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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 18 14 28 22 82 CHICAGO 26 18 30 26 100 FINAL


NEW YORK (82) AT CHICAGO (100)

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

OAKLEY F 19 1-4 1-2 2 2 4 1 6 1 0 3 MILLS F 32 5-10 0-0 0 4 4 3 4 3 2 11 EWING C 36 6-20 10-15 7 6 13 0 4 1 1 22 HOUSTON G 36 6-13 4-4 0 5 5 1 3 0 2 16 WARD G 37 6-10 0-0 2 3 5 5 2 1 5 15 B WILLIAMS 17 0-2 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 1 1 2 STARKS 26 2-13 1-2 1 2 3 3 1 2 3 5 CHILDS 23 3-6 1-2 2 2 4 2 2 0 3 7 DUDLEY 14 0-3 1-4 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 JOHNSON DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE MYERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-81 20-31 17 27 44 16 25 9 17 82 (.358) (.645) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 18(18 PTS)

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

KUKOC F 32 6-6 4-6 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 20 RODMAN F 31 1-2 0-0 2 7 9 1 5 0 3 2 LONGLEY C 32 3-9 7-7 3 6 9 2 4 1 3 13 HARPER G 38 5-13 3-3 3 6 9 4 1 1 0 13 JORDAN G 37 10-23 9-9 1 3 4 4 4 1 4 29 BROWN 18 3-6 3-3 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 9 CAFFEY 6 2-5 0-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 4 KERR 22 2-5 2-2 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 7 WENNINGTON 11 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 1 1 2 BURRELL 6 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 BUECHLER 7 0-2 1-2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-74 29-34 12 31 43 17 24 6 15 100 (.446) (.853) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(17 PTS)

NEW YORK 18 14 28 22 - 82 CHICAGO 26 18 30 26 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 2, DUDLEY 2, MILLS. CHICAGO - HARPER 3, LONGLEY, BURRELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 4-14 (.286), MILLS 1-3, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 3-4, STARKS 0-5, CHILDS 0-1. CHICAGO 5-8 (.625), KUKOC 4-4, KERR 1-3, BURRELL 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - CHILDS 3 (EJECTED), HEAD COACH J VAN GUNDY, OAKLEY, CHICAGO - BROWN, JORDAN. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, DERRICK STAFFORD, SCOTT WALL. A - 24,107. T - 2:18.


NEW YORK (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 19 1-4 1-2 2-4 1 6 3 Mills 32 5-10 0-0 0-4 3 4 11 Ewing 36 6-20 10-15 7-13 0 4 22 Houston 36 6-13 4-4 0-5 1 3 16 Ward 37 6-10 0-0 2-5 5 2 15 B Williams 17 0-2 2-2 1-2 1 3 2 Starks 26 2-13 1-2 1-3 3 1 5 Childs 23 3-6 1-2 2-4 2 2 7 Dudley 14 0-3 1-4 2-4 0 0 1 Johnson DNP - sprained right ankle Myers DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-81 20-31 17-44 16 25 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.358, FT-.645. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Mills 1-3, Houston 0-1, Ward 3-4, Starks 0-5, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 5 (Ewing 2, Dudley 2, Mills). Turnovers: 18 (Ward 5, Childs 3, Starks 3, Houston 2, Mills 2, B Williams, Ewing). Steals: 9 (Mills 3, Starks 2, B Williams, Ewing, Oakley, Ward).

CHICAGO (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kukoc 32 6-6 4-6 1-2 3 1 20 Rodman 31 1-2 0-0 2-9 1 5 2 Longley 32 3-9 7-7 3-9 2 4 13 Harper 38 5-13 3-3 3-9 4 1 13 Jordan 37 10-23 9-9 1-4 4 4 29 Brown 18 3-6 3-3 0-1 0 2 9 Caffey 6 2-5 0-2 1-1 0 1 4 Kerr 22 2-5 2-2 0-3 2 2 7 Wennington 11 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 Burrell 6 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Buechler 7 0-2 1-2 1-1 1 0 1 Kleine DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-74 29-34 12-43 17 24 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.853. 3-Point Goals: 5-8, .625 (Kukoc 4-4, Kerr 1-3, Burrell 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Harper 3, Longley, Burrell). Turnovers: 18 (Jordan 4, Longley 3, Rodman 3, Burrell, Caffey, Kerr, Kukoc, Wennington). Steals: 6 (Harper, Jordan, Kerr, Kukoc, Longley, Wennington). ____________________________________________ New York 18 14 28 22 - 82 Chicago 26 18 30 26 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 5 (Childs 3 (ejected), 8:25 2nd, 2:52 4th; Head Coach J Van Gundy, 10:40 3rd; Oakley, 9:40 3rd). Chicago 2 (Brown, 8:25 2nd; Jordan, 2:52 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 24,107. T: 2:18. Officials: Joe Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Scott Wall.


GAME RECAP

Michael Jordan scored 29 points and Toni Kukoc added 12 of his 20 on three-pointers as the Chicago Bulls forced Patrick Ewing into an awful shooting performance in a 100-82 victory over the New York Knicks, who have lost five straight road games.

In the first meeting of the season between the longtime rivals, Jordan remained the Knicks' nemesis. Including the playoffs, New York is 3-21 against Jordan in Chicago in the 1990s.

Jordan scored 12 points in the first quarter and 10 in the third, when the Bulls asserted themselves. He received a technical foul with 2:52 to play, elbowing Knicks guard Chris Childs in the head. Childs retaliated by throwing the ball in Jordan's chest and was ejected.

"He hit me with an elbow in the back of the head," Childs said. "I don't know what it was all about. I play physical and if he's offended by that, then that's his problem. I didn't throw anything (a punch), but I got hit in the back of the head. I don't care who he is, elbowing someone in the head is not a part of the game. Jordan gets away with a lot of things. When you get elbows to the head and face, you cannot let it go. I will retaliate every time."

"Actually, I was watching the shot being shot and he came in and leveled me from the back," Jordan said. "Naturally, I swung around and I think I caught him with an elbow in the neck. He then threw the ball at me and that really irritated me. Certainly I could have hit him for that, it could have been a one-, two- or a three-game suspension. But my level head overruled everything."

In addition to victimizing the Knicks, Jordan moved past Moses Malone into third place on the all-time scoring list with 27,432. Malone had 27,409.

"I thought I could score more than six points tonight," Jordan said. "I wasn't really worried about it, I'm glad it's over. I don't think I need to worry about catching the two other guys. They are pretty far ahead of me. I just want to focus on helping my team win."

Kukoc was 6-of-6 from the field, including four three-pointers. The Bulls have won four in a row overall and improved to 8-1 at home.

Ewing missed 13 of his first 16 shots. He was 6-of-20 from the field and finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds. The Knicks have not won on the road since November 21st.

"We're not playing well enough to win right now," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, who blamed himself for the team's last loss. "Besides not shooting well, our defense is not what it needs to be. I'm not concerned whether it was against Chicago like tonight, or any other team, we're just not shooting well. When you miss shots and don't play defense, you lose, especially to a great team like Chicago."

"It was a game that I think we played with our hearts, if not always with our heads," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "It was an intense game. We were able to meet New York's intensity. It was a game marred with turnovers and sloppiness."

A war of words the previous day between Jackson and Van Gundy provided intrigue but Chicago removed that as Kukoc led an early burst. He made three-pointers to start and end a 12-3 spurt that closed the first quarter and gave the Bulls a 26-18 lead.

A 10-footer by Childs kept the Knicks within 36-28 with 4:53 to go in the second quarter, but an 8-2 run capped by a 12-footer by Jordan boosted the lead to 44-30 in the final minute of the half.

Two free throws by Jordan gave Chicago its largest lead at 55-36 with 9:30 left in the third quarter. Van Gundy and forward Charles Oakley were whistled for technicals as the Knicks were outscored 9-2.

But New York rallied. A 7-0 spurt led by four points by Ewing quickly ballooned to 17-6 as Chris Mills made a layup and a three-pointer, closing the deficit to 61-53 with 4:53 left.

However, Jordan and Randy Brown had four points apiece and Kukoc made another three-pointer to fuel a 11-2 burst that rebuilt the lead to 72-55 with 2:28 remaining. The Knicks got no closer than nine points thereafter.

Luc Longley and Ron Harper each had 13 points and nine rebounds for Chicago, which shot 45 percent (33-of-74) from the field and made 29-of-34 free throws. Dennis Rodman also had nine boards.

Allan Houston scored 16 points and Charlie Ward added 15 for the Knicks, who shot 36 percent (29-of-81) and held a 48-47 edge in rebounds. Sixth Man Award winner John Starks shot 2-of-13 off the bench and Oakley had just three points.

"We just need to get home, off the road," Starks said. "We've been out here for a while, we just need to get back to New York and relax with out families. We can gather ourselves there. We just didn't play well tonight. We didn't shoot well tonight, and we didn't play a good defensive game."

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