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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 16 23 27 24 90 SEATTLE 27 21 15 28 91 FINAL


CHICAGO (90) AT SEATTLE (91)

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

KUKOC F 44 11-17 3-5 2 5 7 6 0 1 3 30 RODMAN F 39 2-5 0-0 4 13 17 1 3 0 0 4 LONGLEY C 33 3-10 0-0 1 1 2 5 3 1 0 6 HARPER G 34 3-11 0-0 2 5 7 6 1 0 0 6 JORDAN G 38 11-25 4-6 2 4 6 5 1 5 3 26 BROWN 25 6-8 0-2 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 12 WENNINGTON 10 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 2 BUECHLER 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 BURRELL 9 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 1 1 2 LARUE 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 CAFFEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-84 7-13 13 29 42 24 16 9 8 90 (.464) (.538) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(7 PTS)

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

BAKER F 41 9-18 1-5 7 5 12 5 2 2 2 19 SCHREMPF F 37 6-16 4-4 2 7 9 1 4 1 1 17 MCILVAINE C 25 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 1 5 0 2 2 HAWKINS G 36 4-8 0-0 1 3 4 2 3 1 0 10 PAYTON G 43 9-16 2-2 0 6 6 12 2 0 4 22 PERKINS 22 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 9 ELLIS 21 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 WINGATE 10 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 5 ANTHONY 5 0-3 1-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 KERSEY DNP - STRESS FRACTURE LEFT FOOT SNOW DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-77 8-15 11 26 37 24 16 5 12 91 (.481) (.533) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(17 PTS)

CHICAGO 16 23 27 24 - 90 SEATTLE 27 21 15 28 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - LONGLEY 3, HARPER 2, KUKOC. SEATTLE - MCILVAINE 5, BAKER 2, SCHREMPF, HAWKINS, PERKINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 5-11 (.455), KUKOC 5-9, JORDAN 0-2. SEATTLE 9-15 (.600), SCHREMPF 1-2, HAWKINS 2-3, PAYTON 2-3, PERKINS 3-4, ELLIS 0-2, WINGATE 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, MIKE CALLAHAN, SCOTT WALL. A - 17,072. T - 2:04.


CHICAGO (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kukoc 44 11-17 3-5 2-7 6 0 30 Rodman 39 2-5 0-0 4-17 1 3 4 Longley 33 3-10 0-0 1-2 5 3 6 Harper 34 3-11 0-0 2-7 6 1 6 Jordan 38 11-25 4-6 2-6 5 1 26 Brown 25 6-8 0-2 0-0 1 3 12 Wennington 10 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Buechler 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Burrell 9 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 3 2 Larue 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Caffey DNP - coach's decision Kleine DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-84 7-13 13-42 24 16 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.538. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Kukoc 5-9, Jordan 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Longley 3, Harper 2, Kukoc). Turnovers: 11 (Jordan 3, Kukoc 3, Buechler, Burrell). Steals: 9 (Jordan 5, Burrell, Kukoc, Longley, Wennington).

SEATTLE (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 41 9-18 1-5 7-12 5 2 19 Schrempf 37 6-16 4-4 2-9 1 4 17 Mcilvaine 25 1-2 0-2 0-1 1 5 2 Hawkins 36 4-8 0-0 1-4 2 3 10 Payton 43 9-16 2-2 0-6 12 2 22 Perkins 22 3-5 0-0 1-2 1 0 9 Ellis 21 3-6 0-0 0-1 0 0 6 Wingate 10 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 0 5 Anthony 5 0-3 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 Kersey DNP - stress fracture left foot Snow DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-77 8-15 11-37 24 16 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.533. 3-Point Goals: 9-15, .600 (Schrempf 1-2, Hawkins 2-3, Payton 2-3, Perkins 3-4, Ellis 0-2, Wingate 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 10 (Mcilvaine 5, Baker 2, Schrempf, Hawkins, Perkins). Turnovers: 12 (Payton 4, Anthony 2, Baker 2, Mcilvaine 2, Perkins, Schrempf). Steals: 5 (Baker 2, Hawkins, Schrempf, Wingate). ____________________________________________ Chicago 16 23 27 24 - 90 Seattle 27 21 15 28 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:04. Officials: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Scott Wall.


GAME RECAP

Vin Baker drained the go-ahead jumper with three seconds to play and partially blocked Toni Kukoc's three-point attempt as time expired to lead the Seattle SuperSonics to their fifth straight win, 91-90 over the Chicago Bulls.

Gary Payton had 22 points and 12 assists and Baker finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Seattle (11-3), which beat the Bulls for the first time since Game Five of the 1996 NBA Finals. The Sonics also snapped a three-game regular-season losing streak against Chicago.

Michael Jordan scored 26 points and his leaner off the glass gave the Bulls an 89-84 lead with 1:25 to play, but Seattle reeled off a 7-1 spurt to end the game. Payton drained a three-pointer and, after Jordan hit 1-of-2 from the foul line, Detlef Schrempf sank two free throws to cut the deficit to 90-89 with 40 seconds left.

After the Bulls failed to beat the shot clock, Hersey Hawkins fed Baker on the baseline and he drained a 15-foot pull-up jumper over Luc Longley to put the Sonics in front.

"Luc had played a terrific second half on me, and I was blessed that it went down," Baker said of his game-winning bucket. "I had a wide open look, so I had to take it."

"Gary (Payton) gave them a pick and roll but he didn't get it, and the next option was Vin on the block," Sonics coach George Karl said. "I think it's great that Vin was kind of welcomed to Seattle by winning a big game with a big shot."

The ensuing inbounds pass went to Kukoc, and Baker got a piece of his fallaway three-pointer which fell well short of the basket.

"It was a terrible decision. I should have taken the timeout," Kukoc said of his final shot. "I thought I would be open, but I forced a shot that didn't go anywhere."

"We thought that they were overplaying Michael. Kukoc felt he could get a good look, but it didn't work out," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "Ideally, we should have called a timeout. But also, we shouldn't have been in that position."

Kukoc scored 12 straight points for Chicago late in the third quarter and finished with a season-high 30 points. The Bulls had their two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 2-5 on the road.

Jackson felt that the media swirl involving forward Scottie Pippen's reported trade request may have affected his team in the defeat.

"I think they were focused on something else, and it might have been that," Jackson said. "I'm disappointed that it's become a public thing. That's unfortunate for us. ... And I hate anybody to be dragged into a public spectacle like this."

The Bulls' Dennis Rodman did not necessarily concur with his coach's feelings regarding the Pippen situation.

"You've got to move on and play. You can't say you miss him," Rodman said. "We'd like to have him, but he's not there. It's like Scottie was traded. It's part of the game, it's business. That's why it (stinks) so bad."

Baker also had five assists in rebounding from a nine-point performance in Saturday's win over the winlesss Nuggets, helping the Sonics extend their season-best winning streak to five games.

"I don't know if my heart can take it, but this is what I came here for -- to actually have a chance to beat the Bulls," said Baker, who was traded to Seattle from Milwaukee during the offseason in the blockbuster Shawn Kemp deal.

Schrempf, who had 17 points and nine rebounds, opened the third quarter with a basket to give Seattle a 50-39 lead, but Chicago countered with the next 11 points. Jordan highlighted that spurt with a layup and a three-point play before Rodman's lay-in tied the game, 50-50, with 6:24 remaining.

After Schrempf and Baker hit layups, Kukoc drained a 20-foot jumper to start his hot streak. Payton answered with a lay-in but Kukoc came back with two free throws, a 15-footer and a three-pointer to give the Bulls a 59-56 edge with 2:51 left in the third. After Seattle's Dale Ellis sank a jumper, Kukoc responded with another three-pointer and Chicago ended up with a 71-67 lead heading into the final quarter.

Kukoc shot 11-of-17 from the field, including 5-of-9 from behind the arc, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out six assists in what was easily his best game of the season.

"We lost the opportunity to win because we didn't finish at the offensive or defensive end of the court," Jackson said. "And we wasted a great game by Kukoc. We knew what had to be done and wasted it."

Jim McIlvaine, who had five blocks, hit a jumper to put Seattle back on top, 74-73, with 6:32 to go. The game was back-and-forth from there until Kukoc and Jordan sank consecutive jumpers for an 87-82 lead.

Jordan chipped in six boards, five assists and five steals, but was held well below his 38.5 scoring average against the Sonics last season. Rodman pulled down 17 rebounds, helping Chicago to a 42-27 edge on the glass, and Randy Brown contributed 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

"I'm motivated by the loss," Jordan said. "We let up and they beat us. We can play a lot better, but it will come around as the season moves forward."

Hawkins scored all 10 of his points in the first quarter, helping the Sonics build a 27-16 advantage. Chicago cut the deficit to 30-24 midway through the second period but three-pointers by Schrempf, Payton and Perkins helped Seattle increase the lead to 44-32 with 1:15 to go. Baker had four points during that stretch and scored 13 in the first half as the Sonics took a 48-39 lead.

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