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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 21 29 25 21 96 SACRAMENTO 31 25 18 19 93 FINAL


LA LAKERS (96) AT SACRAMENTO (93)

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

FOX F 42 2-6 0-0 0 4 4 3 6 0 3 4 HORRY F 36 4-7 1-1 3 11 14 1 3 3 2 9 ONEAL C 39 13-24 7-11 6 7 13 1 4 0 5 33 JONES G 24 2-7 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 0 2 5 FISHER G 18 2-6 0-0 1 0 1 3 1 0 2 5 VAN EXEL 30 5-13 6-7 0 2 2 5 3 2 2 19 BRYANT 25 2-9 8-12 3 3 6 3 5 0 2 12 CAMPBELL 18 3-7 0-0 3 4 7 0 2 0 0 6 BENNETT 3 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 BLOUNT 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-80 23-33 17 35 52 17 25 5 18 96 (.425) (.697) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

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

C WILLIAMSON F 38 9-17 6-15 5 3 8 1 4 0 2 24 OWENS F 33 3-12 3-4 3 7 10 1 2 1 0 9 THORPE C 29 3-9 0-0 1 5 6 2 4 1 1 6 T ABDUL-WAHAD G 41 2-10 6-6 4 4 8 1 4 0 2 10 JOHNSON G 44 9-19 4-4 2 2 4 4 4 1 4 22 DEHERE 15 2-6 3-4 0 1 1 0 5 1 2 8 STEWART 19 2-7 1-2 5 2 7 3 5 1 0 5 FUNDERBURKE 21 4-7 1-2 2 2 4 0 0 0 1 9 HENDRICKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLYNICE DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION RICHMOND DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 34-87 24-37 22 26 48 12 28 5 12 93 (.391) (.649) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(9 PTS)

LA LAKERS 21 29 25 21 - 96 SACRAMENTO 31 25 18 19 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - CAMPBELL 2, FOX, HORRY, ONEAL. SACRAMENTO - STEWART 2, C WILLIAMSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 5-17 (.294), FOX 0-1, HORRY 0-1, JONES 1-4, FISHER 1-1, VAN EXEL 3-8, BRYANT 0-2. SACRAMENTO 1-8 (.125), OWENS 0-2, T ABDUL-WAHAD 0-1, JOHNSON 0-3, DEHERE 1-1, FUNDERBURKE 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - HORRY. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, MIKE CALLAHAN, VIOLET PALMER. A - 17,317. T - 2:26.


LA LAKERS (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 42 2-6 0-0 0-4 3 6 4 Horry 36 4-7 1-1 3-14 1 3 9 Oneal 39 13-24 7-11 6-13 1 4 33 Jones 24 2-7 0-0 1-5 1 1 5 Fisher 18 2-6 0-0 1-1 3 1 5 Van Exel 30 5-13 6-7 0-2 5 3 19 Bryant 25 2-9 8-12 3-6 3 5 12 Campbell 18 3-7 0-0 3-7 0 2 6 Bennett 3 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 Blount 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Barry DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 23-33 17-52 17 25 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.697. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Fox 0-1, Horry 0-1, Jones 1-4, Fisher 1-1, Van Exel 3-8, Bryant 0-2). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 5 (Campbell 2, Fox, Horry, Oneal). Turnovers: 18 (Oneal 5, Fox 3, Bryant 2, Fisher 2, Horry 2, Jones 2, Van Exel 2). Steals: 5 (Horry 3, Van Exel 2).

SACRAMENTO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Williamson 38 9-17 6-15 5-8 1 4 24 Owens 33 3-12 3-4 3-10 1 2 9 Thorpe 29 3-9 0-0 1-6 2 4 6 T Abdul-wahad 41 2-10 6-6 4-8 1 4 10 Johnson 44 9-19 4-4 2-4 4 4 22 Dehere 15 2-6 3-4 0-1 0 5 8 Stewart 19 2-7 1-2 5-7 3 5 5 Funderburke 21 4-7 1-2 2-4 0 0 9 Hendrickson DNP - coach's decision Polynice DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - coach's decision Richmond DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-87 24-37 22-48 12 28 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.391, FT-.649. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Owens 0-2, T Abdul-wahad 0-1, Johnson 0-3, Dehere 1-1, Funderburke 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Stewart 2, C Williamson). Turnovers: 13 (Johnson 4, C Williamson 2, Dehere 2, T Abdul-wahad 2, Funderburke, Thorpe). Steals: 5 (Dehere, Johnson, Owens, Stewart, Thorpe). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 21 29 25 21 - 96 Sacramento 31 25 18 19 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Horry, 4:34 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:26. Officials: Hue Hollins, Mike Callahan, Violet Palmer.


GAME RECAP

Shaquille O'Neal had 33 points and 13 rebounds and powered a fourth-quarter surge as the Los Angeles Lakers stayed hot with a 96-93 victory over the shorthanded Sacramento Kings, who have lost a season-high seven straight games.

O'Neal scored seven points in a 3:11 span down the stretch as the Lakers -- who trailed by 14 points in the third quarter -- finally put away the struggling Kings for their ninth win in 10 games. O'Neal has led the Lakers in scoring in 16 consecutive games.

Nick Van Exel scored 19 points and Kobe Bryant added 12 -- both off the bench -- for Los Angeles, which inched within two games of first-place Seattle in the Pacific Division.

"Nick helped us just in time, we needed everything he gave us," Lakers coach Del Harris said. "We just didn't make any emotional investment in the game in the first half. But luckily, the second half was a different story."

Corliss Williamson scored 24 points but misfired on 9-of-15 foul shots for the Kings, who played without All-Star guard Mitch Richmond, their leading scorer. Richmond, fourth in the NBA in scoring at 23.4 points per game, sat out with a sore right knee.

"Oh God, I just wanted to run out of the arena," Williamson said. "If I had hit half of my misses, we'd have had a tie game and a new game."

"I think that after hearing Mitch Richmond was out, our guys thought it was going to be easier than it turned out to be," Harris said. "Fortunately, we awakened during the game instead of on the airplane to Denver."

A jumper by Elden Campbell gave the Lakers the lead for good at 79-77 and Van Exel drilled a three-pointer for a five-point edge with 8:09 remaining.

Williamson missed two free throws before teammate Otis Thorpe tipped in a miss and the teams went scoreless for two minutes until O'Neal had a tip-in with 4:28 to go. Just 21 seconds later, Robert Horry's layup gave Los Angeles an 86-79 lead with 4:07 to play.

Williamson had a tip-in, but again missed two free throws before making a pair to cut the deficit to 86-83 with 2:31 left. O'Neal answered with a tip-in 24 seconds later, then made it 91-83 with a three-point play with 1:17 to go. It was never less than a two-possession game thereafter as Kobe Bryant made 4-of-6 free throws in the final 77 seconds.

"We played really well the first three quarters," Williamson said. "But in the fourth, the Lakers took over. We went flat, couldn't hit our shots and we let them right back in the game. The better team won tonight. You have to have a few things going your way, plus a little luck. But we didn't seem to get anything going in the end."

Bryant scored 12 points and Horry added nine for the Lakers, who shot 42.5 percent (34-of-80) from the field and held a 52-48 edge in rebounds. Los Angeles overcame 18 turnovers and a dozen missed free throws in 35 tries.

"We knew that they were going to come out and play hard," O'Neal said. "They came out hot and were hitting shots, but we just hung in there."

Anthony Johnson scored a career-high 22 points and Billy Owens had 10 rebounds for the Kings, who shot 39 percent (34-of-87), including 1-of-8 from three-point range, and missed 13 free throws.

"I don't feel too bad, our guys gave a good effort," Sacramento coach Eddie Jordan said. "We executed our game plan. We played them pretty well and again the same scenario, we didn't make the open shots when we had the opportunities down the stretch."

Tariq Abdul-Wahad started for Richmond and collected 10 points and eight rebounds. But he shot just 2-of-10 from the field.

Williamson scored six points as Sacramento opened the second half with an 8-0 burst and grabbed its largest lead at 64-50 with 9:44 left in the third quarter. But Los Angeles answered with an 11-0 run, featuring five points by Derek Fisher.

"I bring a lot of energy off the bench and I'm loving it where I'm at now," Van Exel said. "Me and Fish are doing a good tag-team right now and we will continue to do that. Fish is the first man in the ring. And If Fish gets stagnant, then I come in with the knockout, putting them all out."

A jumper by Lawrence Funderburke gave the Kings a 70-62 lead with 4:20 remaining in the period, but the Lakers closed the quarter with a 13-4 run. Van Exel's three-point play and a steal and layup by Rick Fox gave Los Angeles a 75-74 advantage entering the final period.

"There was a time to worry, then Nick hit some big shots and we started to run the court better and we played a much better second half than a first half," O'Neal said.

Terry Dehere's basket capped an 8-2 surge that gave Sacramento a 24-14 lead with 2:17 left in the opening period. The Kings led 31-21 after one quarter as Abdul-Wahad scored eight points.

A jumper by Johnson gave Sacramento a 50-37 bulge with 3:38 to go in the first half. But O'Neal scored four of his 12 second-quarter points in an 11-2 spurt and Los Angeles cut the deficit to 56-50 at halftime.

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