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NBA Today Thursday, Dec. 29

December 28, 1988

Undated (AP) _ New York at Chicago (8:30 p.m. EST). The Knicks, 7-1 against the Central Division this season, have the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls, 13-12, seem to have gotten the short end of the June trade that sent Charles Oakley to New York for center Bill Cartwright. STARS Tuesday

Michael Adams, Nuggets, had 22 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds, three steals and did not commit a turnover in 32 minutes as Denver beat Boston 130-109. Nine of Adams’ points came on 3-pointers, stretching to 70 his NBA- record streak of consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer.

Reggie Theus, Hawks, shot 11-for-16 and was 10-for-10 from the foul line in a 32-point, eight-assist performance that led Atlanta past New York 128-126.

Larry Krystkowiak, Bucks, scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds - both career highs - and made 10 of 11 free throws to lead Milwaukee past Indiana 120-107.

Mitch Richmond, Warriors, scored 34 points on 15-for-22 shooting, handed off eight assists and grabbed nine rebounds as Golden State beat Philadelphia 119-112. Last Week

Clyde Drexler of Portland, who averaged 38.7 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 3-0 record last week, was named player of the week for the period ending Sunday.

Drexler, who also averaged 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 steals, made 44 of 77 shots (57.1 percent) and achieved his career high of 43 points in a triumph over Denver. STAT PERSPECTIVE

The L.A. Clippers, with 104 points in both of their games against Seattle this season, have a 50-point road loss and Tuesday’s four-point victory at the L.A. Sports Arena to show for it.

The difference between the SuperSonics’ 154-104 victory on Dec. 2 and Tuesday’s 104-100 loss is this big: in order to match their 63-for-106 shooting performance of early December, the Sonics would have had to attempt 30 more field goals Tuesday night ... and make all of them. SIBLINGS

In the final seconds of Atlanta’s 128-126 victory over the Knicks on Tuesday, New York guard Gerald Wilkins’ potential game-tying shot at the buzzer was blocked by Hawks forward Dominique Wilkins, Gerald’s older brother. STICKING ONE FOR THE COACH

Harold Pressley’s 20-foot jumper with one second left Tuesday gave Sacramento a 112-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in a game that saw Kings coach Jerry Reynolds collapse and fall face-first to the floor during an arguement with referee Blaine Reichelt.

Reynolds, disputing a call against center Joe Kleine, lay motionless for six minutes while paramedics tended to him, He was rushed by ambulance to Sutter Memorial Hospital, where a spokesman said he was listed in stable condition. SCORING

Michael Jordan of Chicago, held without a basket until three seconds remained in the first quarter, still managed to score 43 points Tuesday in the Bulls’ 107-96 loss to Cleveland. Jordan, averaged 41.5 points in 11 games against the Cavaliers last season, made 18 of 30 shots and all six of his free throw tries. SUPERB IN DEFEAT

Charles Oakley of the Knicks played his best game of the season in the Knicks’ 128-126 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday, scoring 27 points on 12-for-15 shooting, grabbing 18 rebounds and handing off four assists. SIXTH MEN

Walter Davis of Denver shot 9-for-11 and scored 18 points in 20 minutes off the bench as the Nuggets beat Boston 130-109. ... Roy Tarpley of Dallas, last season’s Sixth Man award-winner, scored 14 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked three shots in 34 minutes of the Mavericks’ 110-101 triumph over San Antonio. STINGY

The Cleveland Cavaliers held 16 of their first 24 opponents under 100 points and won 15 of the games, losing only 97-95 to the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 15. STRANGE BUT TRUE

Manute Bol of Golden State, the 7-foot-7 defensive specialist who has more career rebounds and blocks than points, made his second 3-pointer of the season Tuesday in the Warriors’ 119-112 victory over Philadelphia. Bol, starting in place of the injured Ralph Sampson, had seven points, 13 rebounds and three blocks as he improved his long range shooting to 2-for-6 on the season. STREAKS

Houston’s 101-93 victory over Miami on Tuesday was its sixth straight, the Rockets’ longest winning streak since 1985. ... Cleveland’s 107-96 victory at Chicago was its sixth straight and improved the Cavaliers’ record to an NBA- best 19-5. ... Indiana, the league’s worst non-expansion team, dropped its sixth straight, 120-107 at Milwaukee. SIDELINED

Golden State center Ralph Sampson will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage in his left knee on Friday and will be sidelined for at least four weeks. Sampson, slowed twice previously by arthroscopic surgery to each of his knees, re-injured the knee during the first half of the Warriors’ loss in Portland last Friday night. The 7-foot-4 Sampson averaged a career-low 8.3 points and seven rebounds in 24 games this season. SPEAKING

″I got killed on the last play. In that situation the referees are not going to make the call. If I were Dominique or Jordan they would.″ - New York guard Gerald Wilkins, whose potential game-tying shot at the buzzer was blocked by his brother Dominique, claiming he was fouled on the play.

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