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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 22 26 19 15 82 CHICAGO 20 30 16 23 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - ALAN HENDERSON 15, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 12, JASON TERRY 12 CHI - ELTON BRAND 31, FRED HOIBERG 14, CHRIS CARR 10

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 21, ALAN HENDERSON 11 CHI - DICKEY SIMPKINS 9, ELTON BRAND 8

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - JASON TERRY 9, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 4 CHI - RANDY BROWN 7, CHRIS CARR 5

ATT: 21,904


Extended Box

ATLANTA (82) AT CHICAGO (89)

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

CRAWFORD F 17 1-8 0-0 2 0 2 2 3 0 0 2 HENDERSON F 30 7-15 1-1 6 5 11 1 6 0 2 15 MUTOMBO C 39 5-7 2-3 4 17 21 4 1 0 2 12 JACKSON G 33 4-14 2-2 1 0 1 3 3 0 1 10 TERRY G 39 6-11 0-0 0 4 4 9 1 0 2 12 RIDER 26 4-13 2-3 0 2 2 2 1 1 4 10 WRIGHT 19 2-3 0-0 1 3 4 2 3 0 1 4 COLES 9 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 7 ELLIS 28 5-9 0-0 3 4 7 1 0 0 1 10 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION GLOVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCLEOD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-85 7-9 17 35 52 27 18 1 14 82 (.435) (.778) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

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

BRAND F 38 12-23 7-8 2 6 8 1 2 1 0 31 HOIBERG F 36 3-8 6-7 0 3 3 4 0 4 0 14 SIMPKINS C 32 1-6 1-2 2 7 9 0 5 0 0 3 BROWN G 31 3-9 2-2 2 3 5 7 2 3 1 9 HAWKINS G 30 2-9 0-0 2 0 2 4 3 0 1 5 ANSTEY 10 2-7 2-2 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 6 PERDUE 11 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 2 MALONEY 17 3-9 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 7 CARR 27 4-15 2-2 3 4 7 5 3 0 0 10 C BENJAMIN 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 RUFFIN 5 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 STARKS DNP - RIGHT/LEFT KNEE TENIDINITIS

TOTALS 240 32-90 20-23 15 29 44 25 17 9 3 89 (.356) (.870) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 6(4 PTS)

ATLANTA 22 26 19 15 - 82 CHICAGO 20 30 16 23 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 5, ELLIS 3, HENDERSON 2, CRAWFORD. CHICAGO - BRAND 2, SIMPKINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 1-9 (.111), JACKSON 0-4, TERRY 0-3, RIDER 0-1, COLES 1-1. CHICAGO 5-14 (.357), HOIBERG 2-4, BROWN 1-1, HAWKINS 1-4, MALONEY 1-5. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - WRIGHT, HENDERSON 2 (EJECTED), CHICAGO - HEAD COACH FLOYD 2 (EJECTED), ASSISTANT COACH JOHNSON. OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, TIM DONAGHY, JIM KINSEY. A - 21,904. T - 2:12.


Box Score

ATLANTA (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Crawford 17 1-8 0-0 2-2 2 3 2 Henderson 30 7-15 1-1 6-11 1 6 15 Mutombo 39 5-7 2-3 4-21 4 1 12 Jackson 33 4-14 2-2 1-1 3 3 10 Terry 39 6-11 0-0 0-4 9 1 12 Rider 26 4-13 2-3 0-2 2 1 10 Wright 19 2-3 0-0 1-4 2 3 4 Coles 9 3-5 0-0 0-0 3 0 7 Ellis 28 5-9 0-0 3-7 1 0 10 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision Glover DNP - coach's decision Mcleod DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-85 7-9 17-52 27 18 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Jackson 0-4, Terry 0-3, Rider 0-1, Coles 1-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 11 (Mutombo 5, Ellis 3, Henderson 2, Crawford). Turnovers: 14 (Rider 4, Henderson 2, Mutombo 2, Terry 2, Coles, Ellis, Jackson, Wright). Steals: 1 (Rider).

CHICAGO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 38 12-23 7-8 2-8 1 2 31 Hoiberg 36 3-8 6-7 0-3 4 0 14 Simpkins 32 1-6 1-2 2-9 0 5 3 Brown 31 3-9 2-2 2-5 7 2 9 Hawkins 30 2-9 0-0 2-2 4 3 5 Anstey 10 2-7 2-2 2-4 0 0 6 Perdue 11 1-2 0-0 1-3 1 0 2 Maloney 17 3-9 0-0 0-0 3 0 7 Carr 27 4-15 2-2 3-7 5 3 10 C Benjamin 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Ruffin 5 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 Starks DNP - right/left knee tenidinitis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-90 20-23 15-44 25 17 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.870. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Hoiberg 2-4, Brown 1-1, Hawkins 1-4, Maloney 1-5). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Brand 2, Simpkins). Turnovers: 6 (Brown, Hawkins, Maloney). Steals: 9 (Hoiberg 4, Brown 3, Brand, Perdue). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 22 26 19 15 - 82 Chicago 20 30 16 23 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 3 (Wright, 10:35 2nd; Henderson 2 (ejected), 6:47 3rd, 8:14 4th). Chicago 3 (Head Coach Floyd 2 (ejected), 2:51 1st; Assistant Coach Johnson, 4:04 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,904. T: 2:12. Officials: Ken Mauer, Tim Donaghy, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Who needs John Starks?

After sending their pouting reserve shooting guard home earlier today, the Chicago Bulls snapped an eight-game losing streak with an 89-82 victory over the slumping Atlanta Hawks as rookie Elton Brand scored 31 points.

Starks came to the Bulls in a three-way deal with Philadelphia and Golden State that resulted in the departure of forward Toni Kukoc to the 76ers.

Starks wanted to finish the season with a contending club and has offered to forfeit the remaining $900,000 of his annual salary in exchange for his release. Despite an NBA arbitrator ruling Starks could not negotiate his release, the Bulls sent him packing.

"I believe it is good for John to have gone home at this point so he can take care of his business and it's also good for us to be able to concentrate on just basketball," Brand said. "None of us think that this has been a distraction, it's just the business part of the game."

The former New York Knick has missed the last six games with tendinitis in his left knee. However, he sat out a handful of those games to protect his chances of getting his release.

"We like playing with John and we just hope for the best for him," Bulls guard Randy Brown said. "The good thing for our young players is that they see there is another side to the game off the court and to their credit, they never lost their focus."

Brand, who has the inside track on Rookie of the Year honors, established a season-high home point total, making 12-of-23 shots and 7-of-8 free throws, grabbing eight rebounds and blocking a pair of shots.

The Bulls matched a franchise record by committing just six turnovers for their first win since a 74-72 home triumph over the league-worst Los Angeles Clippers on February 19. Ironically, that victory featured Starks' debut in a Bulls uniform.

"We've been so close in the last six games. This win feels good to us," Brand said. "We have a tough one in Orlando (Wednesday). We're going to go in confident and play hard again."

Chicago trailed 71-70 with 8:45 remaining but benefited from the sixth foul and ejection of Atlanta forward Alan Henderson with 8:14 remaining. The Bulls responded with a 10-2 run to pull ahead for good, 80-73, with 5:01 left.

"Tonight, things just didn't go good for us," Henderson said. "There were a lot of tough calls. Some of my fouls were tough for me and frustrating. It was just a frustrating night as has most of this season been."

Dikembe Mutombo had 12 points and 21 rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost six of their last seven games and failed to bounce back from their worst loss of the season, a 111-78 blowout at Milwaukee on Monday.

Henderson scored 15 points and grabbed 11 boards for Atlanta, which shot 43.5 percent (37-of-85), held a 52-44 advantage on the boards and yielded 14 points off turnovers.

Chicago allowed just four points off its giveaways, while shooting 36 percent (32-of-90). The Bulls had six turnovers against the Clippers on February 4, 1993.

Fred Hoiberg scored 14 points and Chris Carr added 10 off the bench for the Chicago, which snapped a six-game home skid.

"We've been playing great defense," Carr said. "We can't do anything but get better. Since the All-Star break, we've been in a lot of games, played a lot of good teams and played competitive."

Brand managed just four points in the first quarter as Chicago held a slim 22-20 lead. But he collected 11 in the second period to help the Bulls to a 50-48 advantage at the half.

Brand hit two free throws and a pair of jumpers as Chicago opened a 63-57 lead with 5:28 left in the third quarter. But Henderson made a layup, Jimmy Jackson drained a 22-footer and Mutombo slammed before LaPhonso Ellis' runner gave Atlanta a 65-63 lead with three minutes remaining in the period.

Lorenzen Wright's layup capped the 10-0 run before Hersey Hawkins knocked down a 25-footer to pull the Bulls within 67-66 entering the fourth quarter.

Henderson made a layup to open the final period before Brand hit a seven-footer to give Chicago a 70-69 lead. Isaiah Rider, who finished with 10 points in 26 minutes off the bench, had a driving dunk to put Atlanta in front of the last time, 71-70, with less than nine minutes to play.

Henderson fouled Brand going for a rebound with 8:14 left and was ejected for arguing moments later before the Hawks fell apart down the stretch.

Hoibert hit the technical foul shot to tie it up and Brown's 3-pointer put Chicago ahead to stay. Carr hit a 12-footer, Brand was good from nine feet and Brown hit two free throws as the Bulls opened an 80-73 lead with 5:01 remaining.

Chicago avoided a four-game season series sweep against Atlanta.

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