L.A. Lakers 117, Sacramento 104
LOS ANGELES, April 10 (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant
, Shaquille O'Neal
Los Angeles Lakers are playing so well, they may even get some
grudging respect from the Sacramento Kings.
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Bryant scored 34 points and O'Neal added 32 and 16 rebounds as
the Lakers continued their march to the postseason with a
convincing 117-104 victory over the rival Kings.
In the regular-season finale of the NBA's best rivalry, both
teams came in with five-game winning streaks and were separated
by just one point at halftime. Led by Bryant and O'Neal, the
Lakers thoroughly outplayed the Kings in the second half.
After a somewhat quiet first half, Bryant scored 22 points after
halftime. He had 12 in the third quarter, when the Lakers took
the lead for good, despite O'Neal going scoreless.
O'Neal, who scored 19 points in the first half, returned with a
vengeance in the final period. He had three ferocious dunks and
an alley-oop layup before leaving to a standing ovation in the
Derek Fisher collected 17 points and eight assists for the
three-time defending champion Lakers (48-31), who are
steamrolling to the postseason. They have won 13 of their last
16 games to catch Minnesota for fifth place in the Western