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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 25 29 22 32 108 LA CLIPPERS 17 17 25 26 85 FINAL


LA LAKERS (108) AT LA CLIPPERS (85)

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

FOX F 41 2-8 1-3 1 3 4 5 2 0 1 5 HORRY F 26 2-4 4-4 4 10 14 0 4 0 4 8 ONEAL C 33 16-20 0-5 1 8 9 2 3 0 5 32 FISHER G 41 8-9 2-3 1 10 11 4 4 4 1 21 JONES G 38 8-11 3-5 0 3 3 3 1 1 1 23 CAMPBELL 19 2-9 0-0 2 5 7 1 2 0 1 4 BRYANT 12 2-9 1-2 0 3 3 1 1 0 4 6 BLOUNT 9 0-4 1-2 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 BENNETT 7 2-2 0-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 BARRY 5 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 ROOKS 5 1-3 1-3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 SEALS 4 0-6 1-2 3 0 3 0 0 1 0 1

TOTALS 240 43-85 14-31 17 46 63 17 18 6 18 108 (.506) (.452) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 19(12 PTS)

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

MURRAY F 36 5-12 2-4 3 3 6 1 6 2 3 13 ROGERS F 37 6-16 3-6 3 6 9 2 2 3 2 16 AUSTIN C 34 5-22 3-6 5 8 13 1 3 3 2 13 MARTIN G 29 3-8 2-2 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 10 PIATKOWSKI G 25 1-7 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 1 0 2 TAYLOR 21 4-9 2-3 0 4 4 0 6 0 1 10 CLOSS 13 2-6 0-0 3 2 5 0 2 0 0 4 ROBINSON 18 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 RICHARDSON 12 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 SMITH 12 4-7 0-0 3 1 4 0 2 1 0 9 VRANKOVIC 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 COLLINS DNP - NOT WITH TEAM - FAMILY REASONS

TOTALS 240 34-96 12-21 17 29 46 7 26 11 9 85 (.354) (.571) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(5 PTS)

LA LAKERS 25 29 22 32 - 108 LA CLIPPERS 17 17 25 26 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, FOX 2, ROOKS. LA CLIPPERS - MURRAY 4, CLOSS 3, VRANKOVIC 2, AUSTIN, TAYLOR. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 8-15 (.533), FOX 0-1, FISHER 3-4, JONES 4-5, BRYANT 1-2, BLOUNT 0-1, SEALS 0-2. LA CLIPPERS 5-21 (.238), MURRAY 1-2, ROGERS 1-6, MARTIN 2-4, PIATKOWSKI 0-2, ROBINSON 0-3, RICHARDSON 0-1, SMITH 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, SCOTT WALL, GREG WILLARD. A - 18,521. T - 2:02.


LA LAKERS (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 41 2-8 1-3 1-4 5 2 5 Horry 26 2-4 4-4 4-14 0 4 8 Oneal 33 16-20 0-5 1-9 2 3 32 Fisher 41 8-9 2-3 1-11 4 4 21 Jones 38 8-11 3-5 0-3 3 1 23 Campbell 19 2-9 0-0 2-7 1 2 4 Bryant 12 2-9 1-2 0-3 1 1 6 Blount 9 0-4 1-2 3-4 0 0 1 Bennett 7 2-2 0-2 0-1 0 1 4 Barry 5 0-0 0-0 1-3 1 0 0 Rooks 5 1-3 1-3 1-1 0 0 3 Seals 4 0-6 1-2 3-3 0 0 1 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-85 14-31 17-63 17 18 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.452. 3-Point Goals: 8-15, .533 (Fox 0-1, Fisher 3-4, Jones 4-5, Bryant 1-2, Blount 0-1, Seals 0-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 3, Fox 2, Rooks). Turnovers: 19 (Oneal 5, Bryant 4, Horry 4, Barry, Campbell, Fisher, Fox, Jones). Steals: 6 (Fisher 4, Jones, Seals).

LA CLIPPERS (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 36 5-12 2-4 3-6 1 6 13 Rogers 37 6-16 3-6 3-9 2 2 16 Austin 34 5-22 3-6 5-13 1 3 13 Martin 29 3-8 2-2 0-1 1 3 10 Piatkowski 25 1-7 0-0 0-3 1 1 2 Taylor 21 4-9 2-3 0-4 0 6 10 Closs 13 2-6 0-0 3-5 0 2 4 Robinson 18 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Richardson 12 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Smith 12 4-7 0-0 3-4 0 2 9 Vrankovic 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Collins DNP - not with team - family reasons _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-96 12-21 17-46 7 26 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.354, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 5-21, .238 (Murray 1-2, Rogers 1-6, Martin 2-4, Piatkowski 0-2, Robinson 0-3, Richardson 0-1, Smith 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 11 (Murray 4, Closs 3, Vrankovic 2, Austin, Taylor). Turnovers: 9 (Murray 3, Austin 2, Rogers 2, Robinson, Taylor). Steals: 11 (Austin 3, Rogers 3, Murray 2, Martin, Piatkowski, Smith). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 25 29 22 32 - 108 La Clippers 17 17 25 26 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,521. T: 2:02. Officials: Joe Forte, Scott Wall, Greg Willard.


GAME RECAP

Shaquille O'Neal scored 32 points and Derek Fisher tied a career high with 21 as the Los Angeles Lakers pounded the Los Angeles Clippers, 108-85, in front of the largest crowd to watch an NBA game in Southern California.

Fisher scored 10 points and O'Neal added eight in the decisive second quarter, when the Lakers turned an eight-point lead into a 54-34 halftime cushion. Fisher, starting in place of injured point guard Nick Van Exel, grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, while O'Neal pulled down nine as the Lakers (44-18) officially clinched a playoff berth.

Van Exel is expected back soon but Fisher has been outstanding in his absence, leaving coach Del Harris with a tough choice to make for the future of his team.

"It's gonna be a tough decision for Del because we are playing so well right now," O'Neal said. "But Fisher's always had a great attitude coming off the bench and if he can come off the bench and play like he's been playing, he gets my vote for most improved player of the year."

"I think what Derek's done while Nick's been out he has proven his value to this team," Lakers guard Eddie Jones added.

Jones scored 23 points and Robert Horry had 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 51 percent (43-of-85) from the field and owned a 63-46 edge on the glass. O'Neal was 16-for-20 and Fisher went 8-for-9 from the floor as the Lakers won their fifth straight game and swept the season series from the Clippers.

"That's five games in a row. We've played good, smart basketball and that gives us some momentum heading for the playoffs," O'Neal said. "You know the team that plays smart in the playoffs is the one that's going to win."

The sellout crowd of 18,521 at the Pond in Anaheim included 310 standing-room ticketholders, making it the largest in NBA history in Southern California.

Rodney Rogers had 16 points and nine rebounds and Isaac Austin contributed 13 and 13 for the Clippers, who have lost eight of their last nine home games.

"We just couldn't get anything going," Rogers said. "We weren't making our shots and we didn't put enough pressure on the defensive side."

The Lakers scored the first eight points of the game and never trailed. O'Neal, Jones, Fisher and Horry all hit inside baskets for the early 8-0 lead.

A driving layup by Lamond Murray, who fouled out with 13 points, pulled the Clippers within 19-17 with 2:48 left in the opening quarter. But they did not score again in the period, and Kobe Bryant and Fisher buried back-to-back three-pointers to give the Lakers a 25-17 lead after one.

The Lakers reeled off a 12-2 spurt midway through the second quarter to create a 20-point cushion. O'Neal hit two straight inside buckets, Horry sank two free throws and Fisher drained a pair from behind the arc to cap the run, making it 45-25 with 4:53 left before halftime.

"We played especially selfish after we got down and that's not going to get us anywhere," Clippers guard Eric Piatkowski said. "Defensively, nobody was helping out at all, especially against O'Neal."

O'Neal, Fisher and Jones combined for 43 of their team's 54 points in the first half, during which the Lakers shot 52 percent (23-of-44) and held the Clippers to 30 percent (14-of-46).

"We took them out of the game early defensively and they missed some open shots," Jones said. "We never really let them back in the game. We got to sit on the bench and laugh and enjoy the game in the fourth quarter."

"I've seen the Clippers play some very good basketball this year and we came into this game knowing that we would have to play well," Harris said. "I thought the guys really came down and played the game we needed to play tonight."

The Clippers, the league's worst team defensively, got no closer than 16 points the rest of the way in losing for the fifth time in six games. They gave up an average of 117.5 points in four losses this season to the Lakers, the NBA's highest-scoring team.

The Lakers were an atrocious 14-of-31 from the foul line, including an 0-for-5 effort from O'Neal, but made 8-of-15 three-pointers and owned a 70-44 advantage for points in the paint.

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