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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 29 27 16 23 95 MINNESOTA 25 22 23 29 99 FINAL


CHICAGO (95) AT MINNESOTA (99)

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

RODMAN F 44 2-2 0-0 6 7 13 5 4 1 2 4 KUKOC F 38 3-13 0-0 3 2 5 8 2 2 2 7 LONGLEY C 35 7-13 2-2 3 2 5 4 6 0 3 16 HARPER G 34 3-8 4-4 0 3 3 4 1 4 1 10 JORDAN G 39 11-28 10-13 0 4 4 1 1 0 3 33 BURRELL 18 3-7 2-2 3 3 6 1 3 0 0 8 KLEINE 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KERR 16 5-9 0-0 1 2 3 2 4 1 0 13 CAFFEY 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 2 WENNINGTON 5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION BUECHLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-87 18-21 16 24 40 26 25 8 11 95 (.414) (.857) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 39 9-14 2-3 4 7 11 2 3 3 3 20 GUGLIOTTA F 42 9-14 5-5 2 5 7 5 1 2 1 23 PARKS C 18 0-2 1-2 1 2 3 1 4 0 3 1 CARR G 17 3-7 0-0 2 0 2 2 4 1 1 6 MARBURY G 41 8-18 6-11 0 0 0 8 0 3 3 23 ROBERTS 14 1-1 0-0 1 7 8 0 1 1 1 2 WEST 19 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 4 MITCHELL 8 1-3 2-3 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 4 HAMMONDS 23 3-5 4-5 0 4 4 2 2 0 1 10 WILLIAMS 5 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 PORTER 14 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 1 0 4 JORDAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-74 22-31 10 29 39 25 23 11 15 99 (.514) (.710) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(22 PTS)

CHICAGO 29 27 16 23 - 95 MINNESOTA 25 22 23 29 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - LONGLEY 2, HARPER, KERR. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 5-17 (.294), KUKOC 1-5, HARPER 0-1, JORDAN 1-3, BURRELL 0-2, KERR 3-6. MINNESOTA 1-10 (.100), K GARNETT 0-1, CARR 0-2, MARBURY 1-4, PORTER 0-3. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - HEAD COACH JACKSON. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, RON OLESIAK, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 20,097. T - 2:20.


CHICAGO (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rodman 44 2-2 0-0 6-13 5 4 4 Kukoc 38 3-13 0-0 3-5 8 2 7 Longley 35 7-13 2-2 3-5 4 6 16 Harper 34 3-8 4-4 0-3 4 1 10 Jordan 39 11-28 10-13 0-4 1 1 33 Burrell 18 3-7 2-2 3-6 1 3 8 Kleine 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kerr 16 5-9 0-0 1-3 2 4 13 Caffey 7 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 Wennington 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Brown DNP - coach's decision Buechler DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-87 18-21 16-40 26 25 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Kukoc 1-5, Harper 0-1, Jordan 1-3, Burrell 0-2, Kerr 3-6). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Longley 2, Harper, Kerr). Turnovers: 13 (Jordan 3, Longley 3, Kukoc 2, Rodman 2, Harper). Steals: 8 (Harper 4, Kukoc 2, Kerr, Rodman).

MINNESOTA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 39 9-14 2-3 4-11 2 3 20 Gugliotta 42 9-14 5-5 2-7 5 1 23 Parks 18 0-2 1-2 1-3 1 4 1 Carr 17 3-7 0-0 2-2 2 4 6 Marbury 41 8-18 6-11 0-0 8 0 23 Roberts 14 1-1 0-0 1-8 0 1 2 West 19 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 5 4 Mitchell 8 1-3 2-3 0-1 1 1 4 Hammonds 23 3-5 4-5 0-4 2 2 10 Williams 5 0-0 2-2 0-0 2 0 2 Porter 14 2-6 0-0 0-2 2 2 4 Jordan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-74 22-31 10-39 25 23 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (K Garnett 0-1, Carr 0-2, Marbury 1-4, Porter 0-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (K Garnett 2). Turnovers: 15 (K Garnett 3, Marbury 3, Parks 3, Carr, Gugliotta, Hammonds, Roberts, West, Williams). Steals: 11 (K Garnett 3, Marbury 3, Gugliotta 2, Carr, Porter, Roberts). ____________________________________________ Chicago 29 27 16 23 - 95 Minnesota 25 22 23 29 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Head Coach Jackson, 8:08 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,097. T: 2:20. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Ron Olesiak, Leroy Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Michael Jordan scored 33 points in his record 788th consecutive game in double figures, but another long streak came to an end as the Chicago Bulls were beaten by the Minnesota Timberwolves for the first time, 99-95.

Jordan surpassed the record established by Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who scored in double figures in 787 consecutive games. Jordan, who has not been held under 10 points since March 22nd, 1986, scored his 10th and 11th points on a 19-foot runner midway through the second quarter and received a polite ovation from the Target Center crowd.

The Timberwolves, who entered the NBA in 1989, had lost their first 16 meetings with the Bulls, the only team they had never beaten. But they received 23 points apiece from Stephon Marbury and Tom Gugliotta, who helped keep Dennis Rodman from owning the backboard.

"This was definitely my biggest win ever," Marbury said. "We showed we could play. We showed we could come out and be a contender."

"He's very aggressive," Gugliotta said. "His main job is to rebound. He does a great job at it. Tonight I was concentrating on not letting him get a third or fourth or fifth opportunity at a basket. I was tired banging with him, but he's fun to compete against."

Rodman, the league's rebound leader, was playing in Minnesota for the first time since last season's visit when he kicked a cameraman in the groin. Rodman was suspended 11 games and fined $25,000 by the NBA and reportedly paid a six-figure settlement to the cameraman, Eugene Amos.

A more subdued Rodman grabbed 13 rebounds, seven less than his average during the Bulls' season-high eight-game winning streak, which came to an end. The Timberwolves also slowed Jordan, who had scored 88 points on 34-of-55 shooting in the last two games.

The NBA scoring leader was held to 11-of-28 from the field. He may have been rattled somewhat by what Bulls coach Phil Jackson described as a prank telephone call received by the team that Jordan's mother had been taken to a hospital.

"The prank call at halftime to say that Michael Jordan's mother was very ill got us out of our rhythm," Jackson said. "He missed the start of the second half on the phone calling the hospital to verify it was a prank."

"Tonight we did not have the quickness the other team had, especially down the stretch," Jordan admitted. "I think playing back-to-back nights took its toll."

Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which has won four straight games and moved above .500 (15-14) for the first time since November 21st.

"Kevin Garnett is just an average basketball player making $20 million a year," Rodman said. "He will be just another player in the league to never win a ring. I don't think they have a championship team. They have too many guys worrying about who gets what and who makes what. KG is a great talent, but he needs to do it every night, not every two or three nights."

Gugliotta scored six points as the Timberwolves opened the final quarter with a 14-2 run, taking an 84-74 lead on a 12-footer by Terry Porter with six minutes left.

The Bulls responded with a 9-0 burst, closing to 84-83 on a pair of free throws by Ron Harper with 4:29 remaining. After a foul shot by Tom Hammonds, Jordan's baseline jumper tied it for the last time at 85-85 with 3:54 to play.

Gugliotta made two free throws, Garnett added one and Marbury had a fast-break layup to extend the lead to 90-85 with 2:23 to play. A 10-footer by Jordan and a layup by Longley closed the deficit to 90-89 with 1:20 left, but Hammonds, a 60 percent foul shooter, made two free throws with 1:05 remaining and Garnett sank a 14-footer to rebuild the lead to 94-89 with 32 seconds to go.

The Bulls cut the deficit to 97-95 in the closing seconds, but Marbury, who had missed five of his first nine attempts from the line, sealed it with a pair of free throws to drop the Bulls to 5-9 on the road.

"It was a great team effort," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We had guys that made big shots, and Marbury had a great four-minute stretch in the fourth quarter where he really took the game over."

Hammonds scored 10 points and Marbury added eight assists for the Wolves, who shot 51 percent (38-of-74) from the field but just 1-of-10 from three-point range.

"It's the first time I or this organization has beaten him (Jordan)," Gugliotta said. "It's nice to say that before he gets out of the game."

Longley returned from a one-game absence due to the flu and scored 16 points and Steve Kerr added 13 for the Bulls, who shot 41 percent (36-of-87) and held just a 40-39 edge on the boards. Toni Kukoc scored just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting.

After Jordan's record-setting basket, a three-point play by Sam Mitchell cut the deficit to 43-38 with 5:07 left in the second quarter. But Kerr made a pair of three-pointers in an 8-2 burst that built the lead to 51-40 with 2:53 to go.

Chicago led 56-47 at halftime and opened a 70-60 advantage on a jumper by Rodman with 4:01 left in the third quarter. But the Wolves scored 10 straight points -- the last eight by Marbury -- to forge a 70-70 tie with 1:52 left. The Bulls took a two-point lead into the fourth quarter.

"The place was rocking like a rock-n-roll concert," Garnett said. "Anytime Mike is in the house it's going to be like that."

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