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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     LA LAKERS        20   21   27   20    88   
     CHICAGO          22   18   24   17    81      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAL - KOBE BRYANT 35, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 16, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 10
                CHI - EDDY CURRY 16, KIRK HINRICH 15, ANTONIO 
                      DAVIS 12

HIGH REBOUND:   LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 15, KARL MALONE 13, 
                      KOBE BRYANT 8
                CHI - TYSON CHANDLER 16, ANTONIO DAVIS 10, 
                      EDDY CURRY 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAL - KARL MALONE 7, KOBE BRYANT 3, KAREEM 
                      RUSH 3
                CHI - KIRK HINRICH 12, JAMAL CRAWFORD 6

         ATT:   23,067

Box Score

LA LAKERS (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Malone 38 2-9 6-8 1-13 7 2 10 R Fox 21 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 3 2 S O'Neal 39 7-18 2-8 3-15 1 5 16 K Bryant 38 12-25 10-11 2-8 3 2 35 G Payton 32 4-10 2-2 2-4 2 1 10 D Fisher 15 1-5 1-1 1-2 1 3 4 S Medvedenko 15 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 5 2 K Rush 15 1-3 2-2 0-2 3 0 4 B Russell 5 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 1 3 D George 18 0-1 2-2 0-1 1 1 2 L Walton 4 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 H Grant DNP - HIP FLEXOR STRAIN _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-77 25-34 10-52 20 25 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.735. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (K Bryant 1-4, D Fisher 1-1, K Rush 0-2, B Russell 1-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:8 (S O'Neal 5, G Payton, K Bryant, S Medvedenko). Turnovers:18 (S O'Neal 6, K Bryant 5, K Malone 3, R Fox, L Walton, B Russell, G Payton). Steals: 7 (G Payton 2, K Malone 2, K Bryant 2, D George). CHICAGO (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 23 3-5 0-0 0-2 0 2 7 A Davis 38 5-18 2-4 4-10 0 5 12 E Curry 25 6-10 4-7 2-7 0 5 16 J Crawford 38 4-15 2-2 0-4 6 3 11 K Hinrich 42 4-14 6-6 1-4 12 4 15 T Chandler 33 5-7 0-8 4-16 0 2 10 K Gill 29 4-12 1-2 1-6 0 5 9 R Dupree 12 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 3 1 Je Williams DNP - LEFT FOOT INJURY R Brunson DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Robinson DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Shirley DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 16-31 12-49 18 29 81 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.516. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (L Johnson 1-2, J Crawford 1-5, K Hinrich 1-7). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:4 (T Chandler 2, L Johnson 2). Turnovers:15 (E Curry 4, R Dupree 3, T Chandler 2, K Hinrich 2, K Gill, L Johnson, A Davis, J Crawford). Steals: 11 (J Crawford 3, L Johnson 2, K Hinrich 2, K Gill, E Curry, T Chandler, A Davis). ------------------------------------------- LA LAKERS 20 21 27 20 - 88 CHICAGO 22 18 24 17 - 81 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Chicago - 1 (COACH Skiles, 0:14 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 23,067. T: 2:26. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Derrick Stafford, Mike Henderson.


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (88) AT CHICAGO (81) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K MALONE F 38 2-9 6-8 1 12 13 7 2 2 3 10 R FOX F 21 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 2 S O'NEAL C 39 7-18 2-8 3 12 15 1 5 0 6 16 K BRYANT G 38 12-25 10-11 2 6 8 3 2 2 5 35 G PAYTON G 32 4-10 2-2 2 2 4 2 1 2 1 10 D FISHER 15 1-5 1-1 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 4 S MEDVEDENKO 15 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 0 0 2 K RUSH 15 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 3 0 0 0 4 B RUSSELL 5 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 3 D GEORGE 18 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 L WALTON 4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 H GRANT DNP - HIP FLEXOR STRAIN TOTALS 240 30-77 25-34 10 42 52 20 25 7 18 88 (.390) (.735) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19 (17 PTS) CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L JOHNSON F 23 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 2 1 7 A DAVIS F 38 5-18 2-4 4 6 10 0 5 1 1 12 E CURRY C 25 6-10 4-7 2 5 7 0 5 1 4 16 J CRAWFORD G 38 4-15 2-2 0 4 4 6 3 3 1 11 K HINRICH G 42 4-14 6-6 1 3 4 12 4 2 2 15 T CHANDLER 33 5-7 0-8 4 12 16 0 2 1 2 10 K GILL 29 4-12 1-2 1 5 6 0 5 1 1 9 R DUPREE 12 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 1 JE WILLIAMS DNP - LEFT FOOT INJURY R BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION E ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION P SHIRLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-81 16-31 12 37 49 18 29 11 15 81 (.383) (.516) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16 (9 PTS) LA LAKERS 20 21 27 20 - 88 CHICAGO 22 18 24 17 - 81 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 5, G PAYTON, K BRYANT, S MEDVEDENKO. CHICAGO - T CHANDLER 2, L JOHNSON 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 3-8 (.375), K BRYANT 1-4, D FISHER 1- 1, K RUSH 0-2, B RUSSELL 1-1. CHICAGO 3-14 (.214), L JOHNSON 1-2, J CRAWFORD 1- 5, K HINRICH 1-7. TECHNICAL FOULS: CHICAGO - COACH SKILES. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, DERRICK STAFFORD, MIKE HENDERSON. A - 23,067. T - 2:26.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant's injured shoulder apparently is strong enough to carry the Los Angeles Lakers' offense down the stretch. Bryant scored 12 of his 35 points in the final five-plus minutes to lift the Lakers to an 88-81 victory over the Chicago Bulls, who have lost six straight games. At full strength for the first time in nearly three months, the Lakers were coming off a loss at Minnesota on Friday. They were in danger of dropping consecutive games for the first time since January 19-22. Again wearing a protective shirt beneath his jersey to harness his sprained right shoulder, Bryant looked as sharp as he has all season. He took over late in the fourth quarter, turning back a rally by the Bulls. "It's fun being out there," Bryant said. "I think about how much fun it is to play the game, I don't want to think about the pain. It's fun being out there, especially in the fourth quarter." Chicago had pulled within a hoop with 5:25 left when Bryant made a floating layup and a drive for a 78-72 lead with 4:33 to play. After a dunk by Antonio Davis, Bryant drilled a jumper over Kendall Gill and sank a tough lefthanded layup for an 82-74 bulge with 1:48 to go. "The flow of the game was coming," said Bryant, who made 12-of-25 shots. "I made some pretty big shots for us. They were all falling." "I don't think we were doing anything wrong," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "He was just rising over us and making shots. We had a couple times where we did not have a hand up. Other than that, he just hit pretty tough shots." The Bulls closed to 82-79 in the final minute before Bryant sank a jumper from the left wing with 35 seconds remaining. He added two free throws to seal it 16 seconds later. Shaquille O'Neal had 16 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks and Karl Malone added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who had lost their previous two visits to Chicago. Despite the late surge by Bryant, Lakers coach Phil Jackson was not overjoyed. "I think Kobe is thinking more about shooting," Jackson said. "(He) really has to do more what comes naturally. He got into it and made some shots down the stretch." Eddy Curry scored 16 points and rookie Kirk Hinrich added 15 and 12 assists for the Bulls, who undid themselves with poor free-throw shooting. Chicago made just 16-of-31 foul shots, including 0-of-8 by Tyson Chandler. "I'm in a process of tweaking my style," said Chandler, a 73 percent foul shooter. "I've been watching video of how I shot the ball in high school. But I haven't quite got there yet." Two missed free throws by Chandler stalled a fourth-quarter surge by the Bulls. "After I missed the first four in a row, I just tried to guide them after that, and it killed me," he said. O'Neal picked up his fourth foul midway through the third quarter and the Lakers down, 56-53. He stayed in the game and LA rallied to take the lead. The 7-1 superstar had two baskets early in the final period, widening the advantage to 74-66.


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