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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 20 30 31 26 107 SEATTLE 24 19 23 26 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 30, DEREK FISHER 14, LINDSEY HUNTER 12 SEA - DESMOND MASON 21, RASHARD LEWIS 19, VIN BAKER 13

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - STANISLAV MEDVEDENKO 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 SEA - VIN BAKER 9, RASHARD LEWIS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - ROBERT HORRY 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 SEA - GARY PAYTON 9, BRENT BARRY 3

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (107) AT SEATTLE (92)

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

FOX F 25 1-4 2-2 1 4 5 3 4 1 0 5 WALKER F 26 4-7 2-4 0 4 4 0 2 0 0 10 ONEAL C 10 3-5 2-6 1 2 3 2 0 0 1 8 BRYANT G 34 10-19 10-11 1 2 3 3 4 1 3 30 HUNTER G 19 5-9 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 12 MEDVEDENKO 24 3-8 0-0 3 4 7 2 2 0 1 6 SHAW 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RICHMOND 14 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 6 GEORGE 23 3-8 1-1 2 3 5 1 4 1 0 7 HORRY 26 2-4 0-0 1 3 4 8 1 1 1 5 FISHER 24 5-8 3-3 0 2 2 2 0 2 1 14 MADSEN 10 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 41-81 20-27 11 27 38 23 23 7 7 107 (.506) (.741) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 8(14 PTS)

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

BAKER F 30 4-9 5-6 3 6 9 1 5 0 2 13 LEWIS F 41 7-10 3-4 1 7 8 1 2 1 1 19 BOOTH C 13 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 2 B BARRY G 32 5-9 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 12 PAYTON G 40 5-15 1-2 0 4 4 9 3 0 3 11 MASON 35 2-8 17-18 0 4 4 0 2 1 1 21 S WILLIAMS 8 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 DROBNJAK 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RADMANOVIC 13 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 3 2 LONG 16 4-6 2-3 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 10 WATSON 9 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 OYEDEJI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-69 28-33 6 27 33 19 21 3 13 92 (.435) (.848) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

LA LAKERS 20 30 31 26 - 107 SEATTLE 24 19 23 26 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - HORRY 2, WALKER 2, FOX, MADSEN. SEATTLE - LONG 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 5-13 (.385), FOX 1-1, BRYANT 0-4, HUNTER 2-3, GEORGE 0-2, HORRY 1-2, FISHER 1-1. SEATTLE 4-13 (.308), LEWIS 2-4, B BARRY 2-4, PAYTON 0-1, S WILLIAMS 0-2, RADMANOVIC 0-1, WATSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2 (EJECTED), SEATTLE - HEAD COACH MCMILLAN, PAYTON. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, DAVID JONES, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 17,072. T - 2:11.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 25 1-4 2-2 1-5 3 4 5 Walker 26 4-7 2-4 0-4 0 2 10 Oneal 10 3-5 2-6 1-3 2 0 8 Bryant 34 10-19 10-11 1-3 3 4 30 Hunter 19 5-9 0-0 0-0 2 0 12 Medvedenko 24 3-8 0-0 3-7 2 2 6 Shaw 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Richmond 14 3-5 0-0 0-2 0 3 6 George 23 3-8 1-1 2-5 1 4 7 Horry 26 2-4 0-0 1-4 8 1 5 Fisher 24 5-8 3-3 0-2 2 0 14 Madsen 10 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 3 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-81 20-27 11-38 23 23 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Fox 1-1, Bryant 0-4, Hunter 2-3, George 0-2, Horry 1-2, Fisher 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Horry 2, Walker 2, Fox, Madsen). Turnovers: 8 (Bryant 3, Fisher, Horry, Medvedenko, Oneal). Steals: 7 (Fisher 2, Bryant, Fox, George, Horry, Hunter).

SEATTLE (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 30 4-9 5-6 3-9 1 5 13 Lewis 41 7-10 3-4 1-8 1 2 19 Booth 13 1-3 0-0 0-2 2 2 2 B Barry 32 5-9 0-0 0-0 3 3 12 Payton 40 5-15 1-2 0-4 9 3 11 Mason 35 2-8 17-18 0-4 0 2 21 S Williams 8 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 Drobnjak 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Radmanovic 13 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Long 16 4-6 2-3 1-2 1 2 10 Watson 9 0-3 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Oyedeji DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-69 28-33 6-33 19 21 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.848. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Lewis 2-4, B Barry 2-4, Payton 0-1, S Williams 0-2, Radmanovic 0-1, Watson 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Long 2). Turnovers: 13 (Payton 3, Radmanovic 3, Baker 2, Watson 2, Booth, Lewis, Mason). Steals: 3 (Lewis, Mason, Radmanovic). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 20 30 31 26 - 107 Seattle 24 19 23 26 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 2 (Oneal 2 (ejected), 2:12 1st). Seattle 2 (Head Coach Mcmillan, 0:18 2nd; Payton, 0:18 2nd). Flagrant fouls: La Lakers 1 (Bryant, 11:50 4th). A: 17,072. T: 2:11. Officials: Bob Delaney, David Jones, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- If this is any indication, the Los Angeles Lakers are even better than last season, when they claimed their second straight NBA championship.

After Shaquille O'Neal was ejected early, Kobe Bryant took over with 30 points, including eight in a key third-quarter run that propelled the Lakers to a 107-92 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Los Angeles did not beat Seattle during the 2000-01 campaign and had dropped four straight to the Sonics but grabbed a 14-point lead late in the third quarter and never let the advantage dip below double digits over the final 12 minutes.

Off to the best start in franchise history, the Lakers (14-1) cruised past Seattle -- which had won three straight home games -- despite playing most of the contest without O'Neal, who received his second technical late in the first quarter.

"Well, the secret was to get Shaq out of the game early so we would be playing with a deficit tonight," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "That's the only way we can beat this team. I thought we moved the ball well. We matched the intensity of the game to start with."

O'Neal finished with just eight points, the first time he has failed to reach double figures in 144 games. The ejection was his first since November 6, 1999 at Portland.

Even without their star center, the Lakers built a 50-43 halftime lead that quickly ballooned to 12 points in the early stages of the second half.

The Sonics fought within 63-58 on a baseline jumper by Rashard Lewis with just over five minutes to play in the third quarter, but Samaki Walker buried a short jumper that ignited a 13-4 Lakers' burst.

Bryant made two free throws and scored three times from the field during the run, including a 17-foot jumper that capped the spurt and gave Los Angeles a commanding 76-62 advantage with 2:20 to play in the period.

"We just had to be patient," Bryant said. "I just wanted to make sure everybody didn't get too excited (after O'Neal's ejection). We just needed to relax and just execute."

Derek Fisher contributed 14 points in 24 minutes off the bench and Lindsey Hunter added 12 points for Los Angeles, which has won seven straight since suffering its lone loss at Phoenix on November 16.

Desmond Mason scored 21 points to lead Seattle. He converted on just 2-of-8 shots from the field but went 17-of-18 at the foul line.

"All I know is that we didn't play good basketball the whole night," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "It was just bad execution offensively with no patience, playing 1-on-1 basketball and no execution on the offensive end."

The Lakers took the lead for good by outscoring Seattle, 30-19, in the second quarter. They led by as many as 22 points.

"When a team loses a big gun like we lost, a lot of times you pick up the intensity," Lakers forward Robert Horry said. "A lot of times, the other team will get happy and lackadaisical, and I think we caught them. They didn't expect us to do as much as we did."

Stanislav Medvedenko had seven rebounds for Los Angeles, which held a 38-33 advantage on the boards, shot 51 percent (41-of-81) and committed only eight turnovers. Bryant was 10-of-19 from the field.

Gary Payton dished out nine assists for Seattle but scored just 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

The SuperSonics connected on 43.5 percent (30-of-69) of their shots.

"I'm shocked," said Seattle forward Vin Baker. "To get down that many points without their best player and then lose the game, it's mind-boggling right now. We thought with him going out, obviously we thought we had an advantage, but they evened the score quickly by putting me on the bench with three fouls."

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