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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 29 24 28 24 105 DETROIT 28 25 25 18 96 FINAL


CHICAGO (105) AT DETROIT (96)

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

RODMAN F 37 4-5 0-1 6 12 18 5 4 0 1 8 KUKOC F 32 6-11 0-1 0 2 2 8 1 0 5 13 LONGLEY C 32 4-11 2-4 2 3 5 3 4 1 5 10 JORDAN G 47 12-25 10-11 0 9 9 9 2 1 4 34 HARPER G 35 8-13 1-1 4 4 8 2 4 0 0 21 BURRELL 13 2-5 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 2 0 6 KERR 26 5-8 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 11 BUECHLER 13 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 WENNINGTON 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAFFEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-81 14-20 12 35 47 28 18 4 15 105 (.519) (.700) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(19 PTS)

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

HILL F 45 11-21 9-11 1 6 7 6 0 6 5 31 B WILLIAMS F 40 4-14 2-3 1 5 6 0 5 1 1 10 MONTROSS C 6 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 STACKHOUSE G 47 10-22 2-3 4 0 4 4 2 3 1 22 DUMARS G 41 6-12 0-0 0 1 1 6 3 0 1 17 MAHORN 21 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 0 1 0 LONG 19 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 1 0 4 SEALY 16 5-10 0-0 2 3 5 1 1 1 0 10 OBANNON 4 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 J WILLIAMS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-87 13-17 9 23 32 19 17 13 9 96 (.448) (.765) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 9(9 PTS)

CHICAGO 29 24 28 24 - 105 DETROIT 28 25 25 18 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - LONGLEY 3, JORDAN 2, KERR, BUECHLER. DETROIT - HILL, MONTROSS, STACKHOUSE, LONG, SEALY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 7-17 (.412), KUKOC 1-3, JORDAN 0-1, HARPER 4-7, BURRELL 1-3, KERR 1-2, BUECHLER 0-1. DETROIT 5-14 (.357), STACKHOUSE 0-3, DUMARS 5-9, SEALY 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL OAKES, MARK WUNDERLICH, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 22,076. T - 2:10.


CHICAGO (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rodman 37 4-5 0-1 6-18 5 4 8 Kukoc 32 6-11 0-1 0-2 8 1 13 Longley 32 4-11 2-4 2-5 3 4 10 Jordan 47 12-25 10-11 0-9 9 2 34 Harper 35 8-13 1-1 4-8 2 4 21 Burrell 13 2-5 1-2 0-2 0 1 6 Kerr 26 5-8 0-0 0-2 0 1 11 Buechler 13 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Wennington 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Brown DNP - coach's decision Caffey DNP - coach's decision Kleine DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-81 14-20 12-47 28 18 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Kukoc 1-3, Jordan 0-1, Harper 4-7, Burrell 1-3, Kerr 1-2, Buechler 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Longley 3, Jordan 2, Kerr, Buechler). Turnovers: 15 (Kukoc 5, Longley 5, Jordan 4, Rodman). Steals: 4 (Burrell 2, Jordan, Longley).

DETROIT (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 45 11-21 9-11 1-7 6 0 31 B Williams 40 4-14 2-3 1-6 0 5 10 Montross 6 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Stackhouse 47 10-22 2-3 4-4 4 2 22 Dumars 41 6-12 0-0 0-1 6 3 17 Mahorn 21 0-1 0-0 1-3 2 3 0 Long 19 2-6 0-0 0-3 0 2 4 Sealy 16 5-10 0-0 2-5 1 1 10 Obannon 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 J Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Pollard DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-87 13-17 9-32 19 17 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.448, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Stackhouse 0-3, Dumars 5-9, Sealy 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Hill, Montross, Stackhouse, Long, Sealy). Turnovers: 9 (Hill 5, B Williams, Dumars, Mahorn, Stackhouse). Steals: 13 (Hill 6, Stackhouse 3, B Williams, J Williams, Long, Sealy). ____________________________________________ Chicago 29 24 28 24 - 105 Detroit 28 25 25 18 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:10. Officials: Bill Oakes, Mark Wunderlich, Rashan Michel.


GAME RECAP

Michael Jordan had 34 points, nine rebounds and nine assists and the Chicago Bulls held the Detroit Pistons scoreless for the final 3 1/2 minutes in a 105-96 victory, their 10th in 11 games.

Jordan scored eight points in the final four minutes to extend an astounding stretch. In five games over the last eight days, he is averaging 39.8 points per game, with three games of 41 or more.

Ron Harper scored a season-high 21 points and Dennis Rodman had 18 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won 20 of their last 21 meetings with the Pistons. Chicago (22-10) remained a half-game ahead of Indiana for the Central Division lead.

"He (Harper) made some big shots," Jordan said. "He extended the defense. When the defense doubles off him to me, he made them pay for it. I think we need that consistently from everybody. We made all the plays we needed down the stretch. Our defense held up."

"I felt good, got into a nice game flow," Harper said. "The job I have is I don't have to score every ballgame. There's some shots there and a chance to score. Yes, I can score. But on this basketball team, I have to do the whole thing."

Grant Hill scored 31 points and Jerry Stackhouse added 22 for the Pistons, who were denied their first three-game winning streak of the season. Detroit dropped to 10-8 at home after losing just 11 games at The Palace of Auburn Hills last season.

A dunk by Malik Sealy with four minutes to go capped a 13-4 run that gave the Pistons a 94-93 lead. Sealy scored six points in the burst.

Jordan made two free throws with 3:46 left and Sealy responded with a basket that reclaimed the lead with 3:35 remaining. But the Pistons did not score again.

"They executed at the end of the game and they made their shots and we didn't," Pistons coach Doug Collins said. "I think we were 0-for-7 our last seven shots with two turnovers."

A jumper by Luc Longley gave Chicago the lead for good with 3:17 to play and Jordan went coast-to-coast for a layup 22 seconds later, extending the advantage to 99-96.

Down the stretch, the Bulls smothered Hill with double-teams, forcing him to pass to teammates who missed open shots. He was limited to 11 points in the second half, including just four in the final period.

"We were able to focus on him a little bit in the fourth quarter and made him give up the ball a little bit and move the ball around," Jordan said. "We clamped down on their other shooters."

"They showed why they are the champions tonight," Hill said. "I ran out of gas a little bit there at the end."

Jordan made two foul shots with 2:23 left and Steve Kerr made a jumper with 1:16 remaining before Jordan capped the scoring with two free throws with 64 seconds to go.

"I told our players afterwards that really the difference was championship experience," Collins said. "The Bulls have that and it is not something that you get, it is something that you earn. They have earned it through the years with their championships, the pressure playoff games they've had to play."

Toni Kukoc scored 13 points, Kerr added 11 and Luc Longley 10 for the Bulls, who shot 52 percent (42-of-81) from the field and held a 47-32 rebounding advantage. Harper grabbed eight boards and Kukoc handed out eight assists.

"I was worried about our defense," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "They were finding gaps and making some layups. I wasn't happy with the way we started the game. But we had it in the fourth quarter, just enough to carry us through."

Joe Dumars scored 15 of his 17 points on three-pointers for the Pistons, who shot 45 percent (39-of-87) and committed just nine turnovers. Brian Williams, averaging 18.9 points and 10.5 rebounds, was held to 10 and six by the tandem of Rodman and Longley.

"If we play hard and have that type of effort all season, I think we can win a lot of games," Hill said. "It boils down to pretty much what it has been all season, the last two or three minutes we play hard, the effort was great. We just have to play a little better down the stretch."

Jordan scored 11 points in the third quarter, which ended with Chicago holding an 81-78 lead. Kukoc scored four points in a 9-4 spurt that opened a 90-82 advantage with 9:13 remaining.

Longley scored eight of his 10 points in the first quarter as the Bulls took a 29-28 lead. Hill had 20 points by halftime, which ended in a 53-53 tie.

"Grant came out with a lot of intensity," Jordan said. "His leadership was certainly expressed,. In the first half, he certainly carried the team. He dictated the tempo."

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