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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 30 22 21 21 94 TORONTO 17 17 22 32 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 26, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 24, GLEN RICE 22 TOR - VINCE CARTER 29, ANTONIO DAVIS 19, KEVIN WILLIS 10

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 16, CHARLES OAKLEY 14

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - GLEN RICE 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 TOR - DEE BROWN 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (94) AT TORONTO (88)

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

GREEN F 22 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 1 0 0 RICE F 34 6-11 8-8 0 3 3 4 2 2 0 22 ONEAL C 42 9-20 6-13 3 12 15 3 3 0 2 24 BRYANT G 41 9-20 8-11 0 3 3 3 5 3 4 26 HARPER G 31 4-11 4-6 1 5 6 1 1 0 3 12 SALLEY 5 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 FISHER 21 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 1 2 0 HORRY 24 1-3 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 0 0 2 FOX 15 3-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 1 4 6 SHAW 5 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 CELESTAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION GEORGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-75 28-40 10 34 44 13 20 8 15 94 (.427) (.700) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

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

CARTER F 39 11-28 7-10 0 2 2 4 5 4 3 29 OAKLEY F 25 0-2 1-2 2 12 14 1 3 0 2 1 DAVIS C 33 9-17 1-2 7 9 16 1 5 0 2 19 MCGRADY G 25 2-10 4-5 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 8 BROWN G 29 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 5 5 0 2 5 CURRY 24 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 8 BOGUES 28 4-9 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 2 1 8 K WILLIS 17 4-9 2-2 2 4 6 1 4 0 0 10 THOMAS 20 0-1 0-2 3 1 4 0 4 0 1 0 CHRISTIE DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION A WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-89 15-23 16 34 50 19 30 9 13 88 (.393) (.652) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

LA LAKERS 30 22 21 21 - 94 TORONTO 17 17 22 32 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 5, HORRY 3, HARPER. TORONTO - MCGRADY 3, DAVIS, K WILLIS, CARTER, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 2-5 (.400), RICE 2-3, HARPER 0-1, FOX 0-1. TORONTO 3-11 (.273), CARTER 0-1, BROWN 1-5, CURRY 2-4, BOGUES 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, HANK ARMSTRONG, MATT BOLAND. A - 19,800. T - 2:36.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 22 0-1 0-0 1-4 0 2 0 Rice 34 6-11 8-8 0-3 4 2 22 Oneal 42 9-20 6-13 3-15 3 3 24 Bryant 41 9-20 8-11 0-3 3 5 26 Harper 31 4-11 4-6 1-6 1 1 12 Salley 5 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Fisher 21 0-0 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 Horry 24 1-3 0-0 2-6 0 3 2 Fox 15 3-6 0-0 2-3 0 3 6 Shaw 5 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Celestand DNP - coach's decision George DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-75 28-40 10-44 13 20 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (Rice 2-3, Harper 0-1, Fox 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 9 (Oneal 5, Horry 3, Harper). Turnovers: 15 (Bryant 4, Fox 4, Harper 3, Fisher 2, Oneal 2). Steals: 8 (Bryant 3, Rice 2, Fisher, Fox, Green).

TORONTO (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 39 11-28 7-10 0-2 4 5 29 Oakley 25 0-2 1-2 2-14 1 3 1 Davis 33 9-17 1-2 7-16 1 5 19 Mcgrady 25 2-10 4-5 1-3 1 1 8 Brown 29 2-6 0-0 0-2 5 5 5 Curry 24 3-7 0-0 1-2 2 2 8 Bogues 28 4-9 0-0 0-1 4 1 8 K Willis 17 4-9 2-2 2-6 1 4 10 Thomas 20 0-1 0-2 3-4 0 4 0 Christie DNP - sprained right ankle Stewart DNP - coach's decision A Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-89 15-23 16-50 19 30 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.652. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Carter 0-1, Brown 1-5, Curry 2-4, Bogues 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (Mcgrady 3, Davis, K Willis, Carter, Thomas). Turnovers: 14 (Carter 3, Brown 2, Davis 2, Mcgrady 2, Oakley 2, Bogues, Thomas). Steals: 9 (Carter 4, Bogues 2, Mcgrady 2, Curry). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 30 22 21 21 - 94 Toronto 17 17 22 32 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Toronto 1 (Oakley, 1:44 3rd). A: 19,800. T: 2:36. Officials: Terry Durham, Hank Armstrong, Matt Boland.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Glen Rice reminded the Toronto Raptors that there is more to the Los Angeles Lakers than Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

Rice scored 15 of his 22 points in the first quarter as the red-hot Lakers jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 94-88 victory over the Raptors, who have lost three straight games for the first time this season.

Rice is a former All-Star Game Most Valuable Player and one of the league's deadliest shooters. But he often is obscured by the attention given to O'Neal and Bryant, who have carried the Lakers of late.

The Raptors appeared to forget about Rice as they double-teamed O'Neal, and the 6-7 forward made them pay, knocking down open jumpers that spread the defense and made O'Neal and Bryant even more effective. The Lakers seemed to forget about Rice as well, struggling on offense in the fourth quarter as they repeatedly went to O'Neal and Bryant, allowing the Raptors to creep back into the game.

"It's always surprising to me when teams double off of me," Rice said. "I'll accept it and make them pay for it when they do. Down the stretch, the offensive execution really wasn't like it was in the first half."

"Glen Rice made all of his points off mental errors," Raptors coach Butch Carter said. "He hardly had to sweat for them. He's a great shooter and he knows how to take advantage of that."

Rice made 6-of-11 shots and all eight of his free throws. O'Neal had 24 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks and Bryant scored 26 points, including a lane jumper that provided an 86-80 lead with 1:08 to go. Toronto got no closer than four points thereafter as Los Angeles made 8-of-10 free throws in the final minute.

"It was more of a statement to ourselves to come up here and play with some confidence," Bryant said. "We controlled the tempo and for the most part controlled the game. We're still learning how to finish games now so we'll know how to do it at the end of the year."

"Toronto played great in the fourth quarter and we ran out of gas," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We played good for three quarters. In the first half, we shot the ball well."

The Lakers improved to 3-0 on their four-game road trip with their sixth straight win and 13th in 14 games. At 21-5, they have the best record in the NBA.

Vince Carter scored 29 points for the Raptors, who trailed by 18 points at halftime and have lost five of their last six games. Toronto failed in a bid to sweep the season series after winning in Los Angeles on November 21.

"We need to step it up," said Carter, who made just 11-of-28 shots and jawed with Bryant the entire game. "It may have been acceptable in years past with the Raptors but we have too much talent and confidence in ourselves to be playing like this."

A basket by Antonio Davis, who had 19 points and 16 rebounds matched up against the 7-2 O'Neal, pulled Toronto within 11-9 with 6:14 left in the first quarter. But Rice already was hot and scored 10 points in a 19-8 burst that closed the quarter, giving the Lakers a 30-17 lead.

"We wanted to come out and be aggressive," Rice said. "We forced them to take bad shots."

"It was pretty bad," Butch Carter said. "It was a lack of knowing what the team defensive assignments were -- no intensity or toughness either."

Two straight hoops by O'Neal capped a 6-0 spurt and widened the lead to 36-21 with 8:38 left in the second quarter. Bryant's short jumper closed the half and gave the Lakers a 52-34 bulge.

The Lakers took a 73-56 lead into the final period before the Raptors rallied. O'Neal missed 3-of-4 free throws and Davis slammed in Carter's miss before Carter's two free throws cut the deficit to 84-80 with 1:24 left. Bryant responded with his jumper.

Ron Harper scored 12 points for the Lakers, who shot 43 percent (32-of-75) and made 28-of-40 free throws. Robert Horry blocked three shots.

"We're playing in fits and spurts," Jackson said. "We need more spurts."

Charles Oakley grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds for Toronto, which shot 39 percent (35-of-89) and made 15-of-23 from the line. The Raptors held a 50-44 rebounding advantage.

"We've been struggling the last few games and it shows on the floor," Davis said. "Just when we're starting to get some attention, we slide a little bit. But we're still maturing."

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