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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     LA LAKERS        25   16   20   24    85   
     MIAMI            28   22   22   25    97      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAL - KOBE BRYANT 21, DEREK FISHER 20, 
                      SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 15
                MIA - EDDIE JONES 18, TRAVIS BEST 16, MIKE 
                      JAMES 14

HIGH REBOUND:   LAL - ROBERT HORRY 9, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 8, KOBE
                      BRYANT 7
                MIA - BRIAN GRANT 8, MALIK ALLEN 7, CARON 
                      BUTLER 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAL - KOBE BRYANT 4, RICK FOX 3, ROBERT HORRY 
                      3
                MIA - CARON BUTLER 6, MIKE JAMES 5, EDDIE 
                      JONES 4

Box Score

LA LAKERS (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 39 4-9 2-3 1-3 3 4 10 R Horry 35 4-8 3-4 3-9 3 1 11 S O'Neal 32 5-15 5-9 1-8 0 2 15 D Fisher 43 8-12 2-2 0-2 2 1 20 K Bryant 32 8-14 4-7 1-7 4 3 21 B Shaw 14 0-1 0-0 0-3 1 1 0 S Samake 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 T Murray 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Madsen 14 1-1 0-0 2-5 0 4 2 S Medvedenko 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 4 2 K Rush 15 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 4 J Pargo 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-67 16-25 8-39 15 22 85 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (R Fox 0-3, R Horry 0-1, D Fisher 2-5, K Bryant 1-4, B Shaw 0-1, K Rush 0-1). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:4 (R Horry 2, S O'Neal, D Fisher). Turnovers:20 (D Fisher 5, B Shaw 3, S O'Neal 2, R Horry 2, K Bryant 2, K Rush 2, R Fox, M Madsen, S Samake, S Medvedenko). Steals: 6 (K Bryant 3, R Horry 2, B Shaw). MIAMI (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Allen 24 2-9 0-0 3-7 1 1 4 C Butler 45 5-11 3-3 2-6 6 1 13 B Grant 28 3-7 4-4 3-8 1 5 10 T Best 24 8-12 0-0 2-5 0 3 16 E Jones 45 7-18 3-4 0-2 4 3 18 M James 24 5-11 0-0 0-1 5 3 14 V Stepania 20 2-4 3-6 1-2 0 4 7 L Ellis 24 5-8 0-0 0-2 0 4 13 E House 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 A Carter DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Butler DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-82 13-17 11-33 17 24 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (T Best 0-1, E Jones 1-6, M James 4-9, L Ellis 3-6). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:3 (E Jones, M Allen, C Butler). Turnovers:11 (E Jones 4, M Allen 3, B Grant 2, V Stepania, M James). Steals: 9 (L Ellis 2, V Stepania 2, B Grant, M James, C Butler, T Best, E Jones). ------------------------------------------- LA LAKERS 25 16 20 24 - 85 MIAMI 28 22 22 25 - 97 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,500. T: 2:15. Officials: Don Vaden, Scott Foster, Violet Palmer.


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (85) AT MIAMI (97) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R FOX F 39 4-9 2-3 1 2 3 3 4 0 1 10 R HORRY F 35 4-8 3-4 3 6 9 3 1 2 2 11 S O'NEAL C 32 5-15 5-9 1 7 8 0 2 0 2 15 D FISHER G 43 8-12 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 0 5 20 K BRYANT G 32 8-14 4-7 1 6 7 4 3 3 2 21 B SHAW 14 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 1 3 0 S SAMAKE 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 T MURRAY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 M MADSEN 14 1-1 0-0 2 3 5 0 4 0 1 2 S MEDVEDENKO 12 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 2 K RUSH 15 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 4 J PARGO 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 33-67 16-25 8 31 39 15 22 6 20 85 (.493) (.640) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 21 (20 PTS) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M ALLEN F 24 2-9 0-0 3 4 7 1 1 0 3 4 C BUTLER F 45 5-11 3-3 2 4 6 6 1 1 0 13 B GRANT C 28 3-7 4-4 3 5 8 1 5 1 2 10 T BEST G 24 8-12 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 1 0 16 E JONES G 45 7-18 3-4 0 2 2 4 3 1 4 18 M JAMES 24 5-11 0-0 0 1 1 5 3 1 1 14 V STEPANIA 20 2-4 3-6 1 1 2 0 4 2 1 7 L ELLIS 24 5-8 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 2 0 13 E HOUSE 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 A CARTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION R BUTLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION K JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-82 13-17 11 22 33 17 24 9 11 97 (.463) (.765) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11 (15 PTS) LA LAKERS 25 16 20 24 - 85 MIAMI 28 22 22 25 - 97 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - R HORRY 2, S O'NEAL, D FISHER. MIAMI - E JONES, M ALLEN, C BUTLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 3-15 (.200), R FOX 0-3, R HORRY 0-1, D FISHER 2- 5, K BRYANT 1-4, B SHAW 0-1, K RUSH 0-1. MIAMI 8-22 (.364), T BEST 0- 1, E JONES 1-6, M JAMES 4-9, L ELLIS 3-6. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, SCOTT FOSTER, VIOLET PALMER. A - 16,500. T - 2:15.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- The lift the Los Angeles Lakers got from Shaquille O'Neal's return disappeared on the road. Eddie Jones scored 18 points and Mike James added eight of his season-high 14 in the fourth quarter as the Miami Heat dominated the sluggish Lakers en route to a 97-85 victory. O'Neal missed the first 13 games of the season following offseason toe surgery but returned Friday. Los Angeles won the first two games at the Staples Center with its superstar center but could not carry that success into the opener of a three-game road trip. Working against thin 7-foot center Vladimir Stepania and 6-9 power forward Brian Grant, the 7-2 O'Neal was held to 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in 32 minutes. "He's always a factor," Grant said. "I don't think they went to him as much as they usually do. They usually force-feed him. Give him about 10 more games." "We were handing Shaq the ball tonight instead of throwing above the rim," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said. "We need to get our team in condition. We haven't had enough time on the court together." The Lakers never led after the first quarter and could not stop the Heat's balanced attack that featured six players in double figures. Rookie Caron Butler scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half as Miami jumped out to a 50-41 lead. The Heat were clinging to a 62-57 lead before closing the third quarter with a 10-4 run. Travis Best, who had 10 of his 16 points in the period, made two baskets during the spurt as Miami carried a 72-61 advantage into the fourth. The Lakers pulled within 74-67 less than three minutes into the final quarter, but the Heat responded with 13 of the next 17 points. James scored eight points during the run, burying a 3-pointer with 4:35 left to give Miami its largest lead at 87-71. "The only way I can gain experience is playing in situations like this," said James, who made 4-of-9 3-pointers. "The more I play the more confidence and comfortable I get out there. It feels good. I'm just glad we were able to get the victory." LaPhonso Ellis scored a season-high 13 points and Grant added 10 and eight rebounds as the Heat snapped a five-game home losing streak. "It was a great game on our part," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "I wanted them to go out and enjoy playing against the world champs. Mike was great and LaPhonso gave us a big lift off the bench. Mike made a few big threes to open up the game for us." Miami limited itself to just 11 turnovers and scored 20 points off 21 Los Angeles turnovers. "We're not a turnover-forcing team but tonight they were a little sloppy," Riley said. "We were very active in how we wanted to defend them. We played with great confidence and poise." "(The Heat) looked to me like they were playing at a different speed," Jackson said. "There were things we did that were beyond logic. Twenty-one turnovers is inexcusable. We tried to do things tonight that were out of scope." Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 21 points but suffered a bruised left shin late in the fourth quarter. Derek Fisher scored 20 points and Robert Horry had 11 and nine rebounds as Los Angeles lost in Miami for the first time since November 1997. "We did not do a good job of reading the floor," Bryant said. "We tried to force some things and turned the ball over. We don't have a choice but to play through it. We had certain points where we felt like we were getting back on track, but they seemed to have an answer for it."


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