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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 29 18 28 26 101 SAN ANTONIO 25 23 25 26 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 22, RICK FOX 17, ISAIAH RIDER 16 SAS - DEREK ANDERSON 23, TIM DUNCAN 22, TERRY PORTER 18

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 10, RICK FOX 9 SAS - DEREK ANDERSON 8, DAVID ROBINSON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 7, BRIAN SHAW 6 SAS - TERRY PORTER 8, ANTONIO DANIELS 5

ATT: 29,849


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (101) AT SAN ANTONIO (99)

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

FOX F 39 6-11 4-6 0 9 9 5 4 0 2 17 GRANT F 28 3-5 6-6 3 1 4 2 3 0 3 12 ONEAL C 39 9-17 4-5 2 8 10 7 4 0 6 22 RIDER G 29 8-13 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 2 16 SHAW G 39 3-7 4-4 0 5 5 6 3 1 5 11 FOSTER 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PENBERTHY 28 3-5 2-3 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 10 GEORGE 9 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 HORRY 20 4-4 2-2 0 4 4 1 4 0 0 13 MADSEN 5 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 LUE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRYANT DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 36-65 22-26 6 33 39 23 26 2 21 101 (.554) (.846) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 22(33 PTS)

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

ANDERSON F 43 9-19 5-7 2 6 8 4 3 3 0 23 DUNCAN F 45 10-22 2-7 0 7 7 4 4 3 2 22 ROBINSON C 33 6-12 1-4 5 3 8 0 2 1 1 13 DANIELS G 35 4-9 2-2 0 2 2 5 2 2 5 10 PORTER G 30 5-8 4-4 0 1 1 8 1 1 0 18 FERRY 10 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 3 WALKER 16 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 6 JOHNSON 19 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 4 S ELLIOTT 9 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 DIAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-78 14-24 7 21 28 25 20 12 9 99 (.513) (.583) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(13 PTS)

LA LAKERS 29 18 28 26 - 101 SAN ANTONIO 25 23 25 26 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2, HORRY 2, SHAW. SAN ANTONIO - FERRY, ROBINSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 7-13 (.538), FOX 1-4, RIDER 0-1, SHAW 1-1, PENBERTHY 2-2, GEORGE 0-2, HORRY 3-3. SAN ANTONIO 5-11 (.455), ANDERSON 0-1, DANIELS 0-3, PORTER 4-6, FERRY 1-1. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, DAN CRAWFORD, VIOLET PALMER. A - 29,849. T - 2:18.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 39 6-11 4-6 0-9 5 4 17 Grant 28 3-5 6-6 3-4 2 3 12 Oneal 39 9-17 4-5 2-10 7 4 22 Rider 29 8-13 0-0 0-3 2 2 16 Shaw 39 3-7 4-4 0-5 6 3 11 Foster 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Penberthy 28 3-5 2-3 0-1 0 3 10 George 9 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Horry 20 4-4 2-2 0-4 1 4 13 Madsen 5 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Lue 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bryant DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-65 22-26 6-39 23 26 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.554, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (Fox 1-4, Rider 0-1, Shaw 1-1, Penberthy 2-2, George 0-2, Horry 3-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Oneal 2, Horry 2, Shaw). Turnovers: 22 (Oneal 6, Shaw 5, Grant 3, Fox 2, Rider 2, George, Madsen, Penberthy). Steals: 2 (Penberthy, Shaw).

SAN ANTONIO (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 43 9-19 5-7 2-8 4 3 23 Duncan 45 10-22 2-7 0-7 4 4 22 Robinson 33 6-12 1-4 5-8 0 2 13 Daniels 35 4-9 2-2 0-2 5 2 10 Porter 30 5-8 4-4 0-1 8 1 18 Ferry 10 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 4 3 Walker 16 3-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 6 Johnson 19 2-3 0-0 0-0 3 2 4 S Elliott 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Dial DNP - coach's decision Jackson DNP - coach's decision S Kerr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-78 14-24 7-28 25 20 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.583. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Anderson 0-1, Daniels 0-3, Porter 4-6, Ferry 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Ferry, Robinson). Turnovers: 9 (Daniels 5, Duncan 2, Robinson, S Elliott). Steals: 12 (Anderson 3, Duncan 3, Daniels 2, Johnson, Porter, Robinson, S Elliott). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 29 18 28 26 - 101 San Antonio 25 23 25 26 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 1 (Duncan, 9:39 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 29,849. T: 2:18. Officials: Mike Mathis, Dan Crawford, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- With half of their lethal 1-2 punch missing, Shaquille O'Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers used a series of jabs from their supporting cast to knock out the San Antonio Spurs.

O'Neal finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds and was one of seven Lakers in double figures as the defending NBA champions used a well-balanced attack to thwart San Antonio's "Twin Towers," pulling out a 101-99 victory.

"We had a good team effort tonight," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "A lot of guys contributed in this ballgame for us and sometimes that happens when you have a superstar that's out."

Much has been made of the infighting between Los Angeles' dynamic duo this season and with Bryant leaving O'Neal on his own due to a sprained left ankle, the 7-2 pivotman figured to have difficulty offsetting Tim Duncan and David Robinson.

"I felt like going into the woods to fight a bear with a club instead of a gun," Jackson said of facing the Spurs without Bryant. "The big guy stepped up and made some passes tonight and we had guys who contributed everywhere."

Plagued by foul trouble late in the third quarter, O'Neal watched from the bench as Rick Fox, Horace Grant, Isaiah Rider, Robert Horry, Brian Shaw and rookie Mike Penberthy took turns carrying the load.

"We knew coming in that if we played a perfect game and kept it close down the stretch that we could possibly win," O'Neal said. "My teammates did a great job as I was being double- and triple-teamed, so I had to make a lot of passes to my teammates and they hit the open shot."

Fox scored 17 points, Rider added 16 and Horry 13 with three big 3-pointers. Grant had 12, Shaw 11 and Penberthy 10 as Los Angeles used its full arsenal to hand San Antonio just its fifth loss in 26 home games.

The Lakers also displayed a cohesiveness and animation on the bench they have been sorely lacking for most of the season, waving towels and exchanging hugs and high-fives during timeouts.

Duncan scored 22 points and Robinson added 13 for the Spurs, who lost consecutive games for the first time since dropping four in a row from January 13-20.

"We had good matchups in the fourth (quarter)," Robinson said. "We just couldn't seem to get Tim going. We should have done something, but we didn't. It was a disappointment, especially without Kobe there."

Penberthy snapped a 68-68 tie on a 3-pointer with 2:14 remaining in the third quarter and Los Angeles carried a 75-73 advantage into the final period.

O'Neal, who sat down with four fouls in the waning moments of the third quarter, watched Antonio Daniels made a layup to get the Spurs even before Horry hit two free throws and a 25-footer. Penberthy knocked down a technical free throw after Duncan lost his cool and Horry followed with another basket as Los Angeles opened an 83-75 lead with 8:44 to play.

"We got big play from our bench in the fourth quarter to kind of hold court while Shaq had four fouls," Jackson said. "Then we were able to get the troops back in there and they were able to hold it."

Duncan responded with a free throw and Avery Johnson hit a jumper before O'Neal returned with 7:25 remaining. Fox made a pair from the line, O'Neal slammed, Penberthy hit 1-of-2 free throws and O'Neal converted a three-point play as Los Angeles stretched the advantage to 91-82 with 4:27 left.

"We had seven guys in double figures, which shows that we had contributions from everybody," Fox said. "We had good ball movement and showed that we have the ability to step up with one of our key guys out. That means a lot to our team."

After a dunk by Robinson, Shaw made a layup and Horry connected from 25 feet to make it a 12-point bulge with just under three minutes to go.

"Whether Kobe was in the game or not, the game was at home," Johnson said. "Tonight we missed a chance to establish our home-court advantage."

A pair of late 3-pointers, including one buzzer-beater, helped the Spurs make the final score close.

Los Angeles shot 55 percent (36-of-65) and held a 39-28 rebounding advantage. The Lakers overcame 22 turnovers, which resulted in 33 points for San Antonio.

Derek Anderson scored 23 points and Porter finished with 18 for the Spurs, who committed just nine turnovers and shot 51 percent (40-of-78).

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