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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 14 22 9 17 62 CHICAGO 27 12 21 24 84 FINAL


MILWAUKEE (62) AT CHICAGO (84)

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

ROBINSON F 33 4-16 2-2 0 4 4 3 4 2 3 10 GILLIAM F 44 7-11 4-6 3 10 13 2 1 0 2 18 JOHNSON C 16 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 4 0 ALLEN G 34 2-9 3-4 2 6 8 1 2 0 3 8 BRANDON G 28 2-9 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 3 4 LANG 16 1-2 2-2 1 3 4 1 3 0 1 4 PERRY 15 2-6 0-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 CURRY 23 1-3 0-2 0 2 2 2 6 0 0 2 PIERCE 19 3-6 6-7 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 12 HONEYCUTT 6 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 FEICK 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 HILL DNP - FAMILY ILLNESS

TOTALS 240 22-67 17-25 10 32 42 12 25 3 18 62 (.328) (.680) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19(28 PTS)

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

KUKOC F 28 8-12 3-5 0 2 2 3 3 1 0 19 RODMAN F 30 1-2 0-2 8 6 14 5 3 0 1 2 LONGLEY C 25 7-17 2-3 3 4 7 2 3 1 0 16 HARPER G 24 1-3 3-6 1 2 3 3 1 3 2 5 JORDAN G 35 4-16 5-6 3 6 9 2 3 1 1 13 BROWN 23 1-5 2-4 0 0 0 4 1 4 0 4 BURRELL 20 2-6 1-2 2 4 6 2 5 0 0 5 BUECHLER 16 4-4 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 0 8 WENNINGTON 7 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 CAFFEY 17 2-10 6-10 5 4 9 0 1 1 2 10 LARUE 9 0-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KLEINE 6 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 31-85 22-38 23 33 56 26 21 11 7 84 (.365) (.579) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 8(9 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 14 22 9 17 - 62 CHICAGO 27 12 21 24 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - ROBINSON, JOHNSON, ALLEN, BRANDON. CHICAGO - KUKOC, HARPER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 1-7 (.143), ROBINSON 0-2, ALLEN 1-3, HONEYCUTT 0-2. CHICAGO 0-9 (.000), JORDAN 0-3, BURRELL 0-2, LARUE 0-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, JACK NIES, MIKE SMITH. A - 24,041. T - 2:07.


MILWAUKEE (62) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 33 4-16 2-2 0-4 3 4 10 Gilliam 44 7-11 4-6 3-13 2 1 18 Johnson 16 0-1 0-0 2-3 0 3 0 Allen 34 2-9 3-4 2-8 1 2 8 Brandon 28 2-9 0-0 0-2 1 2 4 Lang 16 1-2 2-2 1-4 1 3 4 Perry 15 2-6 0-2 0-1 0 1 4 Curry 23 1-3 0-2 0-2 2 6 2 Pierce 19 3-6 6-7 2-3 0 1 12 Honeycutt 6 0-3 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 Feick 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Hill DNP - family illness _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 22-67 17-25 10-42 12 25 62 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.328, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Robinson 0-2, Allen 1-3, Honeycutt 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Robinson, Johnson, Allen, Brandon). Turnovers: 19 (Johnson 4, Allen 3, Brandon 3, Robinson 3, Gilliam 2, Lang, Perry, Pierce). Steals: 3 (Robinson 2, Honeycutt).

CHICAGO (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kukoc 28 8-12 3-5 0-2 3 3 19 Rodman 30 1-2 0-2 8-14 5 3 2 Longley 25 7-17 2-3 3-7 2 3 16 Harper 24 1-3 3-6 1-3 3 1 5 Jordan 35 4-16 5-6 3-9 2 3 13 Brown 23 1-5 2-4 0-0 4 1 4 Burrell 20 2-6 1-2 2-6 2 5 5 Buechler 16 4-4 0-0 0-3 2 1 8 Wennington 7 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 2 Caffey 17 2-10 6-10 5-9 0 1 10 Larue 9 0-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kleine 6 0-2 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-85 22-38 23-56 26 21 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.365, FT-.579. 3-Point Goals: 0-9, .000 (Jordan 0-3, Burrell 0-2, Larue 0-4). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 2 (Kukoc, Harper). Turnovers: 8 (Caffey 2, Harper 2, Jordan, Kleine, Rodman). Steals: 11 (Brown 4, Harper 3, Caffey, Jordan, Kukoc, Longley). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 14 22 9 17 - 62 Chicago 27 12 21 24 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 24,041. T: 2:07. Officials: Ken Mauer, Jack Nies, Mike Smith.


GAME RECAP

Toni Kukoc scored 19 points and Luc Longley had 16 as the Chicago Bulls won their third straight game and held the Milwaukee Bucks to a franchise-low point total in an 84-62 victory.

Michael Jordan netted just 13 points on 4-of-16 shooting for Chicago, which matched its longest winning streak of the season. The Bulls also posted their third straight home win to improve to 7-1 at the United Center.

Chicago was playing its first home game since November 15th after a 4-3 road trip.

The Bulls have won the last nine meetings with Milwaukee and six straight at the United Center. Chicago set a record for fewest points allowed, besting the 65 scored by Phoenix on March 6th, 1975.

"It was a muck it up game, we tried to out-ugly each other," said Longley. "They won that part of it and we won the game. The coaches talked about me being more aggressive and we were able to set the tone of the game by scoring a lot of points in the paint. We won't keep this one for the archives, but a win is a win."

Armon Gilliam had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Milwaukee, which had won four of its last six games. The Bucks, who scored just nine points in the third quarter, broke the team record for scoring futility, set against Atlanta in a 73-65 loss on November 21st, 1996.

"During my 25-year career, I've seen some nights like this, however, it's only one team that can't throw it in the ocean," said Bucks coach Chris Ford. "It was both teams tonight. I sat there most of the night thinking the next shot will go in. It never happened. You certainly have to credit the defense of your opponent. They did a good job tonight. But we usually shoot a lot better than this."

"Any time you get beat badly by the Bulls, you usually expect Michael Jordan to have a big game against you," said Gilliam. "That wasn't the case tonight. Their other guys stepped it up and that was the difference tonight. It is embarrassing to set a franchise low for points scored, but defense seems to be king early in the season this year."

Longley scored six points in a 10-1 run to begin the game and Kukoc had four in a 9-1 spurt toward the end of the first quarter that gave Chicago a 27-14 lead after 12 minutes.

But Milwaukee pulled within 38-36 with 74 seconds left in the half when Andrew Lang's free throws capped a 12-2 spurt. The Bulls scored just 12 points in the second quarter but led at the break, 39-36.

Chicago blew the game open by beginning the third quarter with a 12-2 burst. Kukoc tallied six points, Longley had four and Ron Harper's basket made it 51-38 with 6:55 left in the period. Milwaukee scored nine points in the third quarter, one shy of the team record, accomplished four times.

Jordan extended the Bulls' 15-point lead by netting eight points in a 12-4 run that started the fourth quarter and bumped the gap to 72-49 with 7:16 to play.

The Bucks' 26 second-half points fell two short of the club record, set against Indiana on November 15th, 1994. Milwaukee also established the United Center record for fewest points in a game, accomplished by the Bulls (63) on December 19th, 1994 versus Cleveland.

Jason Caffey scored 10 points off the bench and Dennis Rodman grabbed 14 rebounds for Chicago, which shot just 36 percent (31-of-85) from the floor, including 0-for-9 from three-point range. The Bulls also missed 16-of-38 foul shots, but committed only seven turnovers.

"It was ugly, it was a scrappy game," said Jordan. "Luckily we were able to control our turnovers today. That was the difference in the ballgame. Milwaukee looked a little tired from their back-to-back games. Defense wins championships. We know that. We may have rhythm one night and sometimes not the next, but if we continue to play defense that way, we always have a chance to win."

"It was another exciting game tonight here at the United Center," said Bulls coach Phil Jackson sarcastically. "Our offense took a big hit, but luckily our defense was up to the task. Our free throw shooting is still horrendous. We need to start practicing in this building."

Ricky Pierce, who signed Thursday, scored 12 points and Glenn Robinson had 10 for Milwaukee, which shot 33 percent (22-of-67) from the field and was outrebounded, 56-42.

"I think they played good on defense," said Robinson. "However, we couldn't get anything going offensively. We just had no rhythm. We need to work harder for our shots if we want to win."

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