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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 18 31 21 18 88 WASHINGTON 33 14 19 17 83 FINAL


CHICAGO (88) AT WASHINGTON (83)

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

RODMAN F 41 1-4 0-0 7 10 17 0 3 0 2 2 KUKOC F 33 6-15 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 1 4 15 LONGLEY C 19 1-4 1-1 1 4 5 0 4 0 2 3 JORDAN G 37 10-21 8-12 0 4 4 3 3 2 2 29 HARPER G 31 3-6 3-6 1 9 10 7 3 0 3 9 WENNINGTON 15 5-10 0-0 3 4 7 0 0 0 0 10 BROWN 15 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 2 BURRELL 15 0-2 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 1 2 1 CAFFEY 19 3-6 2-3 0 3 3 1 1 0 1 8 LARUE 15 3-6 2-4 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 9 BUECHLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-77 17-28 13 39 52 15 22 5 18 88 (.429) (.607) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(13 PTS)

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

WEBBER F 38 10-22 1-2 2 7 9 2 2 2 1 21 HOWARD F 48 10-23 2-4 5 6 11 5 3 1 3 22 DAVIS C 25 0-1 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 1 0 0 STRICKLAND G 41 3-15 9-10 1 7 8 13 3 2 5 15 CHEANEY G 38 4-12 3-4 0 3 3 1 6 3 1 12 T MURRAY 27 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 2 4 0 1 5 WHITNEY 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 EACKLES 8 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 5 WILLIAMS 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 HAM 5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRANT DNP - SHIN SPLINTS

TOTALS 240 32-84 15-20 12 31 43 24 22 10 11 83 (.381) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(7 PTS)

CHICAGO 18 31 21 18 - 88 WASHINGTON 33 14 19 17 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - HARPER. WASHINGTON - WEBBER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 5-8 (.625), KUKOC 3-4, JORDAN 1-1, BURRELL 0-1, LARUE 1-2. WASHINGTON 4-11 (.364), WEBBER 0-5, CHEANEY 1-1, T MURRAY 1-2, WHITNEY 1-1, EACKLES 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL OAKES, DON VADEN, TONY BROTHERS. A - 18,756. T - 2:10.


CHICAGO (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rodman 41 1-4 0-0 7-17 0 3 2 Kukoc 33 6-15 0-0 1-2 3 2 15 Longley 19 1-4 1-1 1-5 0 4 3 Jordan 37 10-21 8-12 0-4 3 3 29 Harper 31 3-6 3-6 1-10 7 3 9 Wennington 15 5-10 0-0 3-7 0 0 10 Brown 15 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Burrell 15 0-2 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 Caffey 19 3-6 2-3 0-3 1 1 8 Larue 15 3-6 2-4 0-2 0 3 9 Buechler DNP - coach's decision Kleine DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-77 17-28 13-52 15 22 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.607. 3-Point Goals: 5-8, .625 (Kukoc 3-4, Jordan 1-1, Burrell 0-1, Larue 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Harper). Turnovers: 18 (Kukoc 4, Harper 3, Burrell 2, Jordan 2, Longley 2, Rodman 2, Brown, Caffey, Larue). Steals: 5 (Jordan 2, Brown, Burrell, Kukoc).

WASHINGTON (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 38 10-22 1-2 2-9 2 2 21 Howard 48 10-23 2-4 5-11 5 3 22 Davis 25 0-1 0-0 1-5 0 1 0 Strickland 41 3-15 9-10 1-8 13 3 15 Cheaney 38 4-12 3-4 0-3 1 6 12 T Murray 27 2-4 0-0 1-3 2 4 5 Whitney 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 3 Eackles 8 2-5 0-0 1-2 0 1 5 Williams 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Ham 5 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Wallace DNP - coach's decision Grant DNP - shin splints _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-84 15-20 12-43 24 22 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.381, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Webber 0-5, Cheaney 1-1, T Murray 1-2, Whitney 1-1, Eackles 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Webber). Turnovers: 11 (Strickland 5, Howard 3, Cheaney, T Murray, Webber). Steals: 10 (Cheaney 3, Strickland 2, Webber 2, Davis, Howard, Whitney). ____________________________________________ Chicago 18 31 21 18 - 88 Washington 33 14 19 17 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,756. T: 2:10. Officials: Bill Oakes, Don Vaden, Tony Brothers.


GAME RECAP

Michael Jordan scored 29 points and Tony Kukoc added 15 to lead the Chicago Bulls to an 88-83 victory over the Washington Wizards, who remained winless at home and closed US Airways Arena with five straight losses.

Dennis Rodman grabbed 17 rebounds and Bill Wennington had 10 points for Chicago, which improved to 3-3 on its seven-game road trip.

"We held them with possessions in the second quarter, which I thought was the turnaround," said Chicago coach Phil Jackson. "They were running a lot, but we trapped them well and got their defense off guard. I don't think they had a lot of focus on the game itself with all this activity going on tonight."

Juwan Howard recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds and Chris Webber added 21 and nine for the Wizards, who had played their home games in the US Airways Arena -- previously called the Capital Centre -- since the 1973-74 season.

After falling to 0-5 at home this season, Washington plays its first game at the MCI Center on Tuesday against the Seattle SuperSonics.

"This was a very historic occasion," said Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "There have been some great times in this building. We will not allow this game to overshadow the great moments. I know the guys are excited about it (MCI Center)."

"It means nothing top me, tear it down," Bullets swingman Tracy Murray said. "It's been a hex on me."

Rod Strickland had 15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for Washington, which had captured the last two regular-season meetings from Chicago, but was swept in three games by the Bulls in the first round of last season's playoffs.

"We didn't sustain the way we were playing," Strickland said. "They made a push, got the lead at halftime and just controlled it from there. This is frustrating but we just have to keep playing."

At halftime, the club introduced and showed video highlights of 11 of the greatest players in team history: Walt Bellamy, Phil Chenier, Bobby Dandridge, Elvin Hayes, Gus Johnson, Rick Mahorn, Jeff Malone, Earl Monroe, Kevin Porter, Jeff Ruland and current general manager Wes Unseld.

Webber scored 10 points as the Wizards held a 33-18 lead at the end of the first period. Chris Whitney's three-pointer gave Washington its biggest lead of the game, 38-21, with 10:30 left in the second quarter.

But with Webber on the bench after getting poked in the eye, Chicago reeled off 14 straight points and closed within 38-35 on Jordan's driving layup withe 4:52 to go before halftime. Jason Caffey and Wennington each scored four points during the run.

"They got out in the first and put us in a hole, but we were able to maintain our poise and we had a lot of time to catch up," Jordan said. "What turned it around was when our bench came in in the second. They gave us some really solid play and some big, big buckets."

Jordan made another driving layup to give the Bulls a 46-45 edge with 44 seconds left in the period, but the Wizards regained the lead on a jumper by Webber 19 seconds later. Chicago took a 49-47 lead into halftime after Jordan sank a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds to go.

Neither team could take control in the third quarter, but the Bulls took the lead for good when Kukoc's three-pointer made it 59-57 with 5:36 to go. Chicago maintained a 70-66 advantage at the end of three.

"Right now I'm responsible for taking the pressure off of Michael," Kukoc said. "Phil is getting me in there and each day I'm getting more confident and taking more shots. We're not playing the way we could but we'll see what happens in the days to come."

Ledell Eackles opened the fourth period with a jumper to cut the deficit to 70-68 but the Wizards came no closer. Washington was held scoreless for over three minutes until Webber had a layup to make it 80-74 with 5:05 left. Kukoc sank a three-pointer to give the Bulls their biggest lead, 83-74, with 3:49 to go.

"We had them in the first, but we just let the game get out of hand and let them take it," Webber said. "We didn't play very good defense, especially when they were coming back. Somehow, some way we'll get out of this rut. This is very, very frustrating, especially losing all our home games. And especially this one with it being our last."

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