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Wednesday, May 6, 1998

Jazz survives Duncan's finish

Associated Press Writer
SALT LAKE CITY, May 6 -- Tim Duncan's near-perfect
game had everything but a perfect ending.

Duncan missed a 15-foot turnaround jumper with two
seconds to play Tuesday night, and the Utah Jazz
escaped Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal
with an 83-82 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Duncan's final misfire was a disappointing cap to a
phenomenal performance by the Rookie of the Year.
He scored 17 of San Antonio's 22 fourth-quarter
points to finish the game with 33.

In the fourth quarter, the Spurs looked away from
David Robinson, who missed all seven of his shots
in the second half, and put their fortunes in Duncan's
hands. He responded with 13 points in the final seven

``He was just truly amazing in the last minutes,''
Utah's John Stockton said. ``We dodged a bullet, the
way he was playing.''

Karl Malone hit a sprawling jumper to give the Jazz an
83-82 lead with 1:12 left. On San Antonio's next pos-
session, Avery Johnson drove the lane for an uncontested
layup, but Robinson was called for an offensive foul for
a pick he set on Stockton.

After Greg Foster and Chuck Person traded missed shots,
the Jazz ran the shot clock down before Malone missed a
jumper with 4.6 seconds left. San Antonio grabbed the re-
bound and called timeout.

``If you get someone like Tim Duncan shooting a 10-footer
(actually 15), that's the shot you want,'' San Antonio
coach Gregg Popovich said. ``We gave it the best we had.''

The inbounds pass went directly to Duncan, who immediately
turned and fired a jumper off the back rim with Foster
squarely in his face. Utah rebounded and time expired.

``It felt good when it left,'' Duncan said. ``I turned ar-
ound and thought I had the space, and I let it go.''

The Spurs, who hadn't played in six days after eliminating
Phoenix, trailed from the opening minute until Johnson's
free throw gave them an 80-79 lead with 2:48 left. But
Malone, who finished with 25 points, hit two jumpers in
the closing minutes.

Robinson's disappearing act in the fourth quarter was dis-
tressing for the Spurs. He finished the game with 16 re-
bounds, exactly his league-leading playoff average, but
just 16 points on 5-for-17 shooting.

``It's tough to be out there and have the opportunity to
take the game and not be able to get it,'' Robinson said.

Pacers 93, Knicks 83
Led by reserves Jalen Rose, Travis Best and Antonio Davis,
the Pacers overcame a terrible start to win the opening
game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series 93-83
Tuesday night.

Rose and Best finished with 18 points apiece and Davis
chipped in 14. Indiana's bench outscored New York's

John Starks had 17 points and Allan Houston 16 for New
York, which picked up right where it left off Sunday in
Miami by jumping out to a big early lead.

Indiana, which hadn't played since last Thursday, trailed
23-7 before its reserves went to work, scoring 35 of the
Pacers' next 40 points to give Indiana a 47-45 halftime
edge. Rose had 13 of the points and Best chipped in 10.

There were four ties and four lead changes in the third
quarter before Indiana took the lead for good with an
11-1 run in the final three minutes of the period.

Junior high boys in fifth at tournney

PECOS, May 6 -- The Pecos Eagle junior high boys' golf
team slipped back a spot from fourth to fifth place
following the third round of their four-round area tour-
nament this past Saturday in Andrews.

Pecos shot a 389 and are at 1186 after 54 holes of the tour-
nament. Fort Stockton `A' moved past Pecos at 1174 after a
round of 361, while Andrews continues to lead the tournament,
with a three-round total of 1002 after shooting a 323 on
their home course.

Individually, Austin Alvarez and Jae Ewing both shot 95s to
lead Pecos. It gave Alvarez a 54-hole total of 280, while
Ewing is at 292 through three rounds.

Among the Eagles' other `A' team golfers, Clayton Cox shot
a 98 and is at 303 overall, Trey Perkins had a 101 and is
at 308, and David Elkins shot a 114 and is at 332 for the

Pecos' `B' team remained in 11th place following their round
of 425 on Saturday, giving them an overall score of 1298.

Jack Stickels led the `B' team with a 98, and is at 312 for
the tournament. Jake McKinney was next for the Eagles at
107, and was followed by John Canon at 108, Travis Thorp at
112 and David Bradley at 117. The four do not have an over-
all score, since they did not compete in both of the tour-
nament's opening rounds.

Andrews also holds second in the team standings, with a 1090
total after shooting 365 on Saturday. Monahans is in third
place at 1120 following a 369 round, while Kermit `A', and
Fort Stockton's and Monahans `B' teams hold down the spots
between the Eagles' two teams.

The final round of the junior high tournament will be held
this Saturday, at the Ward County Golf Course in Monahans.

Cowboys re-learn shotgun

IRVING, Texas, May 6 (AP) -- Regardless of what Troy Aikman
thinks about it, the Dallas Cowboys have started to install
Chan Gailey's new shotgun offense at a veterans-only mini-

By the sound of it, there were some misfires.

``It's looking about like you would expect the first time a
shotgun goes in,'' Gailey said Tuesday after the first day
of his second mini-camp as head coach.

``The guys are feeling their way through it. Every position
is feeling their way through it. I wish it was perfect, but
it's not. And you deal with it and get better with every

Aikman has never regularly used the shotgun in the NFL but
says his reputed dislike for the offense is a myth.

On the contrary, he said Tuesday, the shotgun will open up
more possibilities for an offense that ranked 20th in the
league last season and failed to score more than one offen-
sive touchdown in 10 games.

Gailey's multiple-receiver sets will use up to five wideouts.

``Because of that, I get excited about it,'' Aikman said. ``I
get excited about doing some things differently and getting
exposed to some different things.''

The Cowboys had their first practice session with rookies
about 10 days ago and installed about half the new offense.
Gailey saved the shotgun and multiple-wideout sets for this
mini-camp, which lasts through Thursday.

Aikman said things are coming along with the new schemes, but
``it's going to take some time.''

``It's dramatically different from what we've done in the past
from a terminology standpoint,'' he said. ``We've got a lot
in right now. Chan's really been aggressive.''

Center Clay Shiver is among those most affected by the switch.

``When you're in the 'gun there's no doubt to the defense what's
coming,'' Shiver said. ``You know they're going to get jacked
up and come with their best pass rush, so the snap's a lot
different. Hopefully, it's like riding a bike and I can get
back on and start riding right away.''

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