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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 34 21 17 23 95 LA LAKERS 25 24 24 28 101 FINAL


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PHOENIX (95) AT LA LAKERS (101)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 40 7-20 0-0 6 6 12 1 3 3 2 14 MCCLOUD F 25 4-10 3-4 2 3 5 1 5 0 1 12 LONGLEY C 20 3-6 3-4 2 2 4 1 4 2 0 9 CHAPMAN G 40 5-16 3-3 1 3 4 2 2 0 1 14 KIDD G 42 4-11 4-4 1 6 7 11 5 4 2 13 BROWN 6 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 GARRITY 2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 KLEINE 20 3-5 0-0 1 6 7 2 5 1 0 6 MANNING 17 2-5 1-3 1 3 4 2 0 0 0 5 MORRIS 8 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 ROBINSON 20 8-13 3-6 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 20 BAILEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-91 17-24 15 30 45 21 33 12 7 95 (.407) (.708) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 8(13 PTS)

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

BRYANT F 42 11-19 10-12 0 5 5 5 0 2 4 32 KNIGHT F 13 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 0 2 0 ONEAL C 40 10-19 7-17 2 7 9 2 1 0 1 27 HARPER G 23 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 5 JONES G 29 4-11 3-6 2 1 3 2 4 1 1 11 FISHER 25 1-5 0-1 0 2 2 5 4 0 2 2 FOX 24 4-8 1-2 0 2 2 2 5 0 3 12 HORRY 8 1-1 2-2 2 3 5 2 0 0 0 4 RODMAN 30 0-3 3-6 7 10 17 0 3 0 0 3 ROOKS 6 2-4 1-2 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 5 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAMPBELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-76 27-48 15 36 51 22 22 3 15 101 (.461) (.563) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

PHOENIX 34 21 17 23 - 95 LA LAKERS 25 24 24 28 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - NONE. LA LAKERS - BRYANT 4, HORRY 2, RODMAN 2, KNIGHT, ONEAL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 4-19 (.211), MCCLOUD 1-5, CHAPMAN 1-6, KIDD 1-4, MORRIS 0-1, ROBINSON 1-3. LA LAKERS 4-11 (.364), HARPER 1-2, JONES 0-2, FISHER 0-1, FOX 3-6. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - HEAD COACH AINGE, KLEINE, GUGLIOTTA. OFFICIALS: TOMMIE WOOD, HUE HOLLINS, NOLAN FINE. A - 17,505. T - 2:23.


Box Score

PHOENIX (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 40 7-20 0-0 6-12 1 3 14 Mccloud 25 4-10 3-4 2-5 1 5 12 Longley 20 3-6 3-4 2-4 1 4 9 Chapman 40 5-16 3-3 1-4 2 2 14 Kidd 42 4-11 4-4 1-7 11 5 13 Brown 6 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Garrity 2 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Kleine 20 3-5 0-0 1-7 2 5 6 Manning 17 2-5 1-3 1-4 2 0 5 Morris 8 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 3 0 Robinson 20 8-13 3-6 0-0 0 5 20 Bailey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-91 17-24 15-45 21 33 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (Mccloud 1-5, Chapman 1-6, Kidd 1-4, Morris 0-1, Robinson 1-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 8 (Gugliotta 2, Kidd 2, Chapman, Mccloud, Morris). Steals: 12 (Kidd 4, Gugliotta 3, Longley 2, Robinson 2, Kleine).

LA LAKERS (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 42 11-19 10-12 0-5 5 0 32 Knight 13 0-0 0-0 0-4 1 1 0 Oneal 40 10-19 7-17 2-9 2 1 27 Harper 23 2-6 0-0 0-1 3 1 5 Jones 29 4-11 3-6 2-3 2 4 11 Fisher 25 1-5 0-1 0-2 5 4 2 Fox 24 4-8 1-2 0-2 2 5 12 Horry 8 1-1 2-2 2-5 2 0 4 Rodman 30 0-3 3-6 7-17 0 3 3 Rooks 6 2-4 1-2 2-3 0 3 5 Blount DNP - coach's decision Campbell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-76 27-48 15-51 22 22 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.563. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Harper 1-2, Jones 0-2, Fisher 0-1, Fox 3-6). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 10 (Bryant 4, Horry 2, Rodman 2, Knight, Oneal). Turnovers: 15 (Bryant 4, Fox 3, Fisher 2, Knight 2, Harper, Jones, Oneal, Rooks). Steals: 3 (Bryant 2, Jones). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 34 21 17 23 - 95 La Lakers 25 24 24 28 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 3 (Head Coach Ainge, 5:36 1st; Kleine, 3:44 2nd; Gugliotta, 0:34 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Phoenix 1 (Kleine, 7:05 4th). A: 17,505. T: 2:23. Officials: Tommie Wood, Hue Hollins, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

INGLEWOOD, California (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant showed he is a critical part of the rolling Rodman and Rambis show.

Bryant scored 23 of his season-high 32 points in the final 19 minutes as the Los Angeles Lakers remained perfect with Kurt Rambis as coach and Dennis Rodman as their top rebounder, rallying for a 101-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

With Los Angeles caught up in the hype of Rodman's arrival and Rambis' promotion, Bryant has been out of the limelight recently. He shined tonight with several impressive moves and some pivotal scoring down the stretch.

"More than anything, we are believing in the system that coach Rambis has installed for us," said Bryant, who came within one point of his career high. "It's kind of different, and I thought it was going to take a little while to get used to, but everybody has responded to it very, very quickly."

"He (Bryant) does a good job stepping up," Rambis said. "He's a big-time player."

Bryant's flashy play produced four turnovers but also helped key a decisive 12-0 tear midway through the final period. His fast-break dunk and fallaway jumper capped the burst, which gave Los Angeles an 87-78 lead with 5:18 to go.

Rick Fox, who scored 12 points, assisted on both of Bryant's baskets after sparking the run with back-to-back 3-pointers. In front of a national television audience on Sunday, Fox scored all of his 21 points in the second half on 7-of-7 shooting in a 106-90 victory over Houston.

As Phoenix pulled within 91-85, Bryant put another dagger in the Suns' collective heart as he got fouled and hung in the air to hit a seemingly impossible jumper. He made the free throw to build a nine-point bulge, but the Suns stayed close and were within 98-93 with less than 30 seconds left.

Bryant helped seal the win, sinking a free throw and putting home a dunk on the break in the final 22 seconds. He went 11-of-19 from the field and 10-of-12 from the foul line, while contributing five boards, five assists and four blocks.

"There was no way in the world I was going to let them come back and beat us on our home court," Bryant said. "Rick and Dennis and everybody else on the team felt the same way and we just kicked it up, because we didn't want to lose."

Rambis improved to 4-0 since becoming Lakers coach. His tenure coincides with that of Rodman, the outlandish veteran who led Los Angeles in rebounding for the fourth time in as many games. He pulled down 17 boards in 30 minutes.

"We are coming along. We just need to find each other and learn how to get out of difficult situations and get into some good situations and make good things happen," Rodman said. "We need to put those things together, and it'll take a while, but it's all about learning and knowing that."

Shaquille O'Neal contributed 27 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who have won five in a row since the firing of coach Del Harris.

Cliff Robinson scored 20 points and helped the Suns grab a 34-25 lead after the first quarter, during which they shot 71 percent (15-of-21). But Phoenix connected on only 22-of-70 (31 percent) field goals the rest of the way.

"We were making shots early and then just blew up in the second," Robinson said. "It was subtle at first how we continued to drift outside from the basket, but then it became blatant and we couldn't hit anything."

Tom Gugliotta and Rex Chapman each scored 14 points and Jason Kidd added 13 for Phoenix, which suffered a 97-91 home loss to the Lakers on Monday and has won just twice in the last 13 meetings. Gugliotta grabbed 12 rebounds and Kidd handed out 11 assists.

"We tried to make adjustments from Monday and we had them on their heels in the beginning," Gugliotta said. "But the second half we just couldn't find the basket. Then they made a good run in the imnportant part of the game."

Bryant's first points since the first quarter came on a driving layup with 6:37 left in the third. That was the first of nine straight points by Bryant, whose three-point play with 4:47 remaining put Los Angeles in front for the first time since the opening minutes at 66-63.

"You got to hand it to them, they turned it up when they had to," Chapman said. "The shots we were making early, we just didn't make late. They did a good job tightening the screws late in the game and we didn't execute our offense."

The Suns rode their hot shooting in the first quarter to take control early. A 16-3 burst, keyed by four points from Robinson, gave Phoenix its largest lead, 34-21, with 58 seconds left.

O'Neal helped to bring the Lakers back by scoring 15 points in the second quarter. They trailed at the half, 55-49.

Rodman led Los Angeles to a 51-45 edge on the glass, but his leadership failed to help in other areas where the Lakers seem to consistently have problems. They committed 15 turnovers and made just 27-of-48 free throws, including a 7-of-17 effort by O'Neal. Rodman was 3-of-6 from the line, including an air ball in the first quarter that fell at least a foot short of the rim.

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