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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 23 25 28 21 97 CHICAGO 26 21 12 31 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 21, ANTHONY MASON 18, CEDRIC CEBALLOS 13 CHI - ELTON BRAND 20, AJ GUYTON 19, RON ARTEST 13

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - ANTHONY MASON 12, BRIAN GRANT 11 CHI - ELTON BRAND 8, FRED HOIBERG 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 10, ANTHONY MASON 5 CHI - FRED HOIBERG 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 22,301


Extended Box

MIAMI (97) AT CHICAGO (90)

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

BOWEN F 40 2-3 2-4 1 4 5 2 3 0 0 8 MASON F 38 7-8 4-7 2 10 12 5 3 0 2 18 GRANT C 32 4-10 3-3 3 8 11 1 4 1 4 11 HARDAWAY G 37 10-20 0-0 0 0 0 10 1 1 3 21 MAJERLE G 33 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 3 0 10 MOURNING 16 4-6 4-6 0 5 5 2 3 0 3 12 HOUSE 13 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 3 4 CEBALLOS 21 4-6 4-4 0 3 3 4 2 0 0 13 GREEN 10 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 CARTER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE CAUSWELL DNP - STRAINED LEFT FOOT DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-64 17-24 6 32 38 29 20 5 15 97 (.578) (.708) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(24 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 34 5-12 2-5 2 3 5 4 4 1 2 13 FIZER F 25 4-8 2-2 2 3 5 0 3 1 1 11 BRAND C 38 8-17 4-6 4 4 8 2 5 1 1 20 CRAWFORD G 26 1-10 1-1 1 1 2 2 4 0 1 4 MERCER G 38 6-16 0-0 1 0 1 5 2 1 1 12 GUYTON 22 7-8 0-0 1 1 2 5 0 0 0 19 VOSKUHL 17 2-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 5 1 1 4 HOIBERG 29 2-5 0-0 0 7 7 6 1 3 1 5 C BENJAMIN 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 GOODRICH 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BAGARIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - STRAINED RIGHT CALF

TOTALS 240 36-80 9-14 12 21 33 25 25 8 9 90 (.450) (.643) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 11(17 PTS)

MIAMI 23 25 28 21 - 97 CHICAGO 26 21 12 31 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - GRANT 2, MOURNING. CHICAGO - ARTEST 2, BRAND, VOSKUHL, GOODRICH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 6-17 (.353), BOWEN 2-2, HARDAWAY 1-8, MAJERLE 2-5, HOUSE 0-1, CEBALLOS 1-1. CHICAGO 9-19 (.474), ARTEST 1-2, FIZER 1-1, CRAWFORD 1-6, GUYTON 5-6, HOIBERG 1-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GARY BENSON, ED F RUSH, JIM CLARK. A - 22,301. T - 2:10.


Box Score

MIAMI (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 40 2-3 2-4 1-5 2 3 8 Mason 38 7-8 4-7 2-12 5 3 18 Grant 32 4-10 3-3 3-11 1 4 11 Hardaway 37 10-20 0-0 0-0 10 1 21 Majerle 33 4-7 0-0 0-1 3 2 10 Mourning 16 4-6 4-6 0-5 2 3 12 House 13 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 Ceballos 21 4-6 4-4 0-3 4 2 13 Green 10 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Carter DNP - sprained right ankle Causwell DNP - strained left foot Davis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-64 17-24 6-38 29 20 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.578, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Bowen 2-2, Hardaway 1-8, Majerle 2-5, House 0-1, Ceballos 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Grant 2, Mourning). Turnovers: 15 (Grant 4, Hardaway 3, House 3, Mourning 3, Mason 2). Steals: 5 (Majerle 3, Grant, Hardaway).

CHICAGO (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 34 5-12 2-5 2-5 4 4 13 Fizer 25 4-8 2-2 2-5 0 3 11 Brand 38 8-17 4-6 4-8 2 5 20 Crawford 26 1-10 1-1 1-2 2 4 4 Mercer 38 6-16 0-0 1-1 5 2 12 Guyton 22 7-8 0-0 1-2 5 0 19 Voskuhl 17 2-2 0-0 1-3 0 5 4 Hoiberg 29 2-5 0-0 0-7 6 1 5 C Benjamin 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Goodrich 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bagaric DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - strained right calf _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-80 9-14 12-33 25 25 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.450, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 9-19, .474 (Artest 1-2, Fizer 1-1, Crawford 1-6, Guyton 5-6, Hoiberg 1-4). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Artest 2, Brand, Voskuhl, Goodrich). Turnovers: 11 (Artest 2, Brand, C Benjamin, Crawford, Fizer, Hoiberg, Mercer, Voskuhl). Steals: 8 (Hoiberg 3, Artest, Brand, Fizer, Mercer, Voskuhl). ____________________________________________ Miami 23 25 28 21 - 97 Chicago 26 21 12 31 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,301. T: 2:10. Officials: Gary Benson, Ed F Rush, Jim Clark.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Alonzo Mourning hit double figures in the third game of his return and the Miami Heat won at a place they usually falter.

The six-time All-Star center scored 12 points in just 16 minutes, including six straight points for his team in the fourth quarter, as the Heat posted a 97-90 win over the Chicago Bulls.

"I'm not concerned about my numbers. I just want to contribute to us winning," Mourning said. "Defense has been my main focus and getting my timing and endurance back."

Miami had been 5-18 at Chicago, including an 89-82 loss on February 17. In that game, the Bulls blew a 27-point lead but recovered and held on for the victory.

This time, the Heat did not put themselves in a hole and took control in the third quarter with a decisive 17-3 run.

Tim Hardaway, who led the Heat with 21 points, hit a 3-pointer and a layup, Anthony Mason scored a pair of baskets and Dan Majerle connected on a 3-pointer to highlight the spurt, which opened a 72-55 lead with 2:03 left in the period.

Miami outscored the Bulls, 28-12, in the third quarter, hitting 11-of-18 shots from the field while Chicago missed 12-of-17.

"In the third quarter we just came out and picked it up," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "We played harder, made shots and got the stops we needed."

After the Bulls opened the final period with an 11-4 run to pull within 80-70, Cedric Ceballos made a pair of free throws and Mourning converted a layup for the Heat.

Rookie A.J. Guyton, who scored a season-high 19 points, drilled his fifth 3-pointer of the game for Chicago. But Mourning followed with a dunk off a pass from Hardaway.

Elton Brand converted a three-point play for the Bulls, but Mourning again responded with a dunk with 5:38 left and rookie Eddie House followed with a jumper to open a 90-76 lead.

"He plays hard and with a lot of intensity," Brand said of Mourning. "He can help them make a big playoff run."

The Bulls fought back again with an 11-2 spurt and pulled within 92-87 on a follow shot by Brand with 1:42 remaining. But Hardaway hit a floater in the lane and the Bulls made just one basket thereafter.

"They were coming back at us and we needed a big play," Hardaway said. "I was glad that I could get the ball in my hands and hit that shot down the lane. That put us up seven points and really made a difference."

Expected to miss the season with a kidney disorder, Mourning played his first two games on Tuesday and Thursday and totaled 17 points and 12 rebounds in losses to Toronto and Milwaukee.

On Saturday, he was 4-of-6 from the field and grabbed five rebounds.

"Zo is putting his numbers up. Sometimes he's trying to do too much," Riley said. "But it's nice to have 14 or 16 points coming off the bench."

Mason had 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting and 12 rebounds and Ceballos added 13 points off the bench.

The win moved the Heat (43-29) one game ahead of New York in the battle for the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

The loss was the fourth straight and 12th in 13 games for the Bulls.

Guyton, whose previous season high was 18 points against Orlando on November 9, hit 7-of-8 shots from the field, including 5-of-6 from behind the arc.

"We got good play from A.J. off the bench," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "He is continuing to play good with the limited minutes that he has, which is pretty amazing to me. He did a decent job defensively, though Tim Hardaway exposed a lot of things tonight."

"I am not going to put a lot of pressure on myself," Guyton addeid. "I know if I get the opportunity with the way I work off the court, my shots will come and I will knock them down. I have confidence in my ability."

Brand had 20 points, but the Heat held Ron Mercer to 12 points, eight below his season average.

The Bulls raced to a 9-2 lead, but the Heat scored the next 11 points on a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws by Bruce Bowen, a layup and dunk by Majerle and a jumper by Brian Grant.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by rookies Marcus Fizer and Guyton helped the Bulls take a 26-20 lead before Mourning closed the quarter with a free throw and a 15-footer.

The Bulls grabbed their biggest lead at 34-27 on a short jumper by Brand with 8:52 left in the second quarter, but Ceballos sparked a 13-4 run for the Heat with a 3-pointer, a jumper, a dunk and a pair of free throws.

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