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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 32 22 22 27 103 PHOENIX 32 20 26 32 110 FINAL


LA LAKERS (103) AT PHOENIX (110)

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

HORRY F 9 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 FOX F 37 4-10 2-2 0 5 5 4 5 1 3 11 ONEAL C 37 12-22 6-11 2 8 10 1 0 1 3 30 JONES G 35 7-10 3-4 1 1 2 3 5 2 4 20 FISHER G 44 3-8 5-6 0 4 4 5 3 0 0 12 BENNETT 16 2-4 1-2 4 3 7 1 3 1 0 5 BRYANT 24 3-8 2-2 1 3 4 4 3 2 4 8 CAMPBELL 27 5-10 6-9 3 4 7 2 4 1 2 16 BARRY 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 BLOUNT 8 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAN EXEL DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 36-73 26-38 11 32 43 21 23 9 17 103 (.493) (.684) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

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

BRYANT F 15 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 6 0 0 4 MCDYESS F 39 8-21 4-5 4 7 11 3 4 1 3 20 ROBINSON C 30 9-12 6-9 1 5 6 5 3 2 2 25 CHAPMAN G 34 9-19 3-3 1 1 2 4 1 1 0 26 KIDD G 40 3-8 0-0 1 3 4 11 3 0 4 7 WILLIAMS 22 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 2 5 0 1 2 NASH 8 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 MANNING 20 4-11 1-2 2 1 3 3 4 0 0 9 MCCLOUD 18 6-10 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 14 JOHNSON 14 0-1 2-2 0 4 4 2 0 0 0 2 CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-88 17-23 11 27 38 34 30 5 13 110 (.477) (.739) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

LA LAKERS 32 22 22 27 - 103 PHOENIX 32 20 26 32 - 110

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2, CAMPBELL. PHOENIX - MCDYESS 5, KIDD, WILLIAMS, JOHNSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 5-11 (.455), FOX 1-5, JONES 3-3, FISHER 1-2, BRYANT 0-1. PHOENIX 9-14 (.643), ROBINSON 1-1, CHAPMAN 5-6, KIDD 1-3, MCCLOUD 2-4. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL, FOX. OFFICIALS: ED MIDDLETON, HUGH EVANS, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 19,023. T - 2:19.


LA LAKERS (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Horry 9 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 Fox 37 4-10 2-2 0-5 4 5 11 Oneal 37 12-22 6-11 2-10 1 0 30 Jones 35 7-10 3-4 1-2 3 5 20 Fisher 44 3-8 5-6 0-4 5 3 12 Bennett 16 2-4 1-2 4-7 1 3 5 Bryant 24 3-8 2-2 1-4 4 3 8 Campbell 27 5-10 6-9 3-7 2 4 16 Barry 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Blount 8 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 0 1 Rooks DNP - coach's decision Van Exel DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-73 26-38 11-43 21 23 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Fox 1-5, Jones 3-3, Fisher 1-2, Bryant 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Oneal 2, Campbell). Turnovers: 18 (Bryant 4, Jones 4, Fox 3, Oneal 3, Campbell 2, Barry). Steals: 9 (Bryant 2, Jones 2, Bennett, Campbell, Fox, Horry, Oneal).

PHOENIX (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 15 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 6 4 Mcdyess 39 8-21 4-5 4-11 3 4 20 Robinson 30 9-12 6-9 1-6 5 3 25 Chapman 34 9-19 3-3 1-2 4 1 26 Kidd 40 3-8 0-0 1-4 11 3 7 Williams 22 1-2 0-0 2-4 2 5 2 Nash 8 0-1 1-2 0-1 2 1 1 Manning 20 4-11 1-2 2-3 3 4 9 Mccloud 18 6-10 0-0 0-1 1 3 14 Johnson 14 0-1 2-2 0-4 2 0 2 Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Milic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-88 17-23 11-38 34 30 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 9-14, .643 (Robinson 1-1, Chapman 5-6, Kidd 1-3, Mccloud 2-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Mcdyess 5, Kidd, Williams, Johnson). Turnovers: 13 (Kidd 4, Mcdyess 3, Nash 2, Robinson 2, Mccloud, Williams). Steals: 5 (Robinson 2, Chapman, Mcdyess, Nash). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 32 22 22 27 - 103 Phoenix 32 20 26 32 - 110 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 2 (Oneal, 6:36 4th; Fox, 6:36 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:19. Officials: Ed Middleton, Hugh Evans, Bennie Adams.


GAME RECAP

Rex Chapman drained five three-pointers and scored 26 points as the Phoenix Suns snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Los Angeles Lakers with a 110-103 victory.

Cliff Robinson scored 25 points and Antonio McDyess had 20 and 11 rebounds as Phoenix moved within a half-game of the Lakers for second place in the Pacific Division.

"That was a pretty exciting game for us," Suns coach Danny Ainge said. "We were able to shoot the shot from the outside. I thought our three-point shooting was a big key. ... We got a lot of contributions out of a lot of people."

The Suns erased a nine-point third-quarter deficit with a 14-2 run, keyed by Chapman's two three-pointers, the second of which capped the burst and gave Phoenix a 66-63 lead with 7:22 remaining.

Los Angeles retook the lead, 84-82, early in the fourth quarter but the Suns answered with an 18-5 spurt to take the lead for good. Chapman's three-pointer finished that run for a 100-89 cushion, but the Lakers pulled within two on a three-point play by Elden Campbell with 1:48 to go.

Chapman continued his clutch play, responding with a running eight-footer, and McDyess and Robinson each added key baskets in the final minute to secure the Suns' eighth win in 10 games. Phoenix avenged a 119-109 home loss to the Lakers on January 21st.

"Tonight we held our composure and focused for four quarters. We didn't do that last game against them," Chapman said. "We felt like we played a better first half than they did that time, and gave it away in the second half. We just wanted to make sure that didn't happen tonight."

Shaquille O'Neal collected 30 points and 10 boards for Los Angeles, which matched a season high with its third straight defeat.

"Those guys we're hitting huge shots out there, especially that Rex Chapman was throwing up (stuff) that was falling in all night," Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal said. "I've never panicked and I've never made excuses. We just need to keep plugging away and make sure we pick it up, especially on defense."

The Suns were in the penalty just 1:50 into the final period, putting Los Angeles at the line with each foul thereafter. The Lakers shot 19 free throws in the fourth quarter, but hit just 12. They shot 26-of-38 (68 percent) overall from the line while Phoenix connected on 17-of-23 and hit all four of its attempts in the final 12 minutes.

Campbell, who had 16 points and seven boards off the bench, made 1-of-2 foul shots to give Los Angeles its 84-82 edge with 9:39 to go. Danny Manning came back with a layup, McDyess hit a follow slam and George McCloud buried a three-pointer for an 89-84 lead with 8:33 left.

O'Neal went 1-for-2 from the stripe to trim the deficit to 91-87, but he and teammate Rick Fox were slapped with technical fouls after arguing a call. Chapman hit both of those free throws before McDyess hit a jumper, and after O'Neal was whistled for a three-second violation, a layup by Jason Kidd built the lead to 97-87.

After Chapman's thre-pointer capped the 18-6 run for a 100-89 lead, the Lakers reeled off eight straight points. Los Angeles could have cut the deficit even further, but O'Neal opened that run by hitting just two of four foul shots.

"I think in the beginning of the game we went over the strategies, and just put Shaq on the free-throw line if he got us where he could possibly score," said McDyess, who also had five blocks.

Robinson had nine points in the third quarter to help Phoenix to a 78-76 edge. He shot 9-for-12 from the floor and has scored 20 points or more in three of the last four games.

"They really weren't able to get into their rhythm," Robinson said of the Lakers. "This team came in here and got a good one from us the last time they were here. We just wanted to put a good game together."

Eddie Jones had three three-pointers en route to his 20 points for Los Angeles, which has lost three in a row on the road. His usual starting backcourt mate, Nick Van Exel, missed the game with a sore right knee and was replaced by Derek Fisher, who finished with 12 points and five assists.

The Lakers turned it over 18 times, resulting in 23 points for the Suns, and managed just 11 points off 13 Phoenix turnovers.

"We are not communicating and plain and simple we're not getting the job done," said Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant, who scored just eight points. "We are giving up way too many buckets. Everybody is quiet on the defensive end and that is something we can't have."

McCloud scored 14 points off the bench and Kidd handed out 11 assists as Phoenix shot 9-of-14 from behind the arc in beating the Lakers for the first time since November 25th, 1995. One night after posting a huge 67-29 rebounding edge in a win over Dallas, the Suns were outrebounded by Los Angeles, 43-38.

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