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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 18 20 20 14 72 CHICAGO 23 17 14 20 74 FINAL


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LA CLIPPERS (72) AT CHICAGO (74)

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

ODOM F 46 8-14 2-3 0 8 8 3 5 2 5 19 TAYLOR F 27 5-12 2-2 2 5 7 2 4 0 4 12 OLOWOKANDI C 28 2-7 1-2 3 6 9 1 5 1 2 5 HUDSON G 47 9-22 1-2 1 5 6 8 2 0 0 22 NESBY G 36 3-12 0-0 0 4 4 2 6 3 1 7 SKINNER 27 2-4 0-0 4 8 12 0 4 0 2 4 PIATKOWSKI 14 1-5 0-0 3 1 4 0 3 2 2 2 AVENT 10 0-2 1-4 2 3 5 0 2 0 0 1 CLOSS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JONES 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ANDERSON DNP - STRAINED TENDON RIGHT ANKLE MURDOCK DNP - SORE LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 30-78 7-13 15 40 55 16 31 8 16 72 (.385) (.538) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(15 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 30 3-8 3-5 0 5 5 4 1 0 2 10 BRAND F 37 6-23 1-2 10 8 18 2 2 0 3 13 SIMPKINS C 24 2-3 0-4 3 2 5 2 2 1 1 4 BROWN G 12 0-3 2-2 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 2 HAWKINS G 29 4-8 3-6 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 14 CARR 28 4-14 9-10 0 3 3 2 3 2 0 19 RUFFIN 11 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 1 MALONEY 32 1-8 1-2 1 2 3 2 1 1 1 4 PERDUE 23 2-4 1-5 3 5 8 0 4 2 2 5 STARKS 14 0-6 2-2 0 3 3 2 2 1 0 2 ANSTEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 22-77 23-40 17 29 46 19 19 7 13 74 (.286) (.575) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 13(6 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 18 20 20 14 - 72 CHICAGO 23 17 14 20 - 74

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - OLOWOKANDI 5, ODOM, AVENT, SKINNER. CHICAGO - SIMPKINS, BRAND. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 5-20 (.250), ODOM 1-3, HUDSON 3-8, NESBY 1-6, PIATKOWSKI 0-3. CHICAGO 7-17 (.412), ARTEST 1-2, HAWKINS 3-4, CARR 2-2, MALONEY 1-5, STARKS 0-4. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - NESBY. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, NOLAN FINE, HUGH EVANS. A - 22,241. T - 2:34.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Odom 46 8-14 2-3 0-8 3 5 19 Taylor 27 5-12 2-2 2-7 2 4 12 Olowokandi 28 2-7 1-2 3-9 1 5 5 Hudson 47 9-22 1-2 1-6 8 2 22 Nesby 36 3-12 0-0 0-4 2 6 7 Skinner 27 2-4 0-0 4-12 0 4 4 Piatkowski 14 1-5 0-0 3-4 0 3 2 Avent 10 0-2 1-4 2-5 0 2 1 Closs 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jones 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Anderson DNP - strained tendon right ankle Murdock DNP - sore left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-78 7-13 15-55 16 31 72 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.385, FT-.538. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (Odom 1-3, Hudson 3-8, Nesby 1-6, Piatkowski 0-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 8 (Olowokandi 5, Odom, Avent, Skinner). Turnovers: 19 (Odom 5, Taylor 4, Olowokandi 2, Piatkowski 2, Skinner 2, Nesby). Steals: 8 (Nesby 3, Odom 2, Piatkowski 2, Olowokandi).

CHICAGO (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 30 3-8 3-5 0-5 4 1 10 Brand 37 6-23 1-2 10-18 2 2 13 Simpkins 24 2-3 0-4 3-5 2 2 4 Brown 12 0-3 2-2 0-0 4 0 2 Hawkins 29 4-8 3-6 0-0 1 2 14 Carr 28 4-14 9-10 0-3 2 3 19 Ruffin 11 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 2 1 Maloney 32 1-8 1-2 1-3 2 1 4 Perdue 23 2-4 1-5 3-8 0 4 5 Starks 14 0-6 2-2 0-3 2 2 2 Anstey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 22-77 23-40 17-46 19 19 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.286, FT-.575. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Artest 1-2, Hawkins 3-4, Carr 2-2, Maloney 1-5, Starks 0-4). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 2 (Simpkins, Brand). Turnovers: 13 (Brand 3, Artest 2, Hawkins 2, Perdue 2, Brown, Maloney, Ruffin, Simpkins). Steals: 7 (Carr 2, Perdue 2, Maloney, Simpkins, Starks). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 18 20 20 14 - 72 Chicago 23 17 14 20 - 74 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 1 (Nesby, 5:39 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,241. T: 2:34. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Nolan Fine, Hugh Evans.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Chicago Bulls shot 29 percent, missed 17 free throws and practically gave away the game down the stretch.

But they still had enough to defeat the floundering Los Angeles Clippers, 74-72, in an uninspiring battle between the NBA's worst teams.

Chris Carr scored a season-high 19 points and snapped out of an 0-for-10 shooting funk by burying a 25-footer with 27 seconds left to give the Bulls a 72-70 lead.

"By playing good defense you can always keep yourself in a game," Carr said. "You have the chance to win the game even if you are not shooting well, like we did tonight.

"On my last 3-point shot, I was trying to keep my spacing and keep my guy out of the play so Elton (Brand) could get the rebound and go back up. When everyone collapsed on him, I called for the ball and got a good look. It went in."

Will Perdue made 1-of-2 at the line before Eric Piatkowski pulled the Clippers within a point on a follow shot with seven seconds left. Matt Maloney also went 1-of-2 from the stripe with 5.3 seconds left and, after a turnover by Piatkowski, rookie Ron Artest went to the line with a chance to seal the victory.

But Artest missed both shots, giving Troy Hudson a chance to win it for the Clippers. The 6-1 point guard received an inbounds pass and fired from 29 feet, just beating the buzzer but coming up some four feet short of the rim.

"I don't recall the last time we shot 28 percent in a game and won," Chicago coach Tim Floyd said. "We did not discriminate in our shooting. We missed short shots, long shots, medium shots, free throws. We missed in all areas. Our guys should be proud of the way we won."

Hudson scored 22 points for Los Angeles, which slipped to 0-8 under interim coach Jim Todd. The Clippers have lost 10 in a row, 16 straight on the road, 20 of 21 overall and the last nine meetings with the Bulls.

"I thought it was a good game for both teams," said Todd, who was joined on the bench by newly hired assistant coach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. "Defensively, we both played great. But offensively, neither of us could get things going."

Hersey Hawkins scored 14 points and Brand added 13 for Chicago, which has won consecutive games for only the third time this season. The Bulls (12-38) extended their lead to 2 1/2 games over the Clippers (11-42) in the battle to stay out of the NBA cellar.

"The game wasn't pretty, but a win is a win," said Brand, the top pick in the 1999 draft. "We fought until the end and got a victory. I shot very poorly, but so did the rest of the team."

John Starks made his debut for Chicago and managed only two points on 0-of-6 shooting in 14 minutes.

"This city still believes in what the Chicago Bulls are trying to do out there," said Starks, who received more boos than applause upon entering the game in the second quarter. "I need to get used to shooting the basketball. I need to get familiar with the rims out there. I am used to what they are trying to do on the court because I played against it so much in New York."

Brand was a dismal 6-of-23 from the floor but did grab a season-high 18 rebounds, including a personal-best 10 on the offensive glass. The Bulls lost the battle on the boards, 55-46, but forced 19 turnovers.

Rookie Lamar Odom scored 19 points and Maurice Taylor added 12 for Los Angeles, which shot 38.5 percent (30-of-78).

The Bulls jumped to a 23-18 lead after one quarter in a game that featured 13 lead changes and eight ties. Odom scored eight points in the second period as Los Angeles closed to 40-38 at the half.

Michael Olowokandi made a follow shot, Taylor two free throws, Tyrone Nesby an 18-footer, Odom a 3-pointer and Hudson a layup as the Clippers appeared to take control, opening a 53-42 lead with 7:35 left in the third quarter.

But Hawkins responded with a 3-pointer and the Bulls rallied within 58-54 entering the final period.

Carr made two free throws with 4:36 to play, forging a 63-63 tie. Hudson gave Los Angeles a one-point lead on a free throw with 44 seconds left before Carr's 3-pointer put Chicago in front to stay.

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