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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 27 20 19 17 83 LA LAKERS 18 26 16 27 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHA - DERRICK COLEMAN 17, DAVID WESLEY 17, BOBBY PHILLS 17 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 23, GLEN RICE 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13

HIGH REBOUND: CHA - ELDEN CAMPBELL 13, DERRICK COLEMAN 9 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 16, KOBE BRYANT 10

HIGH ASSISTS: CHA - BARON DAVIS 5, DAVID WESLEY 3 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 4, KOBE BRYANT 4

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

CHARLOTTE (83) AT LA LAKERS (87)

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

COLEMAN F 37 5-14 6-8 2 7 9 0 4 1 2 17 MASON F 37 1-6 6-8 0 5 5 1 4 2 1 8 CAMPBELL C 39 4-13 1-2 2 11 13 2 6 1 0 9 R DAVIS G 25 2-4 0-0 1 5 6 1 4 1 1 4 WESLEY G 36 6-14 5-7 1 2 3 3 0 1 4 17 MILLER 13 3-3 1-1 0 3 3 0 4 2 2 7 PHILLS 32 8-15 0-4 1 4 5 2 3 5 3 17 B DAVIS 17 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 5 2 1 3 4 ROBINSON 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAWKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - TORN LIGAMENT LEFT ELBOW

TOTALS 240 30-73 21-32 7 39 46 14 27 14 17 83 (.411) (.656) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

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

GREEN F 20 2-7 1-2 3 3 6 0 2 2 1 5 RICE F 38 3-8 9-9 2 6 8 3 2 3 2 17 ONEAL C 47 8-16 7-15 4 12 16 4 4 0 3 23 BRYANT G 36 5-19 2-2 3 7 10 4 5 1 5 13 HARPER G 22 2-8 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 0 3 5 FISHER 33 4-10 4-4 0 2 2 3 4 3 1 13 FOX 16 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 2 9 HORRY 22 0-2 2-2 0 3 3 0 5 0 0 2 SHAW 5 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 GEORGE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SALLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-80 25-34 15 37 52 17 26 9 19 87 (.338) (.735) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19(14 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 27 20 19 17 - 83 LA LAKERS 18 26 16 27 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - B DAVIS, COLEMAN. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 4, GREEN, HARPER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 2-9 (.222), COLEMAN 1-1, WESLEY 0-3, PHILLS 1-4, B DAVIS 0-1. LA LAKERS 8-19 (.421), RICE 2-2, BRYANT 1-4, HARPER 1-2, FISHER 1-2, FOX 3-8, HORRY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, DAVID JONES, MIKE SMITH. A - 18,997. T - 2:28.


Box Score

CHARLOTTE (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Coleman 37 5-14 6-8 2-9 0 4 17 Mason 37 1-6 6-8 0-5 1 4 8 Campbell 39 4-13 1-2 2-13 2 6 9 R Davis 25 2-4 0-0 1-6 1 4 4 Wesley 36 6-14 5-7 1-3 3 0 17 Miller 13 3-3 1-1 0-3 0 4 7 Phills 32 8-15 0-4 1-5 2 3 17 B Davis 17 1-4 2-2 0-1 5 2 4 Robinson 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Fuller DNP - coach's decision Hawkins DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - torn ligament left elbow _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-73 21-32 7-46 14 27 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.411, FT-.656. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Coleman 1-1, Wesley 0-3, Phills 1-4, B Davis 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (B Davis, Coleman). Turnovers: 17 (Wesley 4, B Davis 3, Phills 3, Coleman 2, Miller 2, Mason, R Davis, Robinson). Steals: 14 (Phills 5, Mason 2, Miller 2, B Davis, Campbell, Coleman, R Davis, Wesley).

LA LAKERS (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 20 2-7 1-2 3-6 0 2 5 Rice 38 3-8 9-9 2-8 3 2 17 Oneal 47 8-16 7-15 4-16 4 4 23 Bryant 36 5-19 2-2 3-10 4 5 13 Harper 22 2-8 0-0 2-4 0 0 5 Fisher 33 4-10 4-4 0-2 3 4 13 Fox 16 3-9 0-0 0-1 2 4 9 Horry 22 0-2 2-2 0-3 0 5 2 Shaw 5 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 George 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Knight DNP - coach's decision Salley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-80 25-34 15-52 17 26 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.338, FT-.735. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Rice 2-2, Bryant 1-4, Harper 1-2, Fisher 1-2, Fox 3-8, Horry 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 4, Green, Harper). Turnovers: 19 (Bryant 5, Harper 3, Oneal 3, Fox 2, Rice 2, Shaw 2, Fisher, Green). Steals: 9 (Fisher 3, Rice 3, Green 2, Bryant). ____________________________________________ Charlotte 27 20 19 17 - 83 La Lakers 18 26 16 27 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:28. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, David Jones, Mike Smith.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Eddie Jones could only watch as Glen Rice rallied the Los Angeles Lakers to their 13th straight victory.

In his first game against his previous team, Rice had two 3-pointers, three steals and won a key jump ball during a furious fourth-quarter rally as the Lakers blew past the Charlotte Hornets, then held on for an 87-83 victory.

Jones and Rice were the key components in a five-player deal between the teams last season that also sent center Elden Campbell to the Hornets. Jones has flourished in Charlotte but was sidelined with an elbow injury and watched his team blow a 13-point lead.

"Glen is a fabulous player," Lakers superstar center Shaquille O'Neal said. "Of course, you hate to see a guy like Eddie go. I'm glad that Glen is here and he's one of the greatest shooters in the game."

Rice and Jones both are free agents at the end of the season. There has been plenty of talk of the Lakers trading Rice but the Hornets would like to re-sign Jones.

"People can want a lot of things," Jones said. "The only thing I can say is I'm a free agent in July. My first choice is to sign back with Charlotte. From there, we'll see."

The Lakers turned things around with a 20-1 run, then nearly squandered a six-point lead in the final 90 seconds. After Charlotte's Bobby Phills stepped on the sideline attempting a go-ahead 3-pointer, Rice made two free throws with three seconds left to seal the win.

"When we got down 13, I knew it was going to be a dogfight," Rice said. "We definitely had to pick it up and we did."

"Oh, man, I definitely wanted to be out there," said Jones, who aggravated the injury when he returned Wednesday. "I really wanted to be there when they were up one and we had the ball. That's when I wanted it. I wanted to come back for just that one play. I'll be against them in March. I've already circled it on my calendar."

O'Neal had 23 points and 16 rebounds and Rice scored 17 points for the Lakers, who shot below 34 percent (27-of-80) from the field and committed 19 turnovers.

"Their defense was pretty solid and our shooting was just horrendous," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "But we found a way to win which is really important."

Phills, Derrick Coleman and David Wesley scored 17 points each for the Hornets, who shot 41 percent (30-of-73) but dropped their season-high fourth straight game. Ricky Davis started for Jones and scored just four points.

"We didn't have enough to really handle that club," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "I got great production out of three guys and we needed production out of one other guy to really get it done. They just kept coming at us and coming at us."

After two free throws by Rice, Coleman's jumper gave Charlotte a 77-64 lead with 7:48 to play. Derek Fisher hit a jumper and Rice made a steal and 3-pointer to start the pivotal burst.

Kobe Bryant made a pair of driving layups before a free throw by Coleman and O'Neal's hook cut the deficit to 78-75 with 4:33 to go. Rice won a jump ball from the taller Coleman anjd Robert Horry made two free throws before another 3-pointer by Rice gave Los Angeles the lead for good at 80-78 with 2:36 remaining.

"I've just got to get into the offensive rhythm," said Rice, who was just 3-of-8 from the field but 9-of-9 from the line. "We need to move the ball around a little bit better in order for me to get into that rhythm. I expect me to hit every shot -- it just doesn't happen all the time."

Rice made another steal, O'Neal made another hook and two free throws by Fisher gave the Lakers an 84-78 bulge with 1:28 left. But Phills hit a jumper, intercepted a bad pass by Bryant and fed Wesley for a driving layup. Anthony Mason and O'Neal traded free throws, leaving the Lakers with an 85-83 edge with 13 seconds to play, setting up Phills' misstep.

Jones came out on the floor before the game and received a warm ovation from the Staples Center crowd.

"I had goose bumps all over me," he said. "It was incredible. They made me feel like I never left."

The Hornets did not trail until the fourth quarter. They began by doing an excellent job of helping Campbell defend O'Neal and raced to a 27-18 lead after one period. Campbell actually outplayed O'Neal with six points and six rebounds.

The Lakers cut the deficit to 47-44 at halftime and the Hornets led 66-60 after three quarters before scoring the first seven points of the fourth period.

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