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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 28 18 21 24 91 PHOENIX 23 23 18 18 82 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 34, GLEN RICE 23, DEREK FISHER 18 PHO - JASON KIDD 20, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 12, CLIFF ROBINSON 12


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (91) AT PHOENIX (82)

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

GREEN F 35 0-2 2-4 2 7 9 0 0 0 1 2 RICE F 36 6-16 11-12 2 3 5 0 2 1 2 23 ONEAL C 43 14-27 6-14 4 14 18 4 4 0 1 34 FISHER G 33 5-11 6-8 0 0 0 1 3 2 1 18 HARPER G 42 2-9 2-4 0 5 5 4 4 0 2 6 FOX 13 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 0 0 SHAW 19 2-6 2-2 2 3 5 1 0 1 0 6 KNIGHT 4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 HORRY 11 0-2 2-2 3 2 5 0 2 0 0 2 CELESTAND 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 GEORGE DNP - FLU SALLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-76 31-46 14 38 52 11 18 4 10 91 (.382) (.674) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 16 3-6 0-0 2 5 7 2 4 0 0 6 MARION F 23 2-8 2-2 2 3 5 1 4 0 0 6 LONGLEY C 38 3-10 3-5 2 8 10 0 5 1 1 9 HARDAWAY G 42 5-15 2-2 2 6 8 4 4 1 2 12 KIDD G 43 9-20 1-2 3 3 6 10 0 1 1 20 ROGERS 27 4-11 2-2 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 11 CHAPMAN 17 1-5 2-2 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 4 O MILLER 9 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 0 1 2 ROBINSON 25 4-10 2-4 1 2 3 1 5 1 1 12 DAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LIVINGSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-87 14-19 12 32 44 20 33 5 8 82 (.368) (.737) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 8(8 PTS)

LA LAKERS 28 18 21 24 - 91 PHOENIX 23 23 18 18 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 8, HARPER, SHAW, KNIGHT. PHOENIX - HARDAWAY 2, ROBINSON, LONGLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 2-10 (.200), RICE 0-2, FISHER 2-5, HARPER 0-2, CELESTAND 0-1. PHOENIX 4-17 (.235), MARION 0-1, HARDAWAY 0-2, KIDD 1-2, ROGERS 1-3, CHAPMAN 0-3, ROBINSON 2-6. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - HEAD COACH JACKSON, PHOENIX - HEAD COACH AINGE, LONGLEY, ROGERS. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, BILL SPOONER, DEE KANTNER. A - 19,023. T - 2:20.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 35 0-2 2-4 2-9 0 0 2 Rice 36 6-16 11-12 2-5 0 2 23 Oneal 43 14-27 6-14 4-18 4 4 34 Fisher 33 5-11 6-8 0-0 1 3 18 Harper 42 2-9 2-4 0-5 4 4 6 Fox 13 0-2 0-0 1-3 1 3 0 Shaw 19 2-6 2-2 2-5 1 0 6 Knight 4 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Horry 11 0-2 2-2 3-5 0 2 2 Celestand 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 George DNP - flu Salley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-76 31-46 14-52 11 18 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.674. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Rice 0-2, Fisher 2-5, Harper 0-2, Celestand 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 11 (Oneal 8, Harper, Shaw, Knight). Turnovers: 12 (Harper 2, Knight 2, Rice 2, Celestand, Fisher, Green, Oneal). Steals: 4 (Fisher 2, Rice, Shaw).

PHOENIX (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 16 3-6 0-0 2-7 2 4 6 Marion 23 2-8 2-2 2-5 1 4 6 Longley 38 3-10 3-5 2-10 0 5 9 Hardaway 42 5-15 2-2 2-8 4 4 12 Kidd 43 9-20 1-2 3-6 10 0 20 Rogers 27 4-11 2-2 0-2 1 3 11 Chapman 17 1-5 2-2 0-0 1 4 4 O Miller 9 1-2 0-0 0-3 0 4 2 Robinson 25 4-10 2-4 1-3 1 5 12 Day DNP - coach's decision Livingston DNP - coach's decision West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-87 14-19 12-44 20 33 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.368, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (Marion 0-1, Hardaway 0-2, Kidd 1-2, Rogers 1-3, Chapman 0-3, Robinson 2-6). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Hardaway 2, Robinson, Longley). Turnovers: 8 (Hardaway 2, Chapman, Kidd, Longley, O Miller, Robinson, Rogers). Steals: 5 (Hardaway, Kidd, Longley, Robinson, Rogers). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 28 18 21 24 - 91 Phoenix 23 23 18 18 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Head Coach Jackson, 8:31 3rd). Phoenix 3 (Head Coach Ainge, 7:04 3rd; Longley, 7:04 3rd; Rogers, 1:54 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:20. Officials: Dan Crawford, Bill Spooner, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson often is left with the dilemma of whether or not to leave superstar center Shaquille O'Neal in at the end of a close game. Every now and then O'Neal has a game like tonight to reward his coach's faith.

O'Neal had 34 points, 18 rebounds and eight blocked shots and controlled both ends of the court in the final minutes as the Los Angeles Lakers continued their dominance of the Suns in Phoenix with a 91-82 victory.

Glen Rice scored 23 points and Derek Fisher added 18 for the Lakers, who have won seven of their last eight in Phoenix. Los Angeles has opened the season winning seven of nine, despite the absence of injured starter Kobe Bryant.

"It was obviously a good win for us," Rice said. "Anytime you get a win on the road it is good but this is the way it's supposed to work."

Jason Kidd had 20 points and 10 assists for Phoenix, which has dropped three in a row. The Suns also had their 10-game home winning streak snapped.

Penny Hardaway's seven-footer with 2:16 to go drew Phoenix within 82-80 but O'Neal found Fisher for a 17-footer 22 seconds later. On the play Rodney Rogers was whistled for a technical foul and Rice sank the free throw for an 85-80 lead.

The Suns called timeout but right after the break, O'Neal blocked a Hardaway layup then grabbed the rebound of Rex Chapman's missed 3-pointer before being fouled. O'Neal, a liability late in the game because of his 33 percent free-throw shooting, made 1-of-2 from the stripe with 91 seconds left to push the lead to six.

The 7-1, 315-pound center drew another foul with 62 seconds left and again converted 1-of-2. Hardaway missed a 3-pointer on the other end and O'Neal grabbed the rebound. He got the ball to Fisher, who was fouled with 52 seconds and made both free throws to seal the victory.

"I like to make people eat their words," O'Neal said. "People like Marv Albert and the other coaches. I think when I need to hit free throws, I'll hit them. Everyone has weaknesses.

"At this point in my life, I'm glad I don't have the touch on the free throw line. If I was an 80-90 percent shooter, I'd be hard person to deal with. I wouldn't go to practice. I'd be like a 7-foot (Isaiah) Rider."

O'Neal was 14-of-27 from the field and 6-of-14 from the line in 43 minutes. The Lakers won despite shooting just 38 percent but did hold a 52-44 edge on the boards.

"He had an awesome game as far as filling up the stat sheet," Jackson said. "He even made some free throws down the stretch. We stayed in control of that game because of our rebounding and defense. We kept the pace of the game in our control."

"I thought we did a good job on Shaq," Phoenix coach Danny Ainge. "We just really didn't get anyone open to make big shots."

Hardaway and Cliff Robinson scored 12 points apiece for Phoenix, which got to the line just 19 times and committed 33 fouls.

"It looked like we didn't have the energy we should have had," Hardaway said. "We had some mental fatigue. I don't know if the Lakers just came in but they played a great game. We just didn't equal their intensity and play like we were capable."

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