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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 18 26 29 24 97 NEW JERSEY 16 17 31 25 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 35, KOBE BRYANT 21, GLEN RICE 15 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 33, KENDALL GILL 18, KEITH VAN HORN 10

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 13, GLEN RICE 6 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 16, JIM MCILVAINE 5

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 6, KENDALL GILL 4

ATT: 20,049


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (97) AT NEW JERSEY (89)

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

GREEN F 18 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 RICE F 34 5-13 4-4 0 6 6 2 3 1 2 15 ONEAL C 43 15-26 5-12 4 9 13 4 4 0 2 35 BRYANT G 39 9-20 3-4 3 1 4 4 3 0 1 21 HARPER G 22 3-6 1-2 2 3 5 4 0 1 0 7 FISHER 19 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 1 2 2 FOX 19 1-6 1-1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 KNIGHT 5 1-1 2-2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 4 HORRY 22 1-2 4-4 2 3 5 1 4 0 1 6 SHAW 19 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 4 3 1 0 2 GEORGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SALLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-82 20-29 13 29 42 22 23 5 8 97 (.463) (.690) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 8(9 PTS)

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

GILL F 28 6-13 6-6 2 1 3 4 4 1 0 18 VAN HORN F 36 4-13 2-3 2 14 16 1 1 0 1 10 MCILVAINE C 27 3-4 0-0 3 2 5 1 5 0 0 6 KITTLES G 24 3-10 0-0 0 4 4 2 2 1 2 6 MARBURY G 46 11-21 10-15 2 1 3 6 4 0 5 33 ESCHMEYER 18 0-1 1-2 1 1 2 2 6 1 1 1 NEWMAN 23 4-9 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 0 0 8 HARRIS 19 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 2 BURRELL 16 2-5 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 5 FEICK 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-78 19-26 11 31 42 21 24 4 9 89 (.436) (.731) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 10(8 PTS)

LA LAKERS 18 26 29 24 - 97 NEW JERSEY 16 17 31 25 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, BRYANT, HORRY, FOX. NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 4, ESCHMEYER, GILL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 1-6 (.167), RICE 1-3, BRYANT 0-1, FISHER 0-1, FOX 0-1. NEW JERSEY 2-17 (.118), VAN HORN 0-3, KITTLES 0-2, MARBURY 1-4, NEWMAN 0-3, HARRIS 0-1, BURRELL 1-4. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, TONY BROTHERS, RODNEY MOTT. A - 20,049. T - 2:06.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 18 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Rice 34 5-13 4-4 0-6 2 3 15 Oneal 43 15-26 5-12 4-13 4 4 35 Bryant 39 9-20 3-4 3-4 4 3 21 Harper 22 3-6 1-2 2-5 4 0 7 Fisher 19 1-3 0-0 1-4 0 3 2 Fox 19 1-6 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 Knight 5 1-1 2-2 1-1 2 0 4 Horry 22 1-2 4-4 2-5 1 4 6 Shaw 19 1-2 0-0 0-3 4 3 2 George DNP - coach's decision Salley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-82 20-29 13-42 22 23 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Rice 1-3, Bryant 0-1, Fisher 0-1, Fox 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 3, Bryant, Horry, Fox). Turnovers: 8 (Fisher 2, Oneal 2, Rice 2, Bryant, Horry). Steals: 5 (Fisher, Green, Harper, Rice, Shaw).

NEW JERSEY (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 28 6-13 6-6 2-3 4 4 18 Van Horn 36 4-13 2-3 2-16 1 1 10 Mcilvaine 27 3-4 0-0 3-5 1 5 6 Kittles 24 3-10 0-0 0-4 2 2 6 Marbury 46 11-21 10-15 2-3 6 4 33 Eschmeyer 18 0-1 1-2 1-2 2 6 1 Newman 23 4-9 0-0 1-3 3 1 8 Harris 19 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Burrell 16 2-5 0-0 0-4 0 0 5 Feick 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 G Muresan DNP - coach's decision Perry DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 19-26 11-42 21 24 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 2-17, .118 (Van Horn 0-3, Kittles 0-2, Marbury 1-4, Newman 0-3, Harris 0-1, Burrell 1-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Mcilvaine 4, Eschmeyer, Gill). Turnovers: 10 (Marbury 5, Kittles 2, Eschmeyer, Van Horn). Steals: 4 (Eschmeyer, Gill, Harris, Kittles). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 18 26 29 24 - 97 New Jersey 16 17 31 25 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Illegal Defense, 2:28 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,049. T: 2:06. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Tony Brothers, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- They may only be the second-best team in the Western Conference, but the Los Angeles Lakers are emerging as Beasts of the East.

Shaquille O'Neal scored 35 points as the Lakers extended their winning streak to eight games and remained perfect on their eastern road trip with a 97-89 triumph over the overmatched New Jersey Nets.

After an NBA season-high 16-game winning streak, the Lakers looked human by dropping six of nine from January 14-February 1. But they have recovered nicely and improved to 5-0 on their six-game trip after toying with New Jersey.

O'Neal continued to show how much he enjoys visiting the Garden State, making 15-of-26 shots, grabbing 13 rebounds and recording four blocked shots in 43 minutes. The 7-1 center scored 50 points in his last visit to Continental Airlines Arena on April 2, 1998 and had his lone career triple-double here in November 1993 as a member of the Orlando Magic, putting up 24 points, 28 rebounds and 15 blocks.

"I thought he shot poorly to start the game, he didn't get going, he didn't shoot his free throws well. Yet you look at the boxscore and it looks like he had a great game," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said.

O'Neal, who was born in nearby Newark, had 58 relatives in the stands.

"Everytime I come to (New Jersey), I try to give them a good show. I just try to do well in front of my immediate family," O'Neal said. "I have a lot of relatives here. I've had better games. It should have been 50 (points). I missed a couple of shots, a couple of throws."

Kobe Bryant added 20 points for Los Angeles, which trails Pacific Division-rival Portland (43-11) by one-half game for the league's top overall record. The Lakers improved to 18-2 against Eastern Conference foes this season and completed a season sweep of the Nets. They are 9-1 on the road against teams from the East and will conclude their trip Wednesday at Cleveland.

"It seems like the East is less of a power conference than it's been in the past," Bryant said. "All the power players are in the West. We're beating up the East by going inside."

Stephon Marbury scored 33 points for the Nets, who failed in a bid for their third straight win.

"I'd rather lose by 100 (points)," Marbury said. "Then at least I could point out the billion things we did wrong. Tonight they were just a better team."

"We let (Marbury) get off," Bryant said. "He hit some jump shots off the pick-and-roll and he got going."

Marbury scored 17 points in the third quarter as New Jersey remained within striking distance at 73-64 entering the final period. But O'Neal had 14 points over the final 12 minutes on 5-of-6 shooting as Los Angeles never allowed the Nets to pose a serious challenge.

The star-studded Lakers helped New Jersey draw its third sellout crowd of the season but were not very generous with the ball, committing only eight turnovers -- a season low for a Nets' opponent.

"It was progress over the last time we played them," New Jersey coach Don Casey said, referring to a 103-80 loss at the Staples Center on November 26. "It just seemed to have a missing element. They are good, you can see why they rank so well defensively. We labored to score today."

Scott Burrell buried a 25-footer from the right sideline to pull New Jersey within 77-71 with 10:22 to play, but O'Neal responded with an eight-foot hook and Robert Horry made two from the line to open a 10-point bulge.

O'Neal made 3-of-4 from the line and dunked with 5:31 left as the Lakers extended the advantage to 89-76.

"We played OK," O'Neal said. "We looked kind of sluggish in the first half. We hung in there and came out with the win."

Kendall Gill scored 18 points and Keith Van Horn added 10 and 16 rebounds for the Nets, who shot 44 percent (34-of-78), battled Los Angeles to a 42-42 draw on the boards and yielded only eight points off turnovers.

"We tried to single-cover Shaq the whole game and it didn't work," Van Horn said. "He's the biggest guy in the league, the most dominating big man in the league and you kind of expect that out of him. You can't let him get to where he wants to get to. I think our guys tried their hardest, but he's so much bigger than everybody. He's definitely a presence, both offensively and defensively."

Glen Rice scored 15 points for the Lakers, who shot 45 percent (29-of-64). He buried a pair of jumpers to open the scoring, but New Jersey bounced back with a 12-4 run and trailed 18-16 after one quarter.

Marbury made a free throw to start the second period, but Bryant drained two straight jumpers and Travis Knight added two from the line to make it 24-17 with 8:33 left in the half.

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