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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DALLAS           15   30   22   26    93   
     LA LAKERS        29   26   31   23    109     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DAL - ANTOINE WALKER 19, DIRK NOWITZKI 19, 
                      ANTAWN JAMISON 17
                LAL - GARY PAYTON 21, THREE PLAYERS WITH 16

HIGH REBOUND:   DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 13, ANTOINE WALKER 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6
                LAL - KARL MALONE 10, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 9, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   DAL - STEVE NASH 7, TRAVIS BEST 4, SIX PLAYERS
                      WITH 1
                LAL - GARY PAYTON 9, KARL MALONE 9, SHAQUILLE 
                      O'NEAL 5

         ATT:   18,997

Box Score

DALLAS (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 33 7-13 0-0 2-7 1 3 19 D Nowitzki 33 5-17 9-12 3-13 1 2 19 D Fortson 14 0-0 0-2 0-3 0 1 0 M Finley 30 2-8 8-8 0-4 1 1 12 S Nash 28 4-10 0-0 0-0 7 4 8 A Jamison 33 7-13 2-4 3-6 1 2 17 T Best 16 0-5 0-0 0-0 4 2 0 T Delk 27 2-9 2-2 1-6 1 3 7 E Najera 13 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 2 2 J Howard 5 2-5 0-0 0-3 1 0 4 S Bradley 4 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 4 M Daniels 4 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-85 22-30 11-46 17 21 93 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.376, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 7-25, .280 (A Walker 5-6, D Nowitzki 0-6, M Finley 0-4, S Nash 0-4, A Jamison 1-1, T Best 0-1, T Delk 1-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:1 (D Nowitzki). Turnovers:11 (S Nash 4, D Nowitzki 3, A Walker 2, T Best, M Finley). Steals: 4 (T Best 2, E Najera, D Nowitzki). LA LAKERS (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D George 35 7-9 0-1 0-7 3 2 16 K Malone 29 5-11 5-5 3-10 9 4 15 S O'Neal 32 8-15 0-4 2-9 5 4 16 D Fisher 37 6-14 3-5 0-3 3 2 16 G Payton 36 10-20 0-0 1-7 9 3 21 B Russell 21 3-7 3-3 0-0 0 4 10 H Grant 20 1-2 1-2 0-5 2 2 3 L Walton 7 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 3 5 J Pargo 9 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 5 K Rush 14 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 4 2 K Bryant DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE S Medvedenko DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-89 12-20 7-46 32 28 109 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (D George 2-3, D Fisher 1-5, G Payton 1-4, B Russell 1-5, L Walton 1-1, J Pargo 1-1, K Rush 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:6 (D George 2, H Grant, S O'Neal, G Payton, K Malone). Turnovers:10 (S O'Neal 3, J Pargo 2, G Payton, K Malone, B Russell, D Fisher, K Rush). Steals: 7 (G Payton 2, B Russell 2, K Malone, D Fisher, D George). ------------------------------------------- DALLAS 15 30 22 26 - 93 LA LAKERS 29 26 31 23 - 109 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Dallas - 1 (A Jamison, 6:23 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:23. Officials: Joe Crawford, Mark Wunderlich, Phil Robinson.


Extended Box

DALLAS (93) AT LA LAKERS (109) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 33 7-13 0-0 2 5 7 1 3 0 2 19 D NOWITZKI F 33 5-17 9-12 3 10 13 1 2 1 3 19 D FORTSON C 14 0-0 0-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 M FINLEY G 30 2-8 8-8 0 4 4 1 1 0 1 12 S NASH G 28 4-10 0-0 0 0 0 7 4 0 4 8 A JAMISON 33 7-13 2-4 3 3 6 1 2 0 0 17 T BEST 16 0-5 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 2 1 0 T DELK 27 2-9 2-2 1 5 6 1 3 0 0 7 E NAJERA 13 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 2 J HOWARD 5 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 4 S BRADLEY 4 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 M DANIELS 4 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 TOTALS 240 32-85 22-30 11 35 46 17 21 4 11 93 (.376) (.733) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11 (18 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D GEORGE F 35 7-9 0-1 0 7 7 3 2 1 0 16 K MALONE F 29 5-11 5-5 3 7 10 9 4 1 1 15 S O'NEAL C 32 8-15 0-4 2 7 9 5 4 0 3 16 D FISHER G 37 6-14 3-5 0 3 3 3 2 1 1 16 G PAYTON G 36 10-20 0-0 1 6 7 9 3 2 1 21 B RUSSELL 21 3-7 3-3 0 0 0 0 4 2 1 10 H GRANT 20 1-2 1-2 0 5 5 2 2 0 0 3 L WALTON 7 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 5 J PARGO 9 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 5 K RUSH 14 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 2 K BRYANT DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE S MEDVEDENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 45-89 12-20 7 39 46 32 28 7 10 109 (.506) (.600) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11 (15 PTS) DALLAS 15 30 22 26 - 93 LA LAKERS 29 26 31 23 - 109 BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - D NOWITZKI. LA LAKERS - D GEORGE 2, H GRANT, S O'NEAL, G PAYTON, K MALONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 7-25 (.280), A WALKER 5-6, D NOWITZKI 0- 6, M FINLEY 0-4, S NASH 0-4, A JAMISON 1-1, T BEST 0-1, T DELK 1-3. LA LAKERS 7-20 (.350), D GEORGE 2-3, D FISHER 1-5, G PAYTON 1-4, B RUSSELL 1- 5, L WALTON 1-1, J PARGO 1-1, K RUSH 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: DALLAS - A JAMISON. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, MARK WUNDERLICH, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 18,997. T - 2:23.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Whoever's team the Los Angeles Lakers are, they looked pretty darn good. The Lakers put aside their squabbling long enough to cruise to a 109-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks as newcomers Gary Payton and Karl Malone teamed with Shaquille O'Neal to more than make up for the absence of Kobe Bryant. O'Neal and Bryant have been feuding in public over control of the team the last two days. On Sunday, both players took verbal jabs at each other, with Bryant saying, "He can worry about the low post. I'll worry about mine," and O'Neal retaliating with, "If it's going to be my team, then I'll voice my opinion. If he don't like it, he can opt out. I ain't going nowhere." The team ordered both players not to speak to the media at Monday's practice. But that night, Bryant did an interview with ESPN in which he called O'Neal "fat" and "jealous," adding, "I don't miss 15 games because of a toe injury that everybody knows wasn't serious in the first place." Bryant missed a handful of days in training camp and all but two preseason games due to the court proceedings on his felony rape charge and a sore right knee, which kept him out of this game. Late in the third quarter, Bryant joined the team on the bench after a workout. He received a cheer from the crowd and took a seat next to O'Neal, who didn't seem to acknowledge his presence. Early in the final period, all four superstars sat next to each other, with Malone, Payton and O'Neal laughing it up while Bryant sat quietly next to O'Neal. Later, Payton put an arm around Bryant. "Just clowning around, silly stuff, stuff that's been going a couple of years," Bryant said. "I'm kind of a comedian." "You saw when he came out today and he was hugging," Payton said. "You can see for yourselves we have no problem." Malone nearly had a triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. So did Payton, who had 21 points, nine assists and seven boards. And O'Neal was hardly tested, collecting 16 points and nine rebounds. "I won't lie to you, I was nervous the first game," Malone said. "I told Shaq, 'I'm not used to these fans cheering for me.' It took me a while. Shaq said, 'It's all right, you're with us now.'" "I didn't really expect a game of that dimension, at least winning by that kind of a margin," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who held a 20-minute meeting before the game. "It was great to see Karl and Gary pass the ball and step into that vacuum left by Kobe not playing tonight." All three left the game individually to loud ovations. When O'Neal came off the floor, he got a tap on the head and a pat on the butt from Bryant. "It's not what's on the back of the jerseys," Malone said. "It's what's on the front." "We know how to come together," Payton added. "We're veterans. We know how to practice and how to be ready." The teamwork among the trio was infectious as the Lakers shot 51 percent (45-of-89) from the field and had six players in double figures. Derek Fisher and Devean George scored 16 points apiece and Bryon Russell added 10 off the bench. "You look around and think one guy's getting hot," Malone said. "But then you see two or three guys going. I hope the fans can sit back and enjoy it." While the Lakers looked cohesive, the Mavericks were a mess. They also added a pair of big names in the offseason in Antoine Walker and Antawn Jamison but looked out of synch and out of style, sporting garish silver uniforms. Dallas, which led the NBA in scoring last season, went without a point for the first five minutes. The Mavericks trailed by 14 points after one period and never really got back in the game, despite all their firepower. Walker scored 19 points and Jamison added 17 off the bench. Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points and 13 boards for Dallas, which shot under 38 percent (32-of-85), including 7-of-25 from 3-point range. "It seems like we never really found our rhythm offensively," Nowitzki said. "If we wanted to win a game like that, we have to make shots." "We haven't played very well together yet, but this is a good lesson for us," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. The Mavericks have lost 26 straight road meetings with the Lakers since December 12, 1990. The addition of Payton and Malone was virtually seamless as the Lakers committed no turnovers in the first quarter and opened a 29-15 advantage. On a fast break, Payton threw a lob to O'Neal for a dunk. The Mavs pulled within 55-48 as Walker opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer, but Malone had a jumper, a three-point play and a layup in a 12-0 burst that gave the Lakers their largest lead. "It shows the resilience of the veterans that we have on our team," Jackson said.


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