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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 34 24 15 22 95 SEATTLE 30 33 14 24 101 FINAL


LA LAKERS (95) AT SEATTLE (101)

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

FOX F 22 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 1 0 0 HORRY F 33 0-4 1-2 4 5 9 4 5 1 1 1 ONEAL C 35 12-19 6-13 3 9 12 2 3 0 3 30 JONES G 45 9-19 5-7 1 7 8 1 4 2 1 23 VAN EXEL G 45 6-20 1-2 0 0 0 8 4 3 3 15 BRYANT 33 6-14 5-8 1 3 4 0 5 0 3 18 BLOUNT 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 CAMPBELL 20 3-5 2-2 3 4 7 1 1 0 0 8 FISHER 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION BENNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-84 20-34 12 31 43 21 27 7 11 95 (.429) (.588) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 11(17 PTS)

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

BAKER F 39 9-21 5-6 4 6 10 4 4 1 0 23 SCHREMPF F 38 5-11 8-8 5 8 13 2 4 0 3 19 MCILVAINE C 11 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 HAWKINS G 35 4-7 2-2 1 8 9 3 1 1 2 13 PAYTON G 44 9-23 1-3 1 10 11 7 1 0 3 20 PERKINS 23 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 5 1 0 0 ELLIS 27 5-9 5-5 0 2 2 1 0 1 2 17 KERSEY 18 1-5 5-6 0 1 1 0 5 2 1 7 ANTHONY 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 WINGATE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOWARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-82 26-30 11 38 49 19 24 6 11 101 (.415) (.867) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

LA LAKERS 34 24 15 22 - 95 SEATTLE 30 33 14 24 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 5, CAMPBELL 3, BRYANT, HORRY. SEATTLE - BAKER 2, SCHREMPF, MCILVAINE, PERKINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 3-24 (.125), HORRY 0-4, JONES 0-4, VAN EXEL 2-12, BRYANT 1-4. SEATTLE 7-18 (.389), SCHREMPF 1-1, HAWKINS 3-5, PAYTON 1-5, PERKINS 0-3, ELLIS 2-3, ANTHONY 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - FOX, SEATTLE - KERSEY, PAYTON, HEAD COACH KARL. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, JIM CLARK, BILL SPOONER. A - 17,072. T - 2:29.


LA LAKERS (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 22 0-2 0-0 0-2 4 3 0 Horry 33 0-4 1-2 4-9 4 5 1 Oneal 35 12-19 6-13 3-12 2 3 30 Jones 45 9-19 5-7 1-8 1 4 23 Van Exel 45 6-20 1-2 0-0 8 4 15 Bryant 33 6-14 5-8 1-4 0 5 18 Blount 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Campbell 20 3-5 2-2 3-7 1 1 8 Fisher 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Barry DNP - coach's decision Bennett DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-84 20-34 12-43 21 27 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.588. 3-Point Goals: 3-24, .125 (Horry 0-4, Jones 0-4, Van Exel 2-12, Bryant 1-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 10 (Oneal 5, Campbell 3, Bryant, Horry). Turnovers: 11 (Bryant 3, Oneal 3, Van Exel 3, Horry, Jones). Steals: 7 (Van Exel 3, Jones 2, Fox, Horry).

SEATTLE (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 39 9-21 5-6 4-10 4 4 23 Schrempf 38 5-11 8-8 5-13 2 4 19 Mcilvaine 11 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 4 2 Hawkins 35 4-7 2-2 1-9 3 1 13 Payton 44 9-23 1-3 1-11 7 1 20 Perkins 23 0-4 0-0 0-3 1 5 0 Ellis 27 5-9 5-5 0-2 1 0 17 Kersey 18 1-5 5-6 0-1 0 5 7 Anthony 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Wingate 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Williams DNP - coach's decision Howard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-82 26-30 11-49 19 24 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.415, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Schrempf 1-1, Hawkins 3-5, Payton 1-5, Perkins 0-3, Ellis 2-3, Anthony 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Baker 2, Schrempf, Mcilvaine, Perkins). Turnovers: 11 (Payton 3, Schrempf 3, Ellis 2, Hawkins 2, Kersey). Steals: 6 (Kersey 2, Baker, Ellis, Hawkins, Perkins). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 34 24 15 22 - 95 Seattle 30 33 14 24 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Fox, 10:13 4th). Seattle 3 (Kersey, 1:09 3rd; Payton, 3:30 4th; Head Coach Karl, 2:43 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:29. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Jim Clark, Bill Spooner.


GAME RECAP

Vin Baker had 23 points, 10 rebounds and a key block down the stretch as the Seattle SuperSonics gave George Karl the Western Conference All-Star coaching berth with a 101-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Gary Payton added 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the SuperSonics (33-9), who maintained the NBA's best record and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Lakers (31-10) atop the Pacific Division.

"This was a very important game for us, a very emotional game," said Baker. "Sending George to the All-Star Game and staying atop the Pacific was important, especially against a team like the Lakers."

The coaches of the teams with the best marks in each conference after Sunday's games earn berths to the February 8th All-Star Game in New York. Karl will guide the Western Conference against either Chicago's Phil Jackson or Indiana's Larry Bird.

"We tried to approach it like it was one of 82 (games), but that's difficult," said Seattle's Dale Ellis. "We wanted to win this one badly for George."

Shaquille O'Neal had 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who had won four in a row overall and six straight on the road. The conference leaders met for the first time this season in a spirited matchup as four technical fouls were called.

Los Angeles trailed the entire second half but cut an 11-point deficit to 92-91 with 3:30 to go on two free throws by Kobe Bryant, who scored 18 points off the bench. After a pair of foul shots by Seattle's Detlef Schrempf, Karl charged onto the court to argue a call and was given a technical foul. Bryant's free throw made it 94-92 with 2:43 left.

Payton made a layup 14 seconds later but lost track of Nick Van Exel, who drove for a layup. But Baker blocked the shot and sent Payton driving back the other way. Payton was fouled and stayed on the floor for a couple of minutes after twisting his right ankle. He made 1-of-2 from the line for a 97-92 lead with 2:11 left.

"They came through with some pretty big plays and knocked down some big free throws at the end," Van Exel said. "We pretty much got what we wanted -- Shaq to draw the double-team -- and we kicked the ball out with good movement. We just couldn't knock down the shots."

O'Neal made a free throw but Van Exel traveled before finding a soaring Bryant with an alley-oop pass from midcourt for a slam that cut the deficit to 97-95. Payton missed a 16-footer but Hersey Hawkins grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled. He made both free throws with 17 seconds left, and Schrempf added two more after Robert Horry threw away a pass.

Schrempf had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Ellis contributed 17 points off the bench and Hawkins scored 13 for the Sonics, who shot 41.5 percent (34-of-82) from the field but held a 49-43 advantage on the glass.

Eddie Jones scored 18 points and Van Exel totaled 15 and eight assists for the Lakers, who shot 43 percent (36-of-84) overall but were awful from the lines. Los Angeles made 20-of-34 free throws, including 6-of-13 from O'Neal, and 3-of-24 from behind the arc, including 2-of-12 from Van Exel.

"We've got three of the best three-point shooters in the league, but tonight we didn't get them to drop," said Lakers coach Del Harris. "And when you're playing a team that doubles you every time in the post, that shot is there quite frequently."

O'Neal scored 11 points in the first quarter as Los Angeles took a 34-30 lead. A layup by Elden Campbell gave the Lakers their largest lead at 52-46 with 4:13 left in the second period before the Sonics closed the half with a 17-6 run.

Schrempf scored five points and Hawkins had a three-pointer in the burst. Two free throws by Jerome Kersey gave Seattle the lead for good at 59-58 with 1:09 remaining and the Sonics took a 63-58 lead into halftime.

"In the first half, we didn't really play our style of defense," Baker admitted. "We knew we got away with running up and down the court with them and still took the lead at the half."

Both teams cooled off in the third quarter. The Lakers shot just 22 percent (4-of-18) and the Sonics were not much better at 25 percent (6-of-24).

Payton's layup gave Seattle its largest lead at 77-66 with 2:19 remaining, but Los Angeles scored the last seven points of the period, cutting the deficit to 77-73 entering the final 12 minutes.

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