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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 22 25 20 22 89 ATLANTA 25 19 14 16 74 FINAL


CHICAGO (89) AT ATLANTA (74)

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

RODMAN F 46 2-3 1-2 4 11 15 0 3 0 1 5 KUKOC F 34 4-11 2-2 1 1 2 1 0 2 3 12 WENNINGTON C 18 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 4 JORDAN G 43 13-26 8-12 1 4 5 4 3 0 2 34 HARPER G 27 1-5 2-4 1 5 6 6 3 1 3 4 BURRELL 20 7-11 1-3 1 0 1 1 2 2 0 18 BUECHLER 5 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 KERR 22 4-8 1-1 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 9 BROWN 12 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 SIMPKINS 5 1-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 KLEINE 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 PIPPEN DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 34-75 16-25 11 26 37 17 19 5 11 89 (.453) (.640) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 11(15 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 34 3-6 2-4 2 2 4 1 1 0 1 8 CORBIN F 31 5-9 1-2 0 7 7 2 2 1 3 11 MUTOMBO C 35 6-12 0-3 2 8 10 1 4 3 2 12 SMITH G 40 3-14 4-4 1 4 5 1 3 0 1 11 BLAYLOCK G 41 5-14 0-0 0 3 3 8 4 3 2 11 LAETTNER 30 6-8 1-1 2 7 9 3 4 0 3 13 RECASNER 18 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 BROWN 11 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 4 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-71 8-14 7 32 39 17 22 7 14 74 (.451) (.571) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

CHICAGO 22 25 20 22 - 89 ATLANTA 25 19 14 16 - 74

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - KUKOC, RODMAN, JORDAN. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 2, LAETTNER 2, HENDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 5-11 (.455), KUKOC 2-3, HARPER 0-1, BURRELL 3-6, BUECHLER 0-1. ATLANTA 2-16 (.125), CORBIN 0-2, SMITH 1-5, BLAYLOCK 1-8, LAETTNER 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - RODMAN, ATLANTA - LAETTNER, BLAYLOCK. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, BLANE REICHELT, MIKE SMITH. A - 62,046. T - 2:00.


CHICAGO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rodman 46 2-3 1-2 4-15 0 3 5 Kukoc 34 4-11 2-2 1-2 1 0 12 Wennington 18 2-6 0-0 1-3 0 3 4 Jordan 43 13-26 8-12 1-5 4 3 34 Harper 27 1-5 2-4 1-6 6 3 4 Burrell 20 7-11 1-3 1-1 1 2 18 Buechler 5 0-2 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 Kerr 22 4-8 1-1 0-2 2 1 9 Brown 12 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Simpkins 5 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 3 Kleine 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 Pippen DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-75 16-25 11-37 17 19 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Kukoc 2-3, Harper 0-1, Burrell 3-6, Buechler 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Kukoc, Rodman, Jordan). Turnovers: 11 (Harper 3, Kukoc 3, Jordan 2, Brown, Kleine, Rodman). Steals: 5 (Burrell 2, Kukoc 2, Harper).

ATLANTA (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 34 3-6 2-4 2-4 1 1 8 Corbin 31 5-9 1-2 0-7 2 2 11 Mutombo 35 6-12 0-3 2-10 1 4 12 Smith 40 3-14 4-4 1-5 1 3 11 Blaylock 41 5-14 0-0 0-3 8 4 11 Laettner 30 6-8 1-1 2-9 3 4 13 Recasner 18 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Brown 11 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 3 4 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Barry DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-71 8-14 7-39 17 22 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 2-16, .125 (Corbin 0-2, Smith 1-5, Blaylock 1-8, Laettner 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Mutombo 2, Laettner 2, Henderson). Turnovers: 14 (Corbin 3, Laettner 3, Blaylock 2, Brown 2, Mutombo 2, Henderson, Smith). Steals: 7 (Blaylock 3, Mutombo 3, Corbin). ____________________________________________ Chicago 22 25 20 22 - 89 Atlanta 25 19 14 16 - 74 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Rodman, 9:43 4th). Atlanta 2 (Laettner, 0:19 1st; Blaylock, 6:30 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 62,046. T: 2:00. Officials: Ed F Rush, Blane Reichelt, Mike Smith.


GAME RECAP

An NBA-record 62,046 fans were in attendance at the Georgia Dome to witness what may be the last game in Atlanta for Michael Jordan, who scored 34 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to their eighth straight win, 89-74 over the Hawks.

The Hawks sold 8,000 'video screen only' tickets that offered no actual view of the court. The purchase of those seats gave the Georgia Dome the record for the most people ever at one arena to see an NBA game, surpassing the previous mark of 61,983 fans that saw Boston and Detroit play at the Silverdome on January 29th, 1988.

"It's a special feeling when 62,000 people come out to see you play," Jordan said. "It certainly is a lot of respect that is being paid, but as you walk out onto the court, you know you can't focus on how big the crowd is. You have to focus on what you have to do out there as a basketball team."

Jordan, who has said he will retire at the end of the season, scored five points in the decisive 12-4 run in the third quarter that gave the Bulls a 63-54 lead. Chicago led by at least seven points the rest of the way en route to matching its longest winning streak of the season.

"The third quarter we kind of got the opportunity to turn it around," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "They couldn't get things going, a real dismal third quarter, and we were just able to turn it around a little bit."

Jordan hit the second of two foul shots with 7:12 to play to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for seventh place on the all-time list. The free throw was the 6,713th of Jordan's career.

The Bulls, who improved to 20-2 since the All-Star break, remained four games in front of Miami for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and 4 1/2 games ahead of Indiana for the Central Division lead.

Steve Smith, the Hawks' leading scorer, was held to 11 points as Atlanta suffered its third loss in the last four games and watched its seven-game home winning streak come to an end. It was the Hawks' worst offensive effort this season.

"We were definitely excited (about the crowd), but you know, unfortunately we had one of our all-time low games," Smith said. "We didn't play well, they played well, but you have to keep going. You have to give them credit, they played especially well without (Scottie) Pippen. Michael played well."

Pippen, the Bulls superstar forward, did not play tonight due to the flu and was replaced in the starting lineup by Bill Wennington.

Scott Burrell stepped up to make the biggest contribution in place of Pippen, scoring five of his 18 points in the decisive third-quarter run. His 18-footer sparked the spurt before Jordan converted a three-point play and, after Dennis Rodman grabbed one of his 15 rebounds, Ron Harper hit a layup to give the Bulls a 58-50 lead.

"Burrell came in with a lot of confidence," Jordan said. "This was a big game for him because one of our key players was out and he stepped up, and that was big for us."

Tyrone Corbin fed Smith for a layup and hit a lay-in of his own to trim Atlanta's deficit to 58-54 with 4:24 left in the third. But Jordan responded with a 14-footer and Burrell buried a three-pointer to cap the burst.

"We knew that because they were playing at home they'd be more aggressive, and you never know what's going to happen on the road," Burrell said. "So we had to build on our lead and we did. I was happy to get the 'W'."

Jordan's final free throw with 1:29 left in the game gave Chicago its largest lead, 89-71, before Smith rounded out the scoring with a meaningless three-pointer.

After shooting just 39.5 percent in the first half, Chicago was 17-of-32 from the field (53 percent) in the second half. Atlanta shot 50 percent (19-of-38) in the opening 24 minutes but connected on just 39 percent (13-of-33) in the second half when it tied a season low with just 30 points, previously set against Chicago on November 7th.

"In the second half, we'd miss a shot or two and kind of drop our heads," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We didn't play with the energy or excitement that we should have been playing with. You can't compete unless you have that. You can't play that way and win."

Christian Laettner had 13 points and nine rebounds and Dikembe Mutombo added 12 and 10 for the Hawks, who own the fifth-best record in the East. Atlanta remained 3 1/2 games back of Charlotte, which lost in Indiana, and is 3 1/2 games ahead of New York, which is playing Vancouver, and Cleveland.

The game was tight throughout the first half and Atlanta took a 44-42 lead with 1:38 left in the second period on a three-pointer by Mookie Blaylock. But Jordan answered with two free throws and Dickey Simpkins converted a three-point play -- his only points of the game -- for a 47-44 edge at the half. Atlanta never regained the lead.

The Hawks made just 8-of-14 attempts from the foul line and were an atrocious 2-of-16 from three-point range. The starting backcourt of Smith and Blaylock combined to shoot 8-of-28 from the field and 2-of-13 from behind the arc.

Blaylock had 11 points and eight assists and Corbin contributed 11 points and seven boards. Smith, who was 3-of-14 from the floor, had averaged 24.7 points over the previous three contests.

Toni Kukoc chipped in 12 points for the Bulls, who won three of four games against the Hawks this season.

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