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BULLS 96, NETS 91: It was another shaky finish for Chicago, but another playoff victory. The Bulls, who squandered a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead in the series opener, nearly blew a 21-point lead this time. Sherman Douglas' three-pointer made it 94-91 late in the fourth, but Scottie Pippen's two free throws with 14 seconds sealed it.

Meanwhile, the Bulls interviewed New Orleans Saints trainer Dean Kleinschmidt, furthering speculation that Iowa State's Tim Floyd will replace Phil Jackson as coach.

Floyd, a fishing buddy of general manager Jerry Krause, has been considered in recent years the most likely successor to Jackson. Floyd said he received calls from trainers around the country about speaking on their behalf regarding the soon-to-be-vacant Bulls position.

"I told them they should call Jerry Krause," Floyd said. "I have not interviewed with the Bulls."

Kleinschmidt said Floyd did not contact him on behalf of the team. Kleinschmidt did not say whom he talked with, but Saints coach Mike Ditka said it was Floyd.

Asked who talked with Kleinschmidt, Ditka said: "The new coach."

Was that Floyd? "Yeah," Ditka said.

JAMISON ANNOUNCEMENT: Antawn Jamison, college player of the year, is scheduled to announce at 11 a.m. today whether he will apply for the NBA draft or stay for his senior season at North Carolina, a school official said.

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