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THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1997 s c Heat Calendar In the Paint Upeamtng r6 NoMmberDecmlMr A NEW LEAF? Dennis Rodman, who leads the league in distractions, says Scottle 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 , 1 2 3 ?:J0 6 CaftJa : k I' ?:3 ' To Ti 12 8 00 13 900 " heart Backs ' S"" INT UPN 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 TV: SUN - Sunshine. Shaded games at Miami Arena: All times EDT REPORT Heat forward Askins big on defensive side ; Conference standings ' EASTERN CONFERENCE 'ATLANTIC Heat "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. Majerle had seven points and;' eight rebounds in a season-high 36, "i minutes against the 76ers. 1" Celtics no pushover: The ;; Heat may have a hard time beating'. Boston tonight in Miami Arena. The Celtics' full-court press and r; frenzied approach under new coach . Rick Pitino has caused problems for-;, opponents. The Celtics have forced;, 386 turnovers and registered 204;, steals in 17 games. The Heat, by;; comparison, have forced 263 turn-i overs and picked up 123 steals in 16'X games. . "There's no easy games with (Boston)," Riley said. 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. 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-um. Told of Riley's crack, Askins smiled and responded, "By the year 2000, 1 should make one." 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. "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 J W l Pet GB St. Home Away Conf iMiami 11 s .688 Wl 8-2 3-3 7-5 ;Ortando 12 6 .667 W2 5-3 7-3 8-4 .New Jersey 10 7 .588 12 5-2 5-5 5-4 ;NewYork 10 7 .588 1M L2 5-1 5-6 5-2 .Boston 7 10 .412 4Vi 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 tCleveland 10 6 .625 4 W6 4-3 6-3 8-4 Jlndiana 9 6 .600 4 ft W4 5-3 4-3 6-5 -Chicago 10 7 .588 4& W2 6-1 4-6 7-5 .'Milwaukee 10 7 .588 4W Wl 6-3 4-4 7-3 'Detroit 7 11 .389 8 Wl 5-4 2-7 5-6 J Toronto 1 16 .059 13ft L14 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 3!6 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 i Denver 1 14 .067 9 L2 1-6 0-8 1-9 'PACIFIC 'LA. 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 ,L.A. Clippers 2 14 .125 12 L2 1-6 1-8 2-7 IGoldenSt. 1 14 .067 12ft L5 0-6 1-8 1-8 Summaries Late Wednesday Magic 101, Grizzlies 97 Wizards 118, Kings 96 FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PtS FG FT Reb ORLANDO Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PtS SACRA. 1- 4 1-3 2 3 7 0-0 1-4 3 2 6 2- 4 0-4 0 3 12 2 26 3 9 Strong Outlaw Selkaly Hardaway Price Anderson Armstrong Schayes Wilkin! 4-4 0-1 7 4-4 0-0 6 0-0 0-1 0 3 8-16 7-8 6-11 3 I 23 40 4-7 0-0 2- J 3 I 34 3-8 4-8 0-1 0 4 10 40 7-19 7-8 1-5 4 1 22 29 5-8 0-0 1-5 13 2 11 13 4-7 0-0 0-1 1 1 10 19 0-3 0-0 3-4 3 2 0 18 6-9 1-2 0-2 1 5 13 8 2-3 0-0 0 1 0 4 23 3-6 21 3-8 19 5-9 36 10-16 34 2-6 8 2-6 29 1-2 24 2-10 30 4-8 6 0-1 9 1-5 5 0-1 Williamson Owens Polynice Richmond Johnson Abdul-Rauf Stewart Abdl-Whd Fndrbrke Hurley Dehere Salvadorl 0-0 3-113 2 2-2 1-110 6 8-9 1-6 0 3 16 2-2 0-0 10 2 4-4 0-2 116 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 24039-8019 2613-37 28 19101 24033-7827-33 7-30 22 20 96 Totale Thursday's results Percentages: FG .488, FT .731. Three-point geals: 4-9, .444 (Anderson 2-3, Price I-2, Hardaway 1-3, Armstrong 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Strong, Outlaw, Seikaly, Hardaway, Schayes). Turn-avers: 12 (Strong 4, Price 2, Armstrong 2, Outlaw, Seikaly, Hardaway, Wllkins). Steals: 10 (Hardaway 4, Price 3, Strong 2, Seikaly). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: 1. TOP SCORER FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PtS VAN. Webber, 26 Rice, 27 Finley, 27 Willis, 31 Percentages: FG .423, FT .818. Three-point 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, Polynice, Dehere). Steals: 4 (Williamson, Owens, Polynice, Funderburke). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None, FG FT Reb WASH. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PtS Webber 37 12-25 2-5 5-14 3 3 26 Howard 41 8-14 6-8 2-3 7 3 22 Davis 28 2-5 2-2 3-7 0 3 6 Cheaney 23 5-6 0-0 0-1 3 4 10 Strickland 32 7-11 2-3 2-7 10 1 16 Murray 28 6-15 3-4 2-10 0 3 16 Eackles 24 5-8 1-2 3-4 1 2 11 Whitney 16 3-5 0-0 0-2 4 4 8 Ham 6 1-3 1-2 3-5 0 1 3 Wallace 5 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 ' Washington 1 18, Sacramento 96 ; Milwaukee 102, Charlotte 92 ; Dallas 105, New York 91 ; Houston 94, Atlanta 87 . San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, late 45 11-18 2-2 1-9 7 3 24 37 6-10 7-7 7-13 5 3 19 14 2-6 0-0 1-7 0 4 4 20 1-9 2-2 0-0 2 1 5 2-6 0-0 0-0 4 1 26 7 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 3 Adr-Rhm Thorpe Reeves Mack Daniels Newblll Edwards Chllcutt Mayberry Lynch Msnbrg Today's games 28 6-7 2-3 1-2 5 4 15 13 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 22 0-3 0-0 0-1 4 1 0 20 8-12 0-1 0-2 2 2 16 8 2-2 0-1 0-1 0 1 4 LATEST LINE 24041 7813 1611 38 30 23 97 Totale 24049 9317 2621 55 28 24118 Totale Miami by 11 m. New Jersey by 7 Percentages: FG .526, FT .813. Three-point goels: 2-7, .286 (Edwards l-l, Mack I-2, Daniels 0-2, Mayberry 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Thorpe, Edwards, Chllcutt). 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. 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. Jndiana at Denver, 9 p.m. Toronto at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Cleveland at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Seattle by 3'2 Minnesota by 9 Portland by 5'z Chicago by 7 Indiana by 8 Phoenix by 13 Cleveland by Vh p.m. L.A. Lakers by 4 Orlando by 9 25 23 20 28- 96 32 33 28 25-118 Orlando Vancouver 27 25 29 20-101 29 30 15 23 - 97 Sacramento Washington 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 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. Mavs fire Cleamons,! top Knicks The Associated Press DALLAS Don Nelson ,' won his debut as Dallas coach Thursday night when ; Michael Finley scored 27 X points and Khalid Reeves" added 24 to lead the Mavericks to a 105-91 victory over the New York Knicks. : Nelson, already the Mav, ericks general manage took over bench duties from 2 Jim Cleamons, who was fired,, " earlier in the day after post- - ing a 28-70 record over two seasons. Ex-Knick Hubert Davis,1 had 20 points and went 5-for- -6 from three-point range to1 help the Mavericks to their ; biggest margin of victory1, this season. Running a freelance at- ., tack for Nelson after the" players rebelled against;' Cleamons' structured trian-; gie offense, the Mavericks connected on 12-of-22 three- ,' pointers and broke 100 1 points for only the second time this season. They are the first team to break 100 against the Knicks this sea-; son. c Rockets 94, Hawks 87: Kevin Willis scored 31 ' points and Houston beat vis-; iting Atlanta for its seventh' ; consecutive victory. The loss broke a four-' game winning streak and " was only the third in 18; games for the Hawks, who ' have the NBA's best record,, ; Atlanta has not won in Hous- ; ton in six years. ' B Wizards 118, Kings : 96: Chris Webber had 26 ; points as host Washington'., handed Sacramento its fifth . straight loss. r B Bucks 102, Hornets ; 92: Terrell Brandon had a 1 season-high 24 points and 11. assists to lead host Milwau. " kee past Charlotte. All five Bucks starters " scored at least 16 points-' A-15,069 (19,193). T 2:13. Officials-Ted Bernhardt, Leroy Richardson, Dick A 18,230 (18,756). T-2:00. Officials-Bennett Salvatore, Terry Durham, Dee Kantner. Cavaliers 95, Warriors 67 Bucks 102, Hornets 92 FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts CHAR. FG FT Reb CLEVE. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PtS Henderson 28 5-9 1-2 1-4 4 2 11 Kemp 30 2-17 2-2 2-4 2 1 6 llgauskas 22 1-10 2-4 8-10 I 1 4 Person 36 10-17 2-2 2-6 2 0 24 Knight 36 5-10 0-0 1-5 I 4 10 Anderson 30 2-6 9-9 0-3 6 1 13 Potapenko 21 6-11 1-3 1-8 I 0 13 Ferry 22 5-9 0-0 1-4 3 4 12 Butler 13 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Scott 1 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 James 1 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Totals 24036-9219-241748 27 14 95 Mason 37 5-9 5-6 0-5 3 I 15 Rice 45 10-24 5-6 2-2 3 4 27 Divac 27 4-6 0-1 3-7 1 2 8 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 0-0 0-4 2 2 13 Gelger 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 San Antonio at L.A. 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. Totals 24037-7815 18 7-30 22 24 92 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: I. FG FT Reb MIL. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Percentages: FG .391, FT .792. Three-point goals: 4-9, .444 (Ferry 2-3, Person 2-5, Kemp 0-1). Team rebounds: II. 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 On, at L.A. Clip., 10:30 p.m. 2-3 2-10 I 4 23 44 8 10 2-2 3-11 I 3 16 40 7-13 2-5 1-5 3 3 16 28 7-8 2-6 3-8 5 5 16 42 6-13 4-4 1-5 5 2 22 41 10-20 4-5 1-4 11 2 24 0-0 1-5 3 2 6 1 10 2 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Hill Robinson Johnson Allen Brandon Gilliam Curry Lang Perry Feick Honeycutt 0-0 3-8 3 0-0 0-5 3 0-0 0-2 3 0-0 0-1 1 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 3 2 Celtics vs. Heat 1-3 0-2 2-6 0 2 2 44 9-16 24 3-11 37 5-6 25 1-6 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 1-6 1 0-0 4-4 3 6 7 1-2 0-0 1-11 1 2 3 0-2 0-0 2-3 0 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 J., 0-0 0-0 0 Totals 24043-74 14-24 1544 27 22102 0-0 0-2 0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 1 RECORDS: Boston (7-10) at Miami (11-5). WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Miami Arena. Totals 24029-74 t-7 842 21 22 87 w MIAMI. HEAT 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. " TV: Sunshine. 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: None. Illegal defense: None. RADIO: WIOD-610AM, WACC-830AM (Spanish). Charlotte Milwaukee 22 23 22 25 - 92 31 14 31 26-102 A 13,898 (18,717). T-2:03. Officials-Joe Crawford, Greg Willard, Derek TICKETS: About 2,000 remain. I SCOUTING REPORT: The Heat beat the Celtics 90-74 at the FleetCenter on Oct. 31. Boston has lost three Cleveland Golden State 21 15 26 33 -95 23 17 17 10-67 10,545 (19,200). T 1:53. F. Rush, Mark Wunderlich, Rashan in a row after winning six of seven. Ten different Dlayers have started this season in Rick Pitino's Personal-conduct clauses new rage Mavericks 105, Knicks 91 FG FT Reb NEW YORK Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts 'revolving lineup. The Celtics' full-court press appears to be working: opponents have turned the ball over Summaries 28 1-4 7-8 5-7 1 4 9 15 1-2 0-0 0-1 3 4 2 38 9 13 2-2 2-11 I 3 20 36 7-17 1-1 0-3 3 2 17 361 times this season compared to Boston s 600 turnovers. The Celtics also have 189 steals compared to 144 for their opponents. INJURIES: Boston F John Thomas, F Dontae Jones 32 3-5 0-0 0-14 6 6 Oakley Mills Ewing Houston Ward Child! Starks Dudley B. Williams Myers 1-5 6 I 16 31 7-11 l-l 35 7-19 0-0 5 0-0 0-0 3 IS 0-1 2 0-1 0 Rockets 94, Hawks 87 FG FT Reb ATLANTA Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PtS Corbin 45 8-15 0-0 1-4 4 0 16 Laettner 44 54 2-2 1-10 6 3 12 Mutombo 40 6-10 4-6 3-8 0 1 16 Smith 46 8-21 3-3 1-5 5 3 22 Blaylock 45 9-21 0-0 1-6 4 3 20 Brown 7 0-1 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 Gray 4 0-3 0-0 1-1 I I 0 Recasner 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Anderson 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 3-5 0-0 3-13 I 2 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 ! 24038 7611-1211-43 21 27 91 Totale 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 1 1. STARTING LINEUPS 240 36-7810-13 8 36 20 14 87 Totale Percentages: FG .500, FT .917. Three-point goals: 4-11, .364 (Houston 2-4, Child! l-l, Starks 1-6). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 5 (Oakley, Ewing, Houston, Starks, B.Williams). Turnovers: 21 (Ewing 4, Houston 3, Ward 3, Chllds 3, Starks 3, Oakley 2, Dudley 2, B. Williams). Steals: 4 (Ewing, Ward, Child!, B William!). 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 .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 Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts MIAMI HEAT BOSTON CELTICS FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts DALLAS 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 Drexler 35 4-13 0-0 1-3 3 3 8 3 8 PS NAME PPG PS NAME PPG F Antoine Walker 22.0 F Jamal Mashbum 17.3 F Walter McCarty 10.5 F P.J.Brown KM 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 Finiey 47 12-22 l-l 2-6 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 1-1 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 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ollie 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 play again. In the meantime-Sprewell will play in Europe, or tend to the appeals. But what will the league " do when other players vio-' late Section 16 of the Uni- form Player Contract, which was cited against Sprewell? It will be interesting to see V how quickly the NBA reacts 9 when another player is de-; termined to have violated a a code of conduct demanding ? they "conform to standards;; of good citizenship and good ' moral character" and not ? "engage in acts of moral tur-j ! pitude." ' What will happen the'; next time an NBA star tosses a bar patron through a ; window and claims, as is H usually the case and was in the Sprewell-Carlesimo inci-U dent, provocation? Will there again be strict;'! 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. Which is all you really'.0 need to know. 1 ' 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 STODA 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 0 0 2 5 0 3 Maloney 17 0-6 0-0 0-0 1 Bullard 18 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 Davis 31 1-2 0-0 1-2 4 Johnson 29 5-12 3-3 2-6 1 2 14 Rhodes 13 1-3 4-4 0-1 2 1 6 Totale 24037 81 19 2411 37 17 16106 24040 8411-131140 19 14 94 Totale Reserves: Guards Eric Murdock, Charles Smith. Forwards Keith Askins, Dan Majerle, Terry Mills, Mark Strickland. Center Duane Causwell. Reserves: Guards Dana Barros, Chauncey Blllups, Dee Brown. Forwards Bruce Bowen, Andrew DeClercq, Greg Minor. Center Travis Knight 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, 8 06 2nd Illegal defense: 1. Percentages: FG .476, FT .846. Three-point goals: 3-13, .231 (Davis l-l, Bullard I-2, Johnson 1-3, Barkley 0-2, Drexler 0-2, Maloney 0-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (Willis). Turnovers: II (Drexler 4, Willis 3, Davis 2, Elie, Johnson). Steals: 9 (Davis 3, Elie 2, Barkley 2, Drexler, Bullard). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: I. Jorge Milian New York Dallas II 23 21 29-91 31 14 29 31-105 22 21 26 11-67 16 33 19 26 - 94 Atlanta Houston A 12,666 (11,042). T-206. Officials-Steve Javie, Ron Olesiak, Sean Corbin. A 16,285 (16,285). T 1:53. Officials-Ron Garretson, Joe DeRosa, Leon Wood. SEE YA SPREWELL NBA Today Latrell Sprewell had his 132 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 ttie coach provoked him with verbal abuse. It was the first time In NBA history a player has had his contract terminated for insubordination. SEEKING THE END Pnoenix's lot-103 lost to Detroit on ' Wednesday night was the second triple-overtime game of the season tor the Suns, who beat Portland 140-139 In quadruple overtime Nov. 14. i.

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