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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 28 26 22 24 100 LA LAKERS 25 20 26 35 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 25, MIKE MILLER 19, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 15 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 37, BRIAN SHAW 20, RICK FOX 17

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 8 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 19, BRIAN SHAW 7

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 8, TRACY MCGRADY 8 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

ORLANDO (100) AT LA LAKERS (106)

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

MCGRADY F 42 7-20 10-11 2 6 8 8 2 3 1 25 OUTLAW F 41 5-7 0-0 3 5 8 2 5 0 2 10 DECLERCQ C 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 ARMSTRONG G 36 6-15 0-0 5 5 10 8 2 3 2 15 MILLER G 45 7-21 2-2 2 6 8 4 4 0 2 19 REID 4 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 0 AMAECHI 16 3-8 1-2 0 1 1 0 6 0 1 7 HUDSON 15 1-4 6-8 4 1 5 0 4 0 1 8 WILLIAMS 13 1-3 2-2 0 4 4 2 1 1 0 4 DOLEAC 21 6-19 0-0 5 1 6 0 5 2 1 12 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-99 21-25 22 30 52 24 36 10 11 100 (.364) (.840) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(11 PTS)

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

FOX F 31 4-9 7-11 0 4 4 3 4 0 1 17 GRANT F 21 2-5 3-4 1 3 4 1 1 0 1 7 ONEAL C 42 14-20 9-21 5 14 19 6 2 3 4 37 RIDER G 22 5-8 0-0 3 1 4 2 1 2 3 10 SHAW G 35 7-12 4-4 2 5 7 1 2 0 1 20 GEORGE 13 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 1 PENBERTHY 27 0-6 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 2 HORRY 29 2-5 2-8 2 3 5 2 1 1 1 6 LUE 15 1-3 1-1 0 0 0 3 2 1 1 4 MADSEN 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 BRYANT DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-70 29-53 13 33 46 19 22 8 16 106 (.514) (.547) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 16(23 PTS)

ORLANDO 28 26 22 24 - 100 LA LAKERS 25 20 26 35 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - MCGRADY, OUTLAW. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 5, HORRY, GEORGE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 7-20 (.350), MCGRADY 1-5, ARMSTRONG 3-6, MILLER 3-8, WILLIAMS 0-1. LA LAKERS 5-19 (.263), FOX 2-4, RIDER 0-1, SHAW 2-5, GEORGE 0-1, PENBERTHY 0-5, HORRY 0-2, LUE 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, GEORGE TOLIVER, JESS KERSEY. A - 18,997. T - 2:46.


Box Score

ORLANDO (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcgrady 42 7-20 10-11 2-8 8 2 25 Outlaw 41 5-7 0-0 3-8 2 5 10 Declercq 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Armstrong 36 6-15 0-0 5-10 8 2 15 Miller 45 7-21 2-2 2-8 4 4 19 Reid 4 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 4 0 Amaechi 16 3-8 1-2 0-1 0 6 7 Hudson 15 1-4 6-8 4-5 0 4 8 Williams 13 1-3 2-2 0-4 2 1 4 Doleac 21 6-19 0-0 5-6 0 5 12 Alexander DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-99 21-25 22-52 24 36 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.364, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Mcgrady 1-5, Armstrong 3-6, Miller 3-8, Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Mcgrady, Outlaw). Turnovers: 11 (Armstrong 2, Miller 2, Outlaw 2, Amaechi, Doleac, Hudson, Mcgrady, Reid). Steals: 10 (Armstrong 3, Mcgrady 3, Doleac 2, Declercq, Williams).

LA LAKERS (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 31 4-9 7-11 0-4 3 4 17 Grant 21 2-5 3-4 1-4 1 1 7 Oneal 42 14-20 9-21 5-19 6 2 37 Rider 22 5-8 0-0 3-4 2 1 10 Shaw 35 7-12 4-4 2-7 1 2 20 George 13 0-1 1-2 0-2 1 4 1 Penberthy 27 0-6 2-2 0-0 0 3 2 Horry 29 2-5 2-8 2-5 2 1 6 Lue 15 1-3 1-1 0-0 3 2 4 Madsen 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Bryant DNP - sprained right ankle Foster DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-70 29-53 13-46 19 22 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.547. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Fox 2-4, Rider 0-1, Shaw 2-5, George 0-1, Penberthy 0-5, Horry 0-2, Lue 1-1). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 7 (Oneal 5, Horry, George). Turnovers: 16 (Oneal 4, Penberthy 3, Rider 3, Fox, George, Grant, Horry, Lue, Shaw). Steals: 8 (Oneal 3, Rider 2, Horry, Lue, Penberthy). ____________________________________________ Orlando 28 26 22 24 - 100 La Lakers 25 20 26 35 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:46. Officials: Hugh Evans, George Toliver, Jess Kersey.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Already without Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers showed they can win without Shaquille O'Neal as well.

With their big man getting a breather, the Lakers put together a decisive 18-3 second-half run and held on for a 106-100 victory over the Orlando Magic, who have lost three in a row.

Bryant had missed the last two games and opted out of this one to further rest his injured ankle. With the Lakers' leading scorer in a gray suit, it was up to the 7-2 O'Neal to carry the offense.

O'Neal did his part and then some, with 37 points, 19 rebounds, six assists and five blocks. But he was on the bench for most of the key stretch of the game, when his supporting cast turned a nine-point deficit into an 85-79 lead.

Brian Shaw scored 20 points and made three straight baskets down the stretch after the Magic had closed within two points. Rick Fox added 17 points for Los Angeles, which has won four straight games.

"That's something we're going to have to do," Shaw said. "There's going to be times where he's going to be tired or in foul trouble. We have to show that we can do it."

"I think that it's simple basketball," O'Neal said. "I have to demand the double- or triple-team down low. If teams don't want to double or triple, then I'll just do what I do. Most of the time they double or triple me and that is when guys like Rick and Brian, our good shooters, step up."

Tracy McGrady had 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter for the Magic, whose losing streak follows a franchise record-tying nine-game winning streak.

"I did what I can do," McGrady said. "I was double-teamed and I was moving the ball. I have confidence our guys can make shots."

Orlando tried to push the tempo but still got pushed around by O'Neal, who made 14-of-20 shots and 9-of-21 free throws. The Magic shot just 36 percent (36-of-99) but stayed in it as the Lakers missed 24-of-53 foul shots.

"The pace was key to us," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "We had it fast like we wanted it for three quarters. But when it slowed down, they got back into the game."

"There's a reason why Shaq was MVP last year," Magic rookie Mike Miller added. "We had control of the game until they slowed it down, and that's when he hurt us."

A jumper by Monty Williams gave the Magic a 76-67 lead in the final minute of the third period. O'Neal had a three-point play to start the run but took a seat shortly thereafter.

Los Angeles trailed by five points entering the fourth quarter but came alive with O'Neal on the bench. Rookie Mark Madsen made a layup and Robert Horry and Isaiah Rider sank jumpers for a 77-77 tie with 9:59 left.

"I was kind of beat up then and my teammates played inspired ball, hit some shots," O'Neal said.

Another jumper by Horry gave the Lakers the lead for good and O'Neal returned with 9 1/2 minutes to go. He passed out of double-teams to set up 3-pointers by Fox and Tyronn Lue around a basket by Orlando's Bo Outlaw, giving Los Angeles an 85-79 lead with 8:12 remaining.

"I think we are guilty of kind of standing around and watching him go to work," Shaw said. "Now when guys turns their backs we get a lot of floor space and slices to the basket."

Miller's 3-pointer pulled Orlando within 86-84, but O'Neal answered with a breakaway dunk. Darrell Armstrong drove for a layup and Shaw took over. He put back his own miss, took a feed from O'Neal for another layup and drilled an 18-footer to make it 94-86 with 3:55 to play.

A drive by Armstrong cut the deficit to 95-92 with 1:11 to go, but O'Neal responded with a turnaround jumper with 53 seconds left. The Magic got no closer, despite repeated fouling that pushed the time of the game to 2:47.

"That was a marathon out there -- 53 free throws," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I can't remember when I have ever seen that many ... at least since I have been coaching."

Rider played through a leg injury and scored 10 points for the Lakers, who shot 51 percent (36-of-70) and beat the Magic for the fourth straight time.

Miller scored 19 points and Armstrong added 15, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Magic, who made 21-of-25 free throws and forced 16 turnovers with their pressure defense.

"They had us confused in the first half," Jackson said. "The pressure, we didn't handle it very well."

"The fast pace of the game is how we play," Armstrong said. "When we stop doing it, we get into trouble."

McGrady scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Magic grabbed a 28-25 lead. They led by as many as 11 points in the second period before settling for a 54-47 halftime cushion.

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