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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 21 26 33 39 119 PHOENIX 31 28 20 30 109 FINAL


LA LAKERS (119) AT PHOENIX (109)

LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

FOX F 19 2-6 3-4 2 4 6 0 4 1 2 8 HORRY F 28 3-7 6-8 0 5 5 2 2 2 1 12 ONEAL C 34 10-16 6-12 3 8 11 3 2 0 3 26 VAN EXEL G 39 4-13 1-2 1 5 6 6 2 0 0 13 JONES G 45 7-15 6-8 3 3 6 4 1 0 1 21 BRYANT 34 7-12 8-10 1 4 5 3 3 0 2 25 FISHER 9 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 1 0 2 BLOUNT 12 1-1 0-1 1 2 3 0 4 1 2 2 CAMPBELL 20 4-6 2-4 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 10 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION BENNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-78 32-49 11 35 46 21 22 5 11 119 (.500) (.653) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 11(18 PTS)

PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

BRYANT F 12 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 2 MCDYESS F 28 6-10 4-6 2 12 14 3 6 0 0 16 ROBINSON C 30 6-13 3-6 2 3 5 3 4 0 0 15 CHAPMAN G 36 4-11 1-1 1 2 3 6 1 1 2 10 KIDD G 40 6-9 0-0 1 5 6 7 3 2 3 12 MANNING 24 8-15 1-1 1 5 6 7 6 1 1 17 MCCLOUD 19 2-10 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 0 0 5 NASH 25 8-13 3-4 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 21 WILLIAMS 16 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 2 CEBALLOS 5 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 MILIC 3 1-1 0-1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 THOMPSON 2 2-5 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5

TOTALS 240 45-90 14-22 11 33 44 29 33 5 8 109 (.500) (.636) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(11 PTS)

LA LAKERS 21 26 33 39 - 119 PHOENIX 31 28 20 30 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - HORRY, BRYANT, CAMPBELL. PHOENIX - MCDYESS 2, KIDD, CHAPMAN, WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 9-19 (.474), FOX 1-3, VAN EXEL 4-7, JONES 1-5, BRYANT 3-4. PHOENIX 5-23 (.217), ROBINSON 0-2, CHAPMAN 1-6, KIDD 0-1, MCCLOUD 1-6, NASH 2-5, THOMPSON 1-3. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, PHOENIX - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, MCDYESS, HEAD COACH AINGE, ROBINSON. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, JOE DEROSA, DEE KANTNER. A - 19,023. T - 2:25.


LA LAKERS (119) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 19 2-6 3-4 2-6 0 4 8 Horry 28 3-7 6-8 0-5 2 2 12 Oneal 34 10-16 6-12 3-11 3 2 26 Van Exel 39 4-13 1-2 1-6 6 2 13 Jones 45 7-15 6-8 3-6 4 1 21 Bryant 34 7-12 8-10 1-5 3 3 25 Fisher 9 1-2 0-0 0-1 3 1 2 Blount 12 1-1 0-1 1-3 0 4 2 Campbell 20 4-6 2-4 0-3 0 3 10 Barry DNP - coach's decision Bennett DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-78 32-49 11-46 21 22 119 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.653. 3-Point Goals: 9-19, .474 (Fox 1-3, Van Exel 4-7, Jones 1-5, Bryant 3-4). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Horry, Bryant, Campbell). Turnovers: 11 (Oneal 3, Blount 2, Bryant 2, Fox 2, Horry, Jones). Steals: 5 (Horry 2, Blount, Fisher, Fox).

PHOENIX (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 12 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Mcdyess 28 6-10 4-6 2-14 3 6 16 Robinson 30 6-13 3-6 2-5 3 4 15 Chapman 36 4-11 1-1 1-3 6 1 10 Kidd 40 6-9 0-0 1-6 7 3 12 Manning 24 8-15 1-1 1-6 7 6 17 Mccloud 19 2-10 0-0 1-3 1 4 5 Nash 25 8-13 3-4 0-1 1 3 21 Williams 16 0-0 2-2 1-2 1 2 2 Ceballos 5 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Milic 3 1-1 0-1 1-1 0 1 2 Thompson 2 2-5 0-1 0-0 0 0 5 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-90 14-22 11-44 29 33 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 5-23, .217 (Robinson 0-2, Chapman 1-6, Kidd 0-1, Mccloud 1-6, Nash 2-5, Thompson 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Mcdyess 2, Kidd, Chapman, Williams). Turnovers: 9 (Kidd 3, Chapman 2, Manning, Nash, Williams). Steals: 5 (Kidd 2, Bryant, Chapman, Manning). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 21 26 33 39 - 119 Phoenix 31 28 20 30 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Illegal Defense, 5:31 3rd). Phoenix 4 (Illegal Defense, 3:41 1st; Mcdyess, 1:03 2nd; Head Coach Ainge, 0:59 3rd; Robinson, 9:44 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:25. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Joe Derosa, Dee Kantner.


GAME RECAP

Kobe Bryant scored 15 of his 25 points and Eddie Jones had 10 of his 21 in a decisive second-half run as the Los Angeles Lakers won their sixth straight road game, 119-109 over the Phoenix Suns.

The Lakers erased a 12-point halftime deficit with a 34-10 burst bridging the third and fourth quarters. Jones, who scored 16 points in the second half, opened the run with a pair of dunks and a free throw before Bryant reeled off eight of his 18 second-half points.

"I just wanted to win. I felt that we couldn't be bashful," Bryant said. "We lost our composure in the first half because we weren't aggressive and we weren't penetrating. I wanted to be more aggressive in the second half and get to the hoop and get to the free throw line."

Nick Van Exel scored 12 of his 13 points in the third quarter, including a pair of three-pointers to close the period that put Los Angeles ahead for good, 80-79.

"That stretch in the third quarter, they took the game over," Suns coach Danny Ainge said. "They came down on our double teams and Van Exel hit a couple and Kobe hit a couple and Eddie hit one. That was the difference, it was a big swing."

Bryant scored six straight points before Jones drained a three-pointer to cap the run, building a 95-83 cushion with 6:43 to play.

"We've had three or four second halves this season that we are really proud of, but that one tonight would have to go down as our best performance in a second half this season," Harris said. "We should get an Oscar tonight for that one, you know that was a great comeback."

Shaquille O'Neal made 6-of-8 free throws in the final period to help secure the Lakers' fourth straight victory. He scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half and grabbed 11 rebounds as Los Angeles moved within one-half game of first-place Seattle in the Pacific Division.

"We really didn't come out ready to play," O'Neal said. "I keep stressing these guys that we have to come out and be ready to play every team. Good teams are going to try and kill us and teams that can't beat us are going to try to come out and beat us, we always have to be ready."

Steve Nash scored 21 points off the bench and Antonio McDyess contributed 16 and 14 rebounds for Phoenix, which has lost the last eight meetings with the Lakers.

"We came out and played pretty well," Nash said. "In the second half, they played a little more intense and a little quicker than we did, and just started to get hot as well, and that spelled our doom."

Phoenix rolled off 10 straight points early in the first quarter to open a 15-4 lead. Cliff Robinson scored nine of his 15 points in the opening period, helping the Suns to a 31-21 lead.

Danny Manning had 14 points in the first half as Phoenix extended its advantage to 59-47. But Manning, who fouled out with seven assists and six boards, managed just three points in the second half as the Suns had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Rex Chapman, the Suns' leading scorer, was held to just 10 points but did drain a three-pointer to put the Suns in front, 73-61, with 5:22 left in the third quarter. Jones followed that with his pair of dunks to spark the game-deciding burst.

Both teams shot 50 percent from the field, but Los Angeles hit 20-of-35 (57 percent) in the second half and made 32-of-49 free throws for the game. Phoenix was just 20-of-45 (44 percent) from the floor in the final 24 minutes and shot just 22 foul shots, hitting 14.

"I think our missing shots got them going," Chapman said. "I was left wide open three or four times n the corner, just couldn't make a shot. I think that got them running."

Van Exel connected on just 4-of-13 from the floor, hitting four three-pointers in the third period. Los Angeles was 9-of-19 from behind the arc while Phoenix drained just 5-of-23 three-pointers.

Robert Horry chipped in 12 points for the Lakers, who are 16-4 over their last 20 games and have not lost to Phoenix since November 25th, 1995.

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