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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     PHILADELPHIA     23   25   22   22    92   
     LA LAKERS        24   29   27   26    106     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 30, KEITH VAN HORN 19, 
                      ERIC SNOW 13
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 39, KOBE BRYANT 28, 
                      DEVEAN GEORGE 14

HIGH REBOUND:   PHI - DERRICK COLEMAN 8, KEITH VAN HORN 8, 
                      TYRONE HILL 6
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 10, KOBE BRYANT 8, MARK
                      MADSEN 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHI - AARON MCKIE 5, ERIC SNOW 3, TWO PLAYERS 
                      WITH 2
                LAL - KOBE BRYANT 9, RICK FOX 8, DEREK FISHER 
                      4

         ATT:   18,997

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Van Horn 37 6-13 7-10 1-8 1 4 19 T Hill 20 0-3 0-0 2-6 1 5 0 D Coleman 34 4-9 3-6 1-8 1 6 12 A Iverson 47 12-28 6-9 0-4 2 1 30 E Snow 34 4-7 5-5 0-4 3 4 13 A McKie 28 3-7 1-1 0-2 5 2 8 B Skinner 16 3-3 0-0 1-2 2 5 6 G Buckner 19 1-2 2-2 1-2 1 4 4 J Salmons 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 E Rentzias 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Williams DNP - LEFT KNEE INJURY K Thomas DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-72 24-33 6-36 17 32 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (K Van Horn 0-1, D Coleman 1-1, A Iverson 0-3, A McKie 1-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:2 (D Coleman 2). Turnovers:19 (A Iverson 6, E Snow 4, K Van Horn 3, A McKie 2, T Hill 2, D Coleman 2). Steals: 8 (A Iverson 4, A McKie, E Snow, B Skinner, D Coleman). LA LAKERS (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 21 3-5 0-0 1-3 8 4 6 M Madsen 22 0-3 0-0 2-7 0 4 0 S O'Neal 39 14-24 11-19 2-10 3 4 39 K Bryant 43 8-20 12-13 1-8 9 4 28 D Fisher 38 5-11 0-0 1-3 4 4 12 R Horry 26 2-8 0-0 2-5 3 2 5 D George 27 5-5 2-2 1-4 1 2 14 K Rush 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 S Walker 8 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 B Shaw 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 2 0 J Pargo 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Medvedenko DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-80 25-34 10-42 30 27 106 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.475, FT-.735. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (R Fox 0-1, K Bryant 0-2, D Fisher 2-4, R Horry 1-5, D George 2-2, B Shaw 0-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:8 (S O'Neal 2, K Bryant 2, D George 2, S Walker, K Rush). Turnovers:13 (K Bryant 5, S O'Neal 4, D Fisher 2, R Fox, D George). Steals: 6 (D Fisher 2, M Madsen 2, R Horry, D George). ------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA 23 25 22 22 - 92 LA LAKERS 24 29 27 26 - 106 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Philadelphia - 3 (T Hill, 6:58 3rd; A Iverson, 6:58 3rd; COACH Brown, 6:58 3rd). La Lakers - 1 (S O'Neal, 2:54 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:38. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Gary Forest, Gary Zielinski.


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (92) AT LA LAKERS (106) PHILADELPHIA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K VAN HORN F 37 6-13 7-10 1 7 8 1 4 0 3 19 T HILL F 20 0-3 0-0 2 4 6 1 5 0 2 0 D COLEMAN C 34 4-9 3-6 1 7 8 1 6 1 2 12 A IVERSON G 47 12-28 6-9 0 4 4 2 1 4 6 30 E SNOW G 34 4-7 5-5 0 4 4 3 4 1 4 13 A MCKIE 28 3-7 1-1 0 2 2 5 2 1 2 8 B SKINNER 16 3-3 0-0 1 1 2 2 5 1 0 6 G BUCKNER 19 1-2 2-2 1 1 2 1 4 0 0 4 J SALMONS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 E RENTZIAS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 M WILLIAMS DNP - LEFT KNEE INJURY K THOMAS DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE TOTALS 240 33-72 24-33 6 30 36 17 32 8 19 92 (.458) (.727) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19 (18 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R FOX F 21 3-5 0-0 1 2 3 8 4 0 1 6 M MADSEN F 22 0-3 0-0 2 5 7 0 4 2 0 0 S O'NEAL C 39 14-24 11-19 2 8 10 3 4 0 4 39 K BRYANT G 43 8-20 12-13 1 7 8 9 4 0 5 28 D FISHER G 38 5-11 0-0 1 2 3 4 4 2 2 12 R HORRY 26 2-8 0-0 2 3 5 3 2 1 0 5 D GEORGE 27 5-5 2-2 1 3 4 1 2 1 1 14 K RUSH 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 S WALKER 8 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 B SHAW 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 J PARGO 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S MEDVEDENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-80 25-34 10 32 42 30 27 6 13 106 (.475) (.735) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13 (11 PTS) PHILADELPHIA 23 25 22 22 - 92 LA LAKERS 24 29 27 26 - 106 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - D COLEMAN 2. LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 2, K BRYANT 2, D GEORGE 2, S WALKER, K RUSH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 2-8 (.250), K VAN HORN 0-1, D COLEMAN 1- 1, A IVERSON 0-3, A MCKIE 1-3. LA LAKERS 5-15 (.333), R FOX 0-1, K BRYANT 0- 2, D FISHER 2-4, R HORRY 1-5, D GEORGE 2-2, B SHAW 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHILADELPHIA - T HILL, A IVERSON, COACH BROWN. LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, GARY FOREST, GARY ZIELINSKI. A - 18,997. T - 2:38.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Even with a 7-footer, defending Shaquille O'Neal is a daunting task. Without a true big man, it's almost impossible. O'Neal scored a forceful 39 points, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 106-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in a battle of hot teams. At 7-2 and 350 pounds, O'Neal overpowers just about every foe. With both their 7-footers on the injured list, the 76ers tried to defend O'Neal with forwards masquerading as centers, with predictable results. O'Neal made 14-of-24 shots as he repeatedly overpowered Derrick Coleman, Brian Skinner and Tyrone Hill. He also sank 11-of-19 free throws as Philadelphia turned to fouling O'Neal before he could score. "There was no way to guard Shaquille," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "The guy was phenomenal." "Our guys played as good as they could," 76ers guard Aaron McKie said. "There's a big size difference, so they did it just about as well as they could. We'd like to have somebody, maybe 7-3 at least, to just bang with him and throw their hands up." The three-time NBA Finals MVP scored 23 points in the second half, when the Lakers toyed with the Sixers before pulling away for their ninth win in 10 games. "After I got in position, the guys got me the ball in a place where I could operate," said O'Neal, who scored 40 points Friday against Minnesota. "All the guys are looking for me. I shouldn't have to demand the ball. They should know where to bring the ball." "Coach (Larry Brown) said something earlier at halftime. He doesn't know why they don't just throw him the ball every play," Sixers guard Allen Iverson said. "By not doing that, you allow teams the chance to keep playing with them. Just imagine if they kept throwing him the ball on every play. Nobody could do anything." Kobe Bryant had 28 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Lakers, who gained a split of the season series. O'Neal swept 10 boards. "We are the hottest team in the league," O'Neal said. "We played excellent defense. "We got a lead and we kept our composure." Philadelphia came in having won 11 of its last 12 games. But instead of continuing their hot play, the Sixers became hot-headed, picking up three technical fouls in a matter of seconds midway through the third quarter. Iverson scored 30 points for Philadelphia, which completed a 3-2 road trip but fell 1 1/2 games behind first-place New Jersey in the Atlantic Division. Early in the third quarter, the Sixers were within 55-52 after a driving layup by Iverson. But they went cold, then lost their cool. O'Neal had a pair of inside hoops and Bryant hit a jumper before Iverson and Derek Fisher battled for a loose ball near the sideline. When referee Derrick Stafford ruled Iverson was out of bounds while touching the ball, the superstar guard flailed his arm in disapproval and was hit with a technical foul. Coach Larry Brown argued as well and received a technical, as did Hill. Bryant made all three free throws, and O'Neal made another layup for a 66-54 lead with 6:42 to go. "One of the officials has it personal for some of our players and if that wasn't the greatest forum to see that, nothing is," Brown said. "He's been personal with us for a long, long time." A rare four-point play by McKie cut the deficit to 70-64. But Bryant, who scored 13 points in the period, helped rebuild the advantage to 80-70 entering the fourth quarter. "Sometimes the refs see the right call, sometimes they don't," Bryant said. "After all those techs, I don't think we had a shot anyway after that point," Iverson said. "I think that referee Derrick (Stafford) has a vendetta against us and it was evident tonight. We weren't able to talk to him at all. We we asked about things, he gave us smart comments and pretty much 'joked' us." A tough runner by Iverson made it 85-76 with 8:09 remaining, but the Sixers got no closer. O'Neal returned and converted a three-point play, beginning a run of eight straight Lakers points. Another three-point play gave LA its largest lead at 98-82 with 2:59 left. "If they double, I'll just kick it out," O'Neal said. "If they don't, just let me go to work." "Shaquille's at a point now where he is dominating," Lakers forward Mark Madsen said. Devean George scored 14 points and Fisher added 12 for the Lakers, who shot 47.5 percent (38-of-80) and held a 42-36 edge on the glass. Keith Van Horn scored 19 points and Eric Snow added 13 for the Sixers, who shot 46 percent (33-of-72) but committed 19 turnovers. O'Neal and Iverson each scored 11 points in the first quarter, which ended with the Lakers holding a 24-23 edge. They took the lead for good at 46-44 on a jumper by Fisher with 2:54 left in the first half.


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