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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 20 22 16 22 80 SAN ANTONIO 21 21 13 20 75 FINAL


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LA LAKERS (80) AT SAN ANTONIO (75)

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

BRYANT F 41 8-19 2-2 2 8 10 2 5 2 4 19 HORRY F 35 1-5 2-2 5 6 11 4 5 0 2 4 ONEAL C 40 11-18 4-8 4 9 13 1 1 0 4 26 JONES G 43 8-18 3-7 3 3 6 3 1 4 0 21 FISHER G 22 0-5 0-0 0 3 3 3 2 1 1 0 BLOUNT 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 HARPER 26 4-9 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 3 1 9 CAMPBELL 16 0-1 0-0 2 4 6 1 2 0 4 0 ROOKS 8 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 FOX DNP - SORE RIGHT FOOT KNIGHT DNP - FLU JACOBSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PATTERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-77 12-21 16 35 51 17 21 10 16 80 (.416) (.571) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

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

ELLIOTT F 34 5-12 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 0 2 11 DUNCAN F 42 8-24 5-9 4 11 15 2 2 1 5 21 ROBINSON C 36 4-11 3-4 2 5 7 1 3 2 2 11 JACKSON G 17 0-4 0-0 0 5 5 2 4 1 1 0 JOHNSON G 37 4-9 1-2 0 0 0 2 2 1 2 9 S KERR 23 4-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 2 1 10 J KERSEY 16 2-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 1 0 4 ELIE 26 4-8 0-1 2 4 6 6 1 0 0 9 DANIELS 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 KING 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 PERDUE DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE GAZE DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-78 9-16 11 27 38 18 20 8 15 75 (.397) (.563) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

LA LAKERS 20 22 16 22 - 80 SAN ANTONIO 21 21 13 20 - 75

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - BRYANT 2, HORRY 2, ONEAL 2, CAMPBELL 2, ROOKS. SAN ANTONIO - JOHNSON 2, ELIE 2, DUNCAN, ROBINSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-13 (.308), BRYANT 1-4, HORRY 0-1, JONES 2-5, FISHER 0-1, HARPER 1-2. SAN ANTONIO 4-14 (.286), ELLIOTT 1-5, JACKSON 0-1, JOHNSON 0-1, S KERR 2-3, ELIE 1-3, DANIELS 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, LEROY RICHARDSON, SCOTT WALL. A - 33,788. T - 2:11.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 41 8-19 2-2 2-10 2 5 19 Horry 35 1-5 2-2 5-11 4 5 4 Oneal 40 11-18 4-8 4-13 1 1 26 Jones 43 8-18 3-7 3-6 3 1 21 Fisher 22 0-5 0-0 0-3 3 2 0 Blount 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Harper 26 4-9 0-0 0-0 3 1 9 Campbell 16 0-1 0-0 2-6 1 2 0 Rooks 8 0-1 1-2 0-1 0 2 1 Fox DNP - sore right foot Knight DNP - flu Jacobson DNP - coach's decision Lue DNP - coach's decision Patterson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-77 12-21 16-51 17 21 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Bryant 1-4, Horry 0-1, Jones 2-5, Fisher 0-1, Harper 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Bryant 2, Horry 2, Oneal 2, Campbell 2, Rooks). Turnovers: 16 (Bryant 4, Campbell 4, Oneal 4, Horry 2, Fisher, Harper). Steals: 10 (Jones 4, Harper 3, Bryant 2, Fisher).

SAN ANTONIO (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Elliott 34 5-12 0-0 1-2 3 2 11 Duncan 42 8-24 5-9 4-15 2 2 21 Robinson 36 4-11 3-4 2-7 1 3 11 Jackson 17 0-4 0-0 0-5 2 4 0 Johnson 37 4-9 1-2 0-0 2 2 9 S Kerr 23 4-6 0-0 0-0 2 2 10 J Kersey 16 2-2 0-0 2-3 0 3 4 Elie 26 4-8 0-1 2-6 6 1 9 Daniels 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 King 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Perdue DNP - sprained right ankle Gaze DNP - coach's decision Rose DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-78 9-16 11-38 18 20 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.563. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Elliott 1-5, Jackson 0-1, Johnson 0-1, S Kerr 2-3, Elie 1-3, Daniels 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Johnson 2, Elie 2, Duncan, Robinson). Turnovers: 15 (Duncan 5, Elliott 2, Johnson 2, Robinson 2, Daniels, Jackson, King, S Kerr). Steals: 8 (Robinson 2, S Kerr 2, Duncan, J Kersey, Jackson, Johnson). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 20 22 16 22 - 80 San Antonio 21 21 13 20 - 75 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:05 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 33,788. T: 2:11. Officials: Bob Delaney, Leroy Richardson, Scott Wall.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Shaquille O'Neal had 26 points and 13 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers turned back the San Antonio Spurs, 80-75, winning two of three games against the elite of the Western Conference.

Eddie Jones finally found his stroke and added 21 points for the Lakers, who bounced back barely 24 hours after Sunday's disheartening home loss to Utah in which they allowed veterans Karl Malone and John Stockton to score 27 points in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles opened the season with a victory against Houston.

The Lakers applied some of the lessons learned in that defeat, moving the ball and relentlessly attacking the offensive glass. The Lakers had seven of their 16 offensive rebounds in the final 12 minutes as they fought off repeated challenges by the Spurs.

"We didn't want to lose two in a row and have anything close to a losing streak," said O'Neal. "We didn't shoot well yesterday, so tonight we tried to get the ball to everybody and break out of it."

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich admitted the frustration of seeing his team fail to grab loose balls and missed shots in the fourth quarter.

"Our second-chance points and loose balls just murdered us tonight," he said. "It was really maddening, we made the stops and got on them defensively, we just couldn't get the rebounds."

Robert Horry and Kobe Bryant each sank two free throws in the final 40 seconds as Los Angeles defeated San Antonio for the fifth straight time overall and the fourth consecutive time in the AlamoDome.

Bryant, who entered the season without a double-double, had 19 points and 10 rebounds for his third in succession.

Tim Duncan scored 21 points but David Robinson was held to 11 on 4-of-11 shooting for San Antonio, which was thwarted in a bid for its first 3-0 start since the 1984-85 season.

Robinson, whom O'Neal bad-mouthed in a preseason interview, was held to one basket in the final 33:55. The animosity between the teams was evident throughout the contest, highlighted by Lakers point guard Derek Fisher spiking the ball off a prone Sean Elliot as he tried to save a possession.

"I'm known for backing up what I say and you all know I come out to play every night," said O'Neal. "It's perfect. I'm used to it and I don't take it personally. We realized that they were going to come out strong after reading my statement. I do that on purpose to get pumped up."

"We had to stick with the gameplan," said Bryant. "You saw a good effort from us tonight. Coming into a stadium like this with over 30,000 fans can't help but get you pumped up and you know `Shaq' is going to say the things he feels are necessary to get him into it."

A jumper by Derek Harper gave Los Angeles a 67-60 lead with 7:20 to play. but Sean Elliott had a 3-pointer before Mario Elie followed his own miss to pull the Spurs within two.

Horry and Elliott traded baskets before Jones drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner to give Los Angeles a 72-67 lead with 5:35 to play.

Robinson and Duncan had baskets to make it a one-point game, but after Bryant missed a 3-pointer, the Lakers got the rebound and worked the ball to O'Neal, who threw down a thunderous one-handed dunk to make it 74-71 with 3:18 left.

Mario Elie followed his own miss to make it a one-point game again, but O'Neal had a seven-foot turnaround jumper. Robinson and Duncan each made one free throw around Horry's two to make it 78-75 with 28 seconds left, but Bryant grabbed the rebound of a miss by Horry and was fouled by Elliott, setting up the game-clinching free throws.

The Spurs were not even looking for Robinson down the stretch, hoping Duncan would fare better against Horry. But it never materialized as Duncan went 1-of-6 from the field in the fourth quarter and 8-of-24 overall.

"Tim had a tough night getting his shots to fall," said Popovich. "He's human, he won't be 20-of-24 every night."

Jones, who was 3-of-22 from the field in the first two games, went 8-of-18 from the field as the Lakers shot 42 percent (32-of-77) and outrebounded San Antonio, 51-38.

The Spurs shot just under 40 percent (31-of-78). Duncan had 15 rebounds and Robinson pulled down seven.

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