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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 18 16 20 20 74 MIAMI 20 34 15 21 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - TONI KUKOC 25, RON HARPER 15, RUSTY LARUE 15 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 19, TIM HARDAWAY 18, JAMAL MASHBURN 17

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - TONI KUKOC 9, KEITH BOOTH 5 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 10, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - RON HARPER 7, TONI KUKOC 3 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 7, TERRY PORTER 5

ATT: 15,200


Extended Box

CHICAGO (74) AT MIAMI (90)

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

HARPER F 37 7-12 0-0 0 4 4 7 2 3 1 15 KUKOC F 42 9-22 7-8 1 8 9 3 2 1 2 25 SIMPKINS C 28 2-4 5-9 1 3 4 0 4 0 3 9 BROWN G 18 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 JONES G 25 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 C BENJAMIN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BOOTH 22 2-8 2-2 2 3 5 0 4 1 2 6 CARR 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 DAVID 19 0-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 3 0 LARUE 32 6-10 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 15 WENNINGTON 14 0-3 0-0 2 1 3 1 3 0 2 0 BRYANT DNP - LEFT SHOULDER STINGER

TOTALS 240 28-71 14-19 7 23 30 15 20 7 16 74 (.394) (.737) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

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

BROWN F 30 5-9 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 0 4 10 MASHBURN F 36 7-12 3-6 1 3 4 3 2 0 1 17 MOURNING C 39 6-12 7-10 3 7 10 1 6 3 6 19 HARDAWAY G 32 5-9 5-6 1 4 5 7 1 1 4 18 MAJERLE G 36 2-8 0-0 1 4 5 4 2 3 1 4 ASKINS 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 PORTER 28 2-6 2-2 0 3 3 5 2 4 3 7 WALTERS 5 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 WEATHERSPOON 20 3-5 2-2 3 6 9 1 4 0 2 8 LENARD 8 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 CAUSWELL DNP - STOMACH VIRUS STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-68 19-26 9 31 40 25 25 12 22 90 (.485) (.731) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 22(18 PTS)

CHICAGO 18 16 20 20 - 74 MIAMI 20 34 15 21 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - HARPER 2, JONES. MIAMI - MOURNING 5, PORTER, BROWN, HARDAWAY, ASKINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 4-11 (.364), HARPER 1-2, KUKOC 0-2, JONES 0-2, BOOTH 0-1, LARUE 3-4. MIAMI 5-15 (.333), MASHBURN 0-1, MOURNING 0-1, HARDAWAY 3-5, MAJERLE 0-3, PORTER 1-3, LENARD 1-2. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - HEAD COACH FLOYD 2 (EJECTED), BROWN 2 (EJECTED), KUKOC. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, TONY BROTHERS, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 15,200. T - 2:09.


Box Score

CHICAGO (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harper 37 7-12 0-0 0-4 7 2 15 Kukoc 42 9-22 7-8 1-9 3 2 25 Simpkins 28 2-4 5-9 1-4 0 4 9 Brown 18 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 2 2 Jones 25 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 C Benjamin 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Booth 22 2-8 2-2 2-5 0 4 6 Carr 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 David 19 0-4 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Larue 32 6-10 0-0 0-1 1 0 15 Wennington 14 0-3 0-0 2-3 1 3 0 Bryant DNP - left shoulder stinger _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-71 14-19 7-30 15 20 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.394, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Harper 1-2, Kukoc 0-2, Jones 0-2, Booth 0-1, Larue 3-4). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Harper 2, Jones). Turnovers: 17 (David 3, Simpkins 3, Booth 2, Kukoc 2, Wennington 2, Brown, Carr, Harper, Jones). Steals: 7 (Harper 3, Booth, Brown, Kukoc, Larue).

MIAMI (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 30 5-9 0-0 0-3 2 4 10 Mashburn 36 7-12 3-6 1-4 3 2 17 Mourning 39 6-12 7-10 3-10 1 6 19 Hardaway 32 5-9 5-6 1-5 7 1 18 Majerle 36 2-8 0-0 1-5 4 2 4 Askins 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Porter 28 2-6 2-2 0-3 5 2 7 Walters 5 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 Weatherspoon 20 3-5 2-2 3-9 1 4 8 Lenard 8 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 5 Causwell DNP - stomach virus Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-68 19-26 9-40 25 25 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.485, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Mashburn 0-1, Mourning 0-1, Hardaway 3-5, Majerle 0-3, Porter 1-3, Lenard 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Mourning 5, Porter, Brown, Hardaway, Askins). Turnovers: 22 (Mourning 6, Brown 4, Hardaway 4, Porter 3, Weatherspoon 2, Askins, Majerle, Mashburn). Steals: 12 (Porter 4, Majerle 3, Mourning 3, Askins, Hardaway). ____________________________________________ Chicago 18 16 20 20 - 74 Miami 20 34 15 21 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 5 (Head Coach Floyd 2 (ejected), 11:25 2nd, 10:59 2nd; Brown 2 (ejected), 0:41 2nd; Kukoc, 0:00 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Chicago 2 (Simpkins, 7:04 4th; Booth, 0:20 4th). Miami 1 (Mourning, 10:29 3rd). A: 15,200. T: 2:09. Officials: Bob Delaney, Tony Brothers, Mike Callahan.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Three nights after setting an NBA record for offensive futility, the Chicago Bulls tried to break the mark for outward frustration.

Coach Tim Floyd and guard Randy Brown were ejected for arguing in the decisive second quarter of a 90-74 loss to the Miami Heat, who continue to set the standard for defense in the NBA.

"I think our guys were a little embarrassed," Floyd said. "I thought they came out with a lot of intensity. We had a few flagrant fouls but we were ready to play. The great thing about playing the Heat is that they show us what we want to be one day."

Saturday night at the United Center, the Bulls set an NBA record for futility by becoming the first team in the shot-clock era to score less than 50 points in an 82-49 loss to the Heat. Tonight, Chicago had 51 points by the end of the third quarter but still could not compete as Miami coasted to its sixth straight win.

Alonzo Mourning had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Tim Hardaway added 17 points as the Heat used their league-leading defense to hold an opponent below 75 points for the sixth time and under 80 for the 14th time this season.

"We are going downhill and not finishing up games," Mourning said. "We can't go into the postseason like last year. Last year, we stumbled into the postseason."

The Bulls took an 18-17 lead on Brown's driving layup with 1:30 remaining in the first quarter. The Heat exploded for an 11-0 run capped by consecutive layups by Jamal Mashburn that put them ahead for good, 28-18, with 10:08 left in the first half.

Floyd lost his cool during the burst. He was ejected with 10:59 left after an argument with referee Tony Brothers led to two quick technicals. Miami continued to pull away throughout the period, opening a 48-32 bulge with less than a minute left before Brown earned an ejection by lashing into Bob Delaney with 40 seconds to go.

With the victory, Miami coach Pat Riley moved past the legendary Red Auerbach into sole possession of third place on the all-time wins list with 939. He needs five more to tie Dick Motta for second place.

Riley was less than impressed with his team's 22 turnovers and the inability to keep up defensive intensity throughout the contest.

"Our guys were very careless," Riley said. "They didn't finish the game at all. I don't like the kind of defense we played tonight at all."

Toni Kukoc collected 25 points and Ron Harper and Rusty LaRue each added 15 for the Bulls, who have lost five in a row and seven straight on the road.

"The last time we played them we didn't play an intense game," Harper said. "They were doing some very hard fouling but we had to foul as hard, too. Our team isn't scared of them."

Miami guard Voshon Lenard played for the first time this season after spending the first 35 games on the injured list with a fractured right leg. Lenard, the Heat's leading 3-point shooter last season, scored five points in only eight minutes.

"I'm more concerned about my wind," said Lenard. "After I get back into the swing of things, I'll be in pretty good shape. I try not to do too much running on the leg when I'm not in the game."

Mashburn scored 17 points and P.J. Brown added 10 for the Heat, who shot 49 percent (33-of-68) and scored 21 points off 17 turnovers.

The Bulls, who shot just 23 percent against Miami on Saturday, made 39 percent (28-of-71) from the field tonight but were outrebounded, 40-30.

Clarence Weatherspoon's layup with 1:11 remaining in the first quarter put Miami ahead for good, 19-18, before Mourning hit a free throw with 25 seconds left.

Terry Porter hit a technical free throw and Weatherspoon added a pair from the stripe before Floyd engaged in a verbal battle with Brothers. Porter sank the ensuing free throw and Mashburn made a pair of layups to give the Heat a 28-18 cushion with 10:09 remaining.

Dickey Simpkins further illustrated the Bulls' frustration when he hurled Mourning to the floor to earn a flagrant foul with just over seven minutes to play. Simpkins also accidentally elbowed Harper in the first half, resulting in six stitches over the right eyebrow of his teammate.

"We had some things we had to accomplish," Simpkins said. "The first thing was to score more than 50 points."

Harper, who returned to action in the third quarter with a bandage covering the injury, was continually goaded by Miami fans as the game grew more and more physical.

"They were saying a lot of nasty things about my team," Harper added. "And I was telling them that I had three championship rings. If any fan wants to meet me in a gym, just give me a call. I'll be happy to play."

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