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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 28 19 21 17 85 CHICAGO 21 23 20 17 81 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - MICHAEL DICKERSON 25, BRYANT REEVES 15, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 13 CHI - ELTON BRAND 25, JOHN STARKS 17, RANDY BROWN 13

HIGH REBOUND: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 14, BRYANT REEVES 7 CHI - ELTON BRAND 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: VAN - MIKE BIBBY 10, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 4 CHI - THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 21,874


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (85) AT CHICAGO (81)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 37 2-11 4-6 3 11 14 4 1 1 2 8 HARRINGTON F 30 5-9 3-4 2 4 6 1 2 0 1 13 REEVES C 36 5-13 5-7 2 5 7 0 5 0 2 15 BIBBY G 42 4-11 1-4 4 1 5 10 2 3 2 10 DICKERSON G 40 8-12 6-7 3 3 6 2 4 4 7 25 WEST 10 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 SCOTT 21 3-7 1-2 0 3 3 3 2 0 0 8 PARKS 3 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 LONG 15 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 3 3 0 2 PRICE 6 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 LOPEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION PALACIO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-70 22-32 15 33 48 22 22 11 14 85 (.414) (.688) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 29 2-6 2-4 1 3 4 2 3 0 3 7 BRAND F 40 9-20 7-10 2 7 9 2 5 0 2 25 SIMPKINS C 14 2-4 1-2 0 3 3 0 5 0 0 5 BROWN G 31 6-9 1-3 1 5 6 4 2 1 0 13 HAWKINS G 24 2-8 1-2 1 2 3 4 1 0 2 5 MALONEY 17 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 2 2 4 CARR 20 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 1 5 2 PERDUE 29 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 0 2 STARKS 26 6-9 3-3 0 2 2 4 4 1 2 17 RUFFIN 10 0-1 1-4 3 3 6 1 1 1 1 1 ANSTEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-70 16-28 10 30 40 23 27 6 17 81 (.443) (.571) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

VANCOUVER 28 19 21 17 - 85 CHICAGO 21 23 20 17 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - ABDUR-RAHIM 2, DICKERSON 2, HARRINGTON, WEST. CHICAGO - BRAND 4, STARKS, PERDUE, RUFFIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 5-11 (.455), BIBBY 1-1, DICKERSON 3-5, SCOTT 1-4, PRICE 0-1. CHICAGO 3-9 (.333), ARTEST 1-2, HAWKINS 0-2, MALONEY 0-3, STARKS 2-2. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - BROWN. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, GARY BENSON, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 21,874. T - 2:18.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 37 2-11 4-6 3-14 4 1 8 Harrington 30 5-9 3-4 2-6 1 2 13 Reeves 36 5-13 5-7 2-7 0 5 15 Bibby 42 4-11 1-4 4-5 10 2 10 Dickerson 40 8-12 6-7 3-6 2 4 25 West 10 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Scott 21 3-7 1-2 0-3 3 2 8 Parks 3 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Long 15 1-1 0-0 0-4 0 3 2 Price 6 0-2 2-2 0-1 2 1 2 Lopez DNP - coach's decision Palacio DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-70 22-32 15-48 22 22 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Bibby 1-1, Dickerson 3-5, Scott 1-4, Price 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Abdur-rahim 2, Dickerson 2, Harrington, West). Turnovers: 17 (Dickerson 7, Abdur-rahim 2, Bibby 2, Reeves 2, Harrington). Steals: 11 (Dickerson 4, Bibby 3, Long 3, Abdur-rahim).

CHICAGO (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 29 2-6 2-4 1-4 2 3 7 Brand 40 9-20 7-10 2-9 2 5 25 Simpkins 14 2-4 1-2 0-3 0 5 5 Brown 31 6-9 1-3 1-6 4 2 13 Hawkins 24 2-8 1-2 1-3 4 1 5 Maloney 17 2-6 0-0 0-0 3 1 4 Carr 20 1-5 0-0 1-3 2 2 2 Perdue 29 1-2 0-0 1-4 1 3 2 Starks 26 6-9 3-3 0-2 4 4 17 Ruffin 10 0-1 1-4 3-6 1 1 1 Anstey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-70 16-28 10-40 23 27 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Artest 1-2, Hawkins 0-2, Maloney 0-3, Starks 2-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Brand 4, Starks, Perdue, Ruffin). Turnovers: 17 (Carr 5, Artest 3, Brand 2, Hawkins 2, Maloney 2, Starks 2, Ruffin). Steals: 6 (Maloney 2, Brown, Carr, Ruffin, Starks). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 28 19 21 17 - 85 Chicago 21 23 20 17 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Brown, 8:33 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,874. T: 2:18. Officials: Mike Mathis, Gary Benson, Scott Foster.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Grizzlies are becoming downright respectable.

Michael Dickerson remained red-hot, scoring 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting, as the Grizzlies found a way to slow down rookie Elton Brand in the second half and held on for an 85-81 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Although reaching .500 or making a late rush for the playoffs is likely out of the realm of probability after a 10-30 start, the Grizzlies have won four of their last six and improved to 7-6 since a six-game losing streak from January 12-24.

"It's a good win for us," Vancouver coach Lionel Hollins said. "It was a real dogfight and gut-check for us. Our guys really gutted it out. This one was like an old-fashioned scrum. We're growing as a team. We're learning to take advantage of the mismatches. We did that tonight."

Dickerson, who averaged 26.5 points over his previous three games and put up a career-high 40 against the Los Angeles Clippers on February 10, helped Vancouver complete a 2-2 road trip. The Grizzlies improved to 9-19 away from home overall and 9-11 since snapping a 30-game road losing streak that dated to last season.

"I'd like to thank my teammates, they've shown a great deal of confidence in me," Dickerson said. "They're getting me the ball in different situations and I'm taking advantage of it."

"Dickerson is a heck of a player," Chicago coach Tim Floyd said. "He took over the game in the second quarter. I have never seen a guy that quick without the ball."

With Houston's loss at Charlotte tonight, Vancouver moved within 3 1/2 games of escaping the Midwest Division cellar.

Brand, the emerging candidate for Rookie of the Year honors, had 20 first-half points but managed only five after the break. Chicago was a dismal 8-of-18 from the line in the fourth quarter and failed to match its season-high three-game winning streak.

"(Bryant Reeves) did a great job of defending Elton," Hollins said. "I didn't start him out on him but switched in the second half. I don't think (Brand) scored one point when (Reeves) was guarding him. That was huge for us."

"We could have got that one," Brand said. "They played better defense at the end. We missed some easy shots, some layups, some tip-ins and free throws."

The Grizzlies swept the two-game season series from Chicago after losing the previous six meetings between the clubs.

John Starks scored 17 points off the bench and drilled a 26-footer with 1:27 left to pull the Bulls within 82-78. But Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who is battling the flu, made 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to seal the win for Vancouver.

Abdur-Rahim, the Grizzlies' leading scorer and rebounder, managed only eight points on 2-of-11 shooting but pulled down 14 boards in 37 minutes.

"Shareef did a tremendous job," Hollins said. "He's been down with the flu and has been taking IVs the last two days."

"Before the game today I was on an IV, but I have a motto that if I can walk, I can play," Abdur-Rahim added. "Any way that I can help the guys, I will. I tried to give them what I could. I pride myself on working hard and fighting through adversity."

Bryant Reeves scored 15 points and Othella Harrington added 13 for Vancouver, which shot 41 percent (29-of-70) and held a 48-40 advantage on the boards. The Grizzlies had 22 points off turnovers.

Randy Brown scored 13 points for Chicago, which shot 44 percent (31-of-70) and was a lackluster 16-of-28 from the line. The Bulls own the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 12-39.

The game featured 10 lead changes and six ties, but Vancouver pulled ahead for good when Reeves hit an 18-footer and Mike Bibby added a free throw to make it 63-60 with three minutes left in the third quarter.

Brown answered with a jumper, but Dickerson knocked down a 3-pointer and Harrington added a layup to stretch the lead to six with 1:38 left in the period.

Chicago closed within 72-71 on rookie Ron Artest's free throw with 8:03 remaining. But Dennis Scott hit a 17-footer and was good from 14 feet before another 3-pointer by Bibby made it 79-72 with 3:47 left.

"The fourth quarter was not good for us," Brown said. "We missed some easy shots and our free throws. Dicjerson and Bibby are a good backcourt pair."

Bibby finished with 10 points and 10 assists for the Grizzlies, who played their fourth game in five nights.

"Yes, we were tired tonight," Bibby said. "I could feel it in my legs. I was tired from the start and I know the rest of the guys were, also. We knew we had to suck it up and play hard."

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