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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 18 29 21 22 90 SACRAMENTO 25 25 23 16 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 34, KOBE BRYANT 24, GLEN RICE 18 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 28, JASON WILLIAMS 21, TONY DELK 12

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 14, GLEN RICE 10 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 15, SCOT POLLARD 7

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 8, JASON WILLIAMS 6

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (90) AT SACRAMENTO (89)

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

GREEN F 17 1-5 0-0 2 5 7 0 0 1 2 2 RICE F 37 6-18 4-4 1 9 10 1 2 0 0 18 ONEAL C 45 15-26 4-8 3 5 8 3 3 0 2 34 BRYANT G 44 8-19 8-11 5 9 14 4 1 2 3 24 HARPER G 21 1-5 2-2 0 0 0 2 4 1 0 5 SHAW 17 0-3 0-0 0 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 FISHER 14 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 HORRY 31 3-7 0-0 2 4 6 0 4 1 1 7 FOX 11 0-3 0-0 2 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 KNIGHT 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 GEORGE DNP - NOT WITH TEAM - ILLNESS SALLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-89 18-25 15 38 53 15 15 5 9 90 (.382) (.720) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 9(8 PTS)

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

WEBBER F 44 13-26 2-2 3 12 15 8 6 0 5 28 C WILLIAMSON F 14 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 2 DIVAC C 30 2-5 2-3 0 6 6 2 3 3 2 6 ANDERSON G 33 3-13 0-1 2 2 4 0 2 0 1 8 J WILLIAMS G 41 9-20 1-1 0 2 2 6 1 0 0 21 CORBIN 34 3-8 0-0 0 5 5 2 2 0 1 6 BARRY 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 POLLARD 19 1-5 3-4 5 2 7 1 4 0 1 5 DELK 17 6-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 2 0 12 MARTIN 1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 FUNDERBURKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION STOJAKOVIC DNP - SPRAINED THUMB

TOTALS 240 38-87 9-13 11 33 44 20 24 5 11 89 (.437) (.692) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

LA LAKERS 18 29 21 22 - 90 SACRAMENTO 25 25 23 16 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, BRYANT, HARPER. SACRAMENTO - WEBBER 4, DIVAC 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-11 (.364), RICE 2-3, BRYANT 0-1, HARPER 1-2, HORRY 1-4, FOX 0-1. SACRAMENTO 4-18 (.222), WEBBER 0-1, ANDERSON 2-9, J WILLIAMS 2-8. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL, HORRY, SACRAMENTO - DIVAC. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, DERRICK STAFFORD, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 17,317. T - 2:28.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 17 1-5 0-0 2-7 0 0 2 Rice 37 6-18 4-4 1-10 1 2 18 Oneal 45 15-26 4-8 3-8 3 3 34 Bryant 44 8-19 8-11 5-14 4 1 24 Harper 21 1-5 2-2 0-0 2 4 5 Shaw 17 0-3 0-0 0-3 3 0 0 Fisher 14 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Horry 31 3-7 0-0 2-6 0 4 7 Fox 11 0-3 0-0 2-3 2 0 0 Knight 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 George DNP - not with team - illness Salley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-89 18-25 15-53 15 15 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.720. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Rice 2-3, Bryant 0-1, Harper 1-2, Horry 1-4, Fox 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Oneal 3, Bryant, Harper). Turnovers: 9 (Bryant 3, Green 2, Oneal 2, Fox, Horry). Steals: 5 (Bryant 2, Green, Harper, Horry).

SACRAMENTO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 44 13-26 2-2 3-15 8 6 28 C Williamson 14 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 2 2 Divac 30 2-5 2-3 0-6 2 3 6 Anderson 33 3-13 0-1 2-4 0 2 8 J Williams 41 9-20 1-1 0-2 6 1 21 Corbin 34 3-8 0-0 0-5 2 2 6 Barry 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Pollard 19 1-5 3-4 5-7 1 4 5 Delk 17 6-6 0-0 0-1 1 2 12 Martin 1 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Funderburke DNP - coach's decision Stojakovic DNP - sprained thumb _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-87 9-13 11-44 20 24 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Webber 0-1, Anderson 2-9, J Williams 2-8). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Webber 4, Divac 2). Turnovers: 12 (Webber 5, Divac 2, Anderson, Barry, Corbin, Pollard). Steals: 5 (Divac 3, Delk 2). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 18 29 21 22 - 90 Sacramento 25 25 23 16 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 2 (Oneal, 2:11 4th; Horry, 2:11 4th). Sacramento 1 (Divac, 2:11 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:28. Officials: Dan Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- Even when they appear on the verge of certain collapse, Shaquille O'Neal and the league-leading Los Angeles Lakers find a way to beat you.

O'Neal converted a three-point play off a beautiful feed from Kobe Bryant with 6.5 seconds to play and blocked Vlade Divac's potential winning shot as time expired, lifting the Lakers to a gritty 90-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

O'Neal, who scored 34 points to overtake Philadelphia's Allen Iverson for the league scoring lead, did not appear to have the touch down the stretch as he and his teammates misfired on 15 of 16 shots.

But after Darrick Martin made 1-of-2 from the line to give the Kings an 89-87 lead with 17 seconds to play, Bryant faked a jumper and found O'Neal under the basket with a bullet pass for the tying layup.

"They are a scrambling defensive team and they were scrambling," O'Neal said. "But Kobe drew them like he was going to take the shot and got it down to me. I knew I would make the shot."

The 7-1 center and front-runner for league Most Valuable Player drew contact from Kings center Scot Pollard and flashed the latest improvement to his game when he drained the ensuing free throw to put Los Angeles ahead for good.

"We have all the confidence in the world and we knew Shaq would come through at the line," Lakers forward Glen Rice said. "He has worked hard at the line and he has a lot more confidence in himself."

After a timeout, O'Neal leaped out on Divac's 19-footer and batted it away to seal the Lakers' sixth straight win and 25th in 26 games. O'Neal made 15-of-26 shots, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots for Los Angeles, which avenged a 103-91 loss here on December 8 and improved the NBA's best road mark to 28-8.

"It was a very enthusiastic and exciting game," O'Neal said. "We started off kind of slow and they shot the ball well in the beginning, but we picked it up and hung in there and got a good win today. We know that any team that plays us is going to be very pumped up and bring their `A' game."

"We won this game," Divac said defiantly. "It was a tough shot. thinking drive, but there wasn't much time left. If we play good, we can win. We put ourselves in a position to win this one and we didn't. I guess we didn't earn respect yet."

Bryant had 24 points and matched a career high with 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who did not take their first lead until early in the fourth quarter and overcame 38 percent (34-of-89) shooting by committing just nine turnovers.

Sacramento's Chris Webber had 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists before fouling out with less than two minutes to play. Moments earlier, Webber was in the middle of a shoving match among O'Neal, Divac and Lakers forward Robert Horry that resulted in a double technical foul and Jason Williams' free throw that gave the Kings an 88-84 lead with 2:11 to play.

O'Neal responded by making 1-of-2 from the line and Bryant ended an 0-of-12 shooting slump by the Lakers with a driving layup that cut the deficit to one with 1:37 left.

Williams scored 21 points for the Kings, who slipped into a seventh-place tie with Seattle in the Western Conference, setting up a potential first-round playoff encounter with the Lakers.

"It's a big win for us, coming in and beating them on their floor," Rice said. "We may end up facing them in the playoffs and they have given us problems."

Rice had 18 points and tied his season high with 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, which held a 53-44 advantage on the boards and outscored the Kings, 44-34, in the paint.

Tony Delk scored 12 points off the bench for Sacramento, which got just seven minutes out of reserve shooting guard Jon Barry due to a pinched nerve in his neck.

The Kings shot 44 percent (38-of-87) and were outscored, 18-9, at the line.

"I feel like we're not getting our due," Webber said. "I went to the free-throw line one time all night. It feels like I got more calls in Washington than here, but you just have to keep going and keep playing hard."

Webber buried half his 26 shots. He came out on fire in the first quarter, scoring 14 points to lead the Kings to a 25-18 lead and bringing the sellout crowd of 17,317 at Arco Arena to its feet at the end of the period.

"We wanted to play a game at this level, especially in front of their home crowd," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We were unfortunate to have Webber have such a hot hand, but in the second half we were able to seal him in a little bit. It was a really hard-fought game."

O'Neal and Bryant combined for 39 of the Lakers' 47 first-half points as Los Angeles drew within three points at intermission. Rice's 14-footer shaved the deficit to 58-56 with 8:28 remaining in the third quarter, but Williams hit a 13-footer and knocked down a 3-pointer to build the lead back to 63-56 with 6:03 left in the period.

O'Neal made a five-footer and Rice connected from 25 feet as the Lakers drew even at 67-67 with 2:05 remaining. But Webber and Pollard made two free throws each and Williams sent the crowd into a frenzy with a turnaround 16-footer from the right side to make it 73-67 28 seconds before the final period.

O'Neal finally pushed the Lakers in front with a six-footer and three-point play that made it 76-75 with 10:33 to play.

The fourth quarter featured six lead changes and eight ties, but the contest appeared to swing in Sacramento's favor when Divac made two free throws, Webber hit a seven-foot hook and Williams drained hit his technical free throw.

"We did everything to win the game and we were right there," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "Guys played hard, they fought, they did a nice job. We just didn't finish it."

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