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Limited Bulls squad qualifies for finals

The Chicago Bulls, even at half strength, have found their way into another championship game.

This time it is the finals of the McDonald's Championship after an 89-82 victory over stubborn French champions Paris-St. Germain on Friday.European champion Olympiakos drew the spot in the finals opposite the five-time NBA champions after defeating Argentina's Atenas de Cordoba in the other semifinal 89-86 on a four-point play with 9.6 seconds to play by Lithuanian Arturas Karnisovas.

The loudest crowd noise in the Bulls' lackluster first half came from the 13,515 fans in the Bercy Sports Palace when catcalls screamed out to greet French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin as he was shown on an huge arena TV screen.

Michael Jordan, whose presence has drawn 1,000 reporters to Paris - more than for the NBA final - finished with 28 points and got wild cheers even for the unspectacular. In some polls he's the most popular athlete in France.

Luc Longley added 14 for the Bulls and Stephane Risacher had 14 for Paris-St. Germain.

The Bulls, with Scottie Pippen recovering from foot surgery and Dennis Rodman ill and surely distracted by a week of NBA hoopla in the French capital, started Jason Caffey and Randy Brown in place of their two missing stars. Still, Chicago led 42-29 at halftime after trailing 7-4.

In the other semifinal, Karnisovas, who played at Seton Hall, had 23 points for Olympiakos, which had a bye into the semifinals. American Michael Hawkins, who played briefly with the Boston Celtics, has 22.

Magic 97, Heat 84

At Orlando, Fla., Penny Hardaway scored 19 points and Orlando began the fourth quarter with a 13-4 spurt to beat the Miami Heat.

Rony Seikaly added 16 points for the Magic (1-3), who blew most of a 26-point lead before taking control for good late in the third quarter.

Pistons 105, Hawks 99

At Knoxville, Tenn., Malik Sealy scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Detroit Pistons.

Detroit (3-1) took a 54-43 halftime lead over Atlanta (4-1) behind the hot shooting of Grant Hill. Hill played just eight minutes in the first half, but made 4 of 6 shots from the field and 4 of 5 free throws.

Lakers 116, Clippers 85

At St. Louis, Shaquille O'Neal scored 15 of his 26 points in a decisive third quarter in the Los Angeles Lakers' rout.

O'Neal also grabbed 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. Rick Fox added 15 points and Eddie Jones had 11 for the Lakers (2-1).

Mavericks 99, Suns 86

At Dallas, Hubert Davis scored 12 of his 19 points during a fourth-quarter surge as the Dallas Mavericks won for the first time in the preseason.

However, the victory was marred by two injuries.

Mavericks guard Robert Pack broke a finger on his left hand in the fourth quarter and will be out four weeks. And Dallas rookie forward Ace Custis injured his knee in the second quarter and did not return.

Bucks 99, Timberwolves 94

At Minneapolis, Glenn Robinson scored 19 points as the Milwaukee Bucks remained undefeated in the preseason.

Ray Allen, Terrell Brandon and Tyrone Hill each scored 14 points for the Bucks (3-0).

Wizards 112, Nuggets 107

At Denver, Troy Murray had 27 points and Calbert Cheaney added 25 points as Washington beat Denver its first victory in three exhibition games.

Chris Webber had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Washington. Eric Williams and Dan Fortson had 18 points each for the Nuggets.

Kings 94, Trail Blazers 74

At Portland, Ore., Mitch Richmond, making his first exhibition appearance, scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Sacramento pulled away for a rout of the tired and shorthanded Blazers.