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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 25 22 22 18 11 98 HOUSTON 22 17 27 21 10 97 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 31, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 30, SAMAKI WALKER 14 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 26, CUTTINO MOBLEY 26, KEVIN WILLIS 15

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 13, RICK FOX 7 HOU - KENNY THOMAS 14, STEVE FRANCIS 12

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - RICK FOX 6, KOBE BRYANT 5 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 5, MOOCHIE NORRIS 3

ATT: 16,285


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (98) AT HOUSTON (97) - FINAL IN OT

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

FOX F 45 2-9 2-2 2 5 7 6 2 1 0 8 WALKER F 25 7-9 0-0 2 3 5 1 2 1 1 14 ONEAL C 43 13-24 4-7 4 9 13 2 3 1 1 30 BRYANT G 49 13-27 5-5 2 1 3 5 3 1 2 31 HUNTER G 44 3-9 0-2 0 1 1 4 4 5 1 7 HORRY 29 2-5 1-2 1 4 5 0 5 0 0 6 GEORGE 16 1-4 0-0 0 5 5 0 2 0 1 2 SHAW 11 0-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 RICHMOND 3 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 CRISPIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCOY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MEDVEDENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 41-92 12-18 14 28 42 18 21 9 7 98 (.446) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 8(9 PTS)

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

RICE F 29 3-7 1-1 0 2 2 0 0 2 1 7 THOMAS F 43 4-9 1-1 3 11 14 2 2 0 3 9 CATO C 22 1-2 2-2 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 4 FRANCIS G 50 8-21 10-11 3 9 12 5 2 0 4 26 MOBLEY G 53 10-26 6-6 3 4 7 0 5 2 1 26 W WILLIAMS 26 3-8 1-1 1 3 4 0 0 1 0 10 K WILLIS 27 6-14 3-3 5 3 8 1 5 0 3 15 NORRIS 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 TORRES 3 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 GRIFFIN 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MORRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 35-89 24-25 18 34 52 11 15 6 13 97 (.393) (.960) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

LA LAKERS 25 22 22 18 11 - 98 HOUSTON 22 17 27 21 10 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - WALKER 3, ONEAL 2. HOUSTON - FRANCIS, THOMAS, GRIFFIN, MOBLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-15 (.267), FOX 2-4, BRYANT 0-2, HUNTER 1-3, HORRY 1-4, GEORGE 0-1, SHAW 0-1. HOUSTON 3-18 (.167), RICE 0-3, THOMAS 0-1, FRANCIS 0-4, MOBLEY 0-5, W WILLIAMS 3-5. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - DEFENSIVE THREE, HOUSTON - FRANCIS. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, TIM DONAGHY, SCOTT WALL. A - 16,285. T - 2:40.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 45 2-9 2-2 2-7 6 2 8 Walker 25 7-9 0-0 2-5 1 2 14 Oneal 43 13-24 4-7 4-13 2 3 30 Bryant 49 13-27 5-5 2-3 5 3 31 Hunter 44 3-9 0-2 0-1 4 4 7 Horry 29 2-5 1-2 1-5 0 5 6 George 16 1-4 0-0 0-5 0 2 2 Shaw 11 0-3 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 Richmond 3 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Crispin DNP - coach's decision Mccoy DNP - coach's decision Medvedenko DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 41-92 12-18 14-42 18 21 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Fox 2-4, Bryant 0-2, Hunter 1-3, Horry 1-4, George 0-1, Shaw 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Walker 3, Oneal 2). Turnovers: 8 (Bryant 2, George, Hunter, Oneal, Shaw, Walker). Steals: 9 (Hunter 5, Bryant, Fox, Oneal, Walker).

HOUSTON (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 29 3-7 1-1 0-2 0 0 7 Thomas 43 4-9 1-1 3-14 2 2 9 Cato 22 1-2 2-2 2-3 0 1 4 Francis 50 8-21 10-11 3-12 5 2 26 Mobley 53 10-26 6-6 3-7 0 5 26 W Williams 26 3-8 1-1 1-4 0 0 10 K Willis 27 6-14 3-3 5-8 1 5 15 Norris 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 3 0 0 Torres 3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Griffin 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Brown DNP - coach's decision Morris DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 35-89 24-25 18-52 11 15 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.960. 3-Point Goals: 3-18, .167 (Rice 0-3, Thomas 0-1, Francis 0-4, Mobley 0-5, W Williams 3-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Francis, Thomas, Griffin, Mobley). Turnovers: 15 (Francis 4, K Willis 3, Thomas 3, Mobley, Rice, Torres). Steals: 6 (Mobley 2, Rice 2, Norris, W Williams). _________________________________________________ La Lakers 25 22 22 18 11 - 98 Houston 22 17 27 21 10 - 97 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Defensive Three, 6:21 4th). Houston 1 (Francis, 10:26 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,285. T: 2:40. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Tim Donaghy, Scott Wall.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Shaquille O'Neal scored seven of his 30 points in overtime and Kobe Bryant added 31 as the Los Angeles Lakers narrowly avoided their first loss of the season with a 98-97 victory over the struggling Houston Rockets.

O'Neal was relatively quiet for four quarters but opened the overtime with a three-point play and scored the first five points of the extra session to put the Lakers ahead for good.

Los Angeles led, 94-89, when the Rockets scored four straight points to close within one. O'Neal made it 98-95 on a dunk with 90 seconds left, but Kevin Willis answered with a dunk to close the gap.

Houston wound up with the last shot, but Cuttino Mobley drove toward the lane and threw a pass off the hands of Willis.

"We didn't have any timeouts," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "We ran a pretty good play to get Cuttino open, but he passed it off and then we fumbled it."

"I should've shot the last shot," Mobley said. "I passed it to Kevin and Rick Fox made a big defensive play to tip the ball away. But I should've shot the ball, it's my fault."

Willis recovered and tried to shoot the ball over the basket as he fell out of bounds. O'Neal wound up with the ball after wrestling it out of the hands of Steve Francis and time expired.

"An ugly win is still a win," O'Neal said. "And that's what we wanted here. This is a good win for us. Every team plays us tough. We made a lot of mental mistake and have to get better."

The Lakers extended their season-opening winning streak to seven games and remained the NBA's lone undefeated team.

"This is the first team we've played with a record over .500," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said. "We're coasting on a pretty easy schedule right now."

Francis had 26 points and 12 rebounds for Houston, which has lost three in a row after opening the season 5-1. Mobley, who missed Tuesday's game at San Antonio with a sprained left ankle, also scored 26 points.

The Rockets shot just 39 percent (35-of-89) from the floor and made 3-of-18 3-pointers. But they made 24-of-25 free throws and had a 52-42 rebounding edge led by Kenny Thomas, who grabbed 14 boards.

Los Angeles shot 45 percent (41-of-92) and went to the line only 18 times, but committed just seven turnovers.

Bryant made 13-of-27 shots from the floor and drained seven straight attempts bridging the second and third quarters as Los Angeles built a 60-45 lead 5:18 into the second half.

But the Rockets closed the third on a 21-9 run led by Francis, who scored eight points during the spurt and closed the quarter with a three-point play. Willis scored nine of his 15 points during the spurt.

Los Angeles scored seven straight points early in the fourth to open a 78-70 lead with 9:25 left, but Houston scored 11 of the next 14 points and tied it on a jumper by Mobley with 3:49 to go.

The Lakers had an 85-83 lead with less than a minute remaining when Francis was tied up by Lindsey Hunter, forcing a jump ball. Francis tipped the ball to Mobley, who misread the shotclock and immediately fired an airball out of bounds from well beyond the 3-point line.

Hunter missed a chance to put away the game with 17 seconds left when he missed two free throws that would have given Los Angeles a four-point lead. He has made just 5-of-13 free throws this season.

Mobley was fouled driving to the basket with seven seconds remaining and made both free throws to forge a tie. O'Neal missed a hook shot with two seconds left and Francis missed a half-court shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

"We gave them life at the end with a couple of plays and we missed some free throws," Jackson said. "It was almost a long night in Houston, but we rallied in overtime."

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