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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 18 15 15 27 75 CHICAGO 30 22 20 25 97 FINAL


CLEVELAND (75) AT CHICAGO (97)

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

KEMP F 34 5-17 3-4 2 6 8 1 4 0 3 13 HENDERSON F 21 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 2 ILGAUSKAS C 28 4-8 7-8 2 3 5 0 2 0 1 15 PERSON G 20 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 KNIGHT G 26 1-4 6-6 0 1 1 6 3 1 3 8 SURA 30 2-8 6-11 3 3 6 3 1 0 2 10 THOMAS 30 3-9 1-2 0 6 6 1 1 3 2 9 POTAPENKO 20 3-6 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 0 2 6 FERRY 12 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 BROOKS 10 0-4 2-2 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 2 SCOTT 9 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 4 JAMES DNP - HEMORRHOID SURGERY

TOTALS 240 24-72 25-33 10 26 36 14 21 8 18 75 (.333) (.758) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(28 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 27 4-9 5-6 2 2 4 1 0 2 3 13 KUKOC F 31 4-11 0-0 0 4 4 7 3 2 2 8 LONGLEY C 22 7-8 2-4 0 5 5 1 1 1 2 16 HARPER G 26 3-7 0-0 3 7 10 4 4 2 1 6 JORDAN G 29 7-14 3-4 2 5 7 6 3 0 2 17 RODMAN 22 2-5 2-2 0 4 4 1 2 1 1 7 KLEINE 19 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 2 6 BURRELL 17 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 1 0 2 BROWN 24 1-6 2-2 2 1 3 7 4 1 2 4 VAUGHN 3 1-1 2-4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 BUECHLER 13 4-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 11 WENNINGTON 7 1-2 1-1 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 3

TOTALS 240 38-79 17-23 12 34 46 31 25 10 16 97 (.481) (.739) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(7 PTS)

CLEVELAND 18 15 15 27 - 75 CHICAGO 30 22 20 25 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - KEMP, THOMAS. CHICAGO - LONGLEY 2, KUKOC, JORDAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 2-16 (.125), PERSON 0-3, SURA 0-4, THOMAS 2-5, FERRY 0-3, BROOKS 0-1. CHICAGO 4-15 (.267), PIPPEN 0-4, JORDAN 0-1, RODMAN 1-4, BURRELL 0-2, BUECHLER 3-4. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - POTAPENKO, THOMAS, CHICAGO - LONGLEY, BUECHLER. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, TONY BROTHERS, BERNIE FRYER. A - 23,902. T - 2:05.


CLEVELAND (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 34 5-17 3-4 2-8 1 4 13 Henderson 21 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Ilgauskas 28 4-8 7-8 2-5 0 2 15 Person 20 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Knight 26 1-4 6-6 0-1 6 3 8 Sura 30 2-8 6-11 3-6 3 1 10 Thomas 30 3-9 1-2 0-6 1 1 9 Potapenko 20 3-6 0-0 1-4 0 4 6 Ferry 12 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 Brooks 10 0-4 2-2 0-1 2 0 2 Scott 9 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 1 4 James DNP - hemorrhoid surgery _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 24-72 25-33 10-36 14 21 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.758. 3-Point Goals: 2-16, .125 (Person 0-3, Sura 0-4, Thomas 2-5, Ferry 0-3, Brooks 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Kemp, Thomas). Turnovers: 19 (Kemp 3, Knight 3, Henderson 2, Person 2, Potapenko 2, Sura 2, Thomas 2, Brooks, Ilgauskas). Steals: 8 (Thomas 3, Person 2, Brooks, Ferry, Knight).

CHICAGO (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 27 4-9 5-6 2-4 1 0 13 Kukoc 31 4-11 0-0 0-4 7 3 8 Longley 22 7-8 2-4 0-5 1 1 16 Harper 26 3-7 0-0 3-10 4 4 6 Jordan 29 7-14 3-4 2-7 6 3 17 Rodman 22 2-5 2-2 0-4 1 2 7 Kleine 19 3-5 0-0 1-2 1 3 6 Burrell 17 1-6 0-0 0-2 2 2 2 Brown 24 1-6 2-2 2-3 7 4 4 Vaughn 3 1-1 2-4 0-0 0 1 4 Buechler 13 4-5 0-0 1-2 1 2 11 Wennington 7 1-2 1-1 1-3 0 0 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 17-23 12-46 31 25 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Pippen 0-4, Jordan 0-1, Rodman 1-4, Burrell 0-2, Buechler 3-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Longley 2, Kukoc, Jordan). Turnovers: 16 (Pippen 3, Brown 2, Jordan 2, Kleine 2, Kukoc 2, Longley 2, Buechler, Harper, Rodman). Steals: 10 (Harper 2, Kukoc 2, Pippen 2, Brown, Burrell, Longley, Rodman). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 18 15 15 27 - 75 Chicago 30 22 20 25 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 2 (Potapenko, 1:35 3rd; Thomas, 4:36 4th). Chicago 2 (Longley, 1:35 3rd; Buechler, 4:36 4th). Flagrant fouls: Cleveland 1 (Potapenko, 0:54 1st). Chicago 1 (Burrell, 7:35 4th). A: 23,902. T: 2:05. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Tony Brothers, Bernie Fryer.


GAME RECAP

Scottie Pippen scored all 13 of his points in the first half as the Chicago Bulls tied a season high with their eighth straight win and clinched their 11th consecutive winning season with a 97-75 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Michael Jordan had 17 points and Luc Longley added 16 for Chicago, which also won eight consecutive games from December 13th-29th and owns the league's longest current winning streak. The only team with more consecutive winning seasons than Chicago (42-15) is the Utah Jazz, who have ended the last 12 campaigns above the break-even mark.

"We're putting together some good minutes now," Jordan said. "We still haven't played too many complete games yet, but we are improving. We're starting to get our legs underneath us. This is a good time for us."

Chicago owned a 52-33 cushion at halftime and led by as many as 27 points in the second half. Cleveland got no closer than 17 in the final 24 minutes.

"I think that was one of the easiest games we've ever had against Cleveland," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "With Mike Fratello-coached teams, you always expect a tough defensive night. Tonight, we were able to move the ball quite well. We really looked sharp in the first half."

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 15 points for the Cavaliers, who closed a five-game road trip at 1-4 and have lost eight of their last 10 overall. Cleveland has dropped its last eight games in Chicago since winning there on December 19th, 1994.

Cavs All-Star Shawn Kemp was limited to 13 points and eight rebounds. He had been averaging 24.3 points and 12.3 boards over the previous four contests for Cleveland, which has averaged just 73 points in its last two defeats.

"The reason we lost tonight was mostly because of me," Kemp said. "I have to pick it up a notch. I can't go out and play like I did and expect us to win. Tonight there were no excuses, I (stunk). Because of the way I played, it set our team up for a loss."

Kemp was just 5-of-17 from the field and the Cavaliers shot 33 percent (24-of-72) overall. They also connected on just 2-of-16 three-pointers and were outrebounded, 46-36.

The Bulls led 72-48 after three quarters and were able to empty the bench for the final period. Jordan, Pippen, Longley and fellow starter Ron Harper, who grabbed 10 rebounds, all sat out the final 12 minutes, and all 12 players scored for Chicago.

"They're on their run right now to take over the best record in the NBA," Fratello said of the Bulls. "They are a different level of team when they play both ends of the court like they did tonight. They totally dominated us tonight. We were not ready at the beginning of the game and it was over early."

Longley snapped a 6-6 tie early in the first quarter with a 21-foot jumper, putting Chicago ahead for good. That basket sparked a 13-2 run, keyed by four points apiece from Longley and Harper. The Bulls built a 19-8 advantage on Harper's layup with 5:30 left.

A slam by Jordan started a 12-0 spurt that bridged the first and second quarters. Pippen hit two free throws with 54 seconds left to give Chicago a 30-18 lead after one period.

Pippen opened the second period with a short jumper and a fast-break dunk before Randy Brown sank two foul shots and Joe Kleine had a basket for a 38-18 lead with 7:10 remaining.

"We got out of the blocks quickly," Jordan said. "We took the game to them. They really never caught up. Before they knew it, we had a 20-point lead."

Dennis Rodman, who grabbed just four rebounds off the bench, drained his third three-pointer of the season to give the Bulls their biggest lead, 77-50, with 10:40 to play.

Jud Buechler chipped in 11 points for Chicago, which shot 48 percent (38-of-79) from the floor and won its fifth straight game at the United Center. Brown and Toni Kukoc each handed out seven assists, while Jordan had six to go with seven rebounds as the Bulls improved their league-best home record to 26-2.

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