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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 26 23 28 24 101 CHICAGO 22 27 24 21 94 FINAL


UTAH (101) AT CHICAGO (94)

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

KEEFE F 24 3-5 4-4 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 10 MALONE F 37 12-21 11-12 2 9 11 3 2 1 4 35 OSTERTAG C 39 1-3 2-2 1 6 7 0 4 0 1 4 STOCKTON G 27 3-7 1-2 2 3 5 10 1 0 3 7 HORNACEK G 31 2-6 5-7 0 3 3 2 4 0 1 10 EISLEY 21 6-12 2-2 1 2 3 5 2 0 3 14 ANDERSON 17 3-4 2-3 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 8 CARR 19 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 0 2 6 RUSSELL 24 2-6 2-2 0 5 5 1 3 3 1 7 MORRIS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-70 29-34 10 33 43 23 20 5 15 101 (.500) (.853) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(19 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 44 7-19 1-2 3 3 6 10 3 0 4 16 CAFFEY F 8 0-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 LONGLEY C 33 6-15 0-0 4 2 6 2 5 1 0 12 JORDAN G 44 13-26 6-7 3 2 5 7 4 2 3 32 HARPER G 17 3-9 0-0 1 5 6 2 1 1 0 6 BROWN 9 2-3 1-2 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 5 RODMAN 34 0-5 0-0 5 9 14 2 1 2 0 0 KUKOC 28 4-7 2-2 1 0 1 3 1 2 1 12 WENNINGTON 6 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 LARUE 8 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 BUECHLER 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 BURRELL 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3

TOTALS 240 40-98 10-13 19 24 43 28 22 9 8 94 (.408) (.769) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8(13 PTS)

UTAH 26 23 28 24 - 101 CHICAGO 22 27 24 21 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 3. CHICAGO - PIPPEN, CAFFEY, LONGLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 2-7 (.286), HORNACEK 1-2, EISLEY 0-1, RUSSELL 1-4. CHICAGO 4-21 (.190), PIPPEN 1-8, JORDAN 0-4, HARPER 0-1, KUKOC 2-4, LARUE 0-2, BURRELL 1-2. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - PIPPEN. OFFICIALS: SEAN CORBIN, DAVID JONES, STEVE JAVIE. A - 24,361. T - 2:14.


UTAH (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Keefe 24 3-5 4-4 2-4 0 1 10 Malone 37 12-21 11-12 2-11 3 2 35 Ostertag 39 1-3 2-2 1-7 0 4 4 Stockton 27 3-7 1-2 2-5 10 1 7 Hornacek 31 2-6 5-7 0-3 2 4 10 Eisley 21 6-12 2-2 1-3 5 2 14 Anderson 17 3-4 2-3 1-2 0 0 8 Carr 19 3-6 0-0 1-3 2 3 6 Russell 24 2-6 2-2 0-5 1 3 7 Morris 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Foster DNP - coach's decision Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-70 29-34 10-43 23 20 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.853. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Hornacek 1-2, Eisley 0-1, Russell 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Ostertag 3). Turnovers: 15 (Malone 4, Eisley 3, Stockton 3, Carr 2, Hornacek, Ostertag, Russell). Steals: 5 (Russell 3, Anderson, Malone).

CHICAGO (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 44 7-19 1-2 3-6 10 3 16 Caffey 8 0-3 0-0 2-3 0 2 0 Longley 33 6-15 0-0 4-6 2 5 12 Jordan 44 13-26 6-7 3-5 7 4 32 Harper 17 3-9 0-0 1-6 2 1 6 Brown 9 2-3 1-2 0-1 2 1 5 Rodman 34 0-5 0-0 5-14 2 1 0 Kukoc 28 4-7 2-2 1-1 3 1 12 Wennington 6 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 Larue 8 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Buechler 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Burrell 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-98 10-13 19-43 28 22 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 4-21, .190 (Pippen 1-8, Jordan 0-4, Harper 0-1, Kukoc 2-4, Larue 0-2, Burrell 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Pippen, Caffey, Longley). Turnovers: 8 (Pippen 4, Jordan 3, Kukoc). Steals: 9 (Jordan 2, Kukoc 2, Rodman 2, Brown, Harper, Longley). ____________________________________________ Utah 26 23 28 24 - 101 Chicago 22 27 24 21 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Pippen, 0:37 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 24,361. T: 2:14. Officials: Sean Corbin, David Jones, Steve Javie.


GAME RECAP

Karl Malone collected 35 points and 11 rebounds as the Utah Jazz handed the Chicago Bulls a 101-94 loss, just their second at home this season and their first against a Western Conference opponent at home in nearly three years.

Howard Eisley added 14 points off the bench for Utah, which has won four of its last five games and 11 of 13. The Jazz had dropped three of the last four regular-season matchups with the Bulls and lost to them in six games in last year's NBA Finals.

"This is still not a big deal," said Jazz guard Jeff Hornacek. "It really has no significance except it is a win on the road for us. The only statement you can make against the Bulls is to beat them in the playoffs. We had our chances last year and we didn't take advantage of them. Maybe if we get back to the Finals, we can look to this game for extra confidence."

Michael Jordan poured in 32 points for the Bulls, who had not lost at home to a team from the Western Conference since he returned from retirement in February 1995, spanning 38 games, including playoffs.

Chicago also had a 17-game home winning streak halted, losing at the United Center for the first time since a seven-point setback against Washington on November 12th. The Bulls had won four straight overall, seven of eight and 18 of 21 since a slow 12-9 start.

With the defeat, Bulls coach Phil Jackson lost the opportunity to coach the Eastern Conference All-Star squad. The Bulls are 30-13 (.698), just percentage points behind rookie coach Larry Bird and the Indiana Pacers (28-12, .700).

"I thought Utah played a very good ballgame, we could not match their intensity," said Jackson. "Their offense played quite well and caught us offguard. We did not handle the ball very well on offense and our shooting was off. This is a game in which we played a different type of team and weren't able to adjust to their style of play.

"I'm happy about it," added Jackson about not coaching in the All-Star Game. "As you know I don't like to go to those things, and I thank the players personally for it."

After Malone netted 10 points in the opening quarter to help Utah to a 26-22 lead, Scottie Pippen scored six points in a 10-2 run that gave the Bulls a 46-38 cushion with 3:08 to go in the half.

The margin was 49-40 until the Jazz tallied the final nine points of the period, including seven from Malone, to even the score at halftime. Malone finished the half with 19, while Jordan and Pippen combined for 31.

"I don't think we matched the intensity that Utah had tonight," said Jordan. "It really showed at the end of the second quarter when we had a nine-point lead and let them tie it up at halftime. The momentum shifted."

Utah erased a 65-63 deficit when Malone scored five points in a 10-2 burst capped by his jumper with 1:44 left, making it 73-67. Malone had 31 points heading into the final quarter as the Jazz led 77-73.

The lead was extended to 90-77 when Utah opened the period with a 13-4 spurt. Eisley had six points and Bryon Russell added five, including a three-pointer with 6:53 to play that capped the run.

The margin remained in double digits for the next three-plus minutes until Chicago finally rallied with a 10-2 surge. Scott Burrell's three-pointer tipped it off with 2:43 left and Jordan added a three-point play 42 seconds later to cut it to 96-90.

Utah's Greg Ostertag was fouled with 1:49 to go and hit both free throws before Jordan split two foul shots with 90 seconds remaining and Toni Kukoc nailed a three-pointer with just under 56 seconds left to narrow the gap to 98-94.

On Utah's next possession, John Stockton rebounded his own miss of a layup attempt to reset the shot clock. The Bulls argued emphatically but to no avail that the ball did not touch the rim. Stockton was fouled when play resumed and made one free throw to increase the lead to 99-94 with 31 seconds remaining.

Pippen missed a three-pointer and Malone converted two foul shots with 24 seconds to play to cap the scoring. Jordan and Pippen each missed three-pointers in the final 20 seconds.

"It was a nice win for us," said Malone. "However, as you saw, the game is never over until you beat them. The key for us was getting easy baskets at the end of the game. There's no revenge factor involved. We played well, but it had nothing to do with last year. It was a good win for us on the road and the kind of game we can build on."

Adam Keefe and Jeff Hornacek scored 10 points each and Stockton dished out 10 assists for Utah, which ended a two-game road skid. The Jazz shot 35-for-70 from the floor and 29-of-34 (85 percent) from the foul line.

"They missed some shots down the stretch and we were able to out-energize them," said Utah coach Jerry Sloan. "We also got good mileage out of our bench today. Howard Eisley had a terrific third quarter. Also there were a couple of possessions where we pushed the ball up the floor and scored late. There is some luck involved with that."

Pippen totaled 16 points and 10 assists, while Luc Longley and Kukoc each added 12 for Chicago, which shot just 41 percent (40-of-98), including 4-of-21 from three-point range.

Bulls forward Dennis Rodman, who was sent home by Jackson before Friday's game at New Jersey for missing morning shootaround and subsequently was fined, came off the bench to grab 14 rebounds in 34 minutes.

"I hate to lose," said Jordan. "Right now it just sticks with me because we don't want a team coming in here and beating us. This certainly hurts our confidence. They beat us at our place, now we have to go to their place and beat them."

The rematch is set for February 4th in Utah.

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