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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MEMPHIS          26   29   17   23    95   
     LA LAKERS        18   30   26   29    103     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MEM - MIKE MILLER 22, LORENZEN WRIGHT 21, 
                      JAMES POSEY 19
                LAL - KOBE BRYANT 33, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 28, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND:   MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 10, JASON WILLIAMS 8, 
                      JAKE TSAKALIDIS 5
                LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 12, KARL MALONE 7, KOBE
                      BRYANT 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 11, EARL WATSON 5, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                LAL - GARY PAYTON 7, KOBE BRYANT 7, KARL 
                      MALONE 6

         ATT:   18,997

Box Score

MEMPHIS (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Posey 31 7-12 3-7 0-3 2 3 19 S Swift 26 2-7 1-2 3-4 1 3 5 J Tsakalidis 23 2-4 1-4 2-5 1 3 5 M Miller 38 10-15 0-0 1-3 1 3 22 J Williams 35 3-16 0-0 1-8 11 3 8 S Battier 22 2-2 0-2 0-1 1 5 4 L Wright 25 9-20 3-4 5-10 2 4 21 B Outlaw 22 3-4 1-1 0-1 2 5 7 E Watson 13 0-2 0-0 0-0 5 2 0 T Smith 5 1-2 2-2 1-1 1 0 4 B Wells DNP - SORE LOWER BACK P Gasol DNP - SORE ARCH _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-84 11-22 13-36 27 31 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (J Posey 2-3, M Miller 2-6, J Williams 2-8, L Wright 0-1). Team Rebounds: 15. Blocked Shots:2 (J Tsakalidis 2). Turnovers:17 (J Williams 5, M Miller 3, J Posey 2, E Watson 2, B Outlaw, T Smith, S Battier, J Tsakalidis, S Swift). Steals: 9 (B Outlaw 3, J Posey 3, L Wright, S Swift, M Miller). LA LAKERS (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 6 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 K Malone 36 4-8 4-5 0-7 6 4 12 S O'Neal 42 12-14 4-11 3-12 0 4 28 K Bryant 45 9-23 14-15 1-6 7 2 33 G Payton 35 3-7 6-6 2-4 7 0 12 D George 20 2-2 0-0 0-3 2 3 4 D Fisher 19 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 5 B Russell 2 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 S Medvedenko 9 2-4 1-2 1-3 0 0 5 K Rush 21 0-2 1-2 0-1 2 2 1 L Walton 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 B Cook DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-71 31-43 7-38 27 17 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.721. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (K Bryant 1-4, G Payton 0-2, D Fisher 1-2, K Rush 0-2, L Walton 0-1). Team Rebounds: 15. Blocked Shots:6 (S O'Neal 4, K Bryant, K Rush). Turnovers:15 (K Malone 4, K Bryant 3, S O'Neal 2, K Rush 2, D George 2, G Payton 2). Steals: 10 (K Bryant 4, D Fisher 2, S O'Neal, K Rush, D George, K Malone). ------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 26 29 17 23 - 95 LA LAKERS 18 30 26 29 - 103 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Memphis - 2 (COACH Brown, 6:18 2nd; Defensive Three, 8:57 3rd). Flagrant fouls: La Lakers 1 (K Rush, 9:58 2nd). A: 18,997. T: 2:23. Officials: Dan Crawford, Pat Fraher, Ted Bernhardt.


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (95) AT LA LAKERS (103) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J POSEY F 31 7-12 3-7 0 3 3 2 3 3 2 19 S SWIFT F 26 2-7 1-2 3 1 4 1 3 1 1 5 J TSAKALIDIS C 23 2-4 1-4 2 3 5 1 3 0 1 5 M MILLER G 38 10-15 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 1 3 22 J WILLIAMS G 35 3-16 0-0 1 7 8 11 3 0 5 8 S BATTIER 22 2-2 0-2 0 1 1 1 5 0 1 4 L WRIGHT 25 9-20 3-4 5 5 10 2 4 1 0 21 B OUTLAW 22 3-4 1-1 0 1 1 2 5 3 1 7 E WATSON 13 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 5 2 0 2 0 T SMITH 5 1-2 2-2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 4 B WELLS DNP - SORE LOWER BACK P GASOL DNP - SORE ARCH TOTALS 240 39-84 11-22 13 23 36 27 31 9 17 95 (.464) (.500) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 19 (24 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R FOX F 6 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 K MALONE F 36 4-8 4-5 0 7 7 6 4 1 4 12 S O'NEAL C 42 12-14 4-11 3 9 12 0 4 1 2 28 K BRYANT G 45 9-23 14-15 1 5 6 7 2 4 3 33 G PAYTON G 35 3-7 6-6 2 2 4 7 0 0 2 12 D GEORGE 20 2-2 0-0 0 3 3 2 3 1 2 4 D FISHER 19 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 5 B RUSSELL 2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 S MEDVEDENKO 9 2-4 1-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 5 K RUSH 21 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 L WALTON 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 B COOK DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-71 31-43 7 31 38 27 17 10 15 103 (.493) (.721) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 15 (21 PTS) MEMPHIS 26 29 17 23 - 95 LA LAKERS 18 30 26 29 - 103 BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - J TSAKALIDIS 2. LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 4, K BRYANT, K RUSH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 6-18 (.333), J POSEY 2-3, M MILLER 2-6, J WILLIAMS 2-8, L WRIGHT 0-1. LA LAKERS 2-11 (.182), K BRYANT 1-4, G PAYTON 0-2, D FISHER 1-2, K RUSH 0-2, L WALTON 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MEMPHIS - COACH BROWN, DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: LA LAKERS 1 (K RUSH, 9:58 2ND). OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, PAT FRAHER, TED BERNHARDT. A - 18,997. T - 2:23.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers are back in the race atop the Western Conference. Bryant scored 33 points and O'Neal added 28 as the Lakers rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit for a 103-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. After winning a season-high 11 straight games to take over the top spot in the West, the Lakers absorbed back-to-back home losses to San Antonio and Portland that knocked them back to third and had coach Phil Jackson questioning their commitment. That approach appeared to continue as the Lakers fell into a 43-24 hole midway through the second quarter. But they closed to 55-48 at halftime, took a 74-72 lead after three quarters and never trailed in the final period. "You just have to figure out a way to win the game," Bryant said. "When you are down 19 points you can walk around with your head down and give up on your game, or you can just say we pretty much have them right where we want them." "We got down 19 early on but we were able to make a push in the second half and right now that is the kind of win we need," said Lakers forward Karl Malone, who scored 12 points. "Tonight we had all the makings of the last couple of games we have played but we bounced back and got the win. We needed that really bad." Bryant scored 12 points in the second quarter and sparked a rally with his defense. O'Neal scored 11 points in the final period as he overpowered Grizzlies centers Jake Tsakalidis and Lorenzen Wright. "Our defense bailed us out," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "That's why we got ourselves back in stride a little bit. We came back and played a good second half." After helping themselves, the Lakers (54-25) got some help from the Phoenix Suns, who beat Sacramento to create a tie atop the Pacific Division. The Kings host the Lakers on Sunday. San Antonio also is 54-25, leaving all three teams 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota in the race for the best record in the West. Mike Miller scored 22 points and Wright added 21 and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies (50-29), who fell one-half game behind Dallas into sixth place in the West. Memphis made just 11-of-22 free throws while Los Angeles sank 31-of-42, including 14-of-15 by Bryant. "We just let them get a lot of easy shots and sent them to the free-throw line too many times," Miller said. "It was a lot of experience gained tonight, just like a playoff game." The Grizzlies bolted to a 31-19 lead after one quarter behind 10 points from Miller. The advantage ballooned to 43-24 at the 7:30 mark of the second period after a pair of steals and baskets by Bo Outlaw. But things fell apart thereafter as Bryant and O'Neal took over. The Grizzlies still were within 89-85 after a basket by Wright with 5:16 remaining but made just 3-of-6 free throws over the next three minutes. "As poorly as we played the second half ... if we make five more free throws it's a nail biter," Grizzlies coach Hubie Brown said.


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