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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 21 19 20 22 82 LA LAKERS 28 30 17 31 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - PATRICK EWING 14, LARRY JOHNSON 13, ALLAN HOUSTON 11 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 34, KOBE BRYANT 17, RON HARPER 12


Extended Box

NEW YORK (82) AT LA LAKERS (106)

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

L JOHNSON F 31 6-8 0-0 1 5 6 1 1 2 2 13 SPREWELL F 37 3-11 3-3 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 9 EWING C 33 6-17 2-2 2 6 8 2 3 0 1 14 HOUSTON G 37 5-13 0-0 0 4 4 5 2 1 0 11 WARD G 33 3-11 1-1 1 2 3 1 4 1 2 9 CAMBY 19 1-6 2-2 1 1 2 3 5 0 0 4 CHILDS 13 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 10 THOMAS 21 0-6 0-0 4 4 8 2 3 0 0 0 WALLACE 9 4-8 0-0 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 8 LANG 4 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 BRUNSON 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-91 8-8 12 25 37 17 23 4 7 82 (.374) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 7(11 PTS)

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

GREEN F 21 1-1 1-1 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 3 RICE F 28 5-9 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 12 ONEAL C 41 14-28 6-9 3 9 12 4 2 0 3 34 BRYANT G 29 5-11 7-7 0 6 6 8 1 0 2 17 HARPER G 33 5-9 2-2 1 5 6 3 3 2 0 12 HORRY 25 1-3 1-2 2 3 5 1 4 0 0 3 FOX 20 3-7 0-0 3 2 5 0 1 2 0 9 SHAW 25 2-4 3-4 0 7 7 7 0 0 2 7 FISHER 9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 SALLEY 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 2 KNIGHT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 GEORGE 2 1-2 2-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 39-76 24-29 10 40 50 31 13 4 8 106 (.513) (.828) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 8(2 PTS)

NEW YORK 21 19 20 22 - 82 LA LAKERS 28 30 17 31 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING, SPREWELL. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 5, SHAW, BRYANT, HARPER, HORRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 6-14 (.429), L JOHNSON 1-1, SPREWELL 0-1, HOUSTON 1-1, WARD 2-8, CHILDS 2-2, THOMAS 0-1. LA LAKERS 4-11 (.364), RICE 0-2, HARPER 0-1, FOX 3-6, SHAW 0-1, FISHER 1-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - EWING, CHILDS (EJECTED-FIGHTING), LA LAKERS - HARPER, BRYANT (EJECTED-FIGHTING). OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, TED BERNHARDT, SEAN CORBIN. A - 18,997. T - 2:23.


Box Score

NEW YORK (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 31 6-8 0-0 1-6 1 1 13 Sprewell 37 3-11 3-3 1-3 2 1 9 Ewing 33 6-17 2-2 2-8 2 3 14 Houston 37 5-13 0-0 0-4 5 2 11 Ward 33 3-11 1-1 1-3 1 4 9 Camby 19 1-6 2-2 1-2 3 5 4 Childs 13 4-6 0-0 0-1 1 1 10 Thomas 21 0-6 0-0 4-8 2 3 0 Wallace 9 4-8 0-0 2-2 0 3 8 Lang 4 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Brunson 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Dudley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-91 8-8 12-37 17 23 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.374, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (L Johnson 1-1, Sprewell 0-1, Houston 1-1, Ward 2-8, Childs 2-2, Thomas 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Ewing, Sprewell). Turnovers: 7 (L Johnson 2, Ward 2, Childs, Ewing, Sprewell). Steals: 4 (L Johnson 2, Houston, Ward).

LA LAKERS (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 21 1-1 1-1 1-5 0 1 3 Rice 28 5-9 2-2 0-1 2 1 12 Oneal 41 14-28 6-9 3-12 4 2 34 Bryant 29 5-11 7-7 0-6 8 1 17 Harper 33 5-9 2-2 1-6 3 3 12 Horry 25 1-3 1-2 2-5 1 4 3 Fox 20 3-7 0-0 3-5 0 1 9 Shaw 25 2-4 3-4 0-7 7 0 7 Fisher 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 3 Salley 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 3 0 2 Knight 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 George 2 1-2 2-2 0-2 0 0 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-76 24-29 10-50 31 13 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Rice 0-2, Harper 0-1, Fox 3-6, Shaw 0-1, Fisher 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 9 (Oneal 5, Shaw, Bryant, Harper, Horry). Turnovers: 8 (Oneal 3, Bryant 2, Shaw 2, Rice). Steals: 4 (Fox 2, Harper 2). ____________________________________________ New York 21 19 20 22 - 82 La Lakers 28 30 17 31 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Ewing, 1:13 1st; Childs (ejected-fighting), 0:44 3rd). La Lakers 2 (Harper, 1:13 1st; Bryant (ejected-fighting), 0:44 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:23. Officials: Ron Garretson, Ted Bernhardt, Sean Corbin.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks should have gone home as soon as Shaquille O'Neal blocked Patrick Ewing's first shot against the glass 30 seconds into the game.

O'Neal had 34 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and five blocks, terrorizing Ewing and the Knicks throughout as the Los Angeles Lakers coasted to a 106-82 victory that featured third-quarter fisticuffs between Kobe Bryant and New York point guard Chris Childs.

The Lakers' 7-1 superstar center and leading candidate for Most Valuable Player honors set the tone when he easily deflected Ewing's layup attempt.

"I'm just telling my teammates to bring them in the middle and I'm just blocking their shots," O'Neal said. "I'm long. I can jump and I'm quick on my feet. My extra movivation today was that my grandma passed away five years ago on April 2."

O'Neal, the NBA's leading scorer, had 24 first-half points as Los Angeles opened a commanding 58-40 advantage at intermission en route to its 14th straight home win and ninth in a row overall.

The Knicks were down 71-60 with 43 seconds left in the third quarter when Childs and Bryant got into a shoving match and staredown that escalated into Childs throwing a quick right-left combination at Bryant's jaw. Both players were restrained and sent off with double technicals for fighting.

"Kobe's never been involved in anything like that and Childs has," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I think it was a game that had that playoff kind of feel to it. It got out of hand. There were some fouls that should have been called and were ignored. Those are the kind of things that happen, that create a Kobe-Childs situation."

"Kobe will remember this," O'Neal added. "He's not the type of kid that you want to get mad because when he gets mad he's dangerous and he'll go for 40 points."

O'Neal and Ewing also seemed to be in a heated exchange during the fracas, although neither was hit with a technical.

"It takes a real big man to get hit in the face on NBC with everybody watching and just walk away," O'Neal said of Bryant. "I'd like to meet him because I ain't that big yet. Not me."

"They got jostling and Chris put his head under (Bryant's) chin and Bryant put an elbow in (Childs') throat or face and Chris threw punches," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Yes, the ejections were appropriate responses and for Chris, that might cost him a game or two."

Ewing finished with 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting for the Knicks, who were dominated by O'Neal at Madison Square Garden in a 92-85 loss to the Lakers on March 19. O'Neal had 43 points and 10 rebounds in that contest and did not appear to have any serious challengers along the interior tonight, burying a variety of short jumpers, layups and dunks.

"We just tried to make every shot he took difficult and he still got what, 30 or 40?" Ewing said of O'Neal. "The thing is, we've got to play better, as a team and as individuals. The Lakers are the best team in the league and we feel we're one of the best teams in the league. But we didn't play like it today."

Bryant had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds for league-leading Los Angeles, which has won 28 of its last 29 to move eight games ahead of Portland in the Pacific Division.

"They are a championship caliber team and what they showed us is how far we are," Van Gundy said. "We have 17 days to try and get ourselves improved enough to be with the best teams in the league."

New York's top two scorers, Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell, combined for only 20 points on 8-of-22 shooting as the Knicks completed a five-game West Coast trip at 3-2. They fell 1 1/2 games behind first-place Miami in the Atlantic Division.

"We didn't really get off to a good start and never really got any particular rhythm, except for the little run we made in the third quarter," Sprewell said. "For the most part, they were in control of the game."

Ron Harper and Glen Rice scored 12 points apiece for the Lakers, who shot 51 percent (39-of-76), held a 50-37 lead at halftime and yielded only two points off turnovers.

Larry Johnson scored 13 points for the Knicks, who shot 37 percent (34-of-91) and were outscored, 24-8, at the line.

The Lakers held a 56-42 scoring advantage in the paint and beat the Knicks on the fast break, 16-8.

O'Neal followed his block of Ewing with a 10-foot hook shot on the other end before Houston hit a jumper to pull New York even for the last time.

Bryant made a runner, a 19-footer and converted a three-point play as Los Angeles went ahead to stay, 9-2, with 8:27 left in the first quarter. Bryant scored 11 of the Lakers' first 15 points before O'Neal began to take over.

O'Neal had two slams and a layup to give Los Angeles a 28-21 cushion after one period, before putting up 15 points in the second quarter and putting the Knicks away.

New York showed a little resilience in the third quarter, outscoring Los Angeles, 20-17. But after the skirmish between Bryant and Childs, Rice knocked down a pair of jumpers to give the Lakers a 75-60 cushion entering the final period.

"He hit me with an elbow in the mouth and I just reacted," Childs said. "He does it a lot and never gets called for it and you know, elbows are part of the game. But once you get them towards the facial area, you have to defend yourself."

Bryant was unavailable after the game.

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