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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 24 22 24 20 90 LA LAKERS 20 25 20 23 88 FINAL


HOUSTON (90) AT LA LAKERS (88)

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

WILLIS F 27 4-14 1-2 6 1 7 1 4 0 3 9 JOHNSON F 21 2-7 1-1 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 5 OLAJUWON C 38 5-14 3-3 2 9 11 4 4 0 1 13 DREXLER G 39 2-16 6-7 2 9 11 6 2 4 3 10 MALONEY G 39 4-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 3 1 11 BARKLEY 31 9-16 7-10 3 4 7 2 0 1 2 26 RHODES 13 0-3 3-4 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 3 BULLARD 23 4-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 11 PRICE 9 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 ELIE DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-82 23-29 15 29 44 18 17 11 13 90 (.366) (.793) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

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

HORRY F 16 1-2 0-0 3 3 6 1 1 0 1 2 FOX F 33 7-12 2-2 2 5 7 2 5 0 2 18 ONEAL C 37 7-14 4-7 5 8 13 1 3 0 5 18 JONES G 30 4-15 2-2 1 2 3 2 2 4 2 10 VAN EXEL G 34 0-9 2-2 0 2 2 9 1 1 1 2 BRYANT 33 8-15 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 1 2 18 FISHER 14 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 4 BLOUNT 14 1-1 1-2 0 2 2 0 5 0 0 3 CAMPBELL 26 4-6 5-8 3 6 9 2 3 2 0 13 BENNETT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-81 16-23 16 28 44 22 23 8 15 88 (.420) (.696) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

HOUSTON 24 22 24 20 - 90 LA LAKERS 20 25 20 23 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 4, DREXLER 2, WILLIS, BARKLEY, RHODES. LA LAKERS - CAMPBELL 3, ONEAL, FOX, BLOUNT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 7-16 (.438), WILLIS 0-1, DREXLER 0-3, MALONEY 3-4, BARKLEY 1-2, RHODES 0-1, BULLARD 3-4, PRICE 0-1. LA LAKERS 4-20 (.200), FOX 2-8, JONES 0-4, VAN EXEL 0-3, BRYANT 2-5. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, RON OLESIAK, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 17,505. T - 2:24.


HOUSTON (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Willis 27 4-14 1-2 6-7 1 4 9 Johnson 21 2-7 1-1 1-2 2 2 5 Olajuwon 38 5-14 3-3 2-11 4 4 13 Drexler 39 2-16 6-7 2-11 6 2 10 Maloney 39 4-6 0-0 0-2 2 0 11 Barkley 31 9-16 7-10 3-7 2 0 26 Rhodes 13 0-3 3-4 1-1 1 2 3 Bullard 23 4-5 0-0 0-3 0 2 11 Price 9 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 Elie DNP - sprained left ankle Harrington DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-82 23-29 15-44 18 17 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Willis 0-1, Drexler 0-3, Maloney 3-4, Barkley 1-2, Rhodes 0-1, Bullard 3-4, Price 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 9 (Olajuwon 4, Drexler 2, Willis, Barkley, Rhodes). Turnovers: 16 (Drexler 3, Willis 3, Barkley 2, Price 2, Bullard, Maloney, Olajuwon). Steals: 11 (Drexler 4, Maloney 3, Price 2, Barkley, Johnson).

LA LAKERS (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Horry 16 1-2 0-0 3-6 1 1 2 Fox 33 7-12 2-2 2-7 2 5 18 Oneal 37 7-14 4-7 5-13 1 3 18 Jones 30 4-15 2-2 1-3 2 2 10 Van Exel 34 0-9 2-2 0-2 9 1 2 Bryant 33 8-15 0-0 2-2 0 2 18 Fisher 14 2-7 0-0 0-0 5 0 4 Blount 14 1-1 1-2 0-2 0 5 3 Campbell 26 4-6 5-8 3-9 2 3 13 Bennett 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Barry DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-81 16-23 16-44 22 23 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (Fox 2-8, Jones 0-4, Van Exel 0-3, Bryant 2-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Campbell 3, Oneal, Fox, Blount). Turnovers: 16 (Oneal 5, Bryant 2, Fisher 2, Fox 2, Jones 2, Horry, Van Exel). Steals: 8 (Jones 4, Campbell 2, Bryant, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Houston 24 22 24 20 - 90 La Lakers 20 25 20 23 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Illegal Defense, 11:22 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,505. T: 2:24. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Ron Olesiak, Leroy Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Charles Barkley scored 26 points, including a 15-footer over Elden Campbell with 3.6 seconds left that gave the Houston Rockets a 90-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

After consecutive dunks by Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal tied the game with 25 seconds to go, the 6-5 Barkley isolated on the left side against the 7-foot Campbell, took a hard dribble and pulled up for a jumper that broke the tie.

On the next possession, Lakers guard Nick Van Exel missed an off-balance three-pointer and finished 0-of-9 from the field. A follow attempt by Kobe Bryant missed just before the buzzer as the Lakers suffered their second straight home loss.

"We made the big shot at the end," said Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich. "That is something that we haven't been doing a lot of. We haven't done a lot this year in close games."

"The first option was Kobe, the second option was Shaq, the third shot was Nick," Lakers coach Del Harris said.

Barkley shot 9-of-16 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds in his fourth game in his new role as sixth man.

"I don't care if I start or come off the bench," Barkley said. "It doesn't matter as long as we win. I know that as long as I get in, I'm not coming out. And as long as we win, my life is good."

"Any great player is going to be a great player regardless of if they're starting or coming off the bench," Harris said. "Barkley is going to be Barkley, so it really doesn't matter if he's starting or coming off the bench."

Hakeem Olajuwon scored 13 points and Matt Maloney and Matt Bullard added 11 each for the Rockets, who salvaged the finale of the four-game season series with the Lakers and again climbed back to .500 (25-25). Houston has not been above .500 since January 18th.

O'Neal, Bryant and Rick Fox scored 18 points apiece for the Lakers, who have lost three of four overall and fell to 14-2 at home against Western Conference foes. On Friday, Los Angeles was beaten in overtime by Seattle.

A free throw by Campbell, who scored 13 points, gave the Lakers an 82-81 lead with 3:48 remaining. But Clyde Drexler -- who was just 2-of-16 from the field -- scored and was fouled on a drive past Bryant. His free throw gave Houston the lead and Barkley hit a lane jumper 35 seconds later, making it 86-82 with 2:59 to go.

Bryant made a layup, but Drexler answered with two free throws with 1:46 to play. Barkley missed badly on a banker and O'Neal had a follow slam with 57 seconds to go before his second dunk tied it and set the stage for Barkley.

"Everybody pitched in," Barkley said. "Clyde made some big shots down the stretch. It was a great win."

Olajuwon and Drexler grabbed 11 rebounds apiece for the Rockets, who shot just 36.5 percent (30-of-82) from the field and battled the Lakers to a 44-44 deadlock on the boards.

Eddie Jones scored 10 points and O'Neal pulled down 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 42 percent (34-of-81) but just 4-of-18 from three-point range. O'Neal, averaging 36 points in his last three games, was just 7-of-14 from the field.

"Tremendous effort from Matt Bullard and Matt Maloney," said Tomjanovich. "They both did great jobs defensively. I thought our team defense on the double-team was good. Shaq is so powerful, that if you don't clamp him, he is still going to just bogart his way in there and get the foul, which he did early. Then we made the stops down the stretch."

"Since the All-Star break, we just haven't been able to shoot the ball well," Harris said. "You just can't get any better shots than the ones we got tonight. We haven't been able to make our threes since the All-Star break."

Both teams were shorthanded at forward. The Rockets were minus Mario Elie, who has a sprained left ankle. The Lakers lost Robert Horry early in the third quarter with a groin injury and did not return.

Kevin Willis scored seven points and Maloney six as Houston grabbed a 24-20 lead after one quarter. But Bryant and Campbell scored four points each in a 10-0 burst that opened the second period and gave the Lakers a 30-24 lead with 9:17 remaining.

The Rockets regrouped and regained a 46-45 halftime lead behind Barkley, who scored 12 points in the second quarter. The Lakers regained a two-point advantage late in the third period before Bullard got hot, making two three-pointers around a 15-footer to give Houston a 68-62 lead with 1:48 remaining.

Los Angeles trailed 70-65 entering the final 12 minutes and did not lead again until Campbell's free throw.

"We had seven turnovers in the first quarter alone," Harris said. "We had 20 fast breaks and only 16 points, and off the break, you should get 27 or 28 points. And we lost points on the fast break because of bad decision-making."

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