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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 28 24 20 23 95 SEATTLE 24 25 31 23 103 FINAL


Box Score

HOUSTON (95) AT SEATTLE (103)

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

ELIE F 39 2-8 1-1 0 2 2 7 2 0 2 7 WILLIS F 41 11-18 6-6 1 8 9 2 1 2 1 28 OLAJUWON C 36 4-9 5-7 4 5 9 6 3 0 4 13 DREXLER G 42 9-16 2-2 1 3 4 7 2 3 5 25 MALONEY G 35 5-11 0-0 0 2 2 5 3 1 1 12 HARRINGTON 19 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 2 1 4 JOHNSON 11 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 PRICE 17 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 3 6 BARKLEY DNP - STRAINED LEFT GROIN DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPHENS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-73 16-18 6 25 31 27 17 8 17 95 (.466) (.889) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

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

BAKER F 30 8-10 0-0 3 0 3 1 5 1 1 16 SCHREMPF F 34 6-10 3-4 2 13 15 4 1 0 3 16 MCILVAINE C 16 0-0 2-2 1 0 1 0 3 1 1 2 HAWKINS G 29 8-12 0-0 2 1 3 1 1 0 2 20 PAYTON G 44 6-19 5-7 2 5 7 10 2 5 1 19 PERKINS 28 4-11 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 2 0 10 ELLIS 16 2-5 1-1 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 6 MCMILLAN 19 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 4 3 1 0 2 KERSEY 23 5-11 0-2 0 2 2 1 4 3 3 10 WILLIAMS 1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 ANTHONY DNP - BRUISED RIBS WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-83 13-18 13 27 40 23 23 14 12 103 (.482) (.722) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

HOUSTON 28 24 20 23 - 95 SEATTLE 24 25 31 23 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 3, DREXLER. SEATTLE - MCILVAINE 2, MCMILLAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 11-27 (.407), ELIE 2-5, DREXLER 5-10, MALONEY 2-8, PRICE 2-4. SEATTLE 10-26 (.385), SCHREMPF 1-1, HAWKINS 4-5, PAYTON 2-8, PERKINS 2-6, ELLIS 1-3, MCMILLAN 0-3. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - OLAJUWON, SEATTLE - PAYTON. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, ED F RUSH, DAVID JONES. A - 17,072. T - 2:12.


Agate Box Score

HOUSTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Elie 39 2-8 1-1 0-2 7 2 7 Willis 41 11-18 6-6 1-9 2 1 28 Olajuwon 36 4-9 5-7 4-9 6 3 13 Drexler 42 9-16 2-2 1-4 7 2 25 Maloney 35 5-11 0-0 0-2 5 3 12 Harrington 19 1-3 2-2 0-2 0 2 4 Johnson 11 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Price 17 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 3 6 Barkley DNP - strained left groin Davis DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision Stephens DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-73 16-18 6-31 27 17 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 11-27, .407 (Elie 2-5, Drexler 5-10, Maloney 2-8, Price 2-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Olajuwon 3, Drexler). Turnovers: 17 (Drexler 5, Olajuwon 4, Price 3, Elie 2, Harrington, Maloney, Willis). Steals: 8 (Drexler 3, Harrington 2, Willis 2, Maloney).

SEATTLE (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 30 8-10 0-0 3-3 1 5 16 Schrempf 34 6-10 3-4 2-15 4 1 16 Mcilvaine 16 0-0 2-2 1-1 0 3 2 Hawkins 29 8-12 0-0 2-3 1 1 20 Payton 44 6-19 5-7 2-7 10 2 19 Perkins 28 4-11 0-0 2-6 1 1 10 Ellis 16 2-5 1-1 0-1 1 2 6 Mcmillan 19 1-5 0-0 1-2 4 3 2 Kersey 23 5-11 0-2 0-2 1 4 10 Williams 1 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 Anthony DNP - bruised ribs Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-83 13-18 13-40 23 23 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 10-26, .385 (Schrempf 1-1, Hawkins 4-5, Payton 2-8, Perkins 2-6, Ellis 1-3, Mcmillan 0-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Mcilvaine 2, Mcmillan). Turnovers: 13 (Kersey 3, Schrempf 3, Hawkins 2, Baker, Ellis, Mcilvaine, Payton). Steals: 14 (Payton 5, Kersey 3, Perkins 2, Baker, Ellis, Mcilvaine, Mcmillan). ____________________________________________ Houston 28 24 20 23 - 95 Seattle 24 25 31 23 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Olajuwon, 7:00 2nd). Seattle 1 (Payton, 4:52 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:12. Officials: Steve Javie, Ed F Rush, David Jones.


Game Recap

Hersey Hawkins scored 16 of his 20 points in a 5 1/2-minute span of the third quarter and the Seattle SuperSonics held on for a 103-95 victory over the Houston Rockets, their 13th win in their last 14 home games.

Hawkins scored Seattle's first 10 points in a 22-7 run that turned a one-point deficit into a 14-point advantage. The SuperSonics led by at least four points thereafter and opened a 1 1/2-game lead over the Los Angeles Lakers in the Pacific Division.

"Hersey's so unselfish that he very seldom gets hungry (for the ball)," Seattle coach George Karl said. "Tonight he got into the rhythm and we ran some plays for him. We got him some extra shots and he bailed us out."

"It was probably one of the better quarters since I've been here as far as shooting the basketball," Hawkins said. "I just happened to hit a couple and then George called a couple of plays for me to see if I still had it going. And all of them went in."

Gary Payton had 19 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and five steals for the Sonics (59-20), who also moved within one-half game of the Western Conference-leading Utah Jazz (59-19). Seattle went 3-1 against Houston this season.

Kevin Willis had 28 points and nine rebounds and Clyde Drexler added 25 points for the Rockets (40-39), who had a three-game winning streak snapped and are virtually assured of finishing eighth in the West. Houston is 2 1/2 games behind seventh-place Minnesota with three games left.

"I think the playoffs are another season and when that extra season comes you've got to be prepared and if we're healthy we're a pretty dangerous team," Drexler said.

The Rockets were without sixth man and leading rebounder Charles Barkley, who sat out with a strained left groin.

Willis scored 14 points and Drexler 13 as the Rockets grabbed a 52-49 halftime lead. They still led 53-52 after a free throw by Hakeem Olajuwon with 10:44 left in the third quarter before Hawkins caught fire.

The veteran guard had four three-pointers, a layup and a 16-foot jumper in a 5:24 span. He began the run with a three-pointer that gave the Sonics the lead for good with 10 minutes left and scored Seattle's next seven points. He made 6-of-7 shots in the period, including a three-pointer that made it 74-60 with 4:36 to go.

"Gary did a great job when he knew I had it going," Hawkins said. "He looked for me every time down the court and the shots went in."

The Rockets cut the deficit to eight points after three quarters and layups by Drexler and Matt Maloney pulled Houston within 80-76 with 10:24 to play. But Vin Baker made a six-footer just 18 seconds later and Payton added a three-point play to rebuild Seattle's lead to 85-76 with 9:44 left. The Rockets got no closer than seven points thereafter.

"We came out (in the third quarter) and really picked up our defensive aggression," Baker said. "And that's the reason we came out and got the lead."

"I was very satisfied with the way we played in the first half," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "Then we just came out and had a terrible third quarter. ... We tried to get back in it and made some minor runs back at them, but anytime it looked like we were going to make a breakthrough, they came up with a big play."

Detlef Schrempf had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Baker added 16 points for the Sonics, who shot 48 percent (40-of-83) from the field and held a 40-31 rebounding advantage. Sam Perkins and Jerome Kersey each contributed 10 points off the bench for Seattle, which had 14 steals and 13 turnovers.

"It was a solid win," Karl said. "We didn't play spectacular but we had great performances."

Olajuwon had 13 points and nine rebounds and Maloney scored 12 points for the Rockets, who shot 47 percent (34-of-73) and made 16-of-18 free throws. Drexler had seven assists and was 5-of-10 from three-point range.

"They got too many rebounds and we played great defense," said Drexler. "They were able to get the long rebounds and the loose balls."

The teams combined to tie the season high for three-pointers in a game set by Houston and Dallas on December 6th. The Rockets were 11-of-27 and the Sonics were 10-of-26.

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