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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 20 27 13 18 78 ATLANTA 31 19 17 13 80 FINAL


CHICAGO (78) AT ATLANTA (80)

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

CAFFEY F 11 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 HARPER F 32 2-4 1-1 1 2 3 2 4 1 1 5 LONGLEY C 34 5-12 0-0 1 8 9 2 4 0 1 10 BROWN G 15 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 JORDAN G 40 11-25 5-7 1 8 9 6 1 1 2 27 RODMAN 21 1-1 0-2 1 2 3 2 5 0 2 2 KUKOC 32 5-13 1-1 1 4 5 4 1 1 4 12 BUECHLER 18 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 6 KLEINE 13 1-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 1 0 2 KERR 20 2-5 2-2 0 0 0 1 3 3 1 7 BURRELL 4 2-3 3-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 WENNINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-80 12-16 6 30 36 19 25 8 12 78 (.400) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

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

CORBIN F 40 5-11 5-5 2 5 7 3 3 3 1 15 LAETTNER F 23 3-8 2-2 3 6 9 1 6 1 2 8 MUTOMBO C 43 5-12 6-6 2 9 11 1 4 1 1 16 BLAYLOCK G 45 5-12 5-6 1 3 4 7 1 2 4 17 SMITH G 42 7-22 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 0 2 15 HENDERSON 25 2-5 1-2 3 4 7 0 0 1 2 5 ANDERSON 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 2 GRAY 9 1-7 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 2 BROWN 8 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION LIVINGSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-79 19-21 14 33 47 13 21 9 14 80 (.367) (.905) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

CHICAGO 20 27 13 18 - 78 ATLANTA 31 19 17 13 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - HARPER, BURRELL. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 6, LAETTNER, GRAY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 2-8 (.250), JORDAN 0-1, KUKOC 1-2, BUECHLER 0-2, KERR 1-2, BURRELL 0-1. ATLANTA 3-11 (.273), BLAYLOCK 2-6, SMITH 1-4, GRAY 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - HEAD COACH JACKSON, ATLANTA - BROWN. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, JOE DEROSA, LEON WOOD. A - 45,790. T - 2:09.


CHICAGO (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Caffey 11 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Harper 32 2-4 1-1 1-3 2 4 5 Longley 34 5-12 0-0 1-9 2 4 10 Brown 15 0-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 0 Jordan 40 11-25 5-7 1-9 6 1 27 Rodman 21 1-1 0-2 1-3 2 5 2 Kukoc 32 5-13 1-1 1-5 4 1 12 Buechler 18 3-6 0-0 0-1 0 1 6 Kleine 13 1-4 0-0 1-4 0 2 2 Kerr 20 2-5 2-2 0-0 1 3 7 Burrell 4 2-3 3-3 0-0 0 0 7 Wennington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-80 12-16 6-36 19 25 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Jordan 0-1, Kukoc 1-2, Buechler 0-2, Kerr 1-2, Burrell 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Harper, Burrell). Turnovers: 13 (Kukoc 4, Jordan 2, Rodman 2, Buechler, Harper, Kerr, Longley). Steals: 8 (Kerr 3, Buechler, Harper, Jordan, Kleine, Kukoc).

ATLANTA (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Corbin 40 5-11 5-5 2-7 3 3 15 Laettner 23 3-8 2-2 3-9 1 6 8 Mutombo 43 5-12 6-6 2-11 1 4 16 Blaylock 45 5-12 5-6 1-4 7 1 17 Smith 42 7-22 0-0 2-3 1 2 15 Henderson 25 2-5 1-2 3-7 0 0 5 Anderson 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Gray 9 1-7 0-0 1-3 0 2 2 Brown 8 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Crawford DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision Livingston DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-79 19-21 14-47 13 21 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.367, FT-.905. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Blaylock 2-6, Smith 1-4, Gray 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 8 (Mutombo 6, Laettner, Gray). Turnovers: 14 (Blaylock 4, Brown 2, Henderson 2, Laettner 2, Smith 2, Corbin, Mutombo). Steals: 9 (Corbin 3, Blaylock 2, Gray, Henderson, Laettner, Mutombo). ____________________________________________ Chicago 20 27 13 18 - 78 Atlanta 31 19 17 13 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Head Coach Jackson, 9:32 4th). Atlanta 1 (Brown, 3:53 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 45,790. T: 2:09. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Joe Derosa, Leon Wood.


GAME RECAP

Dikembe Mutombo hit a pair of free throws with just under two minutes remaining as the Atlanta Hawks equaled the best start in franchise history with their fifth straight victory, 80-78 over the two-time defending champion Chicago Bulls.

The Hawks, one of three unbeaten teams in the NBA, equaled the 5-0 start posted in 1986-87.

The game was played before a Georgia Dome crowd of 45,790, the largest to see a basketball game in the state of Georgia. The attendance also was the fifth largest to see an NBA game and the biggest since 49,551 attended a game between the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves on April 17th, 1990.

"It felt good that we had a lot of people out there," said Hawks guard Mookie Blaylock. "If we keep on playing like we are, they'll come back to see us."

After Michael Jordan's 15-foot jumper put the Bulls ahead, 78-76, Blaylock sank a pair of free throws to tie it with 2:25 left.

Jordan committed an offensive foul and, on Atlanta's next trip down the floor, Mutombo drew a foul on Luc Longley. He sank the go-ahead foul shots with 1:58 left.

Chicago had three chances to tie in the waning moments. Dennis Rodman missed a pair of free throws with 78 seconds left, then committed an offensive foul with 40.7 seconds to play. The Bulls still had a chance to win, but Jordan's three-pointer with seven seconds left clanged off the rim.

"I really didn't realize it was a three until I took the shot," Jordan said. "I was looking for an open shot. I thought I had the defense at a disadvantage. We were running the screen and roll pretty much in the fourth quarter, so I had been getting some good looks and I thought I had the defense off balance."

"I just haven't been playing," Rodman said. "The interest level just isn't there. I gave no effort tonight. I had no effort. It's very difficult to question my teammates. Right now, it's difficult to get up for games."

Blaylock led Atlanta with 17 points while Mutombo added 16, 11 rebounds and six blocks. Steve Smith contributed 15 points.

"It's not just about beating the Bulls," Mutombo said. "It's about getting as many wins as we can in the beginning of the regular season. We know what we want to accomplish ... getting a championship."

Jordan scored 27 points for the Bulls, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Atlanta held a 74-67 lead with 6:17 left in the fourth quarter before the Bulls went on a 9-2 run, capped by Jud Buechler's jumper with 3:15 that tied it.

The Hawks used an early first-quarter run to build a lead they held for most of the game. Alaredy ahead, 7-4, with 10:26 left in the opening period, Atlanta went on an 18-6 run to take extend to 25-10 with 3:01 left. Tyrone Corbin was the key contributor in the spurt with eight points.

Alan Henderson's layup two minutes into the second quarter gave the Hawks a 38-25 edge before the Bulls embarked on their first run. Toni Kukoc had six points during an 18-8 spurt that cut the margin to 46-43 with 1:34 to go before halftime.

Corbin had 12 points in the first half as the Hawks held a 50-47 lead at halftime.

Chicago took its first lead when Jordan hit a jumper with 9:59 left in the third to maie it 51-50. Jordan was 11-for-25 from the field.

The game was knotted, 58-58, but the Hawks closed the third quarter on a 9-2 run to take a 67-60 lead.

Each team struggled with its shooting. The Bulls shot 40 percent (32-of-80) from the field while Atlanta connected on 37 percent of its shots (29-of-79).

The teams were meeting for the first time since the Bulls defeated Atlanta in five games in last year's Eastern Conference semifinals.

"It feels good to be 5-0," said Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens. "This game was a good test early in the year. We came up with a couple of good defensive plays, we won the game and that's all that counts. Down the stretch you have to try an execute and we did."

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