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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 27 17 22 18 84 DENVER 26 21 20 13 80 FINAL


SEATTLE (84) AT DENVER (80)

SEATTLE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

SCHREMPF F 38 4-9 4-5 2 5 7 4 4 1 1 12 BAKER F 29 3-9 3-4 2 6 8 4 6 0 0 9 MCILVAINE C 24 5-10 0-1 4 3 7 1 0 0 0 10 PAYTON G 43 7-19 5-6 1 2 3 5 2 2 4 20 HAWKINS G 32 4-10 0-0 1 2 3 5 2 2 0 10 ELLIS 25 2-9 0-0 0 4 4 2 1 0 0 5 PERKINS 29 2-7 2-2 0 6 6 0 2 1 1 8 WILLIAMS 7 3-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 8 WINGATE 9 1-3 0-0 2 0 2 1 1 0 1 2 ANTHONY 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 KERSEY DNP - SPRAINED LEFT FOOT SNOW DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-81 16-20 12 29 41 22 20 6 8 84 (.383) (.800) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 8(6 PTS)

DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

WOLF F 16 1-3 0-1 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 2 L ELLIS F 35 5-9 1-3 0 6 6 6 6 1 6 11 GARRETT C 39 6-8 0-1 7 10 17 3 3 0 1 12 JACKSON G 34 3-12 2-2 1 3 4 6 1 0 3 8 WASHINGTON G 35 9-19 1-2 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 22 FORTSON 23 3-7 2-2 0 7 7 0 4 1 1 8 NEWMAN 25 2-6 0-2 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 4 GOLDWIRE 24 2-8 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 6 LAUDERDALE 9 3-5 1-1 2 1 3 1 1 0 0 7 BATTIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION STITH DNP - TENDINITIS LEFT ANKLE ZIDEK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-77 9-16 12 32 44 19 23 3 13 80 (.442) (.563) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

SEATTLE 27 17 22 18 - 84 DENVER 26 21 20 13 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - MCILVAINE. DENVER - GARRETT 5, WOLF, GOLDWIRE, LAUDERDALE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 6-19 (.316), PAYTON 1-5, HAWKINS 2-5, ELLIS 1-5, PERKINS 2-4. DENVER 3-10 (.300), L ELLIS 0-1, JACKSON 0-1, WASHINGTON 3-7, GOLDWIRE 0-1. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - WINGATE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, LUIS GRILLO, RODDY MOTT. A - 12,022. T - 2:04.


SEATTLE (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Schrempf 38 4-9 4-5 2-7 4 4 12 Baker 29 3-9 3-4 2-8 4 6 9 Mcilvaine 24 5-10 0-1 4-7 1 0 10 Payton 43 7-19 5-6 1-3 5 2 20 Hawkins 32 4-10 0-0 1-3 5 2 10 Ellis 25 2-9 0-0 0-4 2 1 5 Perkins 29 2-7 2-2 0-6 0 2 8 Williams 7 3-3 2-2 0-1 0 2 8 Wingate 9 1-3 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 Anthony 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kersey DNP - sprained left foot Snow DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 16-20 12-41 22 20 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Payton 1-5, Hawkins 2-5, Ellis 1-5, Perkins 2-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Mcilvaine). Turnovers: 8 (Payton 4, Anthony, Perkins, Schrempf, Wingate). Steals: 6 (Hawkins 2, Payton 2, Perkins, Schrempf).

DENVER (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wolf 16 1-3 0-1 1-3 0 2 2 L Ellis 35 5-9 1-3 0-6 6 6 11 Garrett 39 6-8 0-1 7-17 3 3 12 Jackson 34 3-12 2-2 1-4 6 1 8 Washington 35 9-19 1-2 1-3 0 4 22 Fortson 23 3-7 2-2 0-7 0 4 8 Newman 25 2-6 0-2 0-0 2 0 4 Goldwire 24 2-8 2-2 0-1 1 2 6 Lauderdale 9 3-5 1-1 2-3 1 1 7 Battie DNP - coach's decision Stith DNP - tendinitis left ankle Zidek DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 9-16 12-44 19 23 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.563. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (L Ellis 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Washington 3-7, Goldwire 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 8 (Garrett 5, Wolf, Goldwire, Lauderdale). Turnovers: 14 (L Ellis 6, Jackson 3, Newman 2, Fortson, Garrett). Steals: 3 (Fortson, L Ellis, Newman). ____________________________________________ Seattle 27 17 22 18 - 84 Denver 26 21 20 13 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Wingate, 8:10 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,022. T: 2:04. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Luis Grillo, Roddy Mott.


GAME RECAP

Gary Payton scored 20 points and Detlef Schrempf sank a pair of key free throws as the Seattle SuperSonics held the winless Denver Nuggets to four points over the final six minutes and rallied for an 84-80 victory.

The Nuggets led 76-71 with six minutes left before Seattle rallied to knot it at 78-78 with 1:34 to go. In a nightmarish sequence for Denver, Schrempf nailed the go-ahead jumper with 1:14 left and the Nuggets were whistled for a five-second violation on the ensuing inbounds attempt.

Payton knifed his way through the lane to make it a four-point lead with 40 seconds to go. Dean Garrett halved the deficit with a dunk but Schrempf made a pair from the line with four seconds remaining to ice it, dropping Denver to 0-11.

"We were right there," lamented Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik, who is still looking for his first NBA win. "It's just very frustrating but we need to move on."

The league's only winless team, the Nuggets matched the second-longest losing streak in team history, set late in the 1991-92 season. Denver is in the midst of its sixth double-digit losing streak in the last eight seasons.

Seattle won its fourth straight game despite shooting just 38 percent (31-of-81) from the field.

We're very sluggish on offense right now," admitted Seattle coach George Karl. "But we make shots when we had to. We will get in better condition as the season goes on."

LaPhonso Ellis' hook shot with 6:11 left gave Denver a 76-71 edge, but the Nuggets went cold from there.

The Sonics launched their comeback with a pair of free throws by Payton with 5:54 left. Schrempf followed with a pair from the line 39 seconds later to make it 76-74.

Rookie Bobby Jackson tried to swing the momentum back Denver's way with a 12-footer, but two free throws apiece by Payton and Sam Perkins forged a 78-78 tie with 1:56 to play.

The SuperSonics shot just 31 percent in the fourth quarter, but cashed in on 9-of-10 from the line.

"We got out with the win and that's okay with us," said Payton. "I've never heard of him (Denver rookie Eric Washington). We had a good night and hit shots we were supposed to hit."

Rookies Jackson and Washington played well in the loss. Jackson had just eight points, but handled the ball well, dishing out six assists and grabbing four rebounds against the aggressive Payton. Washington had 22 points, including a trio of three-pointers.

"Eric Washington had a helluva game for a young kid," praised Schrempf. "We gave him a lot of wide-open shots. We were low on energy and sluggish, we played an East Coast style of basketball, and that's not us."

Garrett had 12 points and 17 rebounds and Ellis added 11 for the Nuggets, who hit just 6-of-17 shots and committed five of their 13 turnovers in the fourth.

"It's a loss, they're all bad, I don't care who it's against," said Garrett. "I don't have any reason down the stretch, not experience or youth. I hate to lose, it's not easy for me."

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