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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 18 23 18 31 90 CHICAGO 22 22 25 30 99 FINAL


DETROIT (90) AT CHICAGO (99)

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

HILL F 44 9-22 2-4 1 8 9 13 1 4 3 20 J WILLIAMS F 34 2-2 1-6 1 8 9 0 2 0 1 5 B WILLIAMS C 29 9-14 3-6 0 6 6 1 6 3 3 21 HUNTER G 36 10-15 4-4 1 0 1 1 1 2 3 31 DUMARS G 36 1-5 3-4 0 0 0 3 4 1 1 5 STACKHOUSE 18 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 3 4 SEALY 15 2-7 0-1 0 1 1 2 1 2 1 4 REID 12 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 MAHORN 10 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 MONTROSS 6 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 LONG DNP - FRACTURED RIGHT FOOT POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-75 13-25 3 29 32 22 19 13 15 90 (.467) (.520) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(28 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 42 8-14 2-2 0 8 8 5 2 0 4 20 KUKOC F 32 10-15 2-2 2 2 4 4 2 3 1 22 LONGLEY C 32 4-12 0-0 0 4 4 4 4 0 4 8 HARPER G 24 3-9 2-2 2 2 4 3 0 2 1 8 JORDAN G 41 7-17 7-8 1 11 12 5 3 3 3 21 RODMAN 21 0-2 0-0 2 6 8 3 1 0 2 0 CAFFEY 18 1-3 7-8 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 9 BURRELL 13 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 3 BROWN 12 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 6 KLEINE 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BUECHLER 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 WENNINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-81 20-22 8 36 44 28 18 9 15 99 (.469) (.909) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(19 PTS)

DETROIT 18 23 18 31 - 90 CHICAGO 22 22 25 30 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - B WILLIAMS 2, HILL, REID. CHICAGO - PIPPEN 2, HARPER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 7-15 (.467), HUNTER 7-9, DUMARS 0-4, STACKHOUSE 0-2. CHICAGO 3-11 (.273), PIPPEN 2-7, HARPER 0-1, JORDAN 0-1, BURRELL 1-2. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - JORDAN. OFFICIALS: JIM CAPERS, MARK WUNDERLICH, BILL OAKES. A - 24,139. T - 2:19.


DETROIT (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 44 9-22 2-4 1-9 13 1 20 J Williams 34 2-2 1-6 1-9 0 2 5 B Williams 29 9-14 3-6 0-6 1 6 21 Hunter 36 10-15 4-4 1-1 1 1 31 Dumars 36 1-5 3-4 0-0 3 4 5 Stackhouse 18 2-6 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 Sealy 15 2-7 0-1 0-1 2 1 4 Reid 12 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Mahorn 10 0-2 0-0 0-3 0 0 0 Montross 6 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Long DNP - fractured right foot Pollard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-75 13-25 3-32 22 19 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.520. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Hunter 7-9, Dumars 0-4, Stackhouse 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (B Williams 2, Hill, Reid). Turnovers: 15 (B Williams 3, Hill 3, Hunter 3, Stackhouse 3, Dumars, J Williams, Sealy). Steals: 13 (Hill 4, B Williams 3, Hunter 2, Sealy 2, Dumars, Mahorn).

CHICAGO (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 42 8-14 2-2 0-8 5 2 20 Kukoc 32 10-15 2-2 2-4 4 2 22 Longley 32 4-12 0-0 0-4 4 4 8 Harper 24 3-9 2-2 2-4 3 0 8 Jordan 41 7-17 7-8 1-12 5 3 21 Rodman 21 0-2 0-0 2-8 3 1 0 Caffey 18 1-3 7-8 1-1 1 2 9 Burrell 13 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 2 3 Brown 12 3-6 0-0 0-0 2 2 6 Kleine 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Buechler 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Wennington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-81 20-22 8-44 28 18 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.909. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Pippen 2-7, Harper 0-1, Jordan 0-1, Burrell 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Pippen 2, Harper). Turnovers: 17 (Longley 4, Pippen 4, Jordan 3, Rodman 2, Harper, Kukoc). Steals: 9 (Jordan 3, Kukoc 3, Harper 2, Caffey). ____________________________________________ Detroit 18 23 18 31 - 90 Chicago 22 22 25 30 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Jordan, 4:28 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 24,139. T: 2:19. Officials: Jim Capers, Mark Wunderlich, Bill Oakes.


GAME RECAP

Toni Kukoc, starting for a benched Dennis Rodman, scored 22 points and Jason Caffey fueled a fourth-quarter spurt as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Detroit Pistons at home for the 17th consecutive time, 99-90.

Michael Jordan had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Scottie Pippen added 20 points for the Bulls, who toyed with the overmatched Pistons in the nationally televised contest. Chicago took the lead for good late in the first quarter and led by as much as 14 points.

"A win is a win," Jordan said. "We're not accustomed to playing at 4:30 in the afternoon and our rhythm seemed way off. Our offensive thrust was not there but our defense did the necessary things to win the ballgame. We did have a good balanced offensive output, a good team effort."

The Bulls have won 21 of the last 22 meetings between the Central Division rivals and have not lost at home to Detroit since March 16th, 1990, when current NBC announcer Isiah Thomas was leading the Pistons to their second straight championship.

Rodman was benched for missing today's shootaround but came off the bench to grab eight rebounds. Kukoc started for him and scored 10 points in the third quarter. After Detroit closed to 74-70 early in the final period, Caffey scored five points in a 10-0 burst.

"Dennis was a no-show at practice today," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "We think it's important to show up. His excuse was not valid. He said he lost his keys to his pick-up truck and he needed a ride. I couldn't accept that."

"It just so happened that I started the game at the 4-spot and I played some 3 (small forward) as well," said Kukoc, who was 10-of-15 from the field. "The game went pretty good for me. I'm always happy when I'm starting and today I felt very good about it. I had a lot of energy going into the game and really I was surprised to be starting. Phil didn't tell me until five minutes before we went out on the floor."

Lindsey Hunter scored 31 points and Grant Hill added 20, nine rebounds and 13 assists for the Pistons, who have lost five in a row on the road and dropped to 2-3 under interim coach Alvin Gentry.

"You can say that this team is still trying to find its real identity," Hill said. "This has been my toughest year in the NBA and it's been just as difficult for all my teammates and coaches.

"There still is a lot of confusion and a lot of question marks with this team. We gave it our best effort, I thought we played a good game. Chicago just had a few more weapons than we had today."

A layup by former Bull Brian Williams pulled the Pistons within 74-70 with 8:18 remaining before Chicago reeled off 10 straight points. A jumper by Randy Brown preceded a layup and free throw by Caffey that made it 79-70 with 6:48 left. Pippen made an off-balance running three-pointer and Caffey sank two foul shots to extend to 84-70 with 5:53 to go.

The Bulls' largest lead was 14 points, the last time at 89-75 on a basket by Kukoc with 2:38 left. A three-pointer by Hunter, who scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, cut the deficit to 95-90 with 23 seconds to play. But Jordan sank two free throws to seal it.

Caffey scored nine points and Pippen grabbed eight rebounds for Chicago, which shot 47 percent (38-of-81) from the field and held a 44-32 rebounding edge. The Bulls permitted just three offensive rebounds and made 20-of-22 free throws.

"As far as I'm concerned, they're still the best team in the East," Hill said. "It seems right now, that they can't wait to get to the playoffs."

Williams scored 21 points before fouling out for the Pistons, who shot 47 percent (35-of-75) but missed 12-of-25 free throws. Hunter was 10-of-15 from the field.

"The Bulls are certainly the best team in the NBA," said Williams, who helped them win their second straight NBA title last year. "They show a little bit of rust from time to time but it looks like they're just biding their time until the playoffs. We played 'em well for three quarters and kind of gave the game away in the fourth."

With Rodman benched, Jordan hit the boards early from his guard position. He grabbed six in the first quarter, when the Bulls erased an eight-point deficit with a 12-0 run that closed the period. Jordan scored six points in the burst as Chicago took a 22-18 lead.

"We knew Dennis wasn't going to start because he missed the shootaround," Jordan said. "So I made a conscious effort early to go to the boards and I think it gave us an opportunity to get out of the blocks."

Two free throws by Pippen widened the lead to 38-29 with 4:52 left in the second quarter before the Pistons cut it to 44-41 at halftime. Williams had seven points in the period.

Kukoc scored 10 points in the third quarter to offset eight points, five rebounds and three assists by Hill as Chicago built its lead to 69-59 entering the final 12 minutes.

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