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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 29 15 23 14 81 MIAMI 21 23 21 14 79 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 23, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 22, RICK FOX 14 MIA - ANTHONY MASON 20, BRIAN GRANT 14, EDDIE JONES 14

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 14, HORACE GRANT 10 MIA - BRIAN GRANT 16, ANTHONY MASON 11

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 6, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 4 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 7, EDDIE JONES 3

ATT: 19,600


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (81) AT MIAMI (79)

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

FOX F 35 5-8 0-0 1 5 6 0 1 0 2 14 GRANT F 38 6-9 0-0 4 6 10 1 2 0 1 12 ONEAL C 43 10-21 2-11 5 9 14 4 2 0 2 22 BRYANT G 45 9-24 5-8 2 3 5 6 4 0 3 23 HARPER G 28 0-4 0-0 1 6 7 3 3 0 0 0 HORRY 18 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 6 PENBERTHY 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 FOSTER 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 RIDER 14 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 4 SHAW 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 GEORGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MADSEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-76 7-19 14 33 47 18 19 1 11 81 (.447) (.368) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(15 PTS)

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

BOWEN F 36 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 8 MASON F 44 8-14 4-4 2 9 11 1 4 1 1 20 GRANT C 35 7-21 0-0 2 14 16 1 4 1 1 14 HARDAWAY G 34 3-16 2-4 1 2 3 7 0 0 1 9 JONES G 42 5-13 4-6 1 3 4 3 4 2 2 14 GREEN 18 2-3 2-2 1 3 4 0 0 1 0 6 CARTER 21 4-8 0-0 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 8 CAUSWELL 10 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - SURGERY RIGHT TOE

TOTALS 240 32-79 12-16 11 31 42 14 20 5 5 79 (.405) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 6(2 PTS)

LA LAKERS 29 15 23 14 - 81 MIAMI 21 23 21 14 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 4, HARPER 2. MIAMI - JONES 2, HARDAWAY, CAUSWELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 6-13 (.462), FOX 4-4, BRYANT 0-2, HARPER 0-2, HORRY 2-4, PENBERTHY 0-1. MIAMI 3-16 (.188), BOWEN 2-3, HARDAWAY 1-9, JONES 0-2, CARTER 0-2. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - FOSTER, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, BENNIE ADAMS, RON OLESIAK. A - 19,600. T - 2:16.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 35 5-8 0-0 1-6 0 1 14 Grant 38 6-9 0-0 4-10 1 2 12 Oneal 43 10-21 2-11 5-14 4 2 22 Bryant 45 9-24 5-8 2-5 6 4 23 Harper 28 0-4 0-0 1-7 3 3 0 Horry 18 2-4 0-0 0-1 2 2 6 Penberthy 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Foster 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Rider 14 2-5 0-0 1-3 2 1 4 Shaw 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 George DNP - coach's decision Madsen DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 7-19 14-47 18 19 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.368. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Fox 4-4, Bryant 0-2, Harper 0-2, Horry 2-4, Penberthy 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 4, Harper 2). Turnovers: 11 (Bryant 3, Fox 2, Oneal 2, Grant, Horry, Penberthy, Rider). Steals: 1 (Horry).

MIAMI (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 36 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 4 8 Mason 44 8-14 4-4 2-11 1 4 20 Grant 35 7-21 0-0 2-16 1 4 14 Hardaway 34 3-16 2-4 1-3 7 0 9 Jones 42 5-13 4-6 1-4 3 4 14 Green 18 2-3 2-2 1-4 0 0 6 Carter 21 4-8 0-0 2-2 2 1 8 Causwell 10 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 3 0 Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Fuller DNP - coach's decision House DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - surgery right toe _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 12-16 11-42 14 20 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Bowen 2-3, Hardaway 1-9, Jones 0-2, Carter 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Jones 2, Hardaway, Causwell). Turnovers: 6 (Jones 2, Grant, Hardaway, Mason). Steals: 5 (Jones 2, Grant, Green, Mason). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 29 15 23 14 - 81 Miami 21 23 21 14 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 2 (Foster, 5:34 2nd; Illegal Defense, 2:48 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,600. T: 2:16. Officials: Luis Grillo, Bennie Adams, Ron Olesiak.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- After receiving a fortunate call and a favorable bounce in the waning moments, Brian Grant and the Miami Heat were unable to beat the clock against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Grant's attempt to turn Tim Hardaway's airball into a layup at the buzzer came one-half second late as the Lakers held on for an 81-79 victory over the Heat.

A tight battle throughout, the Lakers appeared to take control when Shaquille O'Neal made a layup and Horace Grant hit jumpers to give Los Angeles an 81-76 lead with 1:24 to play.

But Hardaway buried a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left and the Heat appeared to benefit from a blown call when Miami guard Eddie Jones clearly touched a ball on its way out of bounds with 13 seconds remaining.

Miami came down on the game's ultimate possession and Brian Grant had his initial shot blocked by O'Neal before the ball bounded out to Hardaway at the free-throw line. The point guard dribbled once and put up a jumper that was falling a foot shy of the rim before Brian Grant leapt and put it home as the buzzer sounded. Replays clearly indicated that Brian Grant had the ball in his hands when the clock ran out.

"We expected them to penetrate and dish back out," Horace Grant said. "We wanted to keep Shaq around the goal and he made a great block."

"It wasn't the last shot," Hardaway said. "We played well enough to win the game. I missed two free throws down the stretch. The shot I took was just rushed because I was trying to beat the game clock."

Kobe Bryant scored 23 points and O'Neal had 22 and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles, which improved to 2-0 on its four-game road trip and won its fourth straight meeting with Miami.

"We kept it real interesting tonight," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "It was semi-tackle football at one point. It was a man's game, so to speak, and the Heat have the kind of players that can manufacture that kind of game."

Anthony Mason had 20 points and 14 rebounds and Brian Grant finished with 14 and 16 for the Heat, who failed in a bid to move two games over .500 for the first time this season.

"We can compete with anyone," Mason said. "I felt we should have gotten this one. They made some shots down the line that they shouldn't have gotten."

"We bore down and let (Horace) Grant float a bit and get some open shots," Brian Grant said. "I had a couple of miscues and he got a couple more open shots. There is nothing to be encouraged about."

The Lakers improved to 8-5 all-time in Miami.

Rick Fox scored 14 points and Horace Grant added 12 for Los Angeles, which shot 45 percent (34-of-76) and held a 47-42 rebounding edge.

Former Laker Eddie Jones scored 14 points for the Heat, who shot 40 percent (32-of-79) and yielded just two points off six turnovers.

"Tonight was one of those games that we let get away from us," Jones said. "Our defense kept us in it. We had a breakdown in the fourth quarter. That's the time you can't break down. We missed shots that Timmy and I don't normally miss. There is no moral victory without a win."

"We exchanged numbers after the game," Bryant said of Jones. "We haven't talked in a long time but he's my boy. He looked out for me when I first came in the league. We knew that they would come out strong and play hard in front of their home crowd. It was an emotional game."

Bryant and O'Neal combined to make 19-of-45 shots and the dynamic duo scored eight points apiece in the first quarter when the Lakers raced out to a 29-21 lead.

The Heat came roaring back in the second period, using a 15-7 run to forge a 36-36 tie on Anthony Carter's 12-footer with 4:28 left in the first half. The teams went to intermission knotted at 44-44 after O'Neal beat the halftime buzzer with a short hook shot in the lane.

The Heat entered the fourth quarter with a two-point lead but Horace Grant's 20-footer opened the scoring in the final period, forging a 67-67 tie. It was the first of five deadlocks in the final 12 minutes.

O'Neal dunked to give the Lakers a 75-73 lead with 5:22 left before Carter made a jumper and Jones hit a free throw with 3:41 left, giving Miami its final lead.

O'Neal connected from 10 feet and Brian Grant was good from 16 and 18 on consecutive trips to push the advantage to five points before Miami's late and ultimately fruitless rally.

"It was big to hit them," Grant said of his jumpers. "When I hit those two shots to put us up, to go and get the victory, it is just heaven sent."

"We should have won the game," former Lakers and current Heat coach Pat Riley said. "We are at home with a full house. We have Shaquille and Kobe somewhat under control. Players have to step up and be players. They need to make the shots they get paid to make. If they don't, they are probably going to go home losers."

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