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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 21 30 22 25 98 VANCOUVER 21 20 23 24 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 34, KOBE BRYANT 20, HORACE GRANT 15 VAN - MICHAEL DICKERSON 22, ERICK STRICKLAND 13, MAHMOUD ABDUL-RAUF 12

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - HORACE GRANT 15, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 13 VAN - BRYANT REEVES 11, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 11

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - BRIAN SHAW 9, RICK FOX 7 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 8, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 5

ATT: 19,193


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (98) AT VANCOUVER (88)

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

FOX F 34 5-9 0-0 0 4 4 7 2 2 3 11 GRANT F 39 7-12 1-2 5 10 15 1 0 1 1 15 ONEAL C 38 13-19 8-12 4 9 13 2 5 0 1 34 BRYANT G 39 8-16 4-5 0 5 5 6 3 1 7 20 SHAW G 29 2-7 0-0 1 10 11 9 1 0 2 4 PENBERTHY 13 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 MADSEN 14 0-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 GEORGE 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 RIDER 14 2-8 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 5 HORRY 5 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 1 LUE 9 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-82 15-23 12 41 53 29 22 4 15 98 (.488) (.652) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 38 5-15 0-0 3 8 11 5 2 2 1 10 LONG F 22 1-4 2-2 0 3 3 0 0 2 1 5 REEVES C 33 5-12 1-1 4 7 11 0 5 1 1 11 BIBBY G 36 3-16 0-0 0 3 3 8 1 0 1 6 DICKERSON G 38 9-18 2-3 1 2 3 3 2 1 2 22 STRICKLAND 26 3-8 7-7 0 3 3 4 4 1 1 13 MASSENBURG 15 2-3 0-0 2 2 4 1 5 0 0 4 M ABDUL-RAUF 15 6-12 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 12 SWIFT 17 2-4 1-1 0 3 3 1 1 1 0 5 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRICE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-92 13-14 10 31 41 23 21 8 7 88 (.391) (.929) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 7(6 PTS)

LA LAKERS 21 30 22 25 - 98 VANCOUVER 21 20 23 24 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - FOX 3, SHAW 2, ONEAL 2, HORRY. VANCOUVER - S ABDUR-RAHIM 3, SWIFT 3, DICKERSON 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 3-10 (.300), FOX 1-3, BRYANT 0-2, SHAW 0-1, PENBERTHY 1-1, GEORGE 0-1, RIDER 1-1, HORRY 0-1. VANCOUVER 3-10 (.300), LONG 1-1, BIBBY 0-4, DICKERSON 2-3, STRICKLAND 0-2. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - S ABDUR-RAHIM 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, HUE HOLLINS, JIM KINSEY. A - 19,193. T - 2:12.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 34 5-9 0-0 0-4 7 2 11 Grant 39 7-12 1-2 5-15 1 0 15 Oneal 38 13-19 8-12 4-13 2 5 34 Bryant 39 8-16 4-5 0-5 6 3 20 Shaw 29 2-7 0-0 1-11 9 1 4 Penberthy 13 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 3 Madsen 14 0-2 0-0 2-2 0 6 0 George 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Rider 14 2-8 0-0 0-1 2 1 5 Horry 5 0-2 1-2 0-1 1 2 1 Lue 9 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 Foster DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-82 15-23 12-53 29 22 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.652. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Fox 1-3, Bryant 0-2, Shaw 0-1, Penberthy 1-1, George 0-1, Rider 1-1, Horry 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Fox 3, Shaw 2, Oneal 2, Horry). Turnovers: 15 (Bryant 7, Fox 3, Shaw 2, Grant, Oneal, Rider). Steals: 4 (Fox 2, Bryant, Grant).

VANCOUVER (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-rahim 38 5-15 0-0 3-11 5 2 10 Long 22 1-4 2-2 0-3 0 0 5 Reeves 33 5-12 1-1 4-11 0 5 11 Bibby 36 3-16 0-0 0-3 8 1 6 Dickerson 38 9-18 2-3 1-3 3 2 22 Strickland 26 3-8 7-7 0-3 4 4 13 Massenburg 15 2-3 0-0 2-4 1 5 4 M Abdul-rauf 15 6-12 0-0 0-0 1 1 12 Swift 17 2-4 1-1 0-3 1 1 5 Austin DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision Price DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-92 13-14 10-41 23 21 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.391, FT-.929. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Long 1-1, Bibby 0-4, Dickerson 2-3, Strickland 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 8 (S Abdur-rahim 3, Swift 3, Dickerson 2). Turnovers: 7 (Dickerson 2, Bibby, Long, Reeves, S Abdur-rahim, Strickland). Steals: 8 (Long 2, S Abdur-rahim 2, Dickerson, Reeves, Strickland, Swift). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 21 30 22 25 - 98 Vancouver 21 20 23 24 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 2 (S Abdur-rahim 2 (ejected), 8:13 4th, 1:44 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,193. T: 2:12. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Hue Hollins, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The three bears made an appearance midway through the fourth quarter, but that was too late to help the Vancouver Grizzlies stop Shaquille O'Neal.

O'Neal collected 34 points and 13 rebounds to power the Lakers to a 98-88 victory over the Grizzlies, who have lost six games in a row.

The 7-2, 320-pound O'Neal was unstoppable, making 13-of-19 shots and surprisingly knocking down 8-of-12 free throws. He was unfazed by ailing teammate Kobe Bryant and the first sellout of the season at GM Place, which witnessed one of the strangest occurrences of the season.

With just under six minutes to go, three fans wearing oversized grizzly bear outfits and T-shirts with the phrase, "Save the Grizzlies" came onto the court, drawing approving applause from the 19,193 in attendance. They were escorted from the court by security personnel.

"I was coming out there to take the ball out and I saw these guys standing on the court and I was wondering what was going on," Grizzlies guard Erick Strickland said. "I thought maybe they were part of the crew that does its stuff at halftime. It was crazy. I don't think I've ever seen anything like this in my career."

On February 12, Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley, claiming losses of $40 million this season, received permission to relocate the franchise from NBA commissioner David Stern. The team embarked on a franchise-record five-game winning streak thereafter but has returned to its usual losing ways.

On Thursday, Heisley received an extension until March 26 to find a new city for the Grizzlies. Under consideration are Las Vegas; New Orleans; Buffalo, New York; and Anaheim, California, considered the favorite at this point.

"Every time I've played here, there's been like 18,000 or 19,000 fans," said O'Neal, whose team may have made its final visit here. "I really don't know what the problem is. I would hate not to come here to Vancouver."

"I'm going to miss the women the most. Everybody's been so hospitable here. I love it here. It would be a shame if they let this franchise go."

Wherever the Grizzlies go, they would like to avoid the Lakers. Los Angeles swept the four-game season series with its 10th straight win over Vancouver, running its all-time mark to 22-1. The only loss came in 1999 and was marked by coach Del Harris' firing the following day.

"I enjoy coming to Vancouver and playing," said Bryant, who scored 20 points despite a pair of ankle injuries. "I enjoy the crowd and I enjoy the stadium. The fans are pretty upbeat, at least when we come in here. I don't know about the other times."

Horace Grant had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who have won five of six overall and are one of five teams separated by one loss atop the Western Conference.

"Each win is vital because you're just one or two games out of first in the West, which is a very tough conference, so we have to play every game like it's a playoff game," Grant said.

"I think we got about 26 or 25 games left, so I think if we can get a streak going and sharpen up our tools and get a home-court advantage, we'll be OK," O'Neal said.

Michael Dickerson scored 22 points for the Grizzlies but got very little help from his teammates. Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Mike Bibby, who average a combined 37 points per game, totaled 16 on 8-of-31 shooting.

Abdur-Rahim made 5-of-15 shots and drew two technical fouls and an ejection in the fourth quarter.

"Without actually trying to slight the officials, he should have gotten to the foul line more this afternoon than he did, especially a player of his caliber," teammate Grant Long said.

O'Neal, Bryant and Grant each scored four points in a 14-0 run that gave the Lakers the lead for good at 51-38 in the final minute of the second quarter.

Long's second 3-pointer in as many attempts this season ended the first half and the Grizzlies carried the momentum into the third quarter, using an 11-2 run to pull within 53-51.

O'Neal had a layup and dunk before Bryant made a reverse layup to rebuild the lead to 59-51 with 7:52 remaining. Vancouver got no closer than five points thereafter and trailed 73-64 entering the final period.

A layup by Stromile Swift pulled the Grizzlies within 79-73 with 7:34 to go, but O'Neal responded with a three-point play on the next possession. He scored 10 points in the first seven minutes of the fourth period.

"You always try to take it away but unless you double-team, there's not a whole lot you can do about that," said Vancouver center Bryant Reeves, who had most of the defensive duties. "I tried to keep him out, but he was going anywhere he wanted to."

"Shaq did what he does. He dominated the game," Strickland added.

Rick Fox scored 11 points and Brian Shaw grabbed 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 49 percent (40-of-82) and held a 52-41 edge on the glass.

Strickland scored 13 points, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf added 12 and Reeves 11 and 11 boards for the Grizzlies, who shot 39 percent (36-of-92).

"We really didn't give ourselves a chance to win this game," Vancouver coach Sidney Lowe said. "From a shooting standpoint, we just shot the ball poorly at key times and wide-open shots we didn't make. We got a little frustrated at times because fouls were not called and I think that played on a couple of our guys' minds."

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