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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      TORONTO          26   29   27   17    99   
      LA LAKERS        24   35   22   36    117     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   TOR - RAFER ALSTON 13, ERIC WILLIAMS 12, JALEN
                      ROSE 12
                LAL - KOBE BRYANT 48, CARON BUTLER 18, LAMAR 
                      ODOM 15

HIGH REBOUND:   TOR - RAFAEL ARAUJO 10, CHRIS BOSH 10, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5
                LAL - LAMAR ODOM 13, JUMAINE JONES 11, CARON 
                      BUTLER 9

HIGH ASSISTS:   TOR - RAFER ALSTON 11, MILT PALACIO 4, FOUR 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                LAL - CHUCKY ATKINS 7, KOBE BRYANT 4, BRIAN 
                      COOK 2

         ATT:   18,997

Box Score

TORONTO (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Peterson 20 4-13 1-2 3-3 2 3 10 C Bosh 35 4-10 3-5 5-10 2 1 11 R Araujo 19 4-8 0-0 5-10 0 3 8 R Alston 37 5-17 2-2 0-5 11 2 13 E Williams 24 4-10 4-4 2-5 2 4 12 J Rose 23 6-12 0-0 0-1 0 4 12 D Marshall 25 4-8 0-0 0-3 1 3 10 L Murray 26 4-9 0-0 0-3 2 4 10 M Bonner 17 3-4 0-0 1-3 1 2 6 M Palacio 14 2-8 3-3 0-1 4 1 7 A Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Woods DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-99 13-16 16-44 25 27 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.404, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (M Peterson 1-4, C Bosh 0-1, R Alston 1-6, J Rose 0-2, D Marshall 2-4, L Murray 2-4). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:4 (C Bosh 4). Turnovers:11 (R Alston 3, J Rose 2, L Murray 2, C Bosh 2, M Palacio, R Araujo). Steals: 8 (E Williams 3, R Araujo 3, R Alston 2). LA LAKERS (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 28 5-11 6-7 2-9 1 4 18 L Odom 39 5-9 4-5 1-13 1 4 15 C Mihm 17 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 3 0 K Bryant 46 14-26 16-18 0-2 4 2 48 C Atkins 45 6-12 0-1 1-1 7 0 14 J Jones 22 3-9 1-2 5-11 1 2 9 B Cook 19 2-9 1-2 4-6 2 2 7 B Grant 21 2-4 2-2 3-8 0 2 6 T Brown 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Medvedenko DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Walton DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Vujacic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-81 30-37 16-51 17 19 117 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.811. 3-Point Goals: 13-25, .520 (C Butler 2-2, L Odom 1-1, K Bryant 4-7, C Atkins 2-6, J Jones 2-5, B Cook 2-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (L Odom 2, C Mihm 2, B Cook). Turnovers:17 (K Bryant 5, L Odom 5, C Butler 3, C Mihm 2, B Grant, C Atkins). Steals: 9 (C Butler 3, K Bryant 2, L Odom 2, B Grant, B Cook). ------------------------------------------- TORONTO 26 29 27 17 - 99 LA LAKERS 24 35 22 36 - 117 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Toronto - 1 (Defensive Three, 5:28 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:09. Officials: Greg Willard, Mark Ayotte, Scott Wall.


Extended Box

TORONTO (99) AT LA LAKERS (117) TORONTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M PETERSON F 20 4-13 1-2 3 0 3 2 3 0 0 10 C BOSH F 35 4-10 3-5 5 5 10 2 1 0 2 11 R ARAUJO C 19 4-8 0-0 5 5 10 0 3 3 1 8 R ALSTON G 37 5-17 2-2 0 5 5 11 2 2 3 13 E WILLIAMS G 24 4-10 4-4 2 3 5 2 4 3 0 12 J ROSE 23 6-12 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 2 12 D MARSHALL 25 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 0 0 10 L MURRAY 26 4-9 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 0 2 10 M BONNER 17 3-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 6 M PALACIO 14 2-8 3-3 0 1 1 4 1 0 1 7 A WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION L WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-99 13-16 16 28 44 25 27 8 11 99 (.404) (.813) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11 (13 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BUTLER F 28 5-11 6-7 2 7 9 1 4 3 3 18 L ODOM F 39 5-9 4-5 1 12 13 1 4 2 5 15 C MIHM C 17 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 2 0 K BRYANT G 46 14-26 16-18 0 2 2 4 2 2 5 48 C ATKINS G 45 6-12 0-1 1 0 1 7 0 0 1 14 J JONES 22 3-9 1-2 5 6 11 1 2 0 0 9 B COOK 19 2-9 1-2 4 2 6 2 2 1 0 7 B GRANT 21 2-4 2-2 3 5 8 0 2 1 1 6 T BROWN 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S MEDVEDENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION L WALTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION S VUJACIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-81 30-37 16 35 51 17 19 9 17 117 (.457) (.811) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17 (14 PTS) TORONTO 26 29 27 17 - 99 LA LAKERS 24 35 22 36 - 117 BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - C BOSH 4. LA LAKERS - L ODOM 2, C MIHM 2, B COOK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 6-21 (.286), M PETERSON 1-4, C BOSH 0-1, R ALSTON 1-6, J ROSE 0-2, D MARSHALL 2-4, L MURRAY 2-4. LA LAKERS 13- 25 (.520), C BUTLER 2-2, L ODOM 1-1, K BRYANT 4-7, C ATKINS 2-6, J JONES 2- 5, B COOK 2-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: TORONTO - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GREG WILLARD, MARK AYOTTE, SCOTT WALL. A - 18,997. T - 2:09.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant came up with another great performance, and it finally paid off for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant scored 15 of his season-high 48 points in the final six minutes as the Lakers rallied for a 117-99 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Entering the game, Los Angeles was winless in three games when Bryant reached the 40-point plateau. "When they don't come to double I am just going to take my time and go to work," Bryant said. "I think it is us just collectively doing a job when I score 40-something points. It is not me just going off on a solo riff, everybody is contributing. "Guys are looking for me setting good picks and getting to their spots. When I score 40 it is not a 'me 40' but a 'we 40,' if that makes sense." Jalen Rose's jumper with 6:44 remaining gave the Raptors a 93-89 lead, but the Lakers hit three straight 3-pointers to spark a game-ending 28-6 rally. Jumaine Jones hit his second 3-pointer of the game at the 6:24 mark and Bryant followed with one of his four baskets from the arc to put Los Angeles ahead for good. Lamar Odom added another 3-pointer for the Lakers, who shot 52 percent (13-of-25) from the arc. Odom had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Caron Butler added 18 and nine and Jones grabbed a season-high 11 boards as Los Angeles outrebounded Toronto, 51-44. "Even though tonight was not a big scoring night for me, I am such a rhythm player, so when I get taken out of the game early due to foul trouble, I sort of just let the game come to me," Odom said. "I rely on my rebounding and try to create some mismatches and create some open shots for the guys." Despite a bad fall in the first quarter, Bryant was the only player to reach double figures in the first half, scoring 25 points to help the Lakers to a 59-55 lead at the break. "There were certain things I could not do with it," Bryant said. "But the movement that I couldn't do with it were something that I couldn't do on the court. I could still raise my arm and could still move it from side to side. Some of the movements I could not do, like tie my shoe, were not really important." Toronto battled back in the third quarter. Trailing, 79-70, with just under five minutes left in the period, the Raptors closed out the quarter with a 12-2 run to take an 82-81 lead. Rafer Alston, who also had 11 assists, scored six of his 13 points during the outburst and was one of seven Toronto players to score in double figures. "We took too many three-point shots," Alston said. "We played hard. The thing that's hurting us most is we can't get the shots that we need to go down. And we are letting them get offensive rebounds. Those are the things that we have to continue to work on and look at film and make a conscious effort to do those things. "This thing is feasible. We're not that far out of it although our record is disgusting. The East is there for teams to creep up and into the playoffs. We just have to keep working hard." Rose scored 12 points and Chris Bosh chipped in 11 and 10 rebounds for Toronto, which has lost six straight against Los Angeles. Raptors coach Sam Mitchell thought that Bryant was the catalyst for the Lakers. "Kobe Bryant had a great game," Mitchell said. "When we were able to make him give the ball up, he passed to teammates that made 3-point shots. Caron Butler hit three 3-pointers that just broke our back." "He just kept dribbling and dribbling and it's tough when a guy as skilled as he is keeps putting the pressure on the defense. He's smart. He goes at our big guys because the big guys can't move as fast." Donyell Marshall scored 10 points and needs just 23 more for 20,000 in his career. Despite a 2-4 record in the last six games, the veteran forward thinks the team is still playing well now that Vince Carter is gone. "We still move the ball well," Marshall said. "I think the style of offense Vince was in was geared towards him and the guys were standing around a lot. I think with the offense now, it's kind of a freelance offense. You're supposed to pass the ball more."


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