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THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5. 1997 In the Paint Hast Calendar r66- jj0" pww NovwnWDacmfaf A NEW LEAF? Dennis Rodman, IN THIN AIR: In between deep Hft 2 3 4 a 7:30 6 j ' tUN 1 ' 7:30 9 7:30 10 11 12 800 13 900 saaai Hnvhs Pacers iejcsss SUN SON TNT UPN who leads the league in distractions, says Scottie Pippen demanding a trade hasn't 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 HJ3 oV I will irct .0 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." REPORT W: SUN - Sunshine. Shaded games at Miami Arena; All times EDT iva.l Heat forward Askins big on defensive side Conference standings -a. a EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC Heat "Dan had a real good game for so we just want to make sure we keep; that bottled and not leave it here on the practice floor," Riley said. j Majerle had seven points and, eight rebounds in a season-high 36 f9 mmutes against the 7bers. 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 miUenni-um. 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 D Celtics no pushover: The-; Heat may have a hard time beating Boston tonight in Miami Arena. niH The Celtics' full-court press and frenzied approach under new coach Rick Pitino has caused problems for.r-t! opponents. The Celtics have forced 386 turnovers and registered 204 steals in 17 games. The Heat, bjr comparison, have forced 263 turn overs and picked up 123 steals in 16n,-. games. $Z "There's no easy games with' (Boston)," Riley said. W I Pet GB St. Home Away Conf Miami 11 5 .688 Wl 8-2 3-3 7-5 Orlando 12 6 .667 W2 5-3 7-3 8-4 New Jersey 10 7 .588 14 L2 5-2 5-5 5-4 New York 10 7 .588 Yi L2 5-1 5-6 5-2 Boston 7 10 .412 44 L4 5-6 2-4 6-8 Washington 7 11 .389 5 W2 2-5 5-6 1-11 Philadelphia 4 10 .286 6 L2 2-6 2-4 1-9 CENTRAL Atlanta 15 3 .833 LI . 9-1 6-2 10-2 Charlotte 10 6 .625 4 LI 7-1 3-5 6-5 Cleveland 10 6 .625 4 W6 4-3 6-3 8-4 Indiana 9 6 .600 44 W4 5-3 4-3 6-5 Chicago 10 7 .588 44 W2 6-1 4-6 7-5 Milwaukee 10 7 .588 44 Wl 6-3 4-4 7-3 Detroit 7 11 .389 8 Wl 5-4 2-7 5-6 Toronto 1 16 .059 134 LI 4 1-8 0-8 0-9 WESTERN CONFERENCE MIDWEST W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf Houston 10 5 .667 W7 6-3 4-2 6-4 Utah 11 6 .647 W6 8-2 3-4 9-5 San Antonio 10 7 .588 1 Wl 6-4 4-3 7-4 Minnesota 7 9 .438 34 LI 3-5 4-4 6-6 Vancouver 7 12 .368 5 LI 5-3 2-9 4-8 Dallas 5 12 .294 6 Wl 3-8 2-4 3-9 Penver 1 14 .067 9 L2 1-6 0-8 1-9 PACIFIC L.A. Lakers 14 2 .875 W2 7-0 7-2 11-0 Seattle 14 4 .778 1 Wl 8-1 6-3 6-2 Phoenix 10 4 .714 3 LI 6-2 4-2 5-1 Portland 10 6 .625 4 L2 3-4 7-2 7-3 Sacramento 5 13 .278 10 L5 4-5 1-8 3-6 LA Clippers 2 14 .125 12 L2 1-6 1-8 2-7 Golden St. 1 14 .067 124 L5 0-6 1-8 1-8 Summaries Late Wednesday Magic 101, Grizzlies 97 Wizards 118, Kings 96 Reb FG FT FG FT Reb ORLANDO Mln M-A M- O-T A PF Ptl O-T APFPts Min M-A M-A SACRA. Mavs fire - Cleamons, top Knicks -3 2 I 23 7-1 e-ll 3 3 7 2 6 1-4 3 1 I 04 2-1 2 0-4 0 3 12 0-1 7 2 26 4 10 1 22 4-1 7-1 H 40 4-7 34 3-1 40 7-l 29 5! 13 4-7 19 0-3 18 6-9 I 2-3 Strong Outlaw Selkaly Hardaway Price Anderson Armstrong Schayes Wllklns 0- 1 0 1- 5 4 1-5 13 0-1 1 3-4 3 0-2 1 0-0 1 23 34 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 04 24 2-10 2-2 30 4-8 8-9 6 0-1 2-2 1-5 4-4 5 0-1 04 Williamson Owens Polynlce Richmond Johnson Abdul-Rauf Stewart Abdl-Whd Fndrbrkt Hurley Dehere Salvadorl 04 0-0 0- 0 1- 2 0-0 04 6 0- 1 0 3-8 1 1- 1 I 14 0 04 1 .ujT The Associated Press 240 39 M 19 28 13-37 21 10 101 Total 0-2 1 1 04 0 0 24033-78 27 33 7-30 22 20 H Total ; Thursday's results Percentages: FG ,4M, FT .731. Three-point goals: 4-9, .444 (Anderson 2-3, Price 1-2, 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, Wllklns). Steals: 10 (Hardaway 4, Price 3, Strong 2, Seikaly). Technical fouls: None. Illegal de-tense: 1. FG FT Reb VAN. Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Percentages: FG .423, FT .818. Throe-paint goals: 3-7, .429 (Richmond 2-3, Johnson 1-3, Abdul-Rauf 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Stewart 4, Salvadorl). 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 Webber, 26 Rice, 27 FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts WASH. 2-2 1-9 7-7 7-13 04 1-7 ;Washington 1 18, Sacramento 96 Milwaukee 102, Charlotte 92 Dallas 105, New York 91 IHouston 94, Atlanta 87 (San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, late ; Today's games 45 11-11 37 a-10 14 2-e 20 1-9 26 2-6 7 1-2 28 6-7 13 2-3 22 0-3 20 8-12 8 2-2 Adr-Rhm Thorpe Reeves Mack Daniels Newbill Edwards Chilcutt Mayberry Lynch Msnbrg 37 12-25 2-5 5-14 3 3 26 41 8-14 64 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 24 54 1-2 3-4 1 2 11 16 3-5 0-0 0-2 4 4 8 6 1-3 1-2 3-5 0 1 3 5 0-1 04 1-2 0 0 0 Webber Howard Davis Cheaney Strickland Murray Eackles Whitney Ham Wallace 04 1 LATEST LINE 24041-7813-1611 M 30 23 7 Total 2404943 17 2621 55 28 24118 Totals Miami by 11 m. New Jersey by 7 Seattle by 3& Percentages: FG .526, FT .813. Three-point 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-hlm 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. Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7:30 p. Seattle at Detroit, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Utah at Portland, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Indiana at Denver, 9 p.m. Toronto at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Sacrament 25 23 20 28-96 32 33 28 25-118 27 25 29 20-101 29 30 15 23 - 97 Orlando Vancouver Washington Minnesota by 9 Portland by 5 ft Chicago by 7 Indiana by 8 Phoenix by 13 Cleveland by 7ft p.m. L.A. Lakers by 4 Orlando by 9 A 1A IVi I1ATU) T9fW Offlflalt Overseas, 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 Warrior's, 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 $2,500 for wearing their uniform shorts too long. The league also mailed each player code-of-conduct guidelines that warned of penalties for fairly common practices such as cursing during games. "The league office sees all these things that are happening, and I'm sure they weighed it to make a decision that's in the best interest of the league," Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "You hate to see this happen to anybody, but no player should ever strike a coach. That's just unheard of." The previous longest penalty issued by the league was 60 days to the Lakers' Kermit Washington in 1977 for a punch that broke the jaw of Houston's Rudy Tomjanovich in a game. A-15,069 (19,193). T-2.13. Officials-Ted Bernhardt, Leroy Richardson, Dick Bennett Salvatore, Terry Durham, Dee Kantner. Jazz 115, Raptors 98 FG FT Reb TORONTO Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Bucks 102, Hornets 92 FG FT Reb CHAR. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts DALLAS Don Nelson-won his debut as Dallai coach Thursday night wheri Michael Finley scored 27;: points and Khalid Reeves ? added 24 to lead the Maver- .l icks to a 105-91 victory over the New York Knicks. Nelson, already the Mav,-rT ericks general manager;; took over bench duties front;-Jim Cleamons, who was fired 1-earlier in the day after post,, ing a 28-70 record over twq seasons. Ex-Knick Hubert Davis ) had 20 points and went 5-forr," 6 from three-point range tcji1 help the Mavericks to their biggest margin of victory this season. 'o Running a freelance at-;;;! tack for Nelson after the p players rebelled against, a Cleamons' structured trian-" gle offense, the Maverick connected on 12-of-22 three pointers and broke 100-) points for only the second,1 time this season. They art",, the first team to break 100 n against the Knicks this sea-,,, son. psii B Rockets 94, Hawk$f 87: Kevin Willis scored 3In3 points and Houston beat visr j iting Atlanta for its seventh;' consecutive victory. J The loss broke a four- game winning streak zn&Zl was only the third in lcy) games for the Hawks, whdj have the NBA's best record Atlanta has not won in Hous; i ton in six years. B Wizards 118, Kings 96: Chris Webber had 26ji points as host Washington handed Sacramento its fiftbJo i straight loss. B Bucks 102, Hornets 92: Terrell Brandon had a t season-high 24 points and 11 'H assists to lead host MilwaujJ kee past Charlotte. (U, AH five Bucks starteraa scored at least 16 points1; 00 H 28 3-7 2-5 0-1 1 2 8 36 7-14 2-2 2-3 1 2 16 32 6-12 2-3 .34 4 3 14 39 6-16 54 3-5 3 2 17 37 5-9 54 0-5 3 I 15 45 10-24 54 2-2 3 4 27 27 4-6 0-1 3-7 1 2 6 27 34 04 0-1 2 3 6 34 1-5 04 0-3 10 4 2 21 6-12 04 0-4 2 2 13 18 2-5 2-2 0-3 0 3 6 17 4-5 3-3 1-3 0 3 11 1-4 2 1 25 39 9 17 44 Slater Wallace Miller Christie Stoudamlre Kempton Williams Respert Garner Mason Rice Divac Phills Wesley Curry Gelger Reld Beck Armstrong 13 1-3 0-0 3-3 1 3 2 4 0 3 16 IB 0-5 0-0 0-1 0 23 6-8 3-3 0-1 1 12 0-1 0-0 0-2 3 4 0 8 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 Cleveland at Vancouver, 10 p.m. San Antonio at LA. Lakers, 10:30 Orlando at Golden St., 10:30 p.m. Wednesday's results Miami 94, Philadelphia 90 Chicago 97, Boston 87 Seattle 93, New Jersey 89 Indiana 94, Minnesota 90 Detroit 108, Phoenix 103 L.A. Lakers 107 Denver 89 Utah 115, Toronto 98 Orlando 101, Vancouver 97 Cleveland 95, Golden St. 67 Saturday's games Charlotte at New York, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Wash., 7 p.m. Houston vs. Dallas, 9 p.m. On", at L.A. Clip., 10:30 p.m. 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 24038-8318-2612 28 16 24 88 Total! Total 24037 7815 18 7-30 22 24 92 Percentages: FG .458, FT .720. Three-paint goals: 4-12, .333 (Stoudamlre 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, Stoudamlre 2, Respert 2, Slater, Miller, Kempton). Steals: 9 (Slater 2, Stoudamlre 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. FG FT Reb UTAH Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts 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, Gelger, 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. FG FT Reb MIL Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Hill 44 8-10 2-2 3-11 1 3 18 Robinson 40 7-13 2-5 1-5 3 3 16 Johnson 28 7-8 24 3-8 5 5 16 Allen 42 8-13 4-4 1-5 5 2 22 Brandon 41 10-20 4-5 1-4 11 2 24 Gilliam 4 04 04 04 0 0 0 Curry 13 1-3 04 1-1 0 3 2 Lang 17 1-3 0-2 24 0 2 2 Perry 7 1-2 04 1-1 1 1 2 Felck 3. 0-2 0-0 2-3 0 1 0 Honeycutt 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 1-1 6-11 1 2 7 1- 5 6-15 4 3 23 04 44 0 3 8 3-3 0-3 8 1 15 2- 2 04 8 2 6 2-3 0-2 3 2 8 2- 3 4-5 3 1 IS 3- 4 1-5 0 2 7 Celtics vs. Heat 30 3-8 35 11-1 18 4-10 28 6-11 23 2-2 22 3-7 24 8-10 12 2-3 28 611 11 0-1 5 0-1 4 0-3 Keefe Malone Foster Hornacek Eisley Vaughn Anderson Ostertag Russell Carr Morris Hudson 2-5 5 3 19 44 4-4 0-2 0 04 1-3 0 Totale 240 43 74 14-24 1844 27 22 102 4 4 0 0 0 0 04 0-1 RECORDS: Boston (7-10) at Miami (11-5). WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Miami Arena. 24046-8622 3124-68 32 23118 Totali Percentages: FG .581, FT .583. Three-point goals: 2-4, .500 (Allen 2-4). Team rebounds: 6. 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: 6 (Brandon 4, Hill, Robinson, Johnson, Perry). Illegal defense: 1. MIAMI, HEAT TV: Sunshine. Percentages: FG .523, FT .710. Three-point goals: 3-8, .375 (Russell 34, 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. Charlotte Milwaukee 22 23 22 25 - 92 31 14 31 26-102 A 13,89 (18,717). T-2:03. Officials-Joe Crawford, Greg Wlllard, Derek Toronto Utah 19 29 26 24- 98 22 37 35 21-115 19,590 (19,911). T-2:04. Officials-Joe Forte, Nolan Fine, Tim Donaghy. Personal-conduct clauses new rage n,Vi frj I M '? I play again. Cavaliers 95, Warriors 67 FG FT Reb CLEVfi. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Mavericks 105, Knlcks 91 FG FT Reb NEW YORK Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPts Oakley 28 1-4 7-6 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 04 0-1 4 6 6 Chllds 31 7-11 1-1 l-S 6 1 16 Starks 35 7-19 04 0-1 2 3 15 Dudley 5 04 04 0-1 0 1 0 B.Williams 19 3-5 04 3-13 I 2 6 Myers 1 04 04 04 0 1 0 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. 3 1 . 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 28 5-9 1-2 1-4 4 2 II 30 2-17 2-2 2-4 2 1 6 22 1-10 2-4 6-10 1 1 4 36 10-17 2-2 2 4 2 0 24 36 5-10 0-0 1-5 8 4 10 30 24 9-9 0-3 6 1 13 21 6-11 1-3 1-8 1 0 13 22 5-9 0-0 1-4 3 4 12 13 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Henderson Kemp llgauskas Person Knight Anderson Potapenko Ferry Butler Scott James 24038-7611-1211-43 21 27 81 Total I 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0-0 2-2 04 0 0 0 0 2 Totals 240 36-92 10-24 1748 27 14 98 Percentages: FG .500, FT .917. Three-point goals: 4-11, .364 (Houston 2-4, Chllds 1-1, Starks 14). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 5 (Oakley, Ewing, 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, B.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 defense: None. Percentages: FG .391, FT .792. Three-point goals: 4-9, .444 (Ferry 2-1 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 Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts MIAMI HEAT BOSTON CELTICS FG FT Reb Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPts DALLAS 2-3 2-10 I 4 23 04 1-5 3 Finley 47 12-22 1-1 24 3 3 27 Scott 42 5-12 0 4 0-4 3 2 12 Green 35 6 4 2-4 6-11 2 3 14 Reeves 38 6-16 10-12 14 3 3 24 Strickland 23 3-10 04 1-1 3 2 7 Davis 37 5-9 5-5 0-2 3 3 20 Walker 10 0-2 1-2 1-5 0 2 I Anstey 4 0-2 04 04 0 0 0 Ollie 4 0-0 04 04 0 0 0 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 giflb Sprewell whenever he's eligible to STODA FromlC 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, anft haven't had a winning record since the In the meantime;"' Sprewell will play in Europe or tend to the appeals. But what will the leagut, " do when other players vio late Section 16 of the Uni' form Player Contract, whichl! was cited against Sprewell?1 It will be interesting to see1 how quickly the NBA reacts," when another player is de-vf termined to have violated a'j' code of conduct demanding they "conform to standards' of good citizenship and good ue. moral character" and not "engage in acts of moral tur pitude." What will happen the ',',' next time an NBA star.;'" tosses a bar patron through a'-window and claims, as is" usually the case and was in ',, the Sprewell-Carlesimo inci .f dent, provocation? ; 't will there again be strict l. application of a league-im-,JA posed penalty? Don't count on it. According to reports," there are NBA players who' have personal-conduct,, clauses written into their " contracts that prohibit termK nation based on behavior. Which is all you really, need to know. 44 9-16 24 3-11 37 54 25 14 24 1-4 20 2-7 20 4-10 28 2-6 10 1-3 6 1-4 1 0-0 1 0-1 Marshall Smith Dampier Shaw Coles Delk Vaughn Bogues Spencer Fuller Ferrell Foyle 0-0 3-8 3 1 04 0-5 3 2 0-0 0-2 3 5 0-0 0-110 0-0 14 I 2 4-4 1-3 6 0 04 0-0 0 4 0-0 0-2 0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 04 0-0 0 1 PS NAME PPG PS NAME PPQ F Antoine Walker 22.0 F Jamal Mashburn 17.3 F Walter McCarty 10.5 F P.J.Brown 10J J c Pervis Ellison 2.9 C Isaac Austin 19.2 G Ron Mercer 13.8 G Voshon Leonard 9.3 G TyusEdney 7.8 G TimHardaway 19.6 Reserves: Guards Dana Reserves: Guards Eric Barros, Chauncey Billups, Dee Murdock, Charles Smith. For-Brown. Forwards Bruce wards Keith Askins, Dan i Bowen, Andrew DeClercq, Majerle, Terry Mills, Mark ', Greg Minor. Center Travis Strickland. Center Duane Knight. Causwell. 24037 61 19 2411 37 17 16106 Total Total 24029 74 67 142 21 22 67 Percentages: FG .457, FT .792. Three-point goals: 12-22, .545 (Davis 54, Reeves 2-3, Finley 2-5, Scott 2-5, Strickland 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Scott I Strickland, Walker). Turnovers: 14 (Reeves 5, Finley 2, Green 2, Davis 2, Scott, Walker, team). Steals: 7 (Scott 2, Strickland 2, Reeves, Green, Oavls). Technical fouls: Scott, 10:25 3rd; Illegal defense, 646 2nd 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: 6 (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: None Illegal defense: None -Jorge Milian 16 23 21 29-91 31 14 29 31-105 New York Dallas A-12,666 (18,042). T-2 06. Offlclals-Steve Javle, Ron Oleslak, Sean Corbin. Cleveland Golden State 21 IS 26 33-95 23 17 17 10-47 SEE YA SPREWELL A-10,565 (19,200). T 1:53. F. Rush, Mark Wunderlich, Rashan NBA Today Latrell Sprewell had his S3J million contract terminated by Golden State In an unprecedented reaction to the player's attack on coach P.J. Carleslmo. Sprewell admitted in a television Interview that he made a mistake attacking Carleslmo, but claimed the coach provoked him with verv bal abuse. It was the first time in NBA hit? lory a player has had his contract terminated lor insubordination. Phoenix iub-iuj w wmwi wn ' Wednesday n9ht WM ,M ,el"", ,rlp"' 1 evrtlm tmi of the season Kf the Suns, , who beat Portland 146-139 In quadruple , overtime Nov. 14.

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