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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 23 20 26 23 92 NEW YORK 24 20 14 27 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 43, KOBE BRYANT 24, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 20, LATRELL SPREWELL 13, CHRIS CHILDS 13

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 10, KOBE BRYANT 9 NYK - PATRICK EWING 16, KURT THOMAS 11

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (92) AT NEW YORK (85)

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

GREEN F 24 0-3 1-2 1 6 7 1 0 1 0 1 RICE F 33 3-10 0-1 2 2 4 2 3 0 1 6 ONEAL C 46 18-31 7-13 4 6 10 3 4 0 2 43 BRYANT G 44 8-23 7-10 2 7 9 7 2 3 2 24 HARPER G 19 1-2 0-0 2 5 7 3 1 0 1 3 FISHER 13 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 2 FOX 15 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 5 0 1 3 HORRY 24 2-4 1-2 0 4 4 0 2 2 1 6 SHAW 20 1-3 1-2 0 4 4 1 1 0 0 4 SALLEY 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GEORGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-80 19-32 12 34 46 19 19 6 9 92 (.425) (.594) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 9(14 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 18 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 2 4 0 1 0 SPREWELL F 42 5-13 2-2 0 3 3 2 1 0 2 13 EWING C 37 6-20 0-0 4 12 16 3 5 0 4 12 HOUSTON G 39 7-17 5-7 0 3 3 4 2 0 0 20 WARD G 23 3-4 0-0 0 3 3 3 0 2 0 8 THOMAS 28 3-4 0-1 5 6 11 2 4 0 3 6 CAMBY 22 1-8 5-8 3 5 8 1 3 0 1 7 CHILDS 21 5-7 2-2 0 1 1 2 5 0 1 13 WALLACE 10 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-81 14-20 13 35 48 19 25 2 12 85 (.407) (.700) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

LA LAKERS 23 20 26 23 - 92 NEW YORK 24 20 14 27 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - BRYANT, HARPER, FOX, HORRY. NEW YORK - THOMAS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 5-15 (.333), RICE 0-2, BRYANT 1-4, HARPER 1-1, FOX 1-2, HORRY 1-3, SHAW 1-3. NEW YORK 5-10 (.500), L JOHNSON 0-1, SPREWELL 1-1, HOUSTON 1-3, WARD 2-3, CHILDS 1-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - HEAD COACH J VAN GUNDY. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, KEN MAUER, BILL KENNEDY. A - 19,763. T - 2:25.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 24 0-3 1-2 1-7 1 0 1 Rice 33 3-10 0-1 2-4 2 3 6 Oneal 46 18-31 7-13 4-10 3 4 43 Bryant 44 8-23 7-10 2-9 7 2 24 Harper 19 1-2 0-0 2-7 3 1 3 Fisher 13 0-1 2-2 0-0 2 1 2 Fox 15 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 5 3 Horry 24 2-4 1-2 0-4 0 2 6 Shaw 20 1-3 1-2 0-4 1 1 4 Salley 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 George DNP - coach's decision Knight DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 19-32 12-46 19 19 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.594. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Rice 0-2, Bryant 1-4, Harper 1-1, Fox 1-2, Horry 1-3, Shaw 1-3). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Bryant, Harper, Fox, Horry). Turnovers: 9 (Bryant 2, Oneal 2, Fisher, Fox, Harper, Horry, Rice). Steals: 6 (Bryant 3, Horry 2, Green).

NEW YORK (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 18 0-3 0-0 1-3 2 4 0 Sprewell 42 5-13 2-2 0-3 2 1 13 Ewing 37 6-20 0-0 4-16 3 5 12 Houston 39 7-17 5-7 0-3 4 2 20 Ward 23 3-4 0-0 0-3 3 0 8 Thomas 28 3-4 0-1 5-11 2 4 6 Camby 22 1-8 5-8 3-8 1 3 7 Childs 21 5-7 2-2 0-1 2 5 13 Wallace 10 3-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 6 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Dudley DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-81 14-20 13-48 19 25 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (L Johnson 0-1, Sprewell 1-1, Houston 1-3, Ward 2-3, Childs 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Thomas 2). Turnovers: 12 (Ewing 4, Thomas 3, Sprewell 2, Camby, Childs, L Johnson). Steals: 2 (Ward 2). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 23 20 26 23 - 92 New York 24 20 14 27 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Head Coach J Van Gundy, 7:40 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:25. Officials: Steve Javie, Ken Mauer, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks used just one man to try to stop Shaquille O'Neal. They found out the only man who can stop O'Neal is himself.

O'Neal continued his scoring binge with 43 points and got some help from Kobe Bryant as the Los Angeles Lakers kept rolling with a 92-85 victory over the New York Knicks, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Working against very few double-teams, O'Neal overpowered Knicks center Patrick Ewing and anyone else who tried to guard him. He made 18-of-31 shots and 7-of 13 free throws as he eclipsed 40 points for the third time in the last four games.

"Pat is a great center, one of my idols," O'Neal said. "He just brings the best out in me."

O'Neal carried the cold-shooting Lakers into the second half. He did not come out until he asked to with 3:53 left in the third quarter. At that point, the Lakers had 56 points and O'Neal had 30.

"He had some trouble at the free-throw line and he got tired in the second half," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "He has injured hamstrings. They are sore so he plays limited at times."

As O'Neal finally began to show some signs of fatigue, Bryant emerged. After missing 10 of his first 13 shots, he scored 10 of his 24 points in the third quarter and teamed with O'Neal for the game's pivotal sequence in the final minute of the period.

"We have a good sense with one another like that," Bryant said. "Shaq sometimes come to me and says, `I'm draggin' a little bit. You gotta pick it up for me right now.'"

The Knicks closed to 62-56 on a jumper by reserve John Wallace with 56 seconds left and O'Neal answered with a hook. Wallace scored again, but O'Neal followed Bryant's miss with a thunderous slam and made the free throw for a 67-58 lead. After an offensive foul, Bryant drove for a layup at the buzzer and an 11-point bulge.

"We're gonna be the 1-2 punch for a long time to come," O'Neal said. "We're playing pretty good together right now."

O'Neal opened the fourth quarter with a hook to give the Lakers their largest lead. The Knicks closed to 78-72 on two free throws by Chris Childs with 4:57 remaining, but O'Neal made a pair from the line and Bryant threw in a long 3-pointer that beat the shot clock, gave Los Angeles an 83-72 advantage with 3:57 left and took the fight out of the Knicks.

Bryant made just 8-of-23 shots but was far more effective in the second half, when he scored 17 points and gave the Lakers a second option. Forward Glen Rice scored just six points and the bench contributed only 15.

"We played a great defensive game," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "You hold a team like that to 42 percent shooting (34-of-80) and outrebound them (48 46), you did a very good job. It was Bryant's 17 in the second half that allowed them to get separation from us."

O'Neal pulled down 10 rebounds and Bryant nine as the league-leading Lakers kept overpowering opponents. They have won 21 of their last 22 games and 11 of their last 12 on the road. Los Angeles visits Miami on Monday having gone 3-1 on its five-game road trip.

Last season, O'Neal was edged for the scoring title by Philadelphia's Allen Iverson. Over the last two weeks, the 1994 NBA scoring champion had closed the gap on Iverson from two points per game to three-tenths of a point and forged three-hundredths of a point in front of the 76ers guard today at 29.03.

"It really doesn't mean anything," O'Neal said. "I'm just trying to continue to take the high-percentage shots and my teammates keep looking for me."

"He is very tough," said Ewing, who did his best with 12 points and 16 rebounds. "He is seven feet, 300-plus pounds. You just have to do the best you can -- push him out, try to make every shot he takes tough. He is having an outstanding year. So far he is the MVP."

Trying to be physical with O'Neal hurt the Knicks. The Lakers shot 32 free throws to 20 for the Knicks as Los Angeles appeared to receive a favorable whistle.

"Officiating is part of the game you have to deal with," said Van Gundy, who picked up his fifth career technical foul just over four minutes into the game. "Steve Javie is as good an official as there is."

Allan Houston scored 20 points and Childs and Latrell Sprewell added 13 apiece for the Knicks, who shot 41 percent (33-of-81) but just 6-of-18 in the third quarter. New York has lost five of the last seven in the series after winning seven in a row.

Ewing got very little help as O'Neal scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the first quarter. But his teammates were just 3-of-15 and the Knicks took a 24-23 lead.

"Usually when my first couple shots go I'm gonna have a pretty good night," O'Neal said. "My shots were going and they weren't doubling me so I was just going to what I know. Was I surprised? Yeah."

O'Neal continued to hammer away at the Knicks' defense in the second period. He had a layup, hook and jumper in the first five minutes of the quarter, pulling the Lakers into a 32-32 tie. At that point, he had 20 points and appeared to be on his way to another 61-point explosion such as the one he had against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 6.

"He was scoring points at will, scoring points early, got into a rhythm and there was pretty much nothing we could do tonight against him," said Knicks 6-11 forward Marcus Camby, who took his turn against the 7-2 O'Neal. "He was hitting his shots and coming down and hitting his free throws. He is confident in his game right now. I could tell he has put in work. He is a whole lot better than he has been in the past. He is making jump hooks further away from the basket and when he catches a ball in so deep, there is nothing you can do."

"There never was," Bryant said. "He just didn't make free throws. Now he can."

Houston scored 13 points in the first half, which ended with New York holding a 44-43 lead. O'Neal had 24 points.

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