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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 17 25 25 26 93 LA LAKERS 20 30 21 28 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 28, AVERY JOHNSON 15, JAREN JACKSON 13 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 32, GLEN RICE 25, KOBE BRYANT 18

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 19, TIM DUNCAN 9 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 11, RON HARPER 7

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 LAL - THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (93) AT LA LAKERS (99)

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

DUNCAN F 45 8-23 12-15 2 7 9 1 6 0 4 28 JACKSON F 35 5-14 1-2 2 6 8 3 4 2 1 13 ROBINSON C 26 2-8 5-7 6 13 19 1 4 2 3 9 ELIE G 34 4-6 3-3 0 1 1 2 4 0 3 12 JOHNSON G 35 6-14 3-5 1 1 2 6 1 1 1 15 ROSE 18 1-4 1-1 2 3 5 1 6 1 1 3 PORTER 13 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 5 DANIELS 13 1-3 0-0 3 3 6 3 1 0 1 2 J KERSEY 14 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 WALKER 7 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-85 25-33 17 36 53 18 27 7 15 93 (.376) (.758) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

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

GREEN F 24 2-5 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 0 0 4 RICE F 36 9-17 7-9 0 1 1 4 2 1 1 25 ONEAL C 38 13-22 6-12 3 8 11 2 5 0 2 32 BRYANT G 35 7-19 4-5 0 5 5 5 3 0 4 18 HARPER G 29 1-7 0-0 2 5 7 5 2 1 0 3 FISHER 32 0-5 1-2 0 3 3 5 1 4 1 1 SALLEY 10 1-1 0-0 2 1 3 2 4 0 1 2 FOX 12 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 2 HORRY 24 4-6 4-4 2 3 5 1 3 2 2 12 CELESTAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION GEORGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SHAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-83 22-32 11 32 43 24 23 8 13 99 (.458) (.688) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 17 25 25 26 - 93 LA LAKERS 20 30 21 28 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - ROSE, DUNCAN. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 5, HORRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 4-16 (.250), JACKSON 2-8, ELIE 1-2, JOHNSON 0-1, PORTER 1-3, DANIELS 0-2. LA LAKERS 1-10 (.100), RICE 0-2, BRYANT 0-1, HARPER 1-2, FISHER 0-4, HORRY 0-1. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - ELIE, LA LAKERS - ONEAL. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, GREG WILLARD, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 18,997. T - 2:35.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 45 8-23 12-15 2-9 1 6 28 Jackson 35 5-14 1-2 2-8 3 4 13 Robinson 26 2-8 5-7 6-19 1 4 9 Elie 34 4-6 3-3 0-1 2 4 12 Johnson 35 6-14 3-5 1-2 6 1 15 Rose 18 1-4 1-1 2-5 1 6 3 Porter 13 2-7 0-0 0-1 1 0 5 Daniels 13 1-3 0-0 3-6 3 1 2 J Kersey 14 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Walker 7 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 4 Brown DNP - coach's decision S Kerr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-85 25-33 17-53 18 27 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.376, FT-.758. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Jackson 2-8, Elie 1-2, Johnson 0-1, Porter 1-3, Daniels 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Rose, Duncan). Turnovers: 18 (Duncan 4, Elie 3, Robinson 3, Daniels, Jackson, Johnson, Porter, Rose). Steals: 7 (Jackson 2, Robinson 2, Johnson, Porter, Rose).

LA LAKERS (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 24 2-5 0-0 2-6 0 3 4 Rice 36 9-17 7-9 0-1 4 2 25 Oneal 38 13-22 6-12 3-11 2 5 32 Bryant 35 7-19 4-5 0-5 5 3 18 Harper 29 1-7 0-0 2-7 5 2 3 Fisher 32 0-5 1-2 0-3 5 1 1 Salley 10 1-1 0-0 2-3 2 4 2 Fox 12 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 Horry 24 4-6 4-4 2-5 1 3 12 Celestand DNP - coach's decision George DNP - coach's decision Shaw DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-83 22-32 11-43 24 23 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Rice 0-2, Bryant 0-1, Harper 1-2, Fisher 0-4, Horry 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 5, Horry). Turnovers: 13 (Bryant 4, Fox 2, Horry 2, Oneal 2, Fisher, Rice, Salley). Steals: 8 (Fisher 4, Horry 2, Harper, Rice). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 17 25 25 26 - 93 La Lakers 20 30 21 28 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 1 (Elie, 0:37 2nd). La Lakers 1 (Oneal, 6:04 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:35. Officials: Jess Kersey, Greg Willard, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- In a game featuring three All-Stars standing at least seven feet, it was 6-7 Kobe Bryant who provided the game's decisive moment.

Bryant's dunk midway through the fourth quarter capped a huge run that lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to their season-high eighth straight win, 99-93 over the slumping San Antonio Spurs.

The Lakers used a 14-4 spurt, punctuated by Bryant's emphatic slam over Jaren Jackson off a fast break, to take an 85-77 lead with 5:11 left. Bryant added a free throw and the cushion eventually grew to 10 points. The Spurs never threatened thereafter and suffered their third loss in four games.

"I was a little (upset) because every time I went to the basket, I was trying to lay the ball up and I wasn't converting," Bryant said. "I was mad at myself so I wanted to attack the hoop next time."

Bryant's three-point play came 25 seconds after 7-1 Shaquille O'Neal picked up his fifth foul for Los Angeles. O'Neal finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds, Glen Rice scored 25 points and Bryant added 18 as the Lakers won their ninth-straight home game.

"Kobe had a very difficult game tonight and we were able to overcome it and play through it and win the game with Shaq in foul trouble," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.

O'Neal, who scored seven points in the deciding run, shot 7-of-19 from the floor to help the Lakers shoot 46 percent (38-of-83) overall and moved 2 1/2 games ahead of Portland for the league's best record.

"Just another win against a great team," O'Neal said. "They didn't double me like they did in the playoffs last year. We did the things we needed to do against a great team."

This was the first meeting between the teams since the Spurs swept Los Angeles in the Western Conference semifinals en route to their first NBA championship.

Los Angeles, which has won the last four regular-season home games against San Antonio, is riding its longest winning streak since a 10-game run from February 25-March 12.

Tim Duncan, another seven-footer, scored 28 points for the Spurs while fellow "Twin Tower" David Robinson was held to nine but grabbed 19 rebounds in 26 minutes.

"I thought they played a great team game," Duncan said. "Shaquille was great out there and made a lot of big plays for them. They just made the right plays at the right time."

"I think defensively, we were in and out of the game and that's where we lost it," Robinson said. "One guy I used to play against always said you don't win any title in December and that's the truth."

Duncan shot just 8-of-23 from the field as San Antonio made 38 percent (32-of-85) of its attempts.

"I think we played better tonight than we did during the regular season last year," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They (the Lakers) play (defense) and you know that it wins games for you and they play like they are believing it now."

The Lakers went on an 8-2 run to open a 40-29 cushion with 3:14 left in the first half. Rice finished the half with 16 points and O'Neal 14 as the Lakers led 50-42.

Jackson scored five points during a 10-4 spurt that pulled San Antonio within 65-64 with 4:37 remaining in the third quarter. The Spurs scored the first six points of the fourth for a 73-71 lead before the Lakers took over.

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