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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 32 24 26 25 107 NEW YORK 18 24 28 21 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 30, KOBE BRYANT 27, ROBERT HORRY 20 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 22, ALLAN HOUSTON 21, KURT THOMAS 17

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 15, ROBERT HORRY 8 NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 11, KURT THOMAS 10

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 5, KOBE BRYANT 5 NYK - MARK JACKSON 5, ALLAN HOUSTON 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (107) AT NEW YORK (91)

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

FOX F 30 3-7 0-0 1 2 3 3 3 3 1 7 HORRY F 33 8-13 0-0 2 6 8 1 2 2 1 20 ONEAL C 38 12-22 6-10 5 10 15 5 2 0 3 30 BRYANT G 42 10-18 6-6 2 4 6 5 3 3 3 27 HUNTER G 21 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 3 FISHER 27 6-9 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 14 GEORGE 16 1-3 1-1 0 4 4 0 5 0 1 3 MEDVEDENKO 9 0-5 0-0 4 0 4 0 1 1 0 0 SHAW 9 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 2 1 0 MADSEN 15 1-2 1-2 3 0 3 1 2 0 0 3 MCCOY DNP - COACH'S DECISION RICHMOND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-87 14-19 17 31 48 21 22 11 11 107 (.483) (.737) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 41 8-19 4-7 1 1 2 2 2 3 2 22 WEATHERSPOON F 26 2-7 0-0 4 7 11 2 0 0 0 4 THOMAS C 39 7-12 3-3 5 5 10 3 3 3 1 17 HOUSTON G 46 8-21 3-3 1 4 5 4 4 0 3 21 JACKSON G 26 4-7 1-2 1 3 4 5 0 0 4 9 SPENCER 10 0-1 0-2 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 WARD 22 5-8 0-0 0 3 3 3 2 1 2 11 HARRINGTON 15 1-4 1-1 3 1 4 0 3 0 1 3 ANDERSON 13 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 4 POSTELL 2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 EISLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-85 12-18 16 26 42 19 20 7 14 91 (.435) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(25 PTS)

LA LAKERS 32 24 26 25 - 107 NEW YORK 18 24 28 21 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - HORRY 2, GEORGE. NEW YORK - THOMAS 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 9-19 (.474), FOX 1-1, HORRY 4-7, BRYANT 1-1, HUNTER 1-3, FISHER 2-4, GEORGE 0-1, SHAW 0-2. NEW YORK 5-21 (.238), SPREWELL 2-8, HOUSTON 2-6, JACKSON 0-2, WARD 1-3, ANDERSON 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, RON OLESIAK, BILL KENNEDY. A - 19,763. T - 2:13.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 30 3-7 0-0 1-3 3 3 7 Horry 33 8-13 0-0 2-8 1 2 20 Oneal 38 12-22 6-10 5-15 5 2 30 Bryant 42 10-18 6-6 2-6 5 3 27 Hunter 21 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 3 Fisher 27 6-9 0-0 0-3 1 0 14 George 16 1-3 1-1 0-4 0 5 3 Medvedenko 9 0-5 0-0 4-4 0 1 0 Shaw 9 0-4 0-0 0-1 3 3 0 Madsen 15 1-2 1-2 3-3 1 2 3 Mccoy DNP - coach's decision Richmond DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-87 14-19 17-48 21 22 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.483, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 9-19, .474 (Fox 1-1, Horry 4-7, Bryant 1-1, Hunter 1-3, Fisher 2-4, George 0-1, Shaw 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Horry 2, George). Turnovers: 11 (Bryant 3, Oneal 3, Fisher, Fox, George, Horry, Shaw). Steals: 11 (Bryant 3, Fox 3, Horry 2, Shaw 2, Medvedenko).

NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 41 8-19 4-7 1-2 2 2 22 Weatherspoon 26 2-7 0-0 4-11 2 0 4 Thomas 39 7-12 3-3 5-10 3 3 17 Houston 46 8-21 3-3 1-5 4 4 21 Jackson 26 4-7 1-2 1-4 5 0 9 Spencer 10 0-1 0-2 0-1 0 4 0 Ward 22 5-8 0-0 0-3 3 2 11 Harrington 15 1-4 1-1 3-4 0 3 3 Anderson 13 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 2 4 Postell 2 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Eisley DNP - coach's decision Knight DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-85 12-18 16-42 19 20 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 5-21, .238 (Sprewell 2-8, Houston 2-6, Jackson 0-2, Ward 1-3, Anderson 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Thomas 3). Turnovers: 15 (Jackson 4, Houston 3, Sprewell 2, Ward 2, Anderson, Harrington, Thomas). Steals: 7 (Sprewell 3, Thomas 3, Ward). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 32 24 26 25 - 107 New York 18 24 28 21 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:13. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Ron Olesiak, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- This time the reeling New York Knicks were not so fortunate to miss out on either Shaquille O'Neal or Kobe Bryant.

O'Neal bullied his way inside for 30 points and 15 rebounds and Bryant added 27 points as the Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a 107-91 victory over the Knicks.

"We're just taking care of business," O'Neal said. "We're playing well on this road trip and we want to keep it going."

New York won both meetings from the Lakers last season, but the 7-1, 315-pounder O'Neal missed the game here in January 2001 with a sore left foot and Bryant was forced to leave the April rematch at Los Angeles in the first quarter with an ankle injury.

The Knicks had no such luck this time and were not much of a match for Los Angeles, falling behind by 14 points by the end of the first quarter and as many as 21 points in the second quarter.

New York pulled within eight on two occasions in the second half, but each time the Lakers responded with a run of their own to get the lead back into double digits.

The crowd at Madison Square Garden was also lacking its usual fire for the Lakers' annual trip.

"There wasn't a whole lot of energy in the arena today," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "It was a surprise to come here and not see that energetic crowd. But we did control the tempo and pace of this game from the outset."

"It was eerie how quiet it was," said Lakers veteran guard Brian Shaw. "In all the years I've visited as an opponent I don't think I've ever seen it like this."

O'Neal scored all of his points through the first three quarters and Robert Horry had 20, including four 3-pointers, for the Lakers, who improved to 3-0 on a five-game road trip which continues in Milwaukee on Tuesday and ends in Minnesota on Wednesday.

"Robert Horry played a great game for us," Jackson said. "He showed what versatility we have when he's in our lineup."

The loss was the fifth straight and ninth in 11 games for the Knicks, who reside in last place in the Atlantic Division, 2 1/2 games behind the Miami Heat.

Latrell Sprewell led the Knicks with 22 points and Allan Houston added 21, but they combined to shoot 16-of-40 from the field.

"We weren't hitting our shots," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "The problem with the Lakers is that they are such a well balanced team. Naturally, Shaq will always be a problem, but Kobe also."

The 6-9, 230-pound Kurt Thomas had the assignment of trying to guard O'Neal, who used his massive frame to post up in the lane for easy bank shots. But Thomas was able to score 17 points and grab 10 rebounds.

"It was tough out there. He's a big fella," Thomas said. "I just try to go out there and do the best that I could. He was hitting his turnaround shots. That's what we wanted him to do but he wasn't missing much tonight."

The 7-foot, 265-pound Felton Spencer came off the bench to spell Thomas against O'Neal and committed four fouls in 10 minutes.

O'Neal had 10 points and Bryant scored eight in the first quarter when the Lakers built a 32-18 lead. Los Angeles shot 68 percent in the quarter, converting 15-of-22 shots.

Bryant hit three jumpers, O'Neal had a pair of dunks, Horry connected on a 3-pointer and Rick Fox added a tip-in as the Lakers closed the period with a 15-4 run.

When Los Angeles increased the lead to 44-27 on a dunk by O'Neal on a two-on-one break with 5:44 left in the half, the crowd at Madison Square Garden serenaded the Knicks with a chorus of boos. At that point, Sprewell was just 1-of-6 from the field and Houston had converted only 2-of-7 shots.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Bryant and Fox gave the Lakers their biggest lead at 52-31 with 3:18 remaining in the second quarter.

"We were just aggressive defensively, especially in the first half," Bryant said. "I don't think we get enough credit for our defense but we can get after people."

Sprewell finally showed signs of life, scoring nine points to highlight an 11-2 run which pulled the Knicks within 54-42.

A driving layup by Derek Fisher capped the half, giving the Lakers a 56-42 advantage.

The Knicks opened the second half with an 8-2 run as Thomas converted a three-point play, Mark Jackson lofted a layup over O'Neal and Sprewell hit a 3-pointer, pulling the Knicks within 58-50.

But O'Neal scored six straight points on a pair of free throws and two bank shots in the lane over Spencer and Bryant added a pair of free throws to open the lead to 66-50 with 7:28 left in the third quarter.

"We battled, but it's tough to get back in the game against a team like that when you dig yourself a hole like we did," Mark Jackson said.

The Knicks responded with a 9-2 spurt as Sprewell converted three jumpers and Houston added a 3-pointer.

However, a spinning layup by Bryant and a 3-pointer by Horry ignited a 12-4 run which gave the Lakers an 80-63 advantage with 1:48 left in the third.

The Knicks followed with seven straight points on baskets by Thomas and Sprewell and a 3-pointer by Houston before O'Neal closed the quarter with a left baseline jumper for his last basket of the game.

A 3-pointer by Charlie Ward pulled the Knicks within 91-83 with 5:48 left in the fourth quarter, but Fisher connected on an open 3-pointer and Devean George converted a three-point play with 4:46 remaining.

After a tip-in by New York's Shandon Anderson, Mark Madsen hit 1-of-2 free throws, Fisher converted another 3-pointer and Bryant added a pair of free throws to open a 103-85 lead with 2:32 left.

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