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HEAT-KNICKS: Marcus Camby pulled off what might have been his best move of the Heat-Knicks series Thursday, bolting through the gymnasium doors and speeding down a stairwell after practice without a single word of explanation for his miserable Game 5.

Patrick Ewing exited silently, too, while Allan Houston at least admitted that he took himself out of the game by not being aggressive enough.

Coach Jeff Van Gundy was disgusted with the whole bunch of them as the New York Knicks, trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven series against Miami, tried to recover from their 87-81 loss Wednesday in Game 5 and figure out a way to get even in Game 6 tonight.

To the coach, it comes down to one simple word: rebounding.

"Get the ball," Van Gundy said. "Very simple. Hit somebody and go get the ball."

Van Gundy, meanwhile, is going to have to get a new car.

A jet blast from the team's charter plane lifted his car and sent it hurdling over three other vehicles as the plane returned to New York early Thursday.

Van Gundy's car, a 1995 Honda Civic, was "totally demolished," police said. Also extensively damaged were Houston's 1997 Mercedes, assistant coach Brendan Malone's 1999 Lincoln and the car belonging to the team's media relations director.

PACERS-SIXERS: Before it thinks about a historic comeback, Philadelphia must win another game.

With Reggie Miller returning to a seemingly more-focused Pacers team, the Sixers can't overlook tonight's Game 6 against Indiana or there won't be a Game 7.

"If we don't concentrate on the game, there's no way we're going to make history," Sixers guard Allen Iverson said.

Philadelphia can even the series with a victory at the First Union Center.

ATKINS HONORED: Chucky Atkins was named to the league's All-Rookie second team. Atkins, the Magic's backup point guard, averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 assists in 19.8 minutes. The former USF standout was the only one of the 10 players on the first and second teams who wasn't among the top 18 picks in the 1999 NBA draft. Atkins was not drafted when he left South Florida in 1996, playing two seasons professionally in Croatia before reaching the NBA. The first team: Elton Brand (Bulls), Steve Francis (Rockets), Lamar Odom (Clippers), Wally Szczerbiak (Timberwolves) and Andre Miller (Cavaliers). Brand and Francis were named co-rookies of the year earlier this spring. Joining Atkins on the second team: Shawn Marion (Suns), Ron Artest (Chicago), James Posey (Nuggets) and Jason Terry (Hawks).

CELTICS: JoJo White, a guard on two championship teams, has been named director of special projects and community relations representative.

MAVERICKS: Don Nelson is expected to return next season as coach.

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