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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 35 21 13 24 93 UTAH 13 32 26 30 101 FINAL


CHICAGO (93) AT UTAH (101)

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

PIPPEN F 25 4-10 0-0 0 2 2 2 4 3 1 9 RODMAN F 38 2-4 0-0 3 1 4 4 5 2 2 4 LONGLEY C 33 1-6 6-6 2 9 11 3 2 0 3 8 HARPER G 30 6-11 2-2 1 3 4 2 3 3 0 14 JORDAN G 43 17-37 5-6 2 5 7 3 2 2 1 40 BURRELL 23 1-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 2 0 1 2 BROWN 21 3-4 0-0 1 0 1 3 3 1 2 6 CAFFEY 12 1-2 2-3 1 0 1 1 5 0 2 4 BUECHLER 15 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 6 KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION KUKOC DNP - SORE BACK WENNINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-82 15-17 11 26 37 18 28 11 13 93 (.451) (.882) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

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

MALONE F 43 14-21 2-3 2 6 8 4 4 1 4 30 KEEFE F 15 1-2 2-2 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 4 OSTERTAG C 14 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 0 STOCKTON G 37 6-12 4-4 0 3 3 18 1 5 3 17 HORNACEK G 33 1-6 3-3 0 3 3 4 0 1 1 6 FOSTER 7 1-3 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 EISLEY 12 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 RUSSELL 33 4-7 1-2 0 3 3 1 3 1 1 13 MORRIS 14 3-8 4-6 2 4 6 0 2 1 1 10 ANDERSON 15 4-5 3-5 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 11 CARR 17 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 4 VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-71 20-26 7 27 34 29 19 10 13 101 (.521) (.769) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

CHICAGO 35 21 13 24 - 93 UTAH 13 32 26 30 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - LONGLEY, JORDAN, BURRELL. UTAH - MALONE 2, HORNACEK 2, OSTERTAG, RUSSELL, MORRIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 4-13 (.308), PIPPEN 1-2, JORDAN 1-5, BURRELL 0-2, BROWN 0-1, BUECHLER 2-3. UTAH 7-12 (.583), STOCKTON 1-2, HORNACEK 1-2, EISLEY 1-2, RUSSELL 4-4, MORRIS 0-2. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, UTAH - HEAD COACH SLOAN, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, BENNETT SALVATORE, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 19,911. T - 2:14.


CHICAGO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 25 4-10 0-0 0-2 2 4 9 Rodman 38 2-4 0-0 3-4 4 5 4 Longley 33 1-6 6-6 2-11 3 2 8 Harper 30 6-11 2-2 1-4 2 3 14 Jordan 43 17-37 5-6 2-7 3 2 40 Burrell 23 1-5 0-0 1-5 0 2 2 Brown 21 3-4 0-0 1-1 3 3 6 Caffey 12 1-2 2-3 1-1 1 5 4 Buechler 15 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 6 Kleine DNP - coach's decision Kukoc DNP - sore back Wennington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-82 15-17 11-37 18 28 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.882. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Pippen 1-2, Jordan 1-5, Burrell 0-2, Brown 0-1, Buechler 2-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Longley, Jordan, Burrell). Turnovers: 13 (Longley 3, Brown 2, Caffey 2, Rodman 2, Buechler, Burrell, Jordan, Pippen). Steals: 11 (Harper 3, Pippen 3, Jordan 2, Rodman 2, Brown).

UTAH (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 43 14-21 2-3 2-8 4 4 30 Keefe 15 1-2 2-2 1-1 0 4 4 Ostertag 14 0-0 0-0 1-5 0 2 0 Stockton 37 6-12 4-4 0-3 18 1 17 Hornacek 33 1-6 3-3 0-3 4 0 6 Foster 7 1-3 1-1 0-0 0 1 3 Eisley 12 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 3 Russell 33 4-7 1-2 0-3 1 3 13 Morris 14 3-8 4-6 2-6 0 2 10 Anderson 15 4-5 3-5 1-2 0 0 11 Carr 17 2-4 0-0 0-3 1 2 4 Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-71 20-26 7-34 29 19 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.521, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (Stockton 1-2, Hornacek 1-2, Eisley 1-2, Russell 4-4, Morris 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Malone 2, Hornacek 2, Ostertag, Russell, Morris). Turnovers: 14 (Malone 4, Stockton 3, Eisley 2, Anderson, Hornacek, Morris, Russell). Steals: 10 (Stockton 5, Hornacek, Keefe, Malone, Morris, Russell). ____________________________________________ Chicago 35 21 13 24 - 93 Utah 13 32 26 30 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Illegal Defense, 9:28 3rd). Utah 2 (Head Coach Sloan, 2:24 1st; Illegal Defense, 8:05 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Chicago 2 (Burrell, 4:31 2nd; Rodman, 2:33 2nd). A: 19,911. T: 2:14. Officials: Joe Derosa, Bennett Salvatore, Bennie Adams.


GAME RECAP

The Utah Jazz became the first team in the last three seasons to sweep the season series from the Chicago Bulls, overcoming a 24-point first-half deficit and 40 points by Michael Jordan for a 101-93 victory.

Karl Malone scored 30 points for the Jazz, who surprised the Bulls 101-94 in Chicago on January 25th, becoming the only Western Conference team to win at the United Center since Jordan came out of retirement in February 1995.

Utah trailed 41-17 early in the second quarter but rallied to take the lead late in the third period as the two-time defending champions uncharacteristically collapsed. Chicago scored 47 points in the first 18 1/2 minutes and 46 points thereafter.

Jordan notched his eighth 40-point game of the season for the Bulls, who were playing in the Delta Center for the first time since Game Five of last year's NBA Finals. In that contest, a weary Jordan shook off a high fever and pregame nausea to score 38 points, including the tie-breaking three-pointer with 25 seconds to go, leading Chicago to a 90-88 victory.

But there were no heroics this time from Jordan, who shot 17-of-37 from the field and received very little help. Scottie Pippen scored just nine points, Dennis Rodman was limited to four rebounds and forward Toni Kukoc sat out with a sore back. The Bulls went 4-2 on their six-game road swing, their last significant trip of the season.

"When our team is like that we usually have a killer instinct come to the forefront and we maintain," Jordan said. "We expect a team to give us a run but I just don't think that our aggressive play and aggressive attitude have continued throughout the course of the game. As soon as they make the push, the next thing you know we become passive and that's one thing that has to change."

John Stockton had 17 points and a season-high 18 assists for the Jazz, who bounced back from a bad road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. Utah's bench outscored Chicago's, 44-18.

"We've said all along you have to have everybody participate and everyone coming in and playing a big role for us," Stockton said. "When you play a great team like Chicago, it's even more important. Guys came in tonight and they were all ready to play. We had good concentration thoughout the 48 minutes -- well, maybe except for the start -- and that was a good victory for us."

The Bulls came out hot, shooting 52 percent (13-of-25) in the opening period while holding the Jazz to 33 percent (6-of-18). Jordan scored 13 points and Ron Harper added 10 of his 14 as Chicago opened a 35-13 lead.

A layup by Randy Brown expanded the advantage to 41-17 with 9:36 left in the second quarter and Chicago still led 47-24 on a jumper by Jordan with 5:37 remaining before the Jazz finally made a move, scoring 21 of the final 30 points of the half. Stockton had seven in the surge, which closed the deficit to 56-45.

The teams traded baskets early in the second half before Utah grabbed the lead with an 11-0 run. Two free throws by Adam Keefe gave the Jazz a 62-61 edge with 5:48 left in the period.

Chicago responded with an 8-0 burst, capped by a steal and dunk by Jordan, to reclaim a 69-62 lead with 3:37 left. But Bryon Russell made a pair of three-pointers and Howard Eisley added another as Utah took a 71-69 lead to the fourth quarter.

"We didn't decide whether or not to defend them," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "If we don't try to defend them we'll never get back into the ballgame. They ran everywhere that they wanted to go and nobody touched them in the first half. We never got in anybody's way. We got out of their way and let them run where they wanted to go."

A three-pointer by Jud Buechler gave the Bulls their last lead at 74-73 with 10:39 remaining. But Shandon Anderson converted a three-point play and a layup in a 7-2 spurt as the Jazz grabbed the lead for good at 80-76 with 9:09 to go.

A layup by Jordan made it 90-88 with 4:41 left. Anderson hit a free throw, Antoine Carr dunked and Malone sank a jumper before a three-pointer by Jordan cut the deficit to 95-91 with 2:17 to play. Stockton sank two free throws 14 seconds later and the teams traded empty possessions until 25 seconds remained, when Malone blocked Brown's three-point try and made a banker over Jordan at the other end to seal the win.

Russell scored 13 points, Anderson 11 and Morris 10 for Utah, which shot 52 percent (37-of-71), including 7-of-12 from behind the arc. The Jazz made 20-of-26 free throws.

The Bulls shot 45 percent (37-of-82) and held a 37-34 edge on the glass. But they attempted just 17 free throws, making 15, and were 4-of-13 from three-point range.

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