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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 16 23 27 26 92 LA LAKERS 30 26 24 27 107 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 22, AUSTIN CROSHERE 15, JALEN ROSE 13 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 31, KOBE BRYANT 22, ROBERT HORRY 14

HIGH REBOUND: IND - DALE DAVIS 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - MARK JACKSON 6, TRAVIS BEST 4 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 7, ROBERT HORRY 4

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

INDIANA (92) AT LA LAKERS (107)

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

D DAVIS F 26 2-8 0-0 4 9 13 1 5 1 2 4 ROSE F 38 4-15 4-4 0 1 1 2 4 0 4 13 SMITS C 12 3-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 5 1 3 6 JACKSON G 30 2-9 2-2 1 0 1 6 1 1 2 7 MILLER G 41 7-17 7-9 2 3 5 1 1 2 1 22 PERKINS 27 4-6 2-2 0 4 4 0 3 0 1 12 CROSHERE 23 4-8 6-7 0 4 4 0 2 1 1 15 BEST 16 2-2 0-4 0 2 2 4 2 0 2 4 MCKEY 20 0-3 1-2 1 2 3 0 4 0 1 1 J BENDER 4 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 4 TABAK 3 1-2 2-4 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 MULLIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-76 26-36 10 29 39 14 29 7 18 92 (.395) (.722) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 18(26 PTS)

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

GREEN F 21 3-7 0-0 3 3 6 0 4 0 1 6 RICE F 29 3-10 2-2 2 1 3 1 2 1 1 8 ONEAL C 36 13-28 5-8 3 12 15 3 1 0 1 31 BRYANT G 41 9-17 3-4 1 4 5 7 3 1 3 22 HARPER G 23 4-6 1-2 0 2 2 0 5 2 2 9 FISHER 16 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 2 SALLEY 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 HORRY 27 5-7 2-2 3 1 4 4 2 0 1 14 FOX 15 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 2 6 0 2 4 SHAW 14 1-4 0-0 1 5 6 3 3 0 0 3 KNIGHT 11 1-4 2-2 3 2 5 0 0 0 1 4 GEORGE 4 0-0 4-4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 41-89 21-26 17 33 50 22 31 5 13 107 (.461) (.808) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

INDIANA 16 23 27 26 - 92 LA LAKERS 30 26 24 27 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - MILLER 2, CROSHERE 2, D DAVIS, TABAK. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2, HORRY, BRYANT, RICE, KNIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-15 (.400), ROSE 1-3, JACKSON 1-3, MILLER 1-4, PERKINS 2-4, CROSHERE 1-1. LA LAKERS 4-7 (.571), RICE 0-1, BRYANT 1-2, FISHER 0-1, HORRY 2-2, SHAW 1-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - SALLEY. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, DAVID JONES, GARY BENSON. A - 18,997. T - 2:18.


Box Score

INDIANA (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 26 2-8 0-0 4-13 1 5 4 Rose 38 4-15 4-4 0-1 2 4 13 Smits 12 3-5 0-0 1-5 0 5 6 Jackson 30 2-9 2-2 1-1 6 1 7 Miller 41 7-17 7-9 2-5 1 1 22 Perkins 27 4-6 2-2 0-4 0 3 12 Croshere 23 4-8 6-7 0-4 0 2 15 Best 16 2-2 0-4 0-2 4 2 4 Mckey 20 0-3 1-2 1-3 0 4 1 J Bender 4 1-1 2-2 0-0 0 2 4 Tabak 3 1-2 2-4 1-1 0 0 4 Mullin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-76 26-36 10-39 14 29 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Rose 1-3, Jackson 1-3, Miller 1-4, Perkins 2-4, Croshere 1-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (Miller 2, Croshere 2, D Davis, Tabak). Turnovers: 18 (Rose 4, Smits 3, Best 2, D Davis 2, Jackson 2, Croshere, J Bender, Mckey, Miller, Perkins). Steals: 7 (Miller 2, Croshere, D Davis, Jackson, Smits, Tabak).

LA LAKERS (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 21 3-7 0-0 3-6 0 4 6 Rice 29 3-10 2-2 2-3 1 2 8 Oneal 36 13-28 5-8 3-15 3 1 31 Bryant 41 9-17 3-4 1-5 7 3 22 Harper 23 4-6 1-2 0-2 0 5 9 Fisher 16 0-2 2-2 0-0 1 2 2 Salley 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Horry 27 5-7 2-2 3-4 4 2 14 Fox 15 2-4 0-0 1-3 2 6 4 Shaw 14 1-4 0-0 1-6 3 3 3 Knight 11 1-4 2-2 3-5 0 0 4 George 4 0-0 4-4 0-0 1 1 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-89 21-26 17-50 22 31 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 4-7, .571 (Rice 0-1, Bryant 1-2, Fisher 0-1, Horry 2-2, Shaw 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 2, Horry, Bryant, Rice, Knight). Turnovers: 13 (Bryant 3, Fox 2, Harper 2, Green, Horry, Knight, Oneal, Rice, Salley). Steals: 5 (Harper 2, Bryant, Fisher, Rice). ____________________________________________ Indiana 16 23 27 26 - 92 La Lakers 30 26 24 27 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Salley, 0:24 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:18. Officials: Joe Forte, David Jones, Gary Benson.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Lakers brought a slightly shorter streak and a much stronger game into their second encounter with the Indiana Pacers.

Shaquille O'Neal had 31 points and 15 rebounds as the league-leading Lakers avenged a big loss against the Pacers by trouncing the Eastern Conference's best team, 107-92, for their 14th straight win.

"We knew that if we came out and played our game we would match up very well with them," O'Neal said. "It is all about simple math. If we do that we what we have to do then we don't have to worry about what the other team is doing."

Los Angeles had its NBA season-high 16-game winning streak snapped in a 111-102 loss at Conseco Fieldhouse on January 14. Tonight, the Lakers never even let the Pacers sniff a victory, jumping out to a 28-12 lead and never looking back.

Kobe Bryant had a solid all-around game with 22 points, seven assists, five rebounds and a pair of blocked shots for Los Angeles, which posted its seventh straight win at the Staples Center and improved to 27-4 here overall. The Lakers (48-11) remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Portland for the league's best record.

Reggie Miller scored 22 points for Indiana, which was trying to become the first NBA team since the 1990-91 Phoenix Suns to snap two winning streaks of 13 or more games in a single season. The Pacers, who looked dismal in a 118-87 blowout loss at Phoenix on Thursday, fell to 13-17 on the road.

"We didn't play very well last night and the guys didn't play many minutes so they should have been fresh today, ready to play," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "We just didn't play with any force, we didn't meet the intensity. When we do that we don't win any ballgames. If we continue to play like we have the last two days, we probably won't even make the playoffs."

Ironically, the Pacers also suffered a loss in their previous visit here against the league-worst Los Angeles Clippers on January 8.

The Lakers extended their lead to 56-39 at the half behind 12 second-quarter points from Robert Horry. Los Angeles held a whopping 56-34 advantage in points in the paint and a 50-39 rebounding edge. The Lakers also scored 28 points off turnovers, turning a possible NBA Finals preview into a laugher.

"Well, you never know," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said of a possible championship series with the Pacers. "It is one of those things that you don't know ... that comes down to a feeling in the last month of the season. I don't know how it is going to crank out."

Horry finished with 14 points for Los Angeles, which shot 46 percent (41-of-89).

"Robert Horry did an excellent job," Jackson said. "When we can get guys coming off the bench and contributing like that, we will be a hard team to beat."

"You never know, we might meet them again," Horry said. "We just wanted to go out and play our best ball. And that is what we did tonight."

Austin Croshere scored 15 points, Jalen Rose 13 and Sam Perkins added 12 for Indiana, which shot 39.5 percent (30-of-76).

"They are an excellent team with a ton of talent," Croshere said. "You certainly can't beat them having an average night. You really need to play good basketball, if not your best, if you are going to beat them, especially on their court. And we certainly didn't do that tonight.

"We have played some tough teams, but I think from the bottom we have to give them the nod as the best team in the league."

Dale Davis' slam gave the Pacers their last lead at 10-9 with 6:39 remaining in the first quarter. Bryant hit an 11-footer off a feed from O'Neal and returned the favor to his pivotman for an uncontested layup as Los Angeles went ahead for good.

Ron Harper converted a three-point play, O'Neal slammed, made a short hook in the lane and two free throws before A.C. Green's layup gave the Lakers a 24-10 cushion with 2:15 left in the first quarter.

Croshere made two free throws but Green answered with a layup and Harper added one of his own to stretch the advantage to 28-12 with 1:15 remaining in the period.

Croshere sank two free throws and a 23-footer to shave the deficit to 30-21 early in the second quarter. Rick Fox's layup, O'Neal's dunk and Horry's 25-footer padded the lead to 38-23 with 7:30 left in the half.

Croshere's 19-footer got it down to 13, but Horry was good from 25 feet and Brian Shaw hit another 3-pointer to make it 46-27 4:17 before intermission.

The lead never got lower than 12 points in the third quarter and Miller's driving layup got the Pacers within 82-73 with 9:45 to play.

The Lakers again answered the mild threat as O'Neal converted a three-point play, hit an eight-footer and slammed to make it 89-73 with 8:29 left. Bryant followed with a free throws and Travis Knight's layup made it a 19-point bulge.

"After the All-Star break, we just wanted to come out like we did at the beginning of the season," O'Neal said. "We've been playing well, I'm glad I've got so many good teammates."

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