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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 27 26 35 21 109 CHICAGO 29 28 26 28 111 FINAL


Box Score

NEW YORK (109) AT CHICAGO (111)

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

BOWIE F 29 8-11 0-0 1 1 2 1 6 0 0 16 MILLS F 45 8-17 3-5 1 6 7 3 0 1 1 19 B WILLIAMS C 33 6-7 0-0 6 2 8 1 4 0 0 12 HOUSTON G 32 9-19 4-4 0 2 2 2 5 1 1 22 WARD G 41 5-11 2-3 0 7 7 17 3 3 1 13 STARKS 13 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 3 CHILDS 24 2-4 4-6 0 2 2 4 6 0 5 8 CUMMINGS 23 8-13 0-0 3 6 9 2 2 0 2 16 JOHNSON DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE OAKLEY DNP - RIB CAGE INJURY THOMPSON DNP - SORE LOWER BACK H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 47-88 13-18 11 27 38 31 29 5 11 109 (.534) (.722) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(15 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 33 6-12 8-11 1 6 7 10 4 0 3 21 KUKOC F 30 4-10 7-8 1 4 5 1 4 0 2 15 RODMAN C 35 2-3 0-0 2 6 8 0 3 3 0 4 HARPER G 14 2-7 0-0 2 1 3 2 2 0 0 4 JORDAN G 40 11-24 22-24 0 3 3 3 1 1 1 44 KERR 34 6-7 2-2 1 1 2 7 1 0 1 15 BURRELL 21 3-8 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 6 BROWN 13 0-3 1-2 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 SIMPKINS 13 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 1 BUECHLER 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WENNINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-77 41-49 8 27 35 26 18 5 8 111 (.442) (.837) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 9(10 PTS)

NEW YORK 27 26 35 21 - 109 CHICAGO 29 28 26 28 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - BOWIE, MILLS, WARD. CHICAGO - BUECHLER 2, HARPER, BURRELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 2-12 (.167), MILLS 0-2, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 1-6, STARKS 1-3. CHICAGO 2-11 (.182), PIPPEN 1-3, KUKOC 0-1, RODMAN 0-1, HARPER 0-1, KERR 1-2, BURRELL 0-2, BUECHLER 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - MILLS 2 (EJECTED), CHICAGO - ASSISTANT COACH RODGERS. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, STEVE JAVIE, RON OLESIAK. A - 24,182. T - 2:32.


Agate Box Score

NEW YORK (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowie 29 8-11 0-0 1-2 1 6 16 Mills 45 8-17 3-5 1-7 3 0 19 B Williams 33 6-7 0-0 6-8 1 4 12 Houston 32 9-19 4-4 0-2 2 5 22 Ward 41 5-11 2-3 0-7 17 3 13 Starks 13 1-6 0-0 0-1 1 3 3 Childs 24 2-4 4-6 0-2 4 6 8 Cummings 23 8-13 0-0 3-9 2 2 16 Johnson DNP - sprained left ankle Oakley DNP - rib cage injury Thompson DNP - sore lower back H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-88 13-18 11-38 31 29 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.534, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Mills 0-2, Houston 0-1, Ward 1-6, Starks 1-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Bowie, Mills, Ward). Turnovers: 11 (Childs 5, Cummings 2, Houston, Mills, Starks, Ward). Steals: 5 (Ward 3, Houston, Mills).

CHICAGO (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 33 6-12 8-11 1-7 10 4 21 Kukoc 30 4-10 7-8 1-5 1 4 15 Rodman 35 2-3 0-0 2-8 0 3 4 Harper 14 2-7 0-0 2-3 2 2 4 Jordan 40 11-24 22-24 0-3 3 1 44 Kerr 34 6-7 2-2 1-2 7 1 15 Burrell 21 3-8 0-0 1-3 1 0 6 Brown 13 0-3 1-2 0-2 1 1 1 Simpkins 13 0-1 1-2 0-2 1 2 1 Buechler 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kleine DNP - coach's decision Wennington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 41-49 8-35 26 18 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.837. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Pippen 1-3, Kukoc 0-1, Rodman 0-1, Harper 0-1, Kerr 1-2, Burrell 0-2, Buechler 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Buechler 2, Harper, Burrell). Turnovers: 9 (Pippen 3, Kukoc 2, Jordan, Kerr, Simpkins). Steals: 5 (Rodman 3, Brown, Jordan). ____________________________________________ New York 27 26 35 21 - 109 Chicago 29 28 26 28 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Mills 2 (ejected), 3:49 4th, 2:41 4th). Chicago 1 (Assistant Coach Rodgers, 3:21 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 24,182. T: 2:32. Officials: Bill Spooner, Steve Javie, Ron Olesiak.


Game Recap

Michael Jordan, playing what might be his final regular-season game in a Chicago Bulls uniform, stuck it to the New York Knicks one last time.

Jordan scored 44 points, including the go-ahead layup with 3:04 to play, as the Bulls egded New York, 111-109, in a battle of playoff-bound teams.

All season long, Jordan has said that this will likely be his last season in the NBA and he will not come back if coach Phil Jackson is not retained. The superstar guard, who is third on the all-time scoring list with 29,277 points, also said he would not play for another team.

And Jordan, who topped the 40-point mark in his last three games against New York, provided the fans at the United Center with one more set of memories while giving the Knicks more agony. With Jordan, the Bulls improved to a stunning 22-3 at home against New York this decade, including the playoffs.

Jordan scored 40 points in the final three quarters, including seven in the fourth. Chicago, the two-time defending NBA champions and the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, will learn Sunday whether it will face New Jersey or Washington in the first round.

"I've no preference as to who we play, whether it be Washington or New Jersey," said Jordan. "If we play our game the right way, we should be able to handle either one. We have a week to get into our playoff mentality and rest. So the fun begins now."

Scottie Pippen added 21 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Bulls, who swept the season series and won 16 of their final 19 games. Chicago finished 62-20, seven games off its pace from last season and 10 off its NBA-record 72-10 mark in 1995-96.

"In some ways, I feel this team is stronger going into the playoffs this year compared to last year," said Jordan. "We have Scottie Pippen, who's only played 39 games and is very strong right now. And we have a healthy Dennis Rodman. Along with myself, we are three integral parts of our machine, so we should be in good shape."

Allan Houston scored 22 points and Anthony Bowie added a season-high 16 for the Knicks, who will face Atlantic Division champion Miami in the first round. Charlie Ward contributed 13 points and a career-high 17 assists for New York, which finished 43-39.

"We had our chances to win this one," lamented Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. "But they got the loose ball foul when we get to rebound at the other end. It just wasn't going to happen after that. To be honest, we have not thought about the playoffs. Tonight, we were concentrating on beating Chicago."

The Knicks took their last lead at 102-101 on a free throw by Chris Mills with 3:21 to play, capping a sequence in which Bulls assistant coach Jimmy Rodgers was called for a technical foul. Houston hit the technical free throw for the Knicks and Mills made 1-of-2.

Mills missed the second free throw, and Jordan came off a screen to his right, crossed over to his left and drove in for a layup that made it 103-102. Mills was then given his second technical foul for arguing with referee Steve Javie, leading to a free throw by Steve Kerr with 2:41 to go.

Jordan was fouled 25 seconds later and made the second of two free throws to make it 105-102. After Houston missed badly on a three-pointer from the top of the key, Toni Kukoc made two free throws to push the lead to five with just under a minute to play.

Ward pulled New York within 107-105 when he converted a three-point play, but committed a foul trying to box out Jordan as Pippen fired a three-pointer with 24 seconds left. Jordan made both free throws, and after a hook shot by Terry Cummings, Kukoc made two more to seal the victory with 7.3 seconds to play.

"They can try to give me 20 technicals, but they can only give me two," fumed Mills. "When I got the whistle for the foul, I blew my top. I asked him, 'What did I say?' and then I told him after he tech'd me, I told him (Javie) that he was a great guy and made a great call."

New York closed the third quarter with a 9-4 burst to take an 88-83 lead entering the final 12 minutes. Two free throws by Chris Childs pushed the margin to 94-87 with 8:35 to play, but Scott Burrell hit a pair of long jumpers to make it a three-point game.

Dickey Simpkins added a free throw, but Childs and Bowie had baskets around a driving layup by Burrell to give New York a 98-94 lead at the 5:51 mark. Kerr answered with a basket and Jordan threw down a dunk in transition after Dennis Rodman stripped Childs on a drive.

Bowie gave New York a 100-98 lead with a 16-footer, but Kerr made a free throw after Mills was given a technical foul for trying to trip Rodman on the fast break. Pippen added a 17-footer to give the Bulls their first lead of the final quarter, 101-100, with 3:21 remaining.

Jordan scored 21 of his points in the second quarter as Chicago took a 57-53 lead. He made 13-of-14 free throws in the second 12 minutes as Chicago led by as many as nine points. He added another 12 in the third quarter, but Buck Williams netted 10 of his 12 in the third quarter as the Knicks outscored Chicago 35-26.

"I was not surprised that this was a competitve game, even though nothing was on the line at either team," said Jordan. "When you get New York and Chicago together, there is always a high energy level."

Kukoc and Kerr finished with 15 points apiece for the Bulls, who shot 44 percent (34-of-77) but held a whopping 41-13 edge at the foul line. Jordan himself was 22-of-24 from the line, taking six more free throws than New York.

"We have to be very pleased with how we finished our season," said Bulls coach Phil Jackson. "It was a very intense ballgame, and the Knicks brought that intensity to the game. We are pleased with our record and happy to be going into the playoffs."

Mills finished with 19 points and Cummings added 16 and nine rebounds off the bench for the Knicks, who shot 53 percent (47-of-88) from the field and committed 29 personal fouls. Ironically, Mills had no personal fouls in 45 minutes before being tossed.

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