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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4 =Q 15 --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 21 21 36 22 100 LA LAKERS 30 32 20 27 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 24, SEAN ELLIOTT 19, DAVID ROBINSON 16 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 43, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 36, HORACE GRANT 10

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 11, DAVID ROBINSON 10 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 16, HORACE GRANT 10

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - DEREK ANDERSON 5, AVERY JOHNSON 5 LAL - BRIAN SHAW 6, KOBE BRYANT 6

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (100) AT LA LAKERS (109)

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

DUNCAN F 33 10-20 4-8 6 5 11 3 5 1 3 24 S ELLIOTT F 39 5-9 8-10 0 4 4 2 4 1 2 19 ROBINSON C 41 7-15 2-4 3 7 10 3 3 5 0 16 ANDERSON G 35 1-4 3-4 0 5 5 5 4 1 0 5 JOHNSON G 36 5-11 4-4 1 1 2 5 3 3 0 14 ROSE 17 6-11 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 1 2 12 DANIELS 12 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 2 FERRY 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 NEWBLE 6 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 4 PORTER 13 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 SCOTT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-81 23-32 11 26 37 22 28 12 8 100 BrJ BrJ 5REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(19 PTS)

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

FOX F 27 1-6 0-0 1 4 5 4 5 1 3 2 GRANT F 34 3-5 4-4 3 7 10 3 3 0 0 10 ONEAL C 45 15-23 6-14 6 10 16 2 4 0 2 36 BRYANT G 44 16-31 9-10 1 2 3 6 3 1 3 43 HARPER G 26 3-5 2-2 2 1 3 0 1 1 2 8 SHAW 24 1-4 1-2 1 3 4 6 1 1 2 3 HORRY 21 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 2 5 1 1 2 PENBERTHY 15 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 3 MADSEN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RIDER 2 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 GEORGE 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-80 24-34 14 32 46 25 22 6 14 109 (.513) (.706) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(22 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 21 21 36 22 - 100 LA LAKERS 30 32 20 27 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - JOHNSON, FERRY. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, HARPER 2, HORRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 1-9 (.111), S ELLIOTT 1-2, ANDERSON 0-2, ROSE 0-2, DANIELS 0-2, FERRY 0-1. LA LAKERS 3-12 (.250), FOX 0-2, BRYANT 2-4, HARPER 0-1, SHAW 0-1, HORRY 0-1, PENBERTHY 1-3. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - HARPER. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, HANK ARMSTRONG, TIM DONAGHY. A - 18,997. T - 2:15.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 33 10-20 4-8 6-11 3 5 24 S Elliott 39 5-9 8-10 0-4 2 4 19 Robinson 41 7-15 2-4 3-10 3 3 16 Anderson 35 1-4 3-4 0-5 5 4 5 Johnson 36 5-11 4-4 1-2 5 3 14 Rose 17 6-11 0-0 0-2 0 3 12 Daniels 12 1-5 0-0 0-0 4 0 2 Ferry 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Newble 6 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 3 4 Porter 13 1-3 2-2 0KL j Scott 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 S Kerr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-81 23-32 11-37 22 28 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.719. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (S Elliott 1-2, Anderson 0-2, Rose 0-2, Daniels 0-2, Ferry 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Johnson, Ferry). Turnovers: 9 (Duncan 3, Rose 2, S Elliott 2, Daniels). Steals: 12 (Robinson 5, Johnson 3, Anderson, Duncan, Rose, S Elliott).

LA LAKERS (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 27 1-6 0-0 1-5 4 5 2 Grant 34 3-5 4-4 3-10 3 3 10 Oneal 45 15-23 6-14 6-16 2 4 36 Bryant 44 16-31 9-10 1-3 6 3 43 Harper 26 3-5 2-2 2-3 0 1 8 Shaw 24 1-4 1-2 1-4 6 1 3 Horry 21 1-2 0-0 0-4 2 5 2 Penberthy 15 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 0 3 Madsen 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Rider 2 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 George 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Foster DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-80 24-34 14-46 25 22 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Fox 0-2, Bryant 2-4, Harper 0-1, Shaw 0-1, Horry 0-1, Penberthy 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 3, Harper 2, Horry). Turnovers: 14 (Bryant 3, Fox 3, Harper 2, Oneal 2, Shaw 2, Horry, Penberthy). Steals: 6 (Bryant, Fox, Harper, Horry, Penberthy, Shaw). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 21 21 36 22 - 100 La Lakers 30 32 20 27 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Harper, 11:33 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:15. Officials: Hugh Evans, Hank Armstrong, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant contributed to a third-quarter collapse but raised himself and his teammates to another level in a statement game.

Bryant scored 15 of his career-high 43 points in the final 12 minutes as the Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the San Antonio Spurs for a wild 109-100 victory in a game between the last two NBA champions.

"I felt very, very weak. I was just totally drained after the game was over," said Bryant, who left the Staples Center immediately following the contest due to an upper respiratory infection.

Losers of four of their previous five meetings with the 1999 titleholders, including a 91-81 setback on November 8, the defending champion Lakers appeared primed to take the game by the throat, racing to a 62-42 halftime advantage.

But the proud Spurs would not go away, scoring 16 of the first 18 points in the third quarter before taking a 76-73 lead on David Robinson's dunk with 2:40 left in the period.

Bryant, who scored 27 points after intermission, took control thereafter and did not look sick at all. The 6-7 swingman buried a 17-footer and connected from 27 feet just before the third-quarter buzzer, giving Los Angeles an 82-78 lead.

"At the end of the third quarter, I thought that shot was huge," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "I think that was the biggest shot of the game. It was a one-point game at that point and he knocked that down and we were just not aggressive on that last play and that made it a four-point game. I thought that gave them a lot of energy."

After missing a 21-footer to open the fourth quarter, Bryant dunked, hit consecutive nine-footers and knocked down a 28-footer to open a 98-82 cushion with 7:34 remaining. Another slam, a 21-footer and two free throws from Bryant helped the Lakers hold on after another burst by the Spurs.

Shaquille O'Neal scored 36 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Lakers, who did not have to face San Antonio during last season's playoff run to the NBA title.

"Kobe played an awesome gamYI b́guard Ron Harper said. "And when the game got tight, he made the big shots. So did Shaq. This is going to be a hell of a series. They have a very fine team."

"We all wanted to win," O'Neal said. "It was a long night, a banging night."

Tim Duncan had 19 of his 24 points in the second half for the Spurs, who slipped to 2-5 on the road. Duncan was absent during San Antonio's first-round playoff series with Phoenix last season due to an injured knee. The Spurs lost the series in four games.

"We dug ourselves a hole," Duncan said. "Kobe played a great game. You really have to give it to him. He hit all the big shots that the Lakers needed."

Sean Elliott scored 19 points and David Robinson added 16 and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who committed just nine turnovers but lost the battle along the boards, 46-37. San Antonio shot 47 percent (38-of-81).

Horace Grant had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 51 percent (41-of-80) and rebounded nicely from Thursday's 121-88 drubbing at Seattle.

"The Lakers were coming out and doing what everybody in the whole nation thought they would do and that is try to get back on track, try to get last night's game out of their memory," Popovich said. "It looked like the whole world knew that excpet the five guys dressed in black jerseys."

Los Angeles carried a 30-21 lead into the second quarter before pulling away for the first time. O'Neal made a layup, Bryant scored consecutive baskets, Harper drove the lane for an easy score and Bryant added two free throws to open a 56-37 bulge with 2:04 left in the first half.

Embattled reserve Isaiah Rider made two free throws 2.5 seconds before intermission for the short-lived 20-point advantage. Rider, who has been fined by the team for arriving late for practices and games, played just two minutes.

"I thought we needed to have some real concise execution out there and he's still a little bit of a novice out there," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We needed some guards out there, some ballhandlers that really understood what we had to do."

Duncan hit two free throws to open the second half and Bryant answered with a 15-footer before the Spurs took a serious chunk out of the Lakers' lead.

Duncan and Robinson made consecutive jumpers before Avery Johnson's basket and two free throws cut the deficit to 64-52. Elliott hit two from the line and Duncan made a layup and follow shot to get the Spurs within 64-58 with 8:11 remaining in the third quarter.

Harper ended the run with a 10-footer, but Duncan made two straight baskets and Elliott and Johnson offset two jumpers 5 Bryant to make it 70-66 with 4:41 left in the period.

"We came out in the third period and didn't move the ball," Harper said. "We were just standing there and we gave them every good chance to get in this game."

Elliott made a free throw, Robinson a free throw and Johnson two more from the line as San Antonio forged ahead, 74-73, with 3:06 left in the third quarter.

O'Neal, who was 6-of-14 from the line, clanged two free throws before Robinson's slam gave the Spurs a three-point lead and forced Bryant to lift his teammates out of their funk.

"I wanted to see them dig their way out of it and find a way to sustain," Jackson said when asked why he didn't call timeout during the Spurs' run. "I knew the (TV) timeout would be coming and we'd get a chance to talk about it."

"You see two teams that really want to win and compete," Spurs guard Derek Anderson said of the budding rivalry. "We both know what this means. We won at home and now they won at home. It's a fight for playoff stability. Tonight was a good exhibiton of how we should play against each other."

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