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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 25 29 34 35 123 DALLAS 22 27 22 30 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 27, GLEN RICE 21, RICK FOX 18 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 19, ERICK STRICKLAND 19, CEDRIC CEBALLOS 18


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (123) AT DALLAS (101)

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

GREEN F 23 2-3 0-0 2 6 8 0 0 0 0 4 RICE F 33 8-12 3-3 0 4 4 3 1 0 0 21 ONEAL C 38 12-16 3-14 4 6 10 2 5 0 7 27 FISHER G 23 5-14 2-5 3 1 4 1 0 2 3 12 HARPER G 22 5-10 0-0 0 7 7 3 2 1 2 10 FOX 24 9-12 0-0 4 1 5 2 2 4 4 18 SHAW 21 3-4 1-2 0 8 8 5 3 0 2 7 LUE 25 4-6 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 0 2 13 GEORGE 15 1-4 1-2 0 2 2 1 5 1 1 3 KNIGHT 7 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 0 2 JACOBSON 5 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 6 SALLEY 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 53-85 12-28 14 39 53 21 24 8 21 123 (.624) (.429) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 21(17 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 39 7-17 4-7 1 3 4 2 2 3 2 19 NOWITZKI F 23 2-10 2-2 3 3 6 2 2 2 1 6 ROOKS C 17 0-4 2-2 2 5 7 0 4 0 0 2 PACK G 18 3-8 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 2 3 7 STRICKLAND G 34 6-13 4-4 3 2 5 4 3 0 0 19 CEBALLOS 35 8-16 2-2 1 6 7 0 3 0 0 18 HUGHES 7 3-6 0-0 1 0 1 0 4 0 1 6 BRADLEY 13 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 1 2 0 NASH 31 6-9 3-3 0 2 2 2 2 1 6 17 DAVIS 23 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 7 JACKSON DNP - RIGHT THIGH CONTUSION SMITH DNP - LOWER BACK STRAIN

TOTALS 240 38-91 18-22 12 23 35 12 25 9 15 101 (.418) (.818) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

LA LAKERS 25 29 34 35 - 123 DALLAS 22 27 22 30 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, FOX 2, FISHER. DALLAS - NOWITZKI, PACK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 5-12 (.417), RICE 2-2, FISHER 0-3, HARPER 0-1, FOX 0-2, LUE 3-3, GEORGE 0-1. DALLAS 7-16 (.438), FINLEY 1-1, STRICKLAND 3-5, CEBALLOS 0-1, HUGHES 0-1, NASH 2-4, DAVIS 1-4. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - FOX, DALLAS - CEBALLOS. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, RON OLESIAK, TOMMIE WOOD. A - 17,349. T - 2:08.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (123) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 23 2-3 0-0 2-8 0 0 4 Rice 33 8-12 3-3 0-4 3 1 21 Oneal 38 12-16 3-14 4-10 2 5 27 Fisher 23 5-14 2-5 3-4 1 0 12 Harper 22 5-10 0-0 0-7 3 2 10 Fox 24 9-12 0-0 4-5 2 2 18 Shaw 21 3-4 1-2 0-8 5 3 7 Lue 25 4-6 2-2 0-1 2 3 13 George 15 1-4 1-2 0-2 1 5 3 Knight 7 1-1 0-0 1-3 1 3 2 Jacobson 5 3-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 6 Salley 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 53-85 12-28 14-53 21 24 123 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.624, FT-.429. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Rice 2-2, Fisher 0-3, Harper 0-1, Fox 0-2, Lue 3-3, George 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 3, Fox 2, Fisher). Turnovers: 21 (Oneal 7, Fox 4, Fisher 3, Harper 2, Lue 2, Shaw 2, George). Steals: 8 (Fox 4, Fisher 2, George, Harper).

DALLAS (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 39 7-17 4-7 1-4 2 2 19 Nowitzki 23 2-10 2-2 3-6 2 2 6 Rooks 17 0-4 2-2 2-7 0 4 2 Pack 18 3-8 1-2 1-1 0 1 7 Strickland 34 6-13 4-4 3-5 4 3 19 Ceballos 35 8-16 2-2 1-7 0 3 18 Hughes 7 3-6 0-0 1-1 0 4 6 Bradley 13 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 Nash 31 6-9 3-3 0-2 2 2 17 Davis 23 3-7 0-0 0-0 2 1 7 Jackson DNP - right thigh contusion Smith DNP - lower back strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-91 18-22 12-35 12 25 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Finley 1-1, Strickland 3-5, Ceballos 0-1, Hughes 0-1, Nash 2-4, Davis 1-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Nowitzki, Pack). Turnovers: 16 (Nash 6, Pack 3, Bradley 2, Finley 2, Hughes, Nowitzki). Steals: 9 (Finley 3, Nowitzki 2, Pack 2, Bradley, Nash). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 25 29 34 35 - 123 Dallas 22 27 22 30 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Fox, 0:39 2nd). Dallas 1 (Ceballos, 3:15 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,349. T: 2:08. Officials: Hugh Evans, Ron Olesiak, Tommie Wood.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak against the Dallas Mavericks to 18 games with a 123-101 victory as Shaquille O'Neal overcame another porous effort from the free throw line by totaling 27 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lakers have not lost to Dallas since April 5, 1995, thanks to the 18-game streak that includes a pair of victories in the last three days.

O'Neal collected 30 points and 20 rebounds in a 105-97 win on Sunday, when Mavericks coach Don Nelson ordered his team to foul O'Neal whenever he touched the ball.

"I'm struggling from the line, but I'll find a way to come in and do my thing every night," he said. "I'm gonna start hitting them. I'm not worried."

The 7-1 center, a 35 percent shooter from the line this season, went 10-of-23 two days ago and 3-for-14 tonight, but he had four points during a 14-0 run in the third quarter as Los Angeles built a 72-54 cushion.

"I've been averaging 27 (points) and once I step up and start hitting them I'll be averaging 37, 47 and 57," he said. "I'm always hitting them in practice. They just don't fall in the game. ... I'm probably just trying too hard to shut you guys up. That's all you seem to talk about."

Glen Rice capped the 14-0 burst with a jumper and finished with 21 points as the Lakers won for the fourth time in five games to start the season under new coach Phil Jackson.

Michael Finley and Erick Strickland scored 19 points apiece for Dallas, which has lost three of its last four games since a season-opening win over Golden State.

"Sunday night, Shaq beat us and tonight, the rest of the team beat us," Finley said.

Strickland gave the Mavericks their only lead, 2-0, with a dunk 67 seconds into the game.

O'Neal shot 12-of-16 from the floor and had three blocks, but he went just 1-of-9 from the line in the first half and committed seven turnovers.

Asked about O'Neal's problems from the line, Jackson said, "I don't know if I'll comment on that publicly because I know it's very disarming and stressing for him. He was very frustrated in the first half when he went (1-for-9) and I know that's embarrassing for him."

O'Neal overcame his own deficiencies to dominate at times. His 10-foot jumper with 7:41 left in the third quarter increased Los Angeles' lead to 66-54 and his dunk 67 seconds later made it 70-54.

"I didn't play a real good game, especially from the line," he said. "But I did other things well."

Rick Fox and Tyronn Lue scored 18 and 13 points, respectively, in reserve roles for the Lakers, who shot a blistering 62 percent (53-of-85) from the field but only 43 percent (12-of-28) from the line.

"The bench played well enough," Jackson said. "Fox and Ty Lue, some of the other guys off the bench played real well."

O'Neal led a dominating effort on the glass as Los Angeles outrebounded the Mavericks, 53-35.

Derek Fisher ignited the key run with a layup and free throw for a 61-54 advantage with 9:25 to play in the third quarter. Rice sank a 3-pointer and jumper around O'Neal's baskets and a hoop by Derek Harper.

"Once we got the lead, we wanted to make it a comfortable lead and build on it," Rice said. "We didn't want them to come out and foul us for the last four or five minutes of the game. I had a little hot hand. I was carrying a little torch there and I got some good looks."

Rice and Lue combined to sink all five of their 3-point attempts as the Lakers were 5-of-12 from beyond the arc.

Cedric Ceballos and Steve Nash combined for 35 points off the bench for the Mavs, who shot 42 percent (38-of-91) from the floor.

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