Clearly, Kukoc was the second-best player in Barcelona, behind the formidable Ewing. Just as clearly, the Knicks were the best team, as they repeatedly pounded the ball inside on the Yugos on Saturday for easy buckets, and ran Pop 84's pencil-thin bench into exhaustion. The tandem of Wilkins and Trent Tucker displayed playoff-like intensity in holding Kukoc to 18 points and 12 assists. And after a 23-4 Knick run in the second quarter that turned a 32-27 deficit into a 50-36 lead, the game was never in doubt. In one glorious fourth-quarter confrontation, Ewing won the battle for top enchilada by rejecting Kukoc's dunk attempt after the young man had driven past Wilkins to the hoop. "He dunked one on my main man Alonzo Mourning earlier this summer at the Goodwill Games," said a pleased—and relieved—Ewing. "I couldn't let him set both of us."