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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MILWAUKEE        31   23   23   22    99   
     LA LAKERS        32   30   26   23    111     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIL - MICHAEL REDD 19, JASON CAFFEY 16, SAM 
                      CASSELL 15
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 24, DEREK FISHER 21, 
                      KOBE BRYANT 15

HIGH REBOUND:   MIL - JASON CAFFEY 12, SAM CASSELL 9, DAN 
                      GADZURIC 6
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 11, KOBE BRYANT 11, 
                      ROBERT HORRY 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIL - SAM CASSELL 8, TONI KUKOC 4, MICHAEL 
                      REDD 3
                LAL - KOBE BRYANT 11, DEREK FISHER 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

Box Score

MILWAUKEE (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Thomas 23 5-8 0-0 0-1 1 2 13 M Redd 35 8-18 3-5 0-2 3 0 19 E Johnson 16 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 6 2 R Allen 16 1-8 2-2 1-3 2 0 4 S Cassell 33 5-15 5-6 2-9 8 2 15 D Gadzuric 26 4-7 1-3 4-6 0 6 9 K Ollie 28 3-7 1-4 0-4 2 0 8 J Caffey 27 5-10 6-7 4-12 2 4 16 T Kukoc 29 3-8 3-5 2-3 4 1 11 M Haislip 5 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 R Murray 2 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 A Mason DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-85 21-32 15-44 24 22 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.656. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (T Thomas 3-4, M Redd 0-3, R Allen 0-3, K Ollie 1-1, T Kukoc 2-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:2 (E Johnson, R Allen). Turnovers:11 (S Cassell 5, J Caffey 2, R Allen, T Thomas, K Ollie, M Redd). Steals: 10 (D Gadzuric 3, M Redd 2, J Caffey, T Kukoc, E Johnson, S Cassell, K Ollie). LA LAKERS (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 37 5-9 0-0 0-7 3 4 11 R Horry 33 2-5 6-6 4-8 4 5 10 S O'Neal 28 10-18 4-10 4-11 4 3 24 K Bryant 44 6-15 3-3 2-11 11 3 15 D Fisher 33 8-14 3-5 0-2 7 1 21 S Walker 14 2-4 2-4 2-4 1 0 6 K Rush 15 3-7 0-0 2-4 1 0 6 S Medvedenko 18 4-9 0-0 2-5 1 4 8 B Shaw 12 3-4 0-0 0-0 2 0 8 J Pargo 3 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 S Samake 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 T Murray DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-87 18-28 17-53 34 22 111 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (R Fox 1-2, R Horry 0-2, K Bryant 0-3, D Fisher 2-4, K Rush 0-1, B Shaw 2-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (S O'Neal, R Horry, S Walker). Turnovers:12 (R Fox 3, K Bryant 2, K Rush 2, B Shaw 2, S O'Neal, S Walker, R Horry). Steals: 8 (S O'Neal 2, R Horry 2, R Fox, K Bryant, D Fisher, B Shaw). ------------------------------------------- MILWAUKEE 31 23 23 22 - 99 LA LAKERS 32 30 26 23 - 111 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Milwaukee - 1 (COACH Karl, 3:06 1st). Flagrant fouls: Milwaukee 1 (T Thomas, 7:45 3r). A: 18,997. T: 2:12. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Marc Davis, Nolan Fine.


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (99) AT LA LAKERS (111) MILWAUKEE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T THOMAS F 23 5-8 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 13 M REDD 35 8-18 3-5 0 2 2 3 0 2 1 19 E JOHNSON C 16 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 6 1 0 2 R ALLEN G 16 1-8 2-2 1 2 3 2 0 0 1 4 S CASSELL G 33 5-15 5-6 2 7 9 8 2 1 5 15 D GADZURIC 26 4-7 1-3 4 2 6 0 6 3 0 9 K OLLIE 28 3-7 1-4 0 4 4 2 0 1 1 8 J CAFFEY 27 5-10 6-7 4 8 12 2 4 1 2 16 T KUKOC 29 3-8 3-5 2 1 3 4 1 1 0 11 M HAISLIP 5 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 R MURRAY 2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 A MASON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-85 21-32 15 29 44 24 22 10 11 99 (.424) (.656) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11 (15 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R FOX F 37 5-9 0-0 0 7 7 3 4 1 3 11 R HORRY F 33 2-5 6-6 4 4 8 4 5 2 1 10 S O'NEAL C 28 10-18 4-10 4 7 11 4 3 2 1 24 K BRYANT G 44 6-15 3-3 2 9 11 11 3 1 2 15 D FISHER G 33 8-14 3-5 0 2 2 7 1 1 0 21 S WALKER 14 2-4 2-4 2 2 4 1 0 0 1 6 K RUSH 15 3-7 0-0 2 2 4 1 0 0 2 6 S MEDVEDENKO 18 4-9 0-0 2 3 5 1 4 0 0 8 B SHAW 12 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 8 J PARGO 3 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 S SAMAKE 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 T MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 44-87 18-28 17 36 53 34 22 8 12 111 (.506) (.643) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13 (12 PTS) MILWAUKEE 31 23 23 22 - 99 LA LAKERS 32 30 26 23 - 111 BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - E JOHNSON, R ALLEN. LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL, R HORRY, S WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 6-15 (.400), T THOMAS 3-4, M REDD 0-3, R ALLEN 0-3, K OLLIE 1-1, T KUKOC 2-4. LA LAKERS 5-14 (.357), R FOX 1- 2, R HORRY 0-2, K BRYANT 0-3, D FISHER 2-4, K RUSH 0-1, B SHAW 2-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MILWAUKEE - COACH KARL. FLAGRANT FOULS: MILWAUKEE 1 (T THOMAS, 7:45 3R). OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, MARC DAVIS, NOLAN FINE. A - 18,997. T - 2:12.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Imagine what Shaquille O'Neal will be like when he is totally healthy. O'Neal collected 24 points and 11 rebounds and made things easier for his teammates as the Los Angeles Lakers rolled to a 111-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. After coming off the bench in his season debut Friday, O'Neal made his first start of the season. He played just 28 minutes as coach Phil Jackson continues to monitor O'Neal's playing time following toe surgery, but his enormous presence impacted his entire team. O'Neal made 10-of-18 shots and 4-of-10 free throws as he overpowered Bucks centers Ervin Johnson and Dan Gadzuric. With the defense collapsing on O'Neal in the paint, the rest of the Lakers thrived. "Things are different when I am in there," O'Neal said. "I get doubled a lot. I kick it out to guys and guys can take their time hitting shots." Kobe Bryant, who tried to carry the team in O'Neal's absence, registered his third triple-double of the season with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Derek Fisher, who had struggled with O'Neal sidelined, had season highs of 21 points and seven assists. "It doesn't take long to get that feeling back," Fisher said. "We don't expect Shaq to be a cure-all. We all have to step up and play individual parts of the game. But it felt like our old selves out there, and it's a good feelings." The Lakers, who had eclipsed 100 points just once without O'Neal, posted a season high in points and shot 51 percent (44-of-87). "I think that it can be equated, just in terms of shooting percentage," Lakers forward Rick Fox said. "I think we went from the 30s to the 50s." The three-time defending NBA champions played their best game of the season on a night where late long-time broadcaster Chick Hearn was memorialized. The Lakers unveiled a banner with Hearn's name and a microphone on it next to the team's retired numbers. Michael Redd scored 19 points and Jason Caffey added 16 and 12 rebounds for the Bucks, who fell to 1-1 on their three-game road trip. Milwaukee also lost All-Star guard Ray Allen to a sprained ankle in the second quarter. "It's pretty serious," Bucks coach George Karl said of the injury. "It is not going to be day-to-day, I think he is going to be out for awhile." The Bucks got off to a quick start, but the Lakers took the lead for good at 38-36 on a basket by rookie Kareem Rush with 10:02 left in the second quarter. That began a 21-8 run that saw Allen go down with his injury and LA open a 57-44 lead. "He means a lot, he's our leading scorer," point guard Sam Cassell said of Allen. "Basketball is a game of injuries. We have to try to survive without him." The Lakers held a 62-54 halftime lead as O'Neal, Bryant and Fisher each scored 11 points. O'Neal took over in the third quarter, scoring 10 points to help build the lead to 79-63 midway through the period. "I'm rusty right now. I'm like an average big man, and that's not good enough for me," O'Neal said. "But I'm good enough to give you 27 and 10. That's not acceptable for me." "He lost rhythm in his free throws. The second half, he missed four in a row. Other than that, I thought he looked pretty much in stride," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson added. With O'Neal on the bench, the Bucks closed to 95-87 on a basket by Redd with 8:33 to play. O'Neal returned and immediately converted a three-point play to trigger a clinching 10-1 run. Fisher, who suffered a bruised tailbone in a scary fall in the third quarter, returned and capped the burst with a 3-pointer. Rick Fox had 11 points and seven rebounds and Robert Horry added 10 and eight for the Lakers, who held a 53-44 advantage on the boards. Cassell had 15 points and eight assists for the Bucks, who shot 42 percent (36-of-85). Allen made just 1-of-8 shots. "The man demands attention," Cassell said of O'Neal. "He's so dominant, he's going to slow you down and make you play his game. ... They pounded the ball inside, he did what he had to do. He got Fisher going and the rest of the guys going, and they won the game."


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