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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 18 23 18 22 81 LA LAKERS 24 30 26 34 114 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 29, TOM HAMMONDS 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 37, KOBE BRYANT 24, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 16, RON HARPER 6

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - BOBBY JACKSON 6, KEVIN GARNETT 3 LAL - BRIAN SHAW 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 18,843


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (81) AT LA LAKERS (114)

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

K GARNETT F 35 10-20 8-10 2 4 6 3 4 1 1 29 MITCHELL F 21 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 2 1 2 NESTEROVIC C 13 2-4 1-2 2 2 4 0 4 0 1 5 JACKSON G 26 2-8 1-2 0 1 1 6 1 3 0 5 SEALY G 36 3-11 1-1 1 3 4 1 4 1 1 8 D GARRETT 16 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 0 1 2 SZCZERBIAK 22 2-8 4-4 0 3 3 1 4 0 0 8 PEELER 23 3-12 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 0 1 6 SMITH 12 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 1 1 2 AVERY 16 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 3 2 HAMMONDS 20 4-9 4-8 2 0 2 1 1 1 1 12 BRANDON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-88 19-27 12 27 39 17 32 9 11 81 (.341) (.704) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

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

GREEN F 27 4-6 0-0 0 5 5 0 3 0 0 8 RICE F 26 0-6 7-7 2 2 4 1 2 1 1 7 ONEAL C 35 11-16 15-20 4 12 16 3 2 0 3 37 BRYANT G 33 9-17 4-5 2 3 5 4 1 1 5 24 HARPER G 20 1-5 0-0 1 5 6 2 2 1 2 2 FISHER 23 1-6 2-2 1 2 3 4 3 1 0 4 FOX 16 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 1 0 7 HORRY 13 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 4 SHAW 21 2-3 4-4 0 5 5 7 1 1 4 8 KNIGHT 13 2-6 1-2 2 1 3 0 5 0 0 5 GEORGE 8 2-3 2-2 1 2 3 0 0 2 1 6 SALLEY 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 38-79 35-42 13 41 54 25 25 8 17 114 (.481) (.833) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

MINNESOTA 18 23 18 22 - 81 LA LAKERS 24 30 26 34 - 114

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - D GARRETT 4, K GARNETT 2, NESTEROVIC, MITCHELL. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 4, SHAW, SALLEY, KNIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 2-14 (.143), K GARNETT 1-2, MITCHELL 0-1, JACKSON 0-1, SEALY 1-3, PEELER 0-3, AVERY 0-4. LA LAKERS 3-11 (.273), RICE 0-2, BRYANT 2-2, FISHER 0-3, FOX 1-3, HORRY 0-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - MITCHELL, LA LAKERS - HORRY. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, RODNEY MOTT, TONY BROTHERS. A - 18,843. T - 2:23.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 35 10-20 8-10 2-6 3 4 29 Mitchell 21 1-3 0-0 1-5 1 2 2 Nesterovic 13 2-4 1-2 2-4 0 4 5 Jackson 26 2-8 1-2 0-1 6 1 5 Sealy 36 3-11 1-1 1-4 1 4 8 D Garrett 16 1-3 0-0 1-5 0 4 2 Szczerbiak 22 2-8 4-4 0-3 1 4 8 Peeler 23 3-12 0-0 1-5 1 2 6 Smith 12 1-4 0-0 2-3 1 2 2 Avery 16 1-6 0-0 0-1 2 4 2 Hammonds 20 4-9 4-8 2-2 1 1 12 Brandon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-88 19-27 12-39 17 32 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.341, FT-.704. 3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143 (K Garnett 1-2, Mitchell 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Sealy 1-3, Peeler 0-3, Avery 0-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 8 (D Garrett 4, K Garnett 2, Nesterovic, Mitchell). Turnovers: 12 (Avery 3, D Garrett, Hammonds, K Garnett, Mitchell, Nesterovic, Peeler, Sealy, Smith). Steals: 9 (Jackson 3, Mitchell 2, Hammonds, K Garnett, Sealy, Smith).

LA LAKERS (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 27 4-6 0-0 0-5 0 3 8 Rice 26 0-6 7-7 2-4 1 2 7 Oneal 35 11-16 15-20 4-16 3 2 37 Bryant 33 9-17 4-5 2-5 4 1 24 Harper 20 1-5 0-0 1-6 2 2 2 Fisher 23 1-6 2-2 1-3 4 3 4 Fox 16 3-7 0-0 0-1 3 1 7 Horry 13 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 4 4 Shaw 21 2-3 4-4 0-5 7 1 8 Knight 13 2-6 1-2 2-3 0 5 5 George 8 2-3 2-2 1-3 0 0 6 Salley 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 35-42 13-54 25 25 114 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Rice 0-2, Bryant 2-2, Fisher 0-3, Fox 1-3, Horry 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Oneal 4, Shaw, Salley, Knight). Turnovers: 18 (Bryant 5, Shaw 4, Oneal 3, Harper 2, George, Horry, Rice). Steals: 8 (George 2, Bryant, Fisher, Fox, Harper, Rice, Shaw). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 18 23 18 22 - 81 La Lakers 24 30 26 34 - 114 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Mitchell, 2:59 1st). La Lakers 1 (Horry, 5:27 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,843. T: 2:23. Officials: Jack Nies, Rodney Mott, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- All-Star Shaquille O'Neal scored 27 of his 37 points in the first half as the Los Angeles Lakers notched their 11th straight home victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 114-81.

O'Neal scored 18 straight Lakers points during a 20-7 run as Los Angeles opened a 44-25 lead with 6:03 left in the first half. He was 9-of-13 from the floor, 9-of-11 from the line and grabbed 11 rebounds, helping the Lakers to a 54-41 lead at halftime.

"I was just telling my guys to get the ball to me because I was hitting my free throws (15-of-20)," O'Neal said. "My guys were looking for me and everything was going pretty good. If they would have looked for me a little more in the second half, I would have had 60."

The Lakers, who have not lost to the Timberwolves at home since December 5, 1993, shot 46 percent (18-of-39) from the floor and 18-of-21 from the line in the opening half. It was their final contest before Sunday's All-Star Game in Oakland.

"I think it is tough to maintain any momentum after an All-Star break," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "You come apart and you come together again and four or five days later you are in snowbound country. It will be difficult."

Minnesota, which fell for the second time in four games, was just 8-of-11 from the stripe and suffered its most lopsided loss to Los Angeles. The previous worst was a 110-86 setback on December 8, 1996.

"I was not happy with anything tonight and the sad thing was that we had two extremely good practices in the last two days," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "But for some reason, mentally, we did not come out as aggressive against them tonight."

The Wolves climbed within 11 points early in the second half but the Lakers gained control with a 17-5 burst, opening a 71-48 lead with 3:23 left in the third quarter. Kobe Bryant had seven points and O'Neal and A.C. Green added four in the run.

O'Neal made 11-of-16 shots and grabbed 16 rebounds for Los Angeles (37-11), which has won three in a row and remained within one-half game of Portland for the league's best record. The Lakers were 31-19 in the lockout-shortened 1998-99 campaign.

"Shaq's probably the best player in the NBA," Wolves forward Kevin Garnett said. "I've always said that when he starts to hit his free throws, you guys will start to recognize that, if you don't know that already."

Bryant scored 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting to help the Lakers shoot 48 percent (38-of-79) and come within two points of their largest margin of victory this season. They defeated Denver, 130-95, on January 10.

"I think that it was a very good first half of the season," Bryant said. "We're ahead of where Phil expected us to be and I'm sure where you thought we'd be."

Garnett scored 29 points and Tom Hammonds added 12 for the Wolves, who shot 34 percent (30-of-88) from the floor and visit Phoenix on Thursday in their final game before the All-Star break.

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