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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CLEVELAND        30   17   24   23    94   
      LA LAKERS        24   25   22   27    98      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 28, JEFF MCINNIS 20, 
                      ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 13
                LAL - LAMAR ODOM 24, CARON BUTLER 21, CHRIS 
                      MIHM 13

HIGH REBOUND:   CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 15, LEBRON JAMES 13, 
                      DREW GOODEN 5
                LAL - CARON BUTLER 11, LAMAR ODOM 8, JUMAINE 
                      JONES 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 9, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 3, 
                      IRA NEWBLE 3
                LAL - LAMAR ODOM 7, KOBE BRYANT 3, CHUCKY 
                      ATKINS 3

         ATT:   18,997

Box Score

CLEVELAND (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Gooden 18 4-8 0-0 2-5 0 3 8 L James 44 12-26 3-4 3-13 9 1 28 Z Ilgauskas 34 5-13 3-6 3-15 3 5 13 I Newble 36 4-8 0-0 0-2 3 6 8 J McInnis 38 8-12 2-2 0-0 1 4 20 A Varejao 16 0-1 0-0 1-3 1 2 0 L Harris 16 2-6 3-4 1-1 1 1 8 R Traylor 14 3-6 0-0 1-3 2 2 6 E Snow 19 1-1 0-0 0-2 2 1 3 A Pavlovic 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Wagner DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-81 11-16 11-44 22 25 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (L James 1-4, I Newble 0-2, J McInnis 2-4, L Harris 1-2, E Snow 1-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (Z Ilgauskas, I Newble, D Gooden, A Varejao, L James). Turnovers:18 (J McInnis 4, D Gooden 4, L James 4, E Snow 3, Z Ilgauskas 2, R Traylor). Steals: 7 (E Snow, J McInnis, R Traylor, I Newble, D Gooden, A Varejao, L James). LA LAKERS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 39 7-18 7-8 4-11 1 5 21 L Odom 39 8-17 8-10 3-8 7 1 24 C Mihm 26 6-11 1-2 2-5 0 5 13 K Bryant 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 3 0 2 C Atkins 38 2-9 6-6 0-1 3 2 11 J Jones 25 2-6 1-2 5-7 1 3 5 B Grant 15 2-4 1-2 2-4 0 0 5 T Brown 12 2-5 1-2 0-1 1 1 5 S Vujacic 26 1-7 3-3 0-3 1 2 6 B Cook 14 2-6 0-0 1-4 1 0 6 S Medvedenko DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Walton DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-85 28-35 17-44 18 19 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-22, .182 (C Butler 0-2, L Odom 0-3, K Bryant 0-1, C Atkins 1-4, J Jones 0-2, T Brown 0-1, S Vujacic 1-5, B Cook 2-4). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:2 (J Jones, C Butler). Turnovers:13 (C Butler 5, T Brown 3, C Atkins 2, K Bryant, B Cook, C Mihm). Steals: 12 (C Butler 5, B Grant 2, C Atkins 2, S Vujacic 2, J Jones). ------------------------------------------- CLEVELAND 30 17 24 23 - 94 LA LAKERS 24 25 22 27 - 98 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:31. Officials: Bernie Fryer, David Jones, Gary Zielinski.


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (94) AT LA LAKERS (98) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D GOODEN F 18 4-8 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 1 4 8 L JAMES F 44 12-26 3-4 3 10 13 9 1 1 4 28 Z ILGAUSKAS C 34 5-13 3-6 3 12 15 3 5 0 2 13 I NEWBLE G 36 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 3 6 1 0 8 J MCINNIS G 38 8-12 2-2 0 0 0 1 4 1 4 20 A VAREJAO 16 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 0 0 L HARRIS 16 2-6 3-4 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 8 R TRAYLOR 14 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 1 1 6 E SNOW 19 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 3 3 A PAVLOVIC 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION D WAGNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-81 11-16 11 33 44 22 25 7 18 94 (.481) (.688) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18 (20 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BUTLER F 39 7-18 7-8 4 7 11 1 5 5 5 21 L ODOM F 39 8-17 8-10 3 5 8 7 1 0 0 24 C MIHM C 26 6-11 1-2 2 3 5 0 5 0 1 13 K BRYANT G 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 2 C ATKINS G 38 2-9 6-6 0 1 1 3 2 2 2 11 J JONES 25 2-6 1-2 5 2 7 1 3 1 0 5 B GRANT 15 2-4 1-2 2 2 4 0 0 2 0 5 T BROWN 12 2-5 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 3 5 S VUJACIC 26 1-7 3-3 0 3 3 1 2 2 0 6 B COOK 14 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 0 1 6 S MEDVEDENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION L WALTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-85 28-35 17 27 44 18 19 12 13 98 (.388) (.800) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15 (14 PTS) CLEVELAND 30 17 24 23 - 94 LA LAKERS 24 25 22 27 - 98 BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS, I NEWBLE, D GOODEN, A VAREJAO, L JAMES. LA LAKERS - J JONES, C BUTLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 5-13 (.385), L JAMES 1-4, I NEWBLE 0- 2, J MCINNIS 2-4, L HARRIS 1-2, E SNOW 1-1. LA LAKERS 4-22 (.182), C BUTLER 0-2, L ODOM 0-3, K BRYANT 0-1, C ATKINS 1-4, J JONES 0-2, T BROWN 0-1, S VUJACIC 1-5, B COOK 2-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, DAVID JONES, GARY ZIELINSKI. A - 18,997. T - 2:31.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Despite the loss of superstar Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to escape with a victory. Lamar Odom collected 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Caron Butler added 22 and 11 boards to lift the Lakers to a costly 98-94 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers. At the 5:39 mark of the first quarter, Bryant went up for a rebound and rolled his right ankle when he landed on the foot of Cleveland guard Ira Newble. Bryant was carried to the locker room and underwent X-rays, which came up negative. "It hurts a lot," Bryant said. "It is the worst (injury) I have ever had. I am in a lot of pain right now. When I went down, I felt crunching and instant throbbing. I'm just trying to stay off it right now." With the injury announced as a severe sprain, Bryant - the league's second-leading scorer with an average of 28.2 points per game - underwent treatment and had his ankle placed in a splint. He will have an MRI on Friday to determine whether there is any ligament damage. "The worst it can get is that I have a couple tears in there, and that is not season ending by any means," Bryant said. "I am happy it is just an MRI and there is no fracture or anything like that. I just need to rest. It doesn't feel like it'll be day-to-day. It will probably be weeks." Expected to be Bryant's sidekick, Odom was forced to step to the forefront and responded, scoring seven points in the final 5:41 of the contest - including two free throws with 1.8 seconds left to seal the victory. "It felt good to win a game, just like it feels good to win any game," Odom said. "This is not the first game we've played well as a team. We've just got to keep it going. We have to play like that when we have Kobe and step up even more. When he goes down, a sense of urgency steps in and a light goes on." With the Lakers leading, 96-94, LeBron James had a chance to give Cleveland the lead, but his 3-point attempt bounced off the rim with just over two seconds remaining. James had 28 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. "Ever since I was eight years old, I've always been taught to go for the win on the road and a tie at home," James said. "I had just made (a 3-pointer) before and I was trying for the win. This wasn't any time to go to overtime." "He had just made one," Cleveland coach Paul Silas added. "In his mind, he thought he could win it for us. So I don't have a problem with that shot." James was concerned about the Lakers superstar, visiting Bryant in the training room at halftime. "I did have a chance to go in and see Kobe," he said. "He told me he was going to be out for a little bit. I hope he gets well soon. He's like an idol for me." Butler, who had a season-high five steals, started the game at small forward but had to move into the shooting guard position after Bryant went down. "I knew we could handle the game," Butler said. "We've got a real good team and we showcased that tonight. With our back to the wall, we've got to kick, crawl, punch, swing, everything to win. You've got to let it all hang out, leave it all out there on the floor." Averaging a league-worst 5.5 steals coming into the game, Los Angeles had a season-high 12 and forced 18 turnovers. "What I love is that it is the most steals we've had this season," Laker coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "Caron was fantastic, not only scoring, but his floor game." Silas expected to win the game after Bryant went down. "I was very confident that we could get the win," he said. "But I guess my guys weren't as confident as I was. My second unit didn't play nearly as well as they have been playing. I thought that was kind of the turning point of the game."


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