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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 24 21 18 18 81 CHARLOTTE 27 32 18 33 110 FINAL


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CHICAGO (81) AT CHARLOTTE (110)

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

BOOTH F 17 2-5 1-1 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 5 BRYANT F 38 8-12 0-0 0 4 4 1 5 0 0 16 SIMPKINS C 38 7-14 6-8 4 2 6 0 3 3 1 20 BARRY G 36 5-16 2-4 1 6 7 2 3 1 1 13 BROWN G 25 3-9 0-0 0 2 2 6 4 0 4 6 CARR 10 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 0 2 2 DAVID 24 3-6 1-1 2 1 3 2 1 0 2 7 JONES 24 2-5 1-2 1 2 3 1 0 1 1 6 LARUE 17 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 0 2 WENNINGTON 11 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 4 HARPER DNP - DISLOC LT FINGER/HYP. RT. KNEE KUKOC DNP - LUMBAR STRAIN

TOTALS 240 34-80 11-16 9 21 30 19 24 6 13 81 (.425) (.688) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(20 PTS)

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

COLEMAN F 31 4-8 1-2 1 3 4 2 1 1 1 9 PHILLS F 16 2-3 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 7 CAMPBELL C 28 4-11 0-2 3 8 11 4 5 0 2 8 JONES G 29 7-10 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 1 5 14 WESLEY G 28 6-10 3-3 0 4 4 5 2 2 0 16 BECK 7 0-0 2-6 0 1 1 3 0 2 0 2 BROWN 19 2-5 0-1 0 5 5 2 0 0 1 4 DAVIS 19 6-10 2-2 2 0 2 5 2 1 2 14 MILLER 18 9-9 7-7 2 3 5 0 0 2 0 25 PERSON 25 2-7 0-0 2 4 6 2 2 0 0 5 RECASNER 20 2-4 2-3 0 3 3 4 1 0 1 6 SHACKLEFORD DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT TOE

TOTALS 240 44-77 18-28 12 34 46 30 15 9 14 110 (.571) (.643) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

CHICAGO 24 21 18 18 - 81 CHARLOTTE 27 32 18 33 - 110

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - WENNINGTON. CHARLOTTE - CAMPBELL 3, COLEMAN 3, DAVIS 2, MILLER 2, WESLEY, PHILLS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 2-9 (.222), BARRY 1-7, JONES 1-2. CHARLOTTE 4-9 (.444), COLEMAN 0-1, PHILLS 2-2, WESLEY 1-2, PERSON 1-3, RECASNER 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, DAN CRAWFORD, VIOLET PALMER. A - 17,857. T - 2:01.


Box Score

CHICAGO (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Booth 17 2-5 1-1 0-1 0 3 5 Bryant 38 8-12 0-0 0-4 1 5 16 Simpkins 38 7-14 6-8 4-6 0 3 20 Barry 36 5-16 2-4 1-7 2 3 13 Brown 25 3-9 0-0 0-2 6 4 6 Carr 10 1-3 0-0 0-0 4 2 2 David 24 3-6 1-1 2-3 2 1 7 Jones 24 2-5 1-2 1-3 1 0 6 Larue 17 1-6 0-0 0-1 2 3 2 Wennington 11 2-4 0-0 1-3 1 0 4 Harper DNP - disloc lt finger/hyp. rt. knee Kukoc DNP - lumbar strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 11-16 9-30 19 24 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Barry 1-7, Jones 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (Wennington). Turnovers: 13 (Brown 4, Booth 2, Carr 2, David 2, Barry, Jones, Simpkins). Steals: 6 (Simpkins 3, Barry, Jones, Larue).

CHARLOTTE (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Coleman 31 4-8 1-2 1-4 2 1 9 Phills 16 2-3 1-2 1-2 0 1 7 Campbell 28 4-11 0-2 3-11 4 5 8 Jones 29 7-10 0-0 1-3 3 1 14 Wesley 28 6-10 3-3 0-4 5 2 16 Beck 7 0-0 2-6 0-1 3 0 2 Brown 19 2-5 0-1 0-5 2 0 4 Davis 19 6-10 2-2 2-2 5 2 14 Miller 18 9-9 7-7 2-5 0 0 25 Person 25 2-7 0-0 2-6 2 2 5 Recasner 20 2-4 2-3 0-3 4 1 6 Shackleford DNP - sprained right toe _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-77 18-28 12-46 30 15 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.571, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Coleman 0-1, Phills 2-2, Wesley 1-2, Person 1-3, Recasner 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 12 (Campbell 3, Coleman 3, Davis 2, Miller 2, Wesley, Phills). Turnovers: 14 (Jones 5, Campbell 2, Davis 2, Phills 2, Brown, Coleman, Recasner). Steals: 9 (Beck 2, Miller 2, Wesley 2, Coleman, Davis, Jones). ____________________________________________ Chicago 24 21 18 18 - 81 Charlotte 27 32 18 33 - 110 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Chicago 1 (Bryant, 7:06 4th). A: 17,857. T: 2:01. Officials: Bill Spooner, Dan Crawford, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- All 29 NBA teams thought Brad Miller was less than perfect coming out of Purdue last summer. Tonight, Miller was perfect for the Charlotte Hornets.

The undrafted rookie did not miss a shot and scored 12 of his season-high 25 points in the pivotal second quarter as the Hornets coasted to a 110-81 victory over the shorthanded Chicago Bulls.

Miller finished 9-of-9 from the field and sank all seven of his free throws in just 18 minutes as Charlotte posted its sixth straight home win and its most lopsided victory in 44 all-time meetings with Chicago.

"I knew I had some points at the half, but I don't know how I finished with 25," Miller said. "They must have given me some bonus points."

After starring collegiately at Purdue, the 6-11 Miller was not selected in the 1998 draft. He played for Team USA, which won the bronze medal at the World Championships in Athens.

"It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime games," Hornets guard David Wesley said. "He's fun to watch, he's a comedian out there. He did a good job sealing his men and catching the ball in scoring position."

"Brad had a great game," said Hornets coach Paul Silas. "He was undrafted out of college. You've got to give (executive vice president of basketball operations) Bob Bass a lot of credit for signing him."

Averaging just over five points per game, Miller had scored no more than 14 in any of his 19 outings since making the Hornets out of an abbreviated training camp. After riding the bench for the entire first period, Miller hit all five of his shots from the floor and a pair from the foul line in the second quarter to help the Hornets take command.

"My confidence and mind are greatly improving," Miller added. "I know I can play at this level. I was amazed by my performance tonight."

"We talked about stopping a lot of people, but not in our wildest dreams did we think Brad Miller would get 25 points," said Bulls guard Randy Brown.

Charlotte blew open a tight game in the second period, hitting 14-of-22 from the floor (64 percent) to grab a 59-45 halftime lead. The Bulls failed to cut the deficit under double digits in the second half.

Chicago was playing without two of its top offensive threats. Leading scorer Toni Kukoc missed the game with a lower back strain, an injury he suffered in Tuesday's loss to Toronto. Ron Harper, averaging over 10 points per game, sat out with a hyperextended right knee.

Dickey Simpkins scored 20 points and Mark Bryant, filling up one spot in the starting lineup, added 16 for the Bulls. Keith Booth also got a rare start but was ineffective, managing just five points in 17 minutes.

"We're in a period of transition and without a couple of our key players, but we have to understand and our younger players have to step up," said Bulls coach Tim Floyd. "They need to recognize the incredible opportunity they have and seize it."

Clinging to a 27-26 lead in the opening stages of the second quarter, the Hornets hit three straight baskets as they began to take control. After Derrick Coleman hit a short jumper, Miller converted a pair of layups to make it 33-26.

Another lay-in by Miller with 6:51 left in the period built a 43-32 advantage. The margin was down to 49-42 after a free throw by Brent Barry with 3:48 remaining, but Bobby Phills answered with a 3-pointer to trigger a 10-3 spurt that closed the half. Phills added another 3-pointer before Miller buried a jumper and Eddie Jones dunked for a 59-45 lead.

Rookie Ricky Davis, the Hornets' first-round pick, scored 12 of his season-high 14 points in the second half. He and Miller helped helped atone for lackluster efforts by Charlotte's top two scorers.

Coleman scored just nine points and Jones, the team's leading scorer in half of his eight games since coming over from the Los Angeles Lakers, had 14 but also committed five turnovers.

Wesley scored 12 of his 16 points in the opening period and Elden Campbell contributed 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who shot a season-high 57 percent.

Charlotte held a 46-30 rebounding edge and blocked 12 shots, including three apiece by Campbell and Coleman and two each by Davis and Miller.

The only bad news for the Hornets was the loss of Phills, who did not play in the second half after straining his left quadricep.

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