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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 2, 2001


Sore foot will keep Shaq out

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, who missed the past three games with an injured right foot, was diagnosed Thursday as having a strained arch and will be out at least another week.

The injury could keep O'Neal, the Western Conference's leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, out of the Feb. 11 showcase.

O'Neal had an MRI exam and a CT scan. He will have therapy and will be re-evaluated Thursday.

Without O'Neal, the Lakers have lost two of their past three.

KNICKS: Lavor Postell was activated, and center Felton Spencer was put on the injured list because of a sore right knee.

RAPTORS: Forward Vince Carter had an MRI exam on Wednesday that showed no new damage, but it was unclear whether he would play in the All-Star Game.

76ERS: There is no evidence an Indiana fan made racial slurs against guard Allen Iverson during a game, Pacers spokesman David Benner said. NBC taped Iverson shouting a derogatory remark about gays at the fan during the 76ers' win Sunday in Indianapolis.

SONICS: Forward Ruben Patterson was suspended by the league for three games because of his conviction on an assault charge.

SUNS: Forward Tom Gugliotta, sidelined for five games with a sore left knee, was activated. Gugliotta had major reconstructive knee surgery in the off-season.

Wolves win ninth straight

TIMBERWOLVES 90, CAVALIERS 81: Terrell Brandon matched a season high with 27 points as visiting Minnesota extended its club-record winning streak to nine games.

JAZZ 87, HORNETS 76: Karl Malone had 16 points and seven rebounds, passing 13,000 rebounds for his 16-year career, as host Utah won for the sixth time in seven games. Shortly after tipoff, Malone's defensive rebound put him into a group whose members (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes and Hakeem Olajuwon) have also scored at least 26,000.

76ERS 87, KNICKS 80: Iverson scored 31 points and hit two long jumpers in the final three minutes to keep visiting Philadelphia in the lead. The Sixers moved 7 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Knicks in the Atlantic Division.

SONICS 97, BULLS 91: Vin Baker scored 22 and Brent Barry had 11 assists as Seattle outlasted Chicago. Seattle guard Gary Payton was carried from the floor after slipping in the second quarter. Payton, who missed most of the first quarter because of a strained abdominal muscle, stayed on the floor for more than a minute, clutching his midsection.

MAVERICKS 95, HEAT 91 (OT): Miami overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit, but Michael Finley opened overtime with a three-pointer and Dirk Nowitzki hit a jumper as host Dallas took over.

CLIPPERS 101, ROCKETS 84: Lamar Odom scored 15 of his 19 in the second half as visiting Los Angeles ended a nine-game losing streak.

BLAZERS 100, SUNS 92: Steve Smith scored 17 of his 20 in the fourth quarter as host Portland held on.

Wooden goes to work

At 90, John Wooden will join the Los Angeles Stars as the ABA 2000 team's executive consultant to operations. Wooden will attend games and practices when his schedule permits and provide input on personnel matters. Wooden coached UCLA to 10 NCAA championships in a 12-season span, ending with his retirement in 1975.

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