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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 23 28 22 26 99 SAN ANTONIO 22 20 17 16 75 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 28, EDDIE JONES 18, NICK VAN EXEL 17 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 26, AVERY JOHNSON 10, MONTY WILLIAMS 9


Box Score

LA LAKERS (99) AT SAN ANTONIO (75)

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

FOX F 37 3-8 0-0 0 4 4 3 3 2 1 6 HORRY F 15 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 4 1 0 2 ONEAL C 35 11-16 6-13 2 14 16 3 3 0 1 28 JONES G 32 6-11 4-6 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 18 FISHER G 21 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 6 0 2 3 2 CAMPBELL 14 1-3 2-4 0 4 4 1 4 0 0 4 VAN EXEL 23 7-13 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 1 2 17 BENNETT 2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 BLOUNT 26 1-1 0-0 0 10 10 1 2 1 0 2 BRYANT 26 5-10 5-6 0 1 1 3 2 0 3 15 BARRY 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 ROOKS 4 1-1 0-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 37-67 19-33 5 43 48 21 22 7 11 99 (.552) (.576) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(14 PTS)

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

M WILLIAMS F 25 3-8 3-6 3 3 6 0 1 0 2 9 DUNCAN F 42 11-21 4-9 4 12 16 0 3 2 1 26 W PERDUE C 18 1-4 0-0 2 3 5 1 4 1 1 2 JACKSON G 36 2-6 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 1 0 7 JOHNSON G 23 4-10 2-2 0 0 0 4 1 0 2 10 HERRERA 17 2-10 0-2 2 2 4 1 4 0 0 4 DEL NEGRO 29 0-5 2-3 0 4 4 4 2 2 1 2 ROSE 18 1-9 3-4 4 0 4 2 3 1 1 5 LOHAUS 10 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 GEARY 17 2-9 2-2 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 8 BURTON 5 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 ROBINSON DNP - CONCUSSION

TOTALS 240 26-84 20-32 19 28 47 14 25 7 8 75 (.310) (.625) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 9(11 PTS)

LA LAKERS 23 28 22 26 - 99 SAN ANTONIO 22 20 17 16 - 75

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - BRYANT 2, HORRY, ONEAL, BLOUNT. SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 3, ROSE, LOHAUS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 6-17 (.353), FOX 0-2, JONES 2-5, VAN EXEL 3-6, BRYANT 0-2, BARRY 1-2. SAN ANTONIO 3-13 (.231), JACKSON 1-4, JOHNSON 0-1, DEL NEGRO 0-1, ROSE 0-1, GEARY 2-5, BURTON 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - CAMPBELL, FISHER (EJECTED-FIGHTING), VAN EXEL (EJECTED-FIGHTING), SAN ANTONIO - W PERDUE (EJECTED-FIGHTING), M WILLIAMS (EJECTED-FIGHTING). OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, MIKE CALLAHAN, JOE BORGIA. A - 26,783. T - 2:09.


Agate Box Score

LA LAKERS (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 37 3-8 0-0 0-4 3 3 6 Horry 15 1-2 0-0 0-2 2 4 2 Oneal 35 11-16 6-13 2-16 3 3 28 Jones 32 6-11 4-6 1-1 1 1 18 Fisher 21 0-0 2-2 0-1 6 0 2 Campbell 14 1-3 2-4 0-4 1 4 4 Van Exel 23 7-13 0-0 1-5 1 1 17 Bennett 2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Blount 26 1-1 0-0 0-10 1 2 2 Bryant 26 5-10 5-6 0-1 3 2 15 Barry 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Rooks 4 1-1 0-2 0-3 0 2 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-67 19-33 5-48 21 22 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.552, FT-.576. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Fox 0-2, Jones 2-5, Van Exel 3-6, Bryant 0-2, Barry 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Bryant 2, Horry, Oneal, Blount). Turnovers: 11 (Bryant 3, Fisher 3, Van Exel 2, Fox, Jones, Oneal). Steals: 7 (Fisher 2, Fox 2, Blount, Horry, Van Exel).

SAN ANTONIO (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Williams 25 3-8 3-6 3-6 0 1 9 Duncan 42 11-21 4-9 4-16 0 3 26 W Perdue 18 1-4 0-0 2-5 1 4 2 Jackson 36 2-6 2-2 1-2 1 3 7 Johnson 23 4-10 2-2 0-0 4 1 10 Herrera 17 2-10 0-2 2-4 1 4 4 Del Negro 29 0-5 2-3 0-4 4 2 2 Rose 18 1-9 3-4 4-4 2 3 5 Lohaus 10 0-1 0-0 2-3 1 1 0 Geary 17 2-9 2-2 1-2 0 3 8 Burton 5 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 0 2 Robinson DNP - concussion _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-84 20-32 19-47 14 25 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.310, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Jackson 1-4, Johnson 0-1, Del Negro 0-1, Rose 0-1, Geary 2-5, Burton 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Duncan 3, Rose, Lohaus). Turnovers: 9 (Johnson 2, M Williams 2, Del Negro, Duncan, Rose, W Perdue). Steals: 7 (Del Negro 2, Duncan 2, Jackson, Rose, W Perdue). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 23 28 22 26 - 99 San Antonio 22 20 17 16 - 75 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 3 (Campbell, 2:46 2nd; Fisher (ejected-fighting), 4:46 4th; Van Exel (ejected-fighting), 4:02 4th). San Antonio 2 (W Perdue (ejected-fighting), 4:46 4th; M Williams (ejected-fighting), 4:02 4th). Flagrant fouls: La Lakers 1 (Oneal, 5:19 4th). A: 26,783. T: 2:09. Officials: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Joe Borgia.


Game Recap

Shaquille O'Neal scored 23 of his 28 points in the first half as the Los Angeles Lakers moved within one game of the Pacific Division lead with a 99-75 fight-marred victory over the San Antonio Spurs, who were without All-Star center David Robinson.

O'Neal, who also grabbed 16 rebounds, scored four points in a 17-6 run that spanned the first and second quarters and gave the Lakers the lead for good. He also had three dunks in an 8-1 third-quarter burst that answered a Spurs' rally which had cut the deficit to five points.

Eddie Jones had 18 points and Nick Van Exel 17 as the Lakers pulled within a game of Seattle with three to play. They also swept the season series from the Spurs for the first time since the 1987-88 campaign.

"We felt pretty fresh tonight," Spurs point guard Avery Johnson said. "They were really on their game tonight. We couldn't get anyone to step up tonight, except for Tim (Duncan). We just couldn't put the ball in the basket."

Things got ugly with 4:46 to go in the fourth quarter when Will Perdue fouled Los Angeles guard Derek Fisher on a fast break. The two came together and threw a few wild punches that missed before being broken apart and ejected.

It got worse 44 seconds later when San Antonio's Monty Williams tackled Van Exel at midcourt, taking down half a dozen front-row seats and scattering cheerleaders. Both players also were ejected.

"Maybe they got a little frustrated, but they started taking cheap shots at our point guards," O'Neal said. "They tried taking cheap shots at me, but I'm unbreakable. Nobody can stop me."

"It was no big deal," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "It was your typical NBA nobody hits anybody sort of fight. Nobody got hurt and that's the main thing."

The Lakers are only 1 1/2 games behind the Western Conference-leading Utah Jazz, who they host April 19th in their regular-season final at the Great Western Forum.

"Who knows (who will win the West)? It depends upon which teams are playing," said Jones. "Some teams win with finesse, some teams play with a more physical style. It really doesn't matter to us, our team can play successfully both ways."

The Spurs scored only 33 points in the second half and shot a season-low 31 percent (26-of-84) from the field. They also matched their lowest scoring output of the season at the Alamodome in losing for the third time in four games.

Robinson missed his second straight game due to the lingering effects of a concussion and a twisted knee. Tim Duncan led with 26 points and 16 rebounds in his absence. Avery Johnson was the only other Spur in double figures with 10 points.

Van Exel's three-pointer with nine seconds left in the first quarter began a prolonged burst and gave the Lakers the lead for good at 23-22. Kobe Bryant, who finished with 15 points, capped the run with a dunk that opened a 37-28 advantage midway through the second quarter.

Los Angeles took a nine-point lead into the break, but the Spurs chipped away and closed within 60-55 after Jaren Jackson's three-pointer capped a 7-0 surge. But O'Neal dunked with 3:25 left and, after a free throw by San Antonio's Vinny Del Negro, O'Neal produced back-to-back slams and Van Exel had a bucket to extend the lead to 68-56.

The Spurs, who fell one-half game behind the Phoenix Suns for the fourth spot in the West, trailed by double digits thereafter.

Both teams shot poorly at the foul line. San Antonio managed just 62 percent (20-of-32) while the Lakers were even worse at 58 percent (19-of-33).

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