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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 27 25 30 22 104 MINNESOTA 23 26 25 17 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 35, EDDIE JONES 17, KOBE BRYANT 14 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 17, STEPHON MARBURY 15, SAM MITCHELL 13


LA LAKERS (104) AT MINNESOTA (91)

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

FOX F 36 4-8 1-3 0 3 3 4 3 1 0 11 HORRY F 35 3-5 2-2 3 5 8 4 6 1 0 8 ONEAL C 34 14-27 7-11 2 5 7 3 3 0 1 35 JONES G 41 7-13 2-4 0 3 3 3 4 0 0 17 FISHER G 35 2-7 2-2 1 5 6 8 4 1 6 6 BRYANT 26 4-12 5-6 0 3 3 4 2 1 2 14 CAMPBELL 18 2-4 5-6 1 5 6 1 3 0 0 9 ROOKS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BLOUNT 4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 BENNETT 9 2-4 0-0 2 4 6 0 2 0 1 4 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SEALS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-80 24-34 9 35 44 28 27 4 11 104 (.475) (.706) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 39 6-16 5-6 3 8 11 7 2 1 2 17 MITCHELL F 31 5-13 3-3 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 13 ROBERTS C 27 4-7 2-2 0 2 2 1 5 1 1 10 PORTER G 25 2-9 4-4 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 10 MARBURY G 38 5-17 5-6 1 3 4 7 4 1 1 15 PEELER 35 4-11 1-2 1 1 2 6 4 2 0 9 PARKS 19 2-6 3-4 1 5 6 0 3 0 1 7 CARR 5 1-1 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 HAMMONDS 21 2-4 2-2 0 7 7 0 3 0 1 6 JORDAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION WHEAT DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-84 27-31 8 32 40 23 23 5 8 91 (.369) (.871) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 9(12 PTS)

LA LAKERS 27 25 30 22 - 104 MINNESOTA 23 26 25 17 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - FOX 3, JONES 2, HORRY, BRYANT, CAMPBELL, ROOKS. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, ROBERTS, PORTER, PARKS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-12 (.333), FOX 2-4, HORRY 0-1, JONES 1-3, BRYANT 1-4. MINNESOTA 2-12 (.167), K GARNETT 0-1, PORTER 2-7, MARBURY 0-2, PEELER 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, KEN MAUER, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 20,197. T - 2:20.


LA LAKERS (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 36 4-8 1-3 0-3 4 3 11 Horry 35 3-5 2-2 3-8 4 6 8 Oneal 34 14-27 7-11 2-7 3 3 35 Jones 41 7-13 2-4 0-3 3 4 17 Fisher 35 2-7 2-2 1-6 8 4 6 Bryant 26 4-12 5-6 0-3 4 2 14 Campbell 18 2-4 5-6 1-6 1 3 9 Rooks 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Blount 4 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 Bennett 9 2-4 0-0 2-6 0 2 4 Barry DNP - coach's decision Seals DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-80 24-34 9-44 28 27 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.475, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Fox 2-4, Horry 0-1, Jones 1-3, Bryant 1-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 9 (Fox 3, Jones 2, Horry, Bryant, Campbell, Rooks). Turnovers: 11 (Fisher 6, Bryant 2, Bennett, Blount, Oneal). Steals: 4 (Bryant, Fisher, Fox, Horry).

MINNESOTA (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 39 6-16 5-6 3-11 7 2 17 Mitchell 31 5-13 3-3 2-5 0 1 13 Roberts 27 4-7 2-2 0-2 1 5 10 Porter 25 2-9 4-4 0-1 2 0 10 Marbury 38 5-17 5-6 1-4 7 4 15 Peeler 35 4-11 1-2 1-2 6 4 9 Parks 19 2-6 3-4 1-6 0 3 7 Carr 5 1-1 2-2 0-2 0 1 4 Hammonds 21 2-4 2-2 0-7 0 3 6 Jordan DNP - coach's decision Wheat DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-84 27-31 8-40 23 23 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.369, FT-.871. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (K Garnett 0-1, Porter 2-7, Marbury 0-2, Peeler 0-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (K Garnett 3, Roberts, Porter, Parks). Turnovers: 9 (K Garnett 2, Porter 2, Hammonds, Marbury, Parks, Roberts). Steals: 5 (Peeler 2, K Garnett, Marbury, Roberts). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 27 25 30 22 - 104 Minnesota 23 26 25 17 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,197. T: 2:20. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Ken Mauer, Bennie Adams.


GAME RECAP

Shaquille O'Neal scored 35 points and Eddie Jones added 17 as the Los Angeles Lakers posted their third straight victory and defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves for the fourth time this season, 104-91.

After Terry Porter hit a three-pointer to forge a 48-48 deadlock early in the third quarter, O'Neal answered with three straight baskets to put the Lakers ahead to stay. The Wolves closed within six points with 2:22 to play on a dunk by Kevin Garnett, but Los Angeles scored the game's final seven points.

"We kept our composure and played through the Wolves' pressure," said O'Neal. "We played very well as a team tonight. When teams don't double-team me, I try to showcase the moves that I have learned over my 27 years."

Kobe Bryant netted 14 points and Derek Fisher, subbing at point guard for the injured Nick Van Exel, had six points and eight assists for Los Angeles, which pulled within three games of first-place Seattle in the Pacific Division.

The SuperSonics host the Atlanta Hawks later.

Garnett collected 17 points and 11 rebounds and Stephon Marbury added 15 points for Minnesota, which shot just 37 percent (31-of-84) in falling to the Lakers for the 10th time in their last 11 meetings.

"We had a good effort. We played very good defense," said Lakers coach Del Harris. "This is the third game in a row that we held a team under 38 percent field goal shooting. I think we have a pretty good defensive team."

Rick Fox scored 11 points and Robert Horry had eight and eight rebounds for the Lakers, who improved to 3-1 on their six-game road trip.

With the Lakers holding a 33-29 lead early in the second quarter, Minnesota pushed in front with a 16-4 run. Porter and Sam Mitchell each scored four points in the burst, which Mitchell's layup capped at 45-37 with 4:43 remaining.

Mitchell finished with 15 points and Porter 10 for the Wolves, who hit 27-of-31 shots from the line but connected on only 2-of-12 three-pointers.

"We are a tired basketball team," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. I don't think there's any question about that, both physically and mentally. I thought we tried to battle, but we just didn't have any spark."

Los Angeles answered with a surge of its own. O'Neal touched off a 10-0 burst with a hook shot with 4:23 to go. Jones, Elden Campbell and Horry all scored before Campbell ended the run with an 11-footer, giving the Lakers a 47-45 lead with 72 seconds left in the first half.

Following Porter's tying three-pointer early in the third, O'Neal went to work on former Louisiana State University teammate Stanley Roberts. After snapping the 52-52 tie with a short runner, O'Neal drove to the hoop for a lay-in and outjumped Roberts in a tipped ball situation before ending his run with a dunk.

"Stanley Roberts and I grew up together," said O'Neal. "We fought every day as kids. I knew tonight would be a battle between us."

The Lakers built a 14-point advantage in the final quarter before Minnesota began to whittle away. Trailing 94-80, the Wolves used an 11-3 spurt to close within six points. But after Garnett's dunk, Fisher hit a pair from the line, Jones dunked and O'Neal, Campbell and Jones ended it with four free throws.

"I think they came out with a little more energy than we did," Garnett said. "A lot of my stuff was going in and out. I was trying to get a lot of stuff going and be active. It was just one of those nights."

The Timberwolves closed out February with their second three-game losing streak of the month.

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