Chicago Gazes into Crystal Bulls, Sees 2-0 Lead over Jazz in Finals Jordan: 38 Points, 13 Rebounds and Nine Assists to Lead Bulls

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The Chicago Bulls did indeed disassemble something - their once formidable opponent.

Michael Jordan was at his unstoppable best, nearly getting a triple double, the Bulls played team defense at the highest level and Chicago humbled the Utah Jazz 97-85 Wednesday night in Game 2 of the NBA finals.

The victory came amid considerable handwringing in Chicago over the future of the Bulls, whose coach, best player and leading rebounder will be free agents at season's end. But if Game 2 proved anything, it's that Chicago management would have to be crazy to break up this bunch. This was the Bulls at their best in every facet of the game. Jordan, who had 38 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists to barely miss the first NBA Finals triple double of his career, simply toyed with everything the Jazz threw at him. As the crowd once again chanted "M-V-P, M-V-P" for Jordan, he burned Jeff Hornacek for 11 first-quarter points, scored nine in the second - primarily against rookie Shandon Anderson - when the Bulls pulled away for good, and added 10 more in the third as Bryon Russell tried to guard him. By the time the fourth quarter arrived, the Bulls didn't even need him. But Jordan stayed in and went for the triple-double, barely missing it when Scottie Pippen blew a wide-open layup with 3 1/2 minutes left, a 3-pointer with 2:15 to go and a jumper in the lane a minute later - all of which would have given Jordan his 10th assist. …


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