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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 19 24 13 35 91 SACRAMENTO 28 20 18 31 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 31, KOBE BRYANT 23, DEREK FISHER 13 SAC - PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 25, MIKE BIBBY 21, DOUG CHRISTIE 15

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 SAC - PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 SAC - DOUG CHRISTIE 7, MIKE BIBBY 6

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (91) AT SACRAMENTO (97)

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

FOX F 38 2-8 2-2 3 2 5 3 4 1 2 7 WALKER F 21 2-5 0-0 1 6 7 0 3 0 1 4 ONEAL C 43 14-23 3-11 3 13 16 5 2 2 3 31 BRYANT G 41 9-23 5-5 2 4 6 3 3 0 2 23 HUNTER G 18 1-7 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 FISHER 30 3-12 4-4 0 2 2 2 5 1 0 13 HORRY 25 1-1 1-2 4 3 7 3 5 1 1 3 GEORGE 19 4-9 0-0 2 2 4 2 5 1 0 8 RICHMOND 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MADSEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MEDVEDENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION SHAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-90 15-24 16 33 49 18 28 6 9 91 (.400) (.625) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(13 PTS)

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

POLLARD F 32 5-7 0-1 2 4 6 0 4 2 1 10 STOJAKOVIC F 43 7-14 7-8 0 8 8 5 3 0 3 25 DIVAC C 33 4-10 3-7 1 6 7 4 6 0 1 11 BIBBY G 41 10-20 0-0 0 2 2 6 2 1 0 21 CHRISTIE G 38 2-8 11-13 3 4 7 7 3 1 4 15 TURKOGLU 25 3-7 2-2 1 6 7 1 4 0 3 10 JACKSON 21 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 5 FUNDERBURKE 7 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 CLEAVES DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRICE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-74 23-31 7 34 41 25 23 4 13 97 (.446) (.742) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

LA LAKERS 19 24 13 35 - 91 SACRAMENTO 28 20 18 31 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - WALKER 3, ONEAL 2. SACRAMENTO - TURKOGLU 2, CHRISTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-19 (.211), FOX 1-5, BRYANT 0-4, HUNTER 0-2, FISHER 3-7, GEORGE 0-1. SACRAMENTO 8-12 (.667), STOJAKOVIC 4-5, BIBBY 1-3, TURKOGLU 2-3, JACKSON 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, DICK BAVETTA, MARC DAVIS. A - 17,317. T - 2:17.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 38 2-8 2-2 3-5 3 4 7 Walker 21 2-5 0-0 1-7 0 3 4 Oneal 43 14-23 3-11 3-16 5 2 31 Bryant 41 9-23 5-5 2-6 3 3 23 Hunter 18 1-7 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Fisher 30 3-12 4-4 0-2 2 5 13 Horry 25 1-1 1-2 4-7 3 5 3 George 19 4-9 0-0 2-4 2 5 8 Richmond 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Madsen DNP - coach's decision Medvedenko DNP - coach's decision Shaw DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-90 15-24 16-49 18 28 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (Fox 1-5, Bryant 0-4, Hunter 0-2, Fisher 3-7, George 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Walker 3, Oneal 2). Turnovers: 11 (Oneal 3, Bryant 2, Fox 2, Horry, Walker). Steals: 6 (Oneal 2, Fisher, Fox, George, Horry).

SACRAMENTO (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pollard 32 5-7 0-1 2-6 0 4 10 Stojakovic 43 7-14 7-8 0-8 5 3 25 Divac 33 4-10 3-7 1-7 4 6 11 Bibby 41 10-20 0-0 0-2 6 2 21 Christie 38 2-8 11-13 3-7 7 3 15 Turkoglu 25 3-7 2-2 1-7 1 4 10 Jackson 21 2-6 0-0 0-1 2 1 5 Funderburke 7 0-2 0-0 0-3 0 0 0 Cleaves DNP - coach's decision Price DNP - coach's decision Smith DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-74 23-31 7-41 25 23 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 8-12, .667 (Stojakovic 4-5, Bibby 1-3, Turkoglu 2-3, Jackson 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Turkoglu 2, Christie). Turnovers: 15 (Christie 4, Stojakovic 3, Turkoglu 3, Divac, Jackson, Pollard). Steals: 4 (Pollard 2, Bibby, Christie). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 19 24 13 35 - 91 Sacramento 28 20 18 31 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:17. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Dick Bavetta, Marc Davis.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- When the Sacramento Kings collapsed on Shaquille O'Neal, so did the outside game of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers went more than three quarters without a 3-pointer and had their nine-game winning streak snapped in a 97-91 loss to the Kings, who got 25 points from Peja Stojakovic.

Coming off a season-high 46 points against Dallas, O'Neal was his usual unstoppable self in the low post. The 7-2 center made 14-of-23 shots and grabbed 16 rebounds as he overpowered the Kings in the paint.

Sacramento often double- and triple-teamed O'Neal, forcing him to pass to the perimeter to wide-open teammates, who made just 4-of-19 3-pointers. As a result, Los Angeles led just once for 21 seconds and spent most of the game trying to rally.

Meanwhile, the Kings were making their long-distance shots. Led by Stojakovic, Sacramento made 8-of-12 from the arc, including four in the early stages of the fourth quarter, when it opened a 14-point lead.

"We were impatient in the first few quarters, but once we started moving the ball around and rebounding in the fourth quarter, everything went smoothly," said Stojakovic, who had 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Mike Bibby scored 21 points and Doug Christie added 15 for the Kings, who avenged a 93-85 loss at Los Angeles on November 18 and improved to 9-1 at home.

"Out of 18 games, I'll take 16-2 anytime," O'Neal said. "We just have to bounce back and start another streak and we will. This game was bigger to them than us; it's just one game to us."

"I told the team I really think we could play better than that," Kings coach Rick Adelman said.

Christie made 11-of-13 free throws and also played solid defense on Lakers superstar guard Kobe Bryant, who scored 23 points on just 9-of-23 shooting.

"He always poses problems for me defensively because he is such a good player but I just need to play around him and use my teammates to score," Christie said.

Bryant was 0-of-4 from the arc and Rick Fox was 1-of-5. Derek Fisher was 3-of-7 but all came in the final 3 1/2 minutes when the outcome was all but decided.

"Our threes were ugly tonight," Bryant said. "They weren't falling for us. We had some good looks but they just didn't fall for us tonight."

"I was the Sacramento Kings' best player in the first half because I couldn't make a shot," Fisher said. "If I could have made a couple of shots in the first half, I think we would have been OK."

There was the possibility that Sacramento All-Star forward Chris Webber, who has been out all season with a severely sprained ankle, would make his return in this game. Instead, he sat on the bench in a suit and cheered on his teammates.

A basket by O'Neal gave the Lakers their only lead at 53-52 with 6:45 left in the third quarter. But Los Angeles went scoreless for more than five minutes of the period and Sacramento surged to a 66-56 lead.

Scot Pollard, who has been starting in place of Webber, scored six of his 10 points during that stretch.

The Kings opened the fourth quarter firing away. Bibby made a 3-pointer and Stojakovic answered a pair of baskets by O'Neal with 3-pointers, extending the lead to 75-61 with 7:42 to go.

"They played a good game," Bryant said. "They hit big shots when they needed to. I think the crowd gave them a lot of support."

The Lakers missed their first eight 3-pointers until Rick Fox hit one with 7:16 left.

Sacramento's Hedo Turkoglu made a 3-pointer with 5:24 to play for an 80-68 lead before two baskets by Devean George around a hook by O'Neal halved the deficit with 4:19 remaining.

Stojakovic made two free throws and, after a 3-pointer by Derek Fisher, Bibby made consecutive 20-footers and Stojakovic added two more from the line for an 88-77 advantage with 1:46 left.

"I thought Bibby was really a key tonight for their ballclub," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "He was the one who hit critical shots for them down the stretch."

Vlade Divac scored 11 points and Turkoglu added 10 for the Kings, who shot 45 percent (33-of-74) and made 23-of-31 free throws.

Fisher scored 13 points for the Lakers, who shot 40 percent (36-of-90) and held a 49-41 rebounding advantage.

The Kings rode the energy from the sellout crowd of 17,317 and bolted to a 21-8 lead in the first eight minutes. They settled for a 28-19 advantage after one period on Bibby's 10 points.

The Lakers trailed by 14 points early in the second quarter but fought back for a 41-41 tie on O'Neal's free throw with 2:49 to go. Stojakovic answered with a 3-pointer and the Kings rebuilt the lead to 48-43 at halftime.

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