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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 21 24 25 33 103 DENVER 19 27 26 26 98 FINAL


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LA LAKERS (103) AT DENVER (98)

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

HORRY F 27 5-7 3-4 1 2 3 5 5 0 0 15 JONES F 41 7-14 4-6 1 4 5 2 1 6 0 21 ONEAL C 37 12-20 5-9 4 4 8 3 4 1 3 29 FISHER G 23 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 2 BRYANT G 38 8-15 4-5 1 9 10 5 5 1 3 21 KNIGHT 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 FOX 17 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 HARPER 25 1-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 2 BLOUNT 14 1-1 0-0 2 4 6 0 2 0 0 2 CAMPBELL 11 2-2 3-4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 ROOKS 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 JACOBSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PATTERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-75 19-28 9 25 34 24 21 10 13 103 (.520) (.679) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

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

STITH F 30 2-5 4-4 3 4 7 2 4 0 1 9 MCDYESS F 44 10-17 1-2 6 13 19 4 1 1 5 21 LAFRENTZ C 29 10-18 1-1 6 6 12 0 6 0 0 24 BILLUPS G 37 5-11 3-3 1 0 1 4 3 1 4 13 VAN EXEL G 38 3-19 2-2 1 2 3 10 1 0 5 9 E WILLIAMS 18 2-7 2-2 2 1 3 0 1 1 1 6 FORTSON 19 3-7 2-5 5 1 6 2 4 0 1 8 ALEXANDER 21 1-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 3 1 3 MEYER 4 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 5 CLARK DNP - COACH'S DECISION TAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION WASHINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WHEELER DNP - COACH'S DECISION M WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-93 15-19 25 28 53 24 25 6 18 98 (.409) (.789) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(16 PTS)

LA LAKERS 21 24 25 33 - 103 DENVER 19 27 26 26 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - JONES 4, HORRY 2, CAMPBELL 2, BLOUNT, ONEAL. DENVER - MCDYESS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 6-15 (.400), HORRY 2-3, JONES 3-4, FISHER 0-1, BRYANT 1-2, FOX 0-3, HARPER 0-2. DENVER 7-23 (.304), STITH 1-2, LAFRENTZ 3-4, BILLUPS 0-3, VAN EXEL 1-8, E WILLIAMS 0-1, FORTSON 0-1, ALEXANDER 1-3, MEYER 1-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - FOX, DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, TED BERNHARDT, MARC DAVIS. A - 13,210. T - 2:18.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Horry 27 5-7 3-4 1-3 5 5 15 Jones 41 7-14 4-6 1-5 2 1 21 Oneal 37 12-20 5-9 4-8 3 4 29 Fisher 23 1-2 0-0 0-0 5 0 2 Bryant 38 8-15 4-5 1-10 5 5 21 Knight 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Fox 17 1-5 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Harper 25 1-6 0-0 0-0 2 1 2 Blount 14 1-1 0-0 2-6 0 2 2 Campbell 11 2-2 3-4 0-0 0 1 7 Rooks 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Jacobson DNP - coach's decision Lue DNP - coach's decision Patterson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-75 19-28 9-34 24 21 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.520, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Horry 2-3, Jones 3-4, Fisher 0-1, Bryant 1-2, Fox 0-3, Harper 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 10 (Jones 4, Horry 2, Campbell 2, Blount, Oneal). Turnovers: 13 (Bryant 3, Oneal 3, Fisher 2, Fox 2, Harper, Knight, Rooks). Steals: 10 (Jones 6, Bryant, Fox, Harper, Oneal).

DENVER (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Stith 30 2-5 4-4 3-7 2 4 9 Mcdyess 44 10-17 1-2 6-19 4 1 21 Lafrentz 29 10-18 1-1 6-12 0 6 24 Billups 37 5-11 3-3 1-1 4 3 13 Van Exel 38 3-19 2-2 1-3 10 1 9 E Williams 18 2-7 2-2 2-3 0 1 6 Fortson 19 3-7 2-5 5-6 2 4 8 Alexander 21 1-6 0-0 0-0 2 3 3 Meyer 4 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 5 Clark DNP - coach's decision Taylor DNP - coach's decision Washington DNP - coach's decision Wheeler DNP - coach's decision M Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-93 15-19 25-53 24 25 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.409, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 7-23, .304 (Stith 1-2, Lafrentz 3-4, Billups 0-3, Van Exel 1-8, E Williams 0-1, Fortson 0-1, Alexander 1-3, Meyer 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Mcdyess). Turnovers: 18 (Mcdyess 5, Van Exel 5, Billups 4, Alexander, E Williams, Fortson, Stith). Steals: 6 (Alexander 3, Billups, E Williams, Mcdyess). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 21 24 25 33 - 103 Denver 19 27 26 26 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Fox, 5:42 4th). Denver 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:31 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,210. T: 2:18. Officials: Steve Javie, Ted Bernhardt, Marc Davis.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Just four games into the season, it is more than evident that Los Angeles Lakers swingman Kobe Bryant has added a new dimension and a flair for the dramatic to his game.

Bryant scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double and converted a pair of three-point plays down the stretch to lift the Lakers to a 103-98 victory over the winless Denver Nuggets.

Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers with 29 points, but scored just one in the fourth quarter, when Bryant provided the heroics. Los Angeles has won three of its first four games.

Bryant scored nine fourth quarter points, including a ferocious slam that resulted in a three-point play which gave Los Angeles the lead for good at 95-92 with 1:27 remaining.

"We ran a play for Kobe, Eddie (Jones) or Shaq and Kobe got the play," Los Angeles coach Del Harris said. "This was his fourth game out of four with double-figure rebounds and he didn't have any for two years."

Rookie Raef LaFrentz made a layup to pull the Nuggets within 96-95 with 25 seconds left, but Bryant answered on the ensuing trip. He drove around Bryant Stith for an easy layup and added a free for another three-point play, making it 99-95 with 16 ticks to go.

Bryant averaged just 3.1 rebounds per contest last season and often was on the bench in the waning moments of close games. An injury to starting forward Rick Fox has allowed him to upgrade both aspects of his repertoire early this year.

Eddie Jones also scored 21 points with six steals for the Lakers, who beat the Nuggets for the fifth straight time.

"The steal opportunities were there," said Jones. "People don't realize how long my arms are."

Denver point guard Nick Van Exel was not impressive in his first encounter with his former teammates. He shot a woeful 3-of-19 from the field for nine points and has made just 5-of-34 shots in his last two games.

"I always held my breath when Nick shot the ball," said Harris of his former playmaker. "He had an off shooting night, but he's a competitor and I thought the next one might go in. When he puts on another uniform, he's just another guy."

The 6-10 LaFrentz was impressive in his first matchup with the 7-2 O'Neal, collecting 24 points and 12 rebounds. Antonio McDyess grabbed a career-high 19 boards and scored 21 points for the Nuggets, who have dropped their first four games.

"We were trying to double-down on Shaq and make it hard," said LaFrentz. "He's very strong. Even his ears are strong. I didn't prove anything to myself -- maybe to (the media) -- but I'm confident n myself and my abilities."

Robert Horry scored 15 points for the Lakers, who shot 52 percent (39-of-75) from the field and forced 18 turnovers.

McDyess and LaFrentz combined to give Denver a surprising 53-34 advantage on the boards. But the Nuggets shot just 41 percent (38-of-93), including 7-for-23 from beyond the arc.

"They were more active on the boards than we were," said O'Neal. "I knew Raef was a great shooter and I had to help out on McDyess a few times which left LaFrentz open."

Van Exel had a chance to sting his former teammates but missed a pair of shots from long range in the waning moments and his last six overall.

"Nick is a great competitor," added Jones of his former backcourt mate. "He made it fun for me. His shots were there, they just went in and out."

LaFrentz almost singlehandedly kept his team alive in the final minutes. After Jones hit a 3-pointer to give Los Angeles an 89-85 lead with 5:02 remaining, LaFrentz pulled the Nuggets within one with a long-range bomb of his own.

Bryant nailed a 3-pointer but LaFrentz followed Van Exel's miss with a tip-in that cut the deficit to 92-90 with 3:12 to go.

Stith was fouled while grabbing one of Denver's 16 offensive rebounds after another miss by Van Exel with 1:45 left. He made both free throws to knot the contest at 92-92 before Bryant took over.

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