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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 24 26 17 21 88 LA LAKERS 32 30 27 27 116 FINAL


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CHARLOTTE (88) AT LA LAKERS (116)

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

REID F 32 6-9 1-2 1 7 8 1 3 1 1 13 PHILLS F 33 8-20 2-3 2 1 3 3 3 1 2 20 COLEMAN C 25 2-12 4-5 4 5 9 2 4 0 0 8 WESLEY G 25 1-8 2-2 0 3 3 3 3 1 1 5 ARMSTRONG G 23 4-6 2-2 0 2 2 3 2 1 0 12 SHACKLEFORD 25 4-8 3-4 4 3 7 1 4 0 1 11 PERSON 7 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 RECASNER 25 4-8 1-2 2 1 3 2 1 2 3 11 DAVIS 20 3-12 0-0 3 3 6 1 1 2 3 6 BROWN 15 0-5 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 0 1 0 WILLIAMS 6 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 2 MILLER 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 WOLF DNP - INJURED RIGHT ELBOW

TOTALS 240 33-91 15-20 18 29 47 18 25 8 14 88 (.363) (.750) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

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

BRYANT F 31 8-14 0-0 0 9 9 5 1 2 4 16 KNIGHT F 22 3-5 2-2 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 8 ONEAL C 26 8-15 4-5 5 7 12 2 0 2 0 20 JONES G 29 5-11 5-6 2 4 6 5 2 1 0 19 FISHER G 28 1-6 2-3 0 3 3 5 1 1 1 4 HARPER 20 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 5 1 2 0 7 FOX 24 7-15 6-8 3 1 4 4 1 2 0 20 CAMPBELL 13 1-6 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 2 BLOUNT 19 2-4 3-3 3 1 4 0 4 0 2 7 ROOKS 10 0-2 4-4 3 1 4 0 2 0 2 4 JACOBSON 9 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 6 PATTERSON 9 1-2 1-1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 HORRY DNP - IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT LUE DNP - BACK SPASMS

TOTALS 240 42-90 27-32 17 34 51 27 18 10 12 116 (.467) (.844) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 24 26 17 21 - 88 LA LAKERS 32 30 27 27 - 116

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - MILLER 2, COLEMAN. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, KNIGHT 2, BRYANT 2, FOX 2, JONES, CAMPBELL, BLOUNT, ROOKS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 7-17 (.412), PHILLS 2-5, COLEMAN 0-1, WESLEY 1-4, ARMSTRONG 2-3, PERSON 0-1, RECASNER 2-3. LA LAKERS 5-12 (.417), BRYANT 0-1, JONES 4-5, FISHER 0-2, HARPER 1-1, FOX 0-2, JACOBSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, JESS KERSEY, VIOLET PALMER. A - 14,093. T - 2:09.


Box Score

CHARLOTTE (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Reid 32 6-9 1-2 1-8 1 3 13 Phills 33 8-20 2-3 2-3 3 3 20 Coleman 25 2-12 4-5 4-9 2 4 8 Wesley 25 1-8 2-2 0-3 3 3 5 Armstrong 23 4-6 2-2 0-2 3 2 12 Shackleford 25 4-8 3-4 4-7 1 4 11 Person 7 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Recasner 25 4-8 1-2 2-3 2 1 11 Davis 20 3-12 0-0 3-6 1 1 6 Brown 15 0-5 0-0 1-1 2 2 0 Williams 6 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Miller 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Wolf DNP - injured right elbow _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-91 15-20 18-47 18 25 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.363, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Phills 2-5, Coleman 0-1, Wesley 1-4, Armstrong 2-3, Person 0-1, Recasner 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Miller 2, Coleman). Turnovers: 16 (Davis 3, Recasner 3, Phills 2, Brown, Person, Reid, Shackleford, Wesley, Williams). Steals: 8 (Davis 2, Recasner 2, Armstrong, Phills, Reid, Wesley).

LA LAKERS (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 31 8-14 0-0 0-9 5 1 16 Knight 22 3-5 2-2 0-2 1 4 8 Oneal 26 8-15 4-5 5-12 2 0 20 Jones 29 5-11 5-6 2-6 5 2 19 Fisher 28 1-6 2-3 0-3 5 1 4 Harper 20 3-5 0-0 0-0 5 1 7 Fox 24 7-15 6-8 3-4 4 1 20 Campbell 13 1-6 0-0 1-4 0 1 2 Blount 19 2-4 3-3 3-4 0 4 7 Rooks 10 0-2 4-4 3-4 0 2 4 Jacobson 9 3-5 0-0 0-2 0 1 6 Patterson 9 1-2 1-1 0-1 0 0 3 Horry DNP - irregular heartbeat Lue DNP - back spasms _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-90 27-32 17-51 27 18 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.844. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Bryant 0-1, Jones 4-5, Fisher 0-2, Harper 1-1, Fox 0-2, Jacobson 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 13 (Oneal 3, Knight 2, Bryant 2, Fox 2, Jones, Campbell, Blount, Rooks). Turnovers: 12 (Bryant 4, Blount 2, Rooks 2, Campbell, Fisher, Jacobson, Patterson). Steals: 10 (Bryant 2, Fox 2, Harper 2, Oneal 2, Fisher, Jones). ____________________________________________ Charlotte 24 26 17 21 - 88 La Lakers 32 30 27 27 - 116 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,093. T: 2:09. Officials: Bill Spooner, Jess Kersey, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

INGLEWOOD, California (Ticker) -- Rick Fox scored a season-high 20 points as the Los Angeles Lakers used a pair of big first-half runs in coasting to their most convincing victory of the season, a 116-88 rout of the floundering Charlotte Hornets.

"Tonight was a way of getting back into shape," said Fox. "I felt out of sync. I just want to help this team as much as possible."

Shaquille O'Neal also scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Eddie Jones added 19 points for Los Angeles, which snapped a two-game losing skid and jumped back over the .500 mark at 4-3.

The Lakers held a slim 36-34 lead with 9:37 remaining in the second quarter before O'Neal and Kobe Bryant took over.

Bryant started a 9-0 run with a driving layup and an acrobatic slam. O'Neal followed with a dunk of his own before hitting a free throw and a three-foot hook shot with 6:23 left, giving Los Angeles a 45-34 advantage.

The Hornets used an 11-3 spurt to pull within 48-45 with 4:17 to go in the half, but O'Neal and Jones combined for 12 points during a 14-5 run that gave the Lakers a 62-50 bulge at the half.

"I thought we were in it for a while," said disgruntled Hornets coach Dave Cowens, who told the Winston-Salem Journal earlier today he does not expect to return next season because he feels he is underpaid. "They made their run and we made a couple of runs to get it close, but we let it get away. We have too many mental mistakes."

Jones, who has been involved in trade rumors which have him going to Charlotte for injured All-Star swingman Glenn Rice, denied having any extra incentive for tonight's contest.

"I really can't control the rumors," said Jones. "It felt good (to win) against any team. It could have been the worst team in the league and to get a win the way we won the game was important."

Bryant finished with 16 points for the Lakers, who committed just one turnover over the first 20 minutes. Los Angeles' three previous wins were by a combined 18 points.

"We'll try to take away some of the positives that we did tonight, like moving the ball and playing defense," Bryant said. "Hopefully, we can take it into tomorrow's game as well."

Despite being released from Centinela Hospital on Monday, Lakers forward Robert Horry missed his second straight game due to an irregular heartbeat and will undergo further evaluation Thursday before being cleared to play.

Bobby Phills scored a team season-high 20 points and J.R. Reid added 13 for the Hornets, who dropped their third straight game and five of their first six. Reid had established the previous team-high in scoring with a 19-point performance in the Hornets' only win of the season, a 94-91 victory over Miami on February 8.

Fox, who scored 14 of his 20 points during a lackluster second half, hit an 18-footer from the left sideline that opened a 82-60 cushion with 3:57 left in the third quarter. He entered the contest averaging just 5.3 points per contest and had not scored more than 10 in any of the previous five games.

"It was the kind of game where we could relax a little bit, loosen up and let everybody play," said Los Angeles coach Del Harris. "We needed a game like that."

B.J. Armstrong, whose name has also been mentioned in the prospective deal for Jones, scored 12 points and Charles Shackleford and Eldridge Recasner added 11 apiece for the Hornets, who shot just 36 percent (33-of-91) from the field and committed 17 turnovers.

"I'm just trying to stay positive," said Armstrong. "They just overmatched us at every position tonight. Shaq was the big fellow in the middle. What can you do?"

The Lakers held a 51-48 advantage on the boards, including nine more for Bryant, who matched his season average. Los Angeles shot 47 percent (42-of-90) and a sparkling 27-of-32 from the line.

Team officials would not comment on rumors involving the signing of former Chicago Bulls forward and free agent Dennis Rodman.

"They talk about Dennis joining us," Fox added. "(But) the rebounds haven't been our problem. We just haven't been shooting the ball too well."

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