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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 25 19 27 25 96 UTAH 29 30 28 17 104 FINAL


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CHICAGO (96) AT UTAH (104)

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

BRYANT F 28 3-6 2-2 2 2 4 0 5 0 1 8 KUKOC F 35 12-23 7-12 1 4 5 1 3 0 2 32 LANG C 24 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 1 0 2 HARPER G 41 6-18 3-4 1 3 4 5 4 1 2 18 BARRY G 30 5-9 1-2 2 3 5 4 6 2 2 13 BROWN 18 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 4 4 2 0 0 SIMPKINS 22 2-2 1-1 2 2 4 0 1 1 2 5 WENNINGTON 12 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 4 BOOTH 4 0-4 0-0 3 1 4 1 1 0 1 0 DAVID 12 5-8 1-1 3 1 4 0 1 1 1 11 M BENNETT 3 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 CARR 6 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 2 LARUE 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 C BENJAMIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-85 16-24 15 20 35 20 33 11 12 96 (.435) (.667) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(20 PTS)

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

MALONE F 40 6-10 9-11 2 6 8 3 3 2 3 21 RUSSELL F 27 5-7 4-5 0 3 3 1 4 1 1 15 OSTERTAG C 22 1-2 1-2 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 3 STOCKTON G 31 5-11 3-3 0 0 0 12 2 1 3 13 HORNACEK G 30 5-8 7-7 1 2 3 4 0 0 3 17 EISLEY 17 2-4 2-2 0 2 2 3 2 2 4 6 BAILEY 18 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 2 ANDERSON 22 5-6 4-5 0 3 3 0 3 2 2 16 KEEFE 14 2-3 2-3 0 3 3 0 2 1 0 6 AVENT 15 2-5 1-2 2 1 3 0 3 0 2 5 KING 4 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-59 33-42 6 28 34 24 21 9 19 104 (.576) (.786) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(22 PTS)

CHICAGO 25 19 27 25 - 96 UTAH 29 30 28 17 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - HARPER 2, BRYANT. UTAH - OSTERTAG 4, MALONE 2, BAILEY 2, STOCKTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 6-13 (.462), KUKOC 1-2, HARPER 3-4, BARRY 2-5, LARUE 0-2. UTAH 3-6 (.500), RUSSELL 1-2, HORNACEK 0-1, ANDERSON 2-2, KEEFE 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, DAVID JONES, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 19,911. T - 2:15.


Box Score

CHICAGO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 28 3-6 2-2 2-4 0 5 8 Kukoc 35 12-23 7-12 1-5 1 3 32 Lang 24 1-3 0-0 1-4 1 3 2 Harper 41 6-18 3-4 1-4 5 4 18 Barry 30 5-9 1-2 2-5 4 6 13 Brown 18 0-1 0-0 0-0 4 4 0 Simpkins 22 2-2 1-1 2-4 0 1 5 Wennington 12 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 4 Booth 4 0-4 0-0 3-4 1 1 0 David 12 5-8 1-1 3-4 0 1 11 M Bennett 3 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Carr 6 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 4 2 Larue 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 C Benjamin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-85 16-24 15-35 20 33 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Kukoc 1-2, Harper 3-4, Barry 2-5, Larue 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Harper 2, Bryant). Turnovers: 12 (Barry 2, Harper 2, Kukoc 2, Simpkins 2, Booth, Bryant, David, Larue). Steals: 11 (Barry 2, Brown 2, Carr, David, Harper, Lang, Larue, Simpkins, Wennington).

UTAH (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 40 6-10 9-11 2-8 3 3 21 Russell 27 5-7 4-5 0-3 1 4 15 Ostertag 22 1-2 1-2 0-4 0 0 3 Stockton 31 5-11 3-3 0-0 12 2 13 Hornacek 30 5-8 7-7 1-3 4 0 17 Eisley 17 2-4 2-2 0-2 3 2 6 Bailey 18 1-3 0-0 1-3 1 1 2 Anderson 22 5-6 4-5 0-3 0 3 16 Keefe 14 2-3 2-3 0-3 0 2 6 Avent 15 2-5 1-2 2-3 0 3 5 King 4 0-0 0-2 0-2 0 1 0 Foster DNP - coach's decision Fuller DNP - coach's decision Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-59 33-42 6-34 24 21 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.576, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (Russell 1-2, Hornacek 0-1, Anderson 2-2, Keefe 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 9 (Ostertag 4, Malone 2, Bailey 2, Stockton). Turnovers: 20 (Eisley 4, Hornacek 3, Malone 3, Stockton 3, Anderson 2, Avent 2, Bailey, Russell). Steals: 9 (Anderson 2, Eisley 2, Malone 2, Keefe, Russell, Stockton). ____________________________________________ Chicago 25 19 27 25 - 96 Utah 29 30 28 17 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:08 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 2:15. Officials: Derrick Stafford, David Jones, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- The rematch was not a mismatch, but the post-Michael Jordan era began the way everyone thought it would for the Chicago Bulls -- with a loss.

Tim Floyd's NBA coaching debut with the new-look three-time defending champions began on a down note as the Utah Jazz defeated the Bulls, 104-96, in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals.

Chicago, which returned only guard Ron Harper from its starting five from last season, began life after Jordan by playing catch-up for almost the entire game.

Following the resignation of coach Phil Jackson and the retirement of Jordan, there was a mass exodus from the Bulls as forwards Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Scott Burrell, centers Luc Longley and Joe Kleine and guards Steve Kerr and Jud Buechler all left the team via free agency or trades.

Yet, the Bulls made things interesting in the fourth quarter, pulling within 92-85 with 6:47 to go on a layup by Toni Kukoc, who scored 22 of his 32 points in the second half.

"They started that comeback in the fourth and I looked at the clock and thought, 'Oh, not again'," said Jazz forward Shandon Anderson. "I looked to see if number 23 was on the court. You know we were leading and then they started inching away at that lead and fortunate for us, we won the game."

The Jazz regrouped as Bryon Russell had a layup and Karl Malone hit two free throws, bumping the lead to 11 at the 5:13 mark. Chicago came no closer than five points thereafter.

"Let's face it, we came up against a team that's been together 10 years and we've been together two weeks and they were resilient," said Floyd. "We played with some serious spirit in the fourth quarter, but our shot selection got a little suspect during the final six minutes."

Malone finished with 21 points for the Jazz, who lost to the Bulls in the last two NBA Finals. Jeff Hornacek contributed 17 for Utah.

"I thought we played very, I guess, 'rat ball'," said Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. "It was more like 'rat ball' defensively where we kind of let them have easy shots, easy baskets. We've got to get a mentality if we are going to be able to beat anybody, or try to play during the regular season. We need a leader defensively, and I haven't seen that in this part of the season so far."

Chicago, which never led, closed within 35-31 at the 7:06 mark of the second quarter on a driving layup by Kornel David. But the Jazz broke open the game with a 14-3 run, keyed by John Stockton. He found Adam Keefe for a three-point play and added a layup to give Utah a 40-31 advantage with 6:26 to go.

David had a short hook shot, but Anderson and Stockton each made two free throws to bump the lead to 44-33. Mario Bennett made the second of two free throws to pull Chicago within 10, but Stockton converted a three-point play of his own and fed Anderson for a layup, staking the Jazz to a 49-34 lead with four minutes left.

"A win is always a good start, I think we are a far cry from where we want to be, though," said Stockton. "We've got a lot of work to do and we start again (Saturday). In this game, you have to play your best or anyone can beat you, especially with us. We need to play our best basketball to beat anybody."

Utah took its largest lead of the game at 62-44 on a three-point play by Russell 13 seconds into the third quarter. The Jazz still led 87-71 entering the final 12 minutes, but Harper had five points in a 14-5 spurt to start the quarter, capped by Kukoc's layup.

Anderson finished with 16 points off the bench on 5-of-6 shooting as the Jazz shot 58 percent (34-of-59) from the field and made 33-of-42 free throws. Stockton had 13 points and 12 assists, while Russell netted 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

Harper netted 18 points and Brent Barry 13 for Chicago, which shot 44 percent (37-of-85) from the field. David had 11 points in 12 minutes, hitting 5-of-8 shots.

"We just go and throw everything out and just try to be in thse ball games," said Harper. "I think we are a very good defensive team and if we go out every night, we are going to give ourselves a chance."

The 19,911 fans at the Delta Center were unusually subdued. Arguably the loudest home court in the league, the fans did not become vocal until the final minutes, when the Bulls made their charge.

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