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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 23 26 25 11 85 ORLANDO 13 18 23 16 70 FINAL


CHICAGO (85) AT ORLANDO (70)

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

PIPPEN F 39 11-20 0-0 0 2 2 5 2 1 3 23 KUKOC F 32 5-10 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 0 1 10 RODMAN C 38 1-1 0-0 4 14 18 5 2 1 2 2 HARPER G 26 5-8 2-4 0 2 2 3 2 1 1 13 JORDAN G 38 8-21 0-1 2 5 7 8 2 5 0 17 BROWN 12 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 2 BURRELL 17 3-5 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 2 7 BUECHLER 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KERR 18 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 2 6 SIMPKINS 15 2-4 1-2 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 5 KLEINE 2 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 WENNINGTON DNP - NOT WITH TEAM

TOTALS 240 37-77 5-9 10 29 39 28 15 10 13 85 (.481) (.556) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(7 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 39 4-6 0-0 5 6 11 2 1 2 6 8 GRANT F 34 3-4 1-2 1 4 5 1 3 1 0 7 SCHAYES C 20 2-5 2-2 0 4 4 0 2 0 1 6 ANDERSON G 38 7-24 6-6 3 1 4 1 1 1 2 21 D HARPER G 21 0-6 0-0 1 1 2 7 1 0 3 0 STRONG 25 2-9 1-2 3 6 9 0 1 0 1 5 OLLIE 27 6-9 2-5 0 1 1 3 1 1 1 14 BENOIT 21 3-9 2-2 2 3 5 1 3 1 2 9 WILKINS 13 0-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 LAWSON 2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRICE DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 27-76 14-19 16 28 44 17 13 6 16 70 (.355) (.737) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

CHICAGO 23 26 25 11 - 85 ORLANDO 13 18 23 16 - 70

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - PIPPEN 2. ORLANDO - OUTLAW 2, D HARPER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 6-16 (.375), PIPPEN 1-4, KUKOC 0-1, HARPER 1-1, JORDAN 1-3, BURRELL 1-2, BUECHLER 0-1, KERR 2-3, SIMPKINS 0-1. ORLANDO 2-15 (.133), ANDERSON 1-9, D HARPER 0-1, BENOIT 1-4, WILKINS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, TED BERNHARDT, BILL SPOONER. A - 17,248. T - 1:57.


CHICAGO (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 39 11-20 0-0 0-2 5 2 23 Kukoc 32 5-10 0-0 0-0 4 2 10 Rodman 38 1-1 0-0 4-18 5 2 2 Harper 26 5-8 2-4 0-2 3 2 13 Jordan 38 8-21 0-1 2-7 8 2 17 Brown 12 0-2 2-2 0-0 2 1 2 Burrell 17 3-5 0-0 2-5 0 1 7 Buechler 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kerr 18 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 2 6 Simpkins 15 2-4 1-2 0-2 1 1 5 Kleine 2 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 Wennington DNP - not with team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-77 5-9 10-39 28 15 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.556. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Pippen 1-4, Kukoc 0-1, Harper 1-1, Jordan 1-3, Burrell 1-2, Buechler 0-1, Kerr 2-3, Simpkins 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Pippen 2). Turnovers: 13 (Pippen 3, Brown 2, Burrell 2, Kerr 2, Rodman 2, Harper, Kukoc). Steals: 10 (Jordan 5, Harper, Kerr, Pippen, Rodman, Simpkins).

ORLANDO (70) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 39 4-6 0-0 5-11 2 1 8 Grant 34 3-4 1-2 1-5 1 3 7 Schayes 20 2-5 2-2 0-4 0 2 6 Anderson 38 7-24 6-6 3-4 1 1 21 D Harper 21 0-6 0-0 1-2 7 1 0 Strong 25 2-9 1-2 3-9 0 1 5 Ollie 27 6-9 2-5 0-1 3 1 14 Benoit 21 3-9 2-2 2-5 1 3 9 Wilkins 13 0-4 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 Lawson 2 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 Edwards DNP - coach's decision Price DNP - sprained right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-76 14-19 16-44 17 13 70 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.355, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 2-15, .133 (Anderson 1-9, D Harper 0-1, Benoit 1-4, Wilkins 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Outlaw 2, D Harper). Turnovers: 16 (Outlaw 6, D Harper 3, Anderson 2, Benoit 2, Ollie, Schayes, Strong). Steals: 6 (Outlaw 2, Anderson, Benoit, Grant, Ollie). ____________________________________________ Chicago 23 26 25 11 - 85 Orlando 13 18 23 16 - 70 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 1:57. Officials: Steve Javie, Ted Bernhardt, Bill Spooner.


GAME RECAP

Scottie Pippen scored 11 of his 23 points in the first quarter as the Chicago Bulls breezed past the Orlando Magic, 85-70, for their seventh consecutive victory.

Pippen scored four points and Michael Jordan six of his 17 in the pivotal 14-0 run in the opening period as the Bulls built a 23-13 lead. Jordan added eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals for Chicago, which held a 49-31 cushion at halftime and led by at least 14 points thereafter.

"We were more prepared, we came out with the focus to be aggressive," Jordan said. "They never really made a push. We never really let them."

Dennis Rodman grabbed 18 rebounds for the Bulls, who held the Magic to 35.5 percent (27-of-76) from the field in avenging a 106-98 loss at Orlando on December 10th. Chicago, which has won eight of its last nine road games, has won 11 of 12 overall to take sole possession of the league's best record at 53-17.

"Seven (straight wins) is great, let's go eight," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "If we can do that, then we'll feel like we are going in the right way. It's just one step at a time in this game. Any time you start looking for more of what is in front of you, you start to hurt yourself."

Magic guard Nick Anderson returned to score 21 points after missing the last two games with a strained left hamstring. Orlando, which has lost eight of its last nine games against the Bulls, is one game behind Washington and New Jersey for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Anderson was 7-of-24 from the field, including just 1-of-9 from three-point range. The Magic hit just 2-of-15 shots from behind the arc.

Bo Outlaw pulled down 11 rebounds but also committed six of Orlando's 16 turnovers, which resulted in 15 points for the Bulls. The Magic were limited to seven points off 13 Chicago turnovers and handed out just 17 assists to the Bulls' 28.

"They are so good out of this triangle offense that you basically never see all the clever little nuances that you would not know unless you really studied the game," Magic coach Chuck Daly said. "They've played a lot of huge games together and they run their offense at such speed that it is different than anyone else's in the league."

Trailing 10-9 in the early going, Chicago reeled off 14 straight points to take the lead for good. Jordan sparked that spurt with a driving layup before Pippen converted back-to-back baskets.

"He has great energy," Jackson said of Pippen. "He carries the team with his energy and directed the offense, initiated the attack and played great defense also."

Pippen recorded one of his two blocked shots on the other end, leading to a 17-footer by Jordan. Scott Burrell scored four of his seven points in the run, capping it with a layup for a 23-10 lead with 1:08 remaining.

Kevin Ollie, who scored a season-high 14 points, buried a running jumper to cut the deficit to 27-22 with 8:10 left in the second quarter. But the Bulls responded with an 18-6 burst, capped by Jordan's three-pointer with 3:07 to go before halftime, and the Magic never threatened again.

"We came right at them," Jordan said. "They played last night and didn't seem to have the same energy. We didn't seem to slow up. We played a good ball game."

Chicago shot 56 percent (33-of-59) in the first half while holding Orlando to 32.5 percent (13-for-40).

Pippen dunked with 5:39 remaining in the third quarter to give Chicago its largest lead, 63-40.

The Bulls remained four games ahead of Miami atop the Eastern Conference despite scoring just 11 fourth-quarter points and posting their lowest total since a 99-72 loss at Miami on January 7th.

Ron Harper contributed 13 points and Toni Kukoc added 10 for the Bulls, who made just 5-of-9 free throws while shooting 48 percent (37-of-77).

Magic starting point guard Derek Harper handed out seven assists but was held scoreless, going 0-for-6 from the field. Derek Strong, Orlando's third-leading scorer, grabbed nine rebounds but was just 2-of-9 from the floor for five points.

"We gave them threes, we gave them transition baskets, we gave them layups, and when you give Chicago everything that makes them good, then you're going to have a tough time beating them," Harper said. "We didn't take anything away from this team. You have to find something to take away from them."

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