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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 22 29 25 30 106 PHOENIX 28 18 26 25 97 FINAL


SEATTLE (106) AT PHOENIX (97)

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

SCHREMPF F 40 10-14 4-4 2 7 9 5 4 0 2 25 BAKER F 40 7-16 6-8 2 2 4 4 4 2 1 20 MCILVAINE C 12 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 6 0 2 0 PAYTON G 42 8-14 4-7 1 5 6 10 4 4 3 24 HAWKINS G 38 3-11 7-7 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 15 PERKINS 20 0-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 0 ELLIS 26 6-7 3-4 0 5 5 0 4 0 3 19 WINGATE 15 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 ANTHONY 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 COTTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION SNOW DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-68 25-32 7 23 30 23 27 8 13 106 (.515) (.781) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 14(9 PTS)

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

CEBALLOS F 36 5-16 8-11 7 4 11 2 3 0 1 18 MCDYESS F 41 3-12 6-9 4 9 13 2 5 0 3 12 WILLIAMS C 24 2-3 0-0 5 3 8 1 4 0 1 4 KIDD G 39 4-9 1-1 1 4 5 8 3 3 3 11 CHAPMAN G 42 7-17 9-11 0 4 4 3 5 1 1 26 MANNING 4 1-1 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 ROBINSON 23 1-8 2-4 3 1 4 0 4 1 3 4 NASH 24 5-10 5-5 1 0 1 1 2 1 2 16 BRYANT 5 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 MCCLOUD 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-81 33-43 21 26 47 18 28 6 14 97 (.358) (.767) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(23 PTS)

SEATTLE 22 29 25 30 - 106 PHOENIX 28 18 26 25 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - BAKER, MCILVAINE. PHOENIX - ROBINSON 4, MCDYESS 2, WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 11-20 (.550), SCHREMPF 1-2, PAYTON 4-6, HAWKINS 2-4, PERKINS 0-3, ELLIS 4-5. PHOENIX 6-17 (.353), CEBALLOS 0-2, KIDD 2-4, CHAPMAN 3-7, ROBINSON 0-1, NASH 1-2, BRYANT 0-1. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - HEAD COACH KARL, PAYTON, ELLIS, PHOENIX - HEAD COACH AINGE. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, BOB DELANEY, WOODY MAYFIELD. A - 19,023. T - 2:18.


SEATTLE (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Schrempf 40 10-14 4-4 2-9 5 4 25 Baker 40 7-16 6-8 2-4 4 4 20 Mcilvaine 12 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 6 0 Payton 42 8-14 4-7 1-6 10 4 24 Hawkins 38 3-11 7-7 0-1 1 2 15 Perkins 20 0-4 0-0 1-3 1 2 0 Ellis 26 6-7 3-4 0-5 0 4 19 Wingate 15 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 1 3 Anthony 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Cotton DNP - coach's decision Snow DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-68 25-32 7-30 23 27 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.515, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 11-20, .550 (Schrempf 1-2, Payton 4-6, Hawkins 2-4, Perkins 0-3, Ellis 4-5). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Baker, Mcilvaine). Turnovers: 14 (Ellis 3, Payton 3, Mcilvaine 2, Schrempf 2, Anthony, Baker, Wingate). Steals: 8 (Payton 4, Baker 2, Hawkins, Wingate).

PHOENIX (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ceballos 36 5-16 8-11 7-11 2 3 18 Mcdyess 41 3-12 6-9 4-13 2 5 12 Williams 24 2-3 0-0 5-8 1 4 4 Kidd 39 4-9 1-1 1-5 8 3 11 Chapman 42 7-17 9-11 0-4 3 5 26 Manning 4 1-1 2-2 0-1 1 0 4 Robinson 23 1-8 2-4 3-4 0 4 4 Nash 24 5-10 5-5 1-1 1 2 16 Bryant 5 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Mccloud 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Milic DNP - coach's decision Thompson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-81 33-43 21-47 18 28 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.358, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Ceballos 0-2, Kidd 2-4, Chapman 3-7, Robinson 0-1, Nash 1-2, Bryant 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 7 (Robinson 4, Mcdyess 2, Williams). Turnovers: 14 (Kidd 3, Mcdyess 3, Robinson 3, Nash 2, Ceballos, Chapman, Williams). Steals: 6 (Kidd 3, Chapman, Nash, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Seattle 22 29 25 30 - 106 Phoenix 28 18 26 25 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 3 (Head Coach Karl, 7:49 1st; Payton, 1:03 2nd; Ellis, 0:51 3rd). Phoenix 1 (Head Coach Ainge, 6:07 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:18. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Bob Delaney, Woody Mayfield.


GAME RECAP

Gary Payton scored 24 points and handed out 10 assists and Detlef Schrempf had 25 points as the Seattle SuperSonics held off the Phoenix Suns, 106-97, to remain perfect against Pacific Division foes.

The SuperSonics sank 11-of-20 three-pointers in improving to 8-0 against their division. Seattle's fourth straight road victory tied the Sonics with the Los Angeles Lakers for the most road wins with 11.

"Well, those guys are good," said Phoenix coach Danny Ainge. "I thought we played with a lot of heart tonight, we played like we wanted to win. We got beat by a better team tonight."

Payton, who also had six rebounds, drained four three-pointers, including one to cap a 9-0 surge and give Seattle a 96-85 edge with 5:15 to play.

The Suns, who had a four-game winning streak halted, fought back and closed to 98-93 on a pair of free throws by Steve Nash with 2:45 left. But Seattle's Hersey Hawkins countered with a three-pointer 50 seconds later that boosted the lead to eight points and the Sonics retained control the rest of the way.

Rex Chapman scored 26 points and Cedric Ceballos added 18 for Phoenix, which lost point guard Jason Kidd to an ankle injury with 5:48 to play. Chapman had 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds before spraining his ankle attempting a jumper.

"Yeah, I grabbed it (the ankle) right away," said Kidd. "I was hoping it wasn't serious. I didn't feel too bad after I got up, but they wanted to make sure everything was all right. It's a sprain, it's day-to-day. I'll have to see how I am tomorrow and maybe I'll go Tuesday (against Boston)."

In their first meeting since the Sonics ousted Phoenix in five games in the opening round of last season's playoffs, neither team was able to gain a substantial first-half advantage.

"The series we had last year was a great series," said Seattle coach George Karl. "I think anytime we play that team for the first time (of the season) there should be pride involved, and that's all we talked about before the game."

The Suns took a 10-point lead in the first quarter when Danny Manning hit a pair from the line to cap a 9-0 burst, putting Phoenix ahead, 28-18. But a 14-4 surge by Seattle capped by Dale Ellis' three-pointer forged a 32-32 tie with eight minutes left in the half.

A pair of free throws by Ellis with 6:30 remaining gave the Sonics their first lead since the early going. They built it as large as eight before settling for a 51-46 halftime edge.

Ellis had 10 points in the second quarter and finished with 19, missing just one of seven shots while hitting four three-pointers.

In the first half, Chapman had 14 points and Ceballos 11 and eight rebounds for Phoenix, which shot just 36 percent (15-of-42) but held a 23-16 edge on the backboards at halftime.

The Sonics built its lead to 69-59 on a free throw by Ellis with 3:10 left in the third period. Chapman and Nash brought the Suns back, hitting consecutive three-pointers as Phoenix cut the deficit to 76-72 after three.

Nash had 16 points -- 10 in the fourth quarter -- off the bench and Antonio McDyess added 12 and 13 rebounds for the Suns, who shot just 36 percent (29-of-81) from the field but stayed in the game by dominating the offensive boards, 21-7. Phoenix held a 47-30 rebounding edge overall.

"We know they like to score a lot of points so we wanted to make it more of a defensive game," Schrempf explained. "We let them have some offensive rebounds, but overall I thought we hung in there tough and hit some big shots when it counted."

After Seattle's Vin Baker extended the lead to 87-81 with 7:57 remaining, the Suns narrowed the gap to two points on consecutive baskets by Nash. Payton returned from a 61-second breather and orchestrated a 9-0 run which featured four points from Baker as the Sonics took a 96-85 lead.

"They're a good basketball team, to come in here and beat a team like Phoenix on the road is a big win for us," Baker said. "When they kept pulling it to three we were hitting some big shots. For them, anytime your best player goes down like that, you're going to have a lapse."

Schrempf, who had 10 points in the fourth quarter, sank 10-of-14 shots from the field. Baker scored 20 points for Seattle, which shot 51 percent (35-of-68) and committed just five turnovers in the second half.

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