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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 25 28 21 17 9 100 NEW JERSEY 19 24 20 28 7 98 FINAL IN 1ST OT


CHICAGO (100) AT NEW JERSEY (98) - FINAL IN OT

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

PIPPEN F 50 9-16 0-0 1 6 7 9 2 4 3 19 KUKOC F 43 7-13 2-3 0 4 4 9 5 3 3 16 LONGLEY C 29 1-6 0-0 1 5 6 2 6 1 2 2 JORDAN G 44 10-23 12-13 0 5 5 1 2 1 4 32 HARPER G 43 4-11 2-4 2 1 3 2 4 0 0 10 BUECHLER 7 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 CAFFEY 25 4-5 3-4 3 3 6 0 3 0 2 11 BROWN 13 0-2 4-4 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 4 BURRELL 9 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 LARUE 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RODMAN DNP - NOT WITH TEAM WENNINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 38-83 23-28 9 25 34 23 25 11 14 100 (.458) (.821) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

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

GILL F 35 3-13 0-0 1 5 6 2 5 0 1 6 VAN HORN F 49 9-19 3-5 4 3 7 2 5 1 6 22 J WILLIAMS C 48 9-17 5-6 12 11 23 1 3 2 2 23 KITTLES G 38 8-14 0-2 2 3 5 3 3 2 3 17 CASSELL G 35 3-14 6-6 2 1 3 5 1 0 3 12 BENOIT 21 2-5 3-4 0 5 5 0 3 1 3 9 DOUGLAS 23 3-5 2-2 0 2 2 4 2 0 3 8 HARRIS 11 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 CAGE 5 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 HALEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCDANIEL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 37-88 20-27 22 32 54 17 23 6 22 98 (.420) (.741) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 23(18 PTS)

CHICAGO 25 28 21 17 9 - 100 NEW JERSEY 19 24 20 28 7 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - PIPPEN 3, LONGLEY, JORDAN, HARPER. NEW JERSEY - GILL, CASSELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 1-9 (.111), PIPPEN 1-3, KUKOC 0-3, JORDAN 0-1, HARPER 0-1, BURRELL 0-1. NEW JERSEY 4-16 (.250), GILL 0-2, VAN HORN 1-5, KITTLES 1-4, BENOIT 2-4, HARRIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, TONY BROTHERS, ED F RUSH. A - 20,049.


CHICAGO (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 50 9-16 0-0 1-7 9 2 19 Kukoc 43 7-13 2-3 0-4 9 5 16 Longley 29 1-6 0-0 1-6 2 6 2 Jordan 44 10-23 12-13 0-5 1 2 32 Harper 43 4-11 2-4 2-3 2 4 10 Buechler 7 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 6 Caffey 25 4-5 3-4 3-6 0 3 11 Brown 13 0-2 4-4 1-2 0 2 4 Burrell 9 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Larue 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Rodman DNP - not with team Wennington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 38-83 23-28 9-34 23 25 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Pippen 1-3, Kukoc 0-3, Jordan 0-1, Harper 0-1, Burrell 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Pippen 3, Longley, Jordan, Harper). Turnovers: 14 (Jordan 4, Kukoc 3, Pippen 3, Caffey 2, Longley 2). Steals: 11 (Pippen 4, Kukoc 3, Brown, Burrell, Jordan, Longley).

NEW JERSEY (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 35 3-13 0-0 1-6 2 5 6 Van Horn 49 9-19 3-5 4-7 2 5 22 J Williams 48 9-17 5-6 12-23 1 3 23 Kittles 38 8-14 0-2 2-5 3 3 17 Cassell 35 3-14 6-6 2-3 5 1 12 Benoit 21 2-5 3-4 0-5 0 3 9 Douglas 23 3-5 2-2 0-2 4 2 8 Harris 11 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Cage 5 0-0 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 Haley DNP - coach's decision Edwards DNP - coach's decision Mcdaniel DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 37-88 20-27 22-54 17 23 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Gill 0-2, Van Horn 1-5, Kittles 1-4, Benoit 2-4, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 2 (Gill, Cassell). Turnovers: 23 (Van Horn 6, Benoit 3, Cassell 3, Douglas 3, Kittles 3, J Williams 2, Gill, Harris). Steals: 6 (J Williams 2, Kittles 2, Benoit, Van Horn). _________________________________________________ Chicago 25 28 21 17 9 - 100 New Jersey 19 24 20 28 7 - 98 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,049. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Tony Brothers, Ed F Rush.


GAME RECAP

Jason Caffey was credited with the game-winning basket when Jayson Williams was whistled for goaltending with five-tenths of a second left in overtime as the Chicago Bulls pulled out a 100-98 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

New Jersey's Sam Cassell, whose follow shot tied the game with five-tenths of a second remaining in regulation, sank two free throws to knot the score at 98-98 with one second to go.

After a timeout, Toni Kukoc lofted the inbounds pass from midcourt to a wide-open Caffey, who leaped and attempted a dunk. Williams came from behind and got a hand on the ball while it was in the cylinder, resulting in a goaltending call and giving the Bulls the lead.

"I take full responsibility for this loss," said Nets coach John Calipari. "I'm very proud of how my team played tonight. I take responsibility even though that was not a goaltend. It was definitely not a goaltend, all it was was a bad call."

"We wish we could go to double overtime. It should not have ended like that," Williams said in reference to the last play. "No, I didn't touch the ball."

Although it went almost entirely unnoticed at the time, the Nets had only four players on the floor for the deciding play. Rookie Keith Van Horn attempted to check in and race onto the court, but Caffey was already left alone en route to the basket.

"We were supposed to win, not lose on a dumb mistake," Williams said. "We should have counted. We could all count to five. I know that I am the only one with my degree out there but we should all be able to count to five."

"As soon as we ran out (of the huddle), I looked around for a second and couldn't find the fifth guy," Van Horn explained. "I saw Jason Caffey was free and I didn't see another guy. It (stinks). The official had to make the call the way he thought was best. I don't know who was supposed to go out. Coach Cal told me and Kendall to sit out, it was too late."

Jordan scored 32 points and Scottie Pippen added 19 and nine assists as the Bulls won their fourth straight game and improved to 3-0 against the Nets this season.

"The whole team was shouting to their coach to get someone on and he (Calipari) just said, 'just play,'" Jordan said.

Williams, who ranks second in the league in rebounding, had 23 points and 23 boards but did not have his anticipated showdown with Bulls forward Dennis Rodman, the league's top rebounder.

Rodman missed the game after being sent back to Chicago by the team for failing to attend today's shootaround without an excused absence. Rodman, who has stayed out of trouble for most of the season, sat out Wednesday's 110-79 home win over Charlotte with the stomach flu.

"We missed him (Rodman). We are playing against a great rebounder and we needed our great rebounder," Pippen said. "He is a little under the weather. I hope that is all it is."

"I'm not going to tell lies to you and say that it doesn't affect the team. We have been in this position before," Jordan said of Rodman's absence. "We have won ballgames without him before. These were not uncharted waters. Hopefully he can regain his focus for the rest of the season."

Pippen hit a spinning shot in the lane and Jordan went coast-to-coast for a layup with 54 seconds left in overtime to give the Bulls a 98-94 lead.

But Van Horn, who had 22 points, answered when he hit a follow shot and was fouled just 18 seconds later. He missed the free throw and Williams got to the rebound, but his potential tying tip-in bounced off the rim.

Jordan missed a pull-up jumper and the Nets' David Benoit, whose free throw had tied the game at 94-94, grabbed the rebound. New Jersey called timeout and Calipari opted to go to Cassell, who took the ball all the way to the hoop but was fouled on a reach-in by Ron Harper.

Cassell sat for much of the second half after hitting just one of his first 10 shots from the field, but came on to make a crucial reverse lay-in with 30 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, 89-89.

On the Bulls' next possession, Jordan blew past Kerry Kittles on the baseline and had his shot blocked by Williams, but Kendall Gill was called for a questionable foul. Jordan sank both foul shots with 12 seconds left to put the Bulls in front, but Cassell followed Williams' miss in the final second to send the game to overtime.

"It was wild," said Pippen. "Both teams played very hard. They just kept coming. We sort of leaned on jump shots in the fourth quarter and they fought back."

"If this was the Clippers it would have been a bitter loss," said Williams, who posted his first 20-point, 20-rebound game of the season. "We took the World Champions to overtime. It's a game we should have won."

Kukoc had 16 points and nine assists for the Bulls, who have won seven straight overtime games since losing Jordan's return from retirement to Indiana on March 19th, 1995. Chicago was killed on the boards, 54-34, but made 23-of-28 free throws and forced 23 turnovers.

Kittles scored 17 points and Cassell chipped in 12 on 3-of-14 shooting for the Nets, who had their three-game winning streak snapped and lost to Chicago for the fourth straight time.

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