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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 24 19 24 18 85 LA LAKERS 16 29 31 21 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 28, MORRIS PETERSON 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 29, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 25, BRIAN SHAW 12

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - CHARLES OAKLEY 10, ANTONIO DAVIS 7 LAL - THREE PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - CHARLES OAKLEY 6, ALVIN WILLIAMS 5 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 5, BRIAN SHAW 5

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

TORONTO (85) AT LA LAKERS (97)

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

OAKLEY F 25 2-7 0-0 3 7 10 6 4 0 2 4 PETERSON F 27 5-10 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 11 A DAVIS C 31 4-12 2-2 1 6 7 1 4 0 0 10 CARTER G 36 10-25 6-7 0 1 1 1 5 0 0 28 A WILLIAMS G 37 4-12 2-5 1 2 3 5 0 3 0 10 CHILDS 20 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 CLARK 21 4-6 1-2 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 9 MONTROSS 9 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 J WILLIAMS 14 3-6 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 6 CURRY 10 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 2 MURRAY 7 1-4 2-2 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 5 M STEWART 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

TOTALS 240 34-89 13-18 8 25 33 19 18 6 8 85 (.382) (.722) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 8(10 PTS)

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

FOX F 30 2-4 1-1 3 3 6 3 2 0 1 5 GRANT F 29 3-7 0-0 3 7 10 2 4 1 1 6 ONEAL C 31 11-19 3-6 3 7 10 3 4 0 6 25 BRYANT G 38 11-34 7-7 5 2 7 5 4 0 3 29 SHAW G 34 5-9 0-0 1 4 5 5 2 0 1 12 PENBERTHY 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 HORRY 27 4-6 0-0 2 8 10 1 3 1 1 10 LUE 24 3-4 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 3 1 8 GEORGE 10 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 MADSEN 9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION RIDER DNP - SUSPENDED BY NBA

TOTALS 240 40-87 11-14 17 36 53 21 21 6 15 97 (.460) (.786) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

TORONTO 24 19 24 18 - 85 LA LAKERS 16 29 31 21 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - CLARK 2, CARTER 2, OAKLEY, A WILLIAMS, A DAVIS, MURRAY. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, GEORGE 2, HORRY, FOX. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 4-15 (.267), PETERSON 1-3, CARTER 2-6, A WILLIAMS 0-1, CHILDS 0-2, CURRY 0-1, MURRAY 1-2. LA LAKERS 6-11 (.545), FOX 0-2, BRYANT 0-2, SHAW 2-2, HORRY 2-3, LUE 2-2. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - GRANT. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, MIKE CALLAHAN, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 18,997. T - 2:14.


Box Score

TORONTO (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 25 2-7 0-0 3-10 6 4 4 Peterson 27 5-10 0-0 0-4 0 1 11 A Davis 31 4-12 2-2 1-7 1 4 10 Carter 36 10-25 6-7 0-1 1 5 28 A Williams 37 4-12 2-5 1-3 5 0 10 Childs 20 0-4 0-0 0-0 3 0 0 Clark 21 4-6 1-2 0-1 2 2 9 Montross 9 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 J Williams 14 3-6 0-0 2-2 0 1 6 Curry 10 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Murray 7 1-4 2-2 0-3 0 0 5 M Stewart 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-89 13-18 8-33 19 18 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Peterson 1-3, Carter 2-6, A Williams 0-1, Childs 0-2, Curry 0-1, Murray 1-2). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 8 (Clark 2, Carter 2, Oakley, A Williams, A Davis, Murray). Turnovers: 8 (Curry 3, Oakley 2, Childs, Clark, J Williams). Steals: 6 (A Williams 3, Childs, Curry, M Stewart).

LA LAKERS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 30 2-4 1-1 3-6 3 2 5 Grant 29 3-7 0-0 3-10 2 4 6 Oneal 31 11-19 3-6 3-10 3 4 25 Bryant 38 11-34 7-7 5-7 5 4 29 Shaw 34 5-9 0-0 1-5 5 2 12 Penberthy 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Horry 27 4-6 0-0 2-10 1 3 10 Lue 24 3-4 0-0 0-3 2 1 8 George 10 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Madsen 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Foster DNP - coach's decision Rider DNP - suspended by nba _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-87 11-14 17-53 21 21 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.460, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (Fox 0-2, Bryant 0-2, Shaw 2-2, Horry 2-3, Lue 2-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Oneal 3, George 2, Horry, Fox). Turnovers: 15 (Oneal 6, Bryant 3, Fox, Grant, Horry, Lue, Penberthy, Shaw). Steals: 6 (Lue 3, Grant, Horry, Penberthy). ____________________________________________ Toronto 24 19 24 18 - 85 La Lakers 16 29 31 21 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Grant, 1:58 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:14. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Mike Callahan, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Few players have the ability to take over a game. Kobe Bryant can do it with one good leg.

Visibly in pain from the effects of a bruised ankle, Bryant scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter, including 10 straight during the decisive run that gave the Los Angeles Lakers a 97-85 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

"Mentally, I was ready to go, but physically, I couldn't do it," he said. "This was one of the hardest games I've ever played."

After an awful first half that saw him shoot just 1-of-10 for two points, Bryant exploded by making 4-of-5 shots as the Lakers took control for good with a 15-2 run to close the third quarter.

"In the first half, I was really tired," he said. "When we came in at halftime I just laid down. I knew I could dig deep and came with more energy."

Overall, Bryant made just 11-of-34 shots but collected seven rebounds and nine assists.

"He was trying to do a lot more than the defense was allowing him," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "He wasn't reading the defense well. He did a bit better in the second half and he took advantage of what was available to him, and that's the way he's got to understand how to play."

Los Angeles' offense did not suffer without Isaiah Rider, who earlier Wednesday was suspended five games by the NBA for violating terms of the league's anti-drug policy.

The rest of the Lakers shot 55 percent (29-of-53) and the defending champions held a 53-33 rebounding edge, which included 17 offensive boards that led to 26 points.

Los Angeles outscored the Raptors, 50-24 in the paint, led by Shaquille O'Neal, who had 25 points to go with 10 rebounds. He left with 2:27 remaining in the third quarter and did not return after the Lakers pulled away.

Los Angeles has won 13 of its last 16 games and improved to 8-7 in the second game when playing on back-to-back nights.

The Lakers held Toronto scoreless for nearly three minutes as they took control. O'Neal began the decisive run when he completed a three-point play with 3:09 left in the third period. Brian Shaw hit a running jumper to give Los Angeles the lead for good, 66-65, with 2:42 remaining in the quarter.

Bryant began his assault with what seemed like a harmless pair of free throws with 2:27 left in the third. He followed with a fast-break alley-oop dunk from Shaw the next time down the court.

"When we're in the open court and he looks at me, I know what he's expecting," Shaw said. "I just put the ball up there. That's the easy part, he has to do the rest."

Bryant pulled up for a 21-foot jumper on the next possession to extend the lead to 72-65.

After Alvin Williams ended Toronto's scoreless stretch with a jumper and Rick Fox missed a shot for Los Angeles, Bryant blocked a layup by Keon Clark and drove to the basket for a layup that put the Lakers ahead, 76-67, heading into the final quarter.

"There were times I thought if we had given the proper help we would have been fine," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We played good in the first quarter, decent in the second, but after that we started to lose it."

Toronto's Vince Carter hit the first shot of the fourth quarter, but the Raptors' comeback hopes faded as Bryant scored 10 points during a 17-6 Los Angeles run that put the game out of reach.

Shaw finished with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists and Robert Horry had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, which pulled within one game of Utah for first place in the Western Conference.

Toronto shot 38 percent (34-of-89) from the field and made 4-of-15 from 3-point range.

Carter scored 28 points on 10-of-25 shooting but could not match Bryant. Rookie Morris Peterson added 11 points and Antonio Davis had 10 and seven rebounds for Toronto, which dropped a full game behind Orlando for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

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