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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 21 24 18 18 81 SAN ANTONIO 26 29 25 25 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 31, KOBE BRYANT 19, AC GREEN 8 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 29, AVERY JOHNSON 22, TERRY PORTER 15

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 7, KOBE BRYANT 7 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 18, DAVID ROBINSON 12

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 25,589


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (81) AT SAN ANTONIO (105)

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

GREEN F 22 4-8 0-0 1 5 6 0 2 0 1 8 RICE F 23 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 0 0 5 ONEAL C 36 13-17 5-8 2 5 7 1 5 0 4 31 BRYANT G 41 7-14 5-6 1 6 7 8 3 4 1 19 HARPER G 23 0-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 0 SALLEY 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 HORRY 22 2-6 2-4 1 1 2 3 1 0 0 6 FISHER 21 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 FOX 19 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 0 4 SHAW 12 0-5 0-0 2 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 KNIGHT 8 2-4 0-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 GEORGE 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 34-78 12-20 8 25 33 22 20 5 11 81 (.436) (.600) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(17 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 41 11-19 7-8 4 14 18 4 3 0 1 29 ELIE F 33 4-9 2-2 0 1 1 4 0 0 3 11 ROBINSON C 33 7-14 0-1 3 9 12 2 2 2 0 14 JOHNSON G 33 10-12 2-2 0 2 2 9 0 2 2 22 PORTER G 34 6-12 0-0 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 15 JACKSON 13 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 4 ROSE 15 1-4 2-2 0 3 3 0 4 1 2 4 J KERSEY 11 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 2 DANIELS 16 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 2 SPENCER 5 1-1 0-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 WALKER 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 S KERR 4 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 43-82 14-19 9 37 46 23 19 6 11 105 (.524) (.737) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

LA LAKERS 21 24 18 18 - 81 SAN ANTONIO 26 29 25 25 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 5, BRYANT 2, HORRY. SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN, PORTER, ROBINSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 1-10 (.100), RICE 1-2, BRYANT 0-1, FISHER 0-3, FOX 0-2, SHAW 0-1, GEORGE 0-1. SAN ANTONIO 5-11 (.455), ELIE 1-3, PORTER 3-5, JACKSON 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, HANK ARMSTRONG, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 25,589. T - 2:11.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 22 4-8 0-0 1-6 0 2 8 Rice 23 2-7 0-0 0-2 3 3 5 Oneal 36 13-17 5-8 2-7 1 5 31 Bryant 41 7-14 5-6 1-7 8 3 19 Harper 23 0-4 0-0 1-3 1 1 0 Salley 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 Horry 22 2-6 2-4 1-2 3 1 6 Fisher 21 2-7 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Fox 19 2-5 0-0 0-1 2 3 4 Shaw 12 0-5 0-0 2-2 1 0 0 Knight 8 2-4 0-2 0-1 0 1 4 George 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 12-20 8-33 22 20 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Rice 1-2, Bryant 0-1, Fisher 0-3, Fox 0-2, Shaw 0-1, George 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Oneal 5, Bryant 2, Horry). Turnovers: 11 (Oneal 4, Shaw 2, Bryant, Green, Harper, Knight, Salley). Steals: 5 (Bryant 4, Fox).

SAN ANTONIO (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 41 11-19 7-8 4-18 4 3 29 Elie 33 4-9 2-2 0-1 4 0 11 Robinson 33 7-14 0-1 3-12 2 2 14 Johnson 33 10-12 2-2 0-2 9 0 22 Porter 34 6-12 0-0 1-1 2 3 15 Jackson 13 1-3 1-2 0-2 1 3 4 Rose 15 1-4 2-2 0-3 0 4 4 J Kersey 11 1-3 0-0 0-4 0 1 2 Daniels 16 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 2 Spencer 5 1-1 0-2 0-2 0 0 2 Walker 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Kerr 4 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-82 14-19 9-46 23 19 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.524, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Elie 1-3, Porter 3-5, Jackson 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Duncan, Porter, Robinson). Turnovers: 12 (Elie 3, Johnson 2, Rose 2, Daniels, Duncan, Jackson, Walker). Steals: 6 (Johnson 2, Robinson 2, Jackson, Rose). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 21 24 18 18 - 81 San Antonio 26 29 25 25 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: La Lakers 1 (Oneal, 3:36 4th). A: 25,589. T: 2:11. Officials: Mike Mathis, Hank Armstrong, Scott Foster.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The sight of the Los Angeles Lakers again brought out the best in Tim Duncan. They also did the same for Avery Johnson.

Duncan found little resistance in the middle and Johnson lit it up from the outside as the San Antonio Spurs rebounded from one of their worst performances of the season with a resounding 105-81 rout of the slumping Lakers.

Coming off one of his worst games of the season at Portland on Saturday, when he tallied just 12 points, Duncan more bounced back with 29 points and 18 rebounds. He connected on 11-of-19 shots from the field despite being guarded for much of the game by 7-1 superstar Shaquille O'Neal.

"They're the best in the league. They have the best record," Duncan said. "We wanted to have a good showing and get a good start for our upcoming road trip. The most important game is the next game and we played it as such."

In last season's conference semifinals against the Lakers, Duncan averaged 29 points while the Spurs completed a four-game sweep. The All-Star netted 28 points in a 99-93 loss at Los Angeles earlier this season.

Not known for his scoring, Johnson matched a season high with 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting. He also handed out nine assists while running the offense to near perfection.

David Robinson, named to the All-Star Game earlier in the day, added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who built a 10-point halftime lead and never trailed in the second half.

San Antonio also looked to be inspired by the news before the game, when it was learned forward Sean Elliott will resume practicing with the club on Wednesday, six months after he underwent a life-saving kidney transplant.

The Lakers were carried by their All-Stars. O'Neal was among the few bright spots, scoring 31 points on 13-of-17 shooting. Kobe Bryant added 19 points.

Los Angeles suffered its worst loss of the season and fell to 3-6 since an NBA season-high 16-game winning streak. The Lakers were coming off an 89-83 loss at Houston on Sunday that coach Phil Jackson called an embarrassing performance.

"We ran into a hot team tonight," Jackson said. "We played terribly defensively and Avery Johnson was terrific. So was Tim Duncan. I thought they finished up the first half well and we could not stop the momentum that Avery Johnson got going for them. He has hurt us before so it really did not come as much of a surprise."

Behind 18 points and 10 rebounds from Duncan in the first half, the Spurs raced out to a 55-45 advantage. San Antonio shot 54 percent (23-of-43) in the half.

Terry Porter added 15 points and Elie 11 for the Spurs, who shot 52 percent (43-of-82) and held a 46-33 rebounding advantage. The Lakers shot 44 percent (34-of-78).

"For us with Terry in the lineup we're much smaller," Johnson said. "The floor is more spaced out. It felt like the playoffs. I was all alone while they stayed close to Mario (Elie) and Terry. We got a rhythm offensively and this is what we're used to."

"They played hard. The guys were aggressive tonight. They did a good job with the individual pressure and the team did a great job with their defense," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "The team defense was great and it gave us a chance to win the game."

The Lakers still were within striking distance midway through the third quarter, trailing 67-56 with 5:47 left in the period on a 17-footer by A.C. Green. However, that is as close as they would get.

Johnson hit a jumper and Duncan banked home a 14-footer to trigger a 13-2 burst that Elie capped with two free throws, providing the Spurs with an 80-58 bulge with 1:20 left in the quarter. The Lakers scored the final five points of the period.

A jumper by Bryant with 9:17 remaining sliced the deficit to 13, but the Spurs responded with an 18-5 spurt to open their biggest lead at 100-73 with under five minutes left.

"Lately we have let guys get to our middle, especially small guards. Not just Avery Johnson in particular but Mario Elie and Terry Porter as well," Bryant said. "There was a time when we wouldn't allow that to happen. Those guys would've ended up on their back."

O'Neal and Bryant each had their usual games but for the second straight contest, Glen Rice was nowhere to be found. The third leading scorer on the club at 17 points per contest, Rice scored just five points on 2-of-5 shooting. On Sunday, he netted seven on 1-of-7 from the field.

"We are just in a rut right now," O'Neal said. "We are not playing smart and are not doing the things we know we need to do and we are not hitting our shots. We need to get back to the basics and get back on track."

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