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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 23 23 16 24 86 HOUSTON 29 25 15 29 98 FINAL


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SEATTLE (86) AT HOUSTON (98)

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

BAKER F 38 4-13 1-4 3 4 7 3 4 2 2 9 SCHREMPF F 36 9-16 0-0 1 7 8 1 3 1 2 20 POLYNICE C 29 0-3 1-2 5 4 9 0 2 0 1 1 LEWIS G 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 PAYTON G 44 11-22 2-5 2 4 6 10 3 7 8 26 COTTON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 ELLIS 29 4-9 3-4 2 1 3 0 2 0 1 12 HAWKINS 40 4-11 2-2 2 3 5 0 5 2 0 12 NORRIS 8 0-4 2-2 1 1 2 2 3 0 0 2 STEPANIA 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 WILLIAMS 10 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-82 13-21 16 25 41 16 25 12 16 86 (.402) (.619) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(16 PTS)

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

HARRINGTON F 32 7-10 3-4 3 4 7 0 5 0 3 17 PIPPEN F 44 7-14 2-3 1 9 10 5 0 3 4 19 OLAJUWON C 43 8-13 3-7 4 6 10 1 2 3 4 19 DICKERSON G 31 3-8 3-5 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 9 MOBLEY G 39 5-13 8-8 0 6 6 5 3 0 3 19 MILLER 12 1-4 0-0 3 2 5 0 3 1 2 2 DREW 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 PRICE 26 2-5 5-6 1 2 3 6 3 1 2 10 BULLARD 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MALONEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBERTS DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 34-70 24-33 12 29 41 20 17 9 23 98 (.486) (.727) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 23(22 PTS)

SEATTLE 23 23 16 24 - 86 HOUSTON 29 25 15 29 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - BAKER, SCHREMPF, WILLIAMS. HOUSTON - HARRINGTON 4, OLAJUWON 2, PIPPEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 7-20 (.350), SCHREMPF 2-2, PAYTON 2-8, ELLIS 1-4, HAWKINS 2-5, NORRIS 0-1. HOUSTON 6-18 (.333), PIPPEN 3-7, DICKERSON 0-2, MOBLEY 1-3, MILLER 0-1, DREW 0-1, PRICE 1-2, BULLARD 1-2. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HEAD COACH P WESTPHAL. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, JOE DEROSA, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 16,285. T - 2:16.


Box Score

SEATTLE (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 38 4-13 1-4 3-7 3 4 9 Schrempf 36 9-16 0-0 1-8 1 3 20 Polynice 29 0-3 1-2 5-9 0 2 1 Lewis 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Payton 44 11-22 2-5 2-6 10 3 26 Cotton 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ellis 29 4-9 3-4 2-3 0 2 12 Hawkins 40 4-11 2-2 2-5 0 5 12 Norris 8 0-4 2-2 1-2 2 3 2 Stepania 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Williams 10 0-3 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 Maclean DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-82 13-21 16-41 16 25 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.619. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Schrempf 2-2, Payton 2-8, Ellis 1-4, Hawkins 2-5, Norris 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Baker, Schrempf, Williams). Turnovers: 18 (Payton 8, Baker 2, Schrempf 2, Cotton, Ellis, Lewis, Polynice). Steals: 12 (Payton 7, Baker 2, Hawkins 2, Schrempf).

HOUSTON (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 32 7-10 3-4 3-7 0 5 17 Pippen 44 7-14 2-3 1-10 5 0 19 Olajuwon 43 8-13 3-7 4-10 1 2 19 Dickerson 31 3-8 3-5 0-0 1 0 9 Mobley 39 5-13 8-8 0-6 5 3 19 Miller 12 1-4 0-0 3-5 0 3 2 Drew 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Price 26 2-5 5-6 1-3 6 3 10 Bullard 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 3 Johnson DNP - coach's decision Maloney DNP - coach's decision Roberts DNP - strained right hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-70 24-33 12-41 20 17 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Pippen 3-7, Dickerson 0-2, Mobley 1-3, Miller 0-1, Drew 0-1, Price 1-2, Bullard 1-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 7 (Harrington 4, Olajuwon 2, Pippen). Turnovers: 23 (Dickerson 5, Olajuwon 4, Pippen 4, Harrington 3, Mobley 3, Miller 2, Price 2). Steals: 9 (Olajuwon 3, Pippen 3, Bullard, Miller, Price). ____________________________________________ Seattle 23 23 16 24 - 86 Houston 29 25 15 29 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 2 (Illegal Defense, 2:00 3rd; Head Coach P Westphal, 1:23 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,285. T: 2:16. Officials: Joe Forte, Joe Derosa, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- It is hard to remove your attention from the superstars of the Houston Rockets, but the team's youngsters are doing their best.

Cuttino Mobley and Othella Harrington combined for 20 points in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets pulled away for a 98-86 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Superstars Scottie Pippen and Hakeem Olajuwon scored 19 points apiece but combined for only six in the final period, when the kids took over.

Mobley, a rookie second-round pick, scored 13 of his season-high 19 points in the fourth quarter. Harrington, a third-year player who has replaced injured superstar Charles Barkley in the starting lineup, added seven of his 17.

"I had some tough calls against me early but I was able to stay focused to help us in the second half," said Harrington, who made 7-of-10 shots and leads the NBA in shooting percentage. "It's great to be back on the winning track and have confidence again."

"I wanted to break out and I needed one of these games," said Mobley, who added six rebounds and five assists. "I wanted to get in there and hopefully get some more respect in the league."

Pippen and Olajuwon grabbed 10 rebounds apiece for the Rockets, who improved to 4-0 at home. Houston also got a boost from reserve guard Brent Price, who had 10 points and six assists.

Gary Payton had 26 points, 10 assists and seven steals for the Sonics, who have gone 1-2 against Western Conference powers Utah, Los Angeles and Houston over the last four days.

Seattle led just once at 62-60 with 2:56 remaining in the third quarter after a 3-pointer by Detlef Schrempf capped a 9-0 run. Schrempf scored a season-high 20 points.

"They ran out at us and we didn't know what they were doing," Mobley said. "But we eventually adjusted to it."

The Rockets closed the quarter with nine straight points, capped by Price's double-pump half-court shot with Payton's hand in his face.

"I was able to penetrate and get these other guys shots, and of course hit a prayer that changed the momentum around," Price said. "I was glad that I gave us a little spark. The shot really woke us up and we came out and had a really good fourth quarter."

"That shot just hyped me up even more," Mobley said. "Having him come out there and play like that was great."

The shot had the opposite effect on the Sonics.

"Price's 34 really deflated us," Sonics coach Paul Westphal said. "It shouldn't have affected us that much but I think it did."

Harrington dunked and Olajuwon made a jumper for a 73-62 lead and the Sonics finally ended a scoreless stretch of 5:10 on a jumper by Dale Ellis with 9:46 to go.

Schrempf's 3-pointer cut the deficit to 75-69 with 7:41 to play but Harrington made 1-of-2 free throws and Mobley made a short jumper.

A 3-pointer by Seattle's Hersey Hawkins made it 85-79 with 3:06 remaining. Harrington hit a follow shot and Price sank a free throw before another 3-pointer by Hawkins with 1:06 left. Two free throws apiece by Harrington and Mobley gave Houston a 92-82 bulge with 1:08 to go.

"We've got different guys stepping up," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "Cuttino was courageous tonight. And he is talented and every game is a learning experience. He does have something special, not only with skills but he can see things out there."

The Rockets shot 49 percent (34-of-70) from the field and made 24-of-33 free throws to overcome 23 turnovers.

Hawkins and Ellis scored 12 points apiece for the Sonics, who shot 40 percent (33-of-82) and made 7-of-20 3-pointers. Payton committed eight of Seattle's 18 turnovers.

"We're just not making our shots and I have to get our guys into our game," Payton said. "I have to keep getting them the ball and we'll work things out."

Houston opened a 54-42 lead on a 3-pointer by Matt Bullard with 45 seconds left in the first half. Ellis closed the half with a pair of jumpers, cutting the halftime deficit to eight points.

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