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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW ORLEANS      29   31   18   20    98   
     LA LAKERS        28   20   18   16    82      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NOR - JAMAL MASHBURN 21, BARON DAVIS 18, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 14
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 28, KOBE BRYANT 16, 
                      RICK FOX 9

HIGH REBOUND:   NOR - JAMAL MASHBURN 11, GEORGE LYNCH 9, P.J. 
                      BROWN 7
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 10, SAMAKI WALKER 8, 
                      RICK FOX 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   NOR - BARON DAVIS 8, JAMAL MASHBURN 6, DAVID 
                      WESLEY 3
                LAL - DEREK FISHER 6, KOBE BRYANT 5, RICK FOX 
                      3

         ATT:   18,997

Box Score

NEW ORLEANS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Mashburn 39 9-16 3-4 1-11 6 2 21 P Brown 27 1-3 7-8 3-7 1 2 9 J Magloire 25 4-8 0-1 2-3 1 4 8 D Wesley 23 3-9 0-0 0-0 3 2 7 B Davis 48 7-20 3-3 0-2 8 2 18 E Campbell 23 6-11 2-4 1-4 0 3 14 G Lynch 21 3-4 0-0 2-9 1 2 7 C Alexander 25 6-11 1-1 2-5 1 3 14 S Augmon 9 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 B Drew DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Traylor DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Haston DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-83 16-21 12-42 21 22 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (J Mashburn 0-1, D Wesley 1-4, B Davis 1-8, E Campbell 0-1, G Lynch 1-1, C Alexander 1-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:2 (S Augmon, E Campbell). Turnovers:7 (B Davis 2, D Wesley, E Campbell, C Alexander, J Magloire, G Lynch). Steals: 11 (D Wesley 3, G Lynch 2, B Davis 2, J Mashburn, J Magloire, P Brown, E Campbell). LA LAKERS (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 29 4-10 1-2 1-5 3 3 9 S Walker 20 2-5 0-0 2-8 0 1 4 S O'Neal 39 11-17 6-10 1-10 2 5 28 K Bryant 43 6-16 4-6 0-2 5 1 16 D Fisher 33 4-14 0-0 2-3 6 3 8 D George 19 3-6 0-0 2-3 1 3 6 R Horry 25 0-2 1-2 1-3 0 4 1 B Shaw 19 2-5 0-2 1-1 2 0 6 M Madsen 4 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 S Medvedenko 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 T Murray 5 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 K Rush 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 12-22 11-37 20 20 82 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.545. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (R Fox 0-2, D Fisher 0-2, D George 0-1, R Horry 0-1, B Shaw 2-3, T Murray 0-1). Team Rebounds: 16. Blocked Shots:4 (S O'Neal 2, S Walker, B Shaw). Turnovers:15 (S O'Neal 4, R Fox 2, R Horry 2, K Bryant 2, D Fisher 2, S Walker 2, D George). Steals: 1 (K Bryant). ------------------------------------------- NEW ORLEANS 29 31 18 20 - 98 LA LAKERS 28 20 18 16 - 82 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:18. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Marc Davis, Tony Brothers.


Extended Box

NEW ORLEANS (98) AT LA LAKERS (82) NEW ORLEANS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J MASHBURN F 39 9-16 3-4 1 10 11 6 2 1 0 21 P BROWN F 27 1-3 7-8 3 4 7 1 2 1 0 9 J MAGLOIRE C 25 4-8 0-1 2 1 3 1 4 1 1 8 D WESLEY G 23 3-9 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 3 1 7 B DAVIS G 48 7-20 3-3 0 2 2 8 2 2 2 18 E CAMPBELL 23 6-11 2-4 1 3 4 0 3 1 1 14 G LYNCH 21 3-4 0-0 2 7 9 1 2 2 1 7 C ALEXANDER 25 6-11 1-1 2 3 5 1 3 0 1 14 S AUGMON 9 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 B DREW DNP - COACH'S DECISION R TRAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION K HASTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-83 16-21 12 30 42 21 22 11 7 98 (.470) (.762) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11 (7 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R FOX F 29 4-10 1-2 1 4 5 3 3 0 2 9 S WALKER F 20 2-5 0-0 2 6 8 0 1 0 2 4 S O'NEAL C 39 11-17 6-10 1 9 10 2 5 0 4 28 K BRYANT G 43 6-16 4-6 0 2 2 5 1 1 2 16 D FISHER G 33 4-14 0-0 2 1 3 6 3 0 2 8 D GEORGE 19 3-6 0-0 2 1 3 1 3 0 1 6 R HORRY 25 0-2 1-2 1 2 3 0 4 0 2 1 B SHAW 19 2-5 0-2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 6 M MADSEN 4 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 S MEDVEDENKO 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 T MURRAY 5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 K RUSH 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 34-78 12-22 11 26 37 20 20 1 15 82 (.436) (.545) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 16 (17 PTS) NEW ORLEANS 29 31 18 20 - 98 LA LAKERS 28 20 18 16 - 82 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW ORLEANS - S AUGMON, E CAMPBELL. LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 2, S WALKER, B SHAW. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW ORLEANS 4-18 (.222), J MASHBURN 0-1, D WESLEY 1- 4, B DAVIS 1-8, E CAMPBELL 0-1, G LYNCH 1-1, C ALEXANDER 1-3. LA LAKERS 2- 10 (.200), R FOX 0-2, D FISHER 0-2, D GEORGE 0-1, R HORRY 0-1, B SHAW 2- 3, T MURRAY 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, MARC DAVIS, TONY BROTHERS. A - 18,997. T - 2:18.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Shaquille O'Neal is trying to get his teammates more involved. Perhaps he should take a cue from the New Orleans Hornets. Jamal Mashburn scored 21 points and Baron Davis added 18 as the Hornets pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 98-82 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. O'Neal has been rather outspoken about his teammates' lack of involvement as the three-time defending champions continue to flounder with him back in the lineup. Following a loss at Utah on December 4, the 7-2 superstar criticized teammates. After Tuesday's loss at Golden State, O'Neal declined to answer questions and responded with an obscenity about his teammates' lack of involvement. O'Neal did not talk to reporters Friday's game as he was whisked out of the Staples Center by his bodyguards. But Kobe Bryant and Robert Horry felt this was worst the Lakers have played all year. "This is as close to the bottom as we can get," Bryant said. "We just have to respond to the challenge." "This is the bottom for us," Horry added. "We haven't been in a situation like this in the past couple of years. Even when we got swept in the playoffs, we still had a good record. We've been patient with Shaq being back and we still have to be patient. You look out there and you try to figure out what you're doing wrong, what we're not doing right and what we need to do. We just need to figure it out. It's like we're running in the mud every time we go out there." Faced with O'Neal's criticism, the Lakers fell behind for good at 37-35 on Davis' driving layup with 7:45 left in the first half. New Orleans took a 60-48 lead into halftime and a 78-66 advantage into the final period. But unlike the Dallas Mavericks, who blew a 30-point lead last Friday to the Lakers, the Hornets did not let up. Their team effort was typified by Davis' driving layup over O'Neal with 5:11 left that made it 89-74. The Lakers got within 83-72 following Brian Shaw's 3-pointer at 7:36. But Mashburn, who had not scored in the second half, hit a running layup and a 11-foot running jumper that upped New Orleans' lead to 87-74 with 6:26 remaining. After O'Neal was called for a foul, Davis did a spin move in the paint around Robert Horry before flipping the ball over O'Neal's outstretched arm. Davis' next play was just as spectacular. As Bryant looked for an open teammate at mid-court, Davis intercepted his pass and finished a behind-the-back pass to Alexander, who easily dunked. Beside the contributions of Mashburn and Davis, former Laker Elden Campbell and Alexander chipped in 14 points apiece. Among Alexander's points was an athletic fast-break dunk that increased the lead to 91-74 with 4:51 to go. "I think the biggest key for us was getting easy baskets," Mashburn said. "I've been saying that all year long. When we run and push the ball and get easy baskets, the basket looks a bit different than when you try and hit pull up jumpers. You could see that from what the Lakers were trying to do tonight. They didn't get a lot of easy baskets and those jumpers became tougher. When you get out there and run, everybody gets in a rhythm." O'Neal scored 28 points and Bryant added 16. But the rest of the Lakers were limited to 38 points on 38 percent (17-of-45) from the floor. O'Neal scored 16 points in the first quarter, including 10 straight for the Lakers, who trailed 29-28 through the first 12 minutes. The Lakers forged a 35-35 tie following Devean George's jumper at the 9:11 mark. George scored six straight Los Angeles points to keep the game within reach. But Horry's turnover triggered a 13-2 run by New Orleans that started with Alexander's 3-pointer and ended with his jumper with 1:52 left in the half for a 55-41 cushion. Alexander scored nine points during the burst as the Hornets pulled away with three starters on the bench. "We beat them the punch, basically," Davis said. "We beat them to the punch, to every loose ball. And that's what counts. You have to credit our big guys and our bench. George Lynch, that guy had a game for us just with his hustle off the bench. Campbell and Alexander, that's what helped us take that lead and build upon it." The Lakers shot 54 percent (21-of-39) in the first half, while the Hornets shot 59 percent (26-of-44). But everything fell apart in the fourth period for the Lakers, who missed their final 16 after O'Neal's layup with 6:42 left. Besides poor shooting, the Lakers were outrebounded, 42-37. Their 16 turnovers led to 17 points for the Hornets. "We haven't faced 15 losses in years until the end of February or maybe March," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson, whose team dropped to 9-15. "We have to figure out what's wrong and remedy what has to be done to get back."


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