Final

Los Angeles wins series 4-1 (Game 2 of 5)

Los Angeles wins series 4-1

Game 1: Saturday, April 17th
Rockets71Final
Lakers72
Game 2: Monday, April 19th
Rockets84Final
Lakers98
Game 3: Friday, April 23rd
Lakers91Final
Rockets102
Game 4: Sunday, April 25th
Lakers92Final
OT
Rockets88
Game 5: Wednesday, April 28th
Rockets78Final
Lakers97

Rockets 84

 

Lakers 98

(56-26, 34-7 home)

    Coverage: FSW

    7:30 PM ET, April 19, 2004

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    HOU 22 24 18 2084
    LAL 23 21 30 2498

    Top Performers

    Hou: S. Francis 18 Pts, 10 Reb, 12 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    LAL: K. Bryant 36 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Kobe, Mailman pick up slack

    HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Rockets somehow found a way to make Shaquille O'Neal a non-factor for half of the game, and a pair of late acrobatic baskets by Steve Francis clinched things after O'Neal finally got aggressive again.

    The Rockets defeated the Lakers 102-91 Friday night, cutting Los Angeles' lead to 2-1 in their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series.

    It was a rare Game 3 loss on the road for a team coached by Phil Jackson with a 2-0 series lead. His teams, when given a chance to take an all-but-insurmountable 3-0 lead, have historically gotten it.

    In this case, however, the Lakers got away from what was working early, and by the time they went back to an O'Neal-dominated offense in the final 12 minutes it was too late.

    Francis had 27 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, Cuttino Mobley added 21 points, Yao Ming scored 18 and Maurice Taylor came off the bench to add 16 as the Rockets thrilled their fans in the first playoff game in Houston since 1999.

    The series resumes with Game 4 Sunday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    HOU
    LAL
    Points 84 98
    FGM-FGA 31-71 (.437) 34-75 (.453)
    3PM-3PA 3-10 (.300) 7-15 (.467)
    FTM-FTA 19-30 (.633) 23-27 (.852)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-36 7-38
    Assists 20 27
    Turnovers 12 9
    Steals 4 4
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 3 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Houston
    Los Angeles
    Steve Francis Francis
    Points: 18
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Kobe Bryant Bryant
    Points: 36
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0