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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 7, 2001


Kemp to start drug treatment

PORTLAND, Ore. -- There were moments when Shawn Kemp made significant contributions to the Blazers' quest for an NBA title, and others when the former All-Star embarrassed himself on the court.

But few expected the 31-year-old forward's first season in Portland to end so ignominiously, leaving the team to check himself into a drug rehabilitation program. Kemp will be treated for cocaine abuse and won't return this season.

Since Kemp volunteered for the program he will continue on full salary, Blazers general manager Bob Whitsitt said before Friday night's game at Golden State.

Portland put Kemp on injured reserve Friday night and activated Antonio Harvey.

Portland players were asked not to comment on the situation before the game.

"The entire Blazer organization supports Shawn during this difficult time," Whitsitt said in a release. "He's taking steps to put his personal life in order so that he can return to his professional career and Shawn should be commended for his actions."

Raptors top Magic

ORLANDO -- Antonio Davis had a career-high 31 points and season-high 13 rebounds and reserve guards Chris Childs and Dell Curry led a fourth-quarter charge as Toronto defeated Orlando 108-100 Friday night.

Toronto's win, combined with Charlotte's 81-76 loss at Miami, gave the Raptors a one-game lead for the fifth seed in the East. The Raptors are 21/2 games behind the Heat for fourth place and home-court advantage in the first round.

Orlando, which was led by Tracy McGrady's 20 points and nine assists, is in seventh place, a game behind Charlotte.

"It looked like, down the stretch, Toronto wanted it more than us, and that's rare for us because we have been a team that's worked hard every night," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said.

Sixers clinch Atlantic

PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time in more than a decade, the 76ers can call themselves division champions.

Dikembe Mutombo scored a season-high 27 and added 13 rebounds, and Eric Snow added 15 points as the 76ers, despite playing without Allen Iverson and Aaron McKie, clinched the Atlantic Division with a 96-88 victory against Cleveland.

Philadelphia hadn't won a division title since 1989-90.

HEAT 81, HORNETS 76: Alonzo Mourning sank an acrobatic go-ahead basket with 93 seconds left to complete a rally for host Miami, which moved 31/2 games ahead of Charlotte in the race for home-court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

KINGS 118, GRIZZLIES 90: Chris Webber scored 36 as Sacramento established a franchise record for road victories. The win was the 21st on the road this season for the Kings, breaking the franchise mark set in 1948-49 by the Rochester Royals.

LAKERS 100, CELTICS 96: Horace Grant hit a turnaround jumper at the shot clock buzzer with eight seconds left as visiting Los Angeles recovered after blowing a 26-point lead. Shaquille O'Neal had 39 points. Paul Pierce scored 30 for Boston, which has lost four of five.

PACERS 100, BULLS 93: Reggie Miller scored 28 and Jalen Rose added 17 as Indiana rallied for its seventh home win in a row. The Pacers pulled 11/2 games ahead of Boston for the final spot in the East.

WOLVES 101, SUNS 88: Kevin Garnett scored 25 to lead host Minnesota to its third victory in a row. Phoenix lost for the second time in 10 games and was denied a chance to clinch its 13th consecutive playoff bid.

HAWKS: Toni Kukoc will miss today's game at Houston because of a bone spur in his right heel.

WARRIORS: Starting point guard Mookie Blaylock will miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right hand.

DRAFT: Villanova forward Michael Bradley and Pepperdine guard Brandon Armstrong made themselves available for the June 27 draft.

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