Shaq Huge As Lakers Win

Shaquille O'Neal scored 41 points and Lakers coach Phil Jackson won his first meeting against his former team as Los Angeles beat the Chicago Bulls 103-95 Friday night.

Known for his struggles at the line, O'Neal set career highs by making 19 free throws on 31 attempts and topped 30 points for the third time this week. He also grabbed 17 rebounds.

Rookie Elton Brand had a season-high 29 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Bulls, who lost for the eighth time in nine games this season.

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  • Jackson had the advantage on the floor with former Bull Ron Harper and on the bench, where former Chicago assistants Jim Cleamons, Frank Hamblen, Tex Winter and ex-Bulls trainer Chip Schaefer have joined him.

    Tim Floyd, in his second season since succeeding Jackson, has only a shell of the team that won six NBA titles in eight seasons under Jackson. Michael Jordan retired, Scottie Pippen plays for Portland and Dennis Rodman is out of the league.

    Will Perdue and Randy Brown were the only holdovers who played Friday. The others Toni Kukoc, B.J. Armstrong and Dickey Simpkins are injured.

    Chicago's rare visits to Los Angeles when Jordan was still playing were always sellouts, but there were plenty of empty seats at Staples Center.

    The Lakers put the game away with a 13-0 run at the start of the third quarter that gave them a 22-point lead. Chicago was within seven points in the second quarter, but never got closer.

    O'Neal had seven points in the game-breaking spurt when Perdue picked up his fourth foul guarding O'Neal, who left with 4:36 remaining in the game. Reserves Chris Anstey, Lari Ketner and Michael Ruffin also fouled out for the Bulls.

    The Bulls shot just 36 percent and were whistled for 41 fouls to 29 for the Lakers.


  • The teams played for the first time since Feb. 1, 1998.
  • The Bulls activated Corey Benjamin and Ketner off the injured list Friday and placed Simpkins and Fred Hoiberg on the IL. Simpkins has left Achilles tendinitis and Hoiberg has a right quadriceps tendon strain.
  • The Lakers began copying the Bulls' pregame introductions by turning off the lights and using spotlights.
  • O'Neal is going to the free throw line more than any player in the NBA. He came into the game averaging 11.1 trips to the line.

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