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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 19 25 21 26 91 CHICAGO 27 26 28 25 106 FINAL


MIAMI (91) AT CHICAGO (106)

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

MAJERLE F 33 5-12 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 0 12 BROWN F 35 4-8 4-5 0 5 5 1 2 1 1 12 MOURNING C 39 5-13 11-14 5 8 13 1 4 1 2 21 HARDAWAY G 41 6-17 7-8 0 2 2 4 3 0 3 19 LENARD G 34 2-8 3-3 3 1 4 3 3 0 1 7 BARRY 18 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 3 STRICKLAND 8 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 MURDOCK 25 4-8 3-4 2 0 2 2 4 3 4 11 WALTERS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CAUSWELL 3 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 ASKINS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT KNEE CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-76 28-34 13 21 34 14 20 6 12 91 (.395) (.824) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 36 6-11 7-10 2 4 6 8 3 1 2 19 KUKOC F 36 8-13 0-0 1 4 5 8 3 2 3 16 RODMAN C 28 1-2 0-0 4 6 10 0 5 0 2 2 HARPER G 24 2-4 2-2 2 1 3 3 2 2 1 6 JORDAN G 39 17-30 2-2 0 4 4 4 2 1 1 37 KLEINE 17 2-4 0-0 1 4 5 2 4 0 1 4 BUECHLER 9 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 3 KERR 28 5-11 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 1 0 13 BURRELL 15 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 6 SIMPKINS 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 LONGLEY DNP - SPRAINED LEFT KNEE WENNINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-81 11-14 11 26 37 30 28 7 12 106 (.543) (.786) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

MIAMI 19 25 21 26 - 91 CHICAGO 27 26 28 25 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - BROWN. CHICAGO - PIPPEN, RODMAN, JORDAN, BUECHLER, BURRELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 3-16 (.188), MAJERLE 2-6, HARDAWAY 0-3, LENARD 0-3, BARRY 1-2, MURDOCK 0-2. CHICAGO 7-18 (.389), PIPPEN 0-1, KUKOC 0-3, JORDAN 1-2, BUECHLER 1-2, KERR 3-7, BURRELL 2-3. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - MOURNING, CHICAGO - RODMAN, PIPPEN. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, JIM CAPERS, STEVE JAVIE. A - 24,102. T - 2:07.


MIAMI (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Majerle 33 5-12 0-0 0-1 2 3 12 Brown 35 4-8 4-5 0-5 1 2 12 Mourning 39 5-13 11-14 5-13 1 4 21 Hardaway 41 6-17 7-8 0-2 4 3 19 Lenard 34 2-8 3-3 3-4 3 3 7 Barry 18 1-4 0-0 1-3 1 1 3 Strickland 8 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 0 4 Murdock 25 4-8 3-4 2-2 2 4 11 Walters 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Causwell 3 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Askins DNP - sprained left knee Conlon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-76 28-34 13-34 14 20 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Majerle 2-6, Hardaway 0-3, Lenard 0-3, Barry 1-2, Murdock 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 1 (Brown). Turnovers: 13 (Murdock 4, Hardaway 3, Mourning 2, Barry, Brown, Lenard). Steals: 6 (Murdock 3, Brown, Majerle, Mourning).

CHICAGO (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 36 6-11 7-10 2-6 8 3 19 Kukoc 36 8-13 0-0 1-5 8 3 16 Rodman 28 1-2 0-0 4-10 0 5 2 Harper 24 2-4 2-2 2-3 3 2 6 Jordan 39 17-30 2-2 0-4 4 2 37 Kleine 17 2-4 0-0 1-5 2 4 4 Buechler 9 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 3 Kerr 28 5-11 0-0 0-2 4 3 13 Burrell 15 2-3 0-0 1-1 1 2 6 Simpkins 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Longley DNP - sprained left knee Wennington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-81 11-14 11-37 30 28 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.543, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Pippen 0-1, Kukoc 0-3, Jordan 1-2, Buechler 1-2, Kerr 3-7, Burrell 2-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Pippen, Rodman, Jordan, Buechler, Burrell). Turnovers: 13 (Kukoc 3, Pippen 2, Rodman 2, Buechler, Harper, Jordan, Kleine, Simpkins). Steals: 7 (Harper 2, Kukoc 2, Jordan, Kerr, Pippen). ____________________________________________ Miami 19 25 21 26 - 91 Chicago 27 26 28 25 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Mourning, 0:32 3rd). Chicago 2 (Rodman, 3:03 1st; Pippen, 0:32 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 24,102. T: 2:07. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Jim Capers, Steve Javie.


GAME RECAP

Michael Jordan scored 37 points and Scottie Pippen had 19 as the Chicago Bulls bettered their NBA-best home record and avenged their worst loss of the season with a 106-91 win over the Miami Heat, who had their 11-game road winning streak snapped.

Jordan, coming off a 42-point effort in Sunday's win at New York, shot 17-of-30 from the field and scored 23 in the first half to lead Chicago to a 53-44 advantage at the break. Jordan scored six points and Pippen and Toni Kukoc each added four points as the Bulls took command with a 21-2 run that spanned the first and second quarters.

Kukoc finished with 16 points and Pippen added eight assists for Chicago, which won its fourth straight game and improved to 29-3 at the United Center.

Steve Kerr, in his second game off the injured list, connected on a trio of three-pointers and finished with 13 points for the Bulls, who shot a season-high 54 percent (44-of-81) from the field. NBA rebounding leader Dennis Rodman pulled down 10 boards to pace Chicago to a slim 37-34 edge on the glass.

"We've got some guys playing well off the bench right now; we feel comfortable like that," said Chicago coach Phil Jackson. "Miami was short some players and we were without Luc Longley, so neither team had a playoff look. It will be different when the playoffs start."

Both Longley and Miami forward Keith Askins missed the game with sprained left knees.

Alonzo Mourning collected 21 points and 13 rebounds and Tim Hardaway totaled 19 points for Miami, which had not lost on the road since February 1st at Madison Square Garden.

The Heat, who earned a 99-72 home win over the Bulls on January 7th, were held without a field goal for over eight minutes during Chicago's decisive run.

"The Bulls were very, very good tonight," observed Heat coach Pat Riley. "We really had no real options to go to after their hot shooting. They took us out of our offense and made us play an entirely different game from what we were used to. We got their best game here, they got our best in Miami."

First-place Miami, which owns a seven-game lead over New York in the Atlantic Division, was held to just 39 percent (30-of-75) from the floor, including 3-of-16 from three-point range.

It was a physical game, as long-time antagonists Mourning and Rodman came together on two separate occasions, with each earning one technical foul.

"You see, there's not much love out there on the basketball court," Jordan said. "I think a lot of it has to do with how they (the Heat) approach the game. Against a Pat Riley-coached team, you have to be defiant. We cannot let anybody try to intimidate us, and Dennis is a good stand-up guy for us."

With Rodman plugging the middle in Longley's absence, Chicago trailed 18-17 after a free throw by P.J. Brown with 3:03 to go in the first quarter. But the Bulls scored 10 of the last 11 points in the period to grab a 27-19 edge after one.

"We know this team and how well they've been playing on the road," said Jordan. "In the first quarter, they usually get out of the blocks quick, so it was important for us to put them on their heels. We controlled the tempo of the game, and when you do that, you usually can win."

Chicago picked up where it left off, rattling off 11 of the first 12 points of the quarter. The Heat chipped away at the deficit for the remainder of the half and part of the third quarter, pulling within 64-57 on Mourning's layup with 6:58 left in the third quarter.

The Bulls answered with a 13-4 burst, building a 77-61 cushion on Pippen's 10-footer with 1:49 left.

After Dan Majerle's jumper with 4:12 to play in the first quarter, the Heat did not convert from the field until a bucket by Mourning at the 6:58 mark of the second.

"It was a rough game all around," Mourning said. "We made a couple of runs at them, but we made too many mistakes and broke down defensively. We just didn't have it tonight, but we do have a good ballclub and a lot of faith in each other."

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