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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 28 23 26 24 101 WASHINGTON 25 18 19 27 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 26, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 18, RICK FOX 13 WAS - COURTNEY ALEXANDER 20, POPEYE JONES 14, RICHARD HAMILTON 13

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - ROBERT HORRY 9, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 8 WAS - MICHAEL SMITH 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - DEREK FISHER 6, KOBE BRYANT 5 WAS - HUBERT DAVIS 5, COURTNEY ALEXANDER 4

ATT: 20,674


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (101) AT WASHINGTON (89)

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

FOX F 30 5-10 2-3 2 3 5 4 2 1 3 13 GRANT F 24 5-9 0-0 4 3 7 0 0 2 1 10 ONEAL C 31 9-16 0-3 1 7 8 3 2 1 0 18 BRYANT G 35 11-18 3-4 0 5 5 5 3 5 2 26 FISHER G 28 4-6 1-1 0 1 1 6 3 1 0 11 HORRY 20 3-7 0-0 2 7 9 1 2 1 3 6 FOSTER 7 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 LUE 16 1-2 3-4 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 5 SHAW 17 0-3 0-0 2 2 4 1 3 1 0 0 GEORGE 13 2-8 0-1 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 4 RIDER 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 MADSEN 14 3-3 0-0 2 0 2 2 2 0 1 6

TOTALS 240 44-88 9-16 14 29 43 24 22 12 14 101 (.500) (.563) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

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

ALEXANDER F 39 6-15 8-8 0 2 2 4 3 0 1 20 MICHAEL SMITH F 23 0-7 2-2 4 8 12 1 1 1 0 2 J WHITE C 21 2-4 1-2 4 6 10 0 2 1 4 5 DAVIS G 35 3-7 2-2 0 2 2 5 3 0 3 9 HAMILTON G 28 5-14 3-6 0 1 1 1 2 0 5 13 LAETTNER 31 5-10 2-2 1 5 6 3 2 1 1 12 VANTERPOL 18 3-9 1-2 2 0 2 3 2 2 3 7 P JONES 21 7-10 0-0 6 4 10 3 4 2 1 14 PROFIT 13 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 3 MIKE SMITH 11 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 4 RICHMOND DNP - STRAINED RIGHT KNEE VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-81 19-24 17 30 47 23 22 8 19 89 (.420) (.792) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 21(37 PTS)

LA LAKERS 28 23 26 24 - 101 WASHINGTON 25 18 19 27 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 5, BRYANT 2, HORRY. WASHINGTON - J WHITE 3, MICHAEL SMITH 2, PROFIT 2, LAETTNER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-10 (.400), FOX 1-3, BRYANT 1-2, FISHER 2-2, HORRY 0-1, GEORGE 0-2. WASHINGTON 2-8 (.250), DAVIS 1-2, HAMILTON 0-2, LAETTNER 0-1, VANTERPOL 0-1, PROFIT 1-1, MIKE SMITH 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, GEORGE TOLIVER, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 20,674. T - 2:03.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 30 5-10 2-3 2-5 4 2 13 Grant 24 5-9 0-0 4-7 0 0 10 Oneal 31 9-16 0-3 1-8 3 2 18 Bryant 35 11-18 3-4 0-5 5 3 26 Fisher 28 4-6 1-1 0-1 6 3 11 Horry 20 3-7 0-0 2-9 1 2 6 Foster 7 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Lue 16 1-2 3-4 0-0 1 1 5 Shaw 17 0-3 0-0 2-4 1 3 0 George 13 2-8 0-1 1-2 0 3 4 Rider 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Madsen 14 3-3 0-0 2-2 2 2 6 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-88 9-16 14-43 24 22 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.563. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Fox 1-3, Bryant 1-2, Fisher 2-2, Horry 0-1, George 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Oneal 5, Bryant 2, Horry). Turnovers: 16 (Fox 3, Horry 3, Lue 3, Bryant 2, Grant, Madsen, Rider). Steals: 12 (Bryant 5, Grant 2, Fisher, Fox, Horry, Oneal, Shaw).

WASHINGTON (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Alexander 39 6-15 8-8 0-2 4 3 20 Michael Smith 23 0-7 2-2 4-12 1 1 2 J White 21 2-4 1-2 4-10 0 2 5 Davis 35 3-7 2-2 0-2 5 3 9 Hamilton 28 5-14 3-6 0-1 1 2 13 Laettner 31 5-10 2-2 1-6 3 2 12 Vanterpol 18 3-9 1-2 2-2 3 2 7 P Jones 21 7-10 0-0 6-10 3 4 14 Profit 13 1-1 0-0 0-1 2 2 3 Mike Smith 11 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 4 Richmond DNP - strained right knee Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-81 19-24 17-47 23 22 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Davis 1-2, Hamilton 0-2, Laettner 0-1, Vanterpol 0-1, Profit 1-1, Mike Smith 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (J White 3, Michael Smith 2, Profit 2, Laettner). Turnovers: 21 (Hamilton 5, J White 4, Davis 3, Vanterpol 3, Alexander, Laettner, Mike Smith, P Jones). Steals: 8 (P Jones 2, Vanterpol 2, J White, Laettner, Michael Smith, Profit). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 28 23 26 24 - 101 Washington 25 18 19 27 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,674. T: 2:03. Officials: Hugh Evans, George Toliver, Scott Foster.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant scored six of his 26 points during a decisive third-quarter run as the Los Angeles Lakers remained unbeaten on their Eastern road swing with a 101-89 victory over the Washington Wizards.

The Lakers had an eight-point halftime lead trimmed to two midway through the third quarter, but Bryant started a 16-2 run with a pair of free throws.

After Rick Fox and Derek Fisher hit 3-pointers, Bryant sank two straight jump shots, Horace Grant hit a layup and Shaquille O'Neal dropped in a four-footer for a 72-56 cushion with 2:45 to play.

"It wasn't San Antonio, but it was still a good opportunity to put an NBA team away that plays hard," Fox said. "I thought they played hard tonight, but we snuffed them out by being smarter and having greater energy."

O'Neal added 18 points, eight rebounds and five blocks for the Lakers, who are 2-0 on a five-game road trip and one-half game behind Sacramento for first place in the Pacific Division.

"This is one of the better road wins that we have had since Phoenix in late December," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson, whose team is 9-7 on the road in 2001 and 19-13 this season.

Fox chipped in 13 points for the defending champion Lakers, who avenged a 109-102 loss to the Wizards here last season. They had won 19 straight games, the third-longest streak in NBA history.

"When I got off the bus, one of the guys who works here asked me, `Hey, Kobe, they gonna get you like they did last year?'" said Bryant, who has been suffering from ankle, elbow and shoulder injuries. "`Nah, not this time,' I told him."

Rookie Courtney Alexander scored 20 points for the Wizards, who had won three of four after a seven-game losing streak.

Washington led for all of 42 seconds after a jumper by Alexander made it 3-2. Fisher scored six points during a 14-4 spurt, capping it with a 3-pointer for a 20-9 lead.

Fisher had 11 points and six assists in his third game back from a broken foot, which sidelined him the first 62 games of the season.

He teamed with Bryant to hold the backcourt of Richard Hamilton and Hubert Davis to 22 points on 8-of-21 shooting. Washington's starting backcourt also totaled eight turnovers.

"They are the younger players on the team and when you look at where our deficiencies have been, those guys have younger legs and they can be a little more aggressive," Jackson said.

"That is what Derek build's his reputation on and Kobe got Defensive Player of the Year. It's nice to know that you have two guys who can create some problems out there."

The Wizards were within 30-29 on a jumper by Hamilton early in the second quarter, but O'Neal scored the final six points in a 10-0 run, capping it with a dunk.

After Hamilton's basket, Washington went 5:09 without scoring until Michael Smith sank a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to 40-31 with 5:38 left in the half.

The Lakers also had an extended scoring drought in the quarter. After O'Neal's dunk, they went 3:53 without a point before a jumper by Grant gave them a 42-33 lead 3:25 before halftime.

"We have to get aggressive enough with that 11-point lead to turn it up another notch," Bryant said.

Los Angeles took a 51-43 lead into the locker room and allowed Washington to hang around early in the second half by managing only five points over the first 5:15.

The Wizards closed within 56-54 on a 3-pointer by Davis with 6:45 left in the third quarter. But they managed only two more points over the next 4:26.

"I thought in the third quarter, when we cut it to about two, that was the turning point of the game," Wizards coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They made it very difficult to get good looks."

The Lakers scored on seven straight possessions during their 16-2 run that put away the game. In the spurt, they went 6-for-8 from the floor, O'Neal recorded two blocks and the Wizards committed three turnovers.

"They took it up another level and they made defensive stops, but offensively they really got a nice flow," Davis said. "And I think on the defensive end, that is where they made some changes and they got a lot of consecutive stops."

The Lakers led by at least 13 points the rest of the way until Laron Profit hit a 37-footer at the buzzer.

It was one of the only highlights for the Wizards, who shot just 42 percent (34-of-81) from the floor and committed 19 turnovers en route to their Atlantic Division-worst 39 loss.

"I thought we got good looks," Leonard Hamilton said. "Maybe things would've been different if we could've hit those shots."

Grant had 10 points for the Lakers, who shot 50 percent (44-of-88) from the field but made only 9-of-16 free throws.

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