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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 23 33 20 28 104 CHICAGO 23 26 23 33 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 28, TIM DUNCAN 25, DEREK ANDERSON 15 CHI - RON MERCER 33, ELTON BRAND 22, BRYCE DREW 12

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 8, TIM DUNCAN 7 CHI - THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - DEREK ANDERSON 7, TIM DUNCAN 6 CHI - BRYCE DREW 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 21,793


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (104) AT CHICAGO (105)

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

DUNCAN F 42 8-14 9-13 2 5 7 6 4 0 1 25 S ELLIOTT F 21 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 5 0 2 5 ROBINSON C 36 9-15 10-13 4 4 8 1 4 2 2 28 ANDERSON G 38 4-10 6-6 0 5 5 7 3 1 2 15 DANIELS G 19 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 4 0 0 2 7 FERRY 19 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 4 ROSE 18 2-4 2-2 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 6 S KERR 15 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 2 PORTER 22 3-6 0-0 0 5 5 5 2 0 2 6 DIAL 10 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 6 NEWBLE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-68 29-36 6 26 32 31 22 5 14 104 (.529) (.806) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 26 3-9 1-4 1 2 3 4 4 1 2 8 BRAND F 33 10-15 2-2 1 5 6 2 6 1 3 22 MILLER C 29 4-6 3-3 1 5 6 4 5 2 1 11 DREW G 40 5-7 0-0 0 0 0 11 2 0 2 12 MERCER G 44 13-22 7-8 0 2 2 3 2 2 2 33 RUFFIN 15 1-3 0-0 1 5 6 2 6 0 1 2 EL AMIN 5 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 FIZER 19 3-7 0-0 1 2 3 3 3 0 1 6 C BENJAMIN 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HOIBERG 25 2-5 4-5 0 2 2 2 1 2 0 9 CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION TARLAC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-78 17-22 6 23 29 31 30 8 13 105 (.538) (.773) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 23 33 20 28 - 104 CHICAGO 23 26 23 33 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 2, ROBINSON 2, DIAL, S KERR. CHICAGO - MILLER, RUFFIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 3-11 (.273), S ELLIOTT 1-1, ANDERSON 1-2, DANIELS 1-2, FERRY 0-1, S KERR 0-2, PORTER 0-2, DIAL 0-1. CHICAGO 4-8 (.500), ARTEST 1-1, DREW 2-3, FIZER 0-1, C BENJAMIN 0-1, HOIBERG 1-2. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, DEREK RICHARDSON, BILL KENNEDY. A - 21,793. T - 2:13.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 42 8-14 9-13 2-7 6 4 25 S Elliott 21 2-3 0-0 0-1 3 5 5 Robinson 36 9-15 10-13 4-8 1 4 28 Anderson 38 4-10 6-6 0-5 7 3 15 Daniels 19 3-5 0-0 0-2 4 0 7 Ferry 19 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Rose 18 2-4 2-2 0-4 0 1 6 S Kerr 15 0-2 2-2 0-0 3 0 2 Porter 22 3-6 0-0 0-5 5 2 6 Dial 10 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 2 6 Newble DNP - coach's decision Walker DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-68 29-36 6-32 31 22 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (S Elliott 1-1, Anderson 1-2, Daniels 1-2, Ferry 0-1, S Kerr 0-2, Porter 0-2, Dial 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Duncan 2, Robinson 2, Dial, S Kerr). Turnovers: 14 (Anderson 2, Daniels 2, Ferry 2, Porter 2, Robinson 2, S Elliott 2, Duncan, S Kerr). Steals: 5 (Robinson 2, Anderson, Ferry, S Kerr).

CHICAGO (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 26 3-9 1-4 1-3 4 4 8 Brand 33 10-15 2-2 1-6 2 6 22 Miller 29 4-6 3-3 1-6 4 5 11 Drew 40 5-7 0-0 0-0 11 2 12 Mercer 44 13-22 7-8 0-2 3 2 33 Ruffin 15 1-3 0-0 1-6 2 6 2 El Amin 5 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Fizer 19 3-7 0-0 1-3 3 3 6 C Benjamin 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Hoiberg 25 2-5 4-5 0-2 2 1 9 Crawford DNP - coach's decision Tarlac DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-78 17-22 6-29 31 30 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Artest 1-1, Drew 2-3, Fizer 0-1, C Benjamin 0-1, Hoiberg 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Miller, Ruffin). Turnovers: 14 (Brand 3, Artest 2, Drew 2, Mercer 2, El Amin, Fizer, Miller, Ruffin). Steals: 8 (Hoiberg 2, Mercer 2, Miller 2, Artest, Brand). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 23 33 20 28 - 104 Chicago 23 26 23 33 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 0:16 2nd, 1:32 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,793. T: 2:13. Officials: Luis Grillo, Derek Richardson, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- For a few, fleeting moments, the Chicago Bulls made the fans at the United Center feel like they were back in the glory days.

Ron Mercer scored 33 points, including a 15-footer with 51 seconds remaining, as the Bulls rallied for an unlikely 105-104 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

"That was obviously a real nice win for us," Chicago coach Tim Floyd said. "I thought our crowd was unbelievable. They were active all night long -- the best crowd in the NBA that I have seen in 2 1/2 years. They have been great and so patient with what we have been trying to do."

Mercer's basket gave the Bulls a 103-102 edge, the fifth lead change in the final 2 1/2 minutes. After Derek Anderson missed a 10-footer for the Spurs, Mercer's jumper from the top of the key caromed off the front off the rim.

But Brad Miller was fouled by Tim Duncan while going for the rebound and hit two foul shots with 4.4 seconds left. Just before the buzzer, David Robinson followed Anderson's miss from 3-point range to account for the final margin.

"We played them well right down to the wire," said Elton Brand, who contributed 22 points for the Bulls before fouling out with 1:45 remaining. "We matched them shot for shot. We haven't been able to finish off games but tonight we did."

The Bulls erased an 81-74 deficit with a 13-5 run in the fourth quarter and won for just the fourth time in 28 tries this season. It was only their second victory at home.

"The atmosphere out there was ridiculous, with the fans shouting, 'Go, Bulls. Go, Bulls,'" Brand said. "That's the home-court advantage. It feels good, winning for them."

Robinson scored 28 points and Duncan 25 for the Spurs, who surrendered 33 in a frantic final period.

"You lose a game like this and what else can you saw but you're soft," Robinson said. "We were not mentally prepared or we wouldn't have played like this."

San Antonio coach Greg Popovich echoed Robinson's sentiments.

"I'm officially declaring us a soft team, both mentally and physically," he said. "It's everybody's fault -- coaches and players alike. We need to decide from this point if we want to do something about it or (bleep) around like tonight."

The lowest-scoring team in the NBA, the Bulls shot 54 percent (42-of-78) from the field, including 11-of-19 in the final period, when they went toe-to-toe with one of the league's elite teams.

Duncan's foul shot gave the Spurs an 81-74 lead with 9:52 to play, but Mercer hit a 17-footer and two from the line to make it 81-78 with 9:07 to play.

"He was outstanding, making big shot after big shot down the stretch," Floyd said. "I did not see any forced shots. I thought it was as good as he has played all year long."

The Bulls took their first lead since the first half, 98-97, on a 3-pointer by Bryce Drew, who recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 assists.

"Everybody stepped up tonight, especially Bryce Drew," Brand said. "Bryce is an excellent shooter, an excellent passer."

Chicago suffered a blow when Brand fouled out and Duncan hit two from the line to put the Spurs back up, 101-100.

But Fred Hoiberg made a technical foul shot for an illegal defense 13 seconds later to tie it. After rookie Marcus Fizer missed a 17-footer for the Bulls, Miller fouled Robinson with 1:10 to play. But Robinson converted only 1-of-2 from the line, giving the Spurs the lead for the last time at 102-101.

Anderson added 15 points for the Spurs, who led by as many as 11 early in the third quarter. San Antonio shot 53 percent (36-of-68) but could not stop the Bulls, who surpassed the century mark for only the second time this season.

"The Bulls did a great job," Popovich said. "They played hard for 48 minutes. They came after us the whole game and did a great job on both ends. I'm disappointed on our return to the old form of a few years ago. That was when we were accused of being a soft team."

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