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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 24 24 30 23 101 MIAMI 26 19 14 27 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - RON HARPER 25, TONI KUKOC 22, CORY CARR 15 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 20, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 14, PJ BROWN 13

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - THREE PLAYERS WITH 9 MIA - PJ BROWN 13, DAN MAJERLE 5

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - TONI KUKOC 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 MIA - TERRY PORTER 6, TIM HARDAWAY 6

ATT: 15,200


Extended Box

CHICAGO (101) AT MIAMI (86)

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

DAVID F 21 1-3 0-0 3 2 5 1 2 1 0 2 KUKOC F 42 9-15 4-4 0 9 9 12 0 2 2 22 SIMPKINS C 36 4-8 2-2 1 8 9 1 3 0 3 10 CARR G 36 6-10 3-4 0 1 1 3 4 1 1 15 HARPER G 39 9-14 3-4 0 9 9 3 1 0 2 25 C BENJAMIN 11 3-5 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 BRYANT 20 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 1 0 4 LARUE 29 3-4 4-4 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 11 WENNINGTON 6 2-4 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 0 4 BARRY DNP - DEEP THIGH BRUISE BOOTH DNP - COACH'S DECISION BROWN DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 39-67 18-20 5 36 41 23 17 5 10 101 (.582) (.900) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

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

MASHBURN F 19 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 4 3 0 2 5 WEATHERSPOON F 37 6-10 2-4 1 2 3 3 2 0 1 14 BROWN C 42 4-14 5-6 6 7 13 1 1 3 1 13 HARDAWAY G 41 8-18 2-2 0 1 1 6 3 3 1 20 MAJERLE G 21 0-4 1-2 0 5 5 0 0 1 1 1 ASKINS 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CONLON 1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 LENARD 25 4-8 2-3 0 0 0 1 3 0 2 11 PORTER 25 4-9 1-2 1 0 1 6 3 0 1 10 STRICKLAND 20 6-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 12 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOURNING DNP - SLIGHT FRACTURE

TOTALS 240 34-78 13-19 8 19 27 22 17 7 9 86 (.436) (.684) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 9(12 PTS)

CHICAGO 24 24 30 23 - 101 MIAMI 26 19 14 27 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - SIMPKINS. MIAMI - BROWN 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 5-12 (.417), KUKOC 0-2, CARR 0-1, HARPER 4-7, LARUE 1-2. MIAMI 5-20 (.250), MASHBURN 1-1, HARDAWAY 2-8, MAJERLE 0-3, ASKINS 0-1, LENARD 1-3, PORTER 1-4. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - . OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, GEORGE TOLIVER, RODNEY MOTT. A - 15,200. T - 2:04.


Box Score

CHICAGO (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp David 21 1-3 0-0 3-5 1 2 2 Kukoc 42 9-15 4-4 0-9 12 0 22 Simpkins 36 4-8 2-2 1-9 1 3 10 Carr 36 6-10 3-4 0-1 3 4 15 Harper 39 9-14 3-4 0-9 3 1 25 C Benjamin 11 3-5 2-2 1-1 0 0 8 Bryant 20 2-4 0-0 0-3 1 3 4 Larue 29 3-4 4-4 0-0 2 2 11 Wennington 6 2-4 0-0 0-4 0 2 4 Barry DNP - deep thigh bruise Booth DNP - coach's decision Brown DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-67 18-20 5-41 23 17 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.582, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Kukoc 0-2, Carr 0-1, Harper 4-7, Larue 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 1 (Simpkins). Turnovers: 13 (Simpkins 3, Harper 2, Kukoc 2, C Benjamin, Carr, Larue). Steals: 5 (Kukoc 2, Bryant, Carr, David).

MIAMI (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mashburn 19 2-6 0-0 0-1 4 3 5 Weatherspoon 37 6-10 2-4 1-3 3 2 14 Brown 42 4-14 5-6 6-13 1 1 13 Hardaway 41 8-18 2-2 0-1 6 3 20 Majerle 21 0-4 1-2 0-5 0 0 1 Askins 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Conlon 1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Lenard 25 4-8 2-3 0-0 1 3 11 Porter 25 4-9 1-2 1-1 6 3 10 Strickland 20 6-6 0-0 0-2 1 2 12 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Mourning DNP - slight fracture _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 13-19 8-27 22 17 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (Mashburn 1-1, Hardaway 2-8, Majerle 0-3, Askins 0-1, Lenard 1-3, Porter 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Brown 2). Turnovers: 9 (Lenard 2, Mashburn 2, Brown, Hardaway, Majerle, Porter, Weatherspoon). Steals: 7 (Brown 3, Hardaway 3, Majerle). ____________________________________________ Chicago 24 24 30 23 - 101 Miami 26 19 14 27 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (, 4:54 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:04. Officials: Derrick Stafford, George Toliver, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- With superstar Alonzo Mourning sidelined with an injured eye, the Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat looked blind chasing the worst team in the East, the Chicago Bulls.

Ron Harper scored all of his season-high 25 points in the second half as the Bulls avenged the most humiliating loss in franchise history by damaging the Heat's chances of clinching home-court advantage in the playoffs with a stunning 101-86 victory.

"I knew I had one shot in the first half, so I said, `It's my turn now'," Harper said. "I shot one from about half court and then I said, `Let me keep doing this'. When (Michael Jordan) calls, I'll tell him I know how it feels."

Mourning, who is expected to play Sunday against Charlotte, was absent from the lineup for a third straight game. Miami's leading scorer and rebounder watched from the bench as his teammates were outplayed throughout by a team they limited to an NBA record-low total in a humiliating 82-49 blowout April 10.

The Heat, who also posted a 90-74 win over the Bulls on April 13, have lost three straight at home and two of three without Mourning.

"After the last time that we played the Heat, we felt Alonzo was the MVP of all the guys that we played against this season," Chicago coach Tim Floyd said. "I think this game was a statement towards that."

Miami currently is percentage points ahead of Orlando for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division. The Heat have three games remaining, two at home.

The Magic have one game remaining and Indiana, which is just one-half game behind the Heat, has two games left. Miami can clinch first place by winning two of three.

Toni Kukoc had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who snapped a 12-game road losing streak, one shy of the team mark.

"This was an excellent payback for how they played us in Chicago and how they played us here the last time," Chicago forward Dickey Simpkins said. "There's nothing better than to beat them by double-digits here in their own building. I saw they needed two wins in their next four and now they need two out of three."

Tim Hardaway scored 20 points but just three in the second half and P.J. Brown posted his seventh double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, which has allowed 100 points in consecutive games after doing so in only two of its previous 45.

"I'm not disappointed, I'm not discouraged, I'm absolutely disgusted," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "I think everyone in the locker room has to feel the same way. To come here at home with the opportunity that we have and sew up whatever edge we have -- it's just absolutely disgusting."

Harper, who was 9-of-12 from the field over the final 24 minutes, scored 14 points in the third quarter, when the Bulls outscored the Heat 30-14 to take control.

"(Harper) got it going for us," Floyd added. "I wish I could take credit for it but I didn't say anything at halftime to him. It just happened."

Rookie Cory Carr scored 15 points and Rusty LaRue added 11 off the bench for Chicago, which shot a sparkling 58 percent (39-of-67) from the floor and held a 41-27 advantage on the boards.

Clarence Weatherspoon collected 14 points and Mark Strickland added 12 off the bench for Miami, which shot 44 percent (34-of-78).

Kukoc scored 14 points in the first half to lead the Bulls to a 48-45 lead at the break. Harper hit a running jumper before Carr made consecutive baskets to cap a 12-2 run, giving Chicago a 60-47 cushion with 7:08 remaining in the third quarter.

Harper, who was 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, drained consecutive 3-pointers to make it 66-49 with 5:29 left.

"I don't think I've seen Ron Harper play like that in a long time," Riley added. "He was saving one for us, because he was absolutely extraordinary.

"We can't let two games like this put us into a mindset that we can't win. This league will bring you to your knees if you don't come mentally ready to play."

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