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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 23 18 20 22 83 VANCOUVER 24 17 24 28 93 FINAL


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LA LAKERS (83) AT VANCOUVER (93)

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

JONES F 40 6-12 1-1 0 5 5 1 2 4 0 15 KNIGHT F 20 2-4 4-4 1 3 4 0 6 0 3 8 ONEAL C 39 7-13 12-18 3 7 10 7 5 2 2 26 BRYANT G 35 5-21 1-3 2 3 5 2 5 0 5 11 HARPER G 31 3-11 1-1 1 2 3 6 3 2 2 7 BLOUNT 8 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 CAMPBELL 19 1-5 0-0 1 5 6 0 4 0 0 2 FISHER 19 1-5 4-4 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 FOX 20 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 6 1 0 0 ROOKS 9 2-5 2-2 2 2 4 1 2 0 0 6 HORRY DNP - IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT PATTERSON DNP - KNEE TENDINITIS

TOTALS 240 28-79 25-33 10 31 41 19 34 10 13 83 (.354) (.758) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 41 6-18 16-19 2 12 14 3 2 1 5 28 SMITH F 19 2-4 1-2 2 3 5 1 2 1 1 5 REEVES C 22 2-9 3-5 0 5 5 2 6 0 1 7 BIBBY G 41 5-11 2-2 2 3 5 8 0 0 4 13 MACK G 24 1-6 0-0 1 3 4 1 6 1 1 3 LOPEZ 1 0-0 2-4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 MASSENBURG 28 3-6 5-7 0 4 4 1 2 0 2 11 PARKS 26 3-4 2-2 1 5 6 1 5 0 1 8 WEST 31 7-10 2-4 1 3 4 1 3 2 0 16 WHEAT 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 CHILCUTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HERRERA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-68 33-45 9 40 49 22 27 5 15 93 (.426) (.733) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

LA LAKERS 23 18 20 22 - 83 VANCOUVER 24 17 24 28 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 6, HARPER, JONES, KNIGHT. VANCOUVER - REEVES, MASSENBURG, LOPEZ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 2-15 (.133), JONES 2-4, BRYANT 0-6, HARPER 0-2, FISHER 0-2, FOX 0-1. VANCOUVER 2-6 (.333), BIBBY 1-3, MACK 1-3. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - HEAD COACH HILL. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, VIOLET PALMER, BRUCE ALEXANDER. A - 19,193. T - 2:31.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jones 40 6-12 1-1 0-5 1 2 15 Knight 20 2-4 4-4 1-4 0 6 8 Oneal 39 7-13 12-18 3-10 7 5 26 Bryant 35 5-21 1-3 2-5 2 5 11 Harper 31 3-11 1-1 1-3 6 3 7 Blount 8 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 Campbell 19 1-5 0-0 1-6 0 4 2 Fisher 19 1-5 4-4 0-1 1 1 6 Fox 20 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 6 0 Rooks 9 2-5 2-2 2-4 1 2 6 Horry DNP - irregular heartbeat Patterson DNP - knee tendinitis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-79 25-33 10-41 19 34 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.354, FT-.758. 3-Point Goals: 2-15, .133 (Jones 2-4, Bryant 0-6, Harper 0-2, Fisher 0-2, Fox 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 9 (Oneal 6, Harper, Jones, Knight). Turnovers: 13 (Bryant 5, Knight 3, Harper 2, Oneal 2, Fisher). Steals: 10 (Jones 4, Harper 2, Oneal 2, Fisher, Fox).

VANCOUVER (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 41 6-18 16-19 2-14 3 2 28 Smith 19 2-4 1-2 2-5 1 2 5 Reeves 22 2-9 3-5 0-5 2 6 7 Bibby 41 5-11 2-2 2-5 8 0 13 Mack 24 1-6 0-0 1-4 1 6 3 Lopez 1 0-0 2-4 0-1 0 0 2 Massenburg 28 3-6 5-7 0-4 1 2 11 Parks 26 3-4 2-2 1-6 1 5 8 West 31 7-10 2-4 1-4 1 3 16 Wheat 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 4 1 0 Chilcutt DNP - coach's decision Herrera DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-68 33-45 9-49 22 27 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.426, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Bibby 1-3, Mack 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Reeves, Massenburg, Lopez). Turnovers: 15 (Abdur-rahim 5, Bibby 4, Massenburg 2, Mack, Parks, Reeves, Smith). Steals: 5 (West 2, Abdur-rahim, Mack, Smith). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 23 18 20 22 - 83 Vancouver 24 17 24 28 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (Head Coach Hill, 3:11 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,193. T: 2:31. Officials: Terry Durham, Violet Palmer, Bruce Alexander.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Grizzlies defeated the weary Los Angeles Lakers for the first time in franchise history, 93-83, because Shareef Abdur-Rahim hit his free throws down the stretch and Shaquille O'Neal did not.

The Grizzlies were 0-12 against Los Angeles, but with the Lakers playing for the third consecutive night, were able to maintain a lead throughout the fourth quarter.

Following the game, the Lakers made official what had been rumored for several days and signed free agent forward Dennis Rodman to a one-year contract with a player option for the 1999-00 season. Los Angeles could have used the rebounding force, as it was outrebounded, 49-41, and let Vancouver score 30 points in the paint.

Abdur-Rahim scored 28 points and had 14 rebounds and three assists. He had eight points in the final period and went 6-of-7 from the foul line in the final 1:39. O'Neal had 26 points but cost the Lakers by missing 3-of-6 free throws in the fourth quarter.

"These are the type of games that we can win and I expect us to win," Abdur-Rahim said. "I would have been disappointed if we didn't. We came out and did everything we are supposed to do and got back on track. We just played like we wanted to win."

Abdur-Rahim tied a Grizzlies' record by connecting on 16 of his 19 free throw attempts. Vancouver went 33-of-45 from the line while the Lakers connected on 25-of-33 foul shots.

O'Neal grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out seven assists and Eddie Jones scored 15 points for the Lakers, who were winless in a three-day trek to Seattle, Denver and Vancouver. They have lost three straight for the first time since February 13-18, 1998.

"I've never been on a team that was 6-6," said O'Neal. "We have to look in the mirror and evaluate ourselves. Not point any fingers. I'm very upset at myself. It's my fault. You can blame me. I'm the leader of the team."

Doug West came off the bench and scored eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for Vancouver, which improved to 3-3 at home this season.

"It's been a long road back for me," said West. "I've come in and struggled the first few weeks of the season. It was good to get some shots to fall tonight. It's been probably a year and a half to two years since I felt this good."

The Grizzlies entered the fourth quarter with a four-point advantage and build it to 76-67 with 7:50 left after Cherokee Parks connected on two free throws. Los Angeles got right back into the game as O'Neal converted a layup and Travis Knight hit two from line.

Vancouver went almost three minutes between Parks' free throws and West's 19-foot jumper with 5:09 to play. But during the span the Lakers were unable to take advantage as O'Neal was off on a short jumper, missed two from the line and Derek Harper misfired on a 20-footer.

Jones brought the Lakers within 78-74 by drilling a 3-pointer with 4:51 left. But rookie Mike Bibby hit a baseline jumper, and after O'Neal went 1-of-2 from the line, West drilled a 16-footer to push the lead back to 82-75.

Despite playing for the third straight night, the Lakers did not quit, however, as a dunk by Elden Campbell cut Vancouver's lead to 82-79 with two minutes left. But Abdur-Rahim hit a four-footer from the right sideline to ignite an 8-2 run in which he did all of the Grizzlies scoring and made it 90-81 with 44 seconds left by hitting the first of two free throws.

While Abdur-Rahim dominated on the offensive end, Grizzlies coach Brian Hill gambled and assigned rookie Felipe Lopez to defend Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. The strategy of using the quickness of Lopez payed off, as Bryant misfired on three 3-pointers in the final minutes and the Grizzlies held on.

"Obviously we got a great performance from Shareef and the bench was spectacular tonight," Hill said. "Tony Massenburg, Cherokee and Doug West coming off the bench did a great job. We outrebounded them, out free-throwed them, which we felt we had to go going in. It's a great win and I'm very happy for our guys."

Bryant scored 11 points but went 5-of-21 from the field and 0-of-6 from beyond the arc. The Lakers shot 35 percent (28-of-79) and hit just 2-of-15 3-pointers.

"It (the poor shooting) could have been the three nights in a row, the way we have to keep traveling," said Jones. "But it could be a lot of things. We can't use that as an excuse. I feel there is no way in the world we should have lost to this team tonight, but we just have to keep supporting each other."

Bibby netted 13 points and dished out eight assists and Tony Massenburg added 11 points for Vancouver, which shot 43 percent (29-of-68) and attempted just six 3-pointers, making two.

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