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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 21 30 20 23 94 LA LAKERS 33 21 26 20 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 25, BOBBY JACKSON 17, DOUG CHRISTIE 14 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 26, ROBERT HORRY 20, GREG FOSTER 13

HIGH REBOUND: SAC - DOUG CHRISTIE 11, SCOT POLLARD 6 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 11, HORACE GRANT 10

HIGH ASSISTS: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 9, DOUG CHRISTIE 3 LAL - HORACE GRANT 5, RICK FOX 5

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

SACRAMENTO (94) AT LA LAKERS (100)

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

STOJAKOVIC F 29 3-12 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 2 1 7 WEBBER F 48 12-32 1-3 1 4 5 9 5 4 4 25 DIVAC C 20 6-11 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 1 0 12 CHRISTIE G 41 5-13 4-4 4 7 11 3 2 2 1 14 WILLIAMS G 20 2-8 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 3 4 JACKSON 28 7-12 1-3 1 3 4 2 3 3 0 17 POLLARD 27 5-9 3-3 3 3 6 0 3 0 0 13 BARRY 7 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 TURKOGLU 20 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 0 1 0 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION FUNDERBURKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-99 11-15 15 25 40 17 20 13 10 94 (.404) (.733) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

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

FOX F 31 1-4 2-2 1 4 5 5 3 1 3 5 GRANT F 35 5-10 0-0 4 6 10 5 3 1 2 10 FOSTER C 23 6-8 0-0 2 7 9 2 1 1 2 13 BRYANT G 44 8-26 10-11 4 7 11 4 2 1 2 26 HARPER G 24 5-9 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 11 LUE 8 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 HORRY 25 7-13 3-3 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 20 RIDER 18 3-9 3-4 2 2 4 2 2 1 2 9 SHAW 19 0-2 2-2 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 2 MADSEN 12 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 2 GEORGE 1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 ONEAL DNP - STRAINED ARCH

TOTALS 240 36-82 22-24 15 35 50 22 20 5 19 100 (.439) (.917) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(22 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 21 30 20 23 - 94 LA LAKERS 33 21 26 20 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - NONE. LA LAKERS - GRANT, FOSTER, HARPER, HORRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 3-15 (.200), STOJAKOVIC 1-3, WEBBER 0-2, CHRISTIE 0-2, WILLIAMS 0-3, JACKSON 2-3, BARRY 0-1, TURKOGLU 0-1. LA LAKERS 6-17 (.353), FOX 1-4, FOSTER 1-1, BRYANT 0-1, HARPER 1-2, HORRY 3-7, SHAW 0-2. TECHNICALS: SACRAMENTO - HEAD COACH ADELMAN, LA LAKERS - GRANT, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, GREG WILLARD, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 18,997. T - 2:22.


Box Score

SACRAMENTO (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Stojakovic 29 3-12 0-0 2-5 0 1 7 Webber 48 12-32 1-3 1-5 9 5 25 Divac 20 6-11 0-0 2-4 0 2 12 Christie 41 5-13 4-4 4-11 3 2 14 Williams 20 2-8 0-0 1-2 1 0 4 Jackson 28 7-12 1-3 1-4 2 3 17 Pollard 27 5-9 3-3 3-6 0 3 13 Barry 7 0-1 2-2 0-0 1 0 2 Turkoglu 20 0-1 0-0 1-3 1 4 0 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Funderburke DNP - coach's decision Martin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-99 11-15 15-40 17 20 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.404, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Stojakovic 1-3, Webber 0-2, Christie 0-2, Williams 0-3, Jackson 2-3, Barry 0-1, Turkoglu 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 10 (Webber 4, Williams 3, Christie, Stojakovic, Turkoglu). Steals: 13 (Webber 4, Jackson 3, Christie 2, Stojakovic 2, Divac, Williams).

LA LAKERS (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 31 1-4 2-2 1-5 5 3 5 Grant 35 5-10 0-0 4-10 5 3 10 Foster 23 6-8 0-0 2-9 2 1 13 Bryant 44 8-26 10-11 4-11 4 2 26 Harper 24 5-9 0-0 0-2 2 1 11 Lue 8 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Horry 25 7-13 3-3 0-2 2 2 20 Rider 18 3-9 3-4 2-4 2 2 9 Shaw 19 0-2 2-2 0-2 0 3 2 Madsen 12 0-0 2-2 1-2 0 2 2 George 1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Oneal DNP - strained arch _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-82 22-24 15-50 22 20 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.917. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Fox 1-4, Foster 1-1, Bryant 0-1, Harper 1-2, Horry 3-7, Shaw 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Grant, Foster, Harper, Horry). Turnovers: 19 (Fox 3, Bryant 2, Foster 2, Grant 2, Harper 2, Horry 2, Rider 2, Shaw 2, George, Lue). Steals: 5 (Bryant, Foster, Fox, Grant, Rider). ____________________________________________ Sacramento 21 30 20 23 - 94 La Lakers 33 21 26 20 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Sacramento 1 (Head Coach Adelman, 0:26 1st). La Lakers 2 (Grant, 3:36 3rd; Illegal Defense, 9:41 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:22. Officials: Dan Crawford, Greg Willard, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant appeared to finally realize that he cannot do it all by himself.

Bryant scored 26 points and got big boosts from Robert Horry and Greg Foster as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Sacramento Kings, 100-94, in a Pacific Division matchup.

This was the fifth straight game Lakers superstar Shaquille O'Neal sat out with a strained arch and also the fifth in which Bryant led the team in scoring. They split the previous four, only winning when Bryant eclipsed 40 points at the expense of team play.

However, Bryant was not as aggressive as he had been in the past week. The NBA's leading scorer allowed his teammates to get involved early and Horry and Foster responded with quick starts as the Lakers had a big first quarter and never trailed the rest of the way.

"It seems like we're starting to get back on the right page," Bryant said. "We're starting to figure some things out as a team, as a unit, how to win together."

"They turned a corner this week and started playing together hard and defensively started helping each other out," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I don't know why. Some of it's going on the road together, talking and thinking about the game. They are having to learn to play without Shaq."

Bryant was just 8-of-26 from the field but had a key jumper that gave the Lakers a 91-87 lead with 3:30 to play. He added two foul shots that sealed it at 96-89 with 55 seconds left and also grabbed 11 rebounds.

Horry scored a season-high 20 points off the bench. He had seven in a flurry late in the first quarter and a crucial three-point play with 1:21 remaining.

"I just came out to take advantage of my opportunities and that's what everybody on the team does," said Horry, who made 7-of-13 shots. "A lot of guys who come off the bench are hesitant to shoot. You just have to go out there and see if it falls. If it falls, try it again."

"Robert Horry was really the wild card today," Jackson said. "He strung the game open and finished it off with a three-point play in the fourth."

Foster, a journeyman who has been starting in place of O'Neal, scored 11 of his season-high 13 points in the first quarter and also grabbed a season-high nine rebounds.

"Greg's game is high-post open shots, where the center steps back into the lane, he can step into the open spot," Jackson said. "We had to change our offense a little bit to accommodate that and he found his way."

Ron Harper scored 11 points and Horace Grant added 10 and 10 boards for the Lakers (30-16), who moved within two games of the second-place Kings (31-13) in the Pacific Division.

Chris Webber scored 25 points but needed 32 shots for the Kings, who had a three-game winning streak snapped as they began a five-game road trip. All five are against teams with winning records.

"If I'm taking 32 shots, I'm not going to miss 20 of them," said Webber, who was 12-of-32 from the field. "That has something to do with getting fouled in the paint. It has something to do with that. I don't just miss shots all the time."

A lethargic third period saw Sacramento fall behind by 14 points before cutting the deficit to 80-71 entering the final quarter. The Kings still trailed 87-80 after a jumper by Isaiah Rider midway through the period before Scot Pollard scored inside and Bobby Jackson had a 3-pointer and layup, tying the game at 87-87 with 5:05 left.

Grant threw in a lefthanded hook with 4:06 to go and Bryant hit his jumper. Neither team scored until Peja Stojakovic dribbled into the lane for a short jumper that halved the deficit with 90 seconds to play.

On the next possession, Horry dribbled from right to left into the lane, drew a foul and flipped in a lefthanded layup. The free throw made it 94-89, and Bryant added his clinching free throws after Sacramento rookie Hidayet Turkoglu was called for an offensive foul.

Rider scored nine points for the Lakers, who shot 44 percent (36-of-82) from the field, made 22-of-24 free throws and held a 50-40 rebounding advantage.

Jackson scored 17 points and Doug Christie 14 and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who shot 40 percent (40-of-99), going just 3-of-15 from 3-point range. Webber had nine assists.

Foster began with his best stretch since replacing O'Neal in the starting lineup, scoring 11 points in the first quarter. Horry added seven in the final 2:14 as the Lakers opened a 33-21 lead.

"It was a nice balanced attack," Bryant said. "Greg Foster gave us a boost to start things off. When Robert came in, he started getting his little sneak shots in and really got us going."

But Los Angeles committed 10 turnovers in the second quarter and Sacramento got back in it. Pollard came off the bench to score 11 of his 13 points in the period as the Kings pulled within 54-51 at halftime.

The Kings sputtered early in the third quarter and the Lakers opened a 71-57 lead on a dunk by Harper with 5:02 to play.

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