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LA LAKERS (115) AT ORLANDO (104)

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

KNIGHT F 12 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 2 0 RICE F 37 5-12 0-0 0 5 5 2 2 1 3 13 ONEAL C 42 14-19 3-10 5 8 13 2 4 1 1 31 BRYANT G 45 15-24 6-7 0 3 3 4 3 2 4 38 HARPER G 33 7-10 1-2 0 1 1 5 2 1 2 20 FISHER 15 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 8 0 1 0 0 FOX 6 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 HORRY 16 1-4 0-0 2 2 4 2 2 0 0 2 PATTERSON 8 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 2 RODMAN 23 2-2 0-0 1 5 6 2 3 0 0 4 ROOKS 3 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 47-78 11-21 10 28 38 25 20 6 14 115 (.603) (.524) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

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

GRANT F 29 5-8 2-4 0 7 7 1 0 0 3 12 M HARPRING F 28 1-5 0-0 4 4 8 2 3 3 0 2 AUSTIN C 16 4-8 2-4 0 1 1 2 5 0 1 10 ANDERSON G 38 2-14 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 2 2 5 A HARDAWAY G 44 9-14 4-4 2 3 5 13 3 1 2 22 B ARMSTRONG 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D ARMSTRONG 33 5-10 4-4 0 2 2 11 2 1 2 17 DOLEAC 32 11-19 3-4 2 2 4 0 2 2 1 25 STRONG 19 5-8 1-2 4 2 6 2 3 0 1 11 SCHAYES DNP - COACH'S DECISION D WILKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION G WILKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-86 16-22 12 22 34 31 22 9 12 104 (.488) (.727) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

LA LAKERS 24 19 31 41 - 115 ORLANDO 29 34 21 20 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - BRYANT, HORRY. ORLANDO - STRONG, GRANT, ANDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 10-16 (.625), RICE 3-4, BRYANT 2-2, HARPER 5-8, FISHER 0-1, HORRY 0-1. ORLANDO 4-11 (.364), ANDERSON 1-5, A HARDAWAY 0-2, D ARMSTRONG 3-4. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, RODMAN. OFFICIALS: BRUCE ALEXANDER, TERRY DURHAM, DAN CRAWFORD. A - 17,248. T - 2:17.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Knight 12 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 3 0 Rice 37 5-12 0-0 0-5 2 2 13 Oneal 42 14-19 3-10 5-13 2 4 31 Bryant 45 15-24 6-7 0-3 4 3 38 Harper 33 7-10 1-2 0-1 5 2 20 Fisher 15 0-2 0-0 1-1 8 0 0 Fox 6 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Horry 16 1-4 0-0 2-4 2 2 2 Patterson 8 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Rodman 23 2-2 0-0 1-6 2 3 4 Rooks 3 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-78 11-21 10-38 25 20 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.603, FT-.524. 3-Point Goals: 10-16, .625 (Rice 3-4, Bryant 2-2, Harper 5-8, Fisher 0-1, Horry 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Bryant, Horry). Turnovers: 14 (Bryant 4, Rice 3, Harper 2, Knight 2, Patterson 2, Oneal). Steals: 6 (Bryant 2, Fisher, Harper, Oneal, Rice).

ORLANDO (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 29 5-8 2-4 0-7 1 0 12 M Harpring 28 1-5 0-0 4-8 2 3 2 Austin 16 4-8 2-4 0-1 2 5 10 Anderson 38 2-14 0-0 0-1 0 4 5 A Hardaway 44 9-14 4-4 2-5 13 3 22 B Armstrong 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Armstrong 33 5-10 4-4 0-2 11 2 17 Doleac 32 11-19 3-4 2-4 0 2 25 Strong 19 5-8 1-2 4-6 2 3 11 Schayes DNP - coach's decision D Wilkins DNP - coach's decision G Wilkins DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-86 16-22 12-34 31 22 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Anderson 1-5, A Hardaway 0-2, D Armstrong 3-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Strong, Grant, Anderson). Turnovers: 12 (Grant 3, A Hardaway 2, Anderson 2, D Armstrong 2, Austin, Doleac, Strong). Steals: 9 (M Harpring 3, Anderson 2, Doleac 2, A Hardaway, D Armstrong). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 24 19 31 41 - 115 Orlando 29 34 21 20 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 2 (Illegal Defense, 1:53 1st; Rodman, 11:43 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 2:17. Officials: Bruce Alexander, Terry Durham, Dan Crawford.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Lakers played the first half of Dennis Rodman's return like they were on a leave of absence. Then Kobe Bryant and company made a return of their own in the second half.

Bryant scored 33 of his career-high 38 points after intermission as the Lakers rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit to stun the Orlando Magic, 115-104, before a national television audience.

"I just wanted to go in there and win," Bryant said. "It's something I worked on all summer -- hitting the open shots. I have been noticing teams giving me the open shot lately. I hope they keep thinking like that because I am going to shoot the open jump shot."

Bryant put on an aweseome display in the second half, shooting 13-of-16 from the field. He made seven straight shots at one point in the third quarter, bringing back the Lakers from a 63-43 halftime deficit.

"Kobe could have shot the ball from over the half-court area today," Magic forward Horace Grant said. "He was in the zone, so to speak. Guys had their hands up on him. He's just that talented to make shots."

Shaquille O'Neal, once the cornerstone of the Orlando franchise, added 31 points and won for the first time at the Orlando Arena as a member of the Lakers.

O'Neal was jeered every time he touched the ball by Magic fans who have never forgiven him for turning down a huge contract and making disparaging comments about Orlando after joining the Lakers.

"Nothing a human being says can ever hurt my feelings," O'Neal said. "Not about what they say, write or show on TV. The reason they boo me is because they respect me. It was a good win for us and I'm glad we won."

O'Neal got the last laugh, hitting a layup to give the Lakers a 101-97 lead with 3:50 remaining. He was 14-of-19 from the field and grabbed 13 rebounds. Glen Rice added a pair of 3-pointers as Los Angeles pulled away in the final minutes.

The Lakers shot a league season-high 60 percent (47-of-78) from the field. They outscored the Magic, 41-20, in the final period.

"I think it's a huge confidence builder," Lakers coach Kurt Rambis said. "It's something we have to build upon. This game, in the grand scheme of things, if we don't continue to build upon it, it will mean nothing."

After missing four games for unspecified personal reasons, Rodman made his first appearance with 3:13 remaining in the first quarter. He had only four points and six rebounds and picked up a technical early in the fourth quarter for throwing an elbow but the Lakers improved to 10-0 with him in the lineup.

"People forgot we went on a 10-game winning streak," Bryant said. "We just dropped the last two. We have been doing the right thing for quite some time."

Rookie Michael Doleac scored a career-high 25 points for the Magic but managed just one point in the second half.

"We made an adjustment in our pick-and-roll coverage," Rambis said. "We went to a trap. We were rotating the heck out of everything. But more than anything else, we were more aggressive."

Penny Hardaway added 22 points and 13 assists for the Magic, who lost for only the second time in 14 home contests and dropped one game behind first-place Miami in the Atlantic Division.

"This is a very tough loss," Orlando coach Chuck Daly said. "To be up 20 at halftime and dissipate it is phenomenal on your home court. They shoot 60 percent and we give up 72 points in the second half."

Feeding off the crowd, the fired-up up Magic appeared to take control in the second quarter, outscoring the Lakers, 34-19, to take their 20-point halftime cushion. Orlando led by as much as 24 on three occasions in the first half.

But the Lakers were a different team in the third quarter. Derek Harper hit three 3-pointers in the period and the Lakers pulled within 78-74 on Bryant's layup with 2:43 remaining.

The Magic scored the next six points, including Hardway's fallaway jumper at the buzzer, to take an 84-74 lead into the final quarter.

The Lakers tied it at 93-93 on Bryant's jumper from the top of the key with 6:59 remaining and grabbed the lead for good at 99-96 on Harper's 3-pointer with 4:26 left.

"They are a traveling All-Star team," Daly said. "Shaquille O'Neal is an All-Star of All-Stars. Kobe Bryant, we probably saw his coming-out party on national TV today."

Harper added 20 points for the Lakers, who improved to 2-3 on their six-game road trip. They have allowed more than 100 points in all five games.

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