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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 17 19 18 21 75 MINNESOTA 22 19 22 23 86 FINAL


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LA LAKERS (75) AT MINNESOTA (86)

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

BRYANT F 38 8-21 8-9 2 8 10 2 1 2 1 24 HORRY F 30 0-5 1-2 5 1 6 1 1 0 0 1 CAMPBELL C 34 2-10 1-2 5 4 9 0 4 0 3 5 JONES G 34 2-8 2-2 0 6 6 1 3 1 1 7 FISHER G 22 2-5 3-4 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 8 HARPER 24 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 5 1 1 1 6 KNIGHT 16 3-5 2-2 1 3 4 2 2 1 0 8 FOX 19 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 4 ROOKS 14 1-4 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 JACOBSON 3 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 PATTERSON 2 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 LUE 2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 BLOUNT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ONEAL DNP - STRAINED ABDOMINAL MUSCLE

TOTALS 240 25-75 21-25 14 26 40 17 17 5 10 75 (.333) (.840) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 36 9-19 3-4 2 3 5 3 3 1 1 21 SMITH F 36 7-16 3-3 3 3 6 0 3 1 0 17 D GARRETT C 25 1-4 0-2 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 2 CARR G 15 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 3 MARBURY G 27 4-8 2-2 0 1 1 8 4 1 2 11 SEALY 32 2-8 3-4 2 3 5 3 4 1 5 7 HAMMONDS 15 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 MITCHELL 26 8-13 4-7 2 4 6 3 0 2 0 20 JACKSON 21 2-4 0-1 1 5 6 7 2 0 1 4 CURLEY 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 PATTERSON 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JORDAN 2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 GRANT 1 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 PEELER DNP - LEFT KNEE SWELLING

TOTALS 240 34-79 16-25 12 28 40 25 22 6 10 86 (.430) (.640) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

LA LAKERS 17 19 18 21 - 75 MINNESOTA 22 19 22 23 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - CAMPBELL 4, HORRY 3, JONES 2, BRYANT, KNIGHT, BLOUNT. MINNESOTA - SMITH 3, D GARRETT 2, K GARNETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-18 (.222), BRYANT 0-3, HORRY 0-1, JONES 1-4, FISHER 1-3, HARPER 2-5, FOX 0-2. MINNESOTA 2-4 (.500), CARR 1-1, MARBURY 1-1, SEALY 0-1, MITCHELL 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3, MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BRUCE ALEXANDER, KEN MAUER, DAN CRAWFORD. A - 19,006. T - 2:07.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 38 8-21 8-9 2-10 2 1 24 Horry 30 0-5 1-2 5-6 1 1 1 Campbell 34 2-10 1-2 5-9 0 4 5 Jones 34 2-8 2-2 0-6 1 3 7 Fisher 22 2-5 3-4 0-0 3 0 8 Harper 24 2-6 0-0 1-3 5 1 6 Knight 16 3-5 2-2 1-4 2 2 8 Fox 19 2-7 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 Rooks 14 1-4 2-2 0-0 0 1 4 Jacobson 3 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 Patterson 2 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 Lue 2 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 Blount 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Oneal DNP - strained abdominal muscle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-75 21-25 14-40 17 17 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Bryant 0-3, Horry 0-1, Jones 1-4, Fisher 1-3, Harper 2-5, Fox 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 12 (Campbell 4, Horry 3, Jones 2, Bryant, Knight, Blount). Turnovers: 13 (Campbell 3, Fisher 3, Bryant, Harper, Jones, Rooks). Steals: 5 (Bryant 2, Harper, Jones, Knight).

MINNESOTA (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 36 9-19 3-4 2-5 3 3 21 Smith 36 7-16 3-3 3-6 0 3 17 D Garrett 25 1-4 0-2 1-5 0 2 2 Carr 15 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 Marbury 27 4-8 2-2 0-1 8 4 11 Sealy 32 2-8 3-4 2-5 3 4 7 Hammonds 15 0-0 0-0 0-4 0 1 0 Mitchell 26 8-13 4-7 2-6 3 0 20 Jackson 21 2-4 0-1 1-6 7 2 4 Curley 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Patterson 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jordan 2 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Grant 1 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Peeler DNP - left knee swelling _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 16-25 12-40 25 22 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 2-4, .500 (Carr 1-1, Marbury 1-1, Sealy 0-1, Mitchell 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 6 (Smith 3, D Garrett 2, K Garnett). Turnovers: 10 (Sealy 5, Marbury 2, Carr, Jackson, K Garnett). Steals: 6 (Mitchell 2, K Garnett, Marbury, Sealy, Smith). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 17 19 18 21 - 75 Minnesota 22 19 22 23 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 3 (Illegal Defense 3, 1:32 1st, 5:13 2nd, 5:19 4th). Minnesota 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:34 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,006. T: 2:07. Officials: Bruce Alexander, Ken Mauer, Dan Crawford.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Without Shaq, the Lakers lack an attack.

Shaquille O'Neal was sidelined with an abdominal strain and took the offense with him as the Los Angeles Lakers were held to their lowest total in more than two years in an 86-75 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

O'Neal, averaging better than 30 points and 12 rebounds per game, apparently suffered the injury in the late stages of a 103-98 victory at Denver on Wednesday. It is not known how much time the 7-2 superstar will miss, although a similar injury kept him out of 20 games last season.

Elden Campbell started at center and managed only five points on 2-of-10 shooting. Kobe Bryant collected his fifth double-double in as many games with 24 points and 10 rebounds but was the only Laker in double figures.

"We have to find a way to play well without Shaq," Lakers guard Derek Harper said. "We didn't play efficiently enough to win. You would think that a team that has an eye on the title could gut out a win. You are going to have to gut some wins out.

"The whole team needs to do extra things when Shaq is out. We didn't have enough guys step up. More guys need to step up. Elden has come through in the past when Shaq is out. Tonight it just didn't happen. Minnesota double-teamed him and we didn't move the ball well enough."

Los Angeles shot just 33 percent (25-of-75) from the field and was held to its lowest point total since a 101-75 loss at Utah on December 4, 1996.

"The key for us was we did a good job defensively," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "The other thing for us was we only had 10 turnovers and we're lowest in the league."

Kevin Garnett scored 21 points and Sam Mitchell added eight of his 20 in a pivotal third-quarter surge for the Timberwolves, who snapped a six-game losing streak to the Lakers. Minnesota had not beaten Los Angeles since December 21, 1996.

"I think the last two games have been very important for us," said Garnett, whose team was coming off a win over San Antonio. "Hopefully, we sent a little message that this is our home -- and we play well at home."

Two free throws by Bryant had the Lakers within 48-47 with 6:12 remaining in the third quarter before Mitchell took charge in a 12-2 run. He made a pair of medium-range jumpers before a dunk by Malik Sealy and a runner by Garnett pushed Minnesota's lead to 56-47 with 3:27 to go.

Rick Fox made a jumper, but Mitchell sank two free throws and a fast-break layup as the Wolves extended the lead to 60-49 with 2:24 left.

"Sam Mitchell came in and was making shots," Saunders said.

"They were very active, and made some key shots in the second half, particularly Sam Mitchell off the bench," Lakers coach Del Harris said.

Held under 20 points in each of the first three quarters, Los Angeles rallied within 67-61 on a layup by Bryant with 9:36 to play. Mitchell answered with a 12-footer and Joe Smith hit a pair of jumpers to double the lead.

A lane jumper by Stephon Marbury gave Minnesota its largest lead at 84-67 with 2:15 remaining.

Smith scored 17 points and Marbury added 11 and eight assists for the Wolves, who shot 43 percent (34-of-79) and battled to a 40-40 deadlock on the boards. Six Minnesota players had at least five rebounds.

"To play against a team who is supposed to be a ccontender and handle them the way we did tonight is pretty special, even though they didn't have Shaq," Marbury said.

Derek Fisher and Travis Knight scored eight points apiece for the Lakers, who completed a stretch of five games in seven days. Los Angeles' starting lineup made just 14-of-49 shots, including an 8-of-21 performance by Bryant.

"Not to make excuses, but you have to give the players some slack, because we are the only team to open the season with five games in seven nights," Harris said.

Without O'Neal filling the middle on both ends, the Wolves got off to a quick start. Garnett scored eight points in the first period as Minnesota opened a 22-17 lead.

Mitchell's jumper capped an 8-2 spurt that opened the second quarter and widened the advantage to 30-19 with 8:08 to play. Campbell had consecutive shots blocked by Dean Garrett and committed a foul and a turnover in an awful stretch before the Lakers rallied within two points behind Bryant.

A three-pointer by Minnesota's Chris Carr closed the first half and provided a 41-36 lead.

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