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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 18 26 30 30 104 MINNESOTA 17 33 25 24 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 34, DEREK FISHER 19, BRIAN SHAW 17 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 23, LAPHONSO ELLIS 18, ANTHONY PEELER 17

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 11, HORACE GRANT 6 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - BRIAN SHAW 7, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 6 MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 8, KEVIN GARNETT 4

ATT: 20,099


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (104) AT MINNESOTA (99)

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

FOX F 34 3-9 0-0 1 2 3 5 1 0 2 9 GRANT F 29 6-11 1-1 5 1 6 1 2 2 1 13 ONEAL C 41 13-24 8-12 3 8 11 6 4 0 4 34 FISHER G 41 7-15 2-3 1 4 5 5 2 5 2 19 SHAW G 42 6-11 2-2 1 0 1 7 2 2 3 17 GEORGE 17 3-9 4-5 1 4 5 1 1 2 1 10 MADSEN 6 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 HORRY 20 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 5 0 0 0 PENBERTHY 10 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 BRYANT DNP - SORE LEFT FOOT FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION RIDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-83 17-23 13 21 34 28 21 12 13 104 (.470) (.739) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(24 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 40 4-14 3-4 2 6 8 4 4 2 7 11 SZCZERBIAK F 33 3-4 4-4 3 3 6 3 3 0 2 10 D GARRETT C 22 2-4 2-2 2 3 5 0 4 0 2 6 BRANDON G 38 9-20 5-6 0 4 4 8 2 3 2 23 LOPEZ G 17 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 6 SLATER 14 1-3 2-3 2 2 4 0 4 0 2 4 PEELER 31 4-10 6-7 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 17 BILLUPS 10 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 ELLIS 19 7-7 3-3 2 4 6 3 5 1 2 18 MITCHELL 15 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 4 NESTEROVIC 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-73 25-29 12 26 38 24 24 6 20 99 (.479) (.862) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 21(28 PTS)

LA LAKERS 18 26 30 30 - 104 MINNESOTA 17 33 25 24 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 4, GRANT. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, D GARRETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 9-16 (.563), FOX 3-5, GRANT 0-1, FISHER 3-5, SHAW 3-3, PENBERTHY 0-2. MINNESOTA 4-13 (.308), K GARNETT 0-3, BRANDON 0-1, LOPEZ 0-1, PEELER 3-7, ELLIS 1-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, TIM DONAGHY, JACK NIES. A - 20,099. T - 2:32.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 34 3-9 0-0 1-3 5 1 9 Grant 29 6-11 1-1 5-6 1 2 13 Oneal 41 13-24 8-12 3-11 6 4 34 Fisher 41 7-15 2-3 1-5 5 2 19 Shaw 42 6-11 2-2 1-1 7 2 17 George 17 3-9 4-5 1-5 1 1 10 Madsen 6 1-1 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 Horry 20 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 5 0 Penberthy 10 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 Bryant DNP - sore left foot Foster DNP - coach's decision Rider DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-83 17-23 13-34 28 21 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 9-16, .563 (Fox 3-5, Grant 0-1, Fisher 3-5, Shaw 3-3, Penberthy 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Oneal 4, Grant). Turnovers: 15 (Oneal 4, Shaw 3, Fisher 2, Fox 2, George, Grant). Steals: 12 (Fisher 5, George 2, Grant 2, Shaw 2, Penberthy).

MINNESOTA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 40 4-14 3-4 2-8 4 4 11 Szczerbiak 33 3-4 4-4 3-6 3 3 10 D Garrett 22 2-4 2-2 2-5 0 4 6 Brandon 38 9-20 5-6 0-4 8 2 23 Lopez 17 3-5 0-0 0-2 1 0 6 Slater 14 1-3 2-3 2-4 0 4 4 Peeler 31 4-10 6-7 1-2 2 1 17 Billups 10 0-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Ellis 19 7-7 3-3 2-6 3 5 18 Mitchell 15 2-2 0-0 0-1 2 0 4 Nesterovic 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Avery DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-73 25-29 12-38 24 24 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.862. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (K Garnett 0-3, Brandon 0-1, Lopez 0-1, Peeler 3-7, Ellis 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (K Garnett 2, D Garrett). Turnovers: 21 (K Garnett 7, Billups 2, Brandon 2, D Garrett 2, Ellis 2, Slater 2, Szczerbiak 2, Mitchell). Steals: 6 (Brandon 3, K Garnett 2, Ellis). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 18 26 30 30 - 104 Minnesota 17 33 25 24 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Illegal Defense, 3:58 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,099. T: 2:32. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Tim Donaghy, Jack Nies.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Veteran Brian Shaw knows how to play off Shaquille O'Neal. Youngster Devean George knows how to play.

Shaw and George had big fourth quarters and gave O'Neal some help as the Los Angeles Lakers completed an undefeated road trip with a 104-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

O'Neal collected 34 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four blocks as the Lakers went 4-0 on their trip and ended a 10-game home winning streak by the Timberwolves.

"This is what I predicted we would do (on the road trip)," O'Neal said.

But Los Angeles would not have won without the contributions from Shaw and George. Shaw, a 12-year veteran, scored seven of his 17 points in the final period as he cotninues to fill in capably for injured All-Star guard Kobe Bryant. He made all three of his 3-pointers and handed out seven assists.

"We did what we set out to do, which was to get four games on the road trip. So that's a start," Shaw said.

George, a second-year forward who played his college basketball at Augsburg, an NAIA school in Minnesota, scored all of his season-high 10 points in the fourth quarter. He was averaging just 2.9 points per game.

"I wanted to get going because I had my family, my mom and dad, and everybody watching and hoping for me," George said. "I was just trying to do something out there ... mainly so my family could see me in person again. They don't see me often, my being out in LA."

O'Neal, George and Shaw helped the Lakers erase an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit and win for the 10th time in their last 13 road games. They completed their road slate at 25-16 and close the season with four home games as they try to catch the Sacramento Kings (52-24) for the Pacific Division title. Los Angeles is 52-26 but owns the tiebreaker edge over Sacramento.

"It was a nice win for us, especially with Sacramento winning today," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "With four games to go, we need to keep the pressure on them."

The Lakers also did a solid job of limiting Kevin Garnett. The All-Star forward managed just 11 points and eight rebounds as he shot 4-of-14 from the field, failing to make a shot in the last six minutes.

"I turned the ball over way too much," Garnett said. "I wasn't good with the ball, but we were still in the game. Regardless if I've played (poorly) or not, we still had a chance to win."

Terrell Brandon had 23 points and eight assists for Minnesota, which still is trying to lock up its fifth straight postseason berth. It is 3 1/2 games ahead of Houston with six to play.

The Timberwolves, who had been 13-0 at home against the Pacific, opened an 82-74 lead with 9:58 to go on three free throws from former Laker Anthony Peeler, who scored 17 points. They still led 88-83 after Garnett's last basket with 6:38 to play.

Shaw answered with a short jumper. Minnesota's Dean Garrett scored, but George drove for a hoop that began a decisive 11-0 run. O'Neal and Derek Fisher made free throws before O'Neal threw in a reverse layup to give Los Angeles the lead for good at 91-89 with 3:15 remaining.

After an offensive foul on Garnett, Shaw took a pass from the double-teamed O'Neal and made a 3-pointer. He added two free throws for a 96-90 lead with 1:48 left.

A three-point play by LaPhonso Ellis ended Minnesota's scoreless drought at four minutes and halved the deficit, but George made a tough leaner in the lane, a steal from Garnett and two free throws for a 100-93 advantage with 48 seconds to go.

"I've been trying to do anything he (Jackson) has asked of me to do when I get in there, so I can build on that and keep giving him confidence in me," George said. "I think I can bring a lot of things to the table."

O'Neal made 13-of-24 shots and continued his resurgence at the line by making 8-of-12 free throws. Shaw made 6-of-11 shots and a pair of steals. George missed his first five shots but was 3-of-9 and added five rebounds and two steals.

"Guys are getting me the ball in a comfortable position," said O'Neal. "I'm doing pretty good from the free-throw line and we're playing pretty good defense. If we can get back to that in the playoffs, I don't see us having any problems."

Fisher scored 19 points and Horace Grant added 13 for the Lakers, who shot 47 percent (39-of-83) and forced 21 turnovers, leading to 29 points.

Fisher and Rick Fox also made three 3-pointers apiece as LA took advantage of Minnesota's double-teaming of O'Neal. The Lakers were 9-of-16 from the arc.

"They are a tough team to to play with Shaq inside," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We got outscored by 20 points in the paint, and that opens up their guys on the outside."

Ellis scored 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting for the Wolves, who shot 48 percent (35-of-73).

Minnesota held a 50-44 lead at halftime, when the Timberwolves honored George Mikan, the NBA's first great big man. The team is planning to put a statue of Mikan in the lobby of the Target Center.

As a member of the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1950s, Mikan led the club to five titles in six years. He later became the first commissioner of the rival ABA and was named as one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1996.

"George Mikan was the first dominant big man," O'Neal said. "There have been a lot of great, dominant big men to come after him, but because of his dominant play, they cchanged the game. And because of my dominant play, they're thinking of changing the game and the rules again."

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