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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 16 25 26 17 84 LA LAKERS 26 23 20 27 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 18, RON ARTEST 18, JAMAAL TINSLEY 16 LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 33, KOBE BRYANT 25, DEVEAN GEORGE 11

HIGH REBOUND: IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 11, BRAD MILLER 10, RON ARTEST 10 LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 12, ROBERT HORRY 11, DEVEAN GEORGE 6

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 3, BRAD MILLER 2, THREE PLAYERS WITH 1 LAL - ROBERT HORRY 6, DEREK FISHER 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 18,897


Extended Box

INDIANA (84) AT LA LAKERS (96)

INDIANA

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

J BENDER F 16 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 3 2 J O'NEAL F 32 7-22 4-8 5 6 11 0 5 1 4 18 B MILLER C 37 3-10 3-3 4 6 10 2 3 2 2 9 R MILLER G 40 2-10 0-1 0 2 2 3 3 5 1 5 J TINSLEY G 28 5-13 5-6 0 2 2 1 3 4 5 16 R ARTEST 37 6-16 6-6 1 9 10 1 6 1 2 18 K OLLIE 22 1-4 0-0 0 5 5 1 1 1 0 2 J FOSTER 12 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 A CROSHERE 15 4-8 6-7 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 14 J BREWER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-88 24-31 12 38 50 8 28 14 17 84 (.330) (.774) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 18 (12 PTS)

LA LAKERS

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

R FOX F 24 2-6 0-0 0 5 5 3 5 1 5 4 R HORRY F 35 3-6 2-2 1 10 11 6 3 3 3 9 S O'NEAL C 41 14-21 5-9 0 12 12 2 3 1 3 33 K BRYANT G 37 8-17 9-12 0 3 3 3 2 1 5 25 L HUNTER G 17 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 5 J MCCOY 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S MEDVEDENKO 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 2 D FISHER 31 2-6 2-2 0 3 3 5 4 0 1 7 M RICHMOND 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 D GEORGE 28 4-7 2-4 0 6 6 2 2 3 1 11 M MADSEN 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 B SHAW 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 36-73 20-29 1 41 42 25 25 10 20 96 (.493) (.690) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 20 (18 PTS)

INDIANA 16 25 26 17 - 84 LA LAKERS 26 23 20 27 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J BENDER, J FOSTER. LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 6, R HORRY 4, K BRYANT, D GEORGE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 2-18 (.111), J BENDER 0-1, R MILLER 1-8, J TINSLEY 1-5, R ARTEST 0-3, A CROSHERE 0-1. LA LAKERS 4-12 (.333), R FOX 0-1, R HORRY 1-2, K BRYANT 0-1, L HUNTER 1-2, D FISHER 1-2, M RICHMOND 0-1, D GEORGE 1-2, B SHAW 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, NOLAN FINE, RODNEY MOTT, TED BERNHARDT. A - 18,897. T - 2:33.


Box Score

INDIANA (84)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Bender 16 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 J O'Neal 32 7-22 4-8 5-11 0 5 18 B Miller 37 3-10 3-3 4-10 2 3 9 R Miller 40 2-10 0-1 0-2 3 3 5 J Tinsley 28 5-13 5-6 0-2 1 3 16 R Artest 37 6-16 6-6 1-10 1 6 18 K Ollie 22 1-4 0-0 0-5 1 1 2 J Foster 12 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 3 0 A Croshere 15 4-8 6-7 1-5 0 2 14 J Brewer 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-88 24-31 12-50 8 28 84 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.330, FT-.774. 3-Point Goals: 2-18, .111 (J Bender 0-1, R Miller 1-8, J Tinsley 1-5, R Artest 0-3, A Croshere 0-1). Team Rebounds: 14. Blocked Shots:2 (J Bender, J Foster). Turnovers:17 (J Tinsley 5, J O'Neal 4, J Bender 3, B Miller 2, R Artest 2, R Miller). Steals: 14 (R Miller 5, J Tinsley 4, B Miller 2, J O'Neal, R Artest, K Ollie).

LA LAKERS (96)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 24 2-6 0-0 0-5 3 5 4 R Horry 35 3-6 2-2 1-11 6 3 9 S O'Neal 41 14-21 5-9 0-12 2 3 33 K Bryant 37 8-17 9-12 0-3 3 2 25 L Hunter 17 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 5 J McCoy 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Medvedenko 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 D Fisher 31 2-6 2-2 0-3 5 4 7 M Richmond 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 D George 28 4-7 2-4 0-6 2 2 11 M Madsen 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 B Shaw 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-73 20-29 1-42 25 25 96 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (R Fox 0-1, R Horry 1-2, K Bryant 0-1, L Hunter 1-2, D Fisher 1-2, M Richmond 0-1, D George 1-2, B Shaw 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:12 (S O'Neal 6, R Horry 4, K Bryant, D George). Turnovers:20 (R Fox 5, K Bryant 5, S O'Neal 3, R Horry 3, L Hunter, D Fisher, D George, S Medvedenko). Steals: 10 (R Horry 3, D George 3, S O'Neal, S Medvedenko, K Bryant, R Fox).

------------------------------------------- INDIANA 16 25 26 17 - 84 LA LAKERS 26 23 20 27 - 96 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Indiana - 2 (; Defensive Three, 6:54 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,897. T: 2:24. Officials: Joe Derosa, Nolan Fine, Rodney Mott, Ted Bernhardt.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The talk before the game was the bad blood between Shaquille O'Neal and Brad Miller. Afterward, it was about the fight between Kobe Bryant and Reggie Miller.

O'Neal had 33 points and 12 rebounds in his rematch with Miller, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 96-84 victory over the scrappy Indiana Pacers.

While a member of the Chicago Bulls, Brad Miller flagrantly fouled O'Neal on January 12. O'Neal tried to tomahawk Miller with an overhand right but missed. However, he was suspended three games and Miller -- traded to Indiana last week -- received a one-game ban.

O'Neal missed the last meeting -- a 97-89 defeat -- on February 6 while resting his injured foot. In that game, Miller had 12 points and nine rebounds. He entered Friday night's game coming off a 25-point performance Thursday at Phoenix but managed nine points on 3-of-10 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds.

"I thought Brad and Shaq did a really good job of playing the game and not letting what happened before enter into it," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "It was a good basketball game, it was just a little bit too much Shaq. He's a force and when he was in the game, he was a force and we, like a lot of other teams, have no answer for him."

Bryant scored 25 points and threw a punch at Reggie Miller at the end of Los Angeles' fifth victory in its last six games. Their skirmish moved to the scorers' table where members from both teams joined the fray.

Referee Ted Bernhardt was pushed over the table and required medical attention, as did Miller. Pacers forward Austin Croshere had deep scratches across his back.

"It was something that we as teammates saw coming, and that's the difficult part of that," Los Angeles forward Rick Fox said.

"As a teammate you would at least be able to think that you have your senses acute enough to be able to get to a situation like that before one of your leaders is on the bottom of the pile.

"We have been faced with a lot of disrespect from opponents, but we have what they want (the last two NBA championships). We have seen a lot of people come in with a lot of different approaches. When you are down 10 with 45 seconds to go, and there is not a chance for you to win, it settles in, and you are going to be upset."

Trash-talking through out the game, Miller took exception when Bryant attempting a basket with 33 seconds left and the Lakers with a 10-point lead. He fouled the All-Star guard, who made both shots. Neither player spoke to reporters after the game.

"Best I could tell, I thought Kobe took a shot with the clock running down," Thomas said. "Then they said something and I saw Kobe take a swing and before I knew it, everyone was trying to grab each other and hold each other and make peace. I don't know what they were saying or what it was about.

"I don't know if Reggie should be suspended. I didn't really see him throw a punch, and if he didn't throw a swing, then you're allowed to grab the guy that's swinging at you. If you throw a swing, or you throw a punch, then you get suspended. You've got to protect yourself and defend yourself out on the floor."

Los Angeles Derek Fisher saw Friday's incident as a trend.

"Teams have been coming at us quite a bit," he said. "Basically every night teams are going to raise their game to another level and try to come and prove a point to us. There really isn't a point to prove. We are the best team in the league, and a lot of teams try to come in and think that in one game, or in one play, that they can take that away from us. I think sometimes we get fed up. Shaq's had a situation this year, and now so has Kobe. Guys need to defend themselves and do whatever they feel like they need to do to make sure that teams don't feel like they can do whatever they want to do to us. We have to make sure that we force them to respect us."

Bryant's late shot attempt was at the urging of coach Phil Jackson, who told his team to shoot before the 24-second shot clock ran out.

Jermaine O'Neal had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana, which fell to 1-2 on its four-game road trip. Ron Artest, nursing a sprained left ankle, contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

"We had a chance to win all the way until the end," said Artest, who is nursing a sprained left ankle. "A couple of things didn't go our way and we didn't start out too well."

The Lakers went on an 11-0 run in the first 3:08 and led, 23-8, with 3:31 remaining. Los Angeles owned a 49-41 advantage at at halftime, wich O'Neal and Bryant with 19 and 13 points, respectively.

But Indiana battled back, coming within 69-67 at the end of the third quarter. The Pacers took their first and only lead at 70-69 with 9:29 left on Croshere's two free throws.

"I thought we came out a little timid," Thomas said. "You're playing against the world champs at home and they've got everything going for them. I thought that the first four or five minutes we came out and didn't compete. From that point on, I thought we played very hard and very well."

The Lakers outscored their foes, 22-11, over the next eight minutes. Bryant converted 3-of-4 free throws to give Los Angeles a 91-81 lead with 56 seconds left.

O'Neal, who also had six blocks, shot 14-of-21 from the field and scored 30 or more points for the 14th time this season.

"He was dominant, they came out definitely looking to get him involved," Croshere said. "He's such a big player. He gets you down low and all he's doing is just pivoting, which is legal. He's just so big you can't keep him from making legal moves. He's so much bigger than anybody out there. The refs aren't going to keep calling fouls on him."

The Pacers have never won in the Staples Center and are without a victory in Los Angeles since sweeping the series in 1991-1992 season.

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