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BARKLEY: We're sitting around watching TV all day, and the mayor of Chicago is on there talking about riots and boarding up the city and how everybody's going to burn everything down if the Bulls win because that's how they celebrate in Chicago. So I tell everybody, "We got to win to save the city."
WESTPHAL: I wrote SAVE THE CITY on the board before the game. Charles stole the line from me.
BARKLEY: I don't know, I still think it was me.
JOHNSON (laughing): I don't remember. But it wouldn't be the first time Charles stole someone's line.
There is no doubt who the star of Phoenix's 108--98 win in Game 5 is—rookie forward Richard Dumas, who had 25 points and was 12 of 14 from the field. He would play only two more seasons before drug problems would end his NBA career.
AINGE: We were on a winning streak in the middle of the season when Coach Westphal decides that Richard should start in place of Cedric [Ceballos]. It was a gutsy move, and not everybody was on board with that because Cedric was a big part of our team and Richard was a rookie. But Richard was so talented and so much of a better shooter against the double teams we were facing.
BARKLEY: Richard was a very talented guy. But we knew things were going on off the court. The veterans talked to him from time to time, but we were so focused on trying to win, we didn't have time to be a babysitter.
WILLIAMS: I remember that young man going in on Bill Cartwright, and Bill used to knock those young and fearless guys down. But Dumas slammed it right down over the top of him.
DUMAS (from a 2013 story in The Arizona Republic, on whether he watches old videos of himself): It ain't going to change nothing. It's only going to make me even more depressed. I lost interest. I got bored with basketball.