Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/16

Game 1: Sunday, November 16th
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Lakers99
Game 2: Tuesday, February 10th
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Heat83

Heat 77

(2-8, 0-6 away)

Lakers 99

(8-2, 5-0 home)

    Coverage: FSW

    6:30 PM ET, November 16, 2003

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 21 15 22 1977
    LAL 31 22 23 2399

    Top Performers

    Miami: L. Odom 18 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Los Angeles: K. Bryant 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Jackson's 784th win ties Shue for 11th all-time

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, Shaquille O'Neal had 14 points and six rebounds in only 24 minutes and the Los Angeles Lakers led all the way in beating the Miami Heat 99-77 Sunday night.

    The Lakers clinched the victory by outscoring the Heat 24-7 to end the second quarter and begin the third for a 67-41 lead.

    The win was the third in a row for the Lakers (8-2) and their 20th straight regular-season victory at home. The Heat (2-8) had their two-game winning streak snapped.

    It was also the 784th regular-season victory for Lakers coach Phil Jackson, moving him into a tie for 11th on the NBA's career list with Gene Shue.

    Jackson, whose teams are 784-292, has coached nearly 600 fewer games than Shue did.

    Bryant got the bulk of his points from the foul line, going 15-of-16. As a team, the Lakers made 33 of 46 free throws.

    There were 60 personal fouls called -- 34 against the Heat.

    Gary Payton had 13 points and eight assists, and Karl Malone added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers despite sitting out the fourth quarter.

    O'Neal didn't play after committing his fifth foul with 4:18 remaining in the third period. Devean George, the other Los Angeles starter, also sat out the final period.

    Lamar Odom led Miami with 18 points and nine rebounds. Eddie Jones added 12 points, Udonis Haslem had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade also scored 10 points for the Heat.

    Bryant made three free throws with 9:22 left in the third quarter to give the Lakers a 59-39 lead. At that stage, Jones and Miami center Brian Grant were on the bench with four fouls each.

    It was 76-58 entering the fourth quarter, and the Lakers scored the first eight points of the final period -- six by Bryant and the other two by Horace Grant on an assist by Bryant.

    The Lakers outscored the Heat 10-2 to finish the second quarter for a 53-36 halftime lead.

    Payton had nine points and five assists in the opening seven minutes as the Lakers took a 23-9 lead. It was 31-21 entering the second period, and Miami wasn't closer than eight points after that.

    Game notes


    With a 5-0 record at Staples Center, the Lakers are one of five NBA teams who are unbeaten at home. With their 0-6 road mark, the Heat are one of five winless teams away from home. ... Odom, who played four seasons with the Clippers before signing a $65 million, six-year offer sheet with the Heat last summer that the Clippers declined to match, mistakenly walked into the Lakers' dressing room before the game. He then made a quick about-face and headed to the visitors' locker room. "I don't know where I was at," he said with a smile. Odom said it felt "a little different, a little eerie" to be playing at Staples Center as a visitor, but added: "I've got some friends at the game, and I get to sleep in my own bed." ... Jackson said he expects Pat Riley to coach again. Riley resigned as coach of the Heat last month but remained as team president. "He's established himself as a premier coach in the game -- a Hall of Famer, obviously," Jackson said. Riley's 1,110 regular-season victories rank second in NBA history behind Lenny Wilkens' 1,292, and his 155 playoff wins rank second behind Jackson's 162.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIA
    LAL
    Points 77 99
    FGM-FGA 29-80 (.363) 33-74 (.446)
    3PM-3PA 0-12 (.000) 0-9 (.000)
    FTM-FTA 19-34 (.559) 33-46 (.717)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-45 8-43
    Assists 10 22
    Turnovers 20 17
    Steals 10 10
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 0 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 34 (0/0) 26 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Miami
    Los Angeles
    Lamar Odom Odom
    Points: 18
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Kobe Bryant Bryant
    Points: 27
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0