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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 21 22 23 31 97 LA LAKERS 17 23 24 25 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - MARCUS FIZER 21, KEVIN OLLIE 15, RON ARTEST 13 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 38, STANISLAV MEDVEDENKO 11, DEREK FISHER 9

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - BRAD MILLER 9, TYSON CHANDLER 9 LAL - SAMAKI WALKER 14, KOBE BRYANT 8

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - MARCUS FIZER 4, RON ARTEST 4 LAL - RICK FOX 5, DEREK FISHER 4

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

CHICAGO (97) AT LA LAKERS (89)

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

CHANDLER F 25 3-7 2-3 2 7 9 1 4 0 1 8 ROBINSON F 25 2-4 1-1 2 2 4 2 2 0 5 5 MILLER C 28 4-7 4-4 5 4 9 2 4 1 0 12 ARTEST G 33 4-13 4-5 2 2 4 4 4 6 4 13 OLLIE G 25 2-6 11-12 0 2 2 3 1 2 1 15 HASSELL 27 4-7 2-2 2 2 4 1 4 0 2 11 GUYTON 23 4-12 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 8 FIZER 33 9-16 3-4 2 5 7 4 3 0 3 21 HOIBERG 12 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 1 2 CURRY 9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 BAGARIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION OAKLEY DNP - SORE RIGHT WRIST

TOTALS 240 34-74 27-31 15 28 43 18 26 10 19 97 (.459) (.871) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 21(21 PTS)

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

FOX F 27 3-4 2-2 0 1 1 5 3 0 2 8 MEDVEDENKO F 21 5-9 1-3 2 0 2 0 3 0 2 11 WALKER C 35 2-7 4-5 3 11 14 2 6 0 0 8 BRYANT G 41 14-26 9-10 3 5 8 1 2 1 8 38 HUNTER G 15 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 3 FISHER 33 4-14 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 1 1 9 GEORGE 20 0-3 4-4 1 2 3 0 0 3 0 4 HORRY 18 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 1 3 0 MADSEN 23 2-4 0-2 3 0 3 0 5 1 2 4 RICHMOND 7 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 4 ONEAL DNP - SORE FEET SHAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-76 20-26 13 22 35 17 24 9 20 89 (.434) (.769) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(14 PTS)

CHICAGO 21 22 23 31 - 97 LA LAKERS 17 23 24 25 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - ARTEST 2, CHANDLER 2, CURRY 2, FIZER. LA LAKERS - BRYANT 2, WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 2-12 (.167), ARTEST 1-6, HASSELL 1-3, GUYTON 0-2, FIZER 0-1. LA LAKERS 3-17 (.176), FOX 0-1, BRYANT 1-2, HUNTER 1-3, FISHER 1-7, GEORGE 0-2, HORRY 0-1, RICHMOND 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, HUE HOLLINS, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 18,997. T - 2:21.


Box Score

CHICAGO (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Chandler 25 3-7 2-3 2-9 1 4 8 Robinson 25 2-4 1-1 2-4 2 2 5 Miller 28 4-7 4-4 5-9 2 4 12 Artest 33 4-13 4-5 2-4 4 4 13 Ollie 25 2-6 11-12 0-2 3 1 15 Hassell 27 4-7 2-2 2-4 1 4 11 Guyton 23 4-12 0-0 0-0 1 1 8 Fizer 33 9-16 3-4 2-7 4 3 21 Hoiberg 12 1-1 0-0 0-4 0 1 2 Curry 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Bagaric DNP - coach's decision Oakley DNP - sore right wrist _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-74 27-31 15-43 18 26 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.871. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Artest 1-6, Hassell 1-3, Guyton 0-2, Fizer 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Artest 2, Chandler 2, Curry 2, Fizer). Turnovers: 21 (Robinson 5, Artest 4, Fizer 3, Guyton 2, Hassell 2, Chandler, Hoiberg, Ollie). Steals: 10 (Artest 6, Ollie 2, Guyton, Miller).

LA LAKERS (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 27 3-4 2-2 0-1 5 3 8 Medvedenko 21 5-9 1-3 2-2 0 3 11 Walker 35 2-7 4-5 3-14 2 6 8 Bryant 41 14-26 9-10 3-8 1 2 38 Hunter 15 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 0 3 Fisher 33 4-14 0-0 0-1 4 2 9 George 20 0-3 4-4 1-3 0 0 4 Horry 18 0-2 0-0 1-2 3 2 0 Madsen 23 2-4 0-2 3-3 0 5 4 Richmond 7 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Oneal DNP - sore feet Shaw DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-76 20-26 13-35 17 24 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 3-17, .176 (Fox 0-1, Bryant 1-2, Hunter 1-3, Fisher 1-7, George 0-2, Horry 0-1, Richmond 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Bryant 2, Walker). Turnovers: 20 (Bryant 8, Horry 3, Fox 2, Madsen 2, Medvedenko 2, Richmond 2, Fisher). Steals: 9 (George 3, Hunter 2, Bryant, Fisher, Horry, Madsen). ____________________________________________ Chicago 21 22 23 31 - 97 La Lakers 17 23 24 25 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:21. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Hue Hollins, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Without the injured Shaquille O'Neal, not even a big game from Kobe Bryant could save the Los Angeles Lakers from a shocking sweep at the hands of Marcus Fizer and the lowly Chicago Bulls, 97-89.

Fizer made 9-of-16 shots for 21 points as the Bulls beat the Lakers in Los Angeles for the first time since February 2, 1996 and won just their third road game in 25 tries this season.

The last time the teams met in Chicago on January 12, O'Neal was ejected for throwing a roundhouse punch at Bulls center Brad Miller. O'Neal was suspended three games and fined $15,000, while Miller was given a one-game suspension.

Rather than help the Lakers avenge their 106-104 overtime defeat, O'Neal chose to rest his aching feet in the Lakers' final contest before the break. The superstar center is scheduled to start in Sunday's All-Star Game but could sit out that game as well.

"That was a disappointing loss tonight, but they played better than we did, so we can't whine about it," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "They beat us in most of the categories out there."

"We came out a lot more poised tonight," said Fizer, whose team had lost seven of 10 games entering the contest and has the league's worst record at 11-36. "We realized they were at a bit of a disadvantage without Shaquille, but not that big of a disadvantage because they have a great team with or without him. My teammates gave me the ball in great situations tonight and I capitalized."

The Lakers never led in the second half. After Fizer scored on a three-point play with 5:24 left, the Bulls held their biggest advantage at 81-72. Los Angeles recorded the next eight points but could never get over the hump.

With Chicago ahead, 85-82, Ron Artest blocked a shot by Bryant with 29 seconds left, grabbed the ball and sank 1-of-2 free throws. After Bryant shot an airball on a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left, Kevin Ollie hit a pair at the line to give the Bulls a six-point lead with 18 seconds remaining.

Bryant was 14-of-26 for 38 points and eight rebounds but also had a season-high eight turnovers. Stanislav Medvedenko scored 11 points but was the only other player to reach double figures for Los Angeles, which had a four-game winning streak snapped.

"In the end we will have (O'Neal), so it doesn't really matter if we're with him or without him," Bryant said. "When we lose to a team, any team, especially a team that we are meant to beat, it's very upsetting. It's not embarrassing, it's just more upsetting than if we lost to a team like San Antonio or Sacramento."

It was the sixth time this season that the Lakers had lost to a last-place team. At 33-13, the Lakers have the second-best record in the league and are only three games behind Sacramento, the have also lost to Memphis, Golden State, Miami and Denver.

Ollie scored 15 points, Artest chipped in 13 and Miller had 12 and nine rebounds for Chicago, which concluded a 2-3 road trip and swept the Lakers for the first time since the 1995-96 campaign.

Neither team shot the ball well from the arc. Chicago sank just 17 percent (2-of-12) while Los Angeles converted 18 percent (3-of-17).

But Chicago, which entered the game as the league's second-worst free-throw shooting team at 71 percent, knocked down 87 percent (27-of-31) from the line. Los Angeles made 77 percent (20-of-26).

Los Angeles trailed early, 12-11, but scored the next three baskets to take its biggest lead, 17-12, on a 14-foot jumper from Medvedenko with 3:32 left in the opening period.

The Bulls never trailed after Fizer hit a jump hook with 28 seconds left in the first half that gave them a 41-40 advantage. Ollie added two free throws before the break.

The Lakers were behind by just 66-64 entering the fourth quarter and tied the game at 72 on a layup by Bryant with 7:30 to go. But Fizer broke the tie with a 15-foot turnaround jumper 24 seconds later, and Chicago led thereafter.

"Just like every game, we want to give ourselves an opportunity to win and I keep telling these guys that if we can do that and eliminate some of the mistakes earlier in the game we will be successful," Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said. "The guys have been responding well. They've given effort. The young guys are improving and getting better every day. Getting wins is still a big part of that."

Los Angeles lost for the third time in four games at the Staples Center, but Bryant did not seem too concerned.

"I look forward to the break to get some time off to go and play with some of the best players in the world," said Bryant, who will start for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. "Then when we come back we can get back to playing the way we know how to play."

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