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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     LA LAKERS        32   24   23   24    103  
     PHOENIX          19   28   27   25    99      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 24, GARY PAYTON 19, 
                      KARL MALONE 18
                PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 26, JOE JOHNSON 20, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 15

HIGH REBOUND:   LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 12, KARL MALONE 12, 
                      DEVEAN GEORGE 12
                PHO - SHAWN MARION 11, JOE JOHNSON 7, AMARE 
                      STOUDEMIRE 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAL - GARY PAYTON 9, KOBE BRYANT 4, DEREK 
                      FISHER 4
                PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 11, PENNY HARDAWAY 5, 
                      JOE JOHNSON 3

         ATT:   18,422

Box Score

LA LAKERS (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D George 43 4-10 4-4 5-12 2 2 12 K Malone 36 5-10 8-12 2-12 2 2 18 S O'Neal 39 11-19 2-5 5-12 3 5 24 G Payton 37 7-17 4-6 1-4 9 0 19 K Bryant 37 4-12 7-10 0-6 4 4 15 D Fisher 26 5-9 2-2 0-2 4 1 13 H Grant 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 B Russell 10 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 K Rush 4 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 S Medvedenko DNP - FOOT INJURY L Walton DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Pargo DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-81 27-39 15-52 24 18 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (D George 0-3, G Payton 1-4, K Bryant 0-1, D Fisher 1-3, B Russell 0-1, K Rush 0-1). Team Rebounds: 14. Blocked Shots:6 (S O'Neal 4, G Payton, K Bryant). Turnovers:13 (S O'Neal 4, K Malone 4, K Bryant 2, H Grant, B Russell, G Payton). Steals: 6 (G Payton 2, D George 2, S O'Neal, B Russell). PHOENIX (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Marion 41 6-23 2-2 5-11 0 4 15 A Stoudemire 28 5-11 3-3 0-6 0 3 13 J Voskuhl 26 2-3 2-2 1-4 1 5 6 S Marbury 45 11-24 3-3 0-2 11 2 26 J Johnson 37 6-15 4-4 1-7 3 4 20 T Gugliotta 13 0-4 0-0 1-3 2 3 0 P Hardaway 29 6-8 1-1 0-2 5 6 15 Z Cabarkapa 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 C Jacobsen 15 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 C Trybanski 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Knight 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 L Barbosa DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-92 15-15 8-38 22 29 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.413, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (S Marion 1-3, A Stoudemire 0-1, S Marbury 1-4, J Johnson 4-5, P Hardaway 2-2, C Jacobsen 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:5 (S Marion 3, T Gugliotta, A Stoudemire). Turnovers:9 (T Gugliotta 2, S Marbury 2, J Johnson 2, A Stoudemire 2, C Jacobsen). Steals: 7 (S Marion 2, J Johnson 2, P Hardaway, C Jacobsen, A Stoudemire). -------------------------------------------- LA LAKERS 32 24 23 24 - 103 PHOENIX 19 28 27 25 - 99 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,422. T: 2:27. Officials: Derek Collins, Tom Washington, Violet Palmer.


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (103) AT PHOENIX (99) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D GEORGE F 43 4-10 4-4 5 7 12 2 2 2 0 12 K MALONE F 36 5-10 8-12 2 10 12 2 2 0 4 18 S O'NEAL C 39 11-19 2-5 5 7 12 3 5 1 4 24 G PAYTON G 37 7-17 4-6 1 3 4 9 0 2 1 19 K BRYANT G 37 4-12 7-10 0 6 6 4 4 0 2 15 D FISHER 26 5-9 2-2 0 2 2 4 1 0 0 13 H GRANT 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 B RUSSELL 10 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 1 1 0 K RUSH 4 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 S MEDVEDENKO DNP - FOOT INJURY L WALTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION J PARGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-81 27-39 15 37 52 24 18 6 13 103 (.457) (.692) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 13 (11 PTS) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S MARION F 41 6-23 2-2 5 6 11 0 4 2 0 15 A STOUDEMIRE F 28 5-11 3-3 0 6 6 0 3 1 2 13 J VOSKUHL C 26 2-3 2-2 1 3 4 1 5 0 0 6 S MARBURY G 45 11-24 3-3 0 2 2 11 2 0 2 26 J JOHNSON G 37 6-15 4-4 1 6 7 3 4 2 2 20 T GUGLIOTTA 13 0-4 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 0 2 0 P HARDAWAY 29 6-8 1-1 0 2 2 5 6 1 0 15 Z CABARKAPA 4 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 C JACOBSEN 15 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 2 C TRYBANSKI 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B KNIGHT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 L BARBOSA DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-92 15-15 8 30 38 22 29 7 9 99 (.413) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 9 (14 PTS) LA LAKERS 32 24 23 24 - 103 PHOENIX 19 28 27 25 - 99 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 4, G PAYTON, K BRYANT. PHOENIX - S MARION 3, T GUGLIOTTA, A STOUDEMIRE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 2-13 (.154), D GEORGE 0-3, G PAYTON 1- 4, K BRYANT 0-1, D FISHER 1-3, B RUSSELL 0-1, K RUSH 0-1. PHOENIX 8- 17 (.471), S MARION 1-3, A STOUDEMIRE 0-1, S MARBURY 1-4, J JOHNSON 4- 5, P HARDAWAY 2-2, C JACOBSEN 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEREK COLLINS, TOM WASHINGTON, VIOLET PALMER. A - 18,422. T - 2:27.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant is still working into game shape, but he helped the Los Angeles Lakers pick up their first road win. In his season debut, Bryant made a pair of tie-breaking free throws with 66 seconds left and added a key defensive play in the final seconds as the Lakers held on for a 103-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns. It was an eventful offseason for Bryant, who was charged with rape, had knee surgery and created a controversy by taking Shaquille O'Neal to task with some pointed comments. After missing the season opener due to the knee pain, Bryant was noticeably passive on offense, deferring to O'Neal, Gary Payton and Karl Malone. "He was hesitant," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I thought he turned down some shots. He got a little more aggressive as the game went on." In crunch time, Bryant was fouled by Penny Hardaway and converted his free throws for a 99-97 advantage. Shawn Marion missed a tying jumper for the Suns, but Malone threw away a pass to give Phoenix another chance. After nearly turning the ball over, the Suns got it to Joe Johnson, who drove past O'Neal and went up for a tying jumper. Bryant leapt to contest it and the shot rimmed out. "That is winning," Bryant said. "When it comes down to the stretch, you have to hustle and not give anybody any easy opportunities or looks at the basket. When you get the free throws, you've got to knock them down." Payton and Stephon Marbury traded a pair of free throws before Bryant left the door open by missing the second of two from the line with 10 seconds left. Amare Stoudemire was too strong on a 3-point attempt, Marion missed an ill-advised short follow shot and Malone sank a clinching free throw with two seconds to go. "It was a game we felt we should have won," Johnson said. "We made a couple of mistakes and (they made) some crucial free throws so that was the ballgame." Bryant received a mixed reaction from the America West Arena crowd, which had Lakers and Suns fans among them. He finished with 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting and six rebounds and was booed loudly on his touches in the first quarter. Bryant drained his first basket of the season with a jumper just over 5 1/2 minutes into the game for a 16-8 edge. Bryant took three shots in the first quarter, adding another jumper. "I came in expecting the worst and when you expect the worst, everything usually turns out great," Bryant said. "I heard the cheers and I really appreciate that. I expected the worst, so to hear anybody cheer, it felt good. "It felt great being out there playing and competing. I love playing so it felt good and get some competition. Playing on the road, you know how much I play on the road." O'Neal collected 24 points and 12 rebounds and Malone and Devean George each notched double-doubles with 18 and 12 for Malone and 12 and 12 for George. The Lakers held a commanding 52-38 advantage on the glass. "A boo is nothing new to Kobe. It is nothing new to us," O'Neal said. "That is not going to break him. Nothing is really going to break him - he is a tough little kid. We had fun today, looked real good as a team out there." Phoenix took its only lead at 94-93 on Johnson's 3-pointer with just over three minutes remaining. Malone answered with a jumper off a feed from O'Neal and added two free throws with 1:33 left. Johnson, who finished with 20 points and made 4-of-5 3-pointers, drained a 3-pointer from the right side for a 97-97 tie with 1:19 to go. The Lakers led by as many as 15 points in building a 32-19 lead after one quarter. George scored eight points in the period as Los Angeles shot 50 percent (13-of-26) in the first 12 minutes. "Shaq and I, the chemistry on the court is going to be there, period," Bryant said. "We have played together for eight years and won three championships together and we know how to do it. With Gary, it flows really well, and Karl is such a great passer it is going to take me a minute to get used to how well he passes the ball." Derek Fisher added 13 points off the bench for Los Angeles, which enjoyed a big cushion at the line. The Lakers made 27-of-39 foul shots, while the Suns attempted 15, making them all. "A lot of guys may talk about the Hall of Famers, but the guy who really came up big for them was Derek Fisher," Suns coach Frank Johnson said. "He was sound defensively and hitting big shots." Marbury finished with 26 points and 11 assists and Marion chipped in 15 points on 6-of-23 shooting. Hardaway led the reserves with 15 points for the Suns, who have lost two of their first three.


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