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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 35 18 29 20 102 CLEVELAND 26 15 22 33 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 47, HORACE GRANT 19, THREE PLAYERS WITH 9 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 25, BIMBO COLES 16, CHRIS GATLING 12

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - HORACE GRANT 14, MARK MADSEN 10 CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 8, ROBERT TRAYLOR 7

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 3, RON HARPER 3 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 20,053


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (102) AT CLEVELAND (96)

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

FOX F 19 1-2 0-0 1 5 6 1 2 0 3 3 GRANT F 40 7-14 5-5 9 5 14 2 2 0 0 19 FOSTER C 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 BRYANT G 41 12-26 23-26 2 3 5 3 3 3 7 47 HARPER G 30 3-8 3-3 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 9 GEORGE 9 1-3 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 MADSEN 28 0-2 0-0 6 4 10 1 5 2 2 0 SHAW 26 4-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 1 3 9 HORRY 20 4-8 0-0 2 3 5 2 4 0 1 9 LUE 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 RIDER 11 1-5 0-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 ONEAL DNP - SORE RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 33-75 32-38 20 25 45 17 23 6 19 102 (.440) (.842) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20(28 PTS)

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

C HENDERSON F 32 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 4 4 WEATHERSPOON F 30 4-7 3-4 3 5 8 0 0 1 1 11 MIHM C 15 0-6 1-2 3 0 3 0 2 1 0 1 JACKSON G 31 4-13 1-1 3 0 3 2 3 1 2 9 MILLER G 40 7-16 11-12 3 2 5 7 3 3 2 25 TRAYLOR 20 3-5 1-3 3 4 7 0 5 4 1 7 GATLING 21 5-8 2-4 1 5 6 0 5 1 4 12 LANGDON 17 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 4 1 0 9 COLES 22 6-12 4-4 2 1 3 3 3 2 0 16 BROWN 9 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 A JOHNSON 3 0-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MURRAY DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 36-80 23-32 18 20 38 16 30 15 14 96 (.450) (.719) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(20 PTS)

LA LAKERS 35 18 29 20 - 102 CLEVELAND 26 15 22 33 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - GRANT 3, HORRY, SHAW, BRYANT, FOX. CLEVELAND - BROWN 2, WEATHERSPOON, TRAYLOR. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-10 (.400), FOX 1-2, BRYANT 0-1, HARPER 0-1, GEORGE 1-3, SHAW 1-1, HORRY 1-2. CLEVELAND 1-6 (.167), JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 0-1, TRAYLOR 0-1, GATLING 0-1, LANGDON 1-1, COLES 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - RIDER. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, SEAN CORBIN, DAVID JONES. A - 20,053. T - 2:18.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 19 1-2 0-0 1-6 1 2 3 Grant 40 7-14 5-5 9-14 2 2 19 Foster 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Bryant 41 12-26 23-26 2-5 3 3 47 Harper 30 3-8 3-3 0-0 3 1 9 George 9 1-3 1-2 0-1 0 0 4 Madsen 28 0-2 0-0 6-10 1 5 0 Shaw 26 4-6 0-0 0-3 2 1 9 Horry 20 4-8 0-0 2-5 2 4 9 Lue 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 2 0 Rider 11 1-5 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 Oneal DNP - sore right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-75 32-38 20-45 17 23 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Fox 1-2, Bryant 0-1, Harper 0-1, George 1-3, Shaw 1-1, Horry 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Grant 3, Horry, Shaw, Bryant, Fox). Turnovers: 20 (Bryant 7, Fox 3, Shaw 3, Foster 2, Madsen 2, Horry, Rider). Steals: 6 (Bryant 3, Madsen 2, Shaw).

CLEVELAND (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Henderson 32 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 4 4 Weatherspoon 30 4-7 3-4 3-8 0 0 11 Mihm 15 0-6 1-2 3-3 0 2 1 Jackson 31 4-13 1-1 3-3 2 3 9 Miller 40 7-16 11-12 3-5 7 3 25 Traylor 20 3-5 1-3 3-7 0 5 7 Gatling 21 5-8 2-4 1-6 0 5 12 Langdon 17 4-6 0-0 0-1 3 4 9 Coles 22 6-12 4-4 2-3 3 3 16 Brown 9 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 A Johnson 3 0-1 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 Murray DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-80 23-32 18-38 16 30 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.450, FT-.719. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Jackson 0-1, Miller 0-1, Traylor 0-1, Gatling 0-1, Langdon 1-1, Coles 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Brown 2, Weatherspoon, Traylor). Turnovers: 15 (C Henderson 4, Gatling 4, Jackson 2, Miller 2, Traylor, Weatherspoon). Steals: 15 (Traylor 4, Miller 3, Coles 2, Brown, Gatling, Jackson, Langdon, Mihm, Weatherspoon). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 35 18 29 20 - 102 Cleveland 26 15 22 33 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Rider, 8:33 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,053. T: 2:18. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Sean Corbin, David Jones.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers can tell Kobe Bryant a thing or two about how devastating losing your starting center can be.

Playing without All-Star pivotman Shaquille O'Neal, Bryant scored 47 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 102-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have yet to recover from the loss of Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

With O'Neal nursing an injured right foot, the Lakers suffered a 91-81 loss at New York on Sunday, perhaps shedding some light on which of the Lakers' two high-profile players is more meaningful to the team's success.

On Tuesday, Bryant did just fine without his main counterpart, lighting up the slumping Cavaliers for 21 first-half points as Los Angeles opened a 53-41 halftime advantage.

"Without Shaq, we just have to let things come," Bryant said. "We all have to be aggressive."

Bryant added 14 points in the third period as the Lakers extended the advantage to 82-63. The 6-7 forward revealed afterwards that he was not in the best of health himself.

"My right shoulder is really hurting right now," Bryant said. "I didn't even make it to the shootaround. Everytime I shot, I really felt the pain. But you just have to suck it up. All I want is a win."

Bad shoulder and all, Bryant hoisted up 26 shots, connecting on 12.

The Cavaliers have not been the same since losing the 7-3 Ilgauskas to a broken foot on December 22. Cleveland was a surprising 15-9 when the oft-injured 7-3 Lithuanian went down in the second quarter of a 103-95 setback to Miami and have gone just 5-14 since.

"When you come out in the first quarter and give up 35 points right off the bat it's tough," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "We have to somehow find the answer."

Without O'Neal in the middle, Bryant forced the ball to the basket and drew foul after foul. He made 23-of-26 free throws, establishing a record for free throws made and attempted by a Cleveland opponent.

"I tried to be aggressive and get to the foul line," Bryant said.

"Once the Cavs got into the penalty, he went after them a little bit harder," Jackson said. "He got to the foul line and obviously, 26 is a ton of foul shots. He was aggressive. I debate going in there when there's a crowd. Finding an open man is a better policy."

O'Neal is listed as day-to-day. The Lakers' next game is at Minnesota on Wednesday.

Brian Shaw, Robert Horry and Ron Harper scored nine points each for Los Angeles, which got careless with a 21-point fourth-quarter lead.

The Cavaliers used a 20-6 run to crawl within 95-90 when Andre Miller hit two free throws with 2:18 to play. But Grant turned a perfect feed from Horry into an easy layup and Bryant made five free throws down the stretch as Los Angeles held on for its third straight win against Cleveland.

"It wasn't a pretty ending to the ballgame," Jackson said. "The Cavs upped the energy in the fourth quarter and got us to play some stand-around basketball."

Miller scored 25 points and Bimbo Coles added 16 off the bench for Cleveland, which shot 45 percent (36-of-80) and scored 28 points off 20 Lakers turnovers.

Los Angeles shot 44 percent (33-of-75) and held a 45-38 rebounding advantage.

The Cavs were without starting forward Lamond Murray due to a left ankle sprain.

Jeff Foster started for O'Neal and did not score in eight minutes. Rookie forward Michael Madsen helped Grant pick up the slack in the middle with 10 rebounds.

Trajan Langdon's 3-pointer got the Cavs within 45-41 with 3:44 left in the first half but Bryant responded with two free throws, a 14-footer and a dunk as Los Angeles opened a 12-point lead at the half.

"We're coming out like we're superstars, lackadaisical," Coles said. "We're not sharing the basketball. We're getting away from our team concept which we've been preaching since training camp. We've dug ourselves such a hole, it's tough to come back."

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