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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 23 17 23 25 88 SEATTLE 26 32 16 16 90 FINAL


ATLANTA (88) AT SEATTLE (90)

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

CORBIN F 33 2-8 0-0 2 5 7 1 1 1 1 5 HENDERSON F 31 6-12 5-5 4 0 4 0 5 1 2 17 MUTOMBO C 30 3-9 2-2 5 9 14 1 2 1 2 8 BLAYLOCK G 45 5-16 0-0 1 6 7 5 1 4 2 12 SMITH G 45 6-16 6-8 1 1 2 5 5 1 1 21 LAETTNER 32 7-15 6-7 1 2 3 3 4 0 1 20 BROWN 9 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 BARRY 15 2-4 0-0 2 0 2 3 1 0 2 5 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION OLIVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-80 19-22 16 23 39 18 20 8 12 88 (.388) (.864) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

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

BAKER F 35 8-13 1-4 2 4 6 0 3 0 3 17 SCHREMPF F 36 6-10 4-6 2 8 10 2 1 0 4 17 MCILVAINE C 18 2-6 2-4 2 4 6 1 3 1 0 6 HAWKINS G 35 3-7 5-5 1 1 2 1 2 2 0 12 PAYTON G 40 4-10 0-0 0 3 3 15 3 5 6 9 WILLIAMS 14 4-7 3-3 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 11 ELLIS 27 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 1 3 10 PERKINS 17 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 WINGATE 9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 ANTHONY 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 3 HOWARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCMILLAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-69 15-22 8 26 34 21 17 9 16 90 (.493) (.682) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

ATLANTA 23 17 23 25 - 88 SEATTLE 26 32 16 16 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 4, CORBIN, LAETTNER. SEATTLE - MCILVAINE 4. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 7-28 (.250), CORBIN 1-6, BLAYLOCK 2-9, SMITH 3-9, LAETTNER 0-2, BARRY 1-2. SEATTLE 7-17 (.412), SCHREMPF 1-2, HAWKINS 1-2, PAYTON 1-6, ELLIS 2-4, PERKINS 1-2, ANTHONY 1-1. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - BROWN, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, SEATTLE - SCHREMPF, . OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, LUIS GRILLO, JIM KINSEY. A - 17,072. T - 2:12.


ATLANTA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Corbin 33 2-8 0-0 2-7 1 1 5 Henderson 31 6-12 5-5 4-4 0 5 17 Mutombo 30 3-9 2-2 5-14 1 2 8 Blaylock 45 5-16 0-0 1-7 5 1 12 Smith 45 6-16 6-8 1-2 5 5 21 Laettner 32 7-15 6-7 1-3 3 4 20 Brown 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Barry 15 2-4 0-0 2-2 3 1 5 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision Oliver DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-80 19-22 16-39 18 20 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 7-28, .250 (Corbin 1-6, Blaylock 2-9, Smith 3-9, Laettner 0-2, Barry 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Mutombo 4, Corbin, Laettner). Turnovers: 13 (Barry 2, Blaylock 2, Henderson 2, Mutombo 2, Brown, Corbin, Laettner, Smith). Steals: 8 (Blaylock 4, Corbin, Henderson, Mutombo, Smith).

SEATTLE (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 35 8-13 1-4 2-6 0 3 17 Schrempf 36 6-10 4-6 2-10 2 1 17 Mcilvaine 18 2-6 2-4 2-6 1 3 6 Hawkins 35 3-7 5-5 1-2 1 2 12 Payton 40 4-10 0-0 0-3 15 3 9 Williams 14 4-7 3-3 1-3 0 1 11 Ellis 27 4-8 0-0 0-3 0 0 10 Perkins 17 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 Wingate 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Anthony 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 2 3 Howard DNP - coach's decision Mcmillan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-69 15-22 8-34 21 17 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Schrempf 1-2, Hawkins 1-2, Payton 1-6, Ellis 2-4, Perkins 1-2, Anthony 1-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 4 (Mcilvaine 4). Turnovers: 17 (Payton 6, Schrempf 4, Baker 3, Ellis 3). Steals: 9 (Payton 5, Hawkins 2, Ellis, Mcilvaine). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 23 17 23 25 - 88 Seattle 26 32 16 16 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 2 (Brown, 6:11 2nd; Illegal Defense, 6:51 3rd). Seattle 2 (Schrempf, 6:11 2nd; , 4:33 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:12. Officials: Terry Durham, Luis Grillo, Jim Kinsey.


GAME RECAP

Vin Baker drained the go-ahead jumper with 3.1 seconds to play as the Seattle SuperSonics recovered after blowing a 21-point second-half lead and defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 90-88.

Atlanta's Steve Smith scored 21 points and forged an 88-88 tie when he buried a three-pointer with 15 seconds left. It was Smith whose 15-footer with 4.9 seconds left gave the Hawks an 89-87 home victory over Seattle on November 11th.

But Baker, who had 17 points, did not let history repeat itself, hitting a 10-footer in the lane over the 6-9 Alan Henderson to put Seattle back in front. The SuperSonics led 61-40 early in the third quarter.

"We designed it for me to catch it on the wing and we had everyone spotted up on the perimeter," Baker said of the winning basket. "I pretty much had made up my mind what I was going to do. I got a good look at it and was blessed again to get it to go down."

"We were supposed to double-team right away," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "As soon as he (Baker) started dribbling, we were supposed to come."

Christian Laettner scored 20 points off the bench but missed a potential game-winning three-pointer as time expired, ending the Hawks' three-game win streak and handing Wilkens his 900th career loss.

"Mookie (Blaylock) was open, but they collapsed on him and he made a good pass to me," Laettner explained. "We got a pretty good shot up, I kind of threw it up, but it was a good shot and that's all you can really ask for."

Detlef Schrempf, who missed four games with a throat injury, returned and had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Seattle, which has won three straight games.

After making 13-of-17 shots (76.5 percent) in the second quarter, the SuperSonics shot just 30 percent (10-of-33) from the floor in the second half.

"In the second half we shut down, no question about that," Seattle coach George Karl said. "I don't know if it was our focus or Atlanta's defense. ... But we fought through it and still won the basketball game against a good basketball team."

Seattle led 58-40 at halftime and Gary Payton increased the advantage with a three-pointer to open the third quarter. But the Hawks began their comeback as Henderson scored five of his 17 points in an 8-0 spurt that trimmed the deficit to 61-48.

Jim McIlvaine hit a free throw to build Seattle's lead back to 69-52 with 3:11 left in the quarter. The Hawks answered with an 11-2 spurt, keyed by Laettner's four points. A three-pointer by Smith pulled Atlanta within 71-63 with 28 seconds remaining, but Sam Perkins answered with a three-pointer to push the Sonics' lead back to double digits heading into the final period.

Payton, who handed out a season-high 15 assists, opened the fourth quarter with a lay-in before Atlanta reeled off a 17-4 burst to tie the game. Laettner scored five points and Henderson had a pair of baskets during the run before Smith capped it with a three-pointer, knotting the score, 80-80, with 4:11 to go.

"We turned it up a little bit and got back into the game, but it was futile that we came all the way back," Laettner said. "You can't get down 20 in the first half."

Baker had a dunk and Hersey Hawkins added two free throws, but Laettner came back with a three-point play. Henderson followed with a dunk, giving Atlanta an 85-84 lead, its first since late in the first quarter.

Hawkins and Schrempf each hit a pair of foul shots before Smith's three-pointer tied the game again.

"We just set up a play to go up on top and if they switched, which they had been doing all night, we had a mismatch where we knew Sam (Perkins) was on him," said Wilkens, whose career coaching record fell to 1,103-900. "Steve made a great shot."

Seattle led 26-23 after one period and scored the first 10 points of the second quarter. Aaron Williams and Dale Ellis had five points apiece in the run, with Ellis' 18-footer giving the Sonics a 36-23 advantage.

Williams scored 11 points and Ellis had 10 off the bench for Seattle, which made 7-of-17 three-pointers and shot 49 percent (34-of-69) from the field.

Mookie Blaylock had 12 points, seven boards, five assists and four steals for Atlanta, which hit 7-of-28 from behind the arc and connected on 39 percent (31-for-80) from the floor. Dikembe Mutombo pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked four shots, but had only eight points on 3-of-9 shooting.

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