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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 9 20 22 19 70 CHICAGO 24 16 29 28 97 FINAL


TORONTO (70) AT CHICAGO (97)

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

MILLER F 25 2-4 2-2 1 2 3 0 3 1 2 6 CAMBY F 28 4-11 3-5 4 2 6 0 5 0 6 11 TABAK C 25 2-6 0-2 1 5 6 0 3 0 1 4 STOUDAMIRE G 27 2-10 1-2 1 3 4 3 2 1 3 5 WILLIAMS G 25 2-7 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 4 1 5 WALLACE 33 7-15 0-2 2 5 7 1 3 1 3 14 SLATER 30 5-10 1-2 2 2 4 1 2 0 2 11 RESPERT 17 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 4 MCGRADY 23 3-10 2-2 5 1 6 1 2 0 2 8 GARNER 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 2 CHRISTIE DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE KEMPTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-81 9-17 17 23 40 13 23 8 22 70 (.370) (.529) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 23(23 PTS)

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

KUKOC F 34 6-7 2-6 0 6 6 6 3 4 2 15 RODMAN F 33 3-5 1-4 8 6 14 1 3 0 2 7 LONGLEY C 21 2-8 0-0 6 1 7 4 2 0 1 4 HARPER G 24 8-14 4-8 2 2 4 3 3 3 5 20 JORDAN G 27 4-16 3-4 3 3 6 2 0 2 0 11 BURRELL 14 3-5 1-1 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 8 CAFFEY 18 2-4 0-0 0 7 7 2 1 0 1 4 BROWN 17 1-4 2-4 0 0 0 5 2 1 0 4 BUECHLER 15 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 1 2 4 WENNINGTON 19 4-7 4-5 2 2 4 1 1 0 0 12 KERR 16 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 8 KLEINE 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 38-83 17-32 22 30 52 27 19 12 17 97 (.458) (.531) TEAM REBS: 18 TOTAL TO: 18(18 PTS)

TORONTO 9 20 22 19 - 70 CHICAGO 24 16 29 28 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - CAMBY 2, TABAK 2, MILLER, SLATER. CHICAGO - BUECHLER 3, LONGLEY 2, WENNINGTON, CAFFEY, BROWN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 1-5 (.200), WILLIAMS 1-3, RESPERT 0-2. CHICAGO 4-14 (.286), KUKOC 1-2, HARPER 0-2, BURRELL 1-2, BUECHLER 0-3, KERR 2-5. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL OAKES, BLANE REICHELT, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 23,867. T - 2:00.


TORONTO (70) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Miller 25 2-4 2-2 1-3 0 3 6 Camby 28 4-11 3-5 4-6 0 5 11 Tabak 25 2-6 0-2 1-6 0 3 4 Stoudamire 27 2-10 1-2 1-4 3 2 5 Williams 25 2-7 0-0 1-2 2 3 5 Wallace 33 7-15 0-2 2-7 1 3 14 Slater 30 5-10 1-2 2-4 1 2 11 Respert 17 2-6 0-0 0-2 2 0 4 Mcgrady 23 3-10 2-2 5-6 1 2 8 Garner 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 3 0 2 Christie DNP - sprained left ankle Kempton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-81 9-17 17-40 13 23 70 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.370, FT-.529. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Williams 1-3, Respert 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Camby 2, Tabak 2, Miller, Slater). Turnovers: 23 (Camby 6, Stoudamire 3, Wallace 3, Mcgrady 2, Miller 2, Slater 2, Garner, Respert, Tabak, Williams). Steals: 8 (Williams 4, Garner, Miller, Stoudamire, Wallace).

CHICAGO (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kukoc 34 6-7 2-6 0-6 6 3 15 Rodman 33 3-5 1-4 8-14 1 3 7 Longley 21 2-8 0-0 6-7 4 2 4 Harper 24 8-14 4-8 2-4 3 3 20 Jordan 27 4-16 3-4 3-6 2 0 11 Burrell 14 3-5 1-1 0-0 0 2 8 Caffey 18 2-4 0-0 0-7 2 1 4 Brown 17 1-4 2-4 0-0 5 2 4 Buechler 15 2-6 0-0 1-3 0 1 4 Wennington 19 4-7 4-5 2-4 1 1 12 Kerr 16 3-7 0-0 0-1 2 1 8 Kleine 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-83 17-32 22-52 27 19 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.531. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Kukoc 1-2, Harper 0-2, Burrell 1-2, Buechler 0-3, Kerr 2-5). Team rebounds: 18. Blocked shots: 8 (Buechler 3, Longley 2, Wennington, Caffey, Brown). Turnovers: 18 (Harper 5, Burrell 3, Buechler 2, Kukoc 2, Rodman 2, Caffey, Kleine, Longley). Steals: 12 (Kukoc 4, Harper 3, Jordan 2, Brown, Buechler, Burrell). ____________________________________________ Toronto 9 20 22 19 - 70 Chicago 24 16 29 28 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 23,867. T: 2:00. Officials: Bill Oakes, Blane Reichelt, Rashan Michel.


GAME RECAP

Ron Harper offset a poor shooting performance by Michael Jordan with 10 of his 20 points in the first quarter, when he outscored the punchless Toronto Raptors and powered the Chicago Bulls to a 97-70 victory.

Harper keyed runs to open both halves as the Bulls avoided their first three-game losing streak with Jordan in the lineup since 1990 and held an opponent to 70 points or less for the third time this season.

"I know you (media) had fun playing tic-tac-toe on press row tonight, but it was an important game for us," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "We needed to execute and play defense."

Jordan shot just 4-of-16 from the field and scored a season-low 11 points. It was the second poor game in the last five for the nine-time NBA scoring champion, who is leading the league again this season with an average of 26.9 points per game. Jordan scored 13 points on 4-of-16 shooting in an 84-62 victory over Milwaukee eight days ago.

The Bulls did not need Jordan against the woeful Raptors, who began a new losing streak after ending a franchise-record 17-game skid Thursday at Philadelphia. John Wallace had 14 points and seven rebounds for Toronto, which trailed 24-9 after one quarter and fell to 1-11 on the road.

"The guys have been coming to me because I've had some good games lately," Wallace said. "Tonight they were looking for me to score. But there aren't any positives that we take out of this game. We're all professionals here and we need to work our way out of this mess."

The Raptors matched their season low for points and franchise records for points in a quarter and half (29).

"Not much to say about this game," Raptors coach Darrell Walker said. "Our offense with our starters was non-existent. They jumped on us from the start. We never really got it going."

Chicago never trailed, as all five starters scored in a 12-2 run over the first 4:58. Harper scored four points in the burst and added another six over the course of the quarter, which ended with the Bulls holding a 15-point advantage.

"We have to concentrate on playing more consistent," Harper said. "We need to come out every night and give a good effort. We've just been too sloppy on offense."

In the period, the Raptors shot just 17 percent (3-of-18) from the field while the Bulls shot 41 percent (12-of-29).

Wallace had two buckets in an 8-2 spurt that closed Toronto to 28-19 with 7:25 left in the second quarter, but Chicago rebuilt its advantage to 40-29 at halftime. The Raptors tied a United Center record for fewest points in a half.

"We came out with good energy but we got mired down in the second quarter," Jackson said. "Then it became a disjointed game."

Harper scored seven points in a 9-4 spree that opened the third quarter and gave the Bulls a 49-33 lead with 8:51 to play. The lead expanded to 66-43 on a basket by Bill Wennington with 2:35 remaining in the period. The final margin was Chicago's largest lead.

Kukoc scored 15 points and Wennington added 12 for the Bulls, who shot 46 percent (38-of-83) from the field and held a 52-40 rebounding advantage. Dennis Rodman pulled down 14 boards.

"This was an important win for us today," Kukoc said. "It was nice to be back on our homecourt. Now we have a chance to have a few home games and take advantage of it."

Chicago cruised despite shooting 4-of-14 from three-point range and 17-of-32 from the foul line.

Marcus Camby and Reggie Slater scored 11 points apiece for the Raptors, who shot 37 percent (30-of-81) and had 23 turnovers. Guards Damon Stoudamire and Walt Williams, who combine for an average of 31 points per game, managed 10 on 4-of-19 shooting.

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