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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 25 18 25 22 90 PORTLAND 16 27 24 15 82 FINAL


Box Score

SEATTLE (90) AT PORTLAND (82)

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

SCHREMPF F 40 4-8 5-5 3 3 6 3 3 0 2 14 BAKER F 39 8-19 4-10 6 4 10 0 1 2 4 20 KERSEY C 28 5-10 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 1 1 10 HAWKINS G 37 0-4 2-2 1 4 5 2 3 2 1 2 PAYTON G 40 12-19 1-1 0 3 3 4 1 0 1 27 PERKINS 24 4-9 4-7 1 3 4 0 1 1 1 12 MCMILLAN 13 0-2 0-0 2 2 4 2 4 1 0 0 ANTHONY 19 2-7 0-0 3 1 4 4 2 2 1 5 COTTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCILVAINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-78 16-25 18 23 41 15 18 9 11 90 (.449) (.640) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(16 PTS)

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

WALLACE F 30 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 5 1 1 6 B GRANT F 43 6-8 2-2 8 9 17 3 4 1 1 14 SABONIS C 34 1-10 9-10 1 5 6 1 6 1 0 11 RIDER G 45 11-23 0-1 2 5 7 0 2 0 2 24 STOUDAMIRE G 44 6-18 0-0 1 3 4 9 1 5 5 13 AUGMON 17 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 2 4 G GRANT 15 2-3 2-2 1 0 1 3 1 1 2 8 WILLIAMS 12 0-4 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 1 1 2 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CATO DNP - COACH'S DECISION LISTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ONEAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-77 15-17 15 28 43 18 22 10 14 82 (.403) (.882) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

SEATTLE 25 18 25 22 - 90 PORTLAND 16 27 24 15 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - BAKER, KERSEY. PORTLAND - WALLACE, B GRANT, WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 4-17 (.235), SCHREMPF 1-1, HAWKINS 0-3, PAYTON 2-5, PERKINS 0-2, ANTHONY 1-6. PORTLAND 5-15 (.333), RIDER 2-7, STOUDAMIRE 1-4, G GRANT 2-2, WILLIAMS 0-2. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, PORTLAND - SABONIS. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, JIM KINSEY, JOE DEROSA. A - 21,538. T - 2:17.


Agate Box Score

SEATTLE (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Schrempf 40 4-8 5-5 3-6 3 3 14 Baker 39 8-19 4-10 6-10 0 1 20 Kersey 28 5-10 0-0 2-5 0 3 10 Hawkins 37 0-4 2-2 1-5 2 3 2 Payton 40 12-19 1-1 0-3 4 1 27 Perkins 24 4-9 4-7 1-4 0 1 12 Mcmillan 13 0-2 0-0 2-4 2 4 0 Anthony 19 2-7 0-0 3-4 4 2 5 Cotton DNP - coach's decision Mcilvaine DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 16-25 18-41 15 18 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (Schrempf 1-1, Hawkins 0-3, Payton 2-5, Perkins 0-2, Anthony 1-6). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Baker, Kersey). Turnovers: 11 (Baker 4, Schrempf 2, Anthony, Hawkins, Kersey, Payton, Perkins). Steals: 9 (Anthony 2, Baker 2, Hawkins 2, Kersey, Mcmillan, Perkins).

PORTLAND (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 30 3-7 0-0 0-2 2 5 6 B Grant 43 6-8 2-2 8-17 3 4 14 Sabonis 34 1-10 9-10 1-6 1 6 11 Rider 45 11-23 0-1 2-7 0 2 24 Stoudamire 44 6-18 0-0 1-4 9 1 13 Augmon 17 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 2 4 G Grant 15 2-3 2-2 1-1 3 1 8 Williams 12 0-4 2-2 0-3 0 1 2 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Cato DNP - coach's decision Lister DNP - coach's decision Oneal DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-77 15-17 15-43 18 22 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.882. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Rider 2-7, Stoudamire 1-4, G Grant 2-2, Williams 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Wallace, B Grant, Williams). Turnovers: 16 (Stoudamire 5, Augmon 2, G Grant 2, Rider 2, B Grant, Wallace, Williams). Steals: 10 (Stoudamire 5, B Grant, G Grant, Sabonis, Wallace, Williams). ____________________________________________ Seattle 25 18 25 22 - 90 Portland 16 27 24 15 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Illegal Defense, 0:08 2nd). Portland 1 (Sabonis, 0:26 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,538. T: 2:17. Officials: Dan Crawford, Jim Kinsey, Joe Derosa.


Game Recap

The Seattle SuperSonics clinched their third straight Pacific Division title, using 27 points from Gary Payton and a defense that held the Portland Trail Blazers scoreless over the final 1:54 en route to a 90-82 victory.

The SuperSonics (61-21) held off the Los Angeles Lakers (60-22) to claim the second seed in the Western Conference. They will meet Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs and boast an all-time record of 32-4 against the Timberwolves.

"It's great to win three in a row, but it's over now and we have a lot of work yet to do," Payton said. "We have to be ready to play Minnesota. We match up really well against them."

Payton scored 14 points in the third quarter, keeping Seattle in the game. He added a layup and three-point play down the stretch as the Sonics completed just their second season series sweep of the Trail Blazers in franchise history.

For the second straight year, the Sonics clinched the division over the Lakers on the season's final day. Last year, Seattle watched Los Angeles lose to Portland as Shaquille O'Neal missed a pair of free throws in the closing seconds.

"We are not as good as we were a couple of years ago (when the Sonics made the NBA Finals)," Seattle forward Detlef Schrempf said. "We are more defensive and that could be a reflection of our veterans. Our starting five is smaller than most. That wears you down, so we have to play good defense."

Isaiah Rider scored 24 points for the Blazers, who are seeded sixth in the West and will open against the Lakers for the second straight season. Portland (46-36) has made the playoffs 16 consecutive years -- the longest current streak of any team. But it has lost its first-round series for five straight years, including a four-game setback to the Lakers last year.

"Our backcourt may have an advantage, but Shaq neutralizes one of our biggest weapons," Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire said. "Everybody is a great player, so we need to step up and do some damage. We can do that damage if we get on a roll. We will just have to see what happens."

A basket by Rider gave the Blazers their last lead at 78-77 with 3:44 to play. But Schrempf answered with a three-pointer to give the Sonics the lead for good and Vin Baker added a free throw for an 81-78 lead with 2:34 remaining.

A layup by Rasheed Wallace cut the deficit to one point before Payton responded with a layup for an 83-80 lead with 2:18 to go. Rider made a jumper 24 seconds later, but those were Portland's final points.

Payton converted a three-point play for an 86-82 advantage with 59 seconds left. Wallace missed a shot and Schrempf and Hersey Hawkins each added two free throws in the final 43 seconds.

"I went to the hole a little more today because their big men were in foul trouble and they didn't want to hurt themselves," Payton said. "We are playing well, so we need some extra hustle to get things done."

"I thought our defense did a good job, for the most part," said Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Down the stretch, though, it broke down a bit, and they made the plays that made the difference. Payton hurt us, he made a lot of clutch plays."

Baker had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Schrempf contributed 14 points for the Sonics, who shot 45 percent (35-of-78) from the field and committed just 11 turnovers.

"This means a great deal to us," Baker said. "Winning the Pacific is very important to this team. Our confidence is up and this being a must-win game was very important. ... We have worked all season to win the division, so this is great. I think everyone stepped up and did their part this afternoon."

Brian Grant had 14 points and 17 rebounds and Stoudamire added 13 points and nine assists for the Blazers, who shot 40 percent (31-of-77) and held a 43-41 rebounding edge. Portland committed 16 turnovers, leading to 20 Seattle points.

Baker and Jerome Kersey scored eight points each in the opening quarter as Seattle jumped to a 25-16 lead. The Sonics opened their largest lead at 34-22 with 6:39 left in the second period on a dunk by Sam Perkins, who scored 12 points.

But the Blazers rallied behind Gary Grant, who scored all eight of his points in the second quarter. Stoudamire's three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in the first half pulled Portland into a 43-43 tie.

"We sometimes come out a little flat, and it makes it tough to win ballgames," Kersey said.

Payton kept Seattle in it in the third quarter. He scored 10 straight Sonics points in the latter stages of the period, which ended with the Sonics holding a 68-67 edge.

"Gary gave us a real lift in the third quarter," Seattle coach George Karl said. "Payton is one of the ugliest shooters in basketball, but they count when they go in the basket."

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