May 2, 1996 in Sports

Bulls, Knicks Complete First-Round Sweeps

Associated Press
 

A bad back couldn’t stop Michael Jordan, and neither could the Miami Heat.

Playing in pain, Jordan scored 26 points Wednesday night to lead the Chicago Bulls past Miami 112-91 for a sweep of their first-round playoff series.

Scottie Pippen added his 17th career triple-double for the Bulls, who will meet the New York Knicks in a best-of-seven series beginning Sunday in Chicago.

“I can’t see anybody getting in their way,” said Heat coach Pat Riley, who failed to advance out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time in his 14 years as an NBA coach.

Jordan, who played 33 minutes, said his back is improving with treatment, and he hopes it will be 100 percent for the Knicks series.

The teams traded caustic comments throughout the series, and when it ended, most of the Heat players declined to shake hands with the Bulls.

Bulls 112, Heat 91

Chicago (112) - Kukoc 4-8 6-7 14, Pippen 6-12 8-11 22, Longley 4-8 2-2 10, Jordan 10-23 3-3 26, Harper 5-6 2-2 13, Rodman 3-4 0-0 6, Kerr 2-5 2-2 7, Buechler 3-7 0-0 7, Salley 0-2 0-0 0, Brown 0-0 1-2 1, Wennington 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 40-80 24-29 112.

Miami (91) - Williams 1-3 0-0 2, Thomas 2-5 2-2 6, Mourning 11-19 8-8 30, Chapman 3-9 0-0 6, Hardaway 6-15 0-0 14, Gatling 1-8 1-3 3, Askins 4-7 3-3 13, Smith 4-10 0-0 10, Danilovic 3-6 0-0 7, Corbin 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 35-84 14-16 91.

Chicago 37 25 27 23 - 112

Miami 23 21 22 25 - 91

3-Point goals-Chicago 8-20 (Jordan 3-6, Pippen 2-4, Harper 1-1, Kerr 1-3, Buechler 1-3, Kukoc 0-3), Miami 7-27 (Askins 2-4, Smith 2-6, Hardaway 2-8, Danilovic 1-4, Williams 0-2, Chapman 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds- Chicago 51 (Pippen 18), Miami 45 (Thomas, Mourning 8). Assists-Chicago 27 (Pippen 10), Miami 22 (Hardaway 6). Total fouls-Chicago 17, Miami 22. Technical-Hardaway. A-15,200 (15,200).

Knicks 81, Cavaliers 76

New York

New York survived a terrible fourth quarter after celebrating a bit early and swept its first-round series. The Knicks, who led by 19 in the second quarter and seemed to be cruising in the third, went scoreless for more than 5 minutes in the fourth and fell into a 70-70 tie with 4:51 left.

John Starks, who taunted Cleveland coach Mike Fratello late in the third quarter when the Knicks led by 13, made his fifth 3 of the game with 3:22 left to build the lead back to five.

Cleveland (76) - Mills 4-15 0-0 8, Ferry 3-12 0-0 6, Cage 0-1 0-0 0, Phills 4-10 1-3 10, Brandon 6-14 7-8 19, Hill 3-5 7-8 13, Majerle 4-11 5-6 16, Sura 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 26-71 20-25 76.

New York (81) - Oakley 5-10 2-4 13, Mason 4-10 3-4 11, Ewing 5-10 6-14 16, Starks 7-11 3-6 22, Harper 2-5 2-4 6, Davis 2-4 4-5 9, Williams 2-2 0-0 4, Ward 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-55 20-37 81.

Cleveland 16 16 23 21 - 76

New York 24 26 16 15 - 81

3-Point goals-Cleveland 4-19 (Majerle 3-6, Phills 1-4, Mills 0-1, Ferry 0-4, Brandon 0-4), New York 7-13 (Starks 5-7, Oakley 1-1, Davis 1-3, Ward 0-2). Fouled out-Oakley, Ferry Hill. Rebounds-Cleveland 47 (Cage 12), New York 48 (Ewing 10). Assists-Cleveland 14 (Brandon 7), New York 19 (Oakley, Mason, Starks 4). Total fouls-Cleveland 29, New York 20. A-19,763 (19,763).

Trail Blazers 98, Jazz 90

Portland

Rod Strickland and Arvydas Sabonis provided the offense as Portland beat Utah to even its first-round playoff series 2-2.

Strickland had 27 points, seven assists and six rebounds as Portland won its second straight at home to force a deciding Game 5 Sunday in Salt Lake City. Sabonis scored 25, hit all three of his 3-point attempts and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Utah (90) - Benoit 5-9 0-0 13, Malone 4-16 7-12 15, Spencer 0-3 0-0 0, Hornacek 11-17 4-4 30, Stockton 3-13 5-5 11, Eisley 0-2 2-2 2, Ostertag 3-5 3-4 9, Russell 0-2 0-0 0, Morris 0-4 4-6 4, Carr 2-5 0-0 4, Foster 1-1 0-0 2, Keefe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-77 25-33 90.

Portland (98) - Grant 4-7 0-0 8, C.Robinson 3-8 7-11 15, Sabonis 6-13 10-12 25, McKie 5-10 0-0 10, Strickland 10-16 5-6 27, Williams 1-2 2-2 4, R.Robinson 3-4 0-0 7, Wingfield 0-3 1-2 1, Dudley 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 32-66 26-35 98.

Utah 17 23 24 26 - 90

Portland 27 27 20 24 - 98

3-Point goals-Utah 7-15 (Hornacek 4-4, Benoit 3-5, Stockton 0-1, Russell 0-1, Morris 0-4), Portland 8-17 (Sabonis 3-3, Strickland 2-3, C.Robinson 2-4, R.Robinson 1-2, Grant 0-1, McKie 0-2, Wingfield 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Utah 43 (Malone, Morris 6), Portland 56 (Sabonis 13). Assists- Utah 21 (Stockton 11), Portland 18 (Strickland 7). Total fouls-Utah 28, Portland 24. Technicals-Malone, Utah illegal defense, Portland illegal defense. A-21,401 (21,401).

Suns 94, Spurs 93

Phoenix

Kevin Johnson made a layup with 1:48 left and Phoenix survived two last-second shots by San Antonio to force Game 4. David Robinson scored 13 of his 22 in the last quarter for the Spurs.

San Antonio (93) - Elliott 9-21 0-0 20, Smith 1-3 2-2 4, Robinson 8-18 6-6 22, Del Negro 3-12 0-0 6, A.Johnson 9-16 1-2 19, Perdue 2-2 0-0 4, C.Person 6-10 2-2 18, Alexander 0-1 0-0 0, Herrera 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-84 11-12 93.

Phoenix (94) - Green 0-3 2-2 2, Barkley 6-12 12-15 25, Williams 2-9 0-0 4, W.Person 9-19 2-2 23, K.Johnson 8-18 2-3 18, Tisdale 3-8 0-0 6, Manning 7-14 0-0 14, Perry 0-1 0-0 0, Carr 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 36-86 18-22 94.

San Antonio 26 28 17 22 - 93

Phoenix 23 29 24 18 - 94

3-Point goals-San Antonio 6-16 (C.Person 4-5, Elliott 2-7, Del Negro 0-4), Phoenix 4-11 (W.Person 3-7, Barkley 1-3, Green 0-1). Fouled out- None. Rebounds-San Antonio 44 (Perdue 9), Phoenix 57 (Barkley 13). Assists-San Antonio 25 (Del Negro 8), Phoenix 18 (K.Johnson 8). Total fouls-San Antonio 21, Phoenix 16. A-19,023 (19,023).

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