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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 18 21 14 31 84 SACRAMENTO 18 22 20 12 72 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 23, RICK FOX 17, BRIAN SHAW 14 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 15, DOUG CHRISTIE 15, VLADE DIVAC 10

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 15, BRIAN SHAW 9 SAC - VLADE DIVAC 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - BRIAN SHAW 4, RICK FOX 4 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 4, VLADE DIVAC 3

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (84) AT SACRAMENTO (72)

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

FOX F 34 6-12 3-5 1 3 4 4 4 2 0 17 GRANT F 35 3-9 1-2 1 4 5 3 1 1 0 7 ONEAL C 35 8-21 7-15 3 12 15 1 4 2 3 23 FISHER G 35 3-9 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 6 SHAW G 37 5-11 4-4 2 7 9 4 1 4 3 14 FOSTER 10 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 GEORGE 15 2-2 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 6 HORRY 14 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 2 1 4 RIDER 11 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 PENBERTHY 13 1-3 0-1 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 3 MADSEN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRYANT DNP - LEFT ANKLE INJURY

TOTALS 240 31-74 19-31 8 35 43 18 17 12 9 84 (.419) (.613) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 12(13 PTS)

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

STOJAKOVIC F 35 4-12 0-0 0 11 11 0 2 0 2 9 WEBBER F 47 7-26 1-2 0 11 11 4 5 1 5 15 DIVAC C 30 4-12 2-2 4 10 14 3 6 3 3 10 CHRISTIE G 36 5-12 3-3 2 1 3 2 2 1 1 15 WILLIAMS G 27 1-5 2-2 0 3 3 1 0 0 3 5 POLLARD 15 2-3 2-2 4 2 6 1 5 0 1 6 TURKOGLU 15 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 JACKSON 21 3-10 0-0 1 3 4 2 1 0 4 7 BARRY 13 1-2 3-3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 5 LONG 1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 FUNDERBURKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-84 13-14 14 41 55 14 25 5 21 72 (.321) (.929) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 21(22 PTS)

LA LAKERS 18 21 14 31 - 84 SACRAMENTO 18 22 20 12 - 72

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - GRANT 4, ONEAL 3. SACRAMENTO - WEBBER 2, POLLARD 2, LONG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 3-11 (.273), FOX 2-5, FISHER 0-2, SHAW 0-1, HORRY 0-1, PENBERTHY 1-2. SACRAMENTO 5-19 (.263), STOJAKOVIC 1-3, WEBBER 0-1, CHRISTIE 2-5, WILLIAMS 1-4, TURKOGLU 0-2, JACKSON 1-4. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL, FISHER, SACRAMENTO - BARRY. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, JIM CLARK, MIKE SMITH. A - 17,317. T - 2:28.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 34 6-12 3-5 1-4 4 4 17 Grant 35 3-9 1-2 1-5 3 1 7 Oneal 35 8-21 7-15 3-15 1 4 23 Fisher 35 3-9 0-0 1-2 1 1 6 Shaw 37 5-11 4-4 2-9 4 1 14 Foster 10 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 George 15 2-2 2-2 0-3 0 1 6 Horry 14 1-3 2-2 0-1 2 2 4 Rider 11 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Penberthy 13 1-3 0-1 0-3 2 0 3 Madsen 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bryant DNP - left ankle injury _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-74 19-31 8-43 18 17 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.613. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Fox 2-5, Fisher 0-2, Shaw 0-1, Horry 0-1, Penberthy 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 7 (Grant 4, Oneal 3). Turnovers: 12 (Oneal 3, Shaw 3, Fisher, George, Horry). Steals: 12 (Shaw 4, Fox 2, Horry 2, Oneal 2, Fisher, Grant).

SACRAMENTO (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Stojakovic 35 4-12 0-0 0-11 0 2 9 Webber 47 7-26 1-2 0-11 4 5 15 Divac 30 4-12 2-2 4-14 3 6 10 Christie 36 5-12 3-3 2-3 2 2 15 Williams 27 1-5 2-2 0-3 1 0 5 Pollard 15 2-3 2-2 4-6 1 5 6 Turkoglu 15 0-2 0-0 1-1 1 2 0 Jackson 21 3-10 0-0 1-4 2 1 7 Barry 13 1-2 3-3 1-1 0 1 5 Long 1 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Funderburke DNP - coach's decision Martin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-84 13-14 14-55 14 25 72 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.321, FT-.929. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Stojakovic 1-3, Webber 0-1, Christie 2-5, Williams 1-4, Turkoglu 0-2, Jackson 1-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Webber 2, Pollard 2, Long). Turnovers: 21 (Webber 5, Jackson 4, Divac 3, Williams 3, Stojakovic 2, Christie, Long, Pollard, Turkoglu). Steals: 5 (Divac 3, Christie, Webber). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 18 21 14 31 - 84 Sacramento 18 22 20 12 - 72 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 2 (Oneal, 8:48 2nd; Fisher, 0:58 4th). Sacramento 1 (Barry, 5:17 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:28. Officials: Joe Crawford, Jim Clark, Mike Smith.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- This season, the Sacramento Kings have shown they are among the NBA's elite. But they still cannot beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Kings missed 15 straight shots in the fourth quarter as they wasted a nine-point lead and suffered a demoralizing 84-72 loss to the Lakers, who were carried by Shaquille O'Neal.

In the first of two games in four days against the defending NBA champions, Sacramento came in with a one-game lead over Los Angeles in the Pacific Division, looking for its first division title since moving from Kansas City 16 years ago.

But the Kings have had no answers for the Lakers, dropping the first two meetings this season. And even with Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant again out with a sprained left ankle, the Kings could not break through.

"We didn't play very well," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "It wasn't a beautiful game to watch, but it was the kind of game that we have to play, especially without Kobe."

"It hurts," Kings center Vlade Divac said. "It was a big game for us. It just didn't go our way."

Leading 62-53 early in the fourth quarter, Sacramento did not score for more than eight minutes. Los Angeles rattled off 18 straight points, including nine by O'Neal, who got some help from unheralded reserves Mike Penberthy and Devean George.

O'Neal had 23 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. He battled foul trouble and his problems with free throws resurfaced, but he led the Lakers to their sixth straight win over the Kings.

"He got himself free," Jackson said. "They were smothering him and it was frustrating."

"We just continued to get the ball to Shaq and kick it out and basically that is how we are going to win ballgames," Lakers guard Brian Shaw added.

Rick Fox scored 17 points for Los Angeles (47-23), which moved within percentage points of Sacramento (46-22) in the Pacific.

Chris Webber and Doug Christie scored 15 points apiece for the Kings, who were without coach Rick Adelman and had a seven-game home winning streak snapped. The flu-ridden Adelman missed a game for the first time in an 11-year coaching career spanning 808 games.

Webber made just 7-of-26 shots and was a big part of the Kings' worst offensive game of the season. They established season lows for points, baskets (27) and shooting percentage (27-of-84, .321).

"I mostly tried to get position on him and put a hand up and hoped and prayed that he missed some shots," said Lakers forward Horace Grant, who was the primary defender on Webber.

"We struggled," Kings assistant coach John Wetzel said. "We got stuck on 62 for the longest time and finally made a couple shots but by then they had a 12- or 13-point lead. I thought we tried. Webb struggled a little bit."

Webber's jumper opened the fourth quarter, but that was his last basket. O'Neal answered with a dunk, Penberthy made a 3-pointer and George sank two foul shots before O'Neal made a jumper and was fouled, pulling Los Angeles into a 62-62 tie with 8:16 left.

O'Neal missed the free throw to fall to 1-of-7 from the line but made six of his last eight. He dunked and added a free throw before finding George for a 20-footer and a 67-62 advantage.

Meanwhile, the Kings kept missing. Robert Horry made two free throws and O'Neal dunked again for a 71-62 lead with 4:37 to go.

"That was a good run for us," Jackson said. "They couldn't find a rhythm out there and we were able to play the game that we wanted as far as keeping them from penetration."

Vlade Divac ended the drought with two free throws, but O'Neal made two free throws and stole a pass and dribbled all the way in for a dunk and a 75-64 lead with 2:37 to play.

Shaw had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 42 percent (31-of-74) and forced 21 turnovers.

Divac had 10 points and 14 rebounds and Peja Stojakovic added nine and 11 for the Kings, who held a 55-43 edge on the glass. Webber swept 11 boards.

The teams meet again Wednesday in Los Angeles, where Bryant could be back.

"Between now and Wednesday, we have a game with the New York Knicks, so we're not even thinking about the Lakers," Christie said. "We have to take it one game at a time."

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