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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 20 20 25 14 79 CHICAGO 18 25 30 17 90 FINAL


BOSTON (79) AT CHICAGO (90)

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

MCCARTY F 36 3-8 4-5 1 4 5 4 3 1 0 11 WALKER F 40 6-17 5-6 2 9 11 3 2 4 4 18 ELLISON C 15 0-0 1-2 2 2 4 2 3 1 0 1 BILLUPS G 35 2-8 2-2 2 2 4 5 2 0 4 6 MERCER G 42 10-19 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 1 2 20 DECLERCQ 13 2-3 2-3 2 3 5 0 5 1 3 6 BOWEN 18 1-5 0-2 1 0 1 1 4 3 2 2 BARROS 13 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 KNIGHT 12 2-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 0 1 4 THOMAS 16 3-5 3-4 3 2 5 2 2 0 1 9 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-72 17-24 14 25 39 23 29 11 17 79 (.417) (.708) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

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

KUKOC F 41 8-19 3-3 6 2 8 6 0 3 3 19 RODMAN F 37 4-7 1-6 7 13 20 0 4 0 3 9 LONGLEY C 20 0-3 3-4 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 3 HARPER G 36 4-13 1-2 4 5 9 4 3 1 3 9 JORDAN G 41 5-13 9-12 1 2 3 4 0 3 3 19 CAFFEY 18 2-3 2-3 3 1 4 0 3 0 1 6 KERR 21 3-7 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 4 1 8 BURRELL 11 2-5 3-4 1 1 2 0 4 1 0 8 BUECHLER 14 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 9 BROWN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WENNINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-77 24-36 23 28 51 19 19 12 16 90 (.416) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(16 PTS)

BOSTON 20 20 25 14 - 79 CHICAGO 18 25 30 17 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - THOMAS 2, MCCARTY, ELLISON. CHICAGO - HARPER, CAFFEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 2-11 (.182), MCCARTY 1-3, WALKER 1-5, BILLUPS 0-2, BARROS 0-1. CHICAGO 2-14 (.143), KUKOC 0-2, HARPER 0-3, JORDAN 0-1, KERR 0-3, BURRELL 1-3, BUECHLER 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, TOM WASHINGTON, SEAN CORBIN. A - 23,804. T - 2:07.


BOSTON (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 36 3-8 4-5 1-5 4 3 11 Walker 40 6-17 5-6 2-11 3 2 18 Ellison 15 0-0 1-2 2-4 2 3 1 Billups 35 2-8 2-2 2-4 5 2 6 Mercer 42 10-19 0-0 0-1 2 4 20 Declercq 13 2-3 2-3 2-5 0 5 6 Bowen 18 1-5 0-2 1-1 1 4 2 Barros 13 1-5 0-0 0-0 3 0 2 Knight 12 2-2 0-0 1-3 1 4 4 Thomas 16 3-5 3-4 3-5 2 2 9 Brown DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-72 17-24 14-39 23 29 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Mccarty 1-3, Walker 1-5, Billups 0-2, Barros 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Thomas 2, Mccarty, Ellison). Turnovers: 17 (Billups 4, Walker 4, Declercq 3, Bowen 2, Mercer 2, Knight, Thomas). Steals: 11 (Walker 4, Bowen 3, Declercq, Ellison, Mccarty, Mercer).

CHICAGO (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kukoc 41 8-19 3-3 6-8 6 0 19 Rodman 37 4-7 1-6 7-20 0 4 9 Longley 20 0-3 3-4 1-3 2 1 3 Harper 36 4-13 1-2 4-9 4 3 9 Jordan 41 5-13 9-12 1-3 4 0 19 Caffey 18 2-3 2-3 3-4 0 3 6 Kerr 21 3-7 2-2 0-1 2 2 8 Burrell 11 2-5 3-4 1-2 0 4 8 Buechler 14 4-7 0-0 0-1 1 2 9 Brown 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kleine DNP - coach's decision Wennington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-77 24-36 23-51 19 19 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143 (Kukoc 0-2, Harper 0-3, Jordan 0-1, Kerr 0-3, Burrell 1-3, Buechler 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Harper, Caffey). Turnovers: 18 (Harper 3, Jordan 3, Kukoc 3, Rodman 3, Buechler, Caffey, Kerr, Longley). Steals: 12 (Kerr 4, Jordan 3, Kukoc 3, Burrell, Harper). ____________________________________________ Boston 20 20 25 14 - 79 Chicago 18 25 30 17 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 23,804. T: 2:07. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Tom Washington, Sean Corbin.


GAME RECAP

Toni Kukoc scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and ignited a decisive third-quarter run as the red-hot Chicago Bulls held the Boston Celtics to only seven field goals over the final 16 minutes en route to a 90-79 victory.

The Bulls led 43-40 at halftime before the Celtics fought back, tying it for the final time at 60-60 on a pair of free throws by Walter McCarty with 4:12 left in the third period. But Kukoc converted on a three-point play, igniting a 13-3 run that put Chicago ahead for good.

Boston had just one field goal over the final 4:50 of the third and managed to hit just six shots in the fourth. The Bulls built their lead to 13 points in the final period en route to their 11th win in 12 games and their 13th straight at home.

"We only scored six baskets the last 12 minutes," said Boston rookie Ron Mercer. "That shows you how psyched out we were. We're a young team, hopefully we'll continue to learn through these experiences."

Walker had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Mercer added 20 points for the Celtics, who scored just 14 points in the fourth quarter. Boston lost its seventh straight game at the United Center.

The Celtics held Michael Jordan to just 19 points on 5-of-13 shooting, but were unable to keep Dennis Rodman off the boards. Rodman grabbed 20 rebounds to lead Chicago to a 51-39 edge on the boards.

"We put a lot of effort and hustle into tonight's game and Boston really pushed us to the limit the first three quarters," said Jordan. "I thought we were sluggish early in the game, but we came back to play a very smart game at the end."

Rodman pulled down eight of his rebounds in the first quarter, but the Bulls hit just 36 percent of their shots and trailed 20-18 after one.

The second quarter was a see-saw battle featuring five lead changes and four ties, until Jud Buechler drained a three-pointer with 2:18 to go that gave the Bulls a 37-34 edge. Buechler came off the bench to score all nine of his points in the second quarter.

"It took us a quarter to adjust to their style of play," conceded Bulls coach Phil Jackson. "It's a very unusual, very strange style, and we had to adjust to it. In the second half we were able to make those adjustments and their defense seemed to collapse at times and give us easy baskets."

After Walker forged a 58-58 deadlock on a fast-break layup with 4:51 to go in the third quarter, the Bulls shut Boston down from the field until Dana Barros' jumper with four seconds left.

Chicago's offense came alive during the 4:47 span, with Kukoc leading the way with five points, a rebound and a steal. Ron Harper, who came in with two minutes left to give Jordan a breather, capped the run and gave the Bulls a 73-63 bulge on a free throw with eight seconds to play.

Kukoc scored 10 points as the Bulls kept the pressure on in the fourth quarter, holding the Celtics to 32 percent (6-for-19) shooting from the field. Chicago matched its largest lead, 90-77, on Kukoc's dunk with 42 seconds left.

"We didn't play with the confidence that we should have," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "It was very disappointing because we have been playing well lately. By the fourth quarter we had very little ball movement, very little player movement. We really played poorly at the end."

Harper and Rodman netted nine points apiece for the Bulls, who hit 42 percent (32-of-77) of its shots. Reserve Steve Kerr had four steals, but was 0-for-3 from three-point range as Chicago missed 12-of-14 shots from behind the arc.

Boston took its biggest lead early, going ahead 5-0 on a jumper by Mercer and McCarty's three-pointer.

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