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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 24 30 24 31 109 MINNESOTA 24 17 27 28 96 FINAL


LA LAKERS (109) AT MINNESOTA (96)

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

FOX F 38 5-16 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 1 0 10 HORRY F 38 5-6 0-1 1 5 6 2 2 2 1 10 CAMPBELL C 29 6-11 10-12 0 5 5 2 5 0 0 22 JONES G 37 13-20 1-1 1 5 6 1 2 3 3 32 VAN EXEL G 34 3-12 5-5 0 5 5 14 3 2 3 12 ROOKS 10 1-3 0-3 2 3 5 0 2 0 2 2 BRYANT 23 7-15 5-5 2 4 6 0 3 0 1 19 BLOUNT 16 0-4 2-2 4 2 6 0 2 0 0 2 FISHER 11 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 BARRY 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 BENNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION ONEAL DNP - STRAINED ABDOMINAL

TOTALS 240 40-88 23-29 11 33 44 26 21 10 11 109 (.455) (.793) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 40 7-15 4-6 4 7 11 2 2 3 5 18 K GARNETT F 41 8-16 5-8 3 15 18 5 3 0 4 21 ROBERTS C 17 1-5 1-2 0 4 4 0 4 0 0 3 CARR G 14 2-5 4-4 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 8 MARBURY G 37 8-18 1-1 0 0 0 4 3 2 4 17 PORTER 23 5-9 2-2 1 2 3 4 0 0 1 13 PARKS 10 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 4 MITCHELL 26 2-7 5-6 3 3 6 2 3 0 0 9 WHEAT 9 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 HAMMONDS 15 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 JORDAN 8 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 WEST DNP - PULLED LEFT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 36-85 23-31 16 35 51 23 21 6 16 96 (.424) (.742) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(12 PTS)

LA LAKERS 24 30 24 31 - 109 MINNESOTA 24 17 27 28 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - HORRY 2, FOX, BLOUNT. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, PARKS 2, GUGLIOTTA, ROBERTS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 6-18 (.333), FOX 0-4, JONES 5-8, VAN EXEL 1-4, BRYANT 0-2. MINNESOTA 1-8 (.125), CARR 0-1, MARBURY 0-4, PORTER 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, TONY BROTHERS, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 16,874. T - 2:02.


LA LAKERS (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 38 5-16 0-0 0-4 1 2 10 Horry 38 5-6 0-1 1-6 2 2 10 Campbell 29 6-11 10-12 0-5 2 5 22 Jones 37 13-20 1-1 1-6 1 2 32 Van Exel 34 3-12 5-5 0-5 14 3 12 Rooks 10 1-3 0-3 2-5 0 2 2 Bryant 23 7-15 5-5 2-6 0 3 19 Blount 16 0-4 2-2 4-6 0 2 2 Fisher 11 0-1 0-0 1-1 5 0 0 Barry 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Bennett DNP - coach's decision Oneal DNP - strained abdominal _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-88 23-29 11-44 26 21 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Fox 0-4, Jones 5-8, Van Exel 1-4, Bryant 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Horry 2, Fox, Blount). Turnovers: 12 (Jones 3, Van Exel 3, Rooks 2, Barry, Bryant, Horry). Steals: 10 (Jones 3, Barry 2, Horry 2, Van Exel 2, Fox).

MINNESOTA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 40 7-15 4-6 4-11 2 2 18 K Garnett 41 8-16 5-8 3-18 5 3 21 Roberts 17 1-5 1-2 0-4 0 4 3 Carr 14 2-5 4-4 1-3 0 3 8 Marbury 37 8-18 1-1 0-0 4 3 17 Porter 23 5-9 2-2 1-3 4 0 13 Parks 10 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 2 4 Mitchell 26 2-7 5-6 3-6 2 3 9 Wheat 9 0-2 1-2 0-0 4 0 1 Hammonds 15 0-1 0-0 2-2 1 1 0 Jordan 8 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 West DNP - pulled left hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-85 23-31 16-51 23 21 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Carr 0-1, Marbury 0-4, Porter 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (K Garnett 2, Parks 2, Gugliotta, Roberts). Turnovers: 16 (Gugliotta 5, K Garnett 4, Marbury 4, Carr, Porter, Wheat). Steals: 6 (Gugliotta 3, Marbury 2, Jordan). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 24 30 24 31 - 109 Minnesota 24 17 27 28 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,874. T: 2:02. Officials: Ed F Rush, Tony Brothers, Mark Wunderlich.


GAME RECAP

Eddie Jones scored 32 points and the Los Angeles Lakers held the Minnesota Timberwolves to one basket for an eight-minute stretch of the second quarter, cruising to a 109-96 victory, their third straight win.

Elden Campbell scored 22 points and red-hot Kobe Bryant added 21 for the Lakers, who began a five-game road trip without injured All-Star Shaquille O'Neal but improved to 10-5 without their 7-2 center.

"The first game on a road trip is always a key one," Lakers coach Del Harris said. "When you are on a monster trip, it is especially important. We wanted to come out and assert ourselves tonight. I thought we did just that."

Los Angeles broke open a tie game with a 17-4 run over the last eight minutes of the first half. The Lakers never led by less than 10 points in the final period and improved to 27-7 all-time against the Timberwolves.

"I came out early for shootaround tonight and it paid off," said Jones, who shot 13-of-20 from the field. "I felt good. When I get open looks, the coaches want me to shoot, whether I am making them or not."

"In transition, I don't know how many layups Eddie had," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders. "But he had numerous layups when we scored and he beat us down to the other end of the court and made some great finishes."

Kevin Garnett had 21 points and 18 rebounds for Minnesota, which has lost four of its last five games. The Wolves were looking to avenge their worst loss of the season, a 118-93 setback at Los Angeles on November 19th.

Garnett scored 14 points in the first 16 minutes, but the Lakers relied on 6-10 Robert Horry, who triggered their trap and whose quickness helped slow down the All-Star forward thereafter. Garnett finished 8-of-16 from the field.

"Robert was terrific tonight," Harris said. "He is such an important part of what we do on defense. He is generally the catalyst for our junk defense. Every now and then he turns his guy loose, but he does an outstanding job of igniting our defense."

"I thought KG was one guy tonight who was pretty good for us with all the things he did," Saunders said. "You could not ask him to do everything."

Jones scored eight points in the first quarter, which ended in a 24-24 tie. A layup by Garnett tied it again at 37-37 with eight minutes left in the second quarter before the Wolves went cold with a pair of four-minute field-goal droughts.

Campbell scored six points and Jones five as the Lakers used defense to build a 54-41 halftime edge. During that stretch, Minnesota got a pair of free throws from Chris Carr with 6:17 left and a 10-foot runner by Tom Gugliotta with four minutes to go.

In the second period, the Lakers shot 57 percent (12-of-21) from the field while holding the Wolves to 33 percent (7-of-21).

"Their defense is to attack you and get you on your heels," said Gugliotta. "Unfortunately, we made them look a lot better than they are by being tentative in the half-court traps and not moving the ball. You can make a really bad defensive team look good if you do not move the ball."

Minnesota scored the first six points of the third quarter, including a 16-footer by Gugliotta that cut the deficit to 54-47 with 10:15 remaining. But Jones scored seven points in a 15-4 spurt. A three-pointer by Nick Van Exel capped the run and gave Los Angeles its largest lead at 69-51 with 4:55 left.

A dunk by Garnett closed the quarter and pulled Minnesota within 78-68. But Bryant scored eight points and Campbell seven in the final period as Los Angeles was never threatened. Bryant is averaging 26.3 points in his last three games.

Van Exel had 12 points and a season-high 14 assists for the Lakers, who shot 45.5 percent (40-of-88) from the field and made 23-of-29 free throws. Seven Lakers pulled down at least five rebounds, including Horry, who scored 10 points.

Gugliotta had 18 points and 11 boards and Stephon Marbury added 17 points for the Wolves, who shot 42 percent (36-of-85) and held a 51-44 rebounding edge. Marbury was held to four assists and 0-of-4 from three-point range.

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