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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 18 20 19 28 85 LA LAKERS 17 26 21 32 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 27, AARON MCKIE 21, GEORGE LYNCH 12 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 36, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 27, BRIAN SHAW 13

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - ERIC SNOW 8, GEORGE LYNCH 7 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 20, HORACE GRANT 11

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 6, AARON MCKIE 4 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (85) AT LA LAKERS (96)

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

LYNCH F 30 6-10 0-0 3 4 7 1 1 1 0 12 RATLIFF F 25 3-6 0-0 2 4 6 0 5 0 3 6 MOHAMMED C 15 2-7 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 4 IVERSON G 44 9-27 8-9 2 3 5 3 2 2 2 27 SNOW G 40 2-10 0-0 2 6 8 6 1 1 3 4 HILL 22 2-6 1-2 2 3 5 0 3 0 2 5 MCKIE 27 8-12 3-3 0 2 2 4 4 0 2 21 MACCULLOCH 16 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 4 KUKOC 15 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 2 0 2 MAXWELL 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 GEIGER DNP - RIGHT QUADRICEP TENDINITIS JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-87 12-14 14 28 42 15 25 6 12 85 (.402) (.857) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 13(8 PTS)

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

FOX F 26 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 4 1 3 1 5 GRANT F 34 3-7 5-6 5 6 11 1 0 0 1 11 ONEAL C 44 11-28 5-6 5 15 20 6 3 0 4 27 BRYANT G 44 15-28 5-5 0 1 1 4 4 0 2 36 HARPER G 31 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 4 1 1 3 2 PENBERTHY 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 FOSTER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 RIDER 12 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 HORRY 17 0-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 SHAW 22 4-5 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 13 MADSEN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GEORGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-85 17-19 13 31 44 21 19 5 14 96 (.435) (.895) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 18 20 19 28 - 85 LA LAKERS 17 26 21 32 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2, MOHAMMED. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 7, GRANT 3, SHAW, BRYANT, HORRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 3-11 (.273), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 1-4, SNOW 0-2, MCKIE 2-4. LA LAKERS 5-14 (.357), FOX 1-2, BRYANT 1-4, HARPER 0-1, PENBERTHY 0-1, HORRY 0-3, SHAW 3-3. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - . OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, TONY BROTHERS, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 18,997. T - 2:21.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 30 6-10 0-0 3-7 1 1 12 Ratliff 25 3-6 0-0 2-6 0 5 6 Mohammed 15 2-7 0-0 2-4 0 3 4 Iverson 44 9-27 8-9 2-5 3 2 27 Snow 40 2-10 0-0 2-8 6 1 4 Hill 22 2-6 1-2 2-5 0 3 5 Mckie 27 8-12 3-3 0-2 4 4 21 Macculloch 16 2-4 0-0 1-3 0 4 4 Kukoc 15 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 Maxwell 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Geiger DNP - right quadricep tendinitis Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-87 12-14 14-42 15 25 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 1-4, Snow 0-2, Mckie 2-4). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 3 (Ratliff 2, Mohammed). Turnovers: 13 (Ratliff 3, Snow 3, Hill 2, Iverson 2, Mckie 2). Steals: 6 (Iverson 2, Kukoc 2, Lynch, Snow).

LA LAKERS (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 26 2-6 0-0 1-4 4 1 5 Grant 34 3-7 5-6 5-11 1 0 11 Oneal 44 11-28 5-6 5-20 6 3 27 Bryant 44 15-28 5-5 0-1 4 4 36 Harper 31 1-5 0-0 1-4 4 1 2 Penberthy 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Foster 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Rider 12 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 Horry 17 0-4 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Shaw 22 4-5 2-2 0-2 1 1 13 Madsen 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 George DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-85 17-19 13-44 21 19 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Fox 1-2, Bryant 1-4, Harper 0-1, Penberthy 0-1, Horry 0-3, Shaw 3-3). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 13 (Oneal 7, Grant 3, Shaw, Bryant, Horry). Turnovers: 15 (Oneal 4, Harper 3, Bryant 2, Fox, Grant, Penberthy, Rider, Shaw). Steals: 5 (Fox 3, Harper, Horry). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 18 20 19 28 - 85 La Lakers 17 26 21 32 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (, 5:10 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:21. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Tony Brothers, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal showed Allen Iverson he has a long way to go.

Bryant and O'Neal carried the Los Angeles Lakers to a 96-85 victory over Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers, who are finding out that the Western Conference is much stronger than the East.

"The 1-2 punch did pretty well," O'Neal said.

Bryant scored 16 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, when the Lakers turned back a rally by the 76ers and won for the 11th time in 13 games. He made 15-of-28 shots, many of them in spectacular fashion.

It marked the ninth time in 10 games Bryant has led the Lakers in scoring. The 6-6 All-Star guard is leading the NBA with an average of 28.8 points per game.

O'Neal, who led the league in scoring last season, was his usual unstoppable self. The 7-2 superstar wore down a series of overmatched defenders, collecting 27 points, 20 rebounds, seven blocks and six assists. The rebounds and blocks were season highs.

The 76ers were without injured 7-footer Matt Geiger and really had no answer for O'Neal. They used NBA blocks leader Theo Ratliff, Tyrone Hill and reserve big men Nazr Mohammed and Todd MacCulloch without much success.

"You can't stop him," Larry Brown said. "We tried to make him score the ball over us instead of getting dunks but he did that. He was a factor on defense as well."

"It was like David vs. Goliath," MacCulloch said. "He's the biggest human you have ever seen. If he's Superman, then I am Wonderboy."

Iverson could not get loose either, making just 9-of-27 shots. He scored 27 points but could not effectively get to the basket as Bryant shadowed him outside and O'Neal smothered him inside.

"We let him get some easy looks at the basket and that upset me personally," Bryant said. "Usually I can body people and get away with it. You have to play a different style with Allen. You can't put your forearm on him. He's so light it's going to be a foul."

"I struggled early in the game and it continued on," Iverson said. "I kind of let the referees get me out of the game and let them frustrate me. I wasn't getting some of the calls I deserve."

This season, Philadelphia bolted to a 10-0 start and came in with a league-best 14-3 mark. However, most of that was built against the Eastern Conference, which is decidedly weaker than the West.

"We always get up for the big teams," O'Neal said. "I wasn't worried tonight."

"They are the better team," Sixers forward George Lynch said. "They are the defending champions. They got everybody healthy and they are playing well."

The Sixers have lost consecutive games for the first time this season, falling to Denver and LA. By contrast, the Lakers have won eight straight and 17 of their last 18 against Eastern foes.

"You get a chance to see how good your team is when you play against a tougher team," Iverson said. "We just lost to a West Coast team and we come here and lose another."

"They were phenomenal when it mattered most," Brown said. "Kobe and Shaq did an unbelievable job of executing. We played our best and we lost to a team that was terrific."

Bryant's 3-pointer made it 67-60 early in the fourth quarter before the Sixers began their final surge. Aaron McKie, who scored 21 points, made a 3-pointer and Iverson sank a jumper to cut the deficit to two points with 9:24 to play.

O'Neal and MacCulloch traded baskets before O'Neal powered over Ratliff for a three-point play. He blocked MacCulloch's shot and took a feed from Bryant for a layup and a 74-67 lead with 7:01 remaining.

Two jumpers by Bryant pushed the lead to 80-72 with 4:16 to go. He soared for a high alley-oop pass and hammered it home with a foul, bringing the Staples Center sellout crowd of 18,997 to its feet. The three-point play sealed it at 89-78 with 1:24 left.

Brian Shaw scored a season-high 13 points and Horace Grant added 11 and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 43.5 percent (37-of-85). O'Neal missed his first seven shots and was just 11-of-28 from the field.

The rugged Lynch had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Sixers, who shot 40 percent (35-of-87). However, Ratliff, Hill, MacCulloch and Mohammed combined for just 19 points and 18 rebounds.

O'Neal's slow start enabled Philadelphia to open a five-point lead early in the second quarter. Los Angeles closed the first half with an 11-2 burst capped by O'Neal's dunk in the final second, opening a 43-38 lead.

O'Neal was overpowering in the third quarter with nine points and five rebounds. The Lakers led by as many as 11 points before McKie rallied the Sixers within 64-57 entering the final period.

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