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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 9 26 28 16 79 DETROIT 26 22 15 24 87 FINAL


Box Score

CHICAGO (79) AT DETROIT (87)

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

RODMAN F 42 1-3 0-0 7 8 15 4 4 0 4 2 BURRELL F 28 7-13 0-0 2 5 7 1 4 4 0 16 WENNINGTON C 5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 HARPER G 29 3-11 1-2 1 3 4 5 2 1 1 7 JORDAN G 43 7-25 5-10 4 2 6 4 4 1 2 19 KUKOC 35 7-17 0-2 0 4 4 5 1 1 0 15 BUECHLER 11 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 KERR 26 3-6 1-1 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 7 SIMPKINS 14 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 4 BROWN 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PIPPEN DNP - KIDNEY STONES

TOTALS 240 34-84 7-15 16 27 43 22 17 9 10 79 (.405) (.467) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(18 PTS)

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

REID F 19 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 2 HILL F 46 7-16 3-7 1 8 9 12 4 1 2 17 B WILLIAMS C 42 12-17 1-4 6 11 17 1 3 3 5 25 HUNTER G 31 1-8 0-0 1 5 6 6 1 2 2 2 DUMARS G 28 5-10 2-4 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 17 STACKHOUSE 37 8-17 4-4 2 4 6 2 2 0 4 20 J WILLIAMS 14 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 SEALY 18 2-10 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 4 MAHORN 5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 HENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION OBANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-81 10-19 15 34 49 24 15 6 14 87 (.444) (.526) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

CHICAGO 9 26 28 16 - 79 DETROIT 26 22 15 24 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - RODMAN, BURRELL, KERR. DETROIT - REID 2, B WILLIAMS 2, STACKHOUSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 4-16 (.250), BURRELL 2-6, HARPER 0-1, JORDAN 0-3, KUKOC 1-3, BUECHLER 1-2, KERR 0-1. DETROIT 5-16 (.313), HUNTER 0-3, DUMARS 5-8, STACKHOUSE 0-3, SEALY 0-2. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - HEAD COACH GENTRY. OFFICIALS: BRUCE ALEXANDER, JOE FORTE, GREG WILLARD. A - 22,076. T - 2:12.


Agate Box Score

CHICAGO (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rodman 42 1-3 0-0 7-15 4 4 2 Burrell 28 7-13 0-0 2-7 1 4 16 Wennington 5 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Harper 29 3-11 1-2 1-4 5 2 7 Jordan 43 7-25 5-10 4-6 4 4 19 Kukoc 35 7-17 0-2 0-4 5 1 15 Buechler 11 3-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 7 Kerr 26 3-6 1-1 1-3 1 1 7 Simpkins 14 2-2 0-0 0-2 1 0 4 Brown 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Kleine DNP - coach's decision Pippen DNP - kidney stones _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-84 7-15 16-43 22 17 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.467. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Burrell 2-6, Harper 0-1, Jordan 0-3, Kukoc 1-3, Buechler 1-2, Kerr 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Rodman, Burrell, Kerr). Turnovers: 14 (Rodman 4, Jordan 2, Brown, Harper, Kerr, Wennington). Steals: 9 (Burrell 4, Brown, Harper, Jordan, Kukoc, Simpkins).

DETROIT (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Reid 19 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 3 2 Hill 46 7-16 3-7 1-9 12 4 17 B Williams 42 12-17 1-4 6-17 1 3 25 Hunter 31 1-8 0-0 1-6 6 1 2 Dumars 28 5-10 2-4 0-2 1 0 17 Stackhouse 37 8-17 4-4 2-6 2 2 20 J Williams 14 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 Sealy 18 2-10 0-0 2-4 0 1 4 Mahorn 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Henson DNP - coach's decision Obannon DNP - coach's decision Pollard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-81 10-19 15-49 24 15 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.526. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Hunter 0-3, Dumars 5-8, Stackhouse 0-3, Sealy 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 5 (Reid 2, B Williams 2, Stackhouse). Turnovers: 15 (B Williams 5, Stackhouse 4, Hill 2, Hunter 2, Dumars). Steals: 6 (B Williams 3, Hunter 2, Hill). ____________________________________________ Chicago 9 26 28 16 - 79 Detroit 26 22 15 24 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Head Coach Gentry, 0:51 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:12. Officials: Bruce Alexander, Joe Forte, Greg Willard.


Game Recap

Former Bull Brian Williams collected 25 points and 17 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons posted an 87-79 victory over Chicago, which recovered from a nine-point first quarter but faltered late and squandered a share of the NBA's best record.

It was just Chicago's second loss in its last 24 games against Detroit but came at a terrible time. The Bulls (60-20) fell one-half game behind the Utah Jazz (60-19) in the race for best record and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. The Jazz own the tiebreaker edge over the Bulls.

Michael Jordan was held to 19 points on 7-of-25 shooting for Chicago, which played without star forward Scottie Pippen, who was sidelined by kidney stones.

"It was an ugly game for us," Jordan said. "They gave us a chance to get back into it and we didn't take advantage of it. It's one of those you want to get out of your system before the playoffs start."

The Bulls, who have New York and Philadelphia left on their schedule, will have to root for either Sacramento, Phoenix or the Los Angeles Lakers to beat the Jazz. The latter two games are road contests for Utah.

The Pistons led 26-9 after one quarter but were tied at 63-63 after three quarters. They took the lead on the first bucket of the final period and used an 8-0 burst in the latter half of the quarter to pull away.

Joe Dumars, who scored 12 points, nailed three three-pointers as the Detroit held the Bulls scoreless for nearly six minutes during a 13-0 first-quarter run.

"It's a thing called professionalism," said Dumars, who played despite the flu. "It was a message to the younger guys. It's the type of game veterans have to come out and play."

It is also likely the last time that longtime adversaries Dumars and Jordan would face each other, a fact noted by both players.

"This might be the last time we're going at each other," Dumars said. "He might be telling the truth this time."

"We (he and Dumars) always respected each other," Jordan said. "We had some good conversation tonight. We talked about how we're the oldest guys out there. The younger players are taking over the league, we're just little peons trying to finish this one out."

Williams shot 12-of-17 from the field to highlight his team's mediocre 44 percent (36-of-81) performance. Jerry Stackhouse had 20 points and Grant Hill narrowly missed a triple-double with 17 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.

"I don't know if it (the win) is to make my summer better, but it makes for a nicer tax day," joked Hill. "Anytime you beat the world champions, it's a good feeling. The guys came out and played tremendous tonight and there was a good atmosphere in the crowd that really helped us. It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win."

Toni Kukoc's three-pointer with 4:31 left in the third quarter completed the Bulls' comeback at 57-57. The teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter until Jud Buechler's bucket with 11 seconds left forged a 63-63 deadlock.

Two free throws by Stackhouse and a jumper by Hill made it 67-63 early in the fourth period, but Chicago fought back, pulling to 70-69 on a jumper by Buechler with eight minutes left. Buechler came back with a three-pointer that would have given the Bulls the lead, but the referees ruled that he released it after the shot clock had expired.

Williams and Jordan traded baskets before the Pistons reeled off eight straight points to take command. Williams and Stackhouse had four points apiece in the surge, which was capped by a dunk by Williams with 3:47 to play.

"I don't think there are five other teams in the league that have gone through as much adversity as we have that would still be playing as hard as we have," said Detroit coach Alvin Gentry. "That's a credit to Grant Hill, Joe Dumars and Rick Mahorn, the guys who lead this team."

Detroit sank only 3-of-10 free throws down the stretch but Jordan was unable to bail Chicago out, missing four straight shots.

"The last couple of games I haven't shot well," Jordan admitted. "I don't seem to have my rhythm right now, especially at the free-throw line. That's the most disappointing thing. I just have to work and try and get it back for the playoffs."

Scott Burrell totaled 16 points and seven rebounds and Kukoc had 15 points for Chicago, which shot 41 percent (34-of-84) from the floor and went to the line only 15 times, hitting seven. Dennis Rodman pulled down 15 rebounds but the Bulls were edged on the backboards, 49-43, while losing their second straight road game.

After Burrell's bucket just 1:26 into the game tied it at 4-4, the Bulls were shut down as Detroit went on a 13-0 run. Ron Harper's layup with 6:37 left cut the deficit to 17-6. Chicago shot just 18 percent (4-of-22) in the opening quarter.

The Pistons won for just the second time in 10 games.

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