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Saturday, January 5, 2008
Pippen, 42, scores nine points in Finnish league

Associated Press

VANTAA, Finland -- Former NBA star Scottie Pippen scored nine points to help Finland league leader Torpan Pojat beat Honka 98-85 on Saturday.

Pippen also had nine rebounds.

"It was great. I did not know what to anticipate without a game for the last three years," the 42-year-old Pippen said. "My conditioning is not at the top level, but I played with a great team and had a lot of fun."

ToPo had won 19th straight games in the Finnish league.

Pippen scored 12 points in his first game Friday, ToPo's 93-81 win over Porvoo.

"We had a lot of young kids here today, and that's how you make it, you dream young and you work at it," he said.

Pippen will play a game in Sundsvall in northern Sweden on Friday.