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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 29 25 21 29 104 LA LAKERS 28 32 33 18 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 20, PREDRAG DROBNJAK 18, BRENT BARRY 12 LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 41, KOBE BRYANT 19, DEREK FISHER 13

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - VIN BAKER 8, PREDRAG DROBNJAK 6, GARY PAYTON 5 LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 11, SAMAKI WALKER 7, RICK FOX 6

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 8, BRENT BARRY 6, EARL WATSON 4 LAL - BRIAN SHAW 6, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 4, DEREK FISHER 4


Extended Box

SEATTLE (104) AT LA LAKERS (111)

SEATTLE

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

D MASON F 37 5-11 2-3 1 3 4 1 1 0 1 12 V RADMANOVIC F 22 2-7 0-0 1 4 5 3 2 0 0 6 J JAMES C 11 3-5 1-2 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 7 B BARRY G 30 5-9 0-1 0 1 1 6 1 3 2 12 G PAYTON G 38 7-18 6-7 1 4 5 8 2 0 3 20 P DOBNJAK 29 9-15 0-0 0 6 6 0 5 0 1 18 V BAKER 27 3-7 3-4 3 5 8 2 4 1 2 9 E WATSON 12 2-3 1-1 0 0 0 4 0 1 1 5 A SESAY 15 4-6 2-3 1 1 2 0 5 0 0 10 S WILLIAMS 16 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 4 O OYEDEJI 3 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 R LEWIS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 42-86 16-23 8 27 35 26 26 5 10 104 (.488) (.696) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 10 (12 PTS)

LA LAKERS

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

R FOX F 26 4-6 2-2 2 4 6 2 2 1 1 10 S WALKER F 28 5-8 2-2 2 5 7 0 4 0 1 12 S O'NEAL C 34 16-21 9-11 2 9 11 4 3 0 3 41 K BRYANT G 31 7-16 4-4 1 4 5 4 4 2 3 19 D FISHER G 32 4-8 3-3 0 3 3 4 1 1 0 13 D GEORGE 24 2-3 2-4 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 7 R HORRY 22 0-5 1-2 0 2 2 2 3 0 0 1 L HUNTER 11 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 B SHAW 20 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 6 2 1 0 7 S MEDVEDENKO 8 0-4 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 M MADSEN 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 M RICHMOND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-80 24-30 9 32 41 25 24 6 10 111 (.513) (.800) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11 (17 PTS)

SEATTLE 29 25 21 29 - 104 LA LAKERS 28 32 33 18 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - B BARRY, V BAKER, V RADMANOVIC, A SESAY. LA LAKERS - R HORRY 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 4-11 (.364), V RADMANOVIC 2-4, B BARRY 2- 4, G PAYTON 0-1, S WILLIAMS 0-2. LA LAKERS 5-14 (.357), R FOX 0-1, K BRYANT 1-3, D FISHER 2-3, D GEORGE 1-1, R HORRY 0-2, L HUNTER 0- 2, B SHAW 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: LA LAKERS - K BRYANT, S WALKER. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: COURTNEY KIRKLAND, EDDIE F. RUSH, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 18,997. T - 2:13.


Box Score

SEATTLE (104)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Mason 37 5-11 2-3 1-4 1 1 12 V Radmanovic 22 2-7 0-0 1-5 3 2 6 J James 11 3-5 1-2 1-1 0 4 7 B Barry 30 5-9 0-1 0-1 6 1 12 G Payton 38 7-18 6-7 1-5 8 2 20 P Dobnjak 29 9-15 0-0 0-6 0 5 18 V Baker 27 3-7 3-4 3-8 2 4 9 E Watson 12 2-3 1-1 0-0 4 0 5 A Sesay 15 4-6 2-3 1-2 0 5 10 S Williams 16 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 O Oyedeji 3 0-0 1-2 0-2 1 0 1 R Lewis DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-86 16-23 8-35 26 26 104 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (V Radmanovic 2-4, B Barry 2-4, G Payton 0-1, S Williams 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:4 (B Barry, V Baker, V Radmanovic, A Sesay). Turnovers:10 (G Payton 3, B Barry 2, V Baker 2, D Mason, E Watson, P Dobnjak). Steals: 5 (B Barry 3, V Baker, E Watson).

LA LAKERS (111)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 26 4-6 2-2 2-6 2 2 10 S Walker 28 5-8 2-2 2-7 0 4 12 S O'Neal 34 16-21 9-11 2-11 4 3 41 K Bryant 31 7-16 4-4 1-5 4 4 19 D Fisher 32 4-8 3-3 0-3 4 1 13 D George 24 2-3 2-4 0-2 2 2 7 R Horry 22 0-5 1-2 0-2 2 3 1 L Hunter 11 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 B Shaw 20 3-6 0-0 1-3 6 2 7 S Medvedenko 8 0-4 1-2 1-1 0 1 1 M Madsen 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 M Richmond DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-80 24-30 9-41 25 24 111 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (R Fox 0-1, K Bryant 1-3, D Fisher 2-3, D George 1-1, R Horry 0-2, L Hunter 0-2, B Shaw 1-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:2 (R Horry 2). Turnovers:10 (S O'Neal 3, K Bryant 3, R Fox, M Madsen, S Walker, L Hunter). Steals: 6 (K Bryant 2, R Fox, D Fisher, B Shaw, L Hunter).

-------------------------------------------- SEATTLE 29 25 21 29 - 104 LA LAKERS 28 32 33 18 - 111 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: La Lakers - 2 (K Bryant, 6:58 3rd; S Walker, 6:39 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:13. Officials: Courtney Kirkland, Eddie F. Rush, Scott Foster.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Fatigue was not a factor as the Los Angeles Lakers staked their claim to the third seed in the Western Conference.

Shaquille O'Neal had 41 points and 11 rebounds as Los Angeles bounced back from a double-overtime setback and cruised to a 111-104 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

A little more than 24 hours after losing a thrilling contest at Portland, the Lakers put themselves in position to finish third in the West by moving a one-half game ahead of San Antonio and Dallas. The Spurs and Mavericks have games Tuesday and Wednesday, while Los Angeles finishes its season at home against league-leading Sacramento.

"It's about having momentum," said O'Neal, who scored 40 or more points for the seventh time this season. "We know what it takes to get there. Going on our third championship, I would like to do things different anyway. Anybody can have home-court advantage throughout and win, but it's good that we're going to get challenged.

"Whatever spot we come in, we have no one else to blame but ourselves. We just have to deal with that and go from there. We know we can win anywhere and we know we play well at home, so it's going to be fun."

O'Neal shot 16-of-21 from the field and 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. He has made 64 of his last 102 shots from the floor (63 percent) while shooting 71 percent from the line (67-of-94).

"I'm not caring about percentages, I'm just hitting (free throws) when I need to hit them," O'Neal said. "I've been needing to hit them these last couple of games. It's something that I never really think about, you just hit them when you need."

"He totally dominated in the paint," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "We didn't do a good job of denying his catches and double-teams were late, but right now we are not playing basketball. We basically have stopped playing. We're happy reaching the playoffs and not playing with a purpose. We're basically going through the motions until the playoffs start."

Kobe Bryant added 19 points and Derek Fisher 13 for the Lakers, who matched their longest winning streak at the Staples Center with their 14th consecutive home victory. They have not lost here since a 109-108 defeat to Boston on February 19, equaling the streak from November 24, 1999-January 10, 2000.

Los Angeles (56-24) also improved to 8-11 in the second game of back-to-back contests. The Lakers captured the season series with the Sonics, 3-1, while snapping a three-game home losing streak against them.

Gary Payton had 20 points and eight assists and Predrag Drobnjak contributed 18 points for Seattle, which fell into eighth place in the West -- one-half game behind Utah.

"We did not play with intensity," Payton said. "We're not executing. We're not playing defense for one; if we play a little, we'll be OK. For the last week, we haven't been playing defense and they did what ever they wanted to do."

An eighth-place finish would set up a meeting with Sacramento in the first round of the playoffs.

"I don't see how we can avoid anybody because whoever we face, regardless of who we're playing, we'll be swept," McMillan said. "There's no way we can flip the switch as we think we can and not play the way this team has played all season long."

"We definitely have to turn it up a notch," agreed Sonics forward Vin Baker, who had nine points and eight rebounds. "I don't think it's time to hit the panic button, but we definitely have to turn it up a notch. We do have a whole week to prepare. I know Nate's not going to let us go into the playoffs like that. I know we're not going to let ourselves go into the playoffs on a down."

After the Sonics got within 62-58 with 10:39 left in the third quarter, the Lakers went on a 21-4 run to take an 83-62 advantage with 4:16 to go in the period.

In the fourth, Desmond Mason hit a free throw to trim Seattle's deficit to eight points with 6:39 left, but Los Angeles scored the next 10 points, a run O'Neal closed with a dunk, a running hook shot and two free throws for a 108-90 advantage with 4:05 to go.

"We had a third quarter that looked like a team I remember that played a little bit in the playoffs last year," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "Defensively, they got out and got some steals and got some runs. They really broke that game open, so that was a nice sign of playing that way tonight in a back-to-back situation."

Samaki Walker scored 12 points and Rick Rox chipped in 10 for the Lakers, who placed all five starters in double figures for the first time since March 19, 2001 at Atlanta. They shot 52 percent (41-of-80) and outscored the Sonics, 62-40, in the paint.

Los Angeles, the NBA's worst free-throw shooting team, made 24-of-30 from the line.

Mason and Brent Barry each collected 12 points and Ansu Sesay had 10 for Seattle, which shot 49 percent (42-of-86) and was outrebounded, 41-35.

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