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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 30 24 22 27 103 LA LAKERS 24 27 20 21 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - EDDIE JONES 26, ANTHONY MASON 23, TIM HARDAWAY 22 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 34, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 31, ISAIAH RIDER 12

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - EDDIE JONES 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 8, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 8, ANTHONY MASON 6 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 3, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

MIAMI (103) AT LA LAKERS (92)

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

BOWEN F 30 3-8 1-3 1 6 7 2 2 0 0 8 MASON F 41 8-13 7-7 3 4 7 6 3 1 5 23 GRANT C 28 6-8 2-2 2 3 5 3 5 0 1 14 HARDAWAY G 39 8-13 1-2 1 1 2 8 3 1 3 22 JONES G 43 8-21 7-8 2 6 8 1 4 2 4 26 CAUSWELL 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 MAJERLE 18 1-3 3-4 0 6 6 0 3 1 0 6 GREEN 20 2-8 0-1 3 4 7 1 2 0 1 4 CARTER 14 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 FULLER 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-76 21-27 12 32 44 22 30 5 14 103 (.474) (.778) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(23 PTS)

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

FOX F 29 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 0 6 1 2 4 MADSEN F 15 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 5 0 1 0 ONEAL C 42 12-22 7-16 4 4 8 3 1 0 2 31 BRYANT G 45 13-27 7-8 2 6 8 0 6 5 6 34 HARPER G 24 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 5 HORRY 31 0-7 2-2 3 4 7 2 6 1 1 2 RIDER 24 3-7 5-6 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 12 SHAW 21 0-3 0-0 0 6 6 2 3 0 1 0 FOSTER 7 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 0 LUE 1 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 GEORGE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GRANT DNP - BACK SPASMS

TOTALS 240 33-75 23-34 11 28 39 11 30 9 14 92 (.440) (.676) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(11 PTS)

MIAMI 30 24 22 27 - 103 LA LAKERS 24 27 20 21 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MASON, GRANT, BOWEN, JONES. LA LAKERS - HORRY, BRYANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 10-20 (.500), BOWEN 1-3, HARDAWAY 5-8, JONES 3-7, MAJERLE 1-2. LA LAKERS 3-16 (.188), FOX 0-1, BRYANT 1-3, HARPER 1-2, HORRY 0-5, RIDER 1-2, SHAW 0-3. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - HEAD COACH RILEY. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, BLANE REICHELT, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 18,997. T - 2:34.


Box Score

MIAMI (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 30 3-8 1-3 1-7 2 2 8 Mason 41 8-13 7-7 3-7 6 3 23 Grant 28 6-8 2-2 2-5 3 5 14 Hardaway 39 8-13 1-2 1-2 8 3 22 Jones 43 8-21 7-8 2-8 1 4 26 Causwell 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 Majerle 18 1-3 3-4 0-6 0 3 6 Green 20 2-8 0-1 3-7 1 2 4 Carter 14 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 4 0 Fuller 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Ceballos DNP - coach's decision House DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-76 21-27 12-44 22 30 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 10-20, .500 (Bowen 1-3, Hardaway 5-8, Jones 3-7, Majerle 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Mason, Grant, Bowen, Jones). Turnovers: 14 (Mason 5, Jones 4, Hardaway 3, Grant, Green). Steals: 5 (Jones 2, Hardaway, Majerle, Mason).

LA LAKERS (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 29 1-3 2-2 0-2 0 6 4 Madsen 15 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 5 0 Oneal 42 12-22 7-16 4-8 3 1 31 Bryant 45 13-27 7-8 2-8 0 6 34 Harper 24 2-3 0-0 1-2 2 0 5 Horry 31 0-7 2-2 3-7 2 6 2 Rider 24 3-7 5-6 0-2 0 1 12 Shaw 21 0-3 0-0 0-6 2 3 0 Foster 7 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 Lue 1 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 George 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Grant DNP - back spasms _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-75 23-34 11-39 11 30 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.676. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Fox 0-1, Bryant 1-3, Harper 1-2, Horry 0-5, Rider 1-2, Shaw 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Horry, Bryant). Turnovers: 14 (Bryant 6, Fox 2, Oneal 2, Horry, Madsen, Rider, Shaw). Steals: 9 (Bryant 5, Foster, Fox, Horry, Rider). ____________________________________________ Miami 30 24 22 27 - 103 La Lakers 24 27 20 21 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Head Coach Riley, 1:53 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:34. Officials: Steve Javie, Blane Reichelt, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Pat Riley still knows how to win here.

The former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers had a solid game plan that collapsed on Shaquille O'Neal, pounded the boards, spread the floor and lifted the Miami Heat to a 103-92 victory over the defending NBA champions.

Riley coached the Lakers from 1981-90, developing a fast-break offense called "Showtime" and winning four titles. He has been with the Heat since 1995 and has emphasized defense, capturing four straight Atlantic Division crowns.

"It doesn't, it really doesn't (mean that much)," Riley said. "It's a big win because they're a good team and we needed it. That's where I am at this stage of my life."

With the specter of trying to contain superstars O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, Riley had his players repeatedly double-team O'Neal and take their chances with Bryant's perimeter game.

O'Neal scored 31 points on 12-of-22 from the field but made just 7-of-16 free throws as the Heat were content to send him to the line.

"We got the ball into Shaq and they attacked him hard," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We did an adequate job of trying to go inside, but when we came back outside with 3-point shooting, we were pathetic (3-of-16)."

Bryant scored 34 points but needed 27 shots and had zero assists as he often freelanced.

"It was a combination of their defense packing it in the middle and denying the wings," Bryant said.

Meanwhile, the Heat had a balanced attack led by former Laker Eddie Jones' 26 points. Anthony Mason scored 23 points and Tim Hardaway added 22.

Miami shot 47 percent (36-of-76), including 10-of-20 3-pointers. The Heat also held a 44-39 rebounding edge as six players had at least five.

"We're not the biggest team around," Jones said. "We don't have any 7-footers, or even 6-11 (guys), so the little 150-pound guys have got to rebound, too."

It added up to Riley's first win here since he became coach of the Heat. Miami completed a 2-1 road trip and ended a four-game skid to Los Angeles.

"I think the team wanted to prove something to themselves today," Riley said. "The Lakers are tough to beat here. We haven't won here in a long time. It was just a great game for us. We came committed as a team."

"You're always prepared," Mason said. "You're prepared from beginning to end with him. He's probably the best preparation coach in this business. You feel good playing for someone that's going to have you prepared. I mean, he has you knowing what the other team ate for breakfast that morning."

The Lakers played without forward Horace Grant, who was out with back spasms, and fell to 3-3 since the strife between O'Neal and Bryant became public knowledge.

"We stink," Lakers guard Ron Harper said. "If this team comes out to score 100 points on us, we gotta stink."

Bryant blamed the poor defensive effort on the Lakers perhaps being in poor shape.

"I don't think it's a matter of effort," he said. "It might be a matter of conditioning, not being in the proper shape to sustain it for 48 minutes. I think that guys want to get the job done but I don't know if they are in the best shape to do it for 48 minutes."

Mason's three-point play and short jumper snapped a tie and gave the Heat the lead for good at 68-63 midway through the third quarter. Hardaway and Jones hit 3-pointers and Mason drove for a hoop as Miami took a 76-71 lead into the final period.

A jumper by Isaiah Rider, who scored 12 points, made it 81-78 with 7:31 to play. But Brian Grant made two free throws and Dan Majerle sank a 3-pointer to make it 86-78 with 6:01 left.

The Lakers got no closer than four points thereafter. Grant and Mason hit jumpers to double Miami's lead to 92-84 with 3:37 to go and Mason sank consecutive jumpers to seal it at 96-86 with 1:44 remaining.

Grant scored 14 points for the Heat (25-18), who climbed seven games above .500 for the first time this season. Hardaway had eight assists and Jones pulled down eight rebounds.

"We still have a lot of work to do," Brian Grant said. "This is no way puts us in a position that we can say we reached our best."

O'Neal and Bryant grabbed eight boards each and Bryant, Rick Fox and Robert Horry fouled out for the Lakers.

Hardaway scored 13 points in the first quarter. He made three 3-pointers, including one that gave Miami a 30-19 lead in the final minute.

"They knew I wasn't making shots against them in Miami," said Hardaway. "They tended to lean off me in the first couple of minutes. And then when they came to me, I went to my teammates."

Bryant scored nine points in a 23-5 surge that gave the Lakers a 42-35 lead midway through the second quarter. But Jones, whom the Lakers traded in 1999 to make room for Bryant, scored nine in the period, including a rainbow from the baseline just before the buzzer that gave the Heat a 54-51 edge.

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