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New York Hangers' Wayne ©retzlqp (99) watches Philadelphia •
Flyers goalie @arth Snow make a rare save on Sunday.
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BY JOHN F. BONFATH
The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — WayneGretzky /recorded his second
hat trick of the playoffs as theNew York Hangers scored on
five of their first 10 shots andbeat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4
Sunday in Game 2 of their East-era Conference finals. ,,
New York's vic-tory evened the
series at 1-1, with Game 3 Tues-day at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers lost the first gamein each of their earlier playoff
series but came back to winboth in five games.
and six as-
sists in 12
creased hisNHL record of career playoff
hat 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 after
starter Garth Snow was liftedafter giving up five goals, at
least three of which he should
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BY STEVEN WINE
The Associated Press ^
MIAMI — The Miami Heathad the home court, the moj
mentum and — most important
It was all too
much for theed New
York Knicks, wno served theirsuspensions, and now will sit
out the rest of the playoffs.
Hardaway scored 38 pointsand the Heat outscored New
York by 15 points from three-point range Sunday to win
Game 7 of the Eastern Confer-ence semifinals 101-90. The
Knicks became only the sixthteam in NBA playoff history to
blow a 3-1 series lead."There's no way to describe
for metises. We justtf tf
it," 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 Tuesday
night at Chicago."Chicago is the greatest team
probably in the history of the
game," Heat coach Pat ,Rileysaid. "We don't have the right
to say anything, or the right to
posture. We have the right to
Tbf Associated frtss
Iteaf 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 five
Knicks, including starters JohnStarks and Larry Johnson for
Game 7. Guard Chris Childssymbolized the Knicks' frustra-
tion — and lack of composure
— when he angrily punted theball into the stands midway
through the final period.
Did the suspensions by theNBA for leaving the bench area
during an altercation cost theKnicks the series?
"I'm going to take the high
road on that stuff," coach JeffVaa Gundy said.
"People are going to makeexcuses for us. I don't think our
players 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 acquiring
Childs, Johnson, Houston andBuck Williams last summer,
New York was eliminated in thesecond round of the plsyoffs for
the third consecutive year.
Hardaway did the most dam-age by hitting six of 10 three-
The Associated Press
TOKYO — Ken Suzuki hit three home
runs 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 Stadium
Sunday. ><&;; xSuzuki slugged the game's first home
run against Mike Fyhrie in the third in-
ning. He now has six homers this
season.FVhrie, formerly with the Trifcle-A
Norfolk team, gave up five hits and four
Homers propels Lions oyer Marines
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runs over four innings and took the loss,
making him 1-1. >
The Lions, now on a five-game win-
ning streak, are 2& games ahead of the
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, who beat the
Orix BlueWave 5-2 at Fukuoka Dome.
The Hawks' Kenji Jojima singled
home • two runs in the four-run first
At Osaka Dome, Hideo Koike hurled afive-hitter and struck out nine, and his
team rapped out 13 hits as the Kintetsu
Buffaloes blanked the Nippon HamFighters 8-0. Koike is 4-2.
In the Central League, Tsuyoshi
Shinjo hit a home run in the first inning
and Tetsuro Kawajiri scattered eight
hits as the Hanshin Tigers blanked thefront-running Yakult Swallows 1-0 a|
Shinjo has four homers and Kawajiriis2-4.
The Swallows still are four games
ahead of the Chunichi Dragons, the Hi-
roshima Toyo Carp and the Yokohama
BayStars, all tied) for second place.
At Tokyo Dome, former Seattle Mari-
ners player Alonzo Powell doubled home
two runs in the first inning and Leo Go-
mez belted a home run in the two-run
fourth as the Dragons trounced the Yo-rniori Giants 9-1.
Gomez, formerly with the Chicago
Cubs, has nine homers,
At Yokohama, the Baystars rapped out12 hits, including a home run by Takuro
Ishii, and beat the Carp 8-2.