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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     LA LAKERS        29   20   23   26    98   
     MILWAUKEE        29   35   8    22    94      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 24, KOBE BRYANT 20, 
                      RICK FOX 14
                MIL - MICHAEL REDD 21, SAM CASSELL 20, TONI 
                      KUKOC 17

HIGH REBOUND:   LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 11, KOBE BRYANT 9, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 5
                MIL - SAM CASSELL 7, TIM THOMAS 5, TWO PLAYERS
                      WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 5, RICK FOX 5, DEREK 
                      FISHER 5
                MIL - GARY PAYTON 8, SAM CASSELL 7, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,717

Box Score

LA LAKERS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 34 4-10 4-4 1-4 5 2 14 M Madsen 22 5-6 2-3 3-5 0 2 12 S O'Neal 39 9-23 6-14 3-11 5 1 24 K Bryant 43 6-14 8-9 1-9 4 4 20 D Fisher 38 6-7 0-0 1-3 5 3 13 R Horry 22 1-3 0-2 0-5 1 3 2 D George 19 2-3 0-0 0-5 1 1 6 B Shaw 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 S Walker 4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 K Rush 10 1-1 0-0 1-1 1 1 3 S Medvedenko 4 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 0 2 J Pargo DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-70 20-32 11-46 23 19 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (R Fox 2-4, K Bryant 0-2, D Fisher 1-2, R Horry 0-1, D George 2-3, K Rush 1-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:8 (S O'Neal 3, K Bryant 2, D Fisher 2, R Horry). Turnovers:19 (S O'Neal 7, K Bryant 5, S Medvedenko 2, R Fox, S Walker, D George, D Fisher, R Horry). Steals: 6 (K Bryant 2, S O'Neal, R Fox, D Fisher, R Horry). MILWAUKEE (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Mason 33 6-9 0-0 1-3 1 3 12 T Thomas 24 5-7 0-1 1-5 1 4 11 E Johnson 11 0-2 1-2 0-2 0 5 1 S Cassell 39 7-16 4-5 2-7 7 2 20 G Payton 40 3-15 0-0 0-3 8 2 6 A Mason 33 3-6 0-0 0-4 3 3 6 M Redd 33 9-15 0-0 2-4 3 3 21 T Kukoc 27 6-11 1-1 0-2 3 3 17 J Caffey DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Gadzuric DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Haislip DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Sampson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-81 6-9 6-30 26 25 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 10-23, .435 (D Mason 0-1, T Thomas 1-2, S Cassell 2-3, G Payton 0-3, M Redd 3-7, T Kukoc 4-7). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (E Johnson, G Payton, M Redd). Turnovers:15 (G Payton 4, T Kukoc 3, D Mason 3, S Cassell 2, T Thomas 2, E Johnson). Steals: 8 (G Payton 3, S Cassell 3, T Thomas 2). ------------------------------------------- LA LAKERS 29 20 23 26 - 98 MILWAUKEE 29 35 8 22 - 94 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: La Lakers - 1 (COACH Jackson, 6:33 1st). Milwaukee - 1 (T Thomas, 6:23 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,717. T: 2:15. Officials: Joe Derosa, Ron Olesiak, Tommy Nunez.


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (98) AT MILWAUKEE (94) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R FOX F 34 4-10 4-4 1 3 4 5 2 1 1 14 M MADSEN F 22 5-6 2-3 3 2 5 0 2 0 0 12 S O'NEAL C 39 9-23 6-14 3 8 11 5 1 1 7 24 K BRYANT G 43 6-14 8-9 1 8 9 4 4 2 5 20 D FISHER G 38 6-7 0-0 1 2 3 5 3 1 1 13 R HORRY 22 1-3 0-2 0 5 5 1 3 1 1 2 D GEORGE 19 2-3 0-0 0 5 5 1 1 0 1 6 B SHAW 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 S WALKER 4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 K RUSH 10 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 S MEDVEDENKO 4 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 2 J PARGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-70 20-32 11 35 46 23 19 6 19 98 (.514) (.625) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19 (17 PTS) MILWAUKEE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D MASON F 33 6-9 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 3 12 T THOMAS F 24 5-7 0-1 1 4 5 1 4 2 2 11 E JOHNSON C 11 0-2 1-2 0 2 2 0 5 0 1 1 S CASSELL G 39 7-16 4-5 2 5 7 7 2 3 2 20 G PAYTON G 40 3-15 0-0 0 3 3 8 2 3 4 6 A MASON 33 3-6 0-0 0 4 4 3 3 0 0 6 M REDD 33 9-15 0-0 2 2 4 3 3 0 0 21 T KUKOC 27 6-11 1-1 0 2 2 3 3 0 3 17 J CAFFEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION D GADZURIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION M HAISLIP DNP - COACH'S DECISION J SAMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-81 6-9 6 24 30 26 25 8 15 94 (.481) (.667) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15 (14 PTS) LA LAKERS 29 20 23 26 - 98 MILWAUKEE 29 35 8 22 - 94 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 3, K BRYANT 2, D FISHER 2, R HORRY. MILWAUKEE - E JOHNSON, G PAYTON, M REDD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 6-13 (.462), R FOX 2-4, K BRYANT 0-2, D FISHER 1-2, R HORRY 0-1, D GEORGE 2-3, K RUSH 1-1. MILWAUKEE 10- 23 (.435), D MASON 0-1, T THOMAS 1-2, S CASSELL 2-3, G PAYTON 0-3, M REDD 3-7, T KUKOC 4-7. TECHNICAL FOULS: LA LAKERS - COACH JACKSON. MILWAUKEE - T THOMAS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, RON OLESIAK, TOMMY NUNEZ. A - 18,717. T - 2:15.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- For once, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant got plenty of help. O'Neal collected 24 points and 11 rebounds and Bryant added 20 and nine as five Lakers scored in double figures in a 98-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Los Angeles is averaging just under 98 points per game, with its All-Star duo of O'Neal and Bryant accounting for nearly 57. But the Lakers' bench came through as the three-time defending champions won their fourth straight meeting with the Bucks. Rick Fox scored 14 points, Derek Fisher added 13 and Mark Madsen 12 for Los Angeles, which improved to 2-2 on a season-high six-game road trip. The Bucks had a 64-49 halftime lead but matched a franchise low with eight points in the third quarter. The Lakers pulled into a 72-72 tie heading to the final period and took over down the stretch. "We knew the whole time we were going to win the game," O'Neal said. "We needed this game and the guys played hard. It was good to see that we could hold them to eight points in the third quarter." Milwaukee had an 87-86 lead with 4:50 remaining before Los Angeles scored eight of the next 10 points. Fox sank two free throws and followed baskets by O'Neal and Fisher with a runner for a 94-89 edge with 74 seconds to go. Milwaukee's Michael Redd answered with a layup, but Bryant sealed the victory with a jumper over Gary Payton with 37 seconds left. "That is what I was waiting for," Bryant said. "Gary Payton is smaller than me and I was able to elevate and get the shot I needed." Fisher made 6-of-7 shots and Madsen was 5-of-6 from the floor for the Lakers, who shot 51 percent (36-of-70). Los Angeles held a 46-30 rebounding advantage and outscored Milwaukee from the line, 20-6. The Lakers did an excellent job on the Bucks' starting backcourt of Gary Payton and Sam Cassell, who combined for 26 points on 10-of-30 shooting. "We just missed shots in the second half," Cassell said. "In the first half, we had a rhythm to our offense that we couldn't find in the second half." Payton was held to eight points on 3-of-15 shooting and failed to reach double figures for the first time since February 7, 2001 - a span of 175 games. "It was just a bad night," he said. "I can score whenever I want to score. I just need to forget this." Redd scored 21 points and fellow reserve Toni Kukoc added 17 for Milwaukee, which lost despite making 10-of-23 3-pointers. The Bucks began the second quarter with 15 consecutive points, including five from Redd. Desmond Mason added four points during the burst and capped it with a dunk for a 44-29 lead. Kukoc scored nine points in the period, helping Milwaukee build a 15-point halftime lead. But the Bucks made just 3-of-13 shots in the third quarter as the Lakers stormed back. "I didn't make shots in the third quarter. None of us did," said Cassell, who had five of Milwaukee's eight points in the third. "I couldn't believe the shots we were missing. They didn't do anything spectacular. It wasn't what they did, it was what we didn't do." "The first half gave us a rhythm and a fast tempo," Bucks coach George Karl added. "This the way we wanted to play, and in the third quarter, they took it away. Anytime you score eight points against a great team, it builds confidence the opposite way." O'Neal opened the second half with consecutive baskets as Los Angeles scored the first eight points of the third quarter. Robert Horry's hook shot forged a 71-71 tie with 58 seconds left and O'Neal made 1-of-2 free throws 35 seconds later to give the Lakers their first lead since the first quarter. "It felt good to have a quarter like we did in the third," Bryant said. "We felt like they controlled the tempo early on and we took that back in the second half."


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