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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MEMPHIS 27 18 14 22 81 LA LAKERS 32 31 35 22 120 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MEM - PAU GASOL 25, STROMILE SWIFT 22, TONY MASSENBURG 13 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 56, ROBERT HORRY 12, DEREK FISHER 11

HIGH REBOUND: MEM - PAU GASOL 12, STROMILE SWIFT 12 LAL - ROBERT HORRY 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MEM - SHANE BATTIER 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 LAL - RICK FOX 7, ROBERT HORRY 6

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (81) AT LA LAKERS (120)

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

GASOL F 44 10-19 5-7 4 8 12 3 3 0 3 25 LONG F 25 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 0 4 2 MASSENBURG C 17 5-7 3-4 1 5 6 0 2 0 3 13 BATTIER G 31 2-9 1-2 2 1 3 4 4 0 2 6 WILLIAMS G 21 0-5 1-1 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 1 SWIFT 30 8-15 6-7 6 6 12 1 0 1 2 22 BUFORD 31 3-7 2-2 2 7 9 1 3 1 1 8 KNIGHT 15 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 3 0 SOLOMON 14 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 2 2 FOTSIS 12 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 2 ANDERSON DNP - LEFT ANKLE SPRAIN AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-78 18-23 16 32 48 17 19 3 25 81 (.397) (.783) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 25(30 PTS)

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

FOX F 28 1-5 1-2 0 3 3 7 2 1 1 3 HORRY F 30 5-10 0-0 3 8 11 6 1 3 2 12 WALKER C 23 3-3 1-2 1 7 8 0 3 2 1 7 BRYANT G 34 21-34 11-12 3 2 5 4 1 1 0 56 FISHER G 28 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 1 0 11 SHAW 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MADSEN 25 5-10 0-0 3 5 8 2 4 2 3 10 GEORGE 20 3-10 0-0 2 2 4 4 0 3 0 8 HUNTER 20 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 2 MEDVEDENKO 15 3-6 1-1 1 0 1 1 4 1 1 7 RICHMOND 12 2-7 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 ONEAL DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE

TOTALS 240 48-97 14-17 15 30 45 32 17 14 8 120 (.495) (.824) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 8(2 PTS)

MEMPHIS 27 18 14 22 - 81 LA LAKERS 32 31 35 22 - 120

BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - SWIFT 2, GASOL, BATTIER. LA LAKERS - HORRY 3, MADSEN 2, HUNTER, MEDVEDENKO, WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 1-10 (.100), BATTIER 1-3, WILLIAMS 0-4, SWIFT 0-1, SOLOMON 0-2. LA LAKERS 10-22 (.455), FOX 0-2, HORRY 2-4, BRYANT 3-6, FISHER 3-4, SHAW 0-1, GEORGE 2-4, RICHMOND 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: SEAN CORBIN, RONNIE NUNN, DEREK COLLINS. A - 18,997. T - 2:04.


Box Score

MEMPHIS (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gasol 44 10-19 5-7 4-12 3 3 25 Long 25 1-6 0-0 0-2 2 3 2 Massenburg 17 5-7 3-4 1-6 0 2 13 Battier 31 2-9 1-2 2-3 4 4 6 Williams 21 0-5 1-1 0-1 2 0 1 Swift 30 8-15 6-7 6-12 1 0 22 Buford 31 3-7 2-2 2-9 1 3 8 Knight 15 0-3 0-0 0-1 3 1 0 Solomon 14 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 3 2 Fotsis 12 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Anderson DNP - left ankle sprain Austin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-78 18-23 16-48 17 19 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Battier 1-3, Williams 0-4, Swift 0-1, Solomon 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Swift 2, Gasol, Battier). Turnovers: 25 (Long 4, Fotsis 3, Gasol 3, Knight 3, Massenburg 3, Battier 2, Solomon 2, Swift 2, Williams 2, Buford). Steals: 3 (Buford, Solomon, Swift).

LA LAKERS (120) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 28 1-5 1-2 0-3 7 2 3 Horry 30 5-10 0-0 3-11 6 1 12 Walker 23 3-3 1-2 1-8 0 3 7 Bryant 34 21-34 11-12 3-5 4 1 56 Fisher 28 4-8 0-0 0-2 4 2 11 Shaw 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Madsen 25 5-10 0-0 3-8 2 4 10 George 20 3-10 0-0 2-4 4 0 8 Hunter 20 1-3 0-0 1-2 4 0 2 Medvedenko 15 3-6 1-1 1-1 1 4 7 Richmond 12 2-7 0-0 1-1 0 0 4 Oneal DNP - suspended by league _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 48-97 14-17 15-45 32 17 120 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.495, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 10-22, .455 (Fox 0-2, Horry 2-4, Bryant 3-6, Fisher 3-4, Shaw 0-1, George 2-4, Richmond 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 8 (Horry 3, Madsen 2, Hunter, Medvedenko, Walker). Turnovers: 8 (Madsen 3, Horry 2, Fox, Medvedenko, Walker). Steals: 14 (George 3, Horry 3, Madsen 2, Walker 2, Bryant, Fisher, Fox, Medvedenko). ____________________________________________ Memphis 27 18 14 22 - 81 La Lakers 32 31 35 22 - 120 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Defensive Three, 8:50 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:04. Officials: Sean Corbin, Ronnie Nunn, Derek Collins.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant never has been better.

Bryant poured in a career-high 56 points in just 34 minutes as the Los Angeles Lakers rebounded from an embarrassing loss with a 120-81 rout of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Bryant was the focal point of the Lakers' offense after center Shaquille O'Neal was suspended for three games earlier in the day. The 23-year-old superstar responded with a tantalizing hightlight-reel performance.

Playing just the first three quarters, Bryant made 21-of-34 shots, including 3-of-6 3-pointers and 11-of-12 free throws. He surpassed his previous high of 51 points, accomplished on December 5, 2000 against Golden State.

"My teammates kept talking to me the whole time during the game," Bryant said. "That's what made it more enjoyable because they were part of it. They were cheering me on. But they were talking to me the whole time. They were just telling me, `You almost outscored the whole team, keep going, we're looking for you.' It just made things fun."

"We had a meeting as a team tonight and he (Bryant) said, `I take responsibility for what happened a lot in the last couple of games and I want to make up for it tonight,'" Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I thought he meant he was going to pass the ball."

Bryant also established an NBA season high for points in a game, scoring three more than Tim Duncan of San Antonio had on December 26.

In his dominating effort, Bryant nearly singlehandedly outscored the Grizzlies through three quarters. Los Angeles led 98-59 entering the final period.

Bryant did most of his damage against Grizzlies rookie forward Shane Battier, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year at Duke. Bryant had a combined 49 points in two previous meetings against Memphis this season.

"When you play a great player, there's no defender in this league that's good enough to stop someone else," Battier said. "(Kobe's) pretty good man, he's pretty good. He was doing some video game tricks tonight."

"Boy, I was trying to decide if I needed to run out there myself and just trip him," Grizzlies coach Sidney Lowe said. "He was unbelievable. He was certainly making a statement, answering the questions about Shaq."

The Lakers, who lost at Memphis in December, rolled to their most lopsided win of the season and led by as many as 42 points in the fourth quarter.

For much of the fourth quarter, the Staples Center crowd chanted for Bryant but Lakers coach Phil Jackson let his star have the final quarter off with Los Angeles comfortably ahead.

"(A factor is) the ballgame we have on Wednesday," Jackson said of his decision. "He burned up a lot of energy tonight. He almost outscored Memphis at the end of three quarters. It was an amazing performance."

Had Bryant played the fourth quarter, he may have challenged the franchise-record 71 points scored by Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor more than 40 years ago against the New York Knicks.

O'Neal was suspended for throwing a vicious punch at Chicago's Brad Miller in the Lakers' 106-104 overtime loss to the Bulls -- the NBA's worst team -- on Saturday.

Bryant had the big man on his mind, playing with O'Neal's No. 34 scrawled in black ink on the side of both shoes.

Rookie Pau Gasol netted 25 points and Stromile Swift 22 for the Grizzlies, who fell to 0-14 all time in Los Angeles and 2-24 overall against the Lakers.

The defeat snapped a three-game winning streak for the Grizzlies, who lost for the first time since point guard Jason Williams called his team the worst in the league.

Williams was a disaster in this contest, missing all five of shots from the field and finishing with one point and one assist in 21 minutes.

Bryant quickly established it would be his night, scoring 18 points in the first quarter and 36 by halftime, helping the Lakers build a commanding 63-45 lead.

Trying Gasol on Bryant at times also did not work for Grizzlies. Bryant was even hotter in the third quarter, pouring in 20 more points and sending the sellout crowd of 18,997 into a frenzy.

Bryant established his career high for points by draining a 3-pointer with 1:44 remaining in the third quarter, a basket that gave Los Angeles a 91-56 advantage. Bryant's previous high for points in a game this season was 39 against Utah on November 1.

Sparked by Bryant, the Lakers shot 49.5 percent (47-of-98). The rest of his teammates went a combined 27-of-63 from the floor.

Samaki Walker started in the middle in place of O'Neal and finished with seven points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes.

Memphis shot just 39 percent (31-of-78) and committed 25 turnovers.

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