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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 27 18 23 18 86 LA LAKERS 33 27 25 33 118 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - SHAWN MARION 20, TONY DELK 17, STEPHON MARBURY 16 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 24, KOBE BRYANT 18, DEVEAN GEORGE 14

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - JAKE VOSKUHL 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 LAL - SAMAKI WALKER 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 5, TONY DELK 5 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 6, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 5

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

PHOENIX (86) AT LA LAKERS (118)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 16 1-7 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 2 SH MARION F 29 8-16 4-6 1 4 5 0 1 1 0 20 VOSKUHL C 27 5-7 1-1 4 4 8 0 2 2 2 11 HARDAWAY G 30 3-11 0-0 4 2 6 3 3 0 0 6 ST MARBURY G 32 7-18 2-2 0 3 3 5 4 1 4 16 ROGERS 15 2-8 0-0 1 4 5 1 0 0 0 4 OUTLAW 11 1-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 T DELK 28 7-17 2-2 2 1 3 5 0 0 3 17 MAJERLE 25 1-4 0-0 0 6 6 2 3 0 1 3 WALLACE 9 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SANTIAGO 9 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 2 4 FORD 9 0-3 1-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 1

TOTALS 240 37-99 10-13 16 32 48 16 21 4 12 86 (.374) (.769) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

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

FOX F 26 3-8 1-2 1 5 6 2 3 0 1 8 WALKER F 25 4-12 3-4 5 5 10 0 1 0 1 11 ONEAL C 28 11-15 2-3 3 6 9 5 4 0 1 24 BRYANT G 30 7-15 4-5 0 3 3 6 3 0 3 18 FISHER G 23 5-8 0-0 0 3 3 4 0 2 1 12 MADSEN 13 1-4 2-2 4 5 9 3 2 0 0 4 HORRY 15 1-2 2-2 0 3 3 4 0 0 1 5 HUNTER 22 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 4 GEORGE 23 6-12 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 1 0 14 RICHMOND 14 2-3 1-1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 6 SHAW 12 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 4 MEDVEDENKO 9 3-7 2-2 2 1 3 1 0 2 0 8

TOTALS 240 47-94 17-21 15 36 51 31 14 7 10 118 (.500) (.810) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

PHOENIX 27 18 23 18 - 86 LA LAKERS 33 27 25 33 - 118

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - VOSKUHL 2, ROGERS, SANTIAGO, ST MARBURY, SH MARION, OUTLAW. LA LAKERS - BRYANT, ONEAL, MADSEN, WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 2-14 (.143), SH MARION 0-1, HARDAWAY 0-1, ST MARBURY 0-1, ROGERS 0-2, T DELK 1-5, MAJERLE 1-3, WALLACE 0-1. LA LAKERS 7-21 (.333), FOX 1-4, BRYANT 0-1, FISHER 2-5, HORRY 1-2, HUNTER 0-1, GEORGE 2-3, RICHMOND 1-2, SHAW 0-3. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - T DELK, LA LAKERS - HORRY. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, KEN MAUER, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 18,997. T - 2:03.


Box Score

PHOENIX (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 16 1-7 0-0 1-3 0 3 2 Sh Marion 29 8-16 4-6 1-5 0 1 20 Voskuhl 27 5-7 1-1 4-8 0 2 11 Hardaway 30 3-11 0-0 4-6 3 3 6 St Marbury 32 7-18 2-2 0-3 5 4 16 Rogers 15 2-8 0-0 1-5 1 0 4 Outlaw 11 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 T Delk 28 7-17 2-2 2-3 5 0 17 Majerle 25 1-4 0-0 0-6 2 3 3 Wallace 9 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Santiago 9 2-3 0-0 0-3 0 1 4 Ford 9 0-3 1-2 1-4 0 2 1 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-99 10-13 16-48 16 21 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.374, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143 (Sh Marion 0-1, Hardaway 0-1, St Marbury 0-1, Rogers 0-2, T Delk 1-5, Majerle 1-3, Wallace 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Voskuhl 2, Rogers, Santiago, St Marbury, Sh Marion, Outlaw). Turnovers: 13 (St Marbury 4, T Delk 3, Santiago 2, Voskuhl 2, Majerle). Steals: 4 (Voskuhl 2, Sh Marion, St Marbury).

LA LAKERS (118) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 26 3-8 1-2 1-6 2 3 8 Walker 25 4-12 3-4 5-10 0 1 11 Oneal 28 11-15 2-3 3-9 5 4 24 Bryant 30 7-15 4-5 0-3 6 3 18 Fisher 23 5-8 0-0 0-3 4 0 12 Madsen 13 1-4 2-2 4-9 3 2 4 Horry 15 1-2 2-2 0-3 4 0 5 Hunter 22 2-3 0-0 0-3 0 0 4 George 23 6-12 0-0 0-1 3 0 14 Richmond 14 2-3 1-1 0-0 1 0 6 Shaw 12 2-5 0-0 0-1 2 1 4 Medvedenko 9 3-7 2-2 2-3 1 0 8 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-94 17-21 15-51 31 14 118 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (Fox 1-4, Bryant 0-1, Fisher 2-5, Horry 1-2, Hunter 0-1, George 2-3, Richmond 1-2, Shaw 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Bryant, Oneal, Madsen, Walker). Turnovers: 10 (Bryant 3, Fisher, Fox, Horry, Hunter, Oneal, Richmond, Walker). Steals: 7 (Fisher 2, Medvedenko 2, George, Richmond, Shaw). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 27 18 23 18 - 86 La Lakers 33 27 25 33 - 118 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (T Delk, 3:54 2nd). La Lakers 1 (Horry, 3:54 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:03. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Ken Mauer, Tom Washington.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The game was over when Shaquille O'Neal decided to play.

O'Neal returned from an injury and collected 24 points and nine rebounds in just 28 minutes as the Los Angeles Lakers cruised to their most lopsided victory of the season, 118-86 over the Phoenix Suns.

O'Neal was activated from the injured list prior to the game after missing the last five contests with an arthritic big toe on his right foot. The Lakers were just 3-2 without O'Neal but had no trouble regaining their championship form.

O'Neal made 11-of-15 shots and dished out five assists. He also made 2-of-3 free throws and did not seem to have trouble with the toe on his five dunks.

"My foot is a little sore but it will be OK," he said. "It felt good just to get back out there."

"It was a good game for Shaq. He didn't have to spend too much time on the floor and had effective minutes," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I thought he played up to par, it's a good feeling to play out there on the floor with him."

Los Angeles never trailed and led by as many as 12 points in the first quarter. It was clinging to a 39-37 lead early in the second period before closing the first half with a 21-8 run.

O'Neal had 10 points, two rebounds and an assist during the burst, which gave the Lakers a 60-45 halftime lead.

"Shaq does what he does, that's why he's one of the best players in the league," Phoenix coach Scott Skiles said. "He gets the ball down there, he goes up strong, he plays his game. That's why he's an All-Star and an MVP candidate every year."

Phoenix never got closer than 11 points thereafter and Los Angeles had its largest lead at the final horn.

"They just appeared to be way better than us," Skiles said. "They ran their offense and ran it well and we had no answer for any of that."

"It's disappointing to lose by that many points to anybody, it doesn't matter who it is," Suns guard Penny Hardaway said. "Two games in a row getting smashed like that doesn't sit well."

Phoenix suffered a 21-point loss at home to Philadelphia on Wednesday and shot just shot just 37 percent (37-of-99) against Los Angeles.

"We've played 30-something games and we still don't have an identity," Hardaway said. "They know that we're a shooting team, but I think every team that sees us thinks we're weak and soft. That's a terrible label to have on you in this league."

Shawn Marion scored 20 points and Tony Delk added 17 off the bench for Phoenix, which made 2-of-14 3-pointers and only 10-of-13 free throws

Los Angeles may have had added incentive in the final game before a six-game road trip against the team that put the first blemish on its record.

"We had some motivation today with Shaq coming back," said Kobe Bryant, who had 18 points and six assists. "Plus we're going on a big road trip and Phoenix gave us our first loss of the season."

Devean George scored 14 points off the bench and Samaki Walker -- who filled in at center while O'Neal was injured -- had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 50 percent (47-of-94) and made 7-of-21 from beyond the arc.

"With Shaq back I'm still able to maintain the rebounds and points," Walker said. "I think it'll be easier with Shaq back. He was able to do things that got everybody back in the flow."

The Lakers opened their first double-digit lead with an 11-0 run in the first quarter, turning a one-point lead into a 25-13 cushion. Rick Fox scored five of his eight points during the spurt and Bryant added a three-point play.

But the Suns went on a 12-4 burst bridging the first and second quarters and closed within 37-35 on a jumper by Delk with 8:01 left in the first half.

The teams traded baskets before O'Neal scored on a reverse dunk to spark the decisive run.

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