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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 32 11 15 27 85 BOSTON 12 22 34 24 92 FINAL


CHICAGO (85) AT BOSTON (92)

CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

KUKOC F 36 6-13 0-0 3 1 4 2 4 3 3 12 CAFFEY F 27 6-13 1-4 4 4 8 2 3 2 2 13 LONGLEY C 21 4-6 0-2 3 2 5 0 5 0 4 8 HARPER G 27 0-3 1-2 1 2 3 4 1 4 2 1 JORDAN G 42 7-23 16-21 1 5 6 4 2 2 3 30 RODMAN 24 5-8 0-0 3 6 9 0 1 0 2 10 BURRELL 12 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 2 BROWN 14 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 KERR 25 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 5 BUECHLER 10 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 KLEINE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 WENNINGTON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 33-79 18-29 16 25 41 16 22 12 20 85 (.418) (.621) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 21(17 PTS)

BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MCCARTY F 20 4-12 1-1 4 2 6 3 5 1 3 9 WALKER F 40 13-26 3-5 3 5 8 2 5 5 7 31 KNIGHT C 34 3-7 2-2 4 9 13 2 3 0 4 8 MERCER G 30 5-10 1-3 3 2 5 1 2 0 0 11 BARROS G 31 2-7 0-0 1 5 6 3 0 0 2 6 BOWEN 27 3-8 2-2 2 4 6 1 3 0 0 8 ELLISON 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 BROWN 19 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 BILLUPS 17 6-12 2-2 2 0 2 4 3 2 3 15 THOMAS 5 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 DECLERCQ 13 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 2 5 1 1 2 JONES DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE

TOTALS 240 38-90 11-15 22 30 52 18 30 10 23 92 (.422) (.733) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 24(25 PTS)

CHICAGO 32 11 15 27 - 85 BOSTON 12 22 34 24 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - LONGLEY 2, KUKOC, JORDAN, BURRELL, BROWN. BOSTON - WALKER 2, KNIGHT 2, MCCARTY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 1-8 (.125), KUKOC 0-4, HARPER 0-2, BURRELL 0-1, KERR 1-1. BOSTON 5-18 (.278), MCCARTY 0-1, WALKER 2-6, KNIGHT 0-1, BARROS 2-5, BROWN 0-1, BILLUPS 1-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, GARY BENSON, DAVID JONES. A - 18,624. T - 2:17.


CHICAGO (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kukoc 36 6-13 0-0 3-4 2 4 12 Caffey 27 6-13 1-4 4-8 2 3 13 Longley 21 4-6 0-2 3-5 0 5 8 Harper 27 0-3 1-2 1-3 4 1 1 Jordan 42 7-23 16-21 1-6 4 2 30 Rodman 24 5-8 0-0 3-9 0 1 10 Burrell 12 1-2 0-0 1-3 1 2 2 Brown 14 1-6 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Kerr 25 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 1 5 Buechler 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Kleine 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wennington 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-79 18-29 16-41 16 22 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.621. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Kukoc 0-4, Harper 0-2, Burrell 0-1, Kerr 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Longley 2, Kukoc, Jordan, Burrell, Brown). Turnovers: 21 (Longley 4, Jordan 3, Kukoc 3, Caffey 2, Harper 2, Rodman 2, Brown, Burrell, Kerr, Kleine). Steals: 12 (Harper 4, Kukoc 3, Caffey 2, Jordan 2, Brown).

BOSTON (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 20 4-12 1-1 4-6 3 5 9 Walker 40 13-26 3-5 3-8 2 5 31 Knight 34 3-7 2-2 4-13 2 3 8 Mercer 30 5-10 1-3 3-5 1 2 11 Barros 31 2-7 0-0 1-6 3 0 6 Bowen 27 3-8 2-2 2-6 1 3 8 Ellison 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Brown 19 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Billups 17 6-12 2-2 2-2 4 3 15 Thomas 5 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Declercq 13 1-2 0-0 2-3 2 5 2 Jones DNP - suspended by league _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-90 11-15 22-52 18 30 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.422, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Mccarty 0-1, Walker 2-6, Knight 0-1, Barros 2-5, Brown 0-1, Billups 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Walker 2, Knight 2, Mccarty). Turnovers: 24 (Walker 7, Knight 4, Billups 3, Mccarty 3, Barros 2, Brown, Declercq, Ellison, Thomas). Steals: 10 (Walker 5, Billups 2, Declercq, Mccarty, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Chicago 32 11 15 27 - 85 Boston 12 22 34 24 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:17. Officials: Steve Javie, Gary Benson, David Jones.


GAME RECAP

Rick Pitino made a stunning return to NBA coaching as his fast-break offense and pressure defense led the Boston Celtics to a 92-85 victory over the Chicago Bulls, who blew a 20-point lead and looked nothing like the defending champions.

Antoine Walker scored 31 points for the Celtics, who beat the Bulls for the first time in 12 meetings. Boston was 15-67 last season, while Chicago was 69-13 and won its fifth championship in seven years.

"I'm really proud of our ballclub," said Pitino, who spent the last eight seasons at the University of Kentucky before signing a 10-year, $68 million contract as Celtics coach and president. "This could have turned into a devastating loss for us. I thought we really relaxed as the game wore on."

"The Celtics made a great run on us in the last two quarters," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "They showed that they are a great-conditioned ballclub and we're a poorly conditioned one. That was the energy they had tonight. They outhustled us for a lot of the rebounds and that's how they got a lot of their second-chance points."

The Celtics, who trailed 32-12 after one quarter, erased a 43-34 halftime deficit with a huge third quarter behind Walker. His three-pointer from the left baseline with 6:31 remaining gave Boston the lead for good at 52-49.

"We did the job defensively and that's what we are going to need, night in and night out," Walker said. "Defense has got to win games for us."

Walter McCarty, one of three Celtics who played for Pitino at Kentucky, hit a 10-footer, giving the Celtics their first lead at 49-47 with 7:15 left in the third quarter. The shot capped a 15-4 spurt to open the period.

The Celtics outscored the Bulls 34-15 in the period and took a 68-58 lead into the fourth quarter. The Bulls closed to 86-84 with 1:21 left on an 11-3 spurt highlighted by eight points by Michael Jordan and a three-pointer from Steve Kerr.

But Jordan twice split a pair of free throws to thwart any ideas of a comeback. Boston scored six of the last eight points to ice it.

"This sets the tone for us, we know we can compete night in and night out," said Walker, a Chicago native.

"Our comeback was good but it was abbreviated," Jackson said. "They did a good job of holding the lead and not making mistakes towards the end of the game."

Walker shot 13-of-26 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Rookie guard Chauncey Billups added 15 points and four assists and Travis Knight pulled down 13 rebounds for Boston.

Jordan scored 30 points for the Bulls, who were without injured All-Star forward Scottie Pippen. Jordan shot a dismal 7-of-23 from the field and made 16-of-21 free throws. Jason Caffey added 13 points for Chicago.

"We kind of lost our rhythm after the first quarter," Jordan said. "They maintained their defensive pressure. We applied pressure in the first quarter they couldn't handle, but I think the difference in the ballgame came in the second half with our turnovers. We had 17 and they had six.

Dennis Rodman had nine rebounds for the Bulls, who were just 1-of-8 on three-pointers and were outrebounded, 52-41.

Chicago was beaten in a season opener for the first time since 1990, when it lost to Philadelphia.

"I think our team deserves a lot of credit beating the world champions, granted without one of their best players," Pitino said. "I thought we could come back because we got very lucky in cutting their lead in the second quarter."

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