on the injured list. Miami G Voshon Lenard is probable; G Malcolm Huckaby and C Alonzo Mourning are on the injured list. DIRECTIONS: Take 1-95 south to Northwest Eighth Street (exit 5A). Go left on Northwest Eighth Street. Arena is three blocks ahead on right. LATEST LINE: Miami by 11. STARTING LINEUPS Personal-conduct clauses new rage Summaries fljt play again. In iUn Rockets 94, Hawks 87 FG FT Reb ATLANTA Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts 45 815 0-0 1-4 4 0 16 44 5-6 2-2 MO 6 3 12 40 6-10 4-6 3-6 0 1 16 46 6-21 3-3 1-5 5 3 22 Corbin Laettner Mutombo Smith Blaylock Brown Gray Recasner Anderson 9-21 0-0 1-4 4 3 20 Mavericks 105, Knlcks 91 FG FT Reb NEW YORK Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts Oakley 28 1-4 7-8 5-7 1 4 9 Mills 15 1-2 0-0 0-1 3 4 2 Ewlng 38 9-13 2-2 2-11 1 3 20 Houston 36 7-17 1-1 0-3 3 2 17 Ward 32 3-5 0-0 0-1 4 6 6 Chllds 31 7-11 1-1 1-5 6 I 16 Starks 35 7-19 0-0 0-1 2 3 15 Dudley 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 B Williams 19 3-5 0-0 3-13 1 2 6 Myers 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Totals 24038-7611-1211-43 21 27 91 Percentages: FG .500, FT .917. Three-point goals: 4-11, .364 (Houston 2-4, Childs 1-1, Starks 1-6). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 5 (Oakley, Ewlng, Houston, Starks, B Williams). Turnovers: 21 (Ewlng 4, Houston 3, Ward 3, Chllds 3, Starks 3, Oakley 2, Dudley 2, B.Williams). Steals: 4 (Ewlng, Ward, Chllds, 6 Williams). Technical fouls: Dudley, 9:49 2nd; coach Van Gundy, 2:24 4th; Starks, 1:47 4th. Flagrant fouls: Oakley, 10:11 3rd; Ward, 1:29 4th. Illegal de-fense: None, FG FT Reb 0-1 1-2 0-1 0 1 0-3 0-0 1-1110 0-10-0 0-10 1 0 00 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 MIAMI HEAT BOSTON CELTICS Totals 240 36-7810 13 8-36 20 14 87 PS NAME I PPQ PS NAME PPG F Antoine Walker 22.0 F Jamal Mashburn 17.3 F Walter McCarty 10.5 F P.J.Brown 10J C Pervis Ellison 2.9 C Isaac Austin 19 G Ron Mercer 13.8 G Voshon Leonard 9.3 G Tyus Edney 7.8 G Tim Hardaway 19.6 Reserves: Guards Dana Reserves: Guards Eric Barros, Chauncey Billups, Dee Murdock, Charles Smith. For-Brown. Forwards Bruce wards Keith Askins, Dan Bowen, Andrew DeClercq, Majerle, Terry Mills, Mark Greg Minor. Center Travis Strickland. Center Duane Knight. Causwell. DALLAS Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPts Percentages: FG .462, FT .769. Three-point goals: 5-22, .227 (Smith 3-8, Blaylock 2-10, Recasner 0-1, Gray 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Smith 2, Mutombo, Laettner, Corbin). Turnovers: 13 (Laettner 4, Blaylock 3, Gray 3, Corbin, Mutombo, Smith). Steals: 6 (Blaylock 2, Laettner 2, Corbin, Mutombo). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. FG FT Reb HOUSTON Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Elie 19 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Barkley 41 11-20 3 4 3-13 7 3 25 Willis 37 15-21 1-2 4-15 0 2 31 Dreiler 35 4-13 0-0 1-3 3 3 I Msloney 17 0-6 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Bullard 18 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 5 Davis 31 1-2 0-0 1-2 4 0 3 Johnson 29 5-12 3-3 2-6 1 2 14 Rhodes 13 1-3 4-4 0-1 2 1 6 Finley 47 12-22 1-1 2-4 3 3 27 Scott 42 5-12 0-0 0-4 3 2 12 Green 35 6-6 2-4 6-11 2 3 14 Reeves 38 6-16 10-12 1-8 3 3 24 Strickland 23 3-10 0-0 1-13 2 7 Davis 37 5-9 5-5 0-2 3 3 20 Walker ' 10 0-2 1-2 1-5 0 2 1 Anstey 4 0-2 (HI 0-0 0 0 0 Ollie 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ail nil iiiaii tlllic;, Sprewell will play in Europe or tend to the appeals. a But what will the league'' do when other players vio'7" late Section 16 of the Uni-J form Player Contract, which was cited against Sprewell? 5 It will be interesting to set how quickly the NBA reacts, when another player is dti termined to have violated al code of conduct demanding they "conform to standards- of good citizenship and good i moral character" and noli "engage in acts of moral tur pitude." ) What will happen the? next time an NBA stan tosses a bar patron through i, window and claims, as is; usually the case and was in' the Sprewell-Carlesimo inciU dent, provocation? Will there again be stricf application of a league-im-v posed penalty? Don't count on it. '1 According to reports, there are NBA players who have personal-conduct clauses written into their contracts that prohibit termi nation based on behavior, -i wuir.u n si.'! 1993-94 season. Nor is Golden State, a bottom-feeder in the NBA, likely to benefit from its decision. In fact, cynics are already suggesting Golden State dumped Sprewell for economic reasons more than anything else. St. Jean has denied that. "This was a decision about morals and ethics and the right thing to do," he said. Apparently, it has reached the point where a general manager is forced to defend himself for removing a player who has assaulted a coach. And very little is likely to change in the broad scope, either. The bad guys will still be bad guys. They won't care what they do or what people think. They'll just count their money and laugh at the folly of it all. Sprewell will be on the open market soon enough. He was averaging 21.4 points per game before being dropped by Golden State. Some boss, figuring his team is missing just one ingredient to challenge for a title, will grab Sprewell whenever he's, eligible to ST0DA From 1C NFL draft after a series of incidents, than did the Dolphins scoop him up. Though the examination is of two different sports and leagues, are we supposed to read into Sprewell's suspension that it's worse to threaten to kill your coach than to actually abuse a woman? Nevertheless, it's impossible to fault the Warriors and General Manager Garry St. Jean for having the courage to say enough is enough. At some point, tolerance runs out. "Outrageous misconduct by players in professional sports has been tolerated for too long," St. Jean has been quoted as saying. "We are drawing the line. Some things are more important than winning or losing games." Now, there's a startling new concept. The sarcastic reaction, of course, is that winning hasn't been considered very important in Golden State for quite some time. The Warriors are 1-14 this season, and haven't had a winning record since the Totals 24037 61 19 2411 37 17 16109 240408411 1311-40 19 14 94 Totals Jorge Milian Percentages: FG .457, FT .792. Three-point goals: 12-22, .545 (Davis 5-6, Reeves 2-3, Finley 2-5, Scott 2-5, Strickland 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Scott 2, Strickland, Walker). Turnovers: 14 (Reeves 5, Finley 2, Green 2, Davis 2, Scott, Walker, team). Steals: 7 (Scott 2, Strickland 2, Reeves, Green, Davis). Technical fouls: Scott, 10:25 3rd; illegal defense, 606 2nd Illegal defense: I. Percentages: FG .476, FT .846. Three-point goals: 3-13, .231 (Davis 1-1, Bullard I-2, Johnson 1-3, Barkley 0-2, Drexler 0-2, Maloney 03). Team rebounds: 5 Blocked shots: 1 (Willis). Turnovers: 11 (Drexler 4, Willis 3, Davis 2, Elie, Johnson). Steals: 9 (Davis 3, Elie 2, Barkley 2, Drexler, Bullard). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: I. MBA Today 107-89 win over the Denver Nuggets. Karl Malone, JaH, had 23 points and 15 rebounds in Utah's 105-91 win over Toronto. SEEKING THE END Phoenix's 108 103 loss to Detroit on Wednesday night was the second triple-overtime game of the season for the Suns, who beat Portland 140-139 in quadruple overtime Nov. 14. (TARS New York Dallas 16 23 21 29-91 31 14 29 31-105 Atlanta Houston 22 21 26 16-47 14 33 19 26 - 94 A-12,666 (18,042). T-206. Officials-Steve Javie, Ron Olesiak, Sean Corbin. A 16.285 (16,285). T-153. Officials-Ron Garretson, Joe DeRosa, Leon Wood. flfednesday - Grant Hill, Pistons, hd 27 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the season In Detroit's 101-103 win over Phoenix In triple overtime. - Michael Jordan, Bulls, scored 2 points and Dennis Rodman had 17 rebounds in the Bulls' 7 87 win over the Boston Celtics. Reggie Miller, Pacers, scored 27 points, Including 10 in the third quarter to lift Indiana to a 94-W victory over Yinneso- Elden Campbell, Lakers, scored 25 points an had 12 rebounds In Los Angeles' SHOOTING IS Tim Hardaway made a 3-pointer early in Miami's 94-90 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night, extending the Heat's consecutive game streak with at least one 3-pointer to 308, lust eight games shy of the NBA record held by Orlando (12-7-93 through 11-2-97). m mm ia mi yuu icdiiy i i need to know.

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