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6C THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1997 In the Paint Heat Calendar . Upcoming games NovemberDecember MORE LEADERSHIP: The NBA, leader in three-point play attempts last season was Karl Malone, who had 87. He ', converted on 64. LEADERS: Harvey Pollack, 76ers PR guy, has these stats: Shawn Kemp led the NBA last season by getting called for three-second violations 38 times. Vancouver's Shareef Abdur-Rahim led the league by having his shot rejected 161 times. This might be the most expensive choke since that Buffalo kicker went wide at the 1991 Super Bowl." MITCH ALBOM, Detroit Free Press, on Latrell Sprewell. 1 rr . Trrtfti i i 30 1 2.3 4 5 6 ' 8 7:30 9 7.3U 10 11 12 100 13 9 00 IWs Haoij run Back SIM SUN TNT UP REPORT TV: SUN - Sunshine. Snaded games at Miami Arena: All times EDT Friday Conference standings Heat 117, Celtics 97 FG FT Reb BOSTON Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts Van Horn debuts; in Nets victory i EASTERN CONFERENCE 38 11-26 4-10 6-12 I 3 26 ATLANTIC 35 3-10 10-11 5-8 4 4 17 34 5-16 3-4 4-7 1 3 13 20 2-3 2 2 2 1-2 23 1 1 3 Walker McCarty Knight Mercer Edney Barros Bowen DeClercq Billups O.Brown Minor 72 0-2 1 13 13 21 16 47 0-0 3-4 1 2-3 04 15 0 23 6-10 2-2 04 1 21 1-7 04 1-6 2 6 0-2 M 0-1 1 Totals 240 35-96 22 31 2451 16 23 97 Percentages: FG .357, FT .710. Throe-point goals: 5-20, .250 (Billups 3-4, Bowen 1-1, McCarty 1-4, Knight 0-1, Barros 0-1, O Brown 0-3, Walker 04). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 0. Turnovers! 15 (Walker 4, Knight 3, DeClercq 2, Billups 2, Mercer, Edney, Bowen, O.Brown). Steals: 14 (Knight 3, Mercer 2, Billups 2, D Brown 2, Walker, Edney, Bowen, DeClercq, Minor). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: I. FG FT Reb MIAMI Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts Mashburn 33 6-12 64 1-9 4 4 II 29 5-7 1-4 4-12 1 4 II Brown Austin 28 7-16 2-3 4-6 2 2 It 24 4-8 2 3 2-3 3 2 11 35 6-12 6-6 0-6 10 3 18 0 9 27 3-4 04 0-2 Lenard Hardaway Maierle Murdock Mills Strickland Smith W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf Miami 11 S .688 Wl 8 2 . 3-3 7-5 Orlando 12 6 .667 . W2 5-3 7-3 8-4 New Jersey 10 7 .588 Irs L2 5-2 5-5 5-4 NewYork 10 7 .588 lvi L2 5-1 5-6 5-2 Boston 7 10 .412 4!6 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 4Vi W4 5-3 4-3 6-5 Chicago 10 7 .588 4'j W2 6-1 " 4-6 7-5 Milwaukee 10 7 .588 4't Wl 6-3 4-4 7-3 Detroit ' 7 11 .389 8 Wl 5-4 2-7 5-6 Toronto . 1 16 - .059 13'2 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 8 .556 IVi LI 6-4 4-4 7-4 Minnesota 7 9 .438 3& 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 Denver 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 L.A.CIippers 3 14 .176 Wh Wl 2-6 1-8 2-7 Golden St. 1.14 .067 12'z L5 0-6 1-8 1-8 28 2-8 5-4 0-1 6 1 9 17 1-5 0-0 0-5 0 2 2 It 7-10 6-6 3-6 1 I 20 3 1-1 04 M 1 2 3 . -.,....-,' ?prsr 1 Ye& Totale 24042-6328-341451 29 21 117 this season. Mitch Richmond scored 29 points for the Kings. ! B Sonics 94, Pistons 89: Vin Baker had 31 points and Gary Payton narrowly missed a triple-double as Sef attle snapped a two-gam losing streak. Payton finished with 17 points, a season-high 10 re'r bounds and nine assists, lib has six career triple-doubles;. Grant Hill had 27 points', 10 rebounds and eight assists for Detroit. Trail Blazers 94, Jazz 77: Brian Grant scored 15 points and rookie Kevifi Cato had eight blocked shots as host Portland snapped Utah's six-game winning streak. ; Portland rookie Alvin Williams had 13 points, foiir rebounds and three assists in his first NBA start. LATE THURSDAY i Clippers 100, Sputs 96 (OT): Eric Piatkowski, finally getting a chance to play significant minutes, scored 24 points in 44 minutes both career-highs --as host Los Angeles won for just the third time. ! Palm Beach Post Win Services EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Keith Van Horn made his NBA debut and had 11 points and five fouls in 27 minutes as the New Jersey Nets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-88 on Friday. Van Horn, the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, sprained his right an-,kle during the exhibition season and missed the first 17 regular-season games. He finished the game with 4-of-10 shooting and seven turnovers. Jayson Williams had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Kendall Gill added 24. It was the first game between the teams since the eight-player, draft-day deal in which the Nets acquired Van Horn. H Timberwolves 101, Kings 90: Stephon Marbury scored 22 points and Kevin Garnett and Tom Gugliotta each recorded double-doubles as Minnesota extended Sacramento's losing streak to six games. Garnett had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Gugliotta had 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Timber-wolves won at home for just the fourth time in nine tries Percentages: FG .506, FT .824. Three-point goals: 5-15, .333 (Maierle 3-4, Smith 1-I, Lenard 1-3, Mashburn 0-1, Murdock 0-1, Mills 0-1, Hardaway 0-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Austin 4, Brown 2, Hardaway, Maierle, Strickland). Turnovers: 17 (Mashburn 3, Lenard 3, Austin 2, Hardaway 2, Maierle I, Murdock 2, Brown, Smith, Strickland). Steals: 12 (Hardaway 4, Murdock 4, Austin, Lenard, Majerle, Smith). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. Boston Miami 17 21 26- 97 38 32 26-117 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A 14,937 (15,200). T-2:04. Officials-Don Vaden, James Capers, Blane Relchelt. Nets 107, 76ers 88 FG FT Reb PHILA. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Take that! Seattle's Jim Mcllvaine blocks a shot from Detroit's Theo Ratliff during first-half action in the Sonics' 94-89 victory Friday. Friday's results Thomas Wthrspoon Montross Stackhouse Iverson Cummlngs Jackson Overton S.Williams Davis Walters 6-8 3-7 2-6 4-10 2-9 7-14 6-11 0- 5 2-3 1- 2 0-0 2- 2 5-11 23 1-4 04 0-1 0-0 1-3 3- 4 1-5 2-2 1-1 TOP SCORER Sonics 94, Pistons 89 Wolves 101, Kings 90 Total! 240337521 301639 14 25 88 FG FT Reb FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts SEATTLE SACRA. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Ptl 38 1-9 2-4 5-12 37 12-22 7-11 34 2-6 2-2 2-2 2-7 0-0 6-11 7-1 1-2 15 4-5 0-0 2-2 Percentages: FG .440, FT .700. Three-point goals: 1-8, .125 (Thomas 1-3, Overton 0-1, Stackhouse 0-2, Iverson 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Iverson, S.Williams). Turnovers: 24 (Jackson 5, Wthrspoon 4, Stackhouse 3, Davis 3, Thomas 2, Iverson 2, S.Williams 2, Monntross I, Cummlngs, Overton). Steals: 5 (Walters t Thomas, Wthrspoon, Davis). Technical fouls: None Illegal defense: None .agent: NBA Warriors I Sprewell's influenced 39 6-17 31 2-1 Williamson Owens Polynice Richmond Johnson Fndrbrke Abdl-Rf Stewart Abdl-Whd 29 3-9 40 5-10 30 2-10 39 11-25 30 0-5 22 5-8 29 9-17 It 1-3 5 1-3 Boston at Miami, late Philadelphia at New Jersey, late Seattle at Detroit, late Sacramento at Minnesota, late Utah at Portland, late -Milwaukee at Chicago, late Indiana at Denver, late Toronto at Phoenix, late Cleveland at Vancouver, late San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, late Orlando at Golden St., late Schrempf Baker Mcllvaine Payton Hawkins Ellis Perkins A.Williams Wingate Anthony 4-10 1-5 1- 3 2- 4 0-2 0-2 0-0 FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts N.J. Totals 24037-9013-1817 33 20 19 90 Total! 24034-8019 29184 8 20 20 94 Percentages: FG .411, FT .722. Three- point goals: 3-7, .429 (Owens 3-3, Johnson 0- 6-6 13 3- 3 0-2 4- 5 1-11 3-3 0-4 4 2 1 1 34 8-14 27 4-10 34 1 11 33 6-11 31 3-8 i, Richmond 0-3). Team rebounds: It. Blocked shots: 4 (Funderburke 2, Rich 0-2 12 mond, Johnson). Turnovers: 9 (Johnson 4, Today's games Gill Van Horn J.Williams Kittles Cassell Galling Douglas Benoit Cage Edwards McDaniel Dare Williamson 2, Polynice 2. Richmond . Percentages: FG .425, FT .655. Three-point goals: 7-20, .350 (Perkins 2-3, Payton 2-5, Hawkins 2-7, Ellis 1-3, Schrempf 0-1, Anthony 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Mcllvaine 3, Baker 2, Payton, Perkins). Turnovers: 11 (Schrempf 3, Hawkins 2, Baker, Payton, Perkins, Ellis, A.Willlems, team). Steals: 4 (Schrempf, Baker, Payton, Hawkins). Technical fouls: None Illegal defense: None. Steals: 7 (Owens 2, Polynice 2, Richmond 2, Abdul-Rauf). Technical fouls: None. Illegal 1- 2 3-3 0-0 0-0 2- 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 defense: None. GAME LATEST LINE The Associated Press NEW YORK The agent for suspended All-Star guard Latrell Sprewell accused the NBA of influencing the Golden State Warriors' decision to terminate his client's contract. Asked if he thought the league had been behind the turn of events, agent Am Tellem said: "My guess is FG FT Reb MINN. Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts Totals 24040 7922.2412.32 30 25 107 DETROIT 2- 2 0-12 3- 4 2-11 2-2 1-6 Charlotte at New York, 1 p.m.' New York by 6 Minnesota at Washington, 7 p.m. Washington by 5'2 Houston vs. Dallas at Mexico City, 9 p.m. Houston by 8 Orlando at L.A, Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Orlando by 7'2 74 I-10 3- 4 2-4 4- S 1-20 04 0-2 04 4-6 43 10-23 34 3-7 43 11-17 40 3-10 41 6-21 Percentages: FG .506, FT .917. Three-point goals: 5-14, .357 (Kittles 2-3, Gill 2-4, Benoit 1-3, Douglas 0-2, Van Horn 0-2 ). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (J.Williams 2, Galling 2, Gill, Kittles). Turnovers: 20 (Van Horn 7, Cassell 6, Douglas 2, Gill, Gatllng, Cage, Edwards, McDaniel). Steals: 12 (Gill 4. J.Williams 3. Garnett Gugliotta Roberts Carr Marbury Parks West Mitchell Wheat Porter Hammonds Jordan 0-0 0-0 6- 10 7- 13 2- 4 3- 9 9-15 24 2-3 2- 4 1-2 3- 5 04 0-0 Hill Ratliff B.Williams Oumars Hunter Sealy Reid Long McKie J.Williams 7-7 " 0-1 Thursday's results 0-0 0-1 J-2 1-2 0-0 04 0-0 04 . Kittles 2, Van Horn, Cassell, Cage). Tech yes, they did, because the Warriors changed their position so abruptiy. nical touts: megai oetense, t:24 3rd. Illegal defense: 1. Totala Houston 94, Atlanta 87 L.A. Clip. 100, San Ant. 96 240 34-64 16-221645 19 27 89 Total! 24039-6920-23 743 19 21 101 It was strictly an inter Philadelphia New Jersey 26 22- 88 23 23-107 nal matter and it wasn't a league issue," Tellem said Friday. "When the Warriors A 17,846 (20,049). T-2:05 Officials-Gary Benson, Ronnie Nunn, David Jones. Blazers 94, Jazz 77 minating the final three years of Sprewell's four-year, $32 million contract. ! The players' association will file a formal grievance ipi 20 days. ; . The incident also brought comment from the political arena. The mayors of San Francisco and Oakland denounced the suspension, with papers quoting San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown as saying PJ. Carlesimo may have "deserved choking." I . "Maybe the coach de-' served choking," Brown told ; the San Francisco Examiner. "I'm not justifying what (Sprewell) did as right. But nobody is asking why he did it or what might have prompted him. Brown asked Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the NAACP to investigate the NBA's action. In November 1996, Brown caused controversy when, on a trip to Paris, he called then-49ers quarterback Elvis Grbac an "embarrassment to humankind" for playing poorly in a game. Percentages: FG .405, FT .682. Three-point goals: 6-19, .316 (Dumars 3-7, Hunter 3-10, Hill 0-1, Sealy 0-1). Teem rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: I (Ratliff 5, Hill 2, B Williams). Turnovers: II (B.Williams 3, Hill, Ratliff, Dumars, Long, Sealy, J.Williams, team 2). Steals: 6 (Hill 2, Dumars, Hunter, Long, Reid). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: 1. Percentages: FG .565, FT .870. Three-point goals: 3-8, .375 (Porter 2-3, Carr 1-4, Marbury 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: I (Gugliotta S, Roberts 3). Turnovers: 15 (Carr 4, Marbury 3, Gugliotta 2, Garnett, Roberts, Parks, Mitchell, Wheat, Team). Steals: t (Gugliotta 3, Roberts 2, Garnett). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. Washington 1 18, Sacr. 96 Milwaukee 102, Charlotte 92 Dallas 105, New York 91 Sunday's games Detroit at Toronto, 3 p.m. , New York at Phil., 6 p.m. Seattle at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. Indiana at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Heat statistics FG FT Reb Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPts UTAH L.A. Clip, at Denver, 9 p.m. Golden St. at Sacr., 9 p.m. Clev. at L.A. Lkrs, 9:30 p.m. 23 2-2 39 9-18 Seattle Detroit 17 19-94 22 21-89 Sacramento Minnesota 25 22 27 22 19 24-21 31- 15 1-5 made their initial reaction of a 10-game suspension and $1 million in lost salary, we were prepared to five with it and accept it. Then, all of a sudden, everything changed abruptly." , 4-12 Bob A-11,424 ( 22,076). T 2:11. Fryer, Greg Willard, Tom Washington. A-16,151 (19,006). T-2:04. Officials-Delaney, Mike Callahan, Kevin Fehr. 4-11 Keefe Malone Foster Hornacek Eisley Vaughn Ostertag Russell Anderson Carr Hudson Morris 04 3-12 1- 2 2- 4 1-4 0-0 3- t 0- 2 1- 2 l-l 0-0 0-1 NBA Leaders Sprewell received the Through Thursday's games longest suspension in NBA Through Thursday AVO. 3-POINT Plaver 6 MIN FGM-FGAPCT. FGM-FGA FTM-FTAPCT. PTS. AVG. HG SCORING Toteli 24027-76 21.2712 34 21 23 77 history Thursday when the league banned him for one calendar year for attacking Percentages: FG .360, FT .778. Three-point goals: 2-12, .167 (Hornacek 2-4, Hudson 0-1, Morris 0-1, Eisley 0-3, Russell 0-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots : 4 (Carr 2, Ostertag, Keefe). Turnovers: 16 (Keefe 3, Eisley 3, Anderson 3, Russell 2, Hornacek 2, Malone, Ostertag, Carr). Steals: 9 (Hornacek 4, Russell 3, Vaughn, Eisley). Technical fouls: Coach Sloane 1.01, 4th. Illegal dffense: I 13 35 . 429 29 69 .420 21 50 . 420 26 62 .419 27 65 .415 12 29 .414 19 46 .413 20 . 49 .408 15 37 .405 23 37 .404 32 10 .400 33 83 . 398 17 43 .395 17 43 . 395 13 33 .394 27 69 . 391 14 36 . 389 17 44 .386 33 86 .384 13 34 . 382 21 55 . 382 Mills, Mia. Richmond, Sac. Curry, Char. Ellis, Sea. Allen, Mil. Maierle, Mia. Bullard, Hou. Martin, LAC Williams, Tor. -Smith, Atl. Hardaway, Mia. Barry, LAC Mashburn, Mia. Rice, Char. Piatkowski, LAC Anderson, Port. Rogers, LAC Reeves, Dall. Rider, Port. Johnson, Hou. Finley, Dall. coach PJ. Carlesimo during practice Monday. The NBA's action came just a few hours after the Warriors took the FG FT Reb Mln M-A M-A O-T APFPts unprecedented step of ter PORT. Haraaway It 37.6 , 1 18-255 . 443 32-80 45-55 .818 313 19 33 Austin 16 32.6 121-22 .528 0-0 65-92 . 707 307 19.2 33 Mashburn 15 37.1: .89-194 .459 17-43 : 64-81 .790 259 17.3 32 Brown 15 31 4 59-127 . 465 0-0 33-39 . 846 151 10.1 21 Lenard 15 30 1 50-130 385 22-61 W-21 .857 140 9.3 16 Murdock 16 16.2 43-91 473 6-18 30-40 . 750 122 7.6 17 Mills 16 18 7 38-90 .422 15-35 11-16 .688 102 6.4 20 Day 5 131 11-31 .355 2-12 6-9 . 667 30 6.0 13 Strickland 15 15 9 33-59 .559 ' 0-0 19-25 . 760 85 5.7 14 Maierle 10 18.7 20-47 . 426 12-29 3-4 .750 55 5.5 16 Askins 15 10.5 4-24 .167 3-15 8-13 .615 19 1 3 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 I 03 I Heat 16 240.0 587 1288 .456 109-294 309-399 .764 1S88 99.3122 OpStoneata 16 240.0 871-1256 ,456 59 170 321462 .696 1522 95.1119 BEBOUND REB. AST. Player OFF. DEF. TOT. AVG. AST. AVG. PF 00 STL TO BLK Hardaway 12 56 70 44 137 86 35 0 30 48 4 Austin 55 97 152 9 5 25 1 6 50 2 19 44 10 Masnburn 27 42 69 4 6 34 2 3 46 1 13 34 4 Brown 42 78 130 8 7 14 0.9 58 3 15 20 23 Lenard . 14 35 49 3 3 26 1 7 47 0 II 20 2 Murdock 9 23 32 2 0 37 2.3 40 0 20 27 2 Mills , It 38 54 3.4 II 0 7 45 1 7 20 S Day 4 2 6 1 2 7 1.4 10 0 7 3 0 Strickland 25 44 69 4.6 8 0.5 23 0 8 15 13 Maierle 7 22 29 2.9 11 1.1 17 0 6 5 2 Askins 9 13 22 1 5 5 0 3 23 0 8 7 3 Causwell 1 1 2 05 0 00 4 I 1 0 1 Smitti 3 0 3 0 8 0 00 0 0 1 3 0 Hut - 234 453 667 42.9 316 19.7 396 7 146 259 69 Opponent! 216 420 633 39.7 350 21.9 357 3 123 263 81 3- 9 5-10 4- 8 4-16 6-9 3-3 3-5 34 2-3 Wallace Grant Sa bonis Rider Williams Brunson Cato Trent Augmon FREE THROW PERCENTAGE Hardaway: 'They play crazy' Totala 24033 6925 3112 39 20 24 94 HEAT Player, team G FG FT PTS AVG. Jordan, Chi. 17 178 108 470 27.6 Malone, Utah 17 152 120 424 24.9 Robinson, S A. II 148 139 ' 435 24.2 Rider, Port. II 91 36 251 22.1 Rice, Char. 16 129 81 363 22.7 Richmond, Sac. IB 140 94 403 22.4 Walker, Bos. 17 142 69 374 22.0 Miller, Ind. 15 107 86 325 21.7, Robinson, Mil. 17 152 55 366 21.3 Iverson, Phil. 13 112 41 279 21.5 Sprewell, G.S. 14 110 70 299 21.4 Abdr-Rhm, Van. 19 147 110 404 21 3 Jones, LAL It 111 63 332 201 Webber, Wash. IS 135 21 31) 20 7 Ewlng, N.Y. . 17 133 66 352 20.7 Gugliotta, Minn. 16 120 87 321 20.5 Cassell, N.J. 17 110 126 348 20.5 Hardaway, Orl. 13 89 75 263 20.2 Hill, Det. 17 114 111 340 20.0 Baker, Sea. . II 147 60 354 19.7 Smith, Atl. 15 107 57 294 19 6 Hardaway, Mia.' 16 111 45 313 19.f Howard, Wash. It 122 66 310 19.4 Austin, Mia. It 121 6S 307 19.2 Drexler, Hou. 15 97 75 286 19.1 Allen, Mil. 17 112 69 320 11 8 Garnett, Minn. 16 121 54 291 11.6 B. Williams, Oct. II 142 48 332 11 4 Flnley, Dall. 17 117 57 312 11 4 Marbury, Minn. 16 97 14 293 18 3 Payton, Sea. II 120 69 327 11 2 Person, Clev. It 106 35 287 17.9 Kemp, Clev. 15 108 51 269 17.9 Smlts, Ind. 15 117 29 263 17.5 Stdmre, Tor. 17 113 59 298 17.5 Mashburn, Mia. 15 69 64 259 17.1 Brandon, Mil. 17 121 42 292 17 2 Van Exel, LAL It 90 54 274 17.1 Mutombo, Atl. IB 113 78 304 16 9 Berkley, Hou. 12 71 Si 201 16.1 Schrempf, Sea. 18 107 75 301 16.7 Hunter, Det. II 105 66 300 14 7 Strklnd, Wash. II 115 64 300 16.7 Wallace, Tor. 17 115 53 283 16 6 Marshall, G.S. 15 100 31 247 16 5 Willis, Hou. 15 103 40 246 16.4 Sabonis, Port. 16 92 64 259 16 2 Barry, LAC 15 13 43 242 16.1 Manning, Phoe. 14 90 42 222 15 9 Slckhse, Phil. 14 15 43 222 13.9 From 1C Percentages: FG .478, FT .806. Three-point goals: 3-9, .333 (Brunson l-l, Sabonis 1-3, Rider 1-5). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: I (Cato I). Turnovers: 15 (Sabonis 3, Rider 3, Trent J, Williams 2, Grant, Brunson, Cato, Augmon). Steals: I (Rider 2, Trenf 2, Augmon, Williams, Grant, Sabonis). Technical fouls: Illegal defense, 2:42, 3rd Illegal defense: 1. for the Celtics (7-11), who shot 36 percent from the field. "They play crazy, unor Utah Portland 13 21 23 27 A-NA (21,5381. T-2:16. Officials-Ra-shan Michel, Tommle Nunej, Eddie F. Rush. thodox basketball." Hardaway said. "We had to put them away early and keep them down." Player, team FT FTA PCT Nash, Phoe. II II 1.000 Mullin, Ind. . 21 29 .966 Crotty, Port. 23 24 .951 Miller, Ind. 66 93 .925 Allen, Mil. 69 76 .908 Smith, Atl. 57 63 .905 Hornacek, Utah 72 80 . 900 Laettner, Atl. 72 80 .900 Murray, Wash. 33 37 .192 Price, Orl. 33 37 .892 Jackson, S A. 24 1 27 . 889 Anderson, Clev. 69 78 . 885 Starks, N.Y. 44 50 .880 Richmond, Sac. 94 107 .879 Barry, LAC 43 , 49 .171 Kittles, N.J. 35 40 .175 Schrempf, Sea. 75 86 .872 Rice, Char. 88 101 .871 Ellis, Sea. 27 31 .171 Van Exel, LAL ' 54 62 .171 Johnson, Phoe. . 64 74 . 865 Stith, Den. 44 51 .863 Johnson, Hou. 25 29 .662 Keete, Utah 25 29 .662 Williams, Tor, 25 29 . 662 Hawkins, Sea. 37 43 . 860 Person, Clev. 35 41 .154 Cassell, N.J, 126 141 .151 Carr, Minn. 28 33 .848 Sealy, Det. tl 72 .647 Basketball urirtatpc Late Thursday The Heat took control in Rockets 94, Hawks 87 Clippers 100, Spurs 96 NBA Today the second quarter with runs of 10-0 and 14-0 to lead 59- FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF its FG FT Reb ATLANTA Mil M-A M-A O-T A PF Ph 41 at the half. Duncan Elliott 47 7 -17 2 2 2-16 3 3 16 36 6-14 1-3 1-3 1 I 14 0-0 1-4 2-2 MO 4-6 3-8 SCOREBOARD Today D Robinson 39 917 7-12 3-12 4 5 25 The first run put the 43 7 13 0-0 2-3 3 4 14 3-3 0-0 41 612 5-6 0-1 7 4 17 Heat ahead bv 15 points, 41- 45 8-15 44 5-6 40 6-10 46 8-21 45 9-21 7 0-1 4 0-3 4 0-1 5 0-0 Corbin Laettner Mutombo Smith Biaylock Brown Gray Recasner Anderson 2-6 0-0 1-2 0 26, and was sparked by two FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE Del Negro Johnson Person Perdue Williams Alexander Rose Jackson 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 Dan Majerle three-pointers. S 02 0-0 1-2 0 0 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 12 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 13 1-2 0-1 0-2 0 0 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 Boston cut the gap to 240 36 78 10 13 8 36 20 14 87 Totatr seven points before the Heat 26539 8616241041 18 22 96 Totala quarter while Heat hit 12-of-20 shots. "We sustained the lead for once in our lifetime," Heat center Isaac Austin said. Boston rookie Ron Mercer, who came into Friday's game as the Celtics' second-s leading scorer averaging nearly 14 points a game, was l-for-9, finishing with two points. Celtics forward Antoine Walker led all scorers with 26 points. The Heat will have two days off before meeting the New Jersey Nets Monday night at Miami Arena. 1 Noteworthy: Lenard, who missed Wednesday's game , against Philadelphia with an ankle sprain, hit his first two shots Friday, including a three-pointer, and finished with 11 points ... Pervls Ellison) the Celtics' center whose career has been plagued by injuries, missed Friday night's game with tendonitis in his left knee. Ellison had started the Celtics' last three games. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Travis Knight. Former Heat ! forward Bruce Bowen is playing with a plastic face shield after sustaining a broken nose last month. Bowen missed seven games, and returned against Chicago on Nov. 29. Call 511 and enter the codes below to went on their second run with a lineup that included guards Hardaway, Voshon Lenard and Eric Murdock. 531 Percentages: FG .453, FT .625. Three-point goals: 3-9, .333 (Elliot 1-2, Alexander 1-2, Person l-J, Del Negro 0-1, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 17 Blocked shots: 4 (Duncan 3, Robinson). Turnovers 17 (Duncan 4, Robinson 4, Elliot 3, Johnson 2, Rose 2, Del Negro, Perdue). Steals: 6 (Del Negro , Johnson 2, Robinson, Alexander). Technical fouls: Illegal defense 2.16, 3rd. Illegal defense: 1. hear previews, scoring updates and final recaps The smaller lineup neu Percentages: FG 462, FT 769. Three-point goals: 5-22, .227 (Smith 3-8, Biaylock 2 )0, Cecasner 0-1, Gray 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked sliets: 5 (Smith 2, Mutombo, Laettner, Corbin). Turnovers: 13 (Laeitner 4, Biaylock 3, Gray 3, Corbin, MutombO, Smith). Steals: 6 (Biaylock 2, Laettner 2, Corbin, Mutombo). Technitel fouls: None Illegal defense: None. FG FT Reb HOUSTON MiH M-A M-A O-T A PF Pis Elie 19 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 I 2 Berkley 41 11-20 3-4 3-13 7 3 25 Willis 37 15-21 1-2 4-15 0 2 31 Orexler 35 4-13 0-0 1-3 3 3 8 Maloney 17 0-6 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Bullard 16 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 5 Davis 31 1-2 0-0 1-2 4 0 3 Johnson 29 5-12 3-3 2-6 I 2 14 Rhodes 13 1-3 4-4 0-1 2 1 6 tralized the Celtics' full-court, frenetic attack and for all pro basketball games. 50 for up to 5 minutes. See 2A for more FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T APFPts L.A. gave Miami its largest lead of the first half, 57-36. details. Charlotte at New York (I p.m. EST). The Hornets and Knicks, both coming off losses on Thursday night, face each other in an Eastern Conference matchup. New York defeated Charlotte 9745 in this year's season opener. STARS Thursday - Kevin Willis, Rockets, had 31 points and 15 rebounds In Houston's 9447 win over Atlanta. - Chris Webber, Wizards, had 24 points and 14 rebounds in Washington's 118-96 win over Sacramento. - Terrell Brandon, Bucks, had 24 points . and II assists and teammate Ray Allen added 22 points In Milwaukee's 102 92 win over Charlotte. - Eric Piatkowski, Clippers, scored 24 points in Los Angeles' 100-96 overtime win over San Antonio. STRONG QUARTERS Milwaukee's Terrell Brandon scored 13 points in the third quarter, Including nine during a decisive 154 run to close the period, In the Bucks' 102-92 victory over Charlotte on Thursday night, ... Houston's Kevin Willis scored II points In the fourth quarter of the Rockets' 94-87 win over Atlanta. SPREWELL 'S SUSPENDED NBA commissioner David Stern suspended Golden State's Latrell Sprewell on Thursday for one year the longest suspension In league history for his "premeditated assault" of coach P.J. Carleslmo. Stern acted after the Warriors terminated Sprewell's J32 million contract. SPARSE CROWD Just 5,302 people attended the Clippers' 100 96 overtime victory over San Antonio In Los Angeles on Thursday night. Boston connected on Player, team FG FGA PCT Outlaw, Orl. 69 iTi M O'Neal, LAL 78 130 .600 Johnson, Mil. 56 96 . 583 Henderson, Clev. 54 94 . 574 Olvac, Char. . 73 . 131 .573 Jones, LAL 111 208 . 567 Duncan, S A. 122 219 .557 Willis, Hou. 103 185 .557 Mullin, Ind. 80 146 .548 Robinson, Phoe. 58 106 . 547 Murray, LAC 105 192 .547 Parks, Minn. 54 99 . 545 Baker, Sea. 147 270 . 544 Manning, Phoe. 90 164 .542 Laettner, Atl. 100 168 . 532 Smits, Ind. 117 221 .529 Austin, Mia. 121 229 .521 Mutombo, Atl. 113 214 .528 Campbell, LAL 71 148 .527 Malone, Utah 152 290 . 524 Ewing, N.Y. 133 256 . 520 Ellis, Sea. 76 149 . 510 Curry, Char. 82 161 .509 Douglas, N.J. 60 116 . 508 Anderson, Utah 62 122 . 508 Reeves, Van. 96 189 . 508 Grant, Port. 80 159 503 Schrempf, Sea. 107 213 .502 4 tied .500 3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE Player, teem 3FG 3FGA PCT Eisley, Ulah 16 28 jT Hornacek, Utah 16 34 . 529 Davis, Dall. 19 41 .463 Van Exel, LAL 40 17 .460 Hawkins, Sea. 31 69 . 449 Kukoc, Chi. 17 31 .447 Jones, LAL 33 75 . 440 Miller, Ind. 25 57 .439 Bayos, Bos. 17 39 . 436 Team Codes 6-9 2-11 1-3 9-14 1-4 1- 3 5-10 48 7-15 2- 3 56 0-0 0-0 3-4 0-0 0-0 2-6 2-4 34 22 Wright Rogers Vrankovlc Piatkowski Richardson Closs Murray Martin Taylor J Robinson Totals 240484 11 1311 40 19 14 94 only 18-of-51 shots (35.3 percent) in the first half while the Heat hit 21-of-43 attempts (48.8 percent). 265 36 6017 26 9 45 14 26 100 totals Miami also capitalized at Percentages: FG .476, FT .846 Three-point goals: 3-13, 231 (Davis I-1, Bullard I-2, Johnson 13, Berkley 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, Berkley 2, Drexler, Bullard) Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: 1 the free-throw line, making its first 13 free throws. 3458Minnesota 3436New Jersey 3438New York 34400riando 3442Philadelphia 3444Phoenix 3446Portland 3448Sacramento 3450San Antonio 3452Seattle 3453Toronto 34S4Utah 3456Washington 34 60 Vancouver 3401MIAMI 3406Atlanta 3408Boston 3410Charlotte 3412Chicago 3414Cleveland 3416Dallas 3418Denver 3420Detroit 3422Golden St. 3424Houston 3426lndiana 3428L.A. Clips. 3430L.A. Lakers 3432Milwaukee I Miami extended its lead Percentages: FG .475, FT .654. Three-point goals: 7 12, .583 (Piatkowksl 3-4, Martin 3-4, J Robinson 1-1, Richardson 0-1, Rogers 02) Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 10 (Wright 3, Taylor 3, Vrankovlc 2, Closs, Murray). Turnovers: 14 (Piatkowski 3, Rogers 2, Martin 2, Taylor 2, Wright, Richardson, Closs, Murray, Team). Steals: 6 (Martin t, Wright, Piatkowski, Richardson, Murray), Atlanta Houston 22 21 26 18 - 87 16 33 19 26 - 94 A-16,285 116,285) T 1:53 Officials-Ron Garretson, Joe DeRosa, Leon Wood. in the third quarter to 91-69 as Boston continued its shooting problems. The Celtics hit only 7-of-22 in the 29 25 22 II 9-96 28 20 2) 1813-100 San Antonio L.A. Clippers

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