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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 25 29 30 14 98 LA LAKERS 25 16 26 13 80 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 26, DAVID ROBINSON 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 26, GLEN RICE 17, DEREK FISHER 9

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 16, DAVID ROBINSON 8 LAL - AC GREEN 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - TERRY PORTER 6, AVERY JOHNSON 5 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (98) AT LA LAKERS (80)

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

DUNCAN F 35 8-14 10-13 2 14 16 2 1 1 0 26 S ELLIOTT F 25 1-4 3-3 0 4 4 2 3 0 1 5 ROBINSON C 25 6-11 3-5 1 7 8 1 3 2 2 15 JOHNSON G 32 6-11 1-1 0 1 1 5 3 1 1 13 PORTER G 33 6-13 0-0 0 7 7 6 1 0 2 13 JACKSON 9 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 5 0 0 3 J KERSEY 15 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 4 WALKER 13 1-3 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 DANIELS 26 3-7 2-2 1 1 2 2 4 1 0 8 ROSE 24 1-4 4-4 2 3 5 0 1 1 2 6 SPENCER 3 0-2 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 ELIE DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 35-75 26-32 8 42 50 19 23 7 9 98 (.467) (.813) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(7 PTS)

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

GREEN F 36 3-6 1-3 1 8 9 3 3 1 0 7 RICE F 29 5-14 4-4 2 1 3 3 1 0 0 17 SALLEY C 13 0-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 1 0 0 BRYANT G 39 12-30 2-4 3 5 8 5 1 1 0 26 HARPER G 29 2-8 3-4 3 5 8 1 3 1 2 7 KNIGHT 20 2-8 0-1 4 2 6 2 4 1 0 4 FOX 20 2-9 4-4 3 0 3 2 4 1 3 8 FISHER 11 3-5 3-4 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 9 HORRY 19 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 1 3 2 SHAW 17 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 GEORGE 7 0-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 ONEAL DNP - LEFT ANKLE SPRAIN

TOTALS 240 30-95 17-24 19 31 50 18 26 8 9 80 (.316) (.708) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 9(17 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 25 29 30 14 - 98 LA LAKERS 25 16 26 13 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 4, JOHNSON, ROBINSON. LA LAKERS - KNIGHT 3, HARPER, HORRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 2-9 (.222), S ELLIOTT 0-1, PORTER 1-6, JACKSON 1-2. LA LAKERS 3-20 (.150), RICE 3-3, BRYANT 0-3, HARPER 0-1, FOX 0-5, FISHER 0-1, HORRY 0-2, SHAW 0-3, GEORGE 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, BLANE REICHELT, GREG WILLARD. A - 18,997. T - 2:22.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 35 8-14 10-13 2-16 2 1 26 S Elliott 25 1-4 3-3 0-4 2 3 5 Robinson 25 6-11 3-5 1-8 1 3 15 Johnson 32 6-11 1-1 0-1 5 3 13 Porter 33 6-13 0-0 0-7 6 1 13 Jackson 9 1-2 0-0 0-3 0 5 3 J Kersey 15 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 4 Walker 13 1-3 1-2 1-1 0 0 3 Daniels 26 3-7 2-2 1-2 2 4 8 Rose 24 1-4 4-4 2-5 0 1 6 Spencer 3 0-2 2-2 1-2 0 1 2 Elie DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-75 26-32 8-50 19 23 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (S Elliott 0-1, Porter 1-6, Jackson 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Duncan 4, Johnson, Robinson). Turnovers: 10 (Porter 2, Robinson 2, Rose 2, Johnson, S Elliott, Walker). Steals: 7 (Robinson 2, Daniels, Duncan, Johnson, Rose, Walker).

LA LAKERS (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 36 3-6 1-3 1-9 3 3 7 Rice 29 5-14 4-4 2-3 3 1 17 Salley 13 0-3 0-0 1-4 0 3 0 Bryant 39 12-30 2-4 3-8 5 1 26 Harper 29 2-8 3-4 3-8 1 3 7 Knight 20 2-8 0-1 4-6 2 4 4 Fox 20 2-9 4-4 3-3 2 4 8 Fisher 11 3-5 3-4 1-1 0 1 9 Horry 19 1-5 0-0 1-4 1 3 2 Shaw 17 0-3 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 George 7 0-4 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Oneal DNP - left ankle sprain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-95 17-24 19-50 18 26 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.316, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 3-20, .150 (Rice 3-3, Bryant 0-3, Harper 0-1, Fox 0-5, Fisher 0-1, Horry 0-2, Shaw 0-3, George 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Knight 3, Harper, Horry). Turnovers: 9 (Fox 3, Horry 3, Harper 2, Shaw). Steals: 8 (Bryant, Fox, Green, Harper, Horry, Knight, Salley, Shaw). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 25 29 30 14 - 98 La Lakers 25 16 26 13 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:22. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Blane Reichelt, Greg Willard.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Shaquille O'Neal made his strongest case for NBA Most Valuable Player simply by not playing.

As O'Neal sat out with a sprained left ankle, his Los Angeles Lakers teammates established season lows for points and shooting percentage in a 98-80 loss to the San Antonio Spurs that snapped their 11-game winning streak.

"It's all his fault," Lakers forward Rick Fox joked.

The 7-1, 315-pound superstar has powered the Lakers to the best record in the league this season, leading the NBA in scoring and field-goal percentage while placing second in rebounding and third in blocked shots. He was coming off a 49-point explosion against Golden State on Wednesday.

"They really missed him," Spurs All-Star center David Robinson said. "He gives them a lot. He gives them that rebounding, that offensive presence, that defensive presence -- everything. You could tell they were a little out of sorts without him out there. They have a lot of talent but he's a big part of what they try to do."

With O'Neal, the Lakers (64-13) have been nearly unbeatable, winning 30 of 31 since a 105-81 setback to San Antonio on February 1. But with O'Neal on the bench in a blue suit, Los Angeles looked awful.

Without their big man, the Lakers had no way of countering the Spurs' "Twin Towers" of Tim Duncan and Robinson. Duncan had 26 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks and Robinson added 15 points and eight boards.

"The dominance in size was quite obvious but even moreso the reliance of using our offense with the purpose of getting the ball into Shaq was quite obvious as well," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We were not ready to do some of the other things that could have gotten some other players available ... with more shots or even better shots."

"It's one of those games that you basically hate because it is not a situation that you want to be in," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "If you lose, it's not a loss, it's a horrible loss. And if you win, you don't get the same satisfaction."

San Antonio joined Portland and Houston as the only teams to beat Los Angeles twice this season. The defending champion Spurs, who swept the Lakers in the Western Conference finals last year, have dealt Los Angeles its worst two losses of the season.

Avery Johnson and Terry Porter scored 13 points apiece for the Spurs (48-28), who snapped a three-game losing streak and moved within one-half game of Phoenix in the race for fourth place in the Western Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

"We needed a win however it came," Duncan said. "Our motivation was to win. That doesn't change, no matter who's on the floor. We've had so many injuries this year, we're not feeling sorry for anybody."

Kobe Bryant scored 26 points on 12-of-30 shooting and Glen Rice added 17 on 5-of-14 for the Lakers, who shot just 31.6 percent (30-of-95). Los Angeles shot 33.7 percent in a loss to Houston on November 12.

"It felt like we were running in mud," said Fox, who was 2-of-9. "It felt like things were not cohesive. We didn't play with one mind. We played like individuals."

After falling in an early 11-2 hole, the Spurs made 10 of their last 12 shots of the first quarter and pulled into a 25-25 tie. As the Lakers continued to bog down, Robinson scored nine points in the second quarter, including a three-point play that made it 48-34 with 2:52 left in the first half.

San Antonio led 54-41 at halftime and Duncan had 12 points and seven rebounds in the third quarter. The lead ballooned to 20 points and the Lakers trailed by as many as 24 in the final period, when they made only 3-of-24 shots.

The Spurs shot 47 percent (35-of-75).

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