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Old 08-22-2013, 02:18 AM   #98
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Default Re: 00s Tournament: North Region

Game 1: at Lakers 102, Pacers 75

Box Score:

Player of the Game: S.O誰eal 29pts/26reb/5blk

Recap: The Lakers play their best basketball of the tournament as they dominate the Pacers in Game 1. O誰eal was a monster on both ends of the floor today, he led the Lakers with 29 points while dominated for LA on defense to as the Pacers overall scored just 75. Kobe was quieted by Artest had only 13 points, but Rice stepped up and finished with 20.

Game 2: at Lakers 103, Pacers 96

Box Score:

Player of the Game: S.O誰eal 40pts/16reb on 15/23 FG

Recap: The Lakers take a 2-0 lead in the series from another monster performance from O誰eal. Limited by foul trouble in the 1st half and trailing by 3 entering the 4th, Shaq dominated the 4th with 17 points in the 4th quarter as part of his 40 point game. The Pacers had no answer for that and now find themselves down 2-0. Artest did a good job limiting Kobe again holding him to 6/17 shooting but Rice had a good game.

Pacers give Scot Pollard a chance to guard O誰eal, and higher the minutes of their stars as its win now or never in the sweet 16.

Game 3: Lakers 107, at Pacers 84

Box Score:

Player of the Game: S.O誰eal 24pts/22reb/5ast/4blk

Recap: The Lakers take a 3-0 lead in the series with another dominating performance in Indiana. The Pacers were 6-1 at home in this tournament prior to this game, but it did not matter. They did a better job guarding O誰eal, double teaming him harder but the Laker role-players stepped up big. On the other end, Shaq led the Lakers on defense as he continues to show why he is the best player in this tournament.

Game 4: at Pacers 102, Lakers 87

Box Score:

Player of the Game: J.O誰eal 24pts/14reb

Recap: If there is any team that can comeback from 3-0, its the Indiana Pacers. They came back from 3-0 to beat Portland, and they will attempt to do it again vs. LA. They dominated this one, had a 27 point lead entering the 4th. They once again did a good job limiting O誰eal holding him to 25 points, and this was key as they finally played up to their level to cut it to 3-1.

Lakers higher the minutes of some of their stars while Pacers go to max minutes of their stars hoping to avoid elimination.

Game 5: at Lakers 91, Pacers 77

Box Score:

Player of the Game: S.O誰eal 27pts/18reb/6blk

Recap: The Lakers finish the series off in 5 games. O誰eal had another dominating performance on both ends of the floor, while Kobe Bryand had the best game of the series for himself with 28 points leading the Lakers. The Lakers did a good job once again limiting the Pacers on offense and advance to the Elite 8 of the Tournament.

2000 Los Angeles Lakers Win 4-1

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