Bulls 93, Jazz 88

... FG FT RebCHIC Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Scottie Pippen 41 7-13 7-7 3-6 4 3 21

Toni Kukoc 43 6-16 0-2 5-9 2 1 13

Luc Longley 17 2-2 0-0 0-2 2 6 4

Michael Jordan 40 14-33 9-10 3-5 3 2 37

Ron Harper 24 1-4 1-2 1-2 3 1 3

Dennis Rodman 27 1-1 1-2 5-9 1 5 3

Steve Kerr 27 1-5 4-4 1-1 2 1 7

Jud Buechler 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Scott Burrell 15 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 5

Bill Wennington 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

Totals 240 34-80 22-27 18-36 17 21 93

Percentages: FG .425, FT .815. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Burrell 1-2, Kerr 1-4, Kukoc 1-6, Harper 0-1, Pippen 0-1, Jordan 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Pippen, Jordan, Wennington). Turnovers: 7 (Kukoc 3, Pippen 2, Rodman, Kerr). Steals: 10 (Kukoc 2, Harper 2, Rodman 2, Pippen, Longley, Jordan, Burrell). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None.

... FG FT Reb

UTAH Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Bryon Russell 37 4-7 0-0 1-5 1 2 11

Karl Malone 39 5-16 6-9 5-12 4 5 16

Greg Foster 13 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 2 0

Jeff Hornacek 32 7-11 4-4 0-1 2 6 20

John Stockton 31 4-5 0-0 0-3 7 5 9

Howard Eisley 24 4-10 0-0 1-2 7 3 9

Chris Morris 15 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 3 2

Shandon Anderson 24 4-7 4-5 0-2 0 1 12

Antoine Carr 9 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2

Greg Ostertag 7 3-4 1-1 0-3 0 0 7

Adam Keefe 9 0-2 0-0 1-2 1 1 0

Totals 240 33-67 15-19 9-38 22 28 88

Percentages: FG .493, FT .789. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (Russell 3-5, Hornacek 2-3, Eisley 1-2, Stockton 1-2, Anderson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Malone 3, Eisley, Morris). Turnovers: 19 (Malone 4, Russell 3, Hornacek 3, Stockton 3, Eisley 3, Keefe 2, Anderson). Steals: 3 (Stockton 2, Russell). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None.

Chicago 23 27 20 23-93

Utah 20 26 27 15-88

A-19,911 (19,911). T-2:35.

Officials-Joe Crawford, Danny Crawford, Bill Oakes.

Playoff stats

Game 2 Game Points in Biggest Second chance Fast-break

... score the paint lead points points

Bulls 93 44 8 19 4

Jazz 88 38 4 14 9

Key matchup

Game 2

Position: Guard

... Jeff Hornacek Michael Jordan

Minutes 32 40

Points 20 37

Field goals 7 14

3-pointers 2 0

Rebounds 1 5

Fouls 6 2

Assists 2 3

Turnovers 3 0

Quarter-by-Quarter

1st quarter: Talk about a see-saw battle. In the opening 12 minutes, the lead between the Jazz and Bulls changes hands 10 times. Toni Kukoc, after struggling in Game 1, scores eight points in the period, matching the total put up by teammate Michael Jordan. Karl Malone, meanwhile, paces the Jazz with seven points. The widest lead for either team comes at the close of the period when a five-foot hook shot by Kukoc settles in the net to give the Bulls a 23-20 advantage.

2nd quarter: The Bulls begin to put some distance between themselves and the Jazz thanks in part to their perimeter shooting. Reserves Scott Burrell and Steve Kerr hit key 3-pointers. Kerr's shot gives Chicago its biggest lead, 46-39. Jazz center Greg Ostertag counters with a couple of buckets to trim the Bulls' edge to 50-46 at halftime. Shandon Anderson tops Jazz scorers with eight points in the quarter and Ostertag has seven.

3rd quarter: Trailing 57-50, the Jazz explode. Utah goes on a scorching 11-0 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Jeff Hornacek and Bryon Russell. Hornacek finishes with 10 in the quarter while Howard Eisley chips in with seven. In all, Jazz guards pour in 21 of the Jazz's 27 third-quarter points. Eisley's 3-pointer in the waning seconds breaks a deadlocked score and is a fitting exclamation point on a stellar period for the Jazz, who take a 73-70 lead.

4th quarter: A scoring drought to begin the quarter kills Utah's hopes to take a 2-0 series advantage. The Jazz score only one point, on a Malone free throw, through the first seven minutes while the Bulls take a 81-74 lead. Russell hits a 3-pointer to pull the Jazz within four, but the Bulls don't back down. Jordan drops in 13 (only two fewer than Utah's scoring production in the period) to add to his game-high 37 points as Chicago escapes with a 93-88 victory.

Quotable

"I can play Karl Malone any day of the week. I think it's my quickness and my agility and my desire to stop him."

Dennis Rodman

Bulls forward