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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 12 18 21 19 70 CHICAGO 16 24 24 15 79 FINAL


CLEVELAND (70) AT CHICAGO (79)

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

KEMP F 38 5-12 1-2 3 12 15 1 2 1 3 11 PERSON F 31 3-11 1-1 0 5 5 2 0 1 1 8 ILGAUSKAS C 26 5-10 0-2 6 2 8 0 2 0 2 10 KNIGHT G 37 3-8 4-4 0 1 1 5 4 5 5 10 ANDERSON G 33 5-11 2-2 1 1 2 2 4 1 5 12 BUTLER 10 1-8 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 SURA 14 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 6 4 POTAPENKO 21 1-4 2-4 6 6 12 1 2 0 0 4 HENDERSON 18 3-8 0-4 2 2 4 1 3 1 1 6 FERRY 11 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 SCOTT 1 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-78 11-20 19 30 49 14 20 9 24 70 (.372) (.550) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 27(28 PTS)

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

KUKOC F 34 4-13 1-2 2 2 4 7 0 1 2 9 RODMAN F 37 3-8 1-2 5 13 18 2 3 1 1 7 LONGLEY C 35 7-15 1-1 5 4 9 4 3 1 2 15 HARPER G 39 1-6 0-0 1 7 8 0 4 3 1 2 JORDAN G 39 11-26 4-7 0 2 2 4 2 2 5 27 BROWN 19 4-7 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 2 8 KLEINE 10 1-1 1-1 1 0 1 0 4 0 1 3 BURRELL 12 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 BUECHLER 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 CAFFEY 11 2-3 2-2 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 6 BOOTH DNP - COACH'S DECISION LARUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-83 12-17 16 28 44 20 21 12 16 79 (.398) (.706) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(14 PTS)

CLEVELAND 12 18 21 19 - 70 CHICAGO 16 24 24 15 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - KEMP. CHICAGO - LONGLEY 2, HARPER, BURRELL, BUECHLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 1-9 (.111), KEMP 0-1, PERSON 1-3, ANDERSON 0-3, BUTLER 0-1, FERRY 0-1. CHICAGO 1-4 (.250), RODMAN 0-2, JORDAN 1-1, BUECHLER 0-1. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - SURA, KNIGHT, CHICAGO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, BROWN. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, JIM CAPERS, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 23,906. T - 2:05.


CLEVELAND (70) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 38 5-12 1-2 3-15 1 2 11 Person 31 3-11 1-1 0-5 2 0 8 Ilgauskas 26 5-10 0-2 6-8 0 2 10 Knight 37 3-8 4-4 0-1 5 4 10 Anderson 33 5-11 2-2 1-2 2 4 12 Butler 10 1-8 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Sura 14 2-4 0-0 0-1 2 2 4 Potapenko 21 1-4 2-4 6-12 1 2 4 Henderson 18 3-8 0-4 2-4 1 3 6 Ferry 11 0-1 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 Scott 1 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 James DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-78 11-20 19-49 14 20 70 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.550. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Kemp 0-1, Person 1-3, Anderson 0-3, Butler 0-1, Ferry 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 1 (Kemp). Turnovers: 27 (Sura 6, Anderson 5, Knight 5, Kemp 3, Ilgauskas 2, Ferry, Henderson, Person). Steals: 9 (Knight 5, Anderson, Henderson, Kemp, Person).

CHICAGO (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kukoc 34 4-13 1-2 2-4 7 0 9 Rodman 37 3-8 1-2 5-18 2 3 7 Longley 35 7-15 1-1 5-9 4 3 15 Harper 39 1-6 0-0 1-8 0 4 2 Jordan 39 11-26 4-7 0-2 4 2 27 Brown 19 4-7 0-0 0-0 1 3 8 Kleine 10 1-1 1-1 1-1 0 4 3 Burrell 12 0-2 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 Buechler 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Caffey 11 2-3 2-2 2-2 0 1 6 Booth DNP - coach's decision Larue DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-83 12-17 16-44 20 21 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Rodman 0-2, Jordan 1-1, Buechler 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Longley 2, Harper, Burrell, Buechler). Turnovers: 18 (Jordan 5, Brown 2, Kukoc 2, Longley 2, Burrell, Caffey, Harper, Kleine, Rodman). Steals: 12 (Harper 3, Buechler 2, Jordan 2, Brown, Burrell, Kukoc, Longley, Rodman). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 12 18 21 19 - 70 Chicago 16 24 24 15 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 2 (Sura, 3:08 3rd; Knight, 1:20 3rd). Chicago 2 (Illegal Defense, 10:58 2nd; Brown, 1:20 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 23,906. T: 2:05. Officials: Bob Delaney, Jim Capers, Mark Wunderlich.


GAME RECAP

Michael Jordan scored 27 points and Dennis Rodman grabbed 18 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls downed the Cleveland Cavaliers, 79-70, avenging a 21-point blowout four days ago.

Luc Longley contributed 15 points and nine boards for the Bulls (5-4), who lost 101-80 in Cleveland on Tuesday for their worst defeat since March 10th, 1995.

"This is about revenge, that's what it's about. It was important to us," Longley said. "The last couple of years the main issue has been not trying to let anyone beat us twice. And certainly you don't want to do that in the first two or three weeks of the season."

Jordan dunked to cap a key run late in the second quarter and scored 10 in the period, helping the Bulls to a 40-30 halftime lead.

Another dunk by Jordan gave Chicago its biggest lead, 62-46, with 1:39 left in the third quarter. A layup by rookie Derek Anderson, who scored 12 points, pulled Cleveland within 71-63 with 6:14 to play, but the Cavaliers got no closer.

When asked if this was payback for Tuesday's loss, Jordan said, "Very much so. ... We can't allow Cleveland to run us out of their place and ours."

Shawn Kemp added 11 points and 15 rebounds for Cleveland (4-4), which has dropped seven straight games in Chicago. Rodman and the Bulls' defense keyed on Kemp, who made just 5-of-12 shots and committed three turnovers.

"We were able to come down and help out Dennis against Kemp. Dennis did a good job against him," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "We were able to contain him down low and our help defense was very good."

"They're a very smart team and that gives them a great advantage," Kemp said. "They gain confidence and just get after you."

Rodman's free throw gave Chicago the lead for good, 13-12, with 3:53 left in the opening quarter. He pulled down eight boards in the first period, helping the Bulls open a 16-12 lead.

Chicago led 24-20 midway through the second quarter when Jordan scored eight points in a 10-4 spurt. His dunk built the lead to 34-24 with 2:34 remaining.

A jumper by Bob Sura pulled Cleveland within 51-44 with 4:53 left in the third period, but Chicago scored the next seven points. After Longley drained a 16-foot jumper, Randy Brown hit back-to-back layups before Jordan hit a free throw for a 58-44 lead with 3:08 to go.

Jordan scored eight in the period as Chicago took a 64-51 bulge advantage into the final 12 minutes.

"We are starting to find our rhythm, our confidence is building a little bit," Jordan said. "I know we're scoring in low numbers, but it just makes us more concentrated to do our jobs and our roles."

Chicago shot 40 percent (33-of-83) from the field, but Cleveland made just 37 percent (29-of-78), including only 1-of-9 from three-point range. The Cavs also missed 9-of-20 free throws and committed 24 turnovers.

"We just didn't take care of the ball," Anderson said. "We did a good job defensively and got out on the fast break, but then we just turned over the ball. Until we jell, we'll have nights like this."

"It was obviously not a pretty performance we put on tonight," Cavs coach Mike Fratello said. "We just need to buckle down and take care of the ball and get our shots."

Zydrunas Ilgauskas and rookie Brevin Knight scored 10 points apiece for Cleveland, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

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