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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 31 22 15 20 19 107 ORLANDO 22 24 20 22 11 99 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 39, GLEN RICE 26, RICK FOX 13 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 24, MICHAEL DOLEAC 16, PAT GARRITY 13

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 16, DEREK FISHER 5 ORL - BO OUTLAW 9, MICHAEL DOLEAC 7

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - DEREK FISHER 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 ORL - BO OUTLAW 9, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 5

ATT: 17,248


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (107) AT ORLANDO (99) - FINAL IN OT

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

GREEN F 22 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 3 0 1 0 4 RICE F 39 9-18 6-6 0 3 3 0 2 2 3 26 ONEAL C 47 15-22 9-13 4 12 16 5 2 1 4 39 BRYANT G 44 4-10 2-2 0 3 3 5 2 4 4 11 FISHER G 37 1-8 4-4 0 5 5 8 4 1 2 6 KNIGHT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 FOX 24 5-9 2-2 0 1 1 1 5 0 1 13 SHAW 15 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 4 HORRY 21 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 4 HARPER 13 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 0 1 0 GEORGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SALLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 40-81 23-27 6 32 38 30 18 10 17 107 (.494) (.852) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(13 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 36 3-6 1-3 5 4 9 9 3 1 1 7 WALLACE F 17 2-3 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 1 0 4 AMAECHI C 18 3-6 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 7 D ARMSTRONG G 36 10-20 2-2 0 2 2 5 3 2 4 24 MERCER G 35 5-12 1-2 2 3 5 1 5 0 2 11 P GARRITY 38 6-13 0-0 1 4 5 2 1 0 2 13 DOLEAC 31 7-14 2-2 0 7 7 3 6 2 3 16 MAGGETTE 18 2-6 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 0 1 4 ATKINS 20 5-15 0-0 0 3 3 4 3 0 2 11 WILLIAMS 16 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 TAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 44-97 7-11 12 32 44 26 27 6 16 99 (.454) (.636) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

LA LAKERS 31 22 15 20 19 - 107 ORLANDO 22 24 20 22 11 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, FOX, HORRY. ORLANDO - OUTLAW, DOLEAC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-11 (.364), RICE 2-4, BRYANT 1-2, FISHER 0-3, FOX 1-1, HORRY 0-1. ORLANDO 4-16 (.250), OUTLAW 0-1, D ARMSTRONG 2-6, P GARRITY 1-6, ATKINS 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, DERRICK STAFFORD, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 17,248. T - 2:41.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 22 2-6 0-0 1-4 3 0 4 Rice 39 9-18 6-6 0-3 0 2 26 Oneal 47 15-22 9-13 4-16 5 2 39 Bryant 44 4-10 2-2 0-3 5 2 11 Fisher 37 1-8 4-4 0-5 8 4 6 Knight 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Fox 24 5-9 2-2 0-1 1 5 13 Shaw 15 2-3 0-0 0-1 3 1 4 Horry 21 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 1 4 Harper 13 0-1 0-0 0-3 3 1 0 George DNP - coach's decision Salley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 40-81 23-27 6-38 30 18 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.852. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Rice 2-4, Bryant 1-2, Fisher 0-3, Fox 1-1, Horry 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Oneal 3, Fox, Horry). Turnovers: 17 (Bryant 4, Oneal 4, Rice 3, Fisher 2, Horry 2, Fox, Harper). Steals: 10 (Bryant 4, Rice 2, Fisher, Green, Horry, Oneal).

ORLANDO (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 36 3-6 1-3 5-9 9 3 7 Wallace 17 2-3 0-0 2-5 0 3 4 Amaechi 18 3-6 1-2 0-1 1 1 7 D Armstrong 36 10-20 2-2 0-2 5 3 24 Mercer 35 5-12 1-2 2-5 1 5 11 P Garrity 38 6-13 0-0 1-5 2 1 13 Doleac 31 7-14 2-2 0-7 3 6 16 Maggette 18 2-6 0-0 2-6 1 1 4 Atkins 20 5-15 0-0 0-3 4 3 11 Williams 16 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Taylor DNP - coach's decision Strong DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 44-97 7-11 12-44 26 27 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.454, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Outlaw 0-1, D Armstrong 2-6, P Garrity 1-6, Atkins 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Outlaw, Doleac). Turnovers: 17 (D Armstrong 4, Doleac 3, Atkins 2, Mercer 2, P Garrity 2, Amaechi, Maggette, Outlaw). Steals: 6 (D Armstrong 2, Doleac 2, Outlaw, Wallace). _________________________________________________ La Lakers 31 22 15 20 19 - 107 Orlando 22 24 20 22 11 - 99 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 2:41. Officials: Joe Derosa, Derrick Stafford, Mike Callahan.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Shaquille O'Neal refused to let the Los Angeles Lakers lose to his former team.

With his teammates falling apart down the stretch, O'Neal made a spectacular steal and dunk to bail them out in regulation and scored seven of his 39 points in overtime as the Lakers outlasted the feisty Orlando Magic, 107-99.

First-year Orlando coach Doc Rivers' team never stops playing. And tonight its work ethic nearly paid major dividends. Darrell Armstrong scored nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and put Orlando ahead, 88-86, with a layup with 23 seconds to play.

"That's the only way we play," Rivers said. "I get amused when teams come in and say they'll match us. If we don't play that way every night, we can't do it. This team showed grit. It was a great game. The fans had to enjoy it until the end."

Lakers' shooting guard Glen Rice committed a turnover on the ensuing possession, giving Orlando the lead and the ball with 17 seconds left.

But O'Neal stepped in front of Michael Doleac and intercepted Ron Mercer's inbounds pass. The 7-1, 315-pounder dribbled away from the field and slammed to forge an 88-88 tie with 14 seconds to go.

"I knew they were going to try and throw it to Doleac," O'Neal said. "He stepped down and I stepped in front of him and knocked it loose, tipped it and ran it down. My new name is the big felon because of my stealing ability. It was a sweet moment, because we had thrown the ball away a few times in a row and the game was almost out of reach."

"I take full responsibility, especially on that play" Mercer said of his errant pass. "I've got to come out and be ready to play next week."

Doleac missed a potential winning 16-footer at the buzzer and O'Neal made sure the Magic would not get their season-high sixth straight win by controlling overtime.

He answered Mercer's 18-footer with a three-point play and sank back-to-back eight-footers from the left side to put Los Angeles ahead to stay, 99-96, with 1:25 left.

Derek Fisher hit two free throws to make it a five-point cushion with less than a minute remaining, and O'Neal blocked Armstrong's jumper on the next trip to seal the Lakers' sixth straight win.

"I told the guys in overtime to look for me a little bit more," O'Neal said. "I knew Orlando was a very energetic team and that they would bring their `A' game. We knew they'd be that way in their house."

"We had a couple of tough games this year, but I don't know, this may have been the toughest because they played so hard," Rivers said. "We had the moral victory with six minutes left but it always comes down to 48 minutes and one bad execution."

O'Neal improved to 2-1 all-time in Orlando since leaving the franchise he helped build. He hit 15-of-22 shots, continued his resurgence from the line by going 9-of-13 and grabbed 16 rebounds in 47 minutes.

"It's the same stroke, just better concentration and little bit of confidence has turned into a lot of confidence," O'Neal said of his free-throw shooting.

Rice scored 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting for Los Angeles, which swept the season series from Orlando for the first time since 1993-94. O'Neal had 27 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and was 11-of-16 from the floor in a 117-100 home win over the Magic on December 5.

Kobe Bryant, who scored a career-high 38 points in a come-from-behind 115-104 victory here on March 21, 1999, had a rough time tonight, managing only 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting in 44 minutes.

Rick Fox scored 13 points off the bench for Los Angeles, which shot 49 percent (40-of-81) and lost the battle on the boards, 44-38. The Lakers scored 21 points off turnovers while surrendering 13, but looked sloppy down the stretch.

Los Angeles appeared to have matters in hand when Robert Horry buried a 20-footer with 1:33 remaining in regulation.

But Mercer had a follow shot on Armstrong's missed 3-pointer and, after an empty possession by the Lakers, Pat Garrity was good from 25 feet to make it 86-86 with 45 seconds left.

Bryant turned it over on Los Angeles' next trip and Armstrong split the defense with a driving layup, giving Orlando its first lead since the first quarter with 26 seconds to go.

Rice attempted to dribble by Doleac but the ball bounded off the big man's foot and into the Lakers backcourt. Bryant recovered it but a backcourt violation erroneously was called and Orlando appeared to have the game locked up.

"We just really fell apart there," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I still think that ball went off Doleac's foot that Glen was dribbling, but it went the other direction. Shaq came up with a great play at the end of regulation."

O'Neal, who was booed throughout, silenced the raucous crowd with his steal and jam.

"I don't think the fans (here) have a problem with me, they have a problem with my decision (to leave)," O'Neal said.

"It was a tough loss," said Garrity. "That turnover at the end was not the reason we lost. We had a lot of things down the stretch that we could have done better, especially offensively."

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