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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 20 21 20 22 83 CHICAGO 32 25 23 24 104 FINAL


LA LAKERS (83) AT CHICAGO (104)

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

HORRY F 33 0-6 0-0 3 3 6 1 0 1 1 0 FOX F 26 2-9 0-0 2 3 5 1 3 1 2 4 CAMPBELL C 29 6-15 3-3 3 2 5 1 2 2 3 15 JONES G 30 1-11 1-2 4 1 5 3 4 1 1 3 VAN EXEL G 32 5-14 0-0 0 4 4 5 1 1 1 11 BRYANT 29 12-20 6-9 2 1 3 2 4 0 0 33 BLOUNT 16 2-3 1-2 2 1 3 0 1 1 1 5 FISHER 16 1-2 1-1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 ROOKS 13 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 2 BARRY 11 0-2 7-7 0 1 1 3 0 2 1 7 BENNETT 5 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ONEAL DNP - STRAINED ABDOMINAL

TOTALS 240 30-87 19-24 18 18 36 18 18 9 11 83 (.345) (.792) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

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

KUKOC F 30 5-10 1-2 2 3 5 8 0 1 1 12 RODMAN F 26 0-3 1-2 3 11 14 1 1 0 0 1 LONGLEY C 29 10-13 3-4 3 7 10 3 5 0 4 23 HARPER G 33 4-6 0-0 3 1 4 5 2 1 1 9 JORDAN G 35 12-22 11-12 2 3 5 4 4 1 4 36 KERR 10 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 BUECHLER 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 BROWN 24 0-5 0-0 0 0 0 7 2 2 0 0 BURRELL 20 2-8 2-2 4 4 8 2 2 1 0 6 WENNINGTON 4 1-3 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 CAFFEY 14 5-7 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 1 1 10 KLEINE 10 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 2

TOTALS 240 41-82 19-24 19 35 54 31 23 8 13 104 (.500) (.792) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(28 PTS)

LA LAKERS 20 21 20 22 - 83 CHICAGO 32 25 23 24 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - CAMPBELL 2, JONES. CHICAGO - BURRELL 4, CAFFEY 2, LONGLEY, JORDAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-19 (.211), HORRY 0-3, FOX 0-3, JONES 0-4, VAN EXEL 1-3, BRYANT 3-5, BARRY 0-1. CHICAGO 3-10 (.300), KUKOC 1-3, HARPER 1-2, JORDAN 1-2, KERR 0-1, BROWN 0-1, BURRELL 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - HEAD COACH HARRIS, HORRY. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, DAVID JONES, SEAN CORBIN. A - 24,119. T - 2:05.


LA LAKERS (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Horry 33 0-6 0-0 3-6 1 0 0 Fox 26 2-9 0-0 2-5 1 3 4 Campbell 29 6-15 3-3 3-5 1 2 15 Jones 30 1-11 1-2 4-5 3 4 3 Van Exel 32 5-14 0-0 0-4 5 1 11 Bryant 29 12-20 6-9 2-3 2 4 33 Blount 16 2-3 1-2 2-3 0 1 5 Fisher 16 1-2 1-1 0-0 2 0 3 Rooks 13 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 3 2 Barry 11 0-2 7-7 0-1 3 0 7 Bennett 5 0-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Oneal DNP - strained abdominal _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-87 19-24 18-36 18 18 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.345, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (Horry 0-3, Fox 0-3, Jones 0-4, Van Exel 1-3, Bryant 3-5, Barry 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Campbell 2, Jones). Turnovers: 13 (Campbell 3, Fox 2, Barry, Blount, Fisher, Horry, Jones, Van Exel). Steals: 9 (Barry 2, Campbell 2, Blount, Fox, Horry, Jones, Van Exel).

CHICAGO (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kukoc 30 5-10 1-2 2-5 8 0 12 Rodman 26 0-3 1-2 3-14 1 1 1 Longley 29 10-13 3-4 3-10 3 5 23 Harper 33 4-6 0-0 3-4 5 2 9 Jordan 35 12-22 11-12 2-5 4 4 36 Kerr 10 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 3 0 Buechler 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Brown 24 0-5 0-0 0-0 7 2 0 Burrell 20 2-8 2-2 4-8 2 2 6 Wennington 4 1-3 1-2 0-0 0 1 3 Caffey 14 5-7 0-0 1-4 0 1 10 Kleine 10 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-82 19-24 19-54 31 23 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Kukoc 1-3, Harper 1-2, Jordan 1-2, Kerr 0-1, Brown 0-1, Burrell 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Burrell 4, Caffey 2, Longley, Jordan). Turnovers: 16 (Jordan 4, Longley 4, Buechler, Caffey, Harper, Kleine, Kukoc). Steals: 8 (Brown 2, Burrell, Caffey, Harper, Jordan, Kleine, Kukoc). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 20 21 20 22 - 83 Chicago 32 25 23 24 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 2 (Head Coach Harris, 3:33 1st; Horry, 9:42 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 24,119. T: 2:05. Officials: Steve Javie, David Jones, Sean Corbin.


GAME RECAP

Michael Jordan quickly stole the spotlight from Kobe Bryant by scoring nine of his 36 points in a first-quarter run as the Chicago Bulls pounded the Los Angeles Lakers, 104-83, for their seventh straight home win.

With Lakers All-Star center Shaquille O'Neal still sidelined by an abdominal strain, the first meeting of these marquee teams was billed as a showdown of Jordan, the most exciting player of the last decade, and the 19-year-old Bryant, who looks to be the most exciting player of the next decade.

Bryant did not disappoint anyone with a career-high 33 points, his third such effort in his last four games. But 16 of those came in the fourth quarter, when the outcome already was decided.

"It was fun playing against Michael," said Bryant. "It is a huge challenge to play against him and its easy to get up for that type of challenge. Tonight we just came out flat. We weren't able to get into our running game because the Bulls dominated us on the boards. If you don't have the ball, you can't run."

"There is not question this kid is going to be something special," said Jordan. "We might be seeing one of the big stars of the future.

Luc Longley added a career-high 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Chicago, which has won seven of its last nine overall. The Bulls led by 12 after one quarter and at least 10 thereafter as they continue to slowly regain the form that made them two-time defending champions.

"Luc got off to a slow start but a lot of good things happened for him," said Bulls coach Phil Jackson. "We had a lot of scoring from the inside play tonight. Everything seemed to click."

Toni Kukoc added 12 points and eight assists for Chicago, which improved to 6-0 when scoring 100 or more points.

Nick Van Exel staked Los Angeles to a quick 5-0 lead in the first 27 seconds as he assisted on a layup by Elden Campbell and had a steal and three-pointer. But Jordan and Longley combined for 15 points in a 23-4 run that put the game firmly in the Bulls' hands.

Ron Harper had a layup before Toni Kukoc tied the game with a three-pointer of his own. Campbell made two free throws before a three-pointer by Jordan gave Chicago an 8-7 lead with 9:39 left.

After a miss by Robert Horry, Longley hit a 14-footer. The Lakers missed their next four shots before Jordan threw down a dunk to make it 12-7 at the 7:51 mark. Another three misses by Los Angeles followed before Longley hit another jumper. Harper drained a 28-footer before Campbell finally ended the drought with a dunk to make it 17-9 with 5:17 to go.

Jordan had a pair of layups before Longley capped the run with a 16-footer, giving the Bulls a 23-9 lead with 4:09 remaining. Chicago made 12-of-21 shots in the first quarter, while the Lakers, who had seven offensive rebounds, made just 8-of-28.

"We came out tonight to dictate the tempo," said Jordan. "We controlled their scorers early in the game and bascially took them out. Longley established himself in the middle. I think he frustrated Elden Campbell. He never really got his game together."

Los Angeles closed within 48-38 on a pair of free throws by Jon Barry, but the Bulls responded with a seven-point spurt as Bill Wennington hit a free throw and 15-footer, and Jordan hit four foul shots, including two that made it 55-38 with 27.3 seconds to go in the half.

The Lakers came no closer than 16 points in the second half, and Chicago opened up its largest lead at 96-69 following a fast-break layup by Scott Burrell with 4:51 remaining.

Bryant, who came off the bench, hit 12-of-20 shots for Los Angeles, which made just 35 percent (30-of-87) of its shots. Eddie Jones made just 1-of-11 shots and Horry and Rick Fox, the starting forwards, made a combined 2-of-15 from the field.

"No one here will make any excuses about having back to back games," said Lakers coach Del Harris. "The Bulls played a terrific game tonight. They shut us down with our defense and offensively they played a beautiful game. The difference to me was their passing game. They were totally unselfish and continued to find the open man all night. We'll just try to regroup from here."

Longley made 10-of-13 shots from the field and bettered his career high of 21, set against Seattle on November 26th, 1995. The Bulls outrebounded Los Angeles 54-36 and shot 50 percent (41-of-82) from the field.

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