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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dream Team Wants Barkley, Richmond


NEW YORK -- Charles Barkley of the Phoenix Suns and Mitch Richmond of the Sacramento Kings have been chosen for the Dream Team by USA Basketball's 10-man committee.

If they accept, their selections will be announced Sunday. The National Basketball Association refused comment Thursday, saying the league wanted to wait until the players accept or reject the invitations.

Barkley and Richmond would join a roster that already includes Anfernee Hardaway, Grant Hill, Karl Malone, Reggie Miller, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, Glenn Robinson and John Stockton.

The Olympics will be held July 20 to Aug. 3, and the U.S. squad, an overwhelming favorite for the gold medal, will be coached by Lenny Wilkens of the Atlanta Hawks.

Richmond and Barkley beat out two other top candidates for the Olympic team -- Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks and Shawn Kemp of the Seattle SuperSonics.

Rockets 113, Nuggets 109. Hakeem Olajuwon scored 14 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter as the Houston Rockets' home win dealt the Denver Nuggets' playoff hopes a severe blow.

Olajuwon, who had missed the previous seven games with tendinitis in both knees before returning Tuesday, has 57 points in two games since coming back.

Cavaliers 101, Knicks 97. In New York, Danny Ferry scored 25 of his career-high 32 points in the second half and Terrell Brandon's layup with 3:16 left broke a tie as Cleveland moved closer to clinching a playoff berth with a 101-97 victory over the Knicks.

Bulls 113, Nets 100. In East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Chicago Bulls clinched home-court advantage through the playoffs by beating the Nets. Michael Jordan had 17 points for Chicago as the Bulls moved to within two wins of the single-season wins record of 69 set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Heat 115, Bucks 105. In Miami, Alonzo Mourning scored 32 points and Tim Hardaway added 19 points and 12 assists to lead the Heat to their 12th straight win over Milwaukee, 115-105.

Miami climbed into a tie with Charlotte for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. ()

(For other results, see Scorecard.)