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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 23 20 29 23 95 LA LAKERS 38 26 39 18 121 FINAL


VANCOUVER (95) AT LA LAKERS (121)

VANCOUVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

ABDUR-RAHIM F 33 10-22 5-6 4 3 7 0 1 0 3 25 THORPE F 26 5-10 1-2 1 3 4 3 4 0 1 11 NEWBILL C 28 1-3 3-6 1 4 5 1 5 1 1 5 DANIELS G 30 5-10 3-3 0 1 1 7 1 1 4 13 MACK G 20 3-8 1-2 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 8 CHILCUTT 19 4-11 0-0 2 4 6 1 3 0 0 9 B EDWARDS 25 4-11 0-0 2 1 3 5 2 1 2 8 MAYBERRY 21 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 4 0 1 0 4 LYNCH 24 4-7 0-1 0 5 5 0 2 2 2 8 MASSENBURG 14 1-3 2-2 2 6 8 1 5 0 1 4 PEELER DNP - SORE LEFT KNEE REEVES DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 39-91 15-22 13 29 42 25 24 6 15 95 (.429) (.682) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

HORRY F 26 3-5 0-2 2 10 12 6 1 1 0 7 FOX F 26 1-8 1-2 0 1 1 5 3 0 2 4 ONEAL C 29 5-8 4-8 2 3 5 2 1 1 2 14 JONES G 31 10-12 7-11 1 2 3 2 0 0 2 28 VAN EXEL G 28 9-9 0-0 0 3 3 8 1 3 3 24 CAMPBELL 23 5-9 4-4 0 5 5 2 2 1 1 14 BLOUNT 15 2-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 5 BRYANT 16 2-6 6-6 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 11 FISHER 20 3-5 1-1 0 2 2 2 3 0 3 8 ROOKS 12 2-5 0-0 1 5 6 0 3 0 0 4 BARRY 7 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 2 BENNETT 7 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 2 1 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 43-74 24-36 8 34 42 30 19 9 17 121 (.581) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

VANCOUVER 23 20 29 23 - 95 LA LAKERS 38 26 39 18 - 121

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - ABDUR-RAHIM, LYNCH. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2, JONES 2, HORRY, CAMPBELL, ROOKS, BARRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 2-9 (.222), MACK 1-2, CHILCUTT 1-4, B EDWARDS 0-2, MAYBERRY 0-1. LA LAKERS 11-23 (.478), HORRY 1-2, FOX 1-5, JONES 1-2, VAN EXEL 6-6, BRYANT 1-4, FISHER 1-2, BARRY 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ED MIDDLETON, DEE KANTNER, RON GARRETSON. A - 17,139. T - 2:03.


VANCOUVER (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 33 10-22 5-6 4-7 0 1 25 Thorpe 26 5-10 1-2 1-4 3 4 11 Newbill 28 1-3 3-6 1-5 1 5 5 Daniels 30 5-10 3-3 0-1 7 1 13 Mack 20 3-8 1-2 0-1 3 1 8 Chilcutt 19 4-11 0-0 2-6 1 3 9 B Edwards 25 4-11 0-0 2-3 5 2 8 Mayberry 21 2-6 0-0 1-2 4 0 4 Lynch 24 4-7 0-1 0-5 0 2 8 Massenburg 14 1-3 2-2 2-8 1 5 4 Peeler DNP - sore left knee Reeves DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-91 15-22 13-42 25 24 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Mack 1-2, Chilcutt 1-4, B Edwards 0-2, Mayberry 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Abdur-rahim, Lynch). Turnovers: 17 (Daniels 4, Abdur-rahim 3, B Edwards 2, Lynch 2, Mack, Massenburg, Newbill, Thorpe). Steals: 6 (Lynch 2, B Edwards, Daniels, Mayberry, Newbill).

LA LAKERS (121) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Horry 26 3-5 0-2 2-12 6 1 7 Fox 26 1-8 1-2 0-1 5 3 4 Oneal 29 5-8 4-8 2-5 2 1 14 Jones 31 10-12 7-11 1-3 2 0 28 Van Exel 28 9-9 0-0 0-3 8 1 24 Campbell 23 5-9 4-4 0-5 2 2 14 Blount 15 2-2 1-2 0-1 0 2 5 Bryant 16 2-6 6-6 0-1 1 2 11 Fisher 20 3-5 1-1 0-2 2 3 8 Rooks 12 2-5 0-0 1-6 0 3 4 Barry 7 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Bennett 7 0-1 0-0 2-2 2 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-74 24-36 8-42 30 19 121 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.581, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 11-23, .478 (Horry 1-2, Fox 1-5, Jones 1-2, Van Exel 6-6, Bryant 1-4, Fisher 1-2, Barry 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Oneal 2, Jones 2, Horry, Campbell, Rooks, Barry). Turnovers: 17 (Fisher 3, Van Exel 3, Bryant 2, Fox 2, Jones 2, Oneal 2, Barry, Bennett, Campbell). Steals: 9 (Van Exel 3, Barry 2, Blount, Campbell, Horry, Oneal). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 23 20 29 23 - 95 La Lakers 38 26 39 18 - 121 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,139. T: 2:03. Officials: Ed Middleton, Dee Kantner, Ron Garretson.


GAME RECAP

Eddie Jones scored 15 of his 28 points in the first quarter as the unbeaten Los Angeles Lakers matched the best start in franchise history with their eighth straight win, a 121-95 pounding of the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Nick Van Exel hit all nine of his field-goal attempts, including six three-pointers, and scored 24 points. He also handed out a season-high eight assists as Los Angeles improved to 8-0, matching the 1987-88 team for the best start in team history.

"8-0, I'll take it. Everybody's loving it," Van Exel said. "The main thing is we just got to keep it up. We can't have any letdowns, we've got to keep playing the same way."

Jones and Van Exel, who have both been the subject of recent trade rumors, drained back-to-back three-pointers as the Lakers opened the game with an 11-2 spurt. Jones scored eight points during an ensuing 15-8 run, capping it with a dunk for a 24-8 cushion with 5:30 left in the opening period.

"We just wanna make each other look good out there. There's been a lot of trade rumors about both of us," Van Exel said. "We say OK, we're gonna make each other look good and it's been working so far."

Los Angeles was 15-of-22 from the field in the first quarter en route to a 58 percent (43-of-74) shooting performance. The Lakers led by as many as 36 points in the second half.

Shaquille O'Neal contributed 14 points and five rebounds in just 29 minutes for the Lakers, who trail only the undefeated Atlanta Hawks for the best record in the league.

"It feels good to be on a good team, a team where I don't have to carry them every night," O'Neal said. "We have a lot of weapons. Nick is our first weapon, Eddie is our second weapon and I am the atomic bomb."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim recorded 25 points and seven rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have never beaten the Lakers in nine all-time meetings.

"Right now, they're looking real good," Abdur-Rahim said of the Lakers. "They just came out and played more intense and were more ready to play than we were. You have to play hard at home to win, but you have to play even harder on the road. Like I said, we just have to develop a toughness about ourselves and play better on the road."

Los Angeles led 38-23 after one period and reeled off the first eight points of the second quarter. Elden Campbell highlighted that spurt with an inside bucket and finished with 14 points off the bench.

A basket by Otis Thorpe pulled the Grizzlies within 56-43 with two minutes left in the quarter, but the Lakers scored the final eight points. Van Exel scored four, O'Neal had a dunk and Jones, who scored 22 points in the first half, hit a fast-break layup to give the Lakers a 64-43 halftime lead.

"It's easy to have a letdown in games like this and the other team gets confident against you," Jones said. "Our game plan was to go out and get it done and then we'd have the rest of the night."

Van Exel, who also connected on six three-pointers in a double-overtime win at Houston on Thursday, hit three straight from behind the arc in a span of 56 seconds to build the Lakers' lead to 89-55 with 5:10 left in the third quarter.

"I would have to say that's probably the best I've shot the ball since I've been in the league," Van Exel said. "I'm feeling good about it, there's not much more I can say."

"Nick played excellent, he hit a lot of nice shots," O'Neal added. "That's nice to watch and nice to play with."

Kobe Bryant was back in the lineup after missing the last three games with a sprained right ankle. He scored 11 points and hit a three-pointer to increase the lead to 36 points with 42 seconds left in the third.

O'Neal scored 10 points in the period, helping the Lakers to a 103-72 cushion.

Robert Horry had seven points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who have beaten their last five opponents by an average of 20.4 points. Los Angeles leads the league in scoring with more than 112 points per game.

The Grizzlies, who fell to 0-4 on the road, played without a pair of starters for the second straight night -- center Bryant Reeves and guard Anthony Peeler. Reeves is sidelined with a sprained ankle and Peeler is out with a sore knee.

"This wasn't about missing Big Country (Reeves)," Grizzlies coach Brian Hill said. "I didn't think our effort was there defensively. It wasn't about Country and AP (Peeler) not being there."

Rookie Antonio Daniels scored 13 points and Thrope added 11 for Vancouver, which shot 43 percent (39-of-91) and scored just 14 points on the break compared to the Lakers' 42.

"They beat us in every phase of the game today. They worked harder than we did and they were better prepared," Hill added.

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