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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 24 18 23 21 86 CHICAGO 21 17 28 27 93 FINAL


TORONTO (86) AT CHICAGO (93)

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

CAMBY F 29 4-9 4-10 5 6 11 1 3 1 1 12 SLATER F 35 6-10 4-5 2 3 5 1 3 2 4 16 MILLER C 35 2-8 0-0 5 2 7 2 1 0 4 4 CHRISTIE G 39 6-13 0-0 2 5 7 3 3 1 4 14 STOUDAMIRE G 43 8-19 2-4 0 5 5 4 1 2 4 19 WALLACE 30 2-11 5-6 1 8 9 1 5 0 3 9 WILLIAMS 29 5-10 2-2 1 3 4 4 1 2 2 12 GARNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCGRADY DNP - COACH'S DECISION RESPERT DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-80 17-27 16 32 48 16 17 8 22 86 (.413) (.630) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 22(19 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 38 1-7 4-6 2 4 6 9 3 2 0 6 RODMAN F 29 2-5 0-0 6 11 17 5 1 0 2 4 LONGLEY C 35 7-23 5-6 3 4 7 3 4 3 1 19 HARPER G 25 7-13 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 2 14 JORDAN G 34 8-21 2-5 2 3 5 1 1 2 2 18 BROWN 25 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 4 1 4 KUKOC 23 9-12 2-5 7 3 10 3 4 1 1 21 BURRELL 10 0-3 0-0 3 2 5 1 1 0 1 0 CAFFEY 21 3-8 1-2 2 0 2 1 1 0 1 7 BUECHLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WENNINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-98 14-24 27 29 56 24 21 12 11 93 (.398) (.583) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

TORONTO 24 18 23 21 - 86 CHICAGO 21 17 28 27 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - SLATER 2, MILLER 2, WALLACE 2. CHICAGO - HARPER, BURRELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 3-15 (.200), CHRISTIE 2-6, STOUDAMIRE 1-5, WILLIAMS 0-4. CHICAGO 1-10 (.100), PIPPEN 0-2, HARPER 0-1, JORDAN 0-3, KUKOC 1-3, BURRELL 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON OLESIAK, MIKE SMITH, DICK BAVETTA. A - 23,881. T - 2:10.


TORONTO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Camby 29 4-9 4-10 5-11 1 3 12 Slater 35 6-10 4-5 2-5 1 3 16 Miller 35 2-8 0-0 5-7 2 1 4 Christie 39 6-13 0-0 2-7 3 3 14 Stoudamire 43 8-19 2-4 0-5 4 1 19 Wallace 30 2-11 5-6 1-9 1 5 9 Williams 29 5-10 2-2 1-4 4 1 12 Garner DNP - coach's decision Mcgrady DNP - coach's decision Respert DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 17-27 16-48 16 17 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Christie 2-6, Stoudamire 1-5, Williams 0-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Slater 2, Miller 2, Wallace 2). Turnovers: 22 (Christie 4, Miller 4, Slater 4, Stoudamire 4, Wallace 3, Williams 2, Camby). Steals: 8 (Slater 2, Stoudamire 2, Williams 2, Camby, Christie).

CHICAGO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 38 1-7 4-6 2-6 9 3 6 Rodman 29 2-5 0-0 6-17 5 1 4 Longley 35 7-23 5-6 3-7 3 4 19 Harper 25 7-13 0-0 1-2 0 4 14 Jordan 34 8-21 2-5 2-5 1 1 18 Brown 25 2-6 0-0 1-2 1 2 4 Kukoc 23 9-12 2-5 7-10 3 4 21 Burrell 10 0-3 0-0 3-5 1 1 0 Caffey 21 3-8 1-2 2-2 1 1 7 Buechler DNP - coach's decision Kleine DNP - coach's decision Wennington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-98 14-24 27-56 24 21 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.583. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Pippen 0-2, Harper 0-1, Jordan 0-3, Kukoc 1-3, Burrell 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Harper, Burrell). Turnovers: 15 (Harper 2, Jordan 2, Rodman 2, Brown, Burrell, Caffey, Kukoc, Longley). Steals: 12 (Brown 4, Longley 3, Jordan 2, Pippen 2, Kukoc). ____________________________________________ Toronto 24 18 23 21 - 86 Chicago 21 17 28 27 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 23,881. T: 2:10. Officials: Ron Olesiak, Mike Smith, Dick Bavetta.


GAME RECAP

Toni Kukoc scored 19 of his 21 points in the final 13 1/2 minutes as the Chicago Bulls played the entire fourth quarter without an ailing Michael Jordan in a 93-86 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Limited to two points late in the third quarter, Kukoc scored seven points in the final 1:17 of the period, then added 12 in the fourth quarter as Chicago improved to 22-2 at home, best in the Eastern Conference. Kukoc also pulled down 10 rebounds.

"We had good distribution of the ball in the second half," Kukoc said. "We found the open man. A lot of times it was me. I was able to take advantage of posting up some players on their team. Michael didn't have a great game. I was happy I was able to score enough for us to win."

Jordan, who won the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player despite the flu, apparently is not totally recovered. He scored 18 points on 8-of-21 shooting, but played all but two minutes of the first three quarters before being rested for good by coach Phil Jackson.

"I was pretty well out of gas by the end of the third quarter," Jordan said. "That's why Phil probably didn't play me in the fourth. We were lucky that Toni stepped up and had a big second half for us.

"I think it's difficult to get back into a rhythm after the break. We had a little practice yesterday but we really didn't get a lot out of it. We came out sluggish and were lucky to win the game."

Damon Stoudamire scored 19 points and Reggie Slater added 16 for the Raptors, who beat the Bulls once in each of their first two seasons but are 0-2 against them this season. Toronto fell to 4-19 on the road.

"It was not a pretty game," Raptors coach Darrell Walker said. "Neither team shot well. The last time we came here our team was intimidated. Tonight we let it all hang out and made it a heck of a ball game."

A layup by Walt Williams gave Toronto a 69-66 lead with 10:25 to play, but Kukoc opened and closed and 8-2 spurt with baskets that gave Chicago the lead for good at 74-71 with 8:11 left.

A layup by Stoudamire closed the margin to 76-75 with 6:46 to go before Kukoc powered a 10-2 surge with five points. After a basket by Jason Caffey, Kukoc had a tip-in and Luc Longley made a jumper to give Chicago an 82-75 lead with 5:14 remaining.

Stoudamire made a jumper, but Kukoc drilled a three-pointer and Longley added a free throw to make it 86-77 with 2:57 to play. Toronto got no closer than four points thereafter.

"Kukoc was the difference in the second half," Walker said. "At 6-10 he's a mismatch problem for everyone in the league. He can post up smaller players and drive on the big guys."

Longley scored 19 points, Ron Harper added 14 and Dennis Rodman grabbed 17 rebounds for the Bulls, who shot under 40 percent (39-of-98) from the field but held a 56-48 edge on the glass and forced 22 turnovers. Scottie Pippen scored just six points.

"Tonight's game was difficult for us," Jackson said. "We were not able to get in any rhythm. Toronto did a nice job of double-teaming Michael and Scottie. Luckily, Luc and Toni played well down the stretch and we were able to pull the game out."

"That's what we're going to need if we expect to win -- other guys putting together good games when Scottie and I are down," Jordan said.

Doug Christie scored 14 points and Marcus Camby added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who shot 41 percent (33-of-80).

Both teams shot poorly from both lines. Chicago was 1-of-10 from three-point range and made 14-of-24 free throws. Toronto was 3-of-15 from behind the arc and 17-of-27 from the line.

"We played a good game. We could have won but we didn't," said Stoudamire. "We turned the ball over too many times and didn't make our free throws. The frustrating part is that when you control Pippen and Jordan, you should be able to beat the Bulls. We just couldn't stop Kukoc and Longley in the second half."

Stoudamire scored 12 points and Slater and Christie added nine apiece as the Raptors held the Bulls below 35 percent from the field and took a 42-38 halftime lead.

Chicago had a 10-0 run early in the second half, capped by a basket by Jordan that gave the Bulls a 44-38 lead with 9:04 to play in the third quarter. Slater scored five points in a 13-3 run that gave the Raptors a 63-59 lead with 1:35 left in the period, but Kukoc scored the final seven points of the quarter.

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