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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        21   21   12   19    73   
     LA LAKERS        25   25   28   12    90      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - LATRELL SPREWELL 19, KEVIN GARNETT 16, 
                      FRED HOIBERG 13
                LAL - KOBE BRYANT 35, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 22, 
                      STANISLAV MEDVEDENKO 8

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 16, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 5, 
                      FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 18, KOBE BRYANT 9, KARL
                      MALONE 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 7, SAM CASSELL 4, WALLY 
                      SZCZERBIAK 3
                LAL - KOBE BRYANT 5, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,997

Box Score

MINNESOTA (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 33 5-15 6-8 2-4 1 0 19 K Garnett 40 6-18 3-4 3-16 7 2 16 E Johnson 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 4 0 T Hassell 20 0-2 0-0 1-2 2 3 0 S Cassell 26 4-10 0-0 1-3 4 3 9 M Olowokandi 23 4-9 0-2 2-3 0 2 8 W Szczerbiak 25 3-11 0-0 2-5 3 1 6 T Hudson 22 0-7 0-0 0-4 2 0 0 M Madsen 11 0-1 0-2 2-4 0 4 0 F Hoiberg 18 4-9 4-4 0-4 0 3 13 O Miller 11 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 3 0 G Trent 4 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-86 13-20 14-48 19 25 73 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.314, FT-.650. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (L Sprewell 3-4, K Garnett 1-1, S Cassell 1-1, W Szczerbiak 0-2, T Hudson 0-4, F Hoiberg 1-2, O Miller 0-1, G Trent 0-1). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:3 (M Olowokandi 2, K Garnett). Turnovers:21 (K Garnett 5, S Cassell 3, O Miller 2, L Sprewell 2, T Hudson 2, W Szczerbiak 2, F Hoiberg 2, G Trent, M Madsen, E Johnson). Steals: 11 (O Miller 4, K Garnett 4, S Cassell, M Madsen, F Hoiberg). LA LAKERS (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 27 3-6 0-0 2-6 3 1 6 K Malone 25 1-9 2-2 1-7 1 4 4 S O'Neal 42 9-20 4-6 7-18 4 2 22 K Bryant 37 13-21 7-7 2-9 5 2 35 G Payton 32 3-10 1-2 0-3 3 0 7 D Fisher 16 2-5 0-2 0-2 2 1 4 S Medvedenko 14 2-7 4-4 2-3 0 4 8 D George 13 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 0 2 K Rush 16 0-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 B Cook 12 1-4 0-0 1-4 2 1 2 L Walton 3 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 B Russell 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-89 18-23 18-57 21 15 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (K Bryant 2-4, G Payton 0-1, D Fisher 0-2, K Rush 0-1, B Cook 0-1, L Walton 0-1, B Russell 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:2 (K Bryant 2). Turnovers:19 (K Bryant 4, G Payton 3, K Malone 3, R Fox 2, S Medvedenko 2, K Rush 2, S O'Neal, D Fisher, D George). Steals: 15 (D Fisher 3, K Malone 2, K Bryant 2, K Rush 2, S O'Neal, B Cook, D George, R Fox, B Russell, G Payton). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 21 21 12 19 - 73 LA LAKERS 25 25 28 12 - 90 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:24. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Derek Richardson, Scott Wall.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (73) AT LA LAKERS (90) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 33 5-15 6-8 2 2 4 1 0 0 2 19 K GARNETT F 40 6-18 3-4 3 13 16 7 2 4 5 16 E JOHNSON C 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 0 T HASSELL G 20 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 0 0 0 S CASSELL G 26 4-10 0-0 1 2 3 4 3 1 3 9 M OLOWOKANDI 23 4-9 0-2 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 8 W SZCZERBIAK 25 3-11 0-0 2 3 5 3 1 0 2 6 T HUDSON 22 0-7 0-0 0 4 4 2 0 0 2 0 M MADSEN 11 0-1 0-2 2 2 4 0 4 1 1 0 F HOIBERG 18 4-9 4-4 0 4 4 0 3 1 2 13 O MILLER 11 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 4 2 0 G TRENT 4 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 TOTALS 240 27-86 13-20 14 34 48 19 25 11 21 73 (.314) (.650) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 21 (14 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R FOX F 27 3-6 0-0 2 4 6 3 1 1 2 6 K MALONE F 25 1-9 2-2 1 6 7 1 4 2 3 4 S O'NEAL C 42 9-20 4-6 7 11 18 4 2 1 1 22 K BRYANT G 37 13-21 7-7 2 7 9 5 2 2 4 35 G PAYTON G 32 3-10 1-2 0 3 3 3 0 1 3 7 D FISHER 16 2-5 0-2 0 2 2 2 1 3 1 4 S MEDVEDENKO 14 2-7 4-4 2 1 3 0 4 0 2 8 D GEORGE 13 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 1 1 2 K RUSH 16 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 B COOK 12 1-4 0-0 1 3 4 2 1 1 0 2 L WALTON 3 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 B RUSSELL 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 TOTALS 240 35-89 18-23 18 39 57 21 15 15 19 90 (.393) (.783) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19 (13 PTS) MINNESOTA 21 21 12 19 - 73 LA LAKERS 25 25 28 12 - 90 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - M OLOWOKANDI 2, K GARNETT. LA LAKERS - K BRYANT 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 6-16 (.375), L SPREWELL 3-4, K GARNETT 1- 1, S CASSELL 1-1, W SZCZERBIAK 0-2, T HUDSON 0-4, F HOIBERG 1-2, O MILLER 0- 1, G TRENT 0-1. LA LAKERS 2-11 (.182), K BRYANT 2-4, G PAYTON 0-1, D FISHER 0-2, K RUSH 0-1, B COOK 0-1, L WALTON 0-1, B RUSSELL 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, DEREK RICHARDSON, SCOTT WALL. A - 18,997. T - 2:24.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Lakers are rounding into postseason form, and there doesn't seem to be anything the rest of the Western Conference can do about it. Kobe Bryant scored 35 points and Shaquille O'Neal added 22 and 18 rebounds as the Lakers won their seventh straight game, a 90-73 thrashing of the Minnesota Timberwolves. With all four superstars healthy and playing well together, the Lakers have become formidable. Their current streak began against some of the NBA's patsies, but in their last two games, they have dismantled division leaders Sacramento and Minnesota. "We have everybody healthy and we are starting to build our chemistry back," Bryant said. Bryant continues to play his best basketball of the season, making 13-of-21 shots and adding nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks. During the winning streak, he is averaging 31.4 points. O'Neal was his usual dominant self, collecting his 11th straight double-double. He is averaging 21.7 points and 17 rebounds during the streak. The defense also has gotten tougher, holding Minnesota - the best-shooting team in the NBA - to just 31 percent (27-of-86). The Timberwolves' "Three-Headed Monster" of Kevin Garnett, Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell made a combined 15-of-43 shots. "When you go out there and put the effort forward on the defensive end, good things happen," forward Karl Malone said. "I think this win is good for us," Bryant said. "It shows we are improving and playing defense consistently." The Lakers (49-23) hurdled the Wolves (49-24) in the Western Conference standings and are two games behind Sacramento for the Pacific Division lead. "When we get in the playoffs, we are confident that we can beat anybody," Bryant said. "The team's looking really good right now with 10 games left, before the real season starts," O'Neal said. The Lakers took the lead for good near the end of the first quarter, which saw Bryant score 11 points. They widened the advantage to 50-42 at halftime before controlling the third quarter. Bryant had a layup and 3-pointer in an 11-0 spurt that pushed the margin to 70-48 with 5:05 left. O'Neal's driving finger roll capped the quarter and made it 78-54. In the period, Bryant scored 13 points and the Lakers shot 50 percent (13-of-26) while holding the Wolves to 26 percent (6-of-23). "We just let them do whatever they wanted to do," Cassell said. "They dictated the tempo, how they were going to play, how the game was going to play (out), and we didn't do anything about it."


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