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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 17 14 30 21 82 CHICAGO 23 32 9 25 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - BRIAN GRANT 20, TIM HARDAWAY 14, EDDIE JONES 14 CHI - RON MERCER 27, ELTON BRAND 17, RON ARTEST 16

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - BRIAN GRANT 10, ANTHONY MASON 8 CHI - ELTON BRAND 14, MARCUS FIZER 11

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 8, EDDIE JONES 6 CHI - ELTON BRAND 8, RON MERCER 6

ATT: 21,876


Extended Box

MIAMI (82) AT CHICAGO (89)

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

BOWEN F 30 3-7 2-2 1 2 3 1 5 2 0 11 MASON F 45 5-9 2-2 2 6 8 1 0 0 1 12 GRANT C 29 7-16 6-8 5 5 10 1 5 1 2 20 HARDAWAY G 40 6-21 1-1 1 1 2 8 5 2 4 14 JONES G 40 5-13 1-2 0 6 6 6 6 4 4 14 GREEN 20 2-6 1-2 0 4 4 0 0 1 0 5 CARTER 14 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 0 3 2 MAJERLE 15 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 3 HOUSE 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CAUSWELL 2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-82 14-19 10 27 37 21 24 11 14 82 (.366) (.737) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 29 6-11 4-6 1 5 6 3 2 0 3 16 BRAND F 46 6-17 5-8 4 10 14 8 2 2 2 17 MILLER C 26 3-7 0-1 3 1 4 1 6 1 3 6 DREW G 30 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 5 2 1 2 4 MERCER G 44 11-17 5-5 0 4 4 6 1 1 2 27 HOIBERG 19 0-3 0-0 0 4 4 3 0 0 0 0 FIZER 22 4-8 0-0 3 8 11 2 4 1 5 8 EL AMIN 22 2-5 6-8 0 3 3 3 0 2 1 11 BAGARIC 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 C BENJAMIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - GROIN PULL TARLAC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-72 20-28 11 37 48 31 18 8 18 89 (.472) (.714) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

MIAMI 17 14 30 21 - 82 CHICAGO 23 32 9 25 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - JONES, MASON. CHICAGO - BRAND 3, MILLER 3, ARTEST, HOIBERG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 8-25 (.320), BOWEN 3-5, HARDAWAY 1-10, JONES 3-6, GREEN 0-1, MAJERLE 1-3. CHICAGO 1-8 (.125), ARTEST 0-2, HOIBERG 0-2, FIZER 0-1, EL AMIN 1-3. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - HEAD COACH FLOYD. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TED BERNHARDT, JIM KINSEY. A - 21,876. T - 2:09.


Box Score

MIAMI (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 30 3-7 2-2 1-3 1 5 11 Mason 45 5-9 2-2 2-8 1 0 12 Grant 29 7-16 6-8 5-10 1 5 20 Hardaway 40 6-21 1-1 1-2 8 5 14 Jones 40 5-13 1-2 0-6 6 6 14 Green 20 2-6 1-2 0-4 0 0 5 Carter 14 1-4 0-0 1-2 2 1 2 Majerle 15 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 2 3 House 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Causwell 2 0-0 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-82 14-19 10-37 21 24 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 8-25, .320 (Bowen 3-5, Hardaway 1-10, Jones 3-6, Green 0-1, Majerle 1-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Jones, Mason). Turnovers: 16 (Hardaway 4, Jones 4, Carter 3, Grant 2, Mason). Steals: 11 (Jones 4, Bowen 2, Hardaway 2, Grant, Green, Majerle).

CHICAGO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 29 6-11 4-6 1-6 3 2 16 Brand 46 6-17 5-8 4-14 8 2 17 Miller 26 3-7 0-1 3-4 1 6 6 Drew 30 2-4 0-0 0-2 5 2 4 Mercer 44 11-17 5-5 0-4 6 1 27 Hoiberg 19 0-3 0-0 0-4 3 0 0 Fizer 22 4-8 0-0 3-11 2 4 8 El Amin 22 2-5 6-8 0-3 3 0 11 Bagaric 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 C Benjamin DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - groin pull Tarlac DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-72 20-28 11-48 31 18 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.472, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Artest 0-2, Hoiberg 0-2, Fizer 0-1, El Amin 1-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Brand 3, Miller 3, Artest, Hoiberg). Turnovers: 20 (Fizer 5, Artest 3, Miller 3, Brand 2, Drew 2, Mercer 2, El Amin). Steals: 8 (Brand 2, El Amin 2, Drew, Fizer, Mercer, Miller). ____________________________________________ Miami 17 14 30 21 - 82 Chicago 23 32 9 25 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Head Coach Floyd, 3:48 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,876. T: 2:09. Officials: Hue Hollins, Ted Bernhardt, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- For the first time in nearly a year, the Chicago Bulls are going home happy twice in a row.

Ron Mercer scored 27 points as the Bulls blew a 27-point lead before pulling out a wild 89-82 victory over the Miami Heat in a game that featured embarrassing 12-minute stretches by both teams.

The Heat made just 3-of-19 shots in the second quarter and were outscored, 32-14, to fall behind 55-31 at halftime.

Whatever Miami coach Pat Riley told his team at halftime had an immediate impact as the Heat outscored the Bulls, 30-9, in the third quarter to pull within 64-61 entering the final period.

"It was entirely different games," Riley said. "And it was the best I've seen (the Bulls) play."

Miami forged a 67-67 tie when Anthony Carter scored with 9:13 to play before the Bulls finally regained their composure.

Mercer hit a 17-footer, Elton Brand connected from nine feet, Mercer made two free throws and rookie Khalid El-Amin knocked down a 19-footer before Ron Artest's 15-footer capped the decisive 10-0 run with 6:10 remaining, giving Chicago a 77-67 lead.

"We just started making mistakes," Riley said. "(Chicago) played hard, they play with pride and they always play us tough. I don't know how they have only seven wins."

The Heat again roared back with seven straight points and closed within 78-77 when Bruce Bowen nailed a 26-footer with 3:37 left.

Mercer responded with a basket and Artest hit a 21-footer with 1:58 left as Chicago pulled away for good, nailing down back-to-back wins for the first time since February 17-19, 2000.

"This goes to show we can beat anybody," Mercer said. "We had different guys stepping up all night."

"We played with a lot more heart and toughness and that's how we held them off," added rookie forward Marcus Fizer said.

Owners of the league's worst record (8-42), Chicago's modest win streak follows a franchise-record 17-game skid, which ended with Tuesday's 96-92 home win over Atlanta -- a game that saw the Bulls blow a 17-point advantage before emerging victorious.

Brand had 17 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists, Artest scored 16 points and El-Amin added 11 for Chicago, which shot 47 percent (34-of-72), held a 48-37 rebounding advantage and overcame 20 turnovers.

"We knew they would make a run, but we held them off," Brand said. "But it's still disappointing to lose a 27-point lead. We're playing with a lot of confidence now."

Brian Grant had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat but was blocked by Brand on three straight layup attempts after Artest's jumper gave the Bulls a five-point lead with just under two minutes to play.

Eddie Jones and Tim Hardaway each scored 20 points, Anthony Mason added 12 and Bowen 11 for the Heat, who shot 37 percent (30-of-82) and were outscored, 20-14, at the line.

"They came out much more aggressive than we did and made their shots," Hardaway said.

"You can't take anything out of this," added Jones. "In the first half, we didn't do anything. Down 24 (points) tells it all."

Fizer opened the second quarter by burying a nine-footer before Mercer connected from 21 and 18 feet to open a 29-17 lead. Bryce Drew's 17-footer with just over seven minutes left before halftime sparked a 12-0 burst that Mercer capped with a three-point play, stretching the advantage to 48-23 with 3:11 left in the half.

Artest's basket two minutes later gave Chicago its biggest lead, 55-28, but Dan Majerle stole an errant pass by Artest and turned it into a buzzer-beating 31-footer that began Miami's 32-9 run over the next 12 minutes.

Trailing 58-39 with 9:41 left in the third quarter, the Heat took a serious chunk out of the deficit as Jones and Hardaway hit consecutive 21 footers, Grant slammed off an alley-oop feed from Hardaway and Jones hit from 26 feet to make it 60-51.

Hardaway drilled a 21-footer and was good again from 18 feet as Miami closed within three points entering the final 12 minutes.

"We came out and played harder and more aggressive (in the second half)," Hardaway said. "At the end, we just missed shots we should have made. The Bulls certainly are a helluva lot better than advertised."

The teams have split their last six meetings.

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