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NBA Today

April 29, 1992

Undated (AP) _ Chicago at Miami (8 p.m. EST). The Bulls continue their quest for their second straight NBA championship at Miami Arena, where the Heat will be trying to stave off elimination. SO LONG AGO

- The Clippers’ 98-88 victory over Utah on Tuesday night came 16 years to the day since the franchise’s last playoff victory, a 124-122 decision over Boston on April 28, 1976, when the team hailed from Buffalo and was called the Braves.

- New Jersey snapped a 10-game postseason losing streak with its 109-104 victory over Cleveland, the Nets’ first playoff victory since 1984. The Cavaliers, still ahead 2-1 in the series, are seeking their first series win since 1976. SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT

Seattle made 48 of 78 shots (61.5 percent) in its 129-128 victory over Golden Stte on Tuesday night. The Warriors converted 45 of 81 shots (55.6 percent). STYMIED

Isiah Thomas of Detroit, trying to beat Mark Jackson of New York one-on-one in the final 13.4 seconds of regulation with the score tied at 79 on Tuesday night, was blanketed by the Knicks guard and settled for a 25-foot desperation hook-heave reminiscent of the shot Harlem Globetrotters great Meadowlark Lemon was known for sinking. Thomas’ effort missed. STARS Tuesday

Shawn Kemp and Derrick McKey, SuperSonics: Kemp capped a 22-point, 10- rebound performance by scoring Seattle’s last nine points in the final 2:16, including the game-winning free throws with 6.1 seconds left, and McKey added 27 points on 12 for 14 shooting as the Sonics beat Golden State 129-128 to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-5 first-round series.

Derrick Coleman and Drazen Petrovic, Nets: Coleman had 22 points, including eight in the final quarter, and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Petrovic scored nine of his 20 points in the final quarter as New Jersey rallied from 10 points down to beat Cleveland 109-104 and force a fourth game in their first-round series.

Patrick Ewing and Xavier McDaniel, Knicks: Ewing rebounded from a poor start by scoring 16 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and McDaniel added 21 points and matched Ewing’s 13 rebounds as New York beat Detroit 90-87 at The Palace and took a 2-1 lead in their first-round series. SPECTRUM

Neither the Knicks or Pistons scored more than 22 points in any quarter of New York’s 90-87 overtime victory Tuesday night; neither the SuperSonics or Warriors scored fewer than 28 points in any quarters of Seattle’s 129-128 win. SHOW MAN

New Jersey guard Mookie Blaylock had 12 assists, 10 points, four steals and no turnovers in 37 minutes of the Nets’ 109-104 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. Blaylock has 10 steals and four turnovers in his first four playoff games, but has made just 13 of 42 shots, or 31 percent. SAY WHAT? New Jersey forward Chris Morris made 12 of 14 shots, including all three of his 3-point attempts, and scored 28 points against Cleveland on Tuesday night, but he did not take any shots in the final quarter, when the Nets rallied from 10 points behind for a 109-104 victory that forced a fourth game in series. STRANGE RANGE

John Stockton of Utah was 3 for 5 from 3-point range but only 2 for 9 from 2-point territory in the Jazz’s 98-88 loss to the Clippers at Los Angeles. ... Dana Barros of Seattle made all three of his 3-point shots and missed his only 2-point try in the SuperSonics’ 129-128 victory over Golden State. SUPERB IN DEFEAT

Larry Nance of Cleveland had 28 points and 14 rebounds Tuesday night in the Cavaliers’ 109-104 loss in Game 3 at New Jersey. The Cavs lead the best-of-5 series 2-1. ... Sarunas Marciulionis of Golden State made 15 of 15 free throws and finished with 27 points and eight assists in the Warriors’ 129-128 loss at Seattle. ... John Stockton of Utah had 20 points, 13 assists and four steals and Karl Malone added 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the Jazz’s 98-88 Game 3 loss to the Clippers at LA Sports Arena. ... John Salley of Detroit scored 20 points in the Pistons’ 90-87 loss to New York. SLOPPY

Tim Hardaway of Golden State committed eight turnovers in the Warriors’ 129-128 loss at Seattle on Tuesday night. ... Larry Nance of Cleveland was guilty of seven miscues in the Cavaliers’ 109-104 loss at New Jersey. SWINGS

Cleveland made 7 of 10 3-point shots while the Nets missed 10 of 10 in Game 1 of their first-round series, won by the Cavaliers 120-113. On Tuesday night at Meadowlands Arena, the Nets were 7 for 11 and the Cavs were 1 for 10 in New Jersey’s 109-104 victory. SPEAKING

″I love the pressure. I’d always like to be at the free-throw line with the game on the line.″ - 22-year-old Shawn Kemp of Seattle, who scored his teams’ last nine points and hit the game-winning free throws with 6.1 seconds left to give the SuperSonics a 129-128 victory and 2-1 lead over Golden State.


″He’s growing up awfully fast.″ - Seattle coach George Karl on Kemp.

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