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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 22 31 23 28 104 SACRAMENTO 31 20 21 17 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 30, DEREK FISHER 19, KOBE BRYANT 18 SAC - CORLISS WILLIAMSON 22, CHRIS WEBBER 21, VLADE DIVAC 14

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 16, VLADE DIVAC 7

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 7, DEREK FISHER 6 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 6, PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 6

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (104) AT SACRAMENTO (89)

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

RICE F 35 5-13 4-4 0 3 3 0 4 0 4 15 RODMAN F 19 1-2 0-0 3 5 8 1 2 0 0 2 ONEAL C 33 12-20 6-11 9 9 18 0 3 1 2 30 BRYANT G 42 7-18 4-4 0 2 2 7 4 6 8 18 HARPER G 13 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 FISHER 34 7-13 2-2 0 0 0 6 0 3 5 19 FOX 17 5-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 2 2 11 HORRY 29 1-7 0-0 2 6 8 2 4 0 0 2 LUE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 PATTERSON 2 0-1 0-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 REID 15 2-6 3-4 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 7 ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-87 19-27 16 29 45 18 23 13 22 104 (.460) (.704) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 22(20 PTS)

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

WEBBER F 41 10-20 1-7 5 11 16 6 3 5 7 21 C WILLIAMSON F 31 9-10 4-6 1 1 2 0 4 1 0 22 DIVAC C 33 6-14 2-2 4 3 7 2 4 2 6 14 MAXWELL G 32 2-8 1-2 0 3 3 3 4 1 2 5 J WILLIAMS G 42 5-14 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 2 3 12 BARRY 13 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 FUNDERBURKE 9 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 4 HAWKINS 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 JAMES 2 1-1 0-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 POLLARD 11 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 2 STOJAKOVIC 20 1-6 4-4 1 1 2 6 1 2 0 7 ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - TENDINITIS LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 36-79 14-25 12 26 38 21 22 14 24 89 (.456) (.560) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 24(22 PTS)

LA LAKERS 22 31 23 28 - 104 SACRAMENTO 31 20 21 17 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - HORRY 2. SACRAMENTO - DIVAC 2, STOJAKOVIC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 5-15 (.333), RICE 1-5, BRYANT 0-1, FISHER 3-5, FOX 1-1, HORRY 0-2, REID 0-1. SACRAMENTO 3-17 (.176), WEBBER 0-1, DIVAC 0-1, MAXWELL 0-2, J WILLIAMS 2-8, BARRY 0-1, STOJAKOVIC 1-4. TECHNICALS: SACRAMENTO - BARRY. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TOMMY NUNEZ, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 17,317. T - 2:10.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 35 5-13 4-4 0-3 0 4 15 Rodman 19 1-2 0-0 3-8 1 2 2 Oneal 33 12-20 6-11 9-18 0 3 30 Bryant 42 7-18 4-4 0-2 7 4 18 Harper 13 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Fisher 34 7-13 2-2 0-0 6 0 19 Fox 17 5-5 0-0 0-1 0 2 11 Horry 29 1-7 0-0 2-8 2 4 2 Lue 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Patterson 2 0-1 0-2 1-1 0 0 0 Reid 15 2-6 3-4 1-3 1 3 7 Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-87 19-27 16-45 18 23 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.460, FT-.704. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Rice 1-5, Bryant 0-1, Fisher 3-5, Fox 1-1, Horry 0-2, Reid 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 2 (Horry 2). Turnovers: 22 (Bryant 8, Fisher 5, Rice 4, Fox 2, Oneal 2, Lue). Steals: 13 (Bryant 6, Fisher 3, Fox 2, Oneal, Reid).

SACRAMENTO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 41 10-20 1-7 5-16 6 3 21 C Williamson 31 9-10 4-6 1-2 0 4 22 Divac 33 6-14 2-2 4-7 2 4 14 Maxwell 32 2-8 1-2 0-3 3 4 5 J Williams 42 5-14 0-0 0-3 2 0 12 Barry 13 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Funderburke 9 1-3 2-2 0-0 0 1 4 Hawkins 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 James 2 1-1 0-2 0-1 0 0 2 Pollard 11 1-1 0-0 1-3 0 3 2 Stojakovic 20 1-6 4-4 1-2 6 1 7 Abdul-wahad DNP - tendinitis left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 14-25 12-38 21 22 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.560. 3-Point Goals: 3-17, .176 (Webber 0-1, Divac 0-1, Maxwell 0-2, J Williams 2-8, Barry 0-1, Stojakovic 1-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Divac 2, Stojakovic). Turnovers: 24 (Webber 7, Divac 6, J Williams 3, Barry 2, Funderburke 2, Hawkins 2, Maxwell 2). Steals: 14 (Webber 5, Divac 2, J Williams 2, Stojakovic 2, Barry, C Williamson, Maxwell). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 22 31 23 28 - 104 Sacramento 31 20 21 17 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Sacramento 1 (Barry, 1:41 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:10. Officials: Hue Hollins, Tommy Nunez, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- Shaquille O'Neal scored 30 points and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers avoided their first-ever season-series sweep at the hands of the Sacramento Kings with a 104-89 victory.

Kobe Bryant added 18 points and combined with O'Neal to score 23 straight for Los Angeles during a decisive run that spanned the third and fourth quarters.

"We got off to a good start and it was fairly even until that stretch in the third quarter where Kobe and Shaq really started to heat up and they were able to stretch their lead," Kings coach Rick Adelman said.

Chris Webber, who had 21 points and 16 rebounds, hit a jumper to give Sacramento a 69-68 lead with 2:30 remaining in the third period. But the Kings, who defeated the Lakers twice by a combined six points earlier this season, were blown away by Los Angeles' dynamic duo.

"We're finally starting to play some Laker basketball," Bryant said. "We did a good job of executing tonight. I just wanted to read the defense and go with the flow and learn to play our system. I just have to be aggressive and feed off my teammates and I think that finally worked out."

O'Neal and Bryant combined for eight points to give Los Angeles a 76-72 lead entering the fourth quarter before scoring eight and seven points to make up a 15-4 run that gave the Lakers a commanding 91-76 bulge with 5:58 to play.

"The outcome was good," O'Neal said. "We need to do this consistently or we're not going to get far. Everybody just has to look in the mirror and do their job and play perfect team basketball to get to the next level. I can't do it all myself. I'm going to get my points whenever I want. I'm a prolific scorer but I need to think more and help this team win."

Reserve point guard Derek Fisher scored 19 points and Glen Rice added 15 for Los Angeles (24-13), which pulled within one-half game of fourth-place Houston in the Western Conference.

Corliss Williamson matched a season high with 22 points and ex-Laker Vlade Divac added 14 for Sacramento (15-20), which slipped two games behind Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the West.

Rick Fox scored 11 points in 17 minutes off the bench for Los Angeles, which shot 46 percent (40-of-87) and overcame 20 turnovers.

"It was hard to stop them tonight," said Webber. "It just seemed like their whole team was scoring. Give them a lot of credit, they are a good offensive team. You can't have any lapses on defense and we had a few of those tonight. We are a scoring team but we just could not keep up with them tonight."

Rookie Jason Williams scored 12 points for the Kings, who shot 46 percent (36-of-79) and were outrebounded, 45-38. Sacramento yielded 24 points off 22 turnovers.

"I was really pleased with our defense," Los Angeles coach Kurt Rambis said. "We stepped up and played well. It's nice to see a solid team out there. We weren't perfect but we executed offensively, made big shots and did the things we've been wanting to do."

"This was a tough one," Adelman added. "It's very difficult to win a game when you commit as many turnovers as we did tonight. You can't make that many mistakes or you take yourself out of the game.

Bryant's 15-footer from the right side put Los Angeles ahead for good, 70-69, with 2:15 left in the third quarter.

O'Neal capped the decisive burst with a pair of free throws with 5:58 remaining, opening a 15-point cushion and denying the Kings their first season sweep of the Lakers since the series began in 1949.

The Kings were without guard Tariq Abdul-Wahad, who was scratched just before the game with an apparent ankle injury.

"The loss of Tariq took us by surprise and hopefully he'll get well and come back by Saturday," said Williams.

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