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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     LA LAKERS        10   16   26   20    72   
     INDIANA          20   21   25   19    85      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAL - STANISLAV MEDVEDENKO 14, GARY PAYTON 10,
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 9
                IND - RON ARTEST 24, AL HARRINGTON 16, AUSTIN 
                      CROSHERE 12

HIGH REBOUND:   LAL - GARY PAYTON 8, HORACE GRANT 7, RICK FOX 
                      7
                IND - JEFF FOSTER 11, AUSTIN CROSHERE 9, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAL - GARY PAYTON 7, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2
                IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 6, REGGIE MILLER 4, RON 
                      ARTEST 4

         ATT:   18,345

Box Score

LA LAKERS (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D George 18 1-4 2-2 2-4 0 5 4 S Medvedenko 22 5-11 4-6 3-5 0 2 14 H Grant 34 3-6 2-2 1-7 2 1 8 K Rush 16 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 0 4 G Payton 39 4-17 2-4 1-8 7 2 10 B Russell 18 1-3 0-0 0-6 1 2 2 R Fox 28 3-5 2-2 1-7 2 5 8 D Fisher 34 4-15 1-1 0-1 2 1 9 L Walton 24 2-5 4-6 1-2 2 0 9 M Carter 7 0-1 4-4 0-1 0 1 4 S O'Neal DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE J Sampson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-72 21-27 9-42 17 19 72 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.347, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (R Fox 0-1, D Fisher 0-5, L Walton 1-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:10 (D George 4, R Fox 2, L Walton 2, B Russell 2). Turnovers:10 (R Fox 3, H Grant 2, G Payton 2, D Fisher, L Walton, M Carter). Steals: 8 (L Walton 3, D Fisher 2, R Fox, D George, G Payton). INDIANA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Artest 40 9-27 6-9 2-7 4 4 24 A Harrington 41 7-18 1-4 2-7 1 4 16 J Foster 29 0-1 0-0 1-11 1 0 0 R Miller 26 3-5 0-0 0-2 4 1 7 J Tinsley 29 4-7 0-2 1-4 6 1 10 A Johnson 19 3-6 0-0 1-1 1 1 8 F Jones 27 4-5 0-0 0-5 1 4 8 S Pollard 10 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 A Croshere 19 5-5 0-0 2-9 0 5 12 K Anderson DNP - COACH'S DECISION J O'Neal DNP - NECK STRAIN P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-75 7-15 9-47 18 22 85 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.467. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (R Artest 0-2, A Harrington 1-2, R Miller 1-3, J Tinsley 2-4, A Johnson 2-3, F Jones 0-1, A Croshere 2-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:8 (J Foster 2, J Tinsley 2, R Miller, A Croshere, A Harrington, R Artest). Turnovers:12 (A Croshere 3, J Tinsley 3, A Harrington 2, F Jones 2, A Johnson, R Artest). Steals: 7 (A Harrington 2, J Tinsley 2, S Pollard, J Foster, A Johnson). ------------------------------------------- LA LAKERS 10 16 26 20 - 72 INDIANA 20 21 25 19 - 85 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Indiana - 1 (F Jones, 5:48 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:03. Officials: Greg Willard, James Capers, Tony Brown.


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (72) AT INDIANA (85) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D GEORGE F 18 1-4 2-2 2 2 4 0 5 1 0 4 S MEDVEDENKO F 22 5-11 4-6 3 2 5 0 2 0 0 14 H GRANT C 34 3-6 2-2 1 6 7 2 1 0 2 8 K RUSH G 16 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 G PAYTON G 39 4-17 2-4 1 7 8 7 2 1 2 10 B RUSSELL 18 1-3 0-0 0 6 6 1 2 0 0 2 R FOX 28 3-5 2-2 1 6 7 2 5 1 3 8 D FISHER 34 4-15 1-1 0 1 1 2 1 2 1 9 L WALTON 24 2-5 4-6 1 1 2 2 0 3 1 9 M CARTER 7 0-1 4-4 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 S O'NEAL DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE J SAMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 25-72 21-27 9 33 42 17 19 8 10 72 (.347) (.778) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12 (14 PTS) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R ARTEST F 40 9-27 6-9 2 5 7 4 4 0 1 24 A HARRINGTON F 41 7-18 1-4 2 5 7 1 4 2 2 16 J FOSTER C 29 0-1 0-0 1 10 11 1 0 1 0 0 R MILLER G 26 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 0 0 7 J TINSLEY G 29 4-7 0-2 1 3 4 6 1 2 3 10 A JOHNSON 19 3-6 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 8 F JONES 27 4-5 0-0 0 5 5 1 4 0 2 8 S POLLARD 10 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 A CROSHERE 19 5-5 0-0 2 7 9 0 5 0 3 12 K ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION J O'NEAL DNP - NECK STRAIN P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-75 7-15 9 38 47 18 22 7 12 85 (.467) (.467) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12 (15 PTS) LA LAKERS 10 16 26 20 - 72 INDIANA 20 21 25 19 - 85 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - D GEORGE 4, R FOX 2, L WALTON 2, B RUSSELL 2. INDIANA - J FOSTER 2, J TINSLEY 2, R MILLER, A CROSHERE, A HARRINGTON, R ARTEST. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 1-9 (.111), R FOX 0-1, D FISHER 0-5, L WALTON 1- 3. INDIANA 8-17 (.471), R ARTEST 0-2, A HARRINGTON 1-2, R MILLER 1- 3, J TINSLEY 2-4, A JOHNSON 2-3, F JONES 0-1, A CROSHERE 2-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - F JONES. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GREG WILLARD, JAMES CAPERS, TONY BROWN. A - 18,345. T - 2:03.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The already undermanned Los Angeles Lakers missed their O'Neal a lot more than the Indiana Pacers missed theirs. Ron Artest made just 9-of-27 shots but scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Pacers beat the Lakers for the first time in six tries, leading throughout an 85-72 victory. Al Harrington added 16 points and seven rebounds and reserve Austin Croshere added 12 and nine for the Pacers, who held the Lakers to 10 fewer points than their previous season low, set at Memphis on January 21. The Pacers were without All-Star forward Jermaine O'Neal, who suffered a neck injury in a 99-98 win over Boston on Saturday. The Lakers were missing center Shaquille O'Neal, who was handed a one-game suspension by the NBA earlier Monday for criticizing officials in his team's 84-83 victory at Toronto on Sunday. The Lakers, who also were missing injured stars Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone, shot just 21 percent (8-of-38) in a 26-point first half and 35 percent overall (25-of-72) as they suffered their 10th loss in 12 road games. "I think Kobe and Malone are two great players, but with Shaquille in there, they are still a dominant team," Croshere said. "It requires you to account for someone who's physical presence alone changes the game. ... We were able to get to the basket without worrying about shot blockers. We didn't have to double-team or worry about rotations." "Anytime a guy like Shaq doesn't play, it's a break," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "But our guys also get geared up to play a guy like that. It's a quality win, Shaq or no Shaq. It's a good win, a solid win, even though they didn't have three of their great players." Los Angeles, which also lost guard Kareem Rush after he rolled his right ankle in the third quarter, took nearly four minutes to score its first point and trailed 41-19 with 2:49 left in the first half. The Lakers pulled within nine points early in the fourth quarter but got no closer. "It was no fun out there for us tonight," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "It took us awhile to even hit the rim but I give our guys a lot of credit and take pride in the way they played in the second half. It was good to see how we kept playing and got it back down to (nine). It gave some of our guys an opportunity to play a lot of minutes." Stanislav Medvedenko scored 14 points and Gary Payton added 10, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, who made only one of their nine 3-point attempts. Payton shot only 4-of-17 and had just two points in the first half. "We just need to make shots, including myself," Payton said. "We rushed too many shots early in the game. We just have to compete a little better and we have to play with confidence. In the second half, we did a better job of being competitive, but we still need the big fella. We've just got to keep playing, get through this stuff. This is one of the craziest seasons I've ever seen." Los Angeles rookie Luke Walton's free throw with 32 seconds left in the first half prevented the Lakers from matching their franchise-low output for the first 24 minutes. Still, they set season lows for points in the first quarter (10) and half. "The first half was a joke," said the Lakers' Horace Grant, who had eight points filling in for Shaquille O'Neal at center. "It was like that song, 'Who are You?'" The second half we put forth a much better effort We have to have confidence out there. In the first half, we didn't have any confidence. We were getting pushed around, complaining about the officials, (and) you just can't do that."


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