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Careful Lakers only commit five turnovers

2/27/2002

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal scored 28 points and Kobe Bryant added 27 as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-89 Tuesday, completing a two-game season sweep.

The Lakers are 4-0 on their five-game road trip, which ends Wednesday in Minnesota.

Derek Fisher added 15 points as the Lakers' bench outscored the Bucks' reserves 27-17. The Lakers committed only five turnovers and went 9-for-19 from 3-point range, with Devean George and Fisher making three apiece, while Milwaukee was only 4-for-14 on 3s.

The Bucks had five players in double figures, led by Sam Cassell
with 21 and Glenn Robinson with 19. Tim Thomas had 17, Ray Allen 15
and Anthony Mason 14.

After O'Neal made it an eight-point lead early in the final quarter, Robinson scored four straight points and Cassell's 3-pointer capped a 9-0 run to put Milwaukee up 77-76 with 9:15 left.

L.A. replied with an 8-0 run on three free throws by O'Neal, a layup by Bryant and a 3-pointer by George, his second of the game, to lead 84-77. It became a 13-2 run and a 10-point lead with 5:38 to play.

That proved to be enough for the Lakers, who didn't allow Allen
to score a point in the second half until 3:16 remained. George and
Fisher added 3-pointers and Bryant capped the scoring with a dunk.

The Bucks fell behind by 13 early in the third quarter before
rallying behind Robinson to get within 65-61. But Rick Fox tipped
in a miss by O'Neal, Bryant scored two acrobatic baskets and Robert
Horry hit a 3-pointer as the Lakers withstood the rally and led
74-68 after three quarters.

Robinson, held without a field goal in the first half, was
4-of-5 in the third quarter and scored nine points.

Milwaukee, which shot 61 percent in the first quarter and 50
percent in the first half, fell behind 57-46 at halftime. O'Neal
and Bryant combined for 32 points and Fisher had 12 off the bench,
and the Lakers closed the half with an 8-1 spurt.

Game notes
Lakers forward Samaki Walker (hyperextended wrist) is
eligible to come off the injured list Wednesday, but L.A. coach
Phil Jackson said he probably wouldn't play in Minnesota. ...
Bryant scored 33 points when the Lakers beat the Bucks 104-85 in
L.A. on Nov. 27. ... The Bucks swept the two-game series with the
Lakers last season. ... The Lakers are 9-2 against Eastern
Conference opponents. ... The Bucks are 10-13 against the Western
Conference. ... The Lakers didn't commit a turnover in the first
half. Their season low is three.