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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 19 27 26 27 99 LA LAKERS 26 23 31 28 108 FINAL


MIAMI (99) AT LA LAKERS (108)

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

BROWN F 32 2-10 3-4 4 7 11 1 5 3 2 7 MASHBURN F 30 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 2 6 MOURNING C 27 1-5 3-8 1 3 4 2 4 1 2 5 LENARD G 41 9-17 6-8 1 3 4 3 1 1 3 28 HARDAWAY G 42 7-12 0-0 0 3 3 8 4 2 5 15 AUSTIN 25 6-9 8-11 2 1 3 3 5 2 1 20 MILLS 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 MAJERLE 15 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 6 1 2 3 MURDOCK 14 5-8 3-4 1 4 5 5 4 2 1 15 ASKINS 6 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-74 23-35 10 25 35 23 37 12 19 99 (.459) (.657) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 20(22 PTS)

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

HORRY F 30 0-4 2-2 3 4 7 2 6 1 1 2 FOX F 33 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 0 4 5 ONEAL C 33 8-16 8-16 4 10 14 3 4 1 4 24 JONES G 38 5-11 7-9 0 5 5 2 3 2 3 20 VAN EXEL G 33 7-11 6-8 1 5 6 4 4 1 1 23 CAMPBELL 18 1-6 6-6 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 8 BRYANT 27 6-9 8-9 3 2 5 2 4 0 4 21 FISHER 15 0-4 2-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 BLOUNT 13 1-1 1-2 1 2 3 0 3 1 1 3 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION BENNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-68 40-54 14 31 45 17 27 7 19 108 (.441) (.741) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 20(24 PTS)

MIAMI 19 27 26 27 - 99 LA LAKERS 26 23 31 28 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 2, BROWN, ASKINS. LA LAKERS - HORRY 4, ONEAL 4. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 8-17 (.471), LENARD 4-9, HARDAWAY 1-3, MILLS 0-1, MAJERLE 1-2, MURDOCK 2-2. LA LAKERS 8-18 (.444), HORRY 0-2, FOX 1-2, JONES 3-4, VAN EXEL 3-6, BRYANT 1-2, FISHER 0-2. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, LA LAKERS - FOX. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, ED F RUSH, MIKE SMITH. A - 17,505. T - 2:31.


MIAMI (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 32 2-10 3-4 4-11 1 5 7 Mashburn 30 3-7 0-0 1-2 0 3 6 Mourning 27 1-5 3-8 1-4 2 4 5 Lenard 41 9-17 6-8 1-4 3 1 28 Hardaway 42 7-12 0-0 0-3 8 4 15 Austin 25 6-9 8-11 2-3 3 5 20 Mills 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Majerle 15 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 6 3 Murdock 14 5-8 3-4 1-5 5 4 15 Askins 6 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-74 23-35 10-35 23 37 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.657. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Lenard 4-9, Hardaway 1-3, Mills 0-1, Majerle 1-2, Murdock 2-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Mourning 2, Brown, Askins). Turnovers: 20 (Hardaway 5, Lenard 3, Brown 2, Majerle 2, Mashburn 2, Mourning 2, Askins, Austin, Murdock). Steals: 12 (Brown 3, Austin 2, Hardaway 2, Murdock 2, Lenard, Majerle, Mourning).

LA LAKERS (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Horry 30 0-4 2-2 3-7 2 6 2 Fox 33 2-6 0-0 1-2 3 2 5 Oneal 33 8-16 8-16 4-14 3 4 24 Jones 38 5-11 7-9 0-5 2 3 20 Van Exel 33 7-11 6-8 1-6 4 4 23 Campbell 18 1-6 6-6 0-1 1 1 8 Bryant 27 6-9 8-9 3-5 2 4 21 Fisher 15 0-4 2-2 1-2 0 0 2 Blount 13 1-1 1-2 1-3 0 3 3 Barry DNP - coach's decision Bennett DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-68 40-54 14-45 17 27 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.441, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Horry 0-2, Fox 1-2, Jones 3-4, Van Exel 3-6, Bryant 1-2, Fisher 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 8 (Horry 4, Oneal 4). Turnovers: 20 (Bryant 4, Fox 4, Oneal 4, Jones 3, Blount, Fisher, Horry, Van Exel). Steals: 7 (Jones 2, Blount, Campbell, Horry, Oneal, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Miami 19 27 26 27 - 99 La Lakers 26 23 31 28 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:36 4th). La Lakers 1 (Fox, 5:20 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,505. T: 2:31. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Ed F Rush, Mike Smith.


GAME RECAP

Shaquille O'Neal shook off three quarters of foul trouble to score 12 of his 24 points in the final period as the Los Angeles Lakers avenged their first loss of the season with a 108-99 victory over the Miami Heat.

O'Neal, who had three fouls in the first half and was used sparingly until the fourth quarter, scored eight straight Los Angeles points midway through the final stanza to easily outduel ineffective Miami center Alonzo Mourning. Mourning was held to five points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field and was 3-of-8 from the line.

"Everybody talks about Alonzo being the Beast of the East," O'Neal said. "I was the Beast of the East and now I'm the Great Test of the Best in the West. I just go out and play my game. I can't let anyone take me out of my game, whether it be power or finesse. I'm a warrior and I'm gonna play ball and if I have to take it to another level I can take it to that level.

"In this league against a good player one has to do well," he continued. "If one doesn't do well, the other gets embarrassed. I don't like to get embarrassed. I don't like to be watching ESPN and see me getting dunked on or scored on. I take pride playing well against dominant big men."

Nick Van Exel returned from a one-game absence due to a knee injury to score 23 points for the Lakers, who had opened with 11 straight wins before suffering a 103-86 loss in Miami on November 25th. Los Angeles (29-9) is a season-high 20 games over .500 and off to its best start since 1989-90.

Voshon Lenard scored a season-high 28 points and Isaac Austin added 20 for the Heat, who fell to 1-10 all-time at the Great Western Forum.

"I thought we played lethargic and very slow tonight and we paid the price," said current Miami and former Los Angeles coach Pat Riley. "It's not about Alonzo. We had a chance to win, whether he plays bad or good tonight, it doesn't make a difference. He's got to step up his game, there's no doubt about it, or do it in other areas."

The Lakers opened a 95-81 lead with 4:20 left when O'Neal capped a 13-5 burst with a free throw. The Heat scored six straight points to close within 95-87 before O'Neal dunked to restore a double-digit advantage.

Miami came right back as Eric Murdock buried a three-pointer and Austin sank a pair of free throws to make it 97-92 with 2:23 remaining.

But O'Neill scored four quick points to get Los Angeles out of trouble. He hit a layup, was fouled by Austin, and missed the ensuing free throw, but Van Exel got the rebound and passed back to O'Neal, who knocked down a nine-foot jumper to make it 101-92.

O'Neal made one free throw to cap his eight-point run with 1:23 to play, giving Los Angeles a 102-92 cushion.

The Lakers built a 26-19 lead after one quarter behind seven points from O'Neal. But he managed just four points in the second period as the Heat closed within 49-46 behind Lenard's 17 points.

Miami was still within 54-50 when Tim Hardaway hit a jumper with 9:11 left in the third quarter. But Van Exel sank a pair of jumpers around a three-pointer by Rick Fox to ignite a 15-2 surge. The Lakers opened their largest lead at 69-52 on Eddie Jones' jumper with 5:44 remaining in the period and brought an 80-72 lead into the final quarter.

Van Exel and Bryant both said they were motivated by a quote from Hardaway that appeared in a Los Angeles newspaper. Hardaway said that all the Lakers besides O'Neal were soft.

"Hardaway is a great player and he's well-respected around the league," Bryant said. "I think he's trying to fire his team up but it benefitted us. We came out fired up with a lot of enthusiam. I guess it backfired."

"I think that's what we needed," Van Exel added. "Personally I want to thank him, he woke us up and we went out and took it to them. Thanks, Tim."

Bryant finished with 21 points and Jones added 20 for the Lakers, who shot 44 percent (30-of-68) from the field. O'Neal grabbed 14 rebounds -- 10 more than Mourning -- helping Los Angeles to a 45-35 advantage on the boards.

"It was a lack of effort," Mourning said. "We just didn't perform well as a unit defensively. It was a poor performance on my part. I take full responsbility for it. It's very uncharacteristic of me and it won't happen again. There's no excuse for it. You're a floor leader, you're supposed to go on the floor and lead by example. I didn't do that this evening."

Hardaway and Murdock had 15 points apiece for the Heat, who shot 46 percent (34-of-74) and were 23-of-35 (66 percent) from the foul line.

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