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LA LAKERS (113) AT DENVER (117) - FINAL IN OT

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

BRYANT F 46 8-15 9-11 1 12 13 9 4 1 4 26 KNIGHT F 15 2-3 0-0 1 2 3 3 5 0 1 4 ONEAL C 33 12-19 4-10 6 1 7 1 6 0 1 28 HARPER G 40 2-8 0-0 0 6 6 4 2 3 2 5 JONES G 43 7-11 1-1 0 1 1 4 4 0 2 17 BLOUNT 4 0-4 0-0 4 0 4 0 2 0 1 0 CAMPBELL 41 9-17 6-8 3 5 8 1 6 0 3 24 FISHER 13 2-5 0-1 2 0 2 0 1 0 2 4 FOX 19 1-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 ROOKS 11 1-2 1-2 1 4 5 1 3 0 1 3 HORRY DNP - IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT PATTERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 44-92 21-33 18 31 49 24 35 4 17 113 (.478) (.636) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(23 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 35 8-15 6-10 5 11 16 2 4 2 1 22 WASHINGTON F 48 4-10 4-4 1 0 1 2 6 1 3 16 LAFRENTZ C 39 6-9 7-8 4 3 7 1 2 2 0 20 BILLUPS G 42 6-15 4-4 0 3 3 4 1 1 1 20 VAN EXEL G 39 3-16 8-11 0 3 3 13 3 2 4 16 ALEXANDER 8 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 3 CLARK 7 0-1 2-4 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 FORTSON 28 4-7 8-10 3 8 11 0 6 0 1 16 E WILLIAMS 19 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 1 1 2 MEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION STITH DNP - STRAINED RIGHT GROIN

TOTALS 265 33-79 39-51 15 30 45 23 28 10 13 117 (.418) (.765) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

LA LAKERS 28 28 32 16 9 - 113 DENVER 38 23 17 26 13 - 117

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - JONES 2, CAMPBELL 2, ROOKS, KNIGHT. DENVER - MCDYESS 3, LAFRENTZ, E WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-15 (.267), BRYANT 1-3, HARPER 1-4, JONES 2-3, FISHER 0-1, FOX 0-4. DENVER 12-28 (.429), WASHINGTON 4-9, LAFRENTZ 1-2, BILLUPS 4-9, VAN EXEL 2-6, ALEXANDER 1-2. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - HEAD COACH HARRIS, DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, DERRICK STAFFORD, BILL KENNEDY. A - 17,171. T - 2:51.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 46 8-15 9-11 1-13 9 4 26 Knight 15 2-3 0-0 1-3 3 5 4 Oneal 33 12-19 4-10 6-7 1 6 28 Harper 40 2-8 0-0 0-6 4 2 5 Jones 43 7-11 1-1 0-1 4 4 17 Blount 4 0-4 0-0 4-4 0 2 0 Campbell 41 9-17 6-8 3-8 1 6 24 Fisher 13 2-5 0-1 2-2 0 1 4 Fox 19 1-8 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Rooks 11 1-2 1-2 1-5 1 3 3 Horry DNP - irregular heartbeat Patterson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 44-92 21-33 18-49 24 35 113 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Bryant 1-3, Harper 1-4, Jones 2-3, Fisher 0-1, Fox 0-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Jones 2, Campbell 2, Rooks, Knight). Turnovers: 17 (Bryant 4, Campbell 3, Fisher 2, Harper 2, Jones 2, Blount, Knight, Oneal, Rooks). Steals: 4 (Harper 3, Bryant).

DENVER (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 35 8-15 6-10 5-16 2 4 22 Washington 48 4-10 4-4 1-1 2 6 16 Lafrentz 39 6-9 7-8 4-7 1 2 20 Billups 42 6-15 4-4 0-3 4 1 20 Van Exel 39 3-16 8-11 0-3 13 3 16 Alexander 8 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 3 3 Clark 7 0-1 2-4 1-1 0 0 2 Fortson 28 4-7 8-10 3-11 0 6 16 E Williams 19 1-3 0-0 1-1 1 3 2 Meyer DNP - coach's decision Taylor DNP - coach's decision Stith DNP - strained right groin _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 33-79 39-51 15-45 23 28 117 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 12-28, .429 (Washington 4-9, Lafrentz 1-2, Billups 4-9, Van Exel 2-6, Alexander 1-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Mcdyess 3, Lafrentz, E Williams). Turnovers: 14 (Van Exel 4, Washington 3, Alexander, Billups, Clark, E Williams, Fortson, Mcdyess). Steals: 10 (Lafrentz 2, Mcdyess 2, Van Exel 2, Billups, Clark, E Williams, Washington). _________________________________________________ La Lakers 28 28 32 16 9 - 113 Denver 38 23 17 26 13 - 117 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Head Coach Harris, 5:32 2nd). Denver 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 3:52 3rd, 6:57 4th). Flagrant fouls: Denver 1 (Fortson, 10:55 4th). A: 17,171. T: 2:51. Officials: Ed F Rush, Derrick Stafford, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Nick Van Exel scored eight points in overtime, including the go-ahead 3-pointer against his old team, as the Denver Nuggets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 117-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Van Exel shot a woeful 3-of-19 for nine points in his first encounter with the Lakers on February 10. He was struggling for most of tonight at 1-of-12 through four quarters before catching fire in the extra period.

Van Exel followed his 3-pointer with a beautiful feed to rookie Raef LaFrentz for a reverse dunk that gave the Nuggets a 109-106 lead with 2:30 to play.

"Give Nick a lot of credit," Los Angeles coach Del Harris. "His assisting was spectacular. The timeliness of their scoring is what hurt us."

Van Exel had 16 points and 13 assists and LaFrentz scored six of his 20 points in overtime as the Nuggets defeated the Lakers for the first time in 10 meetings dating to April 9, 1996.

"I was talking trash to everyone tonight," said Van Exel. "I was saying,`You're going to lose to the Denver Nuggets.' When I was with L.A., we'd come in here and say, `We cannot lose, no way.' I'm just glad it happened."

"The win was obviously a big confidence builder for us," added Denver coach Mike D'Antoni. "We'll have to play at this intensity that we played in the fourth quarter if we want to continue to win."

Chauncey Billups also scored 20 points for the Nuggets, including a 3-pointer with 54 seconds left in regulation that gave them a 104-103 lead. Shaquille O'Neal, who led Los Angeles with 28 points, made 1-of-2 free throws with 38 seconds to go to knot the score.

Denver's Antonio McDyess had a chance to win it but missed a pair of free throws with 20 seconds remaining, sending the game to overtime.

McDyess led Denver with 22 points and 16 rebounds but was held scoreless after being hampered by leg cramps midway through the third quarter.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had 26 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, coming wthin one assist of his first career triple-double. The Lakers lost their second road game in as many nights and visit Vancouver on Tuesday.

Elden Campbell scored 24 points off the bench for Los Angeles. Both he and O'Neal fouled out down the stretch, allowing LaFrentz to have his way inside.

"It was big when Shaq went out," said LaFrentz. "It opened up the middle of the floor. This was a big win and hopefully we can carry it into this week."

Eric Washington and Danny Fortson each scored 16 points for the Nuggets, who trailed 88-78 entering the fourth quarter and 102-95 with just over two minutes to play.

But Billups sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a bomb from Washington to put the Nuggets ahead, 104-103, with less than a minute to go.

"They hit three 3-pointers in a row," said O'Neal. "They had three days off and we knew they'd be pumped up. After 11 games, we're 6-5 and that's not too good."

The Lakers also may have been distracted by all the hoopla surrounding the acquisition of power forward Dennis Rodman. In an afternoon news conference, the controversial rebounding machine admitted he was seeking an agreement with the team.

Rodman reportedly will join the team for practice on Wednesday and may play Friday, when the Lakers host the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Dennis Rodman will give us an added spark," added O'Neal. "He will get some rebounds and will be a boost to the team. We still have a long way to go."

Los Angeles shot 48 percent (44-of-92) and held a 49-45 advantage on the boards while limiting the Nuggets to 42 percent (33-of-79) from the field.

The Lakers held an astounding 60-28 lead in points in the paint, but were victimized by 12 3-pointers by Denver, including nine over the final 17 minutes.

The Nuggets established a season high for first-half points en route to a 61-56 lead. But after McDyess was forced out of action, Los Angeles went on what appeared to be a decisive run.

Travis Knight hit a nine-foot jumper that knotted the score at 68-68 with seven minutes left in the third quarter and Bryant scored eight points during a 20-10 quarter-ending run that opened a 10-point bulge with 12 minutes to play.

Although he was unable to score upon his return, McDyess did manage to draw some crucial fouls, including O'Neal's sixth, and grab some rebounds to spark the late rally.

"It was the Willis Reed thing tonight," said Van Exel. "McDyess leaves and we're up, then he goes out and we're down. He's a great spark for us."

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