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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 32 19 17 26 10 104 CHICAGO 21 31 18 24 12 106 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - DEREK FISHER 28, KOBE BRYANT 26, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 19 CHI - RON MERCER 28, BRAD MILLER 17, TYSON CHANDLER 12

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - ROBERT HORRY 13, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 10 CHI - BRAD MILLER 12, CHARLES OAKLEY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 9, DEREK FISHER 5 CHI - GREG ANTHONY 9, RON ARTEST 4

ATT: 23,147


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (104) AT CHICAGO (106) - FINAL IN OT

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

FOX F 27 1-4 0-0 1 5 6 2 2 0 3 2 WALKER F 39 4-8 3-3 3 4 7 3 5 2 0 11 ONEAL C 34 5-14 9-18 3 7 10 1 5 0 4 19 BRYANT G 47 9-25 8-11 3 2 5 9 5 3 7 26 FISHER G 42 9-14 3-4 0 3 3 5 0 4 0 28 HORRY 28 2-8 2-2 6 7 13 3 4 1 0 7 GEORGE 16 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 6 1 2 3 RICHMOND 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 HUNTER 11 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 MADSEN 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 SHAW 13 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 6 MEDVEDENKO 0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 265 34-83 25-40 16 35 51 28 31 12 17 104 (.410) (.625) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 37 2-12 5-8 2 2 4 4 6 2 2 9 OAKLEY F 29 3-9 0-0 1 7 8 2 4 0 2 6 MILLER C 32 7-14 3-3 8 4 12 3 4 2 2 17 ANTHONY G 34 3-9 1-2 1 1 2 9 2 0 0 7 MERCER G 43 10-24 7-8 2 1 3 1 5 1 3 28 HASSELL 22 3-6 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 2 1 6 OLLIE 19 2-4 3-3 0 3 3 2 2 4 1 7 CURRY 6 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 2 FIZER 24 3-11 5-7 2 2 4 3 5 0 1 11 CHANDLER 18 4-5 4-6 4 3 7 0 3 0 2 12 HOIBERG 1 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 GUYTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 38-97 29-39 22 26 48 25 34 11 16 106 (.392) (.744) TEAM REBS: 18 TOTAL TO: 17(13 PTS)

LA LAKERS 32 19 17 26 10 - 104 CHICAGO 21 31 18 24 12 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, WALKER 2, FOX, HORRY. CHICAGO - CHANDLER 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 11-25 (.440), FOX 0-3, BRYANT 0-2, FISHER 7-12, HORRY 1-3, GEORGE 1-2, RICHMOND 0-1, SHAW 2-2. CHICAGO 1-6 (.167), ARTEST 0-3, MERCER 1-2, HASSELL 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - DEFENSIVE THREE, ONEAL (EJECTED), FOX 2 (EJECTED), CHICAGO - HEAD COACH CARTWRIGHT. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, DERRICK STAFFORD, MIKE SMITH. A - 23,147. T - 2:59.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 27 1-4 0-0 1-6 2 2 2 Walker 39 4-8 3-3 3-7 3 5 11 Oneal 34 5-14 9-18 3-10 1 5 19 Bryant 47 9-25 8-11 3-5 9 5 26 Fisher 42 9-14 3-4 0-3 5 0 28 Horry 28 2-8 2-2 6-13 3 4 7 George 16 1-6 0-0 0-3 2 6 3 Richmond 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Hunter 11 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Madsen 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Shaw 13 2-2 0-0 0-2 1 0 6 Medvedenko 0 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 34-83 25-40 16-51 28 31 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 11-25, .440 (Fox 0-3, Bryant 0-2, Fisher 7-12, Horry 1-3, George 1-2, Richmond 0-1, Shaw 2-2). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 7 (Oneal 3, Walker 2, Fox, Horry). Turnovers: 17 (Bryant 7, Oneal 4, Fox 3, George 2, Richmond). Steals: 12 (Fisher 4, Bryant 3, Walker 2, George, Horry, Richmond).

CHICAGO (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 37 2-12 5-8 2-4 4 6 9 Oakley 29 3-9 0-0 1-8 2 4 6 Miller 32 7-14 3-3 8-12 3 4 17 Anthony 34 3-9 1-2 1-2 9 2 7 Mercer 43 10-24 7-8 2-3 1 5 28 Hassell 22 3-6 0-0 1-1 1 2 6 Ollie 19 2-4 3-3 0-3 2 2 7 Curry 6 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Fizer 24 3-11 5-7 2-4 3 5 11 Chandler 18 4-5 4-6 4-7 0 3 12 Hoiberg 1 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 0 1 Guyton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 38-97 29-39 22-48 25 34 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.744. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Artest 0-3, Mercer 1-2, Hassell 0-1). Team rebounds: 18. Blocked shots: 2 (Chandler 2). Turnovers: 17 (Mercer 3, Artest 2, Chandler 2, Curry 2, Miller 2, Oakley 2, Fizer, Hassell, Ollie). Steals: 11 (Ollie 4, Artest 2, Hassell 2, Miller 2, Mercer). _________________________________________________ La Lakers 32 19 17 26 10 - 104 Chicago 21 31 18 24 12 - 106 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 4 (Defensive Three, 0:33 2nd; Oneal (ejected), 9:31 3rd; Fox 2 (ejected), 2:44 4th). Chicago 1 (Head Coach Cartwright, 1:38 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Chicago 1 (Miller (ejected), 2:44 4th). A: 23,147. T: 2:59. Officials: Dan Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Mike Smith.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- After Shaquille O'Neal shocked everyone by violently losing his cool, the Chicago Bulls sprung an equally big surprise.

O'Neal was ejected and faces a stiff suspension after throwing a frightening roundhouse right and the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers were punchless without him, falling 106-104 in overtime to the league-worst Bulls.

"Shaq takes a beating every night," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I'm surprised he doesn't do this more often. I'm sure it is going to be a suspension for him. I hold these officials responsible for not controlling the game earlier."

With 2:44 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Lakers holding an 87-84 lead, O'Neal was fouled hard by both Bulls center Brad Miller and forward Charles Oakley, whose hack also hit Miller in the face.

"You come to know your players and I don't think Brad had any intent to hurt Shaq, just to give him a hard foul," Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said.

Miller walked away to shake off the blow, turning his back on the 7-2, 350-pound O'Neal, who finally snapped after years of being hammered by smaller players. He went after Miller with an overhand roundhouse closed fist that surely would have dropped Miller had it connected.

"From where I was standing, it looked like a pretty hard foul," Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. "He's lucky that 350-pounder missed. I was standing there and I felt a little wind from it."

The blow missed, and Oakley and Bulls forward Ron Artest tackled O'Neal to the floor as he grappled with Miller on the baseline.

"Oakley came to my rescue and saved me from probably having a couple of black eyes and I'd be hurting for a while," Miller said.

"I was trying to break it up," Oakley said. "He swung at one of my teammates -- in the back of the head. No matter what happens, I'm here for my team."

Although Oakley said he was being a peacemaker, referee Dan Crawford did not see it that way.

"Oakley jumped in the pack not as a peacemaker but as a participant and dove on Shaq's back," Crawford said.

O'Neal grabbed hold of Miller's jersey and would not let go as players tried to pry the 7-footers apart. Miller had to slide out of his jersey to get free and four players were required to restrain O'Neal.

"My jersey was ripped over," Miller said. "There were arms and legs every which way. I couldn't tell who was where. It looked like a rugby scrum out there."

"Shaq did not want to let Miller go," Crawford said. "It was a nasty situation. ... A security guy took off Miller's shirt because Shaq had his shirt and it was choking Miller."

O'Neal, Miller and Oakley were ejected, as was Lakers forward Rick Fox, who protested an ensuing ruling by the referees.

"We were still in the process of deciding what to do and he was adamant," Crawford said. "And he was very unprofessional and we gave him one technical foul and he went off and we gave him two and told him to get out of here."

O'Neal was not around to talk to reporters. Without him, the Lakers squandered their lead. A 3-pointer by Chicago's Ron Mercer with nine seconds left tied it, 94-94.

The Bulls never trailed in overtime, although Robert Horry's 3-pointer pulled the Lakers into a 103-103 tie with 38 seconds left. Rookie Tyson Chandler's follow dunk 10 seconds later gave the Bulls the lead for good.

Bryant, who scored 26 points on 9-of-25 shooting, drew a very questionable foul with eight seconds to go. He made the first and missed the second, but a double foul was called during the rebound, creating a jump ball at center court.

The Lakers won the tip and again went to Bryant, who missed his ninth straight shot. Chicago's Fred Hoiberg rebounded and was fouled with a half-second remaining. He made the first and intentionally missed the second, throwing it off the backboard.

That created a dead ball, giving the Lakers one last chance. But Samaki Walker fumbled the inbounds pass and time expired.

Mercer scored 28 points for the Bulls, who snapped a six-game losing streak overall and a five-game skid to the Lakers dating to December 17, 1997.

"Let them celebrate. Throw down the confetti," Bryant said. "We'll take care of their (butts) when they come to LA."

"They had their way tonight," Jackson said. "That says something for parity in this league. Any team can win on a given night."

Derek Fisher made seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 28 points for the Lakers, who dropped the final two games of their five-game road trip.

Before the melee, O'Neal had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Miller had 17 and 12.

"The play before that, Oakley got position and (O'Neal) just drilled him and (O'Neal) was throwing elbows," Miller said. "I decided if he comes down with the ball, I was going to foul him pretty hard for the foul that they should have called at the other end."

After order was restored, Mercer split 1-of-2 free throws and Stanislav Medvedenko -- shooting for O'Neal -- missed a pair. Fisher's 3-pointer made it 90-85 with 2:11 to go.

Free throws by Artest and Chandler pulled Chicago within 92-89 with 53 seconds to play and Mercer hit a jumper on the next trip. Bryant made two from the line with 14 seconds remaining, setting up Mercer's tying shot -- Chicago's first 3-pointer of the game.

Just a teenager, Chandler had his best game as a pro with 12 points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes. Marcus Fizer added 11 points for Chicago, which shot 39 percent (38-of-97).

Walker scored 11 points and Horry grabbed 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 41 percent (34-of-83), including 11-of-25 from the arc.

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