In the end, Nets just zoned out against Shaq

The Lakers' handling of the Nets' zone defense was the biggest key to their three-peat.

Updated: June 13, 2002, 3:55 AM ET
By Dr. Jack Ramsay | Special to ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Los Angeles Lakers started sluggishly on defense in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night, but they were crisp on offense. The New Jersey Nets were playing a lot of zone defense and the Lakers answered it very well. Shaquille O'Neal was terrific against the zone.

In Game 3, when the Nets went to a lot of zone, Shaq only had four shots in the last period and made just one. I talked to him after that game about that, and he said that the Nets were putting ...

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