Ailing Jordan carries Bulls

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The Independent Online
Michael Jordan, so sick with the flu he could hardly stand, carried the Chicago Bulls to a 90-88 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night that put the defending champions one win away from their fifth NBA title in seven years.

Jordan scored 38 points, and hit a key three-pointer with 25 seconds to go. "I almost played myself into passing out. I came in and I was almost dehydrated and it was all just to win a basketball game," he said.

Jordan, who was up vomiting all night Tuesday and stayed in bed Wednesday, also had seven rebounds and five assists as the best-of-seven finals move back to Chicago for Game 6 today.