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Riley places Heat on refs

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December 15, 2002

MIAMI -- Heat coach Pat Riley did not back down Saturday, a day after he blasted officials for a blown call and a disparity at the free-throw line against the Knicks.

Riley remained adamant his team is being penalized because of some referees' "dislike for me over the years."

The Heat has attempted 219 fewer free throws than opponents this season, including 21 fewer than the Knicks on Friday.

"The only thing I want, the only thing you ever want is consistency. Absolute consistency," Riley said.

In a postgame news conference Friday, Riley singled out referee Steve Javie for comments he allegedly made to Riley during a Nov. 28, 2001, loss to Cleveland.

Riley said Javie "came to my face after we were having a discussion and said, 'It's giving us absolute delight to watch you and your team die.' I think it's absolutely spread throughout the league."

Riley's comments could get him fined or suspended.

"We're looking into it," league spokesman Mark Broussard said.

HEAT 101, WARRIORS 92: Eddie Jones scored a career-high 38 as host Miami snapped a five-game losing streak. BLAZERS 98, WOLVES 92 (OT): Derek Anderson scored 24 and Rasheed Wallace added 18 points and 11 rebounds for visiting Portland. The Trail Blazers outscored the Timberwolves 13-7 in overtime. Minnesota's Kevin Garnett tied it at 85 with 28.7 seconds left in regulation.

MAVS 104, GRIZZLIES 87: Steve Nash scored 26 to lead Dallas, which set a franchise record for consecutive home wins with 12.

BULLS 97, BUCKS 95: Jalen Rose scored 30 and Donyell Marshall had 18 points and 18 rebounds for host Chicago.

CLIPPERS 94, ROCKETS 83: Elton Brand and Andre Miller each scored 27 for visiting Los Angeles.

KINGS 98, JAZZ 96: Chris Webber made four free throws in the final 8.5 to lift visiting Sacramento.

CELTICS 113, KNICKS 90: Paul Pierce had 29 points and 10 rebounds as visiting Boston beat New York a seventh straight time.

CAVS 111, NUGGETS 104: Carlos Boozer's three-point play with 10.6 seconds left bailed out host Cleveland, which let Denver pull within four with 24 seconds left.

SUNS 102, HAWKS 88: Shawn Marion scored 24 for visiting Phoenix.

PISTONS 91, SONICS 78: Richard Hamilton scored 15 of his 25 in the second half for host Detroit.

TRAIL BLAZERS: Forward Ruben Patterson faces a parole violation hearing in Washington state after his domestic assault arrest in Oregon, the Oregonian reported. Patterson was arrested after a disturbance at his home Nov. 25, but prosecutors decided not to press charges. Michelle Dykes of the Washington Department of Corrections said Patterson failed to get specific permission to leave Oregon. Patterson is on probation for a sexual assault charge in 2001.

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