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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 24 18 16 23 81 MIAMI 28 31 26 24 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - JAMAL CRAWFORD 17, THREE PLAYERS WITH 13 MIA - BRIAN GRANT 22, ANTHONY MASON 15, TIM HARDAWAY 13

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - MARCUS FIZER 7, BRAD MILLER 6 MIA - ANTHONY MASON 12, CEDRIC CEBALLOS 5

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - RON ARTEST 5, JAMAL CRAWFORD 3 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 6, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 16,383 Extended Box CHICAGO (81) AT MIAMI (109) CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === ARTEST F 27 5-9 2-2 0 3 3 5 3 3 3 13 FIZER F 34 3-8 3-4 0 7 7 0 1 1 2 9 MILLER C 28 5-9 3-4 3 3 6 0 3 2 3 13 HOIBERG G 33 1-6 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 MERCER G 32 5-10 3-4 0 2 2 2 2 1 1 13 C BENJAMIN 16 1-5 0-2 4 0 4 2 2 0 2 2 CRAWFORD 27 5-10 6-7 0 3 3 3 2 0 2 17 TARLAC 22 0-2 4-4 1 4 5 1 3 0 2 4 GUYTON 12 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 5 BAGARIC 9 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 BRAND DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS DREW DNP - RIGHT HAMSTRING PULL TOTALS 240 27-66 24-31 8 23 31 16 19 7 16 81 (.409) (.774) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(31 PTS) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === BOWEN F 28 4-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 3 1 9 MASON F 36 5-8 5-6 5 7 12 4 3 1 2 15 GRANT C 28 11-19 0-0 0 3 3 4 4 1 0 22 HARDAWAY G 24 5-11 0-0 0 1 1 6 3 0 2 13 MAJERLE G 24 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 3 2 0 5 GREEN 17 5-7 0-0 3 1 4 0 3 0 2 10 CARTER 17 0-4 4-4 0 1 1 4 1 0 3 4 CEBALLOS 22 3-7 0-0 0 5 5 1 1 0 1 7 HOUSE 22 3-7 3-4 1 1 2 4 4 1 0 10 CAUSWELL 8 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 MACLEAN 7 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 DAVIS 7 4-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 10 TOTALS 240 44-79 14-16 10 25 35 30 26 9 12 109 (.557) (.875) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS) CHICAGO 24 18 16 23 - 81 MIAMI 28 31 26 24 - 109 BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - MILLER, FIZER. MIAMI - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 3-8 (.375), ARTEST 1-3, HOIBERG 0-2, CRAWFORD 1-1, GUYTON 1-2. MIAMI 7-13 (.538), BOWEN 1-2, HARDAWAY 3-4, MAJERLE 1-2, CEBALLOS 1-3, HOUSE 1-2. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - MASON. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, MIKE CALLAHAN, SCOTT WALL. A - 16,383. T - 2:08.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Brian Grant scored 22 points and Anthony Mason added 15 and 12 rebounds as the Miami Heat got a chance to rest their starters in a 109-81 pounding of the Chicago Bulls, who suffered their 21st straight road loss.

Grant made 11-of-19 shots in 28 minutes and Mason hit 5-of-8 and played a team-high 36 minutes. Tim Hardaway had 13 points and six assists for Miami, which shot 56 percent (44-of-79) -- including (7-of-13) from 3-point range -- and got points from all 12 players.

"We played well from the beginning of the game," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "Brian got off to a real good start. We want him involved in the first five to six minutes of the game. In the first half we had 15 points in transition. We tried to run more and push the ball more. We spent the morning looking at a fast break tape. Our players need to learn how to play better on the run."

Reserves A.C. Green, rookie Eddie House and Ricky Davis each scored 10 points for the Heat, who avenged an 89-82 loss at Chicago on February 17. Miami shot 87.5 percent (14-of-16) from the free-throw line and moved within one-half game of the idle New York Knicks for third place in the Eastern Conference.

"We can't expect teams to roll over," Green said. "We came in and took care of business. It was a business day. We know that normally it's a dogfight with them. We just need to get our game in sync, no matter who we're playing. Our goal wasn't to get back at anyone, but to get fine tuned and look forward to the future."

Rookie Jamal Crawford scored a career-high 16 points off the bench and Brad Miller had 13 for Chicago, which shot just 41 percent (27-of-66) and lost its eighth straight game overall. The Bulls fell to 2-32 on the road where they have not won since a 104-86 triumph over the Boston Celtics on December 13.

"We knew they were going to come at us after we beat them, and they came to play," Crawford said. "There's no way around it, we've just got to get better."

Ron Artest and Ron Mercer each scored 13 points, shooting a combined 10-of-19 for the Bulls. Elton Brand, last season's co-Rookie of the Year, missed his fourth straight game with tendinitis in his left knee. Brand had 17 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists when Chicago defeated Miami.

"It didn't matter who they had in there. I wish Elton Brand was there because I knew this question was going to pop up," Hardaway said. "It didn't matter who was out there. We're on a mission now and we have to understand that we're just trying to get our game better."

Without Brand, Miami's starting front line of Grant, Mason and Bruce Bowen shot a combined 20-of-32. The Heat outscored the Bulls in the paint, 54-26, and held a 35-31 edge on the boards.

"It was extremely tough. Those guys are very forceful and powerful," Mercer said of Mason and Grant. "They made us work for everything we got."

"We got thoroughly manhandled in the post tonight," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "The difference in the margin is identical to the difference in points in the paint. This is something that has to be addressed. They had big post-ups all night long, they did a much better job defensively than we did in terms of keeping the ball out of the post."

Miami scored 31 points off Chicago's 17 turnovers.

The Bulls shot 50 percent (10-of-20) in the first quarter to stay within 28-24. Corey Benjamin dunked to start the second period -- his only points -- but Chicago got no closer as Green responded with a hook shot and layup around a basket by Grant, stretching the lead to 34-26 with 9:50 remaining.

Five different players scored for the Heat during a 15-7 surge that stretched the lead to 51-38 when Mason made 1-of-2 free throws 2:03 before halftime.

Grant scored 17 points in the first half and the Heat took a 59-42 lead into the locker room.

Miami did not let the margin dip below 14 points in the second half and built it as big as 85-55 on Dan Majerle's layup with 71 seconds left in the third quarter.

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