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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     INDIANA          16   21   32   26    95   
     LA LAKERS        18   36   20   23    97      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 28, RON ARTEST 17, BRAD 
                      MILLER 16
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 26, KOBE BRYANT 20, 
                      DEREK FISHER 19

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 11, RON ARTEST 11, BRAD 
                      MILLER 8
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 11, KOBE BRYANT 10, 
                      FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - BRAD MILLER 3, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2
                LAL - ROBERT HORRY 6, KOBE BRYANT 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

         ATT:   18,997

Box Score

INDIANA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Artest 37 5-18 7-10 5-11 2 5 17 J O'Neal 37 10-19 8-8 3-11 1 4 28 B Miller 33 5-7 6-6 2-8 3 3 16 R Miller 29 2-7 7-7 0-3 2 0 12 J Tinsley 15 0-1 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 A Harrington 27 1-6 0-0 0-1 0 4 2 E Strickland 29 4-9 0-0 1-4 1 0 8 J Foster 11 3-5 0-0 3-3 1 5 6 R Mercer 16 2-7 0-0 2-4 0 1 4 P Brezec 3 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 J Brewer 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 A Croshere DNP - PERSONAL REASONS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-81 28-31 16-49 13 22 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.903. 3-Point Goals: 1-11, .091 (R Artest 0-5, R Miller 1-4, E Strickland 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (J O'Neal 2, R Artest). Turnovers:13 (J O'Neal 3, B Miller 3, R Mercer 2, R Artest 2, E Strickland, A Harrington, J Tinsley). Steals: 7 (E Strickland 2, R Artest 2, J O'Neal, J Tinsley, B Miller). LA LAKERS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 24 3-7 1-1 2-4 0 5 9 M Madsen 14 0-2 0-2 2-2 0 3 0 S O'Neal 35 9-12 8-12 5-11 2 5 26 K Bryant 43 9-26 2-3 0-10 5 2 20 D Fisher 37 8-17 2-2 2-4 4 3 19 R Horry 35 3-9 0-0 2-4 6 3 8 D George 31 3-8 2-4 0-4 0 1 9 B Shaw 16 2-5 0-0 0-2 4 2 4 S Walker 4 0-0 2-2 1-3 0 0 2 S Medvedenko 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 T Murray DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Rush DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-86 17-26 14-44 21 25 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (R Fox 2-5, K Bryant 0-3, D Fisher 1-3, R Horry 2-6, D George 1-3, B Shaw 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:8 (S O'Neal 5, R Fox, K Bryant, B Shaw). Turnovers:14 (S O'Neal 3, K Bryant 3, R Fox 2, D Fisher 2, R Horry 2, D George, M Madsen). Steals: 10 (K Bryant 3, D George 3, B Shaw 2, R Fox, R Horry). ------------------------------------------- INDIANA 16 21 32 26 - 95 LA LAKERS 18 36 20 23 - 97 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: La Lakers - 1 (R Horry, 0:58 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Indiana 2 (J Foster, 2:01 2nd,0:03 3rd). A: 18,997. T: 2:22. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Jason Phillips, Monty McCutchen.


Extended Box

INDIANA (95) AT LA LAKERS (97) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R ARTEST F 37 5-18 7-10 5 6 11 2 5 2 2 17 J O'NEAL F 37 10-19 8-8 3 8 11 1 4 1 3 28 B MILLER C 33 5-7 6-6 2 6 8 3 3 1 3 16 R MILLER G 29 2-7 7-7 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 12 J TINSLEY G 15 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 1 1 0 A HARRINGTON 27 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 2 E STRICKLAND 29 4-9 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 2 1 8 J FOSTER 11 3-5 0-0 3 0 3 1 5 0 0 6 R MERCER 16 2-7 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 2 4 P BREZEC 3 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 J BREWER 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 A CROSHERE DNP - PERSONAL REASONS TOTALS 240 33-81 28-31 16 33 49 13 22 7 13 95 (.407) (.903) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13 (14 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R FOX F 24 3-7 1-1 2 2 4 0 5 1 2 9 M MADSEN F 14 0-2 0-2 2 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 S O'NEAL C 35 9-12 8-12 5 6 11 2 5 0 3 26 K BRYANT G 43 9-26 2-3 0 10 10 5 2 3 3 20 D FISHER G 37 8-17 2-2 2 2 4 4 3 0 2 19 R HORRY 35 3-9 0-0 2 2 4 6 3 1 2 8 D GEORGE 31 3-8 2-4 0 4 4 0 1 3 1 9 B SHAW 16 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 2 0 4 S WALKER 4 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 S MEDVEDENKO 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 T MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION K RUSH DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-86 17-26 14 30 44 21 25 10 14 97 (.430) (.654) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14 (16 PTS) INDIANA 16 21 32 26 - 95 LA LAKERS 18 36 20 23 - 97 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J O'NEAL 2, R ARTEST. LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 5, R FOX, K BRYANT, B SHAW. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 1-11 (.091), R ARTEST 0-5, R MILLER 1-4, E STRICKLAND 0-2. LA LAKERS 6-21 (.286), R FOX 2-5, K BRYANT 0-3, D FISHER 1-3, R HORRY 2-6, D GEORGE 1-3, B SHAW 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: LA LAKERS - R HORRY. FLAGRANT FOULS: INDIANA 2 (J FOSTER, 2:01 2ND, 0:03 3RD). OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, JASON PHILLIPS, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 18,997. T - 2:22.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Robert Horry doesn't just come through in the postseason. Living up to his reputation as a clutch player, Horry drilled a jumper as time expired, giving the Los Angeles Lakers a 97-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers. The owner of five championship rings in his career, Horry has made a habit of doing his best work in the postseason. Last season, Horry hit three shots in the waning seconds of playoff games to lift the Lakers to wins. Horry compared the final play to last season's game-winner he hit in Game Four against Sacramento in the Western Conference finals. "It felt the same," he said. "It was so funny, the ball was coming to me, and I was like ... I'm lucky. I thought I was able to get it off in time. I thought the shot clock had run down." It didn't look like the Lakers would need any dramatics from Horry in this one after they built a 19-point lead late in the second quarter. But the Pacers came storming back and took a 95-91 lead with 1:11 remaining on Erick Strickland's driving layup to cap an 11-0 run. Derek Fisher answered 14 seconds later with a layup to pull the Lakers within two. Fisher got another layup with 31 seconds left to tie it after Kobe Bryant poked away the ball from Ron Artest. Jermaine O'Neal had a chance to give the Pacers the lead but he came up short on a tough jumper over Shaquille O'Neal, who was playing with five fouls. Following a timeout, Bryant drilled an apparent 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds to give the Lakers the lead but he was fouled by Artest before he could get off the shot. After another timeout, Rick Fox's inbounds pass intended for Shaquille O'Neal was batted away and the ball caromed to Horry, who calmly swished the winning shot as time expired. "The play was designed for Shaq," Horry said. "To throw it into Shaq, to try to tip it to somebody on the outside because once you got to Shaq, everybody was going to collapse and try to pop it out. He was able to get a hand on it. Jermaine got a hand on it, too, so I was very fortunate." "Well, we knew the ball was going to go to either Kobe or Shaq, so we wanted to take it out of Kobe's hands," said Pacers coach Isiah Thomas, who sported a leather jacket on the sideline. "We forced him (Fox) to throw it into Shaq and we had a man back that got a hand on the ball but it rolled to Horry and he knocked it down." Bryant scored 20 points, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 10,000 mark in his career. The star guard accomplished the feat at 24 years, 193 days. Former Laker Bob McAdoo held the previous record at 25 years, 148 days. "I really can't grasp what it means right now," Bryant said. "I had no idea the crowd was going to stand up the way that they did. It was a little embarrassing, but it was a good feeling." Shaquille O'Neal praised his teammate. "I think it's an accomplishment," he said. "Especially for a guy that came out of high school right away. But it's good for Kobe. He's going to be a Hall of Fame player. He's going to get his jersey retired next to all the other Lakers' greats. I'm glad he's on my team." Shaquille O'Neal finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds and Fisher added 19 points for the Lakers, who have won seven of their last eight games to move a seaso-best seven games (33-26) over the .500 mark. Jermaine O'Neal had 28 rebounds and 11 rebounds and Artest 17 and 11 for Indiana, which lost for the eighth time in its last nine games. "If we came out the way we came in the second half, we win the ballgame," O'Neal said. "We feel like we have a lot of guys we could throw at you, but when we end up playing like we did in the first half, we play an uphill battle. We just need to give ourselves every opportunity to win games, not only in the second half but start off trying to win in the first half." With Shaquille O'Neal dominating in the post, the Lakers controlled the entire first half, taking their biggest lead at 52-33 on Bryant's two foul shots with 81 seconds left before the break. O'Neal netted 15 points, going 4-of-4 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the line in the half. Having to deal with Artest, who is one of the best defenders in the league, Bryant struggled to eight points on 3-of-12 shooting in the opening half. By playing aggressively, the Pacers were able to get back into the game in the third quarter. They scored 13 of their first 20 points from the line and closed to 67-58 with 5:14 left in the period on two foul shots by Reggie Miller. Indiana went 16-of-17 from the line in the quarter after going 5-of-6 in the first half. "I thought we started competing," Thomas said. "We started playing with energy and effort. We somehow found the courage to play. In the first half, we were afraid to play." Brad Miller netted 16 points and Reggie Miller 12 as the Pacers shot 41 percent (33-of-81). Bryant reached his milestone with a running jumper with 3:56 left in the quarter, giving the Lakers a 71-60 lead. He was treated to a standing ovation following the basket. The Pacers finished the quarter strongly and closed to 73-69 on Miller's techincal free throw with 58 seconds. But the quarter closed in inauspicious fashion for the Pacers. With 3.6 seconds left, Jeff Foster leveled Devean George on a drive to the basket and picked up his second flagarant foul of the game to draw an ejection. He was issued a flagarant-2 foul after picking up a flagrant-1 in the second quarter for a hard hit on Fox. George converted from the line, giving the Lakers a five-point lead entering the final quarter. A jumper by Bryant with 5:04 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Lakers a 91-84 lead. But the Pacers reeled off the next 11 points, including six by Jermaine O'Neal.


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