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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 20 22 22 28 92 CHARLOTTE 22 22 24 17 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 26, GLEN RICE 21, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 18 CHA - DERRICK COLEMAN 19, ANTHONY MASON 18, EDDIE JONES 18

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 14, GLEN RICE 8 CHA - ELDEN CAMPBELL 13, DERRICK COLEMAN 7

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 6, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 5 CHA - DAVID WESLEY 8, ANTHONY MASON 5

ATT: 23,799


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (92) AT CHARLOTTE (85)

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

GREEN F 32 2-11 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 2 1 4 RICE F 36 8-15 4-5 1 7 8 1 2 0 1 21 ONEAL C 43 6-17 6-9 5 9 14 5 2 0 1 18 BRYANT G 34 9-18 8-8 3 4 7 6 3 0 3 26 HARPER G 20 2-8 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 2 1 4 FISHER 25 0-3 1-2 0 0 0 4 2 3 1 1 SHAW 17 4-8 2-2 1 4 5 3 0 0 1 10 HORRY 17 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 6 KNIGHT 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 FOX 12 0-2 2-2 0 2 2 3 0 0 0 2 GEORGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SALLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-88 23-28 12 34 46 25 15 7 9 92 (.386) (.821) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 10(11 PTS)

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

COLEMAN F 40 8-14 2-2 0 7 7 1 4 2 4 19 MASON F 32 7-10 4-4 0 5 5 5 4 0 1 18 CAMPBELL C 39 2-8 1-2 1 12 13 0 6 0 1 5 JONES G 43 6-20 6-6 2 4 6 4 1 3 2 18 WESLEY G 42 4-11 1-2 0 2 2 8 2 1 5 10 MILLER 14 3-6 5-6 3 2 5 0 2 0 0 11 B DAVIS 11 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 BROWN 19 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 4 R DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION ELLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-77 19-22 7 35 42 19 22 6 13 85 (.416) (.864) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(8 PTS)

LA LAKERS 20 22 22 28 - 92 CHARLOTTE 22 22 24 17 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - HORRY 2, HARPER, SHAW, ONEAL, GREEN. CHARLOTTE - CAMPBELL 4, BROWN 2, COLEMAN 2, JONES, MASON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 1-8 (.125), RICE 1-2, BRYANT 0-1, HARPER 0-1, FISHER 0-2, HORRY 0-1, FOX 0-1. CHARLOTTE 2-12 (.167), COLEMAN 1-3, CAMPBELL 0-1, JONES 0-4, WESLEY 1-3, BROWN 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHARLOTTE - WESLEY, CAMPBELL. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, RON OLESIAK, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 23,799. T - 2:16.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 32 2-11 0-0 2-5 0 1 4 Rice 36 8-15 4-5 1-8 1 2 21 Oneal 43 6-17 6-9 5-14 5 2 18 Bryant 34 9-18 8-8 3-7 6 3 26 Harper 20 2-8 0-0 0-1 3 1 4 Fisher 25 0-3 1-2 0-0 4 2 1 Shaw 17 4-8 2-2 1-5 3 0 10 Horry 17 3-6 0-0 0-3 0 3 6 Knight 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Fox 12 0-2 2-2 0-2 3 0 2 George DNP - coach's decision Salley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-88 23-28 12-46 25 15 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.386, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Rice 1-2, Bryant 0-1, Harper 0-1, Fisher 0-2, Horry 0-1, Fox 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Horry 2, Harper, Shaw, Oneal, Green). Turnovers: 10 (Bryant 3, Fisher, Green, Harper, Oneal, Rice, Shaw). Steals: 7 (Fisher 3, Green 2, Harper 2).

CHARLOTTE (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Coleman 40 8-14 2-2 0-7 1 4 19 Mason 32 7-10 4-4 0-5 5 4 18 Campbell 39 2-8 1-2 1-13 0 6 5 Jones 43 6-20 6-6 2-6 4 1 18 Wesley 42 4-11 1-2 0-2 8 2 10 Miller 14 3-6 5-6 3-5 0 2 11 B Davis 11 0-3 0-0 1-1 1 2 0 Brown 19 2-5 0-0 0-3 0 1 4 R Davis DNP - coach's decision Ellis DNP - coach's decision Fuller DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-77 19-22 7-42 19 22 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Coleman 1-3, Campbell 0-1, Jones 0-4, Wesley 1-3, Brown 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 10 (Campbell 4, Brown 2, Coleman 2, Jones, Mason). Turnovers: 13 (Wesley 5, Coleman 4, Jones 2, Campbell, Mason). Steals: 6 (Jones 3, Coleman 2, Wesley). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 20 22 22 28 - 92 Charlotte 22 22 24 17 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Charlotte 2 (Wesley, 6:37 2nd; Campbell, 9:32 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Charlotte 1 (Coleman, 1:02 3rd). A: 23,799. T: 2:16. Officials: Dan Crawford, Ron Olesiak, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Although Eddie Jones has had the Los Angeles Lakers regretting their decision to trade him last season, Glen Rice got the last laugh once again.

Jones scored 18 points in his first game against his former team but Rice tallied 21 and Kobe Bryant scored eight points during a key fourth-quarter run, rallying the Lakers to a 92-85 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

Rice was playing his first game in Charlotte since being traded on March 10, 1999 with forward J.R. Reid and guard B.J. Armstrong for Jones and Elden Campbell. He received a warm reception from the Charlotte Coliseum crowd during pregame introductions.

The sharpshooting forward, who has been the subject trade rumors this season, scored 17 points while Jones sat on the sidelines nursing a sore elbow in their previous meeting, an 87-83 Lakers' victory on January 7.

"Glen came out very aggressive and I like that," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "He was challenged defensively by (Anthony) Mason and I think he liked that."

Rice did not to speak to the media after the game.

"Every game is the same, we're just trying to win," Jones said. Granted, seeing the Lakers' jersey is a little more motivation, but its basically the same as any other game."

Initially drafted by the Hornets, Bryant ignited a 12-2 run with a slam that cut the deficit to 74-70 with 9:05 remaining. Rick Fox hit two free throws and reserve guard Brian Shaw followed with a running jumper to tie the game at 74-74 at the 8:04 mark.

Bryant drained a 21-footer and, after Derrick Coleman tied the game with two free throws, put Los Angeles ahead to stay with another long jumper from the left sideline. His fourth basket of the sequence gave the Lakers an 80-76 lead with 6:10 to play.

"I had to rest Eddie for a couple of minutes in the fourth because he played most of the game," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "It just so happened that that's when they made their run."

Bryant finished with 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

"We didn't shoot the ball very well," Jackson said. "Both teams looked a little tired after games last night.

"Kobe had a big fourth quarter and hit consecutive shots when we needed them," Jackson added.

Charlotte got within 84-83 on a 3-pointer by Coleman with 2:59 left but Shaw answered with a 20-footer from the right side and A.C. Green hit a short jumper from the left baseline to extend the lead to 88-83 with 2:01 remaining.

Shaquille O'Neal and Rice added two free throws each to preserve the Lakers' fifth straight win. Los Angeles improved to 2-5 when trailing entering the final quarter.

"Glen played well," O'Neal said. "He is starting to get his focus back. I think he wanted it. He played with emotion and shot the ball well."

O'Neal had 18 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles, which improved to 16-7 on the road. A notoriously poor foul shooter, O'Neal was productive at the foul line for a second straight game, making 6-of-9 following Tuesday's improbable 11-of-12 performance in Chicago.

"I ain't messing around no more with free throws," O'Neal said. "I have been concentrating the last couple of games. Just taking my time -- focusing."

Shaw collected 10 points off the bench for the Lakers, who shot just 38 percent (34-of-88) from the field but committed only 10 turnovers.

Coleman finished with 19 points as Charlotte had its four-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 20-4 at home.

"I think the Lakers are a great ballclub," Coleman said. "They were able to hold on down the stretch. We had an opportunity to win. It was a playoff attitude out there and it was a great thing."

Mason had 18 points and Campbell grabbed 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who shot 42 percent (32-of-77), including 2-of-12 from behind the arc.

"They made shots when they had to," Silas said. They made a run in the fourth quarter that we could not recover from. Glen Rice had a good offensive game and Kobe was big for them in the fourth."

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