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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 23 21 23 31 98 LA LAKERS 27 22 22 30 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 25, ANDRE MILLER 23, CHRIS GATLING 17 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 34, KOBE BRYANT 32, RICK FOX 13

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 11, ANDRE MILLER 8 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 23, RON HARPER 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 7, SIX PLAYERS WITH 1 LAL - BRIAN SHAW 5, KOBE BRYANT 5

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (98) AT LA LAKERS (101)

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

MURRAY F 37 10-22 4-7 5 6 11 1 4 1 3 25 WEATHERSPOON F 25 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 4 GATLING C 45 4-13 8-11 1 6 7 1 5 2 3 17 JACKSON G 42 5-13 4-4 3 3 6 1 3 1 2 15 MILLER G 41 9-19 5-9 2 6 8 7 3 3 0 23 TRAYLOR 22 2-6 0-0 3 1 4 1 5 0 0 4 LANGDON 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 C HENDERSON 13 5-9 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 10 A JOHNSON 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 BOHANNON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 HARPRING DNP - LEFT ANKLE SURGERY MIHM DNP - BRUISED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 37-89 21-31 16 24 40 13 24 10 11 98 (.416) (.677) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 11(18 PTS)

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

FOX F 31 4-9 3-4 2 1 3 3 3 0 2 13 GRANT F 29 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 1 0 2 ONEAL C 43 13-19 8-16 5 18 23 4 4 1 3 34 BRYANT G 42 10-25 10-11 2 3 5 5 6 2 4 32 HARPER G 27 2-5 0-0 2 5 7 2 3 0 3 4 HORRY 16 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 SHAW 21 0-2 0-0 0 6 6 5 1 0 1 0 MADSEN 7 1-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 RIDER 20 5-8 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 12 FOSTER 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 LUE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MEDVEDENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-77 23-33 14 37 51 21 24 5 13 101 (.481) (.697) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

CLEVELAND 23 21 23 31 - 98 LA LAKERS 27 22 22 30 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - MILLER, MURRAY. LA LAKERS - BRYANT 2, ONEAL 2, GRANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 3-11 (.273), MURRAY 1-3, GATLING 1-3, JACKSON 1-2, MILLER 0-2, C HENDERSON 0-1. LA LAKERS 4-13 (.308), FOX 2-5, BRYANT 2-6, HARPER 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, BILL SPOONER, BILL KENNEDY. A - 18,997. T - 2:22.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 37 10-22 4-7 5-11 1 4 25 Weatherspoon 25 2-6 0-0 1-3 1 0 4 Gatling 45 4-13 8-11 1-7 1 5 17 Jackson 42 5-13 4-4 3-6 1 3 15 Miller 41 9-19 5-9 2-8 7 3 23 Traylor 22 2-6 0-0 3-4 1 5 4 Langdon 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Henderson 13 5-9 0-0 1-1 0 1 10 A Johnson 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Bohannon 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Harpring DNP - left ankle surgery Mihm DNP - bruised right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-89 21-31 16-40 13 24 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.677. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Murray 1-3, Gatling 1-3, Jackson 1-2, Miller 0-2, C Henderson 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 2 (Miller, Murray). Turnovers: 11 (Gatling 3, Murray 3, A Johnson 2, Jackson 2, Bohannon). Steals: 10 (Miller 3, Gatling 2, C Henderson, Jackson, Langdon, Murray, Weatherspoon).

LA LAKERS (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 31 4-9 3-4 2-3 3 3 13 Grant 29 1-5 0-0 1-4 1 1 2 Oneal 43 13-19 8-16 5-23 4 4 34 Bryant 42 10-25 10-11 2-5 5 6 32 Harper 27 2-5 0-0 2-7 2 3 4 Horry 16 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 2 Shaw 21 0-2 0-0 0-6 5 1 0 Madsen 7 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 Rider 20 5-8 2-2 0-0 0 2 12 Foster 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Lue 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Medvedenko DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-77 23-33 14-51 21 24 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.697. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Fox 2-5, Bryant 2-6, Harper 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Bryant 2, Oneal 2, Grant). Turnovers: 15 (Bryant 4, Harper 3, Oneal 3, Fox 2, Shaw). Steals: 5 (Bryant 2, Grant, Oneal, Rider). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 23 21 23 31 - 98 La Lakers 27 22 22 30 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: La Lakers 1 (Horry, 6:40 4th). A: 18,997. T: 2:22. Officials: Terry Durham, Bill Spooner, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- They didn't shake hands or exchange high fives, but Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant played nice for 48 minutes as the Los Angeles Lakers shook off a week of controversy with a 101-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Amid reports that O'Neal had demanded a trade and Bryant was disgruntled with the limitations placed on his game due to the reigning Most Valuable Player's presence on the court, the duo did what it does best on Friday.

O'Neal scored 34 points and grabbed a season-high 23 rebounds and Bryant added 32 points as the Lakers, playing just their fourth game in 12 days, held on for their fourth win in five contests.

The NBA's most lethal 1-2 punch did a great job of ball- and time-sharing. O'Neal had 18 points and 15 rebounds in the first half while Bryant hung in the background, firing up just eight shots for seven points.

"I made a conscious effort to get him the ball," Bryant admitted. "I wanted to get him some touches, get him the ball, get him going in the offense. We can't have the big fella being unhappy. I want to win. He wants to win."

In the second half, the roles were reversed as Bryant took 17 shots en route to 25 points while O'Neal put up the ball just six times. The tandem blocked two shots apiece and knocked down 18-of-27 free throws while handing out nine assists.

O'Neal was not available for comment after the game.

"I don't know if its part of a pattern or a formula," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said of how his superstars seemed to split halves. "But it's part of what we are as a basketball club, especially with teams plotting to foul Shaq in the fourth quarter and in the third quarter, whenever he catches the ball in the lane."

Tracy Murray scored 25 points and Andre Miller added 23 for Cleveland, which stayed close throughout but could not overcome O'Neal and Bryant in crunch time.

Chris Gatling scored 17 points and Jim Jackson added 15 for the Cavs, who shot 42 percent (37-of-89) and lost the battle of the boards, 51-40.

Isaiah Rider and Rick Fox contributed 12 points apiece for the Lakers, who shot 48 percent (37-of-77) and scored 18 points off turnovers.

"It was nice to be back on the court," Fox said. "Sometimes, that seems to be the only quiet place, even though it's an 18,000-seat arena."

"(O'Neal and Bryant) played good together, working with each other," Rider added. "So I think that was good for the fans."

O'Neal opened the contest with an emphatic dunk and Bryant appeared more than content to let the 7-1 center take center stage at the Staples Center. After Bryant hit a jumper, O'Neal slammed again, hit an 11-footer, dunked again and threw down an alley-oop feed from Brian Shaw, helping Los Angeles to a 27-23 lead after 12 minutes.

After taking a brief breather, O'Neal resurfaced in the second quarter and went right back to work. He made a layup, drilled a nine-foot turnaround jumper, dunked and made two driving layups around a 3-pointer by Bryant as the Lakers opened a 45-38 lead with 3:04 left in the first half.

"(Bryant) caught Shaq on a cut to the basket for a dunk," Jackson said. "He found rhythm in the offense. He set the table for some of the players."

Perhaps feeling he had turned down his own game down long enough, Bryant came out with a vengeance in the second half.

He opened with a 19-footer and connected from 21 and 16 feet after O'Neal hit a short jumper. Bryant then knocked down two free throws to make it 59-50 with 6:42 left in the third quarter.

Bryant added a 3-pointer and a layup during the third quarter but was not able to put away the resilient Cavs as Los Angeles clung to a 71-67 advantage entering the final period.

Cedric Henderson's basket opened the fourth-quarter scoring and pulled Cleveland within two points. But Bryant answered with a 14-footer and two free throws before Rider's 11-footer stretched the margin to 77-69 with 9:53 to play.

O'Neal's five-footer with 7:20 remaining made it 85-74 before the Cavs crawled back. Gatling hit a 3-pointer and Miller made two free throws as Cleveland closed within 95-92 with 54 seconds left.

But O'Neal made 1-of-2 from the line and Bryant drilled two free throws with 20.5 seconds remaining and two more five ticks later.

"Kobe and Shaq are two very good players," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "We played them as well as we could. Kobe got it going in the second half."

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