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r T • : r r ~ D4 Sunday, May 14,1995 The Salina Journal NBA PLAYOFFS Lakers look to even series with San Antonio today LA dominated Spurs in Game 3 By Tha Associated Press INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers are considered one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA playoffs, and the San Antonio Spurs won't dispute that. The Spurs, whose 62-20 record was the best in the league this season, hold a 2-1 advantage going into today's fourth game of their Western Conference semifinals against the Lakers, who finished _. — 1 ^ — ^ mmm , mil with a 48-34 mark. Western But it has- Conference The Lakers, who lost Game 2 in overtime at San Antonio, came back to dominate the Spurs in Friday's third game in the best-of-7 series. The Lakers match up well with the Spurs, who have seemed out of synch in their two latest playoff games. "If we win Game 4, they're in a lot of trouble. If they win, we have our work cut out for us," said San Antonio's David Robinson, who has played consistently well in the series but hasn't received a whole lot of help from his teammates. The Lakers, who finished third in the Pacific Division behind champion Phoenix and runnerup Seattle, ambushed the SuperSonics in the first round of the playoffs, winning the best-of-five set 3-1. . The Spurs beat Denver three straight, so the 92-85 loss to the Lakers was San Antonio's first in the playoffs. The Spurs could be down 2-1 but for two missed free throws by Vlade Divac in regulation last Monday. That opened the door for San Antonio to win 97-90 in overtime. ; "They won a game and they're feeling good about themselves," the Spurs' Doc Rivers said after . the Game 3 defeat. "We are still confident. We feel we can win the • next one. We let them back (in the series) if they win Sunday. By The Associated Press Lakers' Cedric Cebaltos (23) starts a fastbreak with teammates Eddie Jones (25) and Nick Van Exel Friday night against San Antonio. "We don't think we're going to do that. We believe we're going to win." The Spurs looked like anything but the NBA's best team early in their loss at the Forum. They made just five of 20 shots, were outrebounded 18-8 in the first quarter and found themselves behind 28-11 at its conclusion. Although they closed the gap to 63-58 in the third period, the Lakers pulled away again and were in command the rest of the way. "Now we're putting the pressure back on them," said Nick Van Exel, who scored 25 points in the Lakers' victory. "But we've got more work to do, a lot more work coming up." Van Exel's outside shooting, Divac's scoring and rebounding inside, and Cedric Ceballos' scoring was too much for the Spurs, who played a lousy team game. Divac had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Ceballos, who led the Lakers' scoring with a 21.7 average during the regular season but had a total of nine points in the first two games against San Antonio, came to life with 22 points in the third game. Robinson scored 34 points and had 13 rebounds, and Sean Elliott added 16 points for San Antonio. The other three starters totaled just eight points — three each by Dennis Rodman and Avery Johnson, and two by Vinny Del Negro. Magic looks to go up 3-1 on Bulls By The Associated Press CHICAGO — An inside presence. A rebounder. A defender. A scoring option. In Horace Grant, Orlando has everything Chicago needs — and everything the Bulls used to have. In an Eastern Conference semifinal series flush with last-name-optional star quality — Michael! Shaq! Scottie! Penny! — the work- mmmm ^^^^^^^^^ manlike Grant may Eastern end up being Conference differ Thanks in great part to Grant, the Magic leads 2-1 going into today's game at the United Center. He is undermining Chicago's double-teaming strategy by sticking the open jumper, beating the Bulls to rebounds and keying Orlando's defense. He's averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds and is shooting 64 percent so far in the best-of-7 series. Grant is wearing down the Bulls, who let him leave as a free agent just one year after their run of three NBA titles ended. Nevertheless, he said he's not using the series to make a statement to Bulls management and antagonist Michael Jordan. "My intention is to come out and do what I do best," Grant said Saturday. "I did it here in Chicago for seven years and now I'm doing it in Orlando. That's working hard and — quote unquote — doing the dirty work." The Bulls sure need someone to do the dirty work. All too often this series, when there was a rebound that needed to be grabbed, Grant was there to grab it. And when a shot had to be made, Grant, somewhat surprisingly, often was there to make it. "I was never known as a scorer," said Grant, who averaged 12.6 points playing third fiddle to Jordan and Scottie Pippen in Chicago. "When the ball is in your hands,for a few shots, it's fun to take them." Said Magic coach Brian Hill: "He's realized he's a scoring option on our team. In Chicago, he was primarily only a scoring option based on his offensive rebounding and running the floor." Bulls coach Phil Jackson, concerned about the 6-foot-10 Grant's strength and experience advantages over Toni Kukoc, has used the skinny, 6-7 Pippen at power forward for most of the series. Jackson also has asked Pippen to ieave Grant and double-team Shaquille O'Neal. "He's making all the shots and that's making it really difficult for us to double-team," said Pippen, who remains one of Grant's best friends. "We've got to find a way to put a little more pressure on him. We've got to get him out of rhythm." Added Jackson: "If Shaquille wasn't as great a threat as he is, we wouldn't have to leave Horace. We can't seem to play single coverage on Shaq. And Horace started making pretty good plays and broke us down a little bit." KANSAS' LARGEST FURNITURE SHOWROOM Lowest Prices Anywhere! *Thomasville Gallery * Mastercraft Gallery * LaCrosse Gallery * Keller Gallery STORK HOURS MOM. THRU FRI. 1pm - 7 pm SATURDAY I pin -Spin CLOSED SUNDAY Downtown Clay Center Phone 632-5865 TRACTOR = RIDER SALE Reg. SALE Toro 8-25 Rear Engine Rider 1,449 $1,229 Bolensl 3067 Mulching Rider 1,799 $1,399 Troybilt 13025 12 1/2 2,299 $1,779 H.P. Tractor Snapper LT125G-12 1/2 1,980 $1,599 H.P. Tractor Troybilt 13039 16 H.P. 4,699 $3,599 Garden Tractor Toro 71182 12 H.P. Tractor 1,699 $1,299 Snapper 331413 Kohler 2,399 $1,899 14 H.P. Rider Troybilt 13053 15 H.P. 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Although only four teams have rebounded from 3-1 deficits to win a seven-game series, John Starks brashly predicted New York would be the fifth. "We're going to win the series," he said. Riley wasn't nearly so confident after seeing his team shoot 43 percent from the field and an embarrassing 64 percent from the foul line and get outrebounded for the fourth straight game. "Our circumstances are dire By The Associated Press New York's John Starks (3) drives on Indiana's Mark Jackson. right now," he said. Miller scored 21 points for Indiana, but much of the credit for the Pacers' Game 4 win goes to Smits, who took advantage of Ewing's nagging injuries by darting around him in the paint or slipping away to get open jumpers. Smits hit nine of 16 shots and had 10 points in Indi- ana's big third quarter, mostly on jumpers. "I know I can hit 15-footers consistently," he said. "It helps everybody if I get going on the inside. If I draw the double team, it opens everything up." The Pacers led by 18 early in the fourth, but New York wasn't finished. The Knicks used a 14-4 spurt to cut it to seven with 3:24 left on Anthony Mason's tip-in. That, however, was their last field goal until a basket by Ewing with 36 seconds left. Ewing had 25 points for New York and Derek Harper added 12 and nine assists. Harper and Starks, the Knicks' outside shooters, went a combined 8-of-24 with Starks missing nine of 13 shots one game after hitting seven 3-pointers. The Pacers overwhelmed the Knicks in the third quarter, holding them to 17 points by pressuring the ball and forcing New York outside. Down by one at halftime, Indiana came out with a 13-2 run and kept rolling, building the lead to 65-53 after Smits hit three baskets and Mark Jackson made a 3-pointer. After New York called a timeout,' Miller came back with another trey to stretch the lead to 15. *• FROM PAGE D1 Rockets chew up Suns in first win of series points before. It was just a bad game by me. I let everybody down. I got good shots. I missed five layups." Houston still trails the series 21, but the Rockets took the first step toward a possible repeat of last year's playoff comeback against Phoenix. The Rockets also lost the first two games to the Suns last year before rallying to win in seven games, and going on to win the NBA championship. The 33-point victory was the most lopsided margin in a series of routs. Phoenix won the first game 130-10& and the second 11894. "I can't explain the swings of momentum in this series," said Clyde Drexler, who scored 23 points for Houston. "It's like in Games 1 and 2, we were wearing white suits £nd didn't want to get dirty. We did the dirty work today. Olajuwon scored Houston's first 11 points of the third quarter before turning the game over to the substitutes. "It's no surprise when Hakeem does something like that," Phoenix center Joe Kleine said. "The guy was MVP last year." The Suns, who had won nine straight dating back to the regular season, expect Barkley to rebound in Game 4 on Sunday. "I don't ever remember him going O-for-10," Suns coach Paul Westphal said. "It's like Hakeem. If he has a bad game, I'm not sure it's the defense. It's probably the most disappointing shooting game ever. I think Charles will be all right tomorrow." The Rockets shot 54 percent from the field while the Suns made only 40 percent. Phoenix shot 56 percent in the first two games. Kevin Johnson led Phoenix with 14 points, all in the first half. Robert Horry had 17 for the Rockets. We Service All Hakes of Sewing Machines and Vacuums Midwest Sewing & Vacuum 340 S. Broadway 825-0451 In the first two games, the Suns got off to a fast start. This time, it was the Rockets who went on a 20-8 run in the first period en route to a 62-39 halftime lead. Barkley was O-for-7 from the field in the first half, and the Suns were especially cold at the end of each quarter. They failed to score a basket in the final 6:45 of the first period and got only one in the final 3:52 of the second quarter. "It happens to the greatest of people," Phoenix's Dan Majerle said of Barkley's sub-par game. "I'm glad he missed all of them today so maybe he'll make all of them tomorrow." Your Complete Home Health Care Supply Store! •Unit dose respiratory medication program 'Sleep Apnea C-PAPS -Wheelchairs •Oxygen Therapy •Pulmoaides liquid & concentrators A Now serving the Salina area. Jerry Duran, RRT ABBEY 1-800-753-8661 HOME HEALTHCARE 913-628-6080 ncommon Sense From the Right: Cal Thomas speaks unapologetically for America's "traditional values." He describes his audience as the "flag-waving, tax-paying, God-fearing, Schwarzkopf- loving, church-going and other forms of hyphenated Americans: who often feel left out of the news media's efforts to attract the attention and loyalty of every other sort of person. Based in Washington, D.C., Thomas was an award- winning radio and TV reporter for NBC and now is part of the line-up of talk show hosts on CNBC. Look for his column, "Uncommon Sense," in the Salina Journal. we Wo»or You £ 1500 S.Broadway 827-0847 X STORE HOURS: Daily 7:30 AM-6:00 PM, Sunday 12:30 PM-5:30 PM 4KWWWW&^ t. I Salina Journal

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