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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 25 20 19 28 92 CHICAGO 35 22 26 22 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHA - BOBBY PHILLS 14, MATT GEIGER 14, VLADE DIVAC 13 CHI - MICHAEL JORDAN 28, TONI KUKOC 18, LUC LONGLEY 16


CHARLOTTE (92) AT CHICAGO (105)

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

MASON F 27 1-4 0-0 2 6 8 5 2 0 0 2 RICE F 36 4-13 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 1 3 10 DIVAC C 28 6-11 1-3 3 5 8 3 3 1 2 13 WESLEY G 29 5-9 0-0 0 1 1 6 3 1 3 11 PHILLS G 32 6-13 2-4 0 4 4 4 1 0 0 14 GEIGER 20 5-9 4-5 1 8 9 4 2 0 2 14 BECK 9 2-5 0-1 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 CURRY 19 5-11 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 12 REID 21 2-6 2-2 3 4 7 1 3 0 1 6 ARMSTRONG 14 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 4 FARMER 5 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-86 13-19 12 29 41 26 19 5 12 92 (.453) (.684) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12(13 PTS)

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

KUKOC F 32 6-10 4-5 1 0 1 2 2 0 2 18 CAFFEY F 15 0-5 2-2 0 4 4 1 3 0 1 2 LONGLEY C 32 6-11 4-4 0 4 4 5 4 0 1 16 HARPER G 31 6-9 4-5 1 1 2 1 3 1 0 16 JORDAN G 38 12-24 2-2 1 3 4 7 0 1 2 28 RODMAN 23 3-4 0-0 3 11 14 2 0 0 0 6 BROWN 23 3-7 2-2 1 1 2 3 1 2 2 8 BURRELL 20 1-9 0-0 5 1 6 2 3 2 0 2 KLEINE 12 2-3 0-0 3 2 5 0 1 0 0 4 BUECHLER 11 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 3 BOOTH 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

TOTALS 240 41-87 18-20 16 29 45 23 18 6 10 105 (.471) (.900) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 25 20 19 28 - 92 CHICAGO 35 22 26 22 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - REID. CHICAGO - KUKOC, LONGLEY, HARPER, JORDAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 1-8 (.125), RICE 0-2, WESLEY 1-2, PHILLS 0-1, CURRY 0-2, FARMER 0-1. CHICAGO 5-10 (.500), KUKOC 2-3, JORDAN 2-2, RODMAN 0-1, BURRELL 0-1, BUECHLER 1-2, BOOTH 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, WOODY MAYFIELD, BILL SPOONER. A - 23,894. T - 1:59.


CHARLOTTE (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 27 1-4 0-0 2-8 5 2 2 Rice 36 4-13 2-2 1-2 1 2 10 Divac 28 6-11 1-3 3-8 3 3 13 Wesley 29 5-9 0-0 0-1 6 3 11 Phills 32 6-13 2-4 0-4 4 1 14 Geiger 20 5-9 4-5 1-9 4 2 14 Beck 9 2-5 0-1 1-1 2 1 4 Curry 19 5-11 2-2 0-0 0 1 12 Reid 21 2-6 2-2 3-7 1 3 6 Armstrong 14 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 Farmer 5 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-86 13-19 12-41 26 19 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Rice 0-2, Wesley 1-2, Phills 0-1, Curry 0-2, Farmer 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Reid). Turnovers: 12 (Rice 3, Wesley 3, Divac 2, Geiger 2, Armstrong, Reid). Steals: 5 (Armstrong 2, Divac, Rice, Wesley).

CHICAGO (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kukoc 32 6-10 4-5 1-1 2 2 18 Caffey 15 0-5 2-2 0-4 1 3 2 Longley 32 6-11 4-4 0-4 5 4 16 Harper 31 6-9 4-5 1-2 1 3 16 Jordan 38 12-24 2-2 1-4 7 0 28 Rodman 23 3-4 0-0 3-14 2 0 6 Brown 23 3-7 2-2 1-2 3 1 8 Burrell 20 1-9 0-0 5-6 2 3 2 Kleine 12 2-3 0-0 3-5 0 1 4 Buechler 11 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 1 3 Booth 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-87 18-20 16-45 23 18 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Kukoc 2-3, Jordan 2-2, Rodman 0-1, Burrell 0-1, Buechler 1-2, Booth 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Kukoc, Longley, Harper, Jordan). Turnovers: 12 (Brown 2, Jordan 2, Kukoc 2, Booth, Buechler, Caffey, Longley). Steals: 6 (Brown 2, Burrell 2, Harper, Jordan). ____________________________________________ Charlotte 25 20 19 28 - 92 Chicago 35 22 26 22 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 23,894. T: 1:59. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Woody Mayfield, Bill Spooner.


GAME RECAP

Michael Jordan scored 22 of his 28 points in the first half and late-arriving Dennis Rodman helped the Chicago Bulls shut down Glen Rice in a 105-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets that snapped a two-game losing streak.

Jordan scored 11 points in the first quarter as Chicago bolted to a 35-25 lead. He added nine points in a 16-6 burst that began the second quarter and built the lead to 20 points.

"It's been a very depressing last couple of days," Jordan said. "Certainly, we haven't had great things to think about except losing two in a row and three of the last four. Tonight we broke out of it."

Rodman, who apparently was caught in traffic, did not show on the Bulls bench until 7 1/2 minutes remained in the opening period. He entered the game less than a minute later and had 14 rebounds while helping to contain forwards Rice and Anthony Mason.

Rice, averaging nearly 22 points per game, scored 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Mason, averaging 11.3, managed just two points.

"I was disppointed in my game tonight," Rice said. "I think the Bulls took me out of my game early and I lost my aggressiveness. If I was starting the game over right now, I'd play a lot harder. It was disappointing for me and the team."

The Bulls were coming off a 21-point loss at Cleveland and a 90-83 home loss to the Washington Wizards. For that game, Rodman arrived just 15 minutes before tip-off, wearing pajamas and slippers.

"We had seven guys late to the game tonight because of traffic," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "But Dennis was exaggeratingly late and he will be fined. He did call us from the road, though, so there was no problem with insubordination."

Toni Kukoc scored 18 points and Luc Longley and Ron Harper added 16 apiece for struggling Chicago, which avoided its first three-game losing streak in nearly three years and improved to 4-1 at home and 5-4 overall.

"We came out tonight with better energy," Jackson added. "We were able to get Michael down the court and get some easy baskets early. Our starters stepped up their game offensively. Harper, Kukoc and Longley all stepped their game up to where we were potent offensively."

An 8-2 burst capped by two free throws by Randy Brown gave the Bulls a 29-19 lead with two minutes to go in the first quarter. Chicago held a 35-25 lead after one period, a team season high for points in the first quarter.

Jordan scored nine points in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second quarter, including a three-pointer that completed the run and widened the lead to 51-31. He did much of his damage against Bobby Phills, a defensive-minded guard who was making his debut for the Hornets.

"Everybody came out aggressive and we were all going to the basket early," Jordan said. "Tonight was one of those wins that we needed to stop all the panicking around us. We were very focused and had good rhythm. We need to establish an effort like this every night."

The Hornets scored eight straight points to cut the deficit to 55-45, but Jordan drilled a jumper at the buzzer, giving the Bulls a 12-point halftime bulge.

Chicago continued to pour it on in the second half. Rodman scored four of his six points in an 11-4 burst early in the third quarter. Harper's two free throws made it 68-51 with 8:07 remaining in the period.

A layup by Brown gave the Bulls their largest lead at 89-66 with 10:29 to play. The Hornets got no closer than 13 points thereafter.

Brown scored eight points for Chicago, which shot 47 percent (41-of-87) and made 18-of-20 free throws. The Bulls held a 45-41 rebounding edge.

"We finally had a game where we put our entire offense together," Longley said. "We also did a nice job with defense, helping supply our transition game. We basically had them back on their heels all night."

Phills and Matt Geiger scored 14 points apiece and Vlade Divac added 13 and eight rebounds for Charlotte, which shot 45 percent (39-of-86) but just 1-of-8 from three-point range.

"I think the Bulls were do to break out some time," Charlotte coach Dave Cowens said. "We just made it easy for them tonight. We really never had any good energy. I guess we're victims of the schedule. It's not good to have five days off in a row, especially this early in the season. I'm not making an excuse, though, because the Bulls pounded us."

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