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Bulls 111, Suns 104

December 16, 1997

CHICAGO (AP) _ Michael Jordan scored 31 points, Dennis Rodman grabbed 21 rebounds and the Chicago Bulls used a big second quarter to beat the Phoenix Suns 111-104 Monday night.

Toni Kukoc scored 23 points for the Bulls and Jason Caffey added 18 points and 10 rebounds, both season highs, before fouling out.

Rodman sat out most of the fourth quarter with a towel on his head, returning in the final 1:43 after Caffey fouled out to get his last two rebounds.

Antonio McDyess scored a season-high 23 points for the Suns before fouling out with 7:55 left. Cedric Ceballos added a season-high 22.

The Bulls made 13 of their first 14 shots in the second quarter and finished the period 15-of-23. They outscored the Suns 37-18 in the period and took a 66-43 halftime lead _ their highest scoring half of the season.

Chicago increased the lead to 26 in the third quarter and withstood several Suns’ rallies in the final period.

The most exciting moment came in the closing seconds when Chicago’s Scott Burrell dunked just before the buzzer, giving fans at the United Center free tacos as part of a promotion when the team scores more than 110.

Notes: The Bulls had their 500th straight sellout at home, the longest current streak in the NBA and third longest in league history. Portland had the longest home sellout streak of 814 and Boston was second at 662. The Bulls began their current streak on Nov. 20, 1987 when they still played in Chicago Stadium (capacity 17,339). They moved to the United Center (21,711) for the 1994-95 season. ... Suns guard Rex Chapman missed his third straight game with a hamstring injury. ...Bulls center Luc Longley sat out with a sprained right foot. Bill Wennington made his first start of the season in his place. ...The Bulls are 10-1 this season at the United Center.

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