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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MEMPHIS          20   20   28   26    94   
     LA LAKERS        30   24   25   31    110     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MEM - PAU GASOL 22, WESLEY PERSON 20, LORENZEN
                      WRIGHT 14
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 34, KOBE BRYANT 29, 
                      STANISLAV MEDVEDENKO 11

HIGH REBOUND:   MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 15, PAU GASOL 10, 
                      STROMILE SWIFT 4
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 11, STANISLAV 
                      MEDVEDENKO 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 9, LORENZEN WRIGHT 5, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                LAL - KOBE BRYANT 8, DEREK FISHER 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

         ATT:   18,997

Box Score

MEMPHIS (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Miller 9 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 4 P Gasol 41 9-16 4-5 2-10 3 2 22 L Wright 39 5-14 4-4 3-15 5 5 14 W Person 40 9-16 0-0 0-1 4 2 20 J Williams 33 4-10 0-0 0-3 9 0 11 S Swift 12 1-4 1-1 1-4 0 1 3 S Battier 36 6-11 1-2 1-2 4 3 13 E Watson 15 1-6 0-0 1-2 3 1 2 M Batiste 15 2-5 1-2 0-2 0 0 5 B Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Humphrey DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Archibald DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-86 11-14 8-40 29 14 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (W Person 2-2, J Williams 3-6, S Battier 0-4, E Watson 0-3, M Batiste 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:2 (S Swift, S Battier). Turnovers:16 (S Swift 4, J Williams 3, E Watson 3, P Gasol 3, W Person 2, M Batiste). Steals: 9 (J Williams 3, L Wright 2, S Battier 2, M Batiste 2). LA LAKERS (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 20 2-4 0-0 2-3 4 2 4 S Medvedenko 21 5-10 1-2 1-6 0 1 11 S O'Neal 38 15-22 4-6 5-11 3 2 34 K Bryant 41 10-23 6-6 1-5 8 3 29 D Fisher 31 5-8 0-0 0-1 5 1 10 D George 28 4-8 0-0 0-4 3 1 9 R Horry 21 3-6 1-1 1-5 2 4 7 K Rush 13 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 J Pargo 17 1-3 0-0 0-2 4 1 2 M Madsen 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 S Walker 5 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 B Shaw DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-88 12-15 10-40 31 18 110 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.534, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (R Fox 0-2, K Bryant 3-5, D Fisher 0-1, D George 1-1, R Horry 0-1, J Pargo 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:8 (S O'Neal 4, K Bryant, D Fisher, D George, K Rush). Turnovers:14 (K Bryant 4, S O'Neal 3, R Horry 3, K Rush 2, D Fisher, S Medvedenko). Steals: 12 (K Bryant 6, J Pargo 3, D George 2, D Fisher). ------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 20 20 28 26 - 94 LA LAKERS 30 24 25 31 - 110 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:03. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Derek Richardson, Phil Robinson.


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (94) AT LA LAKERS (110) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M MILLER F 9 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 P GASOL F 41 9-16 4-5 2 8 10 3 2 0 3 22 L WRIGHT C 39 5-14 4-4 3 12 15 5 5 2 0 14 W PERSON G 40 9-16 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 2 20 J WILLIAMS G 33 4-10 0-0 0 3 3 9 0 3 3 11 S SWIFT 12 1-4 1-1 1 3 4 0 1 0 4 3 S BATTIER 36 6-11 1-2 1 1 2 4 3 2 0 13 E WATSON 15 1-6 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 0 3 2 M BATISTE 15 2-5 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 2 1 5 B KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION R HUMPHREY DNP - COACH'S DECISION R ARCHIBALD DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-86 11-14 8 32 40 29 14 9 16 94 (.453) (.786) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16 (17 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R FOX F 20 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 4 2 0 0 4 S MEDVEDENKO F 21 5-10 1-2 1 5 6 0 1 0 1 11 S O'NEAL C 38 15-22 4-6 5 6 11 3 2 0 3 34 K BRYANT G 41 10-23 6-6 1 4 5 8 3 6 4 29 D FISHER G 31 5-8 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 1 1 10 D GEORGE 28 4-8 0-0 0 4 4 3 1 2 0 9 R HORRY 21 3-6 1-1 1 4 5 2 4 0 3 7 K RUSH 13 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 4 J PARGO 17 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 3 0 2 M MADSEN 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 S WALKER 5 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 B SHAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 47-88 12-15 10 30 40 31 18 12 14 110 (.534) (.800) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14 (17 PTS) MEMPHIS 20 20 28 26 - 94 LA LAKERS 30 24 25 31 - 110 BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - S SWIFT, S BATTIER. LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 4, K BRYANT, D FISHER, D GEORGE, K RUSH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 5-17 (.294), W PERSON 2-2, J WILLIAMS 3- 6, S BATTIER 0-4, E WATSON 0-3, M BATISTE 0-2. LA LAKERS 4-11 (.364), R FOX 0-2, K BRYANT 3-5, D FISHER 0-1, D GEORGE 1-1, R HORRY 0-1, J PARGO 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, DEREK RICHARDSON, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 18,997. T - 2:03.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Lakers are establishing some dominance at home. Shaquille O'Neal is establishing some dominance overall. O'Neal collected 34 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks as the Lakers rolled to their 11th straight home win, a 110-94 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The three-time NBA Finals MVP began the season on the injured list recovering from toe surgery and has not been his usual overpowering self. But with the postseason three weeks away, the 7-2, 350-pound superstar appears to be rounding into form. "I think guys are focusing more because they know when the playoffs come around, they know what to do and we prepare ourselves," O'Neal said. "We know what we're capable of doing and we know our track record in the playoffs," superstar teammate Kobe Bryant said. "We're going to utilize our experience as much as possible, build as much rhythm and momentum as we can going into the playoffs." O'Neal overwhelmed Grizzlies center Lorenzen Wright, making 15-of-22 shots, many of them dunks. He set an early tone and helped the Lakers grab the lead for good in the first quarter. O'Neal controlled the paint on both ends, grabbing five offensive rebounds and collecting half his team's blocks. The Lakers held a whopping 62-30 advantage in points in the paint. Down the stretch, O'Neal put on a show. He had a finger roll, a dunk for a three-point play, a follow dunk and a no-look pass to Bryant for a slam. He left to a standing ovation with 1:34 to play. "I think we moved the ball a little bit better and we played with a little more effort," O'Neal said. In his last nine games, O'Neal is averaging 34.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting a staggering 62 percent (117-of-188). Asked how far the team is from being ready for the playoffs, O'Neal said, "Eight games." "It's building up. It's getting toward that," Bryant added. "Tonight was a prime example of getting everybody involved." Bryant had a late flurry to finish with 29 points, eight assists and a career-high six steals. With the game in hand, he had a driving reverse slam over defensive-minded Shane Battier. The Lakers (43-31) bounced back from Sunday's embarrassing 119-98 loss at Seattle to move within one-half game of sixth-place Utah in the Western Conference. They have won four of five, eight of 11, 17 of 23 and 23 of 31. "We don't turn it on and off like a faucet," Bryant said. "I think that's a huge misconception. I think you build toward it gradually. You might not see the wins piling up, but the momentum is a key." LA has not lost at the Staples Center since a 117-110 setback to New York on February 16 in which Knicks guard Allan Houston scored 53 points. "We're just trying to establish our home court," O'Neal said. "If I can get the ball in a comfortable position, I think I can do whatever it takes to keep that going." "They have a really good team," Wright said. "I don't know why they keep playing with everybody, playing around. When they come to play, they can beat anybody. I guess they're just saving it for the playoffs." Pau Gasol had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who fell to 2-28 all-time against the Lakers. They have lost all three meetings this season, and the teams meet in Memphis on Friday. Memphis lost in the Staples Center for the second straight night. On Sunday, the Grizzlies dropped a 100-98 decision to the Clippers. Jackson started Slava Medvedenko instead of Mark Madsen at power forward and was rewarded with an early burst of offense. Medvedenko and Bryant each scored five points in a 16-5 run that closed the first quarter and gave the Lakers a 30-20 lead. "It was an opportunity for Slava," Jackson said. "We need somebody offensively that can hold his own. We also need guys that can hustle defensively and rebound for us. That's Mark's strength." O'Neal scored 10 points on four short jump shots and a dunk in the second period, when the lead remained double digits. Trailing, 54-40, the Grizzlies scored the first seven points of the third quarter but got no closer until a dunk by Gasol made it 74-68 late in the period. Bryant responded with a pretty driving layup and a crosscourt pass to set up Devean George's 3-pointer at the horn for a 79-68 lead. Memphis got no closer than nine points thereafter. Medvedenko scored 11 points and Derek Fisher added nine for the Lakers, who shot 53 percent (47-of-88). Wesley Person scored 20 points and Wright added 14 and 15 boards for the Grizzlies, who shot 45 percent (39-of-86).


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