FIRST QUARTER: LAKERS 29, TRAIL BLAZERS 21
* Highlight Reel: Shaquille O’Neal apparently was embarrassed by his first-quarter goose egg in the rebound department in Game 1. After dishing a perfect, mid-air, no-look touch pass to Eddie Jones on the Lakers’ first possession, he grabbed a Trail Blazer miss, dribbled the length of the court, spun into the lane and made a 10-foot jump shot over 7-foot-3 Arvydas Sabonis.
* What You Won’t Find in the Box Score: Eddie Jones’ aggressiveness on offense. Sure, he had six blocked shots in Game 1, but he seemed intent on making his presence felt as a scorer. Jones took the ball hard to the basket the first four times he touched it, forced Sabonis to the bench with two fouls with 9:28 left and finished the quarter with six points in nine minutes.
* Winning Number: Rick Fox scored 12 points on five-of-seven shooting, including two three-point baskets. He also grabbed two rebounds and had a steal.
* Wrong Number: Six. That’s how many of their 15 free-throw attempts the Lakers missed.
SECOND QUARTER: LAKERS 54, TRAIL BLAZERS 52
* Highlight Reel: Walt Williams’ basket with 5:53 left gave the Trail Blazers their first lead. Williams drove past Fox at the free-throw line, went airborne in the lane between O’Neal and Horry, moved the ball from the left side of the rim, underneath, to the right, caught a Kareem-inspired hip-check from O’Neal and rolled a shot in off the glass. His subsequent free throw put the Trail Blazers ahead, 38-36.
* What You Won’t Find in the Box Score: O’Neal foiled the Trail Blazers’ Hack-a-Shaq scheme by placing a purposeful and powerful elbow beneath Sabonis’ chin while tangling for position with 7:23 left in the half.
* Winning Number: Eight--the number of points Campbell scored for the Lakers during a 2:15 stretch that began with 4:04 left.
* Wrong Number: The Lakers were outscored, 14-0, during a 3:30 stretch that saw a 36-27 lead turn into a 41-36 deficit with 5:35 remaining.
THIRD QUARTER: LAKERS 89, TRAIL BLAZERS 75
* Highlight Reel: Fox made a statement with his defense. After a Laker turnover, Rider dribbled upcourt and pulled up for a three-point attempt. Along came Fox, who elevated on Rider’s left side, extended his left hand and stuffed the shot, resulting in a jump ball. Fox controlled the tip with 5:28 left.
* What You Won’t Find in the Box Score: After missing the final 7:23 of the first half because of foul trouble, Sabonis returned to the bench less than 90 seconds into the quarter when Fox induced him to pick up his fourth foul.
* Winning Number: The Lakers shot 80% from the field (12 of 15). Horry scored 11 points.
* Wrong Number: Trail Blazer guard Damon Stoudamire missed all three of his shots to go along with two turnovers as the Lakers extended their halftime lead to a 14-point advantage by quarter’s end.
FINAL: LAKERS 108, TRAIL BLAZERS 99
* Highlight Reel: Kobe Bryant, struggling through two for seven shooting, blocks a shot by Sabonis with 7:09 left and starts Nick Van Exel on his way to a layup that puts the Lakers ahead, 96-82.
* What You Won’t Find in the Box Score: Rider, perhaps taking a cue from the Laker girls, acknowledged the chant Laker fans were serenading him with by moving his shoulders rhythmically to the hip-hop beat.
* Winning Number: Three Laker players eclipsed their playoff career-highs in the quarter. Fox’s nine points gave him 24, Jones had one and finished with 21 and Derek Fisher had one to finish with 10.
* Wrong Number: The Lakers made nine of 13 free throws in the quarter but finished 34 of 52 from the line.