KANSAS CITY (March 17, 2002) - The only suspense now seems to be waiting to find out how the ABA will make the Kansas City Knights claim their championship through a playoff.
Far and away the best team in the league, the Knights rolled to their sixteenth consecutive victory Saturday night, downing the Las Vegas Slam 120-115 behind a club-record 42 points from Pete Mickeal.
The Slam, who've proven to be a much tougher opponent than the Chicago team they replaced in the loop a month ago, got 30 points and 10 rebounds from Cedric Ceballos, but couldn't hold several second-half leads before the Knights put it away in front of 2,105 fans.
The Knights welcomed back Doug Grimm, who had been playing in the Phillipines, but may lose guard Rex Walters for a while. The former Kansas star broke a finger diving for a loose ball.
|Kansas City ||17||37,491||2,205|
|Las Vegas (3)||2||805||403|
|*Number of Games Missing Data|
(Indiana 1/15/02, 1/16/02, 1/21/02, 1/31/02, 3/8/02, 3/14/02, Chicago 1/20/02, 1/23/02, Detroit 1/26/02, 2/14/02, 2/16/02, 3/9/02, 3/10/02, 3/12/02, 3/13/02, Kentucky 2/17/02, 3/2/02, S.California 2/19/02, Las Vegas 3/3/02, 3/5/02, 3/6/02)
"Are we interested in St. Louis as a bridge between our teams in Kentucky and Indiana and Kansas City? Absolutely. Will we do anything we have to do to get a team there? Absolutely. Do we consider St. Louis a prime, great, wonderful market for basketball? Absolutely."
---ABA CEO Joe Newman, absolutely in a clip-and-save moment.