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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     LA LAKERS        27   30   26   30    113  
     MILWAUKEE        18   36   32   21    107     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAL - KOBE BRYANT 31, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 23, 
                      GARY PAYTON 19
                MIL - MICHAEL REDD 36, TIM THOMAS 16, DESMOND 
                      MASON 13

HIGH REBOUND:   LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 14, KARL MALONE 11, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 7
                MIL - JOE SMITH 11, TIM THOMAS 11, MICHAEL 
                      REDD 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAL - KOBE BRYANT 8, GARY PAYTON 5, KARL 
                      MALONE 5
                MIL - T.J. FORD 7, DAMON JONES 6, TIM THOMAS 4

         ATT:   18,717

Box Score

LA LAKERS (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D George 33 4-6 1-2 2-7 2 3 11 K Malone 36 4-15 3-6 3-11 5 3 11 S O'Neal 39 9-15 5-13 4-14 1 3 23 K Bryant 40 10-22 9-10 5-7 8 3 31 G Payton 34 7-15 4-4 1-3 5 1 19 B Russell 6 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 3 2 H Grant 15 0-3 1-2 1-3 1 2 1 D Fisher 22 3-7 2-2 0-1 2 1 10 K Rush 8 1-2 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 L Walton 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 S Medvedenko DNP - BRUISED LEFT KNEE J Pargo DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-87 25-41 16-48 25 22 113 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.460, FT-.610. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (D George 2-4, K Bryant 2-4, G Payton 1-5, D Fisher 2-4, K Rush 1-2). Team Rebounds: 14. Blocked Shots:5 (S O'Neal 3, K Bryant 2). Turnovers:10 (G Payton 4, D George 2, S O'Neal, L Walton, K Malone, B Russell). Steals: 7 (K Malone 2, D Fisher 2, G Payton, D George, K Bryant). MILWAUKEE (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Santiago 24 4-7 0-0 1-5 0 5 8 T Thomas 38 4-15 8-8 2-11 4 2 16 J Smith 31 2-9 2-2 5-11 0 4 6 T Ford 27 1-10 3-4 1-5 7 2 5 M Redd 34 13-23 5-6 5-8 2 2 36 D Jones 21 4-8 0-0 0-0 6 2 10 D Mason 27 4-7 5-5 2-5 1 3 13 T Kukoc 17 3-6 0-0 0-4 2 3 8 D Gadzuric 19 0-4 1-2 0-2 0 3 1 M Haislip 2 1-1 2-3 1-1 0 0 4 E Strickland DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-90 26-30 17-52 22 26 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 9-19, .474 (T Thomas 0-4, M Redd 5-7, D Jones 2-5, T Kukoc 2-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (D Gadzuric 3, J Smith 2). Turnovers:12 (T Kukoc 4, M Redd 4, J Smith, T Ford, T Thomas, D Mason). Steals: 8 (D Gadzuric 2, T Kukoc, T Thomas, T Ford, M Haislip, D Jones, M Redd). -------------------------------------------- LA LAKERS 27 30 26 30 - 113 MILWAUKEE 18 36 32 21 - 107 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Milwaukee - 1 (Defensive Three, 11:26 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,717. T: 2:24. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Matt Boland, Ted Bernhardt.


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (113) AT MILWAUKEE (107) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D GEORGE F 33 4-6 1-2 2 5 7 2 3 1 2 11 K MALONE F 36 4-15 3-6 3 8 11 5 3 2 1 11 S O'NEAL C 39 9-15 5-13 4 10 14 1 3 0 1 23 K BRYANT G 40 10-22 9-10 5 2 7 8 3 1 0 31 G PAYTON G 34 7-15 4-4 1 2 3 5 1 1 4 19 B RUSSELL 6 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 2 H GRANT 15 0-3 1-2 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 1 D FISHER 22 3-7 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 2 0 10 K RUSH 8 1-2 0-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 L WALTON 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 S MEDVEDENKO DNP - BRUISED LEFT KNEE J PARGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-87 25-41 16 32 48 25 22 7 10 113 (.460) (.610) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 10 (11 PTS) MILWAUKEE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D SANTIAGO F 24 4-7 0-0 1 4 5 0 5 0 0 8 T THOMAS F 38 4-15 8-8 2 9 11 4 2 1 1 16 J SMITH C 31 2-9 2-2 5 6 11 0 4 0 1 6 T FORD G 27 1-10 3-4 1 4 5 7 2 1 1 5 M REDD G 34 13-23 5-6 5 3 8 2 2 1 4 36 D JONES 21 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 6 2 1 0 10 D MASON 27 4-7 5-5 2 3 5 1 3 0 1 13 T KUKOC 17 3-6 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 1 4 8 D GADZURIC 19 0-4 1-2 0 2 2 0 3 2 0 1 M HAISLIP 2 1-1 2-3 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 E STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-90 26-30 17 35 52 22 26 8 12 107 (.400) (.867) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12 (13 PTS) LA LAKERS 27 30 26 30 - 113 MILWAUKEE 18 36 32 21 - 107 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 3, K BRYANT 2. MILWAUKEE - D GADZURIC 3, J SMITH 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 8-19 (.421), D GEORGE 2-4, K BRYANT 2- 4, G PAYTON 1-5, D FISHER 2-4, K RUSH 1-2. MILWAUKEE 9-19 (.474), T THOMAS 0- 4, M REDD 5-7, D JONES 2-5, T KUKOC 2-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: MILWAUKEE - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, MATT BOLAND, TED BERNHARDT. A - 18,717. T - 2:24.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- The "Fantastic Four" of the Los Angeles Lakers had the first of what should be many magical moments. Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal collaborated on the key play down the stretch as the Lakers rallied for a 113-107 victory over the pesky Milwaukee Bucks. Much has been made of the offseason additions of future Hall of Famers Malone and Payton to a team that already included Bryant and O'Neal, two of the top players in the game. But the quartet had yet to flash its combined brilliance - until Tuesday. After Bryant's clutch shooting erased an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit and provided a 103-101 lead with 90 seconds to play, Milwaukee's Tim Thomas drove down the lane but was stripped by Malone, who appeared to commit a foul. "It was like going 7-against-5 because all the refs are looking at them like they're already in the Hall of Fame," Thomas said. "He waved his teammates out," Malone said. "He tested my manhood, and I took that as a direct challenge." The ball came loose and Devean George fired downcourt to Payton, who dribbled once and passed to Bryant along the baseline. Bryant held the ball for a second before finding O'Neal, who was trailing the play. "If all of us touch the ball, you know something special like that is going to happen," Payton said. "We're trying to do that every night." The 7-1, 350-pound center barreled down the lane, drew a foul and scored. His free throw made it 106-101 with 1:02 remaining, and Bryant answered Michael Redd's foul shots with another clutch jumper to seal it with 30 seconds left. "I'm like Colin Powell now - I've got all the weapons, with four guys on the court who can carry each other," O'Neal said. The most effective weapon was Bryant, who had 31 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in his best game since missing most of training camp while recuperating from offseason knee surgery. "I think we're really on the same page now," O'Neal said. "Any night, any one of us can go crazy. Tonight was Kobe's night. He carried us. It's fun to be on a team like this with other legends." "We have come to expect that he plays big in games and he comes to play in the fourth quarter," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. O'Neal had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Payton scored 19 points and Malone added 11 and 11 boards as the Lakers (4-0) remained one of just two unbeaten teams. "We won that game on experience alone, experience of our veteran players," Jackson said. Redd scored a career-high 36 points for the young Bucks, who have lost the last five meetings with the Lakers. "We lost our composure," said Redd, who made 13-of-23 shots and added eight rebounds. "They took advantage of their veteran leadership. Gary and Derek (Fisher) did a great job directing them and Kobe made some big shots. Redd made three of his five 3-pointers in the third quarter, when the Bucks led by as many as 10 points before settling for an 86-83 edge entering the final period. Milwaukee still held a 97-89 advantage after a free throw by Dan Gadzuric with 7:07 to play. Bryant made a pair of 3-pointers around a coast-to-coast layup by Payton, giving the Lakers a 103-101 lead with 1:30 left. "You have to make plays down the stretch," Bucks coach Terry Porter said. "We just didn't make the plays and they did." George scored 11 points and Fisher added 10 for the Lakers, who shot 46 percent (40-of-87) from the field and survived 16 missed free throws, including eight by O'Neal. Thomas had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Desmond Mason scored 13 points for the Bucks, who shot just 40 percent (36-of-90). Payton, the greatest player in the history of the Seattle SuperSonics who spent the last half of last season with the Bucks, did not receive much of a reaction from the Bradley Center crowd. The Lakers led by 12 points in the first quarter, but Thomas scored 10 points in the second period, helping the Bucks close to 57-54 at halftime.


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