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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     LA LAKERS        29   25   15   26    95   
     MEMPHIS          29   32   24   20    105     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 20, KOBE BRYANT 19, 
                      DEVEAN GEORGE 17
                MEM - PAU GASOL 22, LORENZEN WRIGHT 15, JAMES 
                      POSEY 15

HIGH REBOUND:   LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 12, KARL MALONE 9, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6
                MEM - PAU GASOL 11, JAKE TSAKALIDIS 9, 
                      LORENZEN WRIGHT 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAL - KOBE BRYANT 5, GARY PAYTON 4, KARL 
                      MALONE 4
                MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 8, MIKE MILLER 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   19,351

Box Score

LA LAKERS (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D George 34 6-7 2-2 1-6 1 3 17 K Malone 34 5-10 3-5 2-9 4 2 13 S O'Neal 41 8-14 4-8 1-12 2 4 20 G Payton 27 3-6 0-0 0-2 4 1 6 K Bryant 33 5-15 9-10 1-4 5 4 19 K Rush 12 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 3 H Grant 14 0-3 0-0 3-6 2 1 0 D Fisher 25 3-11 2-2 1-1 0 1 9 B Russell 13 0-3 1-4 1-2 1 3 1 L Walton 7 2-2 1-2 1-1 1 1 7 S Medvedenko DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Pargo DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-75 22-33 11-43 20 22 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (D George 3-4, G Payton 0-1, K Bryant 0-2, K Rush 1-2, D Fisher 1-4, B Russell 0-2, L Walton 2-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:8 (K Malone 4, S O'Neal 3, H Grant). Turnovers:23 (K Malone 6, K Bryant 6, S O'Neal 3, D Fisher 2, D George 2, H Grant, B Russell, K Rush, G Payton). Steals: 10 (K Malone 3, S O'Neal 2, K Bryant 2, D Fisher, D George, L Walton). MEMPHIS (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Posey 26 5-8 3-3 2-3 1 6 15 P Gasol 36 8-18 6-9 4-11 3 2 22 J Tsakalidis 24 5-11 2-4 2-9 0 4 12 J Williams 35 5-12 0-0 0-0 8 1 10 M Miller 36 4-10 0-0 0-3 5 2 8 S Battier 16 4-6 1-1 0-2 2 5 12 L Wright 24 6-9 3-4 2-6 1 3 15 E Watson 13 3-7 0-0 0-0 3 5 7 W Person 18 0-3 0-0 0-4 2 0 0 B Outlaw 12 2-2 0-0 1-4 1 3 4 S Swift DNP - COACH'S DECISION T Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-86 15-21 11-42 26 31 105 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (J Posey 2-3, P Gasol 0-1, J Williams 0-5, M Miller 0-1, S Battier 3-4, E Watson 1-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (P Gasol 2, B Outlaw, L Wright). Turnovers:13 (J Williams 3, P Gasol 3, L Wright 2, W Person, J Posey, J Tsakalidis, M Miller, E Watson). Steals: 17 (J Williams 5, M Miller 3, L Wright 2, S Battier 2, J Posey 2, W Person, E Watson, P Gasol). ------------------------------------------- LA LAKERS 29 25 15 26 - 95 MEMPHIS 29 32 24 20 - 105 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,351. T: 2:18. Officials: Gary Zielinski, Kevin Fehr, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (95) AT MEMPHIS (105) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D GEORGE F 34 6-7 2-2 1 5 6 1 3 1 2 17 K MALONE F 34 5-10 3-5 2 7 9 4 2 3 6 13 S O'NEAL C 41 8-14 4-8 1 11 12 2 4 2 3 20 G PAYTON G 27 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 0 1 6 K BRYANT G 33 5-15 9-10 1 3 4 5 4 2 6 19 K RUSH 12 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 H GRANT 14 0-3 0-0 3 3 6 2 1 0 1 0 D FISHER 25 3-11 2-2 1 0 1 0 1 1 2 9 B RUSSELL 13 0-3 1-4 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 1 L WALTON 7 2-2 1-2 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 7 S MEDVEDENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION J PARGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-75 22-33 11 32 43 20 22 10 23 95 (.440) (.667) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 23 (25 PTS) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J POSEY F 26 5-8 3-3 2 1 3 1 6 2 1 15 P GASOL F 36 8-18 6-9 4 7 11 3 2 1 3 22 J TSAKALIDIS C 24 5-11 2-4 2 7 9 0 4 0 1 12 J WILLIAMS G 35 5-12 0-0 0 0 0 8 1 5 3 10 M MILLER G 36 4-10 0-0 0 3 3 5 2 3 1 8 S BATTIER 16 4-6 1-1 0 2 2 2 5 2 0 12 L WRIGHT 24 6-9 3-4 2 4 6 1 3 2 2 15 E WATSON 13 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 3 5 1 1 7 W PERSON 18 0-3 0-0 0 4 4 2 0 1 1 0 B OUTLAW 12 2-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 0 4 S SWIFT DNP - COACH'S DECISION T SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 42-86 15-21 11 31 42 26 31 17 13 105 (.488) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17 (20 PTS) LA LAKERS 29 25 15 26 - 95 MEMPHIS 29 32 24 20 - 105 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - K MALONE 4, S O'NEAL 3, H GRANT. MEMPHIS - P GASOL 2, B OUTLAW, L WRIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 7-17 (.412), D GEORGE 3-4, G PAYTON 0- 1, K BRYANT 0-2, K RUSH 1-2, D FISHER 1-4, B RUSSELL 0-2, L WALTON 2- 2. MEMPHIS 6-16 (.375), J POSEY 2-3, P GASOL 0-1, J WILLIAMS 0-5, M MILLER 0- 1, S BATTIER 3-4, E WATSON 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GARY ZIELINSKI, KEVIN FEHR, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 19,351. T - 2:18.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Memphis Grizzlies snapped their three-game losing streak by taking advantage of some sloppy play. Pau Gasol had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help the Grizzlies to 105-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, who have dropped two straight games after opening the season with five consecutive wins. "I think we played well offensively and defensively against the best team in the league," Gasol said. "We played a heck of a game." James Posey and Lorenzen Wright had 15 points apiece as the Grizzlies ended a six-game losing streak against the Lakers. Jake Tsakalidis, who got his first start at center as the member of the Grizzlies, contributed 12 points and Jason Williams added 10, eight assists and five steals. "It's a great win... I think we played our style of basketball," Posey said. "We didn't give in and we were able to hold them." Memphis had 17 steals in the game and took advantage of 23 turnovers by the Lakers, who had not lost to the Grizzlies since December 21, 2001. Shaquille O'Neal led Los Angeles with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Kobe Bryant added 19 points, Devean George had 17 and Karl Malone 13 and nine rebounds. "We had a letdown," O'Neal said. "They just capitalized on our mistakes. We just had too many turnovers and too many stupid mistakes." Gary Payton had just six points and four assists in 27 minutes and played sparingly in the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies led 89-71 early in the fourth quarter but Los Angeles went on a 11-0 run to cut the deficit to seven points with 6:04 remaining. But Mike Miller answered with a jumper for Memphis with 5:50 to go. Shane Battier's four-point play with 2:07 left gave Memphis a 101-89 lead. Battier finished with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting. "It was a disappointing second half for us," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We were flat, we gave a flat effort, poor ballhandling, poor decision-making. "We made a run with some of our players coming off the bench. Our starters couldn't provide the help we needed near the end." Memphis led 29-28 in the first when Bryant was fouled on a shot attempt as time expired. The officials reviewed the play to make sure the foul occurred before the end of the period. The foul stood and Bryant made one of two free throws to tie the game, 29-29, at the end of the first. The Grizzlies used blistering 67 percent (14-of-21) in a 32-point second quarter to take a 61-54 halftime lead. Los Angeles shot just 39 percent (7-of-18). "They were very amped and very pumped up," O'Neal said. "They kept running the ball off all our mistakes." Memphis did not let up at the start of the third quarter. The Grizzlies opened the period with a 15-4 run to build a 76-58 lead with 6:10 left. The Lakers' poor ballhandling and shooting continued as they committed nine turnovers and shot 30 percent (6-of-20). "It's a simple game," O'Neal said. "We need to make it simple again. Move the ball and look for mismatches and keep taking high percentage shots." The Lakers most impressive shot of the period occurred with 2:56 left when Kareem Rush's pass was deflected through the hoop from the bottom and bounced back through. Unfortunately, for the Lakers the basket did not count and Memphis maintained a 78-63 lead. Los Angeles shot 44 percent (33-of-75) and hit just 67 percent (22-of-33) of its free throws. After completing a winless three-game road trip in which they shot 41 percent, the Grizzlies shot 49 percent and seemed to be energized by the sellout crowd. Bryant didn't seem to be too worried by the Lakers' performance and is convinced that Malone and Payton will get a good grasp of the offense. "(Malone and Payton) are doing well," Bryant said. "But it's going to take some time to get on the same page as far as getting into this triangle. "Phil's the kind of coach that wants you to do it on your own. As the season goes on, I see us getting into our offense and cutting teams up. It's going to take some time." The Lakers won all four games with the Grizzlies last season. In the final meeting in Memphis on April 4, Bryant nailed a jumper at the buzzer as the Lakers rallied from a 23-point fourth-quarter deficit.


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