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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 22 28 19 23 92 PHILADELPHIA 20 23 22 21 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - ELTON BRAND 31, FRED HOIBERG 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 PHI - TODD MACCULLOCH 21, GEORGE LYNCH 14, RODNEY BUFORD 12

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - FRED HOIBERG 6, ELTON BRAND 5 PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 9, MATT GEIGER 9

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - FRED HOIBERG 6, AJ GUYTON 5 PHI - ERIC SNOW 9, KEVIN OLLIE 5

ATT: 19,449


Extended Box

CHICAGO (92) AT PHILADELPHIA (86)

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

ARTEST F 35 2-8 4-4 0 3 3 3 5 2 5 8 BRAND F 38 11-21 9-10 1 4 5 4 2 2 1 31 MILLER C 25 4-6 2-3 1 2 3 2 1 1 1 10 GUYTON G 41 3-9 0-0 0 3 3 5 1 2 1 6 HOIBERG G 38 5-6 5-6 1 5 6 6 2 2 1 18 GOODRICH 13 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 BAGARIC 10 1-2 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 3 FIZER 22 5-10 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 1 0 10 C BENJAMIN 18 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 1 2 6 MERCER DNP - RIGHT ANKLE TENDINITIS TARLAC DNP - COACH'S DECISION VOSKUHL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-68 21-25 3 26 29 27 16 12 11 92 (.500) (.840) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(17 PTS)

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

HILL F 11 1-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 1 0 2 LYNCH F 29 5-8 4-4 4 5 9 1 3 1 2 14 GEIGER C 37 3-13 2-2 3 6 9 2 4 2 1 8 MCKIE G 24 2-8 2-2 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 7 SNOW G 24 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 9 2 0 3 4 JONES 39 5-14 0-0 2 6 8 4 1 1 5 11 MACCULLOCH 27 8-10 5-7 3 3 6 0 4 0 0 21 BUFORD 19 4-8 1-2 1 3 4 0 1 0 3 12 OLLIE 20 1-7 1-2 1 1 2 5 1 0 2 3 BELL 6 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 SANCHEZ 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 33-78 15-19 16 29 45 25 19 6 18 86 (.423) (.789) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

CHICAGO 22 28 19 23 - 92 PHILADELPHIA 20 23 22 21 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - BAGARIC 2, ARTEST, FIZER. PHILADELPHIA - LYNCH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 3-9 (.333), ARTEST 0-1, GUYTON 0-3, HOIBERG 3-4, FIZER 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 5-17 (.294), LYNCH 0-1, GEIGER 0-1, MCKIE 1-4, JONES 1-5, BUFORD 3-5, BELL 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - ARTEST, PHILADELPHIA - GEIGER. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, MIKE MATHIS, DEE KANTNER. A - 19,449. T - 2:02.


Box Score

CHICAGO (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 35 2-8 4-4 0-3 3 5 8 Brand 38 11-21 9-10 1-5 4 2 31 Miller 25 4-6 2-3 1-3 2 1 10 Guyton 41 3-9 0-0 0-3 5 1 6 Hoiberg 38 5-6 5-6 1-6 6 2 18 Goodrich 13 0-0 0-0 0-3 1 0 0 Bagaric 10 1-2 1-2 0-2 1 2 3 Fizer 22 5-10 0-0 0-3 1 2 10 C Benjamin 18 3-6 0-0 0-1 4 1 6 Mercer DNP - right ankle tendinitis Tarlac DNP - coach's decision Voskuhl DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-68 21-25 3-29 27 16 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Artest 0-1, Guyton 0-3, Hoiberg 3-4, Fizer 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Bagaric 2, Artest, Fizer). Turnovers: 11 (Artest 5, C Benjamin 2, Brand, Guyton, Hoiberg, Miller). Steals: 12 (Artest 2, Brand 2, Guyton 2, Hoiberg 2, Bagaric, C Benjamin, Fizer, Miller).

PHILADELPHIA (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 11 1-5 0-0 2-4 0 3 2 Lynch 29 5-8 4-4 4-9 1 3 14 Geiger 37 3-13 2-2 3-9 2 4 8 Mckie 24 2-8 2-2 0-0 3 0 7 Snow 24 2-2 0-0 0-2 9 2 4 Jones 39 5-14 0-0 2-8 4 1 11 Macculloch 27 8-10 5-7 3-6 0 4 21 Buford 19 4-8 1-2 1-4 0 1 12 Ollie 20 1-7 1-2 1-2 5 1 3 Bell 6 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Sanchez 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-78 15-19 16-45 25 19 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Lynch 0-1, Geiger 0-1, Mckie 1-4, Jones 1-5, Buford 3-5, Bell 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (Lynch). Turnovers: 18 (Jones 5, Buford 3, Snow 3, Lynch 2, Mckie 2, Ollie 2, Geiger). Steals: 6 (Geiger 2, Hill, Jones, Lynch, Mckie). ____________________________________________ Chicago 22 28 19 23 - 92 Philadelphia 20 23 22 21 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Artest, 7:22 1st). Philadelphia 1 (Geiger, 7:22 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,449. T: 2:02. Officials: Joe Crawford, Mike Mathis, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- With just two days before the playoffs, the Philadelphia 76ers took an extra day.

The 76ers rested All-Stars Allen Iverson and Dikembe Mutombo, played their bench extensively and completed their best season in 16 years with a 92-86 loss to the lowly Chicago Bulls.

Iverson sat out Tuesday's win in Indiana and Mutombo joined him on the sidelines for this one. Both were placed on the injured list but will be ready for the first-round series against the Indiana Pacers.

"The focus was to not wear us out because we have to practice hard tomorrow and Friday, then be back at it for the Pacers on Saturday," 76ers guard Aaron McKie said.

Reserve center Todd MacCulloch scored a career-high 21 points for the Sixers, who had won the last seven meetings with the Bulls. Philadelphia finished at 56-26, its best mark since it went 58-24 in the 1984-85 season.

"We finished 30 games over .500," 76ers forward George Lynch said. "With the injuries we've had, that's a great accomplishment for this team. If everyone on this team could have played the majority of the season, it would be hard to imagine what we would have been able to accomplish. We could have won more games."

The loss cost Sixers coach Larry Brown his best record in 18 years as an NBA coach. He also guided the 1989-90 San Antonio Spurs to a 56-26 mark.

But the favorite for NBA Coach of the Year, who has been able to work around injuries all season, gladly would trade the personal goal for a healthier team heading into the postseason.

"I tried to play everybody," Brown said. "I am not going to take anything away from what Chicago did. You always want to win the game, but I wasn't going to change the lineup. I was trying to get people ready, give some confidence and give them some reward."

Elton Brand scored 31 points for the Bulls, who finished 15-67, two games worse than last season. Their three-year record under coach Tim Floyd is 45-169.

Chicago was just 2-36 on the road until winning its final three road games. The road winning streak is its longest since it won seven in a row away from home from March 14-April 5, 1998, when Michael Jordan was still active.

"It's nice the way we ended it, winning three in a road for a team that had lost 25 straight," Floyd said. "We are also aware that we caught a couple of depleted teams late in the season. This allows our guys to feel good as the season ends. That's important based on the fact that this has been a trying season."

The Bulls trailed 83-80 with less than three minutes to go but Brand scored six points in a decisive 10-0 surge. A pair of free throws by Ron Artest made it 90-83 with 23 seconds left.

"That's been one of our problems this season," Brand said. "We couldn't finish the fourth quarter out, so to finish it out and win the game, it's important."

Fred Hoiberg scored 18 points for the Bulls, who shot 50 percent (34-of-68) from the field to overcome a 45-29 rebounding deficit.

Lynch had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Sixers, who shot 42 percent (33-of-78) and committed 18 turnovers.

Chicago widened a 50-43 halftime lead to 65-53 on a dunk by Brad Miller with just under five minutes left in the third quarter. Philadelphia used a 14-0 run capped by a dunk by MacCulloch to take a 72-69 lead early in the final period.

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