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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japan STARS, AHD STRIPES TUESDAY, HAY 20,1997"As & manager, fy" C3t ^FIklpkss. That's one aftbe9 * Ik "^ i//worst sitmt&oms I've freen in."Colorado manager Hen Baylor on hispitchers issuing five straight walks/24.The Associated PressNew York Hangers' Wayne ©retzlqp (99) watches Philadelphia •Flyers goalie @arth Snow make a rare save on Sunday.~ gers tie series ony~S 1 i 1 * 1I -vtTpfrrlT'TT o noi" tnr^lr\JlLCuLJv.'y a lldUL ULllJv .«/BY JOHN F. BONFATHThe Associated PressPHILADELPHIA — WayneGretzky /recorded his secondhat trick of the playoffs as theNew York Hangers scored onfive of their first 10 shots andbeat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4Sunday in Game 2 of their East-era Conference finals. ,,New York's vic-tory evened thebest-of-sevenseries at 1-1, with Game 3 Tues-day at Madison Square Garden.The Rangers lost the first gamein each of their earlier playoffseries but came back to winboth in five games.„ Gretzky,who hasnine goalsand six as-sists in 12playoffgames, in-creased hisNHL record of career playoffhat tricks to 10. The Rangersalso got goals from Mark Messi-er, who also had two assists,and Doug Lidster.The Flyers s.urely revivedtheir goalie controversy afterstarter Garth Snow was liftedafter giving up five goals, atleast three of which he shouldsee WiL, Page 3QBY STEVEN WINEThe Associated Press ^MIAMI — The Miami Heathad the home court, the mojmentum and — most importantTim Hardaway.It was all toomuch for theed NewYork Knicks, wno served theirsuspensions, and now will sitout the rest of the playoffs.Hardaway scored 38 pointsand the Heat outscored NewYork by 15 points from three-point range Sunday to winGame 7 of the Eastern Confer-ence semifinals 101-90. TheKnicks became only the sixthteam in NBA playoff history toblow a 3-1 series lead."There's no way to describefor metises. We justtf tfit," New York's Allan Houstonsaid. "It's disbelief. It's shock."1} Miami's dubious reward willbe a date against Michael Jor-dan and the Bulls in the confer-ence finals beginning Tuesdaynight at Chicago."Chicago is the greatest teamprobably in the history of thegame," Heat coach Pat ,Rileysaid. "We don't have the rightto say anything, or the right toposture. We have the right toplay them."Tbf Associated frtssIteaf s Atomo Nouming, toft, tangle* with New York ^Knieks* Patrick Ewing under the basket on Sunday.New York nevet recoveredfrom a Game 5 brawl that re-sulted in the suspension of fiveKnicks, including starters JohnStarks and Larry Johnson forGame 7. Guard Chris Childssymbolized the Knicks' frustra-tion — and lack of composure— when he angrily punted theball into the stands midwaythrough the final period.Did the suspensions by theNBA for leaving the bench areaduring an altercation cost theKnicks the series?"I'm going to take the highroad on that stuff," coach JeffVaa Gundy said."People are going to makeexcuses for us. I don't think ourplayers are looking for excuses.Our coaches aren't either. Wejust got beat today."The Knicks stumbled into theoffseason with their first three-game losing streak since No-vember. Despite acquiringChilds, Johnson, Houston andBuck Williams last summer,New York was eliminated in thesecond round of the plsyoffs forthe third consecutive year.Hardaway did the most dam-age by hitting six of 10 three-Suzuki'sThe Associated PressTOKYO — Ken Suzuki hit three homeruns in three consecutive at-bats, lead-ing the Pacific League's front-runningSeibu Lions to a 7-0 victory over the Chi-ba Lotte Marines at Seibu StadiumSunday. > The Lions, now on a five-game win-ning streak, are 2& games ahead of theFukuoka Daiei Hawks, who beat theOrix BlueWave 5-2 at Fukuoka Dome.The Hawks' Kenji Jojima singledhome • two runs in the four-run firstinning.At Osaka Dome, Hideo Koike hurled afive-hitter and struck out nine, and histeam rapped out 13 hits as the KintetsuBuffaloes blanked the Nippon HamFighters 8-0. Koike is 4-2.In the Central League, TsuyoshiShinjo hit a home run in the first inningand Tetsuro Kawajiri scattered eighthits as the Hanshin Tigers blanked thefront-running Yakult Swallows 1-0 a|Koshien Stadium.Shinjo has four homers and Kawajiriis2-4.The Swallows still are four gamesahead of the Chunichi Dragons, the Hi-roshima Toyo Carp and the YokohamaBayStars, all tied) for second place.At Tokyo Dome, former Seattle Mari-ners player Alonzo Powell doubled hometwo runs in the first inning and Leo Go-mez belted a home run in the two-runfourth as the Dragons trounced the Yo-rniori Giants 9-1.Gomez, formerly with the ChicagoCubs, has nine homers,At Yokohama, the Baystars rapped out12 hits, including a home run by TakuroIshii, and beat the Carp 8-2.* &
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