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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 22 20 31 20 93 LA LAKERS 22 27 26 24 99 FINAL


PHOENIX (93) AT LA LAKERS (99)

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

ROBINSON F 31 6-11 6-8 2 2 4 2 4 0 0 18 MCDYESS F 35 9-18 2-2 2 5 7 1 3 1 1 20 WILLIAMS C 21 2-4 0-0 3 6 9 2 3 1 1 4 CHAPMAN G 31 4-15 3-6 0 3 3 0 3 3 1 14 KIDD G 44 4-18 1-1 3 6 9 12 2 0 2 11 MCCLOUD 19 2-6 0-0 2 1 3 2 0 2 0 5 MANNING 18 1-6 2-2 1 2 3 1 4 2 1 4 JOHNSON 21 3-7 3-3 0 1 1 1 2 0 4 9 BRYANT 17 3-4 2-2 2 2 4 1 3 1 0 8 SCOTT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NASH 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-89 19-24 15 28 43 22 24 10 10 93 (.382) (.792) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10(14 PTS)

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

HORRY F 30 8-10 1-1 6 4 10 0 5 1 3 18 FOX F 37 4-9 2-5 0 5 5 3 4 0 4 10 ONEAL C 41 13-28 7-11 8 14 22 0 3 0 3 33 JONES G 34 6-13 1-4 1 1 2 5 1 2 0 15 FISHER G 21 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 1 2 2 CAMPBELL 20 0-3 1-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 1 VAN EXEL 27 2-6 3-4 0 5 5 7 3 2 1 8 BRYANT 28 1-10 8-9 1 2 3 6 1 0 1 10 BENNETT 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-83 23-36 16 35 51 26 19 6 15 99 (.434) (.639) TEAM REBS: 18 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

PHOENIX 22 20 31 20 - 93 LA LAKERS 22 27 26 24 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - ROBINSON 2, MCDYESS 2, WILLIAMS 2. LA LAKERS - BRYANT 3, JONES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 6-17 (.353), ROBINSON 0-1, CHAPMAN 3-7, KIDD 2-6, MCCLOUD 1-2, MANNING 0-1. LA LAKERS 4-17 (.235), HORRY 1-1, FOX 0-2, JONES 2-6, FISHER 0-1, VAN EXEL 1-4, BRYANT 0-3. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, LA LAKERS - ONEAL, HORRY, VAN EXEL. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, BILL SPOONER, RODDY MOTT. A - 17,505. T - 2:14.


PHOENIX (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 31 6-11 6-8 2-4 2 4 18 Mcdyess 35 9-18 2-2 2-7 1 3 20 Williams 21 2-4 0-0 3-9 2 3 4 Chapman 31 4-15 3-6 0-3 0 3 14 Kidd 44 4-18 1-1 3-9 12 2 11 Mccloud 19 2-6 0-0 2-3 2 0 5 Manning 18 1-6 2-2 1-3 1 4 4 Johnson 21 3-7 3-3 0-1 1 2 9 Bryant 17 3-4 2-2 2-4 1 3 8 Scott 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Nash 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Milic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-89 19-24 15-43 22 24 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Robinson 0-1, Chapman 3-7, Kidd 2-6, Mccloud 1-2, Manning 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Robinson 2, Mcdyess 2, Williams 2). Turnovers: 10 (Johnson 4, Kidd 2, Chapman, Manning, Mcdyess, Williams). Steals: 10 (Chapman 3, Manning 2, Mccloud 2, Bryant, Mcdyess, Williams).

LA LAKERS (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Horry 30 8-10 1-1 6-10 0 5 18 Fox 37 4-9 2-5 0-5 3 4 10 Oneal 41 13-28 7-11 8-22 0 3 33 Jones 34 6-13 1-4 1-2 5 1 15 Fisher 21 1-3 0-0 0-1 5 1 2 Campbell 20 0-3 1-2 0-3 0 1 1 Van Exel 27 2-6 3-4 0-5 7 3 8 Bryant 28 1-10 8-9 1-3 6 1 10 Bennett 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Barry DNP - coach's decision Blount DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-83 23-36 16-51 26 19 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.639. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (Horry 1-1, Fox 0-2, Jones 2-6, Fisher 0-1, Van Exel 1-4, Bryant 0-3). Team rebounds: 18. Blocked shots: 4 (Bryant 3, Jones). Turnovers: 15 (Fox 4, Horry 3, Oneal 3, Fisher 2, Bryant, Campbell, Van Exel). Steals: 6 (Jones 2, Van Exel 2, Fisher, Horry). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 22 20 31 20 - 93 La Lakers 22 27 26 24 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 9:57 2nd, 9:28 3rd). La Lakers 3 (Oneal, 7:41 2nd; Horry, 4:52 2nd; Van Exel, 0:43 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,505. T: 2:14. Officials: Jack Nies, Bill Spooner, Roddy Mott.


GAME RECAP

Shaquille O'Neal collected 33 points and a season-high 22 rebounds and Nick Van Exel scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers held on for a 99-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

The Lakers led through most of this contest but Phoenix was within 94-92 with 1:08 to play after Cliff Robinson followed a miss by Jason Kidd. O'Neal answered as he took a feed from Van Exel for an alley-oop dunk and was fouled, hitting the free throw for a five-point edge.

Phoenix guard Rex Chapman then hit the first of two foul shots and missed the second, but Phoenix grabbed the rebound. Chapman got the ball back but his three-pointer was off the mark and Van Exel, who had seven assists, helped secure the win by draining two free throws with 23 seconds remaining.

"The alley-oop for Shaq was the big play, that had to have hurt us right there," Suns coach Danny Ainge said. "Then we had some nice looks at threes in that possession, but we just couldn't knock them down."

Robert Horry scored seven of his 18 points in the final period and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who have won six in a row at home and nine of the last 10 games against Phoenix.

Antonio McDyess had 20 points and seven boards but was held scoreless in the final quarter as the Suns had their five-game winning streak snapped. Robinson scored 18 points and Jason Kidd came up one rebound shy of a triple-double with 11 points and 12 assists for Phoenix, which lost its fifth straight trip to the Great Western Forum.

"We realized that Phoenix is right behind us, so we just wanted to put the complete game together and play hard, and we did that," O'Neal said.

Los Angeles, which had its six-game winning streak snapped with a 101-89 loss in Seattle on Monday, sits four games back of the first-place Sonics in the Pacific Division and moved 2 1/2 games ahead of Phoenix.

"I would say that all is not lost," Ainge said. "We've got a long way ahead and we need to play better to beat the good teams on the road."

The Lakers had a subpar shooting night from the free-throw line and behind the arc, hitting just 23-of-36 foul shots and 4-of-17 three-pointers. But they shot 43 percent (36-of-83) from the field overall while limiting Phoenix to 38 percent (34-of-89), and owned a 51-43 edge on the boards.

"I thought we fought very hard and had a good balance to our game," Lakers coach Del Harris said. "They had been shooting 52 percent from the field for the last five games, but we held them down tonight."

A layup by O'Neal gave Los Angeles its largest lead, 87-75, with 7:04 to play. But the Suns responded with a 13-3 run, highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers from Chapman and Kidd. A short turnaround by Robinson capped the spurt with 3:37 to go, pulling the Suns within 90-88.

Horry answered with a driving layup, but Kidd fed Mark Bryant for an easy lay-in to cut it back to two with 3:03 left. After the teams traded misses, O'Neal blew a pair of free throws and Kidd had a chance to tie it, but missed a 16-footer. O'Neal atoned for his missed free throws with a short bank shot with 1:32 remaining.

"They made shots when they had to and it's hard to play from behind on the road," Kidd said. "We had the opportunity coming down with two minutes left. We're in the ball game, but the shots just didn't fall for us."

O'Neal had 19 rebounds by halftime, which had already tied his season high. He helped the Lakers to a 60-40 edge for points in the paint.

"I had a great first half, but my knee gave out in the second," O'Neal said. "I banged my left knee last week. It's been bothering me for a couple of days."

"This is the biggest rebound game Shaq has had for a while and it was much needed. He's a monster," Harris said. "He takes such a beating out there, but keeps on coming. He hurt himself a little bit in the first quarter, but just played right through it."

The Lakers went ahead to stay with a 13-1 run midway through the second quarter. O'Neal scored the final five points of that burst, as his three-point play gave Los Angeles a 42-32 lead with 5:12 to go. Phoenix cut it to 49-42 by halftime.

Eddie Jones, who scored 15 points, buried a three-pointer with 7:07 left in the third period to increase the advantage to 61-52. But the Suns fought back, pulling within 71-70 on a three-pointer by Kidd with 1:57 left.

"The good thing about our team is that we never feel we're out of the game," Robinson said. We're capable of putting some spurts together and when you're playing on another team's home floor, all you can hope is that you have the opportunity to win the game down the stretch. We did that, but they just came up with the big plays."

The Suns, whose last five wins came against five of the six worst teams in the Western Conference, have lost five straight games against teams with winning records.

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