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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 28 15 31 28 102 NEW YORK 31 15 25 18 89 FINAL


CHICAGO (102) AT NEW YORK (89)

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

PIPPEN F 40 10-19 2-2 4 5 9 6 1 3 2 25 KUKOC F 30 3-10 0-0 2 3 5 4 2 0 2 8 RODMAN C 46 3-8 0-0 6 14 20 0 2 0 1 6 HARPER G 32 4-9 2-3 1 0 1 4 4 0 0 10 JORDAN G 43 17-33 7-9 3 5 8 6 1 3 2 42 KERR 26 3-5 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 1 8 BURRELL 10 0-1 1-4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 WENNINGTON 7 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 BUECHLER 5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 SIMPKINS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION LONGLEY DNP - SPRAINED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 41-89 12-18 17 31 48 22 16 6 8 102 (.461) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(3 PTS)

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

MILLS F 38 4-10 1-1 0 2 2 0 2 1 4 9 JOHNSON F 39 9-14 2-4 2 1 3 2 2 0 1 20 OAKLEY C 35 4-8 2-3 2 12 14 4 3 0 2 10 WARD G 41 5-7 0-0 0 3 3 15 2 2 2 13 HOUSTON G 41 11-20 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 24 STARKS 27 4-13 1-4 1 4 5 2 3 0 1 10 CUMMINGS 11 1-4 1-2 1 3 4 0 5 0 0 3 THOMPSON 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DAVIS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION CHILDS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 38-76 8-16 6 27 33 24 17 3 12 89 (.500) (.500) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(18 PTS)

CHICAGO 28 15 31 28 - 102 NEW YORK 31 15 25 18 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - JORDAN, HARPER. NEW YORK - MILLS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 8-15 (.533), PIPPEN 3-5, KUKOC 2-3, JORDAN 1-2, KERR 2-3, BURRELL 0-1, BUECHLER 0-1. NEW YORK 5-15 (.333), MILLS 0-2, JOHNSON 0-1, WARD 3-5, HOUSTON 1-3, STARKS 1-4. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - PIPPEN, NEW YORK - OAKLEY. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, MIKE CALLAHAN, GREG WILLARD. A - 19,763. T - 2:20.


CHICAGO (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 40 10-19 2-2 4-9 6 1 25 Kukoc 30 3-10 0-0 2-5 4 2 8 Rodman 46 3-8 0-0 6-20 0 2 6 Harper 32 4-9 2-3 1-1 4 4 10 Jordan 43 17-33 7-9 3-8 6 1 42 Kerr 26 3-5 0-0 0-4 1 2 8 Burrell 10 0-1 1-4 0-0 1 1 1 Wennington 7 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Buechler 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Simpkins 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kleine DNP - coach's decision Longley DNP - sprained left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-89 12-18 17-48 22 16 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 8-15, .533 (Pippen 3-5, Kukoc 2-3, Jordan 1-2, Kerr 2-3, Burrell 0-1, Buechler 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Jordan, Harper). Turnovers: 10 (Jordan 2, Kukoc 2, Pippen 2, Kerr, Rodman). Steals: 6 (Jordan 3, Pippen 3).

NEW YORK (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mills 38 4-10 1-1 0-2 0 2 9 Johnson 39 9-14 2-4 2-3 2 2 20 Oakley 35 4-8 2-3 2-14 4 3 10 Ward 41 5-7 0-0 0-3 15 2 13 Houston 41 11-20 1-2 0-2 1 0 24 Starks 27 4-13 1-4 1-5 2 3 10 Cummings 11 1-4 1-2 1-4 0 5 3 Thompson 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Davis 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bowie DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision Childs DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-76 8-16 6-33 24 17 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Mills 0-2, Johnson 0-1, Ward 3-5, Houston 1-3, Starks 1-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (Mills). Turnovers: 12 (Mills 4, Houston 2, Oakley 2, Ward 2, Johnson, Starks). Steals: 3 (Ward 2, Mills). ____________________________________________ Chicago 28 15 31 28 - 102 New York 31 15 25 18 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Pippen, 8:46 3rd). New York 1 (Oakley, 8:46 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:20. Officials: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Greg Willard.


GAME RECAP

Michael Jordan had 42 points, eight rebounds and six assists in what could have been his final trip to Madison Square Garden as the Chicago Bulls pulled away for a 102-89 victory over the New York Knicks.

Jordan made 17-of-33 shots from the floor and received a standing ovation when coach Phil Jackson removed him with 55 seconds remaining. Jordan has said he will retire after this season if Jackson is not brought back as Chicago coach, a scenario that appears likely.

"Some of the moves seemed to be coming from 1984," said Jordan, who wore a pair of his original "Air Jordan" sneakers from that year. "You can call it luck, you can call it whatever, it brought back a lot of memories. It certainly brought some excitement to the crowd. It was a well-played game from everybody. We could have easily come in here and fell asleep. But I think since we've got back from the All-Star break this is probably the best game we've played.

"You wouldn't believe the blisters I have on my feet right now," he added. "I paid a price for going back to 1984."

Scottie Pippen added 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Dennis Rodman grabbed 20 boards as the Bulls had a 48-33 advantage on the glass in defeating the Knicks for the third time in as many meetings this season.

Allan Houston scored 24 points and Larry Johnson added 20 for the Knicks, who matched a season-high three-game losing streak. Charlie Ward contributed 13 points and a career-high 15 assists as New York had a three-game home winning streak stopped. The Knicks shot 50 percent (38-for-76) from the floor but only hit 8-of-16 shots from the free-throw line.

"I thought our rebounding was where we lost the game," said New York coach Jeff Van Gundy. "They put it to us on the boards. I thought Pippen's points really hurt us badly. Offense wasn't our problem. We shot 50 percent for the game, but we have to make our free throws and we're going to have to rebound the ball."

"He's a great player," Knicks forward Charles Oakley said about Jordan. "We can't let both Mike and Scottie get off. When that happens, everything comes together. We need everybody on our team to play well to win. They only need three (Jordan, Pippen and Rodman)."

Jordan and Toni Kukoc combined on a 10-0 third-quarter run that gave the Bulls the lead for good. After Oakley hit a jumper to give the Knicks a 59-56 lead with 6:22 left in the third, Kukoc hit a three-pointer to begin the run 17 seconds later. Jordan drove the lane for a finger roll, giving the Bulls a 61-59 edge with 5:30 to go. Jordan followed with a pair of free throws and Kukoc capped it with another three-pointer, giving Chicago a 66-59 advantage with 4:25 remaining.

Chicago pushed the lead to 68-60 when Jordan hit a jumper in the lane with 3:44 to go in the third. John Starks and Pippen traded three-pointers before Ward sank a three-pointer to pull the Knicks within 71-66 with 2:08 left in the third.

Houston converted a three-point play, cutting Chicago's lead to two points, but Pippen answered with a jumper for a 73-69 advantage with one minute left in the third. The Knicks again closed within two as Chris Mills drove for a layup 16 seconds later. Scott Burrell responded with a free throw and Chicago took a 74-71 lead into the final period.

"Defensively, we got it going in the fourth quarter," Jackson said. "Scottie played a very good game and we got a lot of possessions. Rebounding and turnovers were the things we emphasized tonight. Dennis had fun out there tonight. It was a physical game, a high-contact game, and he likes those kinds of games."

New York stayed close for the first four minutes of the fourth before Pippen sank a three-pointer to spark a 7-1 burst. Jordan capped it with a fadeaway jumper from the lane and free throw for an 86-77 cushion with 6:02 remaining. Ron Harper, who had 10 points and four assists, converted a three-point play to give Chicago its biggest lead of the game, 98-83, with 3:12 left.

Oakley had 10 points and 14 rebounds and Starks totaled 10 points off the bench for New York.

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