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UNEASY RIDER RENDS HAWKS, MISSES FLIGHT AFTER LOSS

Isaiah Rider went off on his teammates, then let them fly off without him.

Rider missed the Atlanta Hawks' team flight to Detroit on Wednesday following their 116-89 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Rider went on a vulgar diatribe following the loss in which Atlanta was outscored, 40-10, in the third quarter. Indiana's Reggie Miller scored 19 of his 25 points, making five three-pointers, in that quarter.

"People don't care, man," Rider said. "I'm tired of this laughing and giggling. We're losing. I care. . . . I want to win."

Rider entered the game averaging 23.3 points -- eighth-best in the NBA -- but said those numbers mean little because of the Hawks' 11-17 record.

Atlanta, which fell eight games back of Central Division-leading Indiana, has lost five of six and eight of its last 10. Rider played last season for Portland, which advanced to the Western Conference finals.

"Yeah, I'd rather win," he said. "This seventh-in-the-league, sixth-in-the-league scoring, I'd rather win. That's why I was reluctant to come to this (team)."

Clock nearly strikes Cavs

CLEVELAND -- It's not even Y2K yet and there's at least one clock already out of whack.

The Cavaliers almost dropped their eighth straight -- holding on for a 96-94 victory -- when the game clock inexplicably stopped in the final seconds, giving the Wizards more time to try a final shot.

After Cleveland's Lamond Murray missed two free throws that would have iced it, Mitch Richmond missed a three-pointer with one second left.

"I wish somebody could explain it to me because the referees didn't," Cavs coach Randy Wittman said of the clock problem that gave the Wizards a few extra seconds and a chance to win. "It's the new millennium wave we're in."

Shawn Kemp, who pledged earlier in the week to play more aggressively from start to finish, did just that, scoring 35 points as the Cavs won for the first time since Dec. 14.

However, Kemp spent the last 18 seconds in the locker room after getting elbowed in the mouth by Washington's Jahidi White. Kemp got three stitches in his upper lip and had two teeth loosened.

Around the rim

Shaquille O'Neal had 27 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists and five blocked shots as the red-hot Lakers beat the Suns, 103-87. The win was the 10th straight and 17 in 18 games for the Lakers, whose 25-5 record is the NBA's best. . . Allen Iverson scored 34 points, including nine in the final 4:20, and the 76ers held off the Warriors, 97-94. . . . Rookie Anthony Carter scored the game's final four points as the Heat defeated the Magic, 109-106. . . . Jerry Stackhouse scored 23 points, Grant Hill finished with 20 and a rare technical foul and the Pistons got 21 points off 29 Chicago turnovers and beat the Bulls, 91-77. The Bulls signed guard Khalid Reeves, who had been playing in Greece, and waived guard Rusty LaRue. . . . Derrick Coleman had a season-high 27 points and the Hornets overcame three strong individual performances in a 109-105 victory over the Bucks. Milwaukee's Sam Cassell had a career-high 19 assists before fouling out in the final minute. Glenn Robinson scored 36 points -- the highest by a Charlotte opponent this season. Ray Allen added 28. . . . Karl Malone dominated a key stretch of the fourth quarter, and finished with 29 points to lead the Jazz to a 101-90 win over the Grizzlies. . . . Chris Webber scored 31 points and Darrick Martin added 21 as the Kings ended a four-game road losing streak with a 113-104 victory over the SuperSonics, despite 25 points by Gary Payton. . . . Reggie Carter, a standout guard at St. John's who went on to play for the Knicks for two seasons and was an assistant principal at Mineola High School, died of a heart attack. He was 42.

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