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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 16 23 27 17 83 HOUSTON 25 17 23 24 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 27, KOBE BRYANT 17, RICK FOX 11 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 17, CUTTINO MOBLEY 15, WALT WILLIAMS 14

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 19, ROBERT HORRY 7 HOU - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 16,285


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (83) AT HOUSTON (89)

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

GREEN F 20 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 RICE F 34 1-7 5-5 1 4 5 3 3 1 1 7 ONEAL C 41 12-27 3-8 7 12 19 0 5 0 3 27 BRYANT G 41 6-22 5-6 1 3 4 5 3 1 2 17 HARPER G 30 3-7 3-6 1 2 3 3 4 2 1 9 HORRY 17 0-1 1-2 2 5 7 2 3 0 1 1 FISHER 15 0-6 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 SALLEY 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 SHAW 20 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 1 1 4 FOX 15 4-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 11 KNIGHT 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 GEORGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-86 18-29 13 28 41 18 25 7 10 83 (.360) (.621) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 11(13 PTS)

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

BULLARD F 27 3-13 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 8 WILLIAMS F 35 3-6 6-8 1 4 5 3 2 0 1 14 MILLER C 6 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 0 ANDERSON G 30 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 1 2 5 FRANCIS G 30 6-13 4-4 0 6 6 2 5 0 4 17 OLAJUWON 22 3-8 2-4 0 10 10 1 3 0 0 8 THOMAS 18 0-2 4-4 1 5 6 1 1 1 4 4 MOBLEY 30 5-8 3-5 1 4 5 4 3 0 2 15 DREW 22 5-11 0-0 1 3 4 3 2 0 1 10 CATO 20 2-3 4-6 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 8 CURLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-68 23-31 5 42 47 16 23 3 15 89 (.426) (.742) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(13 PTS)

LA LAKERS 16 23 27 17 - 83 HOUSTON 25 17 23 24 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - NONE. HOUSTON - CATO 4, OLAJUWON 2, ANDERSON, BULLARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 3-9 (.333), BRYANT 0-2, HARPER 0-2, FISHER 0-1, SHAW 0-1, FOX 3-3. HOUSTON 8-23 (.348), BULLARD 2-7, WILLIAMS 2-4, ANDERSON 1-2, FRANCIS 1-3, OLAJUWON 0-1, THOMAS 0-1, MOBLEY 2-3, DREW 0-2. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HOUSTON - DELAY OF GAME 2. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, DEREK RICHARDSON, TERRY DURHAM. A - 16,285. T - 2:32.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 20 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Rice 34 1-7 5-5 1-5 3 3 7 Oneal 41 12-27 3-8 7-19 0 5 27 Bryant 41 6-22 5-6 1-4 5 3 17 Harper 30 3-7 3-6 1-3 3 4 9 Horry 17 0-1 1-2 2-7 2 3 1 Fisher 15 0-6 1-2 0-1 1 0 1 Salley 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Shaw 20 2-6 0-0 0-1 3 1 4 Fox 15 4-5 0-0 1-1 1 2 11 Knight 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 George DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-86 18-29 13-41 18 25 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.360, FT-.621. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Bryant 0-2, Harper 0-2, Fisher 0-1, Shaw 0-1, Fox 3-3). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 11 (Oneal 3, Bryant 2, Fox, Harper, Horry, Rice, Shaw). Steals: 7 (Harper 2, Bryant, Fox, Rice, Salley, Shaw).

HOUSTON (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bullard 27 3-13 0-0 0-3 1 0 8 Williams 35 3-6 6-8 1-5 3 2 14 Miller 6 0-1 0-0 1-4 0 2 0 Anderson 30 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 3 5 Francis 30 6-13 4-4 0-6 2 5 17 Olajuwon 22 3-8 2-4 0-10 1 3 8 Thomas 18 0-2 4-4 1-6 1 1 4 Mobley 30 5-8 3-5 1-5 4 3 15 Drew 22 5-11 0-0 1-4 3 2 10 Cato 20 2-3 4-6 0-2 0 2 8 Curley DNP - coach's decision Gray DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-68 23-31 5-47 16 23 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.426, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Bullard 2-7, Williams 2-4, Anderson 1-2, Francis 1-3, Olajuwon 0-1, Thomas 0-1, Mobley 2-3, Drew 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 8 (Cato 4, Olajuwon 2, Anderson, Bullard). Turnovers: 17 (Francis 4, Thomas 4, Anderson 2, Mobley 2, Cato, Drew, Williams). Steals: 3 (Anderson, Cato, Thomas). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 16 23 27 17 - 83 Houston 25 17 23 24 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:36 4th). Houston 2 (Delay Of Game 2, 9:45 4th, 5:50 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,285. T: 2:32. Officials: Don Vaden, Derek Richardson, Terry Durham.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- A fourth-quarter meltdown kept the Los Angeles Lakers under .500 since their NBA season-high 16-game winning streak.

The Houston Rockets allowed only five points in the final 6:50 and posted an 89-83 victory over Lakers, who went more than five minutes without a basket late in the fourth period.

It was the Rockets' second victory in two weeks over an elite team as they edged the Portland Trail Blazers, 90-89, on January 18.

"We were sky high today," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. We had beaten Portland last week just like this. I told our guys we had nothing to lose. I was very proud of how we played."

Walt Williams hit a 3-pointer to give Houston the lead for good at 82-79 with 3:24 remaining. Kelvin Cato hit 1-of-2 from the line and dunked to push the advantage to 85-79 with 2:08 to play.

Rookie Steve Francis scored 17 points and Cuttino Mobley 15 for the Rockets, who have taken two of three from the Lakers this season.

"In the second half, I was so happy that my teammates stepped up," Francis said. "The Lakers played some really good defense on us, but we've got a lot of young guys here that are learning."

Los Angeles (34-10) dropped to just 3-5 in its last eight games and had its lead over Portland (33-10) in the Pacific Division cut to just one-half game. The Rockets and Blazers are the only teams to defeat the Lakers twice this season.

"That was an embarrassing performance by our basketball team," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I was surprised we didn't perform any better than that on national TV. I was very disappointed. Even if we would have won, it was still an embarrassing performance."

Shaquille O'Neal had 27 points and 19 rebounds for the Lakers but was limited to two dunks in the final seven minutes. O'Neal (12-of-27) and Kobe Bryant (6-of-22) shot a combined 18-of-49 from the field. Bryant scored 17 points, including just three in the final period.

"It was a frustrating night for me," Bryant said. "I had a lot of pretty good looks, they just didn't go down. I thought we did a good job of hanging in there, but they penetrated on us too much. We've got to do a better job of clogging up the middle."

Rick Fox hit a 3-pointer to give the Lakers a 78-76 lead with 6:50 remaining but they did not make another shot until O'Neal's dunk made it 85-81 with 1:48 to go.

"We didn't shoot the ball well and we didn't defend very well," O'Neal said. "We missed a lot of shots, both inside and outside. I missed a few chippies as well. We've got to pick it up and play better to get out of this stretch."

After O'Neal's second dunk pulled Los Angeles within 86-83, Matt Bullard missed a 3-pointer for Houston. However, the Lakers turned it over when Francis intercepted Ron Harper's pass in the lane.

"It's fitting we got the steal at the end because defense won this game for us," Tomjanovich said. "I thought defense was the biggest factor."

Mobley's jumper with 19 seconds left gave Houston a five-point cushion. Following Harper's missed 3-pointer, Cato hit 1-of-2 from the line to complete the scoring.

Houston shot 43 percent (29-of-68) from the field and held Los Angeles to just 36 percent (31-of-86). The Rockets also had eight blocks, led by Cato's four, while the Lakers had none.

"We just didn't make shots," Jackson added. "We got the ball inside to Shaq like we wanted to, but we couldn't get anything in the basket. We never had control of the game, even when we had the lead."

Williams added 14 points and Hakeem Olajuwon grabbed 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Prior to Williams' go-ahead 3-pointer, Cato rejected O'Neal down low, which setting the tone down the stretch for the Rockets.

"That's just basketball," Cato said. "That's what they pay me to do. I'm supposed to play good defense and block shots."

"I thought we were a step slower than them," Bryant added. "They were very quick and they always seemed to make the extra pass. That's how they got Williams open on the 3 that gave them the lead. He hit a big shot."

Houston jumped to a 19-9 lead on Bullard's 3-pointer with 4:27 remaining in the opening quarter and maintained a 10-point cushion for most of the second quarter. A late spurt moved the Lakers within 42-39 at the half.

The Rockets stretched their advantage to 47-39 on Williams' two foul shots with 10:13 left in the third quarter. The Lakers stormed back and opened their biggest lead at 56-49 on O'Neal's hook with 5:42 remaining.

Hosuton closed to 66-65 after three quarters and a jumper by Bryce Drew gave the Rockets a 76-71 edge with 9:04 to go.

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