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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- GOLDEN STATE 21 20 17 24 82 CHICAGO 12 25 20 30 87 FINAL


GOLDEN STATE (82) AT CHICAGO (87)

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

MARSHALL F 40 8-15 0-2 3 3 6 1 3 2 5 17 SMITH F 41 9-20 5-7 5 6 11 2 3 0 4 23 DAMPIER C 39 3-10 0-0 2 4 6 5 4 0 1 6 COLES G 40 5-16 0-0 1 3 4 7 2 3 1 12 SHAW G 34 4-9 0-0 1 9 10 5 5 0 1 10 DELK 5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 SPENCER 9 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 2 THOMAS 17 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 SIMPKINS 15 2-5 1-2 4 2 6 2 2 1 2 5 FERRELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION FOYLE DNP - COACH'S DECISION FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-82 6-11 17 32 49 23 20 7 15 82 (.427) (.545) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(25 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 31 5-12 3-6 0 4 4 5 1 0 1 14 RODMAN F 36 1-3 2-2 6 10 16 4 4 1 1 4 LONGLEY C 34 3-9 0-0 2 4 6 2 4 0 1 6 JORDAN G 38 13-31 6-10 4 2 6 3 0 0 1 32 HARPER G 24 0-3 2-2 0 3 3 2 0 2 2 2 KUKOC 18 3-9 4-6 2 1 3 1 2 0 3 10 BROWN 1 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 KERR 24 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 10 CAFFEY 13 0-2 1-2 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 KLEINE 11 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 BUECHLER 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BURRELL 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 2

TOTALS 240 33-83 18-28 17 27 44 19 12 8 9 87 (.398) (.643) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 9(9 PTS)

GOLDEN STATE 21 20 17 24 - 82 CHICAGO 12 25 20 30 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: GOLDEN STATE - DAMPIER 3. CHICAGO - CAFFEY 2, PIPPEN, LONGLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: GOLDEN STATE 6-9 (.667), MARSHALL 1-2, COLES 2-2, SHAW 2-4, DELK 1-1. CHICAGO 3-12 (.250), PIPPEN 1-5, RODMAN 0-1, JORDAN 0-1, HARPER 0-2, KERR 2-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEE KANTNER, ED MIDDLETON, RON GARRETSON. A - 23,902. T - 2:02.


GOLDEN STATE (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marshall 40 8-15 0-2 3-6 1 3 17 Smith 41 9-20 5-7 5-11 2 3 23 Dampier 39 3-10 0-0 2-6 5 4 6 Coles 40 5-16 0-0 1-4 7 2 12 Shaw 34 4-9 0-0 1-10 5 5 10 Delk 5 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 Spencer 9 1-1 0-0 0-3 1 1 2 Thomas 17 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 0 4 Simpkins 15 2-5 1-2 4-6 2 2 5 Ferrell DNP - coach's decision Foyle DNP - coach's decision Fuller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-82 6-11 17-49 23 20 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.545. 3-Point Goals: 6-9, .667 (Marshall 1-2, Coles 2-2, Shaw 2-4, Delk 1-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Dampier 3). Turnovers: 16 (Marshall 5, Smith 4, Simpkins 2, Coles, Dampier, Shaw, Spencer). Steals: 7 (Coles 3, Marshall 2, Simpkins, Spencer).

CHICAGO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 31 5-12 3-6 0-4 5 1 14 Rodman 36 1-3 2-2 6-16 4 4 4 Longley 34 3-9 0-0 2-6 2 4 6 Jordan 38 13-31 6-10 4-6 3 0 32 Harper 24 0-3 2-2 0-3 2 0 2 Kukoc 18 3-9 4-6 2-3 1 2 10 Brown 1 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Kerr 24 4-7 0-0 1-3 0 0 10 Caffey 13 0-2 1-2 1-1 1 0 1 Kleine 11 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 Buechler 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Burrell 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-83 18-28 17-44 19 12 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Pippen 1-5, Rodman 0-1, Jordan 0-1, Harper 0-2, Kerr 2-3). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 4 (Caffey 2, Pippen, Longley). Turnovers: 9 (Kukoc 3, Harper 2, Jordan, Longley, Pippen, Rodman). Steals: 8 (Burrell 3, Harper 2, Brown, Caffey, Rodman). ____________________________________________ Golden State 21 20 17 24 - 82 Chicago 12 25 20 30 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 23,902. T: 2:02. Officials: Dee Kantner, Ed Middleton, Ron Garretson.


GAME RECAP

Scottie Pippen scored 14 points in his long-awaited return and provided enough energy for the otherwise lifeless Chicago Bulls, who rallied for an 87-82 victory over the lowly Golden State Warriors.

Pippen, who demanded a trade and threatened to sit out the rest of the season while recovering from foot surgery, returned to a thunderous ovation from the sellout crowd at the United Center during pre-game introductions.

"It felt great just to be back on the court," Pippen said. "It's something that I enjoyed doing. This was a great game to come out for me and to try to find a rhythm. I know there would be a lack of rhythm at times. But that will come eventually.

"I decided a couple days ago. I wanted to look over the schedule and see what was going on the next couple of games. This seemed like the best game for me to start."

After missing the first 35 games, it was if the All-Star forward had never left, scoring Chicago's first two baskets to trigger another huge ovation. He played 31 minutes, shooting 5-of-12 from the field and adding five rebounds and four assists.

"It was great," Pippen said. "I've always loved and enjoyed playing here for the Chicago fans. It was wonderful to get back and have that feeling again."

"Scottie had rhythm at times tonight," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "And at other times, he actually looked like a player who had missed a half of a season. There's no question that the team was unsure of where Scottie would be on the court. So in some ways the whole offense was out of sync."

Pippen was not part of the decisive 14-4 burst that opened the fourth quarter and gave the Bulls the lead for good. But in the last minute, he had three foul shots and set up fellow superstar Michael Jordan with an alley-oop slam off an inbounds pass.

"Pippen makes a great team better," Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "I thought he played fabulous considering his layoff but you'd have to ask Phil what his thoughts are based on how much Scottie had practiced."

Jordan scored 32 points and Dennis Rodman celebrated Pippen's return with 16 rebounds and a new leopard-skin dye job on his hair for the Bulls, who have won 14 straight homes games and are 17-1 at the United Center, the best home record in the league.

Joe Smith collected 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who have lost six in a row overall and 12 straight to the Bulls since November 5th, 1991.

"We did not let down in the second half, as far as I'm concerned," Smith said. "I thought we did a good job of keeping our composure and not getting up in the emotion of Pippen returning. We had a chance to win this game right up until the end. They just made more plays at the finish of the game."

Pippen's two early hoops did not jump-start the Bulls, who had a season-low 12 points in the first quarter and trailed by nine points 12 minutes. Smith and Donyell Marshall scored six apiece for the Warriors.

Jordan's eight second-quarter points helped the Bulls cut the deficit to 41-37 at halftime and his jumper with 5:36 left in the third quarter gave Chicago a 48-47 lead. A three-pointer by Steve Kerr extended the advantage to 57-52 with a minute to go but Smith made a free throw and jumper before Bimbo Coles threw in a 33-footer at the buzzer, giving Golden State a 58-57 lead.

But the Bulls took control at the outset of the fourth quarter by scoring 14 of the first 18 points. Rodman had a layup and Kerr made another three-pointer before Jordan scored six points. A steal and slam by Scott Burrell gave Chicago a 71-62 lead with 6:21 remaining.

A 10-footer by Smith cut the deficit to 80-77 with 1:15 to play, but Rodman made two free throws and Pippen added another before missing one with 56 seconds left. But the rebound went out of bounds off Golden State and Pippen hit Jordan for the clinching dunk with 55 seconds to go.

Kerr and Toni Kukoc, who returned from a one-game absence due to the flu, scored 10 points apiece for the Bulls, who shot under 40 percent (33-of-83) from the field and were beaten on the boards, 49-44. Jordan missed 18-of-31 shots.

Marshall scored 17 points and Coles added 12 for the Warriors, who shot 43 percent (35-of-82), including 6-of-9 from behind the arc. But Golden State attempted just 11 free throws, making six. Brian Shaw had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

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