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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 25 25 22 22 94 CHICAGO 31 25 27 26 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAC - MITCH RICHMOND 34, CORLISS WILLIAMSON 29 CHI - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 29, MICHAEL JORDAN 28


SACRAMENTO (94) AT CHICAGO (109)

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

C WILLIAMSON F 38 10-17 9-11 1 3 4 3 2 1 4 29 OWENS F 29 3-6 0-0 0 5 5 3 3 0 1 6 STEWART C 21 2-5 0-0 3 1 4 0 1 0 0 4 RICHMOND G 42 15-24 0-0 1 1 2 4 4 2 0 34 JOHNSON G 35 2-11 0-0 1 4 5 7 3 0 4 4 THORPE 24 3-8 0-0 2 4 6 3 3 1 1 6 FUNDERBURKE 13 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 2 2 0 3 1 DEHERE 19 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 5 4 3 1 2 HENDRICKSON 14 1-3 0-0 2 4 6 0 0 0 1 2 T ABDUL-WAHAD 5 3-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 6 POLYNICE DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-86 10-13 11 27 38 27 22 7 15 94 (.465) (.769) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 38 11-23 3-4 1 5 6 6 2 3 1 29 KUKOC F 30 6-11 2-2 3 1 4 4 1 1 4 14 RODMAN C 41 4-7 1-2 4 14 18 6 2 0 1 9 HARPER G 34 7-13 1-2 2 0 2 0 1 1 2 15 JORDAN G 39 10-17 8-9 1 1 2 2 1 0 2 28 WENNINGTON 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 2 1 0 BUECHLER 20 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 2 1 9 BURRELL 21 1-7 0-0 2 3 5 4 3 0 0 3 KLEINE 9 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 0 2 2 VAUGHN 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 BROWN DNP - PARTIALLY TORN LEFT ACHILLES LONGLEY DNP - SPRAINED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 43-87 15-19 13 31 44 25 14 9 14 109 (.494) (.789) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 25 25 22 22 - 94 CHICAGO 31 25 27 26 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - STEWART 2, C WILLIAMSON. CHICAGO - HARPER 3, PIPPEN, BURRELL, KLEINE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 4-10 (.400), RICHMOND 4-7, DEHERE 0-3. CHICAGO 8-21 (.381), PIPPEN 4-9, KUKOC 0-1, HARPER 0-1, JORDAN 0-1, BUECHLER 3-3, BURRELL 1-6. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, LEON WOOD, DAVID JONES. A - 23,914. T - 2:00.


SACRAMENTO (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Williamson 38 10-17 9-11 1-4 3 2 29 Owens 29 3-6 0-0 0-5 3 3 6 Stewart 21 2-5 0-0 3-4 0 1 4 Richmond 42 15-24 0-0 1-2 4 4 34 Johnson 35 2-11 0-0 1-5 7 3 4 Thorpe 24 3-8 0-0 2-6 3 3 6 Funderburke 13 0-2 1-2 0-1 2 2 1 Dehere 19 1-6 0-0 0-2 5 4 2 Hendrickson 14 1-3 0-0 2-6 0 0 2 T Abdul-wahad 5 3-4 0-0 1-3 0 0 6 Polynice DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-86 10-13 11-38 27 22 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Richmond 4-7, Dehere 0-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Stewart 2, C Williamson). Turnovers: 15 (C Williamson 4, Johnson 4, Funderburke 3, Dehere, Hendrickson, Owens, Thorpe). Steals: 7 (Dehere 3, Richmond 2, C Williamson, Thorpe).

CHICAGO (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 38 11-23 3-4 1-6 6 2 29 Kukoc 30 6-11 2-2 3-4 4 1 14 Rodman 41 4-7 1-2 4-18 6 2 9 Harper 34 7-13 1-2 2-2 0 1 15 Jordan 39 10-17 8-9 1-2 2 1 28 Wennington 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 Buechler 20 3-5 0-0 0-2 1 1 9 Burrell 21 1-7 0-0 2-5 4 3 3 Kleine 9 1-3 0-0 0-4 1 0 2 Vaughn 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Brown DNP - partially torn left achilles Longley DNP - sprained left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-87 15-19 13-44 25 14 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Pippen 4-9, Kukoc 0-1, Harper 0-1, Jordan 0-1, Buechler 3-3, Burrell 1-6). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Harper 3, Pippen, Burrell, Kleine). Turnovers: 14 (Kukoc 4, Harper 2, Jordan 2, Kleine 2, Buechler, Pippen, Rodman, Wennington). Steals: 9 (Pippen 3, Buechler 2, Wennington 2, Harper, Kukoc). ____________________________________________ Sacramento 25 25 22 22 - 94 Chicago 31 25 27 26 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 23,914. T: 2:00. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Leon Wood, David Jones.


GAME RECAP

Scottie Pippen scored 29 points and Michael Jordan added 28 as the Chicago Bulls won for the ninth time in 10 games with a 109-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings, who completed a winless road trip.

The Bulls, coming off a rare home loss to Portland on Wednesday which snapped an eight-game winning streak, improved the league's best home record to 27-3. Chicago moved 2 1/2 games in front of second-place Indiana in the Central Division with a 43-16 record.

Ron Harper added 15 points and Dennis Rodman had 18 rebounds and six assists for the Bulls, who have beaten Sacramento six consecutive times. The Kings have not beaten Chicago since February 2nd, 1995 at Arco Arena.

"I thought it was an enjoyable game to watch," Chicago coach Phil Jackson said. "Sacramento played a fluid game with a lot of motion. Our defense was hurt by all of their motion. Luckily, our offense was clicking as well, and Pippen and Buechler hit some big three-pointers for us."

Mitch Richmond, who shot 15-for-24 from the floor and was 4-for-7 from three-point range, scored 34 points and Corliss Williamson added 29 for Sacramento, which suffered its sixth straight loss. The Kings went 0-5 on their road trip, losing by an average of nearly 16 points.

"We knew the whole night they would make a run some time," Richmond said. "They finally got it in the third quarter. They also began playing more physical and tough defense. In my opinion, they're still the best team in the league. With Scottie, Michael and Dennis, they're the team to beat."

Chicago shot 49 percent (43-for-87) from the field to Sacramento's 47 percent (40-for-86) and the Bulls outrebounded the Kings, 44-38.

Trailing 56-50 at the start of the third quarter, the Kings scored six straight points to tie it. Williamson hit a jumper and Richmond followed with a 21-footer and a layup.

But the Bulls moved ahead, 61-56, just 38 seconds later after Pippen hit a layup and a three-pointer off a fast break.

Sacramento battled back to take a 62-61 lead at the 8:09 mark after a layup by Williamson before Chicago regained the lead for good on a layup by Toni Kukoc.

Kukoc's basket began a 17-6 spurt by the Bulls, with Jordan and Kukoc each contributing six points. A free throw by Rodman capped the burst with 2:19 left in the quarter, giving the Bulls a 78-68 lead. The quarter ended with Chicago ahead, 83-72.

"We came out with a lot of focus in the third quarter and that's what we have to continue to do," Jordan said. "We haven't really played well throughout the season in the third quarter, but getting closer to the playoffs, that's one area we need to continue to improve in.

"Richmond's a tough player, especially when he gets his rhythm," he continued. "He got hot and made it tough on me. The thing I tried to do was keep him working away from the basket. I tried to get him tired and he was trying to do the same thing to me."

The Bulls put the game away with a 10-2 run over the first 3:02 of the fourth quarter. A three-pointer by Jud Buechler finished the spurt with 8:58 to play and gave the Bulls a 93-74 lead.

Sacramento cut the margin to 12 three times down the stretch, but could get no closer.

"Our team gave it a very good effort," said Kings coach Eddie Jordan. "Chicago just makes shots when they have to. They have a great feel for each other on the court, and within the framework of their offense, they know when to take shots and when to pass. They're a very well-coached, outstanding veteran team."

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