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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 25 30 18 18 91 LA LAKERS 25 35 28 16 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 23, HUBERT DAVIS 17, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 8 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 40, RICK FOX 13, DEREK FISHER 13

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - POPEYE JONES 8, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 6 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 8, ISAIAH RIDER 6

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (91) AT LA LAKERS (104)

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

ALEXANDER F 29 3-9 1-2 0 0 0 3 1 1 3 7 LAETTNER F 29 3-4 2-2 1 5 6 5 3 0 0 8 J WHITE C 15 1-7 2-2 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 4 DAVIS G 31 7-13 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 0 3 17 HAMILTON G 32 7-14 9-9 2 2 4 4 1 1 3 23 P JONES 29 3-9 2-2 3 5 8 2 4 1 0 8 VAUGHT 21 4-6 0-0 0 5 5 1 4 1 1 8 VANTERPOL 26 3-9 2-2 0 2 2 4 0 1 0 8 MIKE SMITH 14 1-3 0-2 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 2 PROFIT 14 3-4 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 6 RICHMOND DNP - STRAINED RIGHT KNEE MICHAEL SMITH DNP - SUSPENDED BY TEAM

TOTALS 240 35-78 18-22 7 23 30 24 20 6 10 91 (.449) (.818) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(16 PTS)

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

FOX F 25 5-10 1-1 3 2 5 1 4 1 3 13 GRANT F 28 2-6 4-5 2 4 6 1 3 1 0 8 ONEAL C 38 15-25 10-13 6 11 17 8 3 3 3 40 FISHER G 29 4-9 2-2 0 0 0 4 2 0 3 13 SHAW G 31 6-14 0-0 6 1 7 4 1 3 1 12 MADSEN 22 0-1 2-4 3 4 7 0 2 0 0 2 PENBERTHY 12 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 FOSTER 7 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 RIDER 25 4-13 0-0 0 2 2 6 0 0 1 8 GEORGE 23 4-6 0-0 1 5 6 0 4 0 0 8 BRYANT DNP - SORE LEFT FOOT HORRY DNP - CERVICAL STRAIN

TOTALS 240 40-89 19-25 22 32 54 25 21 8 12 104 (.449) (.760) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

WASHINGTON 25 30 18 18 - 91 LA LAKERS 25 35 28 16 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - LAETTNER, P JONES, J WHITE. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 5, SHAW, GRANT, GEORGE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-10 (.300), ALEXANDER 0-1, DAVIS 3-5, P JONES 0-1, MIKE SMITH 0-2, PROFIT 0-1. LA LAKERS 5-16 (.313), FOX 2-3, FISHER 3-5, SHAW 0-2, PENBERTHY 0-2, RIDER 0-3, GEORGE 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, BERNIE FRYER, BILL KENNEDY. A - 18,997. T - 2:07.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Alexander 29 3-9 1-2 0-0 3 1 7 Laettner 29 3-4 2-2 1-6 5 3 8 J White 15 1-7 2-2 1-1 0 4 4 Davis 31 7-13 0-0 0-2 3 2 17 Hamilton 32 7-14 9-9 2-4 4 1 23 P Jones 29 3-9 2-2 3-8 2 4 8 Vaught 21 4-6 0-0 0-5 1 4 8 Vanterpol 26 3-9 2-2 0-2 4 0 8 Mike Smith 14 1-3 0-2 0-2 2 0 2 Profit 14 3-4 0-1 0-0 0 1 6 Richmond DNP - strained right knee Michael Smith DNP - suspended by team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 18-22 7-30 24 20 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Alexander 0-1, Davis 3-5, P Jones 0-1, Mike Smith 0-2, Profit 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Laettner, P Jones, J White). Turnovers: 11 (Alexander 3, Davis 3, Hamilton 3, Vaught). Steals: 6 (Alexander, Hamilton, P Jones, Profit, Vanterpol, Vaught).

LA LAKERS (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 25 5-10 1-1 3-5 1 4 13 Grant 28 2-6 4-5 2-6 1 3 8 Oneal 38 15-25 10-13 6-17 8 3 40 Fisher 29 4-9 2-2 0-0 4 2 13 Shaw 31 6-14 0-0 6-7 4 1 12 Madsen 22 0-1 2-4 3-7 0 2 2 Penberthy 12 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Foster 7 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 Rider 25 4-13 0-0 0-2 6 0 8 George 23 4-6 0-0 1-6 0 4 8 Bryant DNP - sore left foot Horry DNP - cervical strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-89 19-25 22-54 25 21 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Fox 2-3, Fisher 3-5, Shaw 0-2, Penberthy 0-2, Rider 0-3, George 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (Oneal 5, Shaw, Grant, George). Turnovers: 13 (Fisher 3, Fox 3, Oneal 3, Penberthy, Rider, Shaw). Steals: 8 (Oneal 3, Shaw 3, Fox, Grant). ____________________________________________ Washington 25 30 18 18 - 91 La Lakers 25 35 28 16 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:07. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Bernie Fryer, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- With Kobe Bryant sidelined with a foot injury, Shaquille O'Neal played well enough for two All-Stars.

O'Neal made up for the absence of Bryant with 40 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and five blocks as the Los Angeles Lakers avoided a three-game losing streak with a 104-91 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Bryant, who missed time earlier this season with a right foot injury, suffered soft tissue inflammation to his left foot in the Lakers' 107-100 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday. But Los Angeles improved to 5-1 without the All-Star guard as O'Neal went 15-of-25 from the field and 10-of-13 from the free-throw line.

"I think we have a lot of players that could step up and fill that void," O'Neal said. "(Bryant) needs to get his ankle right. As long as one of the super heroes is out there, we'll always have a chance. Superman is still here and he's still hitting his free throws. Bring it to me."

Rick Fox and Derek Fisher each added 13 points for the Lakers, who moved within one game of first-place Sacramento in the Pacific Divisiion.

"We talked a little bit after we reviewed the film of Milwaukee," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said. "There was a stretch when we didn't take care of the ball and we let momentum build for the other team, and we didn't have good defense. I think that hurt us. It was about how to help each other play better defense. We had our troubles here tonight, but we played better defense in the third quarter."

Richard Hamilton scored 23 points and Hubert Davis contributed 17 for the Wizards, who fell to 1-3 on their five-game western road trip. They dropped to 7-30 on the road and 5-17 against Western Conference teams.

"We really didn't have an answer for Shaq tonight," Wizards coach Leonard Hamilton said. "NOt very many people will. He's a dominating player and he dominated the game. He had an awful lot of touches and when he's hitting his free throws like that, he really keeps you at bay. He pretty much made the difference in the game."

Washington dropped its eighth straight to Los Angeles on the road, with its last victory coming on February 14, 1992.

After an even first quarter, the Lakers took the lead for good with 8:41 left in the second as Isaiah Rider dunked for a 37-36 edge.

Although Los Angeles never lost the lead, it did not break open the game until the third quarter, which it began with a 14-8 run to go ahead, 74-63, on a jumper by Brian Shaw with 7:22 left.

After Hamilton hit a jumper, Shaw and O'Neal hooked up for an alley-oop dunk and the Lakers' lead did not dip below double digits until the fourth quarter.

"These kind of games are kind of hard to dissect," Washington rookie forward Courtney Alexander said. "Lack of effort is a possibility. Not having that resilient attitude that I think we've shown in the past few games, and that reflected in our play tonight. I think we just need to maintain a level of intensity throughout the game no matter what the situation is whether we're up or down."

The Wizards closed within seven points, 92-85, on Laron Profit's driving layup with 6:34 remaining but O'Neal answered with a layup, finger roll and dunk to push Los Angeles' lead to 98-85 with 4:41 to go.

"We're supposed to beat this team," O'Neal said. "We just need to stop giving games away and play with a little more intensity."

Profit and Loy Vaught hit consecutive jumpers before O'Neal made a layup and two free throws and Devean George had a follow shot as the Lakers matched their largest lead, 15 points at 104-89, with 2:03 left.

"They didn't pack it in," said Shaw, who finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. "You had to give them credit for that. They played hard until the final buzzer went off. They made a little run and made it a close game towards the end of the fourth quarter. So we were still on edge because they were in striking distance."

Rider, George and Horace Grant collected eight points apiece for Los Angeles, which shot 45 percent (40-of-89) and held a 54-30 advantage in rebounding.

Popeye Jones had eight points and eight rebounds and Christian Laettner had eight, six and five assists for the Wizards, who shot 45 percent (35-of-78) but were outscored, 22-7, on second chance points and 56-30 in points in the paint.

"We still gave them too many of those easy transition baskets," Hamilton said. "Had we been able to keep that down, maybe we could have done a better job. (O'Neal) is an outstanding player and they are an outstanding team. They hit their jump shots in the second quarter and that I thought made it really difficult for us. Shaq hit his free throws."

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