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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bulls Nix Knicks in Eastern Contest

CHICAGO -- The latest chapter and perhaps the last in the great New York Knicks-Chicago Bulls rivalry ebbed away with the usual result. The Bulls were victorious. The Knicks were blue.

The Knicks were already old. Patrick Ewing is a season away from free agency and management is expected to break up that old gang of his, perhaps starting with him.

And the Bulls?

They won't miss them.

"Not at all," said Scottie Pippen on Tuesday after the Bulls beat the Knicks, 94-81, to end a 4-1 series that wasn't as one-sided as the final score indicated.

"It's a tough battle having Patrick and [Anthony] Mason and [John] Starks out on the court. We've seen those faces for too many years. It'd be great to break them up because they present a big challenge for us."

Even in their present toothless No. 5 in the East incarnation, the Knicks were a hard week's work, putting Pippen into a slump, gumming up the Bulls' offense, shooting holes in their aura of invincibility. This was the Bulls' lone win in the series in which they didn't have to rally in the fourth quarter. They never scored 100 points in regulation, or even 95. In Game 5, they posted their best shooting mark -- 43.6 percent.

Knick fans are congratulating themselves on having wounded the Bulls. The Bulls say they're O.K.

"We knew it would be this kind of series," said Coach Phil Jackson in another of his terse postgame appearances. "We were going to have to get in a slugfest out there ...

"Orlando [leading Atlanta in the other Eastern semifinal, 3-1] is a speed team and a quickness team," Jackson went on. "They're not going to be as physical, obviously, as the Knicks. The Knicks carry that with them."

Orlando is also a young and respectful team, compared with the bare-knuckle Knicks who fought every inch of the way and seemed to complain every minute in between.


Chicago Bulls forward Toni Kukoc was named winner of the National Basketball Association's Sixth Man Award.

Kukoc received 45 of 113 votes from a nationwide panel of writers and broadcasters. Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis was second with 24 votes and New Jersey Nets center Jayson Williams was third with 14 votes. The 6-foot-11 Kukoc averaged 13.1 points, four rebounds and 3.5 assists in 81 games this season. Kukoc, a 27-year-old Croatian, becomes the first Chicago player to win the award.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)