Thursday , Mar , 11 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – March 11

=== Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – March 11 ===

(Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal poured in 28 points and pulled down 17
rebounds, as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics, 117-109, at
the FleetCenter.

Gary Payton scored 20 points and Kobe Bryant collected 18 points and 10
assists for Los Angeles. Bryant, who was just 4-of-16 from the floor, returned
to the lineup after missing two games with a sprained right shoulder. He got
hurt during a game against Seattle on March 5 and was expected to be sidelined
for four weeks.

Kareem Rush netted 17 points for the Lakers, who have won six of their last
eight games. Los Angeles swept the two-game season series from Boston and has
captured seven of the last 10 meetings between the two teams.

Rush, who is averaging 7.2 points per game this season, has scored in double
digits in four of his last six games. He has averaged 11.3 points in that
span.

The Lakers are off until Friday when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves. LA
is 0-2 versus the Timberwolves. The teams will meet once again on March 26th
at the Staples Center.

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