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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 21 31 39 27 118 BOSTON 23 30 24 26 103 FINAL


LA LAKERS (118) AT BOSTON (103)

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

HORRY F 40 7-9 7-12 3 6 9 4 3 3 1 21 FOX F 33 8-10 2-2 1 1 2 1 5 1 2 18 CAMPBELL C 34 8-12 6-6 0 6 6 2 2 0 6 22 JONES G 40 8-12 1-1 1 3 4 6 4 2 4 20 VAN EXEL G 39 5-15 3-3 0 5 5 9 3 1 1 15 FISHER 9 0-0 2-4 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 BRYANT 28 5-11 3-8 2 3 5 2 1 1 7 14 BLOUNT 8 1-2 1-1 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 3 BARRY 9 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 1 3 BENNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION ONEAL DNP - ABDOMINAL STRAIN

TOTALS 240 43-72 25-37 7 32 39 27 22 8 23 118 (.597) (.676) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 23(21 PTS)

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

MCCARTY F 31 1-6 0-0 2 3 5 2 1 2 2 2 WALKER F 39 9-19 8-17 3 9 12 7 0 5 7 28 KNIGHT C 26 7-14 4-4 6 3 9 2 5 1 1 18 BILLUPS G 21 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 4 3 MERCER G 34 8-15 2-4 1 2 3 2 5 1 2 18 EDNEY 12 3-6 1-1 1 0 1 4 5 1 0 7 ELLISON 10 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 0 BROWN 31 3-9 0-0 0 3 3 4 3 4 0 7 MINOR 10 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 2 1 2 DECLERCQ 7 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 BARROS 19 7-8 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 17 THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-86 16-28 14 23 37 24 28 17 19 103 (.465) (.571) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(19 PTS)

LA LAKERS 21 31 39 27 - 118 BOSTON 23 30 24 26 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - HORRY, CAMPBELL. BOSTON - WALKER, KNIGHT, MERCER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 7-15 (.467), HORRY 0-1, FOX 0-1, JONES 3-5, VAN EXEL 2-6, BRYANT 1-1, BARRY 1-1. BOSTON 7-15 (.467), WALKER 2-3, KNIGHT 0-3, BILLUPS 1-2, BROWN 1-3, MINOR 0-1, BARROS 3-3. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - LAL, WALKER. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, LUIS GRILLO, DEE KANTNER. A - 18,624. T - 2:16.


LA LAKERS (118) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Horry 40 7-9 7-12 3-9 4 3 21 Fox 33 8-10 2-2 1-2 1 5 18 Campbell 34 8-12 6-6 0-6 2 2 22 Jones 40 8-12 1-1 1-4 6 4 20 Van Exel 39 5-15 3-3 0-5 9 3 15 Fisher 9 0-0 2-4 0-2 1 0 2 Bryant 28 5-11 3-8 2-5 2 1 14 Blount 8 1-2 1-1 0-3 0 3 3 Barry 9 1-1 0-0 0-3 2 1 3 Bennett DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision Oneal DNP - abdominal strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-72 25-37 7-39 27 22 118 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.597, FT-.676. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Horry 0-1, Fox 0-1, Jones 3-5, Van Exel 2-6, Bryant 1-1, Barry 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Horry, Campbell). Turnovers: 23 (Bryant 7, Campbell 6, Jones 4, Fox 2, Barry, Blount, Horry, Van Exel). Steals: 8 (Horry 3, Jones 2, Bryant, Fox, Van Exel).

BOSTON (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 31 1-6 0-0 2-5 2 1 2 Walker 39 9-19 8-17 3-12 7 0 28 Knight 26 7-14 4-4 6-9 2 5 18 Billups 21 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 Mercer 34 8-15 2-4 1-3 2 5 18 Edney 12 3-6 1-1 1-1 4 5 7 Ellison 10 0-2 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 Brown 31 3-9 0-0 0-3 4 3 7 Minor 10 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Declercq 7 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 Barros 19 7-8 0-0 0-0 2 2 17 Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-86 16-28 14-37 24 28 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Walker 2-3, Knight 0-3, Billups 1-2, Brown 1-3, Minor 0-1, Barros 3-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Walker, Knight, Mercer). Turnovers: 19 (Walker 7, Billups 4, Ellison 2, Mccarty 2, Mercer 2, Knight, Minor). Steals: 17 (Walker 5, Brown 4, Mccarty 2, Minor 2, Barros, Edney, Knight, Mercer). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 21 31 39 27 - 118 Boston 23 30 24 26 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Lal, 3:33 3rd; Walker, 4:30 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:16. Officials: Hugh Evans, Luis Grillo, Dee Kantner.


GAME RECAP

Elden Campbell scored 22 points and pulled down six rebounds and Robert Horry added 21 points and nine boards as the hot-shooting Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics, 118-103.

Los Angeles shot 60 percent (43-for-72) from the field, including 7-for-15 from three-point range. Eddie Jones contributed 20 points, four rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who defeated Boston for the fourth time in their last five meetings. The Lakers' starters outscored Boston's, 96-69.

"I felt really good about the way we played tonight," said Lakers coach Del Harris. "Coming here was literally a culture shock. It took us the first quarter and part of the second quarter to adjust to the pace and the frenzy. We did a great job of settling down.

"The Celtics want you to rush and rush and force you to take the first shot, instead of working it around for the best shot. But we adjusted well and the ace in the hole for us was our ballhandling. Our guards did a great job."

Antoine Walker led Boston with 28 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Former Laker Travis Knight and Ron Mercer chipped in with 18 points apiece for the Celtics, who had their four-game home winning streak snapped.

Walker struggled from the foul line, missing nine of seven attempts. The Celtics shot only 57 percent (16-of-28) from the free throw line.

"I am very disappointed in our basketball team tonight. The Lakers are a very explosive offensive team, but we did not defend them very well," said Boston coach Rick Pitino. "I've really been excited about this basketball team from an effort standpoint. Tonight I was not."

Los Angeles won its 45th consecutive non-overtime game when scoring over 100 points, dating back to last season. The Lakers improved to 12-1, coming back from their first loss, 103-86 loss in Miami on Tuesday.

Mercer's jumper with 11:23 left in the third quarter gave Boston a 55-52 lead, but the Lakers answered with a 10-0 run over the next three minutes to take the lead for good.

Horry's layup at the 10:05 mark gave the Lakers a 56-55 lead. A shot in the lane by Rick Fox, who scored 18 points in his first game in Boston since signing as a free agent with the Lakers in August, ended the run to make it 62-55 Los Angeles at 8:36.

"Right now we're a team playing with a mission. We get up every night and are ready," Lakers guard Nick Van Exel said. "The players this year know it's on us. When we relaxed and started running our offense in the second half it got easier. You never see NBA teams play like the Celtics."

The Lakers, who outscored Boston 39-24 in the third quarter, put the game away by going on a 15-3 spurt to close out the period to take a 91-77 lead. Van Exel, who contributed 15 points and nine assists, had 10 of the Lakers' points during the quarter and Jones added nine.

Los Angeles stretched its lead to as much as 18 points twice in the fourth quarter. The last time was at 118-100 with 53.8 seconds left after Fox hit a layup.

Boston played well in the first half, opening up a lead as large as 11 points, 39-28, with 7:31 left in the second quarter following a dunk by Dee Brown. The Lakers fought back to cut the deficit to 53-52 at halftime.

"I think a lot of people look at me as a turncoat. People here have too much hatred for the Lakers," said Fox. "We are borderline arrogant. We don't feel like we're out of any games. If we get down by 10 points, we'll find a way to get back."

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