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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 19 14 21 27 81 NEW YORK 33 14 20 24 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 33, ROBERT HORRY 18, RICK FOX 8 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 33, LATRELL SPREWELL 28, CHARLIE WARD 9

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 11, ROBERT HORRY 11 NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 16, GLEN RICE 10

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - TYRONN LUE 4, KOBE BRYANT 3 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 3, CHRIS CHILDS 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (81) AT NEW YORK (91)

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

FOX F 22 3-4 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 1 1 8 GRANT F 27 1-8 1-4 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 3 FOSTER C 18 1-5 2-2 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 4 BRYANT G 42 12-27 8-11 3 8 11 3 2 2 3 33 HARPER G 17 1-6 1-2 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 3 SHAW 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RIDER 23 3-11 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 7 HORRY 28 6-10 4-4 5 6 11 1 1 1 2 18 LUE 22 0-5 2-2 0 2 2 4 4 2 1 2 GEORGE 12 1-5 0-2 0 2 2 0 1 2 0 3 MADSEN 20 0-3 0-0 4 5 9 0 3 2 0 0 ONEAL DNP - SORE RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 28-86 18-27 17 33 50 13 16 10 9 81 (.326) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(14 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 42 3-6 0-0 1 15 16 2 3 0 0 7 SPREWELL F 42 10-23 5-6 1 2 3 2 2 3 3 28 LONGLEY C 24 0-2 0-0 1 6 7 0 3 1 2 0 HOUSTON G 42 14-27 2-2 0 5 5 2 2 0 2 33 WARD G 24 3-7 2-2 0 1 1 3 3 0 0 9 RICE 28 3-8 0-0 4 6 10 0 3 1 3 7 KNIGHT 14 0-1 1-2 0 4 4 0 2 0 1 1 CHILDS 24 1-4 4-4 0 1 1 3 3 0 3 6 CAMBY DNP - SUSPENDED BY NBA SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - BRUISED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 34-78 14-16 7 40 47 12 21 5 14 91 (.436) (.875) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

LA LAKERS 19 14 21 27 - 81 NEW YORK 33 14 20 24 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - RIDER, HARPER, HORRY, GEORGE, GRANT. NEW YORK - CHILDS, L JOHNSON, RICE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 7-21 (.333), FOX 2-2, BRYANT 1-3, HARPER 0-2, SHAW 0-1, RIDER 1-4, HORRY 2-4, LUE 0-1, GEORGE 1-4. NEW YORK 9-20 (.450), L JOHNSON 1-1, SPREWELL 3-5, HOUSTON 3-7, WARD 1-3, RICE 1-2, CHILDS 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, GREG WILLARD, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:17.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 22 3-4 0-0 0-4 1 2 8 Grant 27 1-8 1-4 2-4 0 1 3 Foster 18 1-5 2-2 2-4 0 1 4 Bryant 42 12-27 8-11 3-11 3 2 33 Harper 17 1-6 1-2 1-1 2 1 3 Shaw 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Rider 23 3-11 0-0 0-2 2 0 7 Horry 28 6-10 4-4 5-11 1 1 18 Lue 22 0-5 2-2 0-2 4 4 2 George 12 1-5 0-2 0-2 0 1 3 Madsen 20 0-3 0-0 4-9 0 3 0 Oneal DNP - sore right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-86 18-27 17-50 13 16 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.326, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (Fox 2-2, Bryant 1-3, Harper 0-2, Shaw 0-1, Rider 1-4, Horry 2-4, Lue 0-1, George 1-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Rider, Harper, Horry, George, Grant). Turnovers: 11 (Bryant 3, Horry 2, Foster, Fox, Lue, Rider). Steals: 10 (Bryant 2, George 2, Lue 2, Madsen 2, Fox, Horry).

NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 42 3-6 0-0 1-16 2 3 7 Sprewell 42 10-23 5-6 1-3 2 2 28 Longley 24 0-2 0-0 1-7 0 3 0 Houston 42 14-27 2-2 0-5 2 2 33 Ward 24 3-7 2-2 0-1 3 3 9 Rice 28 3-8 0-0 4-10 0 3 7 Knight 14 0-1 1-2 0-4 0 2 1 Childs 24 1-4 4-4 0-1 3 3 6 Camby DNP - suspended by nba Spencer DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - bruised right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 14-16 7-47 12 21 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 9-20, .450 (L Johnson 1-1, Sprewell 3-5, Houston 3-7, Ward 1-3, Rice 1-2, Childs 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Childs, L Johnson, Rice). Turnovers: 14 (Childs 3, Rice 3, Sprewell 3, Houston 2, Longley 2, Knight). Steals: 5 (Sprewell 3, Longley, Rice). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 19 14 21 27 - 81 New York 33 14 20 24 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:17. Officials: Joe Crawford, Greg Willard, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Lakers apparently thought they would waltz into Madison Square Garden and emerge with another victory over the New York Knicks. They left with their heads spinning.

Playing without big men Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas, the Knicks got a combined 61 points from Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell and posted a 91-81 triumph over the Lakers, who were not without their own distractions.

Lakers superstar center Shaquille O'Neal opted at the last second to sit out with a sore right foot. His decision came hours after the team fined reserve guard Isaiah Rider an undisclosed amount for missing Saturday's flight to New York.

"It's plantar fasciaitis on my right foot," O'Neal said. "It's been bothering me for about a week. I aggravated it in the New Jersey game (on Friday). It was hard for me to lift off my foot. I've been playing with it for the past couple of weeks. I had all day today to rest and all day tomorrow. On Tuesday (at Cleveland), if it feels to the point where I can lift up on my toes, then I'll play."

"It was a big difference playing without the big fella," Rider said. "Everything seemed like a struggle."

Factor in the lingering feud between O'Neal and fellow All-Star starter Kobe Bryant and a January spent mostly in Los Angeles, and it was little wonder the Lakers started slowly in the nationally televised game.

"It's a tough adjustment to make for the simple fact that our whole offense is predicated on getting the ball inside," Bryant said. "And at the last minute, we kind of had to change our offense and adapt our defense."

"I didn't think we were as sharp as we needed to be and we missed the big guy," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.

New York closed the first quarter with a 15-2 run to open a 33-19 lead. Houston, Sprewell and Larry Johnson had 3-pointers during the stretch and the Knicks were never headed.

"We wanted to come out and try to set a tone and be very energetic early," said Houston, who scored 14 of his 33 points in the first quarter.

The win snapped New York's season-high three-game losing streak and was its first against the Lakers since March 1, 1998. The Knicks also improved to 11-5 against the Western Conference, the most wins of any Eastern Conference team vs. the West.

"It is nice to get off the losing side," said Sprewell, who had 28 points. "Now we are headed in the right direction. We have a lot of tough games vs. a lot of good teams and they are on the road. It was nice to get this one."

Bryant scored 33 points on 12-of-27 shooting for Los Angeles, which has dropped all three road games this month. The defending NBA champion Lakers suffered their 15th loss, matching the total from all of last season.

"Outside of the five layups he got at the end of the game, he didn't have a good shooting night," Jackson said.

Los Angeles was within 18-17 with 4:36 to go in the opening quarter, but Johnson buried a 3-pointer from the right wing. Sprewell followed with a 3-pointer with 3:19 remaining and Houston's 26-footer from the right corner made it 29-19.

Johnson had a basket with 72 seconds left in the quarter and Sprewell added two free throws 30 seconds later. The Knicks were 12-of-19 from the field in the period, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range.

Los Angeles tried to get back in the contest with a 12-4 run to start the second quarter. Bryant capped it with an 18-footer that got the Lakers within 37-31 with 6:08 left. But that was Los Angeles' last basket of the quarter.

The Lakers made just 5-of-20 shots in the quarter and trailed 47-33 at halftime. Houston made half of 14 shots in the first half, scoring 18 points.

"In the first half, we were pretty anemic offensively," Jackson said. "I was disappointed that we didn't get more post-up situations."

Los Angeles trailed, 54-43, midway through the third quarter following a free throw by Horace Grant. But Sprewell had a steal and dunk and fadeaway jumper 32 seconds apart to restore New York's advantage to 15 points.

The Lakers' last gasp came with 6:33 to go in the contest when a 3-pointer by Robert Horry got them within 75-66. But New York came out of a timeout and Houston hit a baseline jumper and 3-pointer 28 seconds apart.

After Rider sank a 3-pointer to make it 80-69 with 5:24 left, former Laker Travis Knight hit a free throw and Houston buried a 17-footer over Rider for a 14-point cushion.

"I thought Allan was very dominant in crunch time when we needed baskets," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "He gave us some very strong forceful 1-on-1 moves and played well."

Rider endured a brutal game, making just 3-of-11 shots in 23 minutes. Los Angeles also got little from its frontcourt of Grant, Rick Fox and Greg Foster. The trio combined for only 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting.

Los Angeles shot just 32 percent (28-of-86).

New York used only eight players and got one point from its center combination of Luc Longley and Travis Knight. The duo managed to grab 11 rebounds in O'Neal's absence.

The Lakers fell to 1-2 this season without O'Neal.

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