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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 17 27 18 27 89 CHICAGO 11 25 23 17 76 FINAL


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SAN ANTONIO (89) AT CHICAGO (76)

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

DUNCAN F 36 4-12 6-10 6 8 14 4 1 1 6 14 ELLIOTT F 32 5-8 0-0 3 4 7 2 2 1 4 12 ROBINSON C 34 5-10 12-17 2 6 8 3 3 1 1 22 JACKSON G 24 0-6 1-1 0 2 2 3 4 0 1 1 JOHNSON G 35 6-16 0-0 1 5 6 2 2 0 0 12 ELIE 25 4-11 3-3 2 4 6 0 1 0 3 13 S KERR 25 4-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 11 J KERSEY 25 1-8 1-2 4 7 11 3 3 2 1 3 DANIELS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GAZE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KING 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 PERDUE DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE ROSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-76 24-35 18 36 54 19 16 7 18 89 (.382) (.686) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(15 PTS)

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

BRYANT F 26 2-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 3 0 4 KUKOC F 38 11-24 3-3 1 10 11 8 4 1 2 27 LANG C 28 2-10 0-0 1 8 9 1 5 0 0 4 HARPER G 33 4-15 1-2 1 3 4 4 3 3 2 9 BARRY G 30 2-6 2-2 3 1 4 2 1 2 1 7 BROWN 19 3-6 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 6 SIMPKINS 9 0-1 2-4 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 2 BOOTH 12 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 1 2 2 WENNINGTON 15 2-6 1-2 1 1 2 0 4 1 1 5 CARR 19 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 8 LARUE 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 C BENJAMIN 2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 DAVID 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 M BENNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-82 9-13 10 32 42 20 24 14 10 76 (.390) (.692) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(13 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 17 27 18 27 - 89 CHICAGO 11 25 23 17 - 76

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 4, ROBINSON 4. CHICAGO - HARPER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 7-15 (.467), ELLIOTT 2-3, JACKSON 0-2, JOHNSON 0-2, ELIE 2-5, S KERR 3-3. CHICAGO 3-8 (.375), KUKOC 2-3, HARPER 0-1, BARRY 1-3, C BENJAMIN 0-1. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - JACKSON, CHICAGO - BRYANT. OFFICIALS: BRUCE ALEXANDER, JOE CRAWFORD, KEN MAUER. A - 22,386. T - 2:02.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 36 4-12 6-10 6-14 4 1 14 Elliott 32 5-8 0-0 3-7 2 2 12 Robinson 34 5-10 12-17 2-8 3 3 22 Jackson 24 0-6 1-1 0-2 3 4 1 Johnson 35 6-16 0-0 1-6 2 2 12 Elie 25 4-11 3-3 2-6 0 1 13 S Kerr 25 4-5 0-0 0-0 2 0 11 J Kersey 25 1-8 1-2 4-11 3 3 3 Daniels 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Gaze 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 King 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Williams 1 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Perdue DNP - sprained right ankle Rose DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-76 24-35 18-54 19 16 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.686. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Elliott 2-3, Jackson 0-2, Johnson 0-2, Elie 2-5, S Kerr 3-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 8 (Duncan 4, Robinson 4). Turnovers: 18 (Duncan 6, Elliott 4, Elie 3, S Kerr 2, J Kersey, Jackson, Robinson). Steals: 7 (J Kersey 2, S Kerr 2, Duncan, Elliott, Robinson).

CHICAGO (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 26 2-3 0-0 1-4 0 4 4 Kukoc 38 11-24 3-3 1-11 8 4 27 Lang 28 2-10 0-0 1-9 1 5 4 Harper 33 4-15 1-2 1-4 4 3 9 Barry 30 2-6 2-2 3-4 2 1 7 Brown 19 3-6 0-0 1-1 1 0 6 Simpkins 9 0-1 2-4 0-3 0 0 2 Booth 12 1-2 0-0 1-3 2 0 2 Wennington 15 2-6 1-2 1-2 0 4 5 Carr 19 4-7 0-0 0-1 1 2 8 Larue 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 C Benjamin 2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 David 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Bennett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-82 9-13 10-42 20 24 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Kukoc 2-3, Harper 0-1, Barry 1-3, C Benjamin 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (Harper). Turnovers: 11 (Booth 2, Harper 2, Kukoc 2, Barry, Brown, Simpkins, Wennington). Steals: 14 (Bryant 3, Harper 3, Barry 2, Booth, Brown, Carr, Kukoc, Simpkins, Wennington). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 17 27 18 27 - 89 Chicago 11 25 23 17 - 76 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 1 (Jackson, 10:45 3rd). Chicago 1 (Bryant, 5:07 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,386. T: 2:02. Officials: Bruce Alexander, Joe Crawford, Ken Mauer.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- David Robinson got hot when the Chicago Bulls went cold, scoring nine of his 22 points during a 16-4 fourth-quarter run in the San Antonio Spurs' 89-76 wire-to-wire victory.

Robinson helped San Antonio dominate inside. He sat out a chunk of the fourth quarter, but his tip-in with 7:48 left gave the Spurs a 72-68 edge and began the pivotal burst. The 7-1 center later scored five consecutive points, increasing the lead to 79-70 on a free throw with 3:46 to play.

The Bulls closed to 74-70 on Toni Kukoc's fadeaway jumper with 6:33 to go, but they missed their next five shots and went scoreless for 3:43. They shot just 39 percent (32-of-82) for the game.

Kukoc was the Bull in double figures with 27 points on 11-of-24 shooting. He added 11 rebounds and eight assists for Chicago, which has lost three in a row -- all at the United Center -- and has averaged under 72 points in the process.

"I see some growth in our game," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "I saw a team that played good defense, that hit the boards hard. We just need to identify more people that can score."

Kukoc led the Bulls in scoring for the fourth time in five games this season. Ron Harper had nine points for Chicago and combined with starting center Andrew Lang to shoot 6-of-25.

"Harper and I are not going to be able to score every night," Kukoc said. "Other people will have to step up."

Randy Brown's jumper with 4:31 left in the third quarter gave Chicago its only tie, 55-55.

The new-look Bulls are without Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, the nucleus of their three consecutive NBA titles. They are 0-3 at home this year after going 115-8 at the United Center over the past three seasons.

Tim Duncan had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Steve Kerr totaled 11 points against his former team as the Spurs ended a six-game losing streak in the series.

Kerr, who helped the Bulls to their last three titles, was presented his 1998 championship ring before the game. He responded in the fourth quarter, burying consecutive 3-pointers in a 21-second span as the Spurs opened a 68-61 lead.

"It's obvious with the 50 people standing by my locker that Michael's not here any more," Kerr said. "But it was an emotional afternoon. I just have to thank the Bulls organization for presenting me my ring here before one of their home games. It meant a lot to me. It also helped me come to terms with leaving this great franchise.

"I certainly had butterflies when I took my first shot tonight and the crowd cheering for the Bulls and for me, I was certainly confused at times."

San Antonio went 2-3 in a seven-day stretch.

The Spurs looked tired early in the second half, leading 62-59 after an 18-point third quarter. But they outrebounded Chicago, 15-7, in the fourth quarter and collected eight second-chance points.

"We had trouble identifying our offensive scheme," Robinson said. "It's going to take us a little while longer to get our part of that game going. I really feel if we stay healthy that we'll be a solid contender."

San Antonio finished with a 20-1 advantage in second-chance scoring.

The Spurs, who outrebounded the Bulls, 54-42, had six players with at least six boards, including reserve forward Jerome Kersey with 11 and 5-11 guard Avery Johnson with six.

Robinson, who looked sluggish in the third quarter, finished 12-of-17 from the line and added eight rebounds and four blocks. Duncan, the 1998 Rookie of the Year, had four blocks and four assists.

"In Robinson and Duncan, they have a couple of players who are too strong for us," Floyd said. "And they got to the line in particular the last quarter. That was the difference in the game."

Mario Elie scored 13 points and Johnson and Sean Elliott added 12 apiece for the Spurs, who shot just 38 percent (29-of-76) but outscored Chicago, 24-9, at the line.

"These rims are among the toughest in the NBA," Robinson said. "They were a little softer tonight than the last time we were here, and unless you have a soft, accurate shot like Steve Kerr's, it's a struggle to score here."

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