Jordan finished with 36 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Just as significant was the defensive work he turned in on Price from time to time. The strategy kept Price from getting good three-point opportunities, as he had in Game 2, and he finished with 16 points 11 of them in the first period, and only three assists. More important, Jordan's size limited Price's ability to get the ball to center Brad Daugherty, who had murdered the Bulls with 28 points last Thursday. Daugherty had 18 on Saturday but only two in the first quarter. "With my size, and knowing the referees wouldn't call touchy fouls," said Jordan with typical candor, "I could take advantage."
Well, when the Game 3 psychoanalysis was in, all parties seemed to consider the first three games an aberration. "Both teams know how it feels now," said Price. "We'll come out and play better from the start on Monday." And Jackson said, "Now it'll level out and be contested all the way through."
Jackson's analysis was correct for Game 4, though the result wasn't what he had hoped for. His team looked too much like the Bulls of old, tending to stand around and watch Jordan, who needed 33 shots to get his 35 points. Chicago still held the home court advantage, but the defending champions certainly were looking like the Vulnera-BULLS.