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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 24 16 15 25 80 MIAMI 23 22 23 34 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - TYSON CHANDLER 13, AJ GUYTON 13, EDDY CURRY 12 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 23, EDDIE JONES 16, EDDIE HOUSE 14

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - FRED HOIBERG 8, TRENTON HASSELL 5 MIA - BRIAN GRANT 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - TRENTON HASSELL 5, KEVIN OLLIE 4 MIA - KENDALL GILL 7, ROD STRICKLAND 7

ATT: 15,325


Extended Box

CHICAGO (80) AT MIAMI (102)

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

CURRY F 16 5-8 2-3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 12 HOIBERG F 45 3-6 4-4 0 8 8 2 4 0 1 11 CHANDLER C 29 4-5 5-11 0 2 2 1 2 0 3 13 OLLIE G 40 2-5 4-4 0 4 4 4 2 1 3 8 HASSELL G 31 3-8 0-1 0 5 5 5 6 2 4 8 BAGARIC 29 1-6 3-4 1 3 4 1 3 1 3 5 FIZER 22 3-8 3-6 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 10 GUYTON 28 4-14 4-4 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 13 ARTEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION OAKLEY DNP - SORE RIGHT WRIST ROBINSON DNP - STRAINED LEFT GROIN

TOTALS 240 25-60 25-37 2 23 25 15 21 5 19 80 (.417) (.676) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

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

GILL F 35 6-10 0-1 0 3 3 7 2 1 2 12 GRANT F 31 3-6 0-0 2 8 10 6 2 1 2 6 MOURNING C 29 9-16 5-8 4 4 8 0 5 0 3 23 STRICKLAND G 27 3-7 1-2 0 3 3 7 1 0 1 7 JONES G 33 6-10 3-6 0 2 2 2 3 3 1 16 STEPANIA 10 2-3 1-2 1 2 3 0 3 1 1 5 JACKSON 23 6-7 0-0 1 7 8 2 1 0 1 12 HOUSE 21 6-13 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 2 2 14 ELLIS 20 1-4 0-0 1 3 4 2 4 2 0 2 MARKS 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 JAMES 5 1-1 1-1 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 3 GATLING DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-79 11-20 9 34 43 30 26 10 13 102 (.557) (.550) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 14(9 PTS)

CHICAGO 24 16 15 25 - 80 MIAMI 23 22 23 34 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - CURRY, CHANDLER, BAGARIC. MIAMI - MOURNING 2, JONES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 5-13 (.385), HOIBERG 1-1, HASSELL 2-4, BAGARIC 0-1, FIZER 1-1, GUYTON 1-6. MIAMI 3-9 (.333), JONES 1-3, HOUSE 2-5, ELLIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - DEFENSIVE THREE, MOURNING. OFFICIALS: GEORGE TOLIVER, LEROY RICHARDSON, ED F RUSH. A - 15,325. T - 2:12.


Box Score

CHICAGO (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 16 5-8 2-3 0-0 0 3 12 Hoiberg 45 3-6 4-4 0-8 2 4 11 Chandler 29 4-5 5-11 0-2 1 2 13 Ollie 40 2-5 4-4 0-4 4 2 8 Hassell 31 3-8 0-1 0-5 5 6 8 Bagaric 29 1-6 3-4 1-4 1 3 5 Fizer 22 3-8 3-6 0-0 1 1 10 Guyton 28 4-14 4-4 1-2 1 0 13 Artest DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision Oakley DNP - sore right wrist Robinson DNP - strained left groin _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-60 25-37 2-25 15 21 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.676. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Hoiberg 1-1, Hassell 2-4, Bagaric 0-1, Fizer 1-1, Guyton 1-6). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Curry, Chandler, Bagaric). Turnovers: 20 (Hassell 4, Bagaric 3, Chandler 3, Fizer 3, Ollie 3, Guyton 2, Hoiberg). Steals: 5 (Hassell 2, Bagaric, Fizer, Ollie).

MIAMI (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 35 6-10 0-1 0-3 7 2 12 Grant 31 3-6 0-0 2-10 6 2 6 Mourning 29 9-16 5-8 4-8 0 5 23 Strickland 27 3-7 1-2 0-3 7 1 7 Jones 33 6-10 3-6 0-2 2 3 16 Stepania 10 2-3 1-2 1-3 0 3 5 Jackson 23 6-7 0-0 1-8 2 1 12 House 21 6-13 0-0 0-0 3 2 14 Ellis 20 1-4 0-0 1-4 2 4 2 Marks 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 James 5 1-1 1-1 0-2 1 1 3 Gatling DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-79 11-20 9-43 30 26 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.557, FT-.550. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Jones 1-3, House 2-5, Ellis 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Mourning 2, Jones). Turnovers: 14 (Mourning 3, Gill 2, Grant 2, House 2, Jackson, Jones, Stepania, Strickland). Steals: 10 (Jones 3, Ellis 2, House 2, Gill, Grant, Stepania). ____________________________________________ Chicago 24 16 15 25 - 80 Miami 23 22 23 34 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 2 (Defensive Three, 8:45 2nd; Mourning, 6:05 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,325. T: 2:12. Officials: George Toliver, Leroy Richardson, Ed F Rush.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- It is hard to believe that only six weeks ago the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls shared the same record.

Alonzo Mourning scored 23 points and Eddie Jones added 16 and sparked a key third-quarter run as the surging Heat rolled to a 102-80 victory over the hapless Bulls.

On December 31, Miami and Chicago were tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 6-23, giving the Bulls hope of finishing out of last place for the first time since 1997-98.

But the Heat are climbing into the playoff race with 15 wins in their last 22 games, including a 13-4 mark since a three-game losing streak ended on January 14. Chicago has lost 17 of 23 games since sharing last place with Miami and is at least six games behind every other team in the East.

The Bulls, who have trouble winning when they have a full roster, had only eight players in uniform. Ron Artest and Brad Miller sat out amid rumors of an imminent trade to the Indiana Pacers.

Charles Oakley remained sidelined with a sore right wrist and Eddie Robinson did not play due to a left groin strain.

"It was real weird not knowing what the situation was before the game," Bulls center Tyson Chandler said. "(Coach Bill Cartwright) just told us we have got to stick together, this is what we've got to work with."

The situation reminded Mourning and Miami coach Pat Riley of a similar game on February 23, 1996, when the Heat suited up only eight players but posted a 113-104 upset over the Bulls, who were the defending champions.

Miami had a limited amount of players available just days after making three trades, one of which brought Tim Hardaway to the Heat.

"During the national anthem I counted the guys and that thought definitely crossed my mind," Mourning said. "We had about seven or eight players right around the trade deadline and we just beat them out. I remember it like it was yesterday."

"When I got the starting lineup for Chicago, it reminded me of what happened my first year here," Riley said. "At the trading deadline we made all those trades and we had only (eight) guys and we beat the world champions. I was very concerned (Monday) that once our players knew that everyone was out that they wouldn't respect the game."

The Bulls that were left stayed close through the first half and pulled within 45-42 when Fred Hoiberg opened the second half with a layup. But Jones responded with a layup to spark a 14-2 run.

Mourning had a dunk and Kendall Gill followed with a jumper before Rod Strickland buried a 20-footer to give the Heat a double-digit lead for good.

Jones, Gill and Strickland each scored four points during the burst, which gave Miami a 59-44 cushion with 5:25 to go.

"Those guys came out and fought until we overwhelmed them in the second half," Jones said.

The Bulls never got closer than 13 thereafter and the Heat had their largest lead, 97-69 after a dunk by Sean Marks with 3:20 to play.

Miami has gotten back on track with defense and rebounding and crushed Chicago on the glass in Monday's rout. The Heat had an overwhelming, 43-25 advantage on the board, holding Chicago to a franchise-low two offensive rebounds.

Brian Grant grabbed 10 rebounds while Mourning and Jimmy Jackson pulled down eight apiece.

Eddie House scored 14 points off the bench and Gill finished with 12. Jackson chipped in 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting as Miami shot 56 percent (44-of-79) and recorded a season-high 30 assists.

"In the second half we really passed the ball well and got out and took care of business against a very undermanned team," Riley said. "We started to get some turnovers, we got some blocks and we got some transition hoops. Once we got the lead to 10 or 12 points it went from there."

Chandler and A.J. Guyton scored 13 points apiece and rookie Eddy Curry added 12 for Chicago, which has lost five straight visits to Miami.

The Bulls shot 42 percent (25-of-60), including 5-of-13 from 3-point range, and committed 20 turnovers leading to 23 points for the Heat.

"Having four of our top five scorers out made it difficult on us," said Hoiberg, who had 11 points and eight rebounds. "We just hear what everybody else has heard right now. We have to go out and work hard and let the chips fall where they may."

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