The Pacers' Ron Artest was fined $10,000 by the league yesterday for making an obscene gesture during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Detroit. Artest made the gesture with 3 minutes 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Pacers' 72-67 loss to the Pistons on Monday night.

* NUMBERS GAME: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar figures his career scoring record will be broken someday. He doesn't think the Lakers' Karl Malone will be the one to do it.

Missing half this season with injuries was a setback for Malone's chances of breaking the mark of 39,387 points, Abdul-Jabbar said.

"At this time of his life, it's tougher at this end of it than it was at the beginning to overcome injury and come back and be into the flow of the game," said Abdul-Jabbar, who spent his 20-year career with the Bucks and Lakers. "That's going uphill."

The 40-year-old Malone has 36,928 points in his career, 1,459 behind Abdul-Jabbar.

* NO TO NELSON: Jameer Nelson won't be staying home and playing in Philadelphia next season if the 76ers have the ninth pick in next month's draft.

New Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said he wouldn't draft Nelson, the Saint Joseph's guard who was college basketball's consensus player of the year.

"It's not what Jameer lacks. It's the strength of the international players, the high school players and other four-year college players," O'Brien said.

-- From News Services