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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 18 33 35 15 101 SEATTLE 33 27 23 24 107 FINAL


LA CLIPPERS (101) AT SEATTLE (107)

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

WRIGHT F 32 6-12 0-2 1 9 10 3 5 0 0 12 MURRAY F 39 9-16 2-2 0 6 6 6 4 4 4 21 CLOSS C 8 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 BARRY G 32 6-13 2-3 2 2 4 5 0 0 5 18 PIATKOWSKI G 36 7-12 1-2 1 5 6 3 0 1 4 18 VRANKOVIC 30 2-5 2-2 1 6 7 2 5 0 2 6 MARTIN 29 4-6 3-4 0 3 3 4 6 2 1 12 TAYLOR 25 3-5 0-0 0 4 4 1 3 0 2 6 RICHARDSON 8 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 ROBINSON 1 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 COLLINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-75 12-17 5 37 42 24 26 8 19 101 (.533) (.706) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 24(28 PTS)

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

BAKER F 39 10-13 1-8 3 5 8 1 3 0 1 21 SCHREMPF F 35 7-14 1-2 2 2 4 5 5 0 2 16 MCILVAINE C 17 3-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 2 0 6 HAWKINS G 34 2-7 2-4 1 3 4 6 1 1 3 7 PAYTON G 43 6-22 9-11 1 4 5 14 1 2 2 21 ELLIS 20 1-10 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 PERKINS 24 5-5 7-7 0 2 2 1 1 3 1 21 WILLIAMS 7 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 WINGATE 13 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 2 ANTHONY 8 4-4 0-1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 10 COTTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION SNOW DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-82 20-33 10 24 34 28 15 10 10 107 (.476) (.606) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(19 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 18 33 35 15 - 101 SEATTLE 33 27 23 24 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - MURRAY, WRIGHT, VRANKOVIC, TAYLOR. SEATTLE - MCILVAINE, ELLIS, PERKINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 9-20 (.450), MURRAY 1-2, BARRY 4-7, PIATKOWSKI 3-6, MARTIN 1-3, RICHARDSON 0-2. SEATTLE 9-20 (.450), SCHREMPF 1-4, HAWKINS 1-3, PAYTON 0-3, ELLIS 1-4, PERKINS 4-4, ANTHONY 2-2. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, BILL SPOONER, GARY BENSON. A - 17,072. T - 2:08.


LA CLIPPERS (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wright 32 6-12 0-2 1-10 3 5 12 Murray 39 9-16 2-2 0-6 6 4 21 Closs 8 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Barry 32 6-13 2-3 2-4 5 0 18 Piatkowski 36 7-12 1-2 1-6 3 0 18 Vrankovic 30 2-5 2-2 1-7 2 5 6 Martin 29 4-6 3-4 0-3 4 6 12 Taylor 25 3-5 0-0 0-4 1 3 6 Richardson 8 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Robinson 1 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 Collins DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-75 12-17 5-42 24 26 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.533, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 9-20, .450 (Murray 1-2, Barry 4-7, Piatkowski 3-6, Martin 1-3, Richardson 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Murray, Wright, Vrankovic, Taylor). Turnovers: 24 (Barry 5, Murray 4, Piatkowski 4, Taylor 2, Vrankovic 2, Closs, Martin). Steals: 8 (Murray 4, Martin 2, Closs, Piatkowski).

SEATTLE (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 39 10-13 1-8 3-8 1 3 21 Schrempf 35 7-14 1-2 2-4 5 5 16 Mcilvaine 17 3-4 0-0 1-3 0 2 6 Hawkins 34 2-7 2-4 1-4 6 1 7 Payton 43 6-22 9-11 1-5 14 1 21 Ellis 20 1-10 0-0 0-0 1 1 3 Perkins 24 5-5 7-7 0-2 1 1 21 Williams 7 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 Wingate 13 1-1 0-0 0-4 0 1 2 Anthony 8 4-4 0-1 1-1 0 0 10 Cotton DNP - coach's decision Snow DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-82 20-33 10-34 28 15 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.476, FT-.606. 3-Point Goals: 9-20, .450 (Schrempf 1-4, Hawkins 1-3, Payton 0-3, Ellis 1-4, Perkins 4-4, Anthony 2-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Mcilvaine, Ellis, Perkins). Turnovers: 10 (Hawkins 3, Payton 2, Schrempf 2, Anthony, Baker, Perkins). Steals: 10 (Perkins 3, Mcilvaine 2, Payton 2, Ellis, Hawkins, Wingate). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 18 33 35 15 - 101 Seattle 33 27 23 24 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:15 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:08. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Bill Spooner, Gary Benson.


GAME RECAP

The Seattle SuperSonics rebounded from a horrific third quarter and held the Los Angeles Clippers without a field goal for the first 7:11 of the fourth period en route to a 107-101 victory, their 10th straight at home.

Gary Payton had 21 points and tied a season high with 14 assists and Vin Baker and Sam Perkins added 21 points apiece for the Sonics, who own the league's best record at 18-5.

The Clippers erased a 60-51 halftime deficit with a 15-2 run early in the third quarter, keyed by eight points from Brent Barry, who scored 11 of his 18 in the period. Los Angeles shot 13-of-19 (68 percent) from the field while holding Seattle to 6-of-19 (32 percent).

The Clippers led 86-83 after three quarters but did not score again until Eric Piatkowski sank a free throw with 6:15 to go. Piatkowski's three-pointer with 4:49 remaining was the first field goal of the quarter for Los Angeles, which committed 10 of its 24 turnovers in the final 12 minutes.

"They (Seattle) did a good job with their defense," Clippers coach Bill Fitch said. "I think their defense had more intensity probably from the standpoint that we had come from behind and had the lead. We just made too many turnovers."

Seattle took advantage of the scoring drought with an 11-0 run. Payton fed Dale Ellis for a three-pointer and lofted a pass to Baker for an easy layup, giving Seattle the lead for good at 88-86 with 9:56 remaining.

"When we decided to turn up our defense and play Sonic basketball, that was the difference in the game," Baker said. "In the fourth quarter, we decided to play that style of basketball and that's what got us the win."

Payton added four more points and Perkins, whose points were a season high, drained a three-pointer as the Sonics improved to 33-2 all-time at home against the Clippers, who have dropped seven straight in Seattle.

The Sonics owned a 62-55 lead early in the third period when Barry nailed a three-pointer to spark the 15-2 burst. His three-point play capped the run, giving Los Angeles a 69-64 lead with 6:06 remaining.

"Mentally we broke down on the defensive end. I guess in a sense we took them for granted," Perkins said. "We started out fast and just got complacent a little bit. The defense picked up and that held them off."

Piatkowski, who scored 18 points, hit from behind the arc to end the fourth-quarter drought before Lorenzen Wright's short jumper pulled the Clips within 97-92 with 3 1/2 minutes to go. But Perkins answered with a three-pointer before Payton made a driving layup to rebuild the lead to 10 points and the Clippers got no closer than five thereafter.

Perkins, who led a 36-point effort from the bench, had a perfect shooting game. He made all five of his field-goal attempts, including a season-high four three-pointers, and was 7-of-7 from the foul line.

"That's the best game Sam's had all year for us," Sonics coach George Karl said.

Baker, who sang the national anthem backed by a children's choir prior to the game, made just 1-of-8 free throws, but connected on 10-of-13 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Payton was just 6-of-22 from the floor and Ellis hit 1-of-10 as Seattle shot 48 percent (39-of-82).

"We got off to a great start and then we tried to get into a shootout," Karl said. "And they shot better than we did until we started to play defense in the fourth quarter and fortunately we have that ability. We got away with a win."

Wright and Darrick Martin scored 12 points apiece for the Clippers, who made just 5-of-13 from the field in the final period. Los Angeles shot 53 percent (40-of-75) overall and had a 42-34 edge on the glass, led by Wright's 10 rebounds.

Detlef Schrempf contributed 16 points for the Sonics, who are 23-3 in their last 26 games against the Clips.

Los Angeles lost for the fifth time in its last six games despite becoming just the third team this season to score over 100 points against Seattle.

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