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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No Upsets as Playoffs Open

NEW YORK (AP) -- Patrick Ewing scored 21 points and Cleveland missed 26 of 37 shots in the second and third quarters as the New York Knicks opened their playoff series with a 103-79 victory over the Cavaliers.

The Knicks, who took control Thursday night with 15-0 and 18-2 spurts, also got 19 points from Charles Oakley, 16 from Derek Harper and 14 from Charles Smith.

Reserves Danny Ferry and Tony Campbell were the only Cleveland players in double figures with 20 and 13 points, respectively. Mark Price, slowed by an inflamed tendon in his left foot, finished with six points on 1-for-6 shooting.

Pacers 90, Hawks 82. In Indianapolis, Reggie Miller scored 24 points and Derrick McKey had 21 to lead the Pacers, who began a playoff series with the homecourt advantage for the first time since joining the NBA in 1976.

Indiana rallied from a 10-point deficit to take the lead for good in the third quarter when Atlanta went more than six minutes without a field goal.

Grant Long led a balanced Atlanta offense that had all five starters in double figures with 18 points. Steve Smith and Mookie Blaylock had 17 each.

Jazz 102, Rockets 100. In Salt Lake City, John Stockton's drive with 2.4 seconds left gave the Jazz the victory. He finished with 28 points and 10 assists.

Vernon Maxwell's long 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim and the Rockets lost despite 45 points from Hakeem Olajuwon. It was the Rockets' first playoff game in defense of their NBA championship.

The Rockets tied it for the eighth time in the final quarter at 100-100 on a 16-foot jumper by Kenny Smith with 16 seconds to go.

SuperSonics 96, Lakers 71. In Tacoma, Washington, Shawn Kemp had 21 points and Detlef Schrempf had 20 as the Sonics held the Lakers to a team record-low.

The Lakers, who missed 24 of 28 3-point shots, were led by Nick Van Exel's 29 points.

The Sonics, with a lot to prove in the playoffs after their shocking loss in the opening round to Denver last season, got 17 points from Kendall Gill.


In Lumberton, North Carolina, Larry Martin Demery, 19, pleaded guilty in the murder of Michael Jordan's father and agreed to testify against another accused, Daniel Green, 20, who is also charged in the July 23, 1993, killing of James Jordan.

Demery faces a minimum of life in prison on the first-degree murder charge. He could also face the death penalty.

Jordan, 56, was shot as he napped in his car on the shoulder of an highway south of town, while taking a break on a trip from Wilmington to Charlotte. His body was later found in a South Carolina swamp.

Michael Jordan, in Charlotte for the playoffs against the Charlotte Hornets, refused to answer questions.


Doug Collins confirmed Thursday night that he will replace Don Chaney as coach of the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons obviously hope he learned from his rocky relationship with Michael Jordan when Collins was coach of the Chicago Bulls.

Collins, a television analyst for the TNT cable network, said before the game between the Knicks and Cavaliers that he had agreed to terms with the Pistons. He has been out of coaching since being fired by the Bulls after the 1989 season.