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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 27 20 30 28 105 SACRAMENTO 25 35 22 20 102 FINAL


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SEATTLE (105) AT SACRAMENTO (102)

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

BAKER F 38 15-19 1-5 4 5 9 3 5 3 4 31 SCHREMPF F 34 5-10 0-0 1 5 6 6 2 1 4 11 POLYNICE C 35 1-5 1-6 2 8 10 1 5 0 1 3 OWENS G 20 5-8 3-4 0 5 5 1 3 0 1 14 PAYTON G 44 8-21 9-10 0 10 10 12 4 3 4 28 ELLIS 19 2-6 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 5 HAWKINS 32 3-8 3-5 0 0 0 2 3 2 2 9 WILLIAMS 18 2-5 0-2 4 1 5 1 2 1 0 4 LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION NORRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-82 18-34 11 35 46 27 25 10 18 105 (.500) (.529) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19(20 PTS)

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

WEBBER F 42 8-21 4-5 5 9 14 1 3 0 7 20 C WILLIAMSON F 22 5-7 3-3 1 2 3 2 4 0 1 13 DIVAC C 29 1-4 7-8 1 7 8 3 3 1 3 9 ABDUL-WAHAD G 24 4-9 0-0 1 4 5 0 2 0 3 8 J WILLIAMS G 37 4-9 2-4 0 3 3 10 5 1 4 11 BARRY 20 4-8 2-3 1 0 1 3 4 2 0 12 FUNDERBURKE 20 3-7 2-4 0 3 3 0 2 2 0 8 HAWKINS 3 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 MAXWELL 15 2-7 0-1 0 2 2 4 4 0 1 4 STOJAKOVIC 28 7-12 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 2 1 17 JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-85 20-28 10 32 42 23 28 8 20 102 (.447) (.714) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 20(16 PTS)

SEATTLE 27 20 30 28 - 105 SACRAMENTO 25 35 22 20 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - NONE. SACRAMENTO - WEBBER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 5-19 (.263), SCHREMPF 1-2, OWENS 1-1, PAYTON 3-11, ELLIS 0-3, HAWKINS 0-2. SACRAMENTO 6-19 (.316), DIVAC 0-1, J WILLIAMS 1-4, BARRY 2-5, HAWKINS 0-1, MAXWELL 0-1, STOJAKOVIC 3-7. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - WILLIAMS, BAKER, PAYTON, SACRAMENTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, DIVAC 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, DAVID JONES, LUIS GRILLO. A - 16,786. T - 2:23.


Box Score

SEATTLE (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 38 15-19 1-5 4-9 3 5 31 Schrempf 34 5-10 0-0 1-6 6 2 11 Polynice 35 1-5 1-6 2-10 1 5 3 Owens 20 5-8 3-4 0-5 1 3 14 Payton 44 8-21 9-10 0-10 12 4 28 Ellis 19 2-6 1-2 0-1 1 1 5 Hawkins 32 3-8 3-5 0-0 2 3 9 Williams 18 2-5 0-2 4-5 1 2 4 Lewis DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision Norris DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-82 18-34 11-46 27 25 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.529. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Schrempf 1-2, Owens 1-1, Payton 3-11, Ellis 0-3, Hawkins 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 19 (Baker 4, Payton 4, Schrempf 4, Ellis 2, Hawkins 2, Owens, Polynice). Steals: 10 (Baker 3, Payton 3, Hawkins 2, Schrempf, Williams).

SACRAMENTO (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 42 8-21 4-5 5-14 1 3 20 C Williamson 22 5-7 3-3 1-3 2 4 13 Divac 29 1-4 7-8 1-8 3 3 9 Abdul-wahad 24 4-9 0-0 1-5 0 2 8 J Williams 37 4-9 2-4 0-3 10 5 11 Barry 20 4-8 2-3 1-1 3 4 12 Funderburke 20 3-7 2-4 0-3 0 2 8 Hawkins 3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Maxwell 15 2-7 0-1 0-2 4 4 4 Stojakovic 28 7-12 0-0 1-2 0 1 17 James DNP - coach's decision Pollard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-85 20-28 10-42 23 28 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Divac 0-1, J Williams 1-4, Barry 2-5, Hawkins 0-1, Maxwell 0-1, Stojakovic 3-7). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 1 (Webber). Turnovers: 20 (Webber 7, J Williams 4, Abdul-wahad 3, Divac 3, C Williamson, Maxwell, Stojakovic). Steals: 8 (Barry 2, Funderburke 2, Stojakovic 2, Divac, J Williams). ____________________________________________ Seattle 27 20 30 28 - 105 Sacramento 25 35 22 20 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 3 (Williams, 6:02 4th; Baker, 4:05 4th; Payton, 4:05 4th). Sacramento 3 (Illegal Defense, 6:53 4th; Divac 2 (ejected), 6:02 4th, 4:05 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,786. T: 2:23. Officials: Joe Forte, David Jones, Luis Grillo.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- Vin Baker had his best peformance of the season and was happy to watch someone else miss a free throw for a change.

Baker made 15-of-19 shots en route to a season-high 31-point performance as rookie Jason Williams' missed free throw handed the Seattle SuperSonics a 105-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Baker, whose woes from the line have been well documented this season, drained a 19-footer that gave the Sonics a 100-96 lead with 26.7 seconds remaining. Baker began the season with 18 straight misses from the stripe before canning his first free throw against the Kings on February 17.

"I sat in the hotel today, said to myself, `This has got to be the game. Stop thinking about things and do not put any extra pressure on myself,'" said Baker. "God blessed me tonight. This was definitely my best game of the year. I just needed to be kick-started."

The Kings were given a reprieve on a questionable call in the final seconds, as Williams was awarded three free throws after being grabbed by Hersey Hawkins in the process of attempting a game-tying 3-point shot.

The rookie took the line with 4.1 seconds to play facing a 103-100 deficit. He calmly sank the first two before clanging the potential tying shot off the front of the rim as the Kings suffered their first loss in four games at the Arco Center this season.

"That's the first time (I ever shot three free throws at the end of a game)," said Williams, who finished with 11 points and 10 assists. "They were pretty good shots. I just came up short with the last one. It's just one of those things. I can't let it bother me."

Baker, who entered the contest averaging just 11.3 points per game, was on fire all night, taking some of the heat off point guard Gary Payton, who had led the team in scoring in 11 of the previous 12 games.

"The ball was going in for (Baker) and that got him the confidence," said Seattle coach Paul Westphal. "He was feeling comfortable the whole night. We thought we'd ride him till he'd foul out and he did a great job on both ends hitting some huge shots for us."

Not to be outdone, however, Payton posted his first triple-double of the season and eighth of his career with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for the Sonics, who snapped a three-game road losing streak and avenged a 109-106 home loss to the Kings in their first encounter.

Seattle, which trailed for most of the night, took the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Payton with 1:34 remaining that made it 98-96.

Chris Webber posted his 13th double-double in 14 games with 20 points and 14 rebounds. His layup with 3:27 left gave the Kings a 94-93 lead and came just moments after a near brawl.

With 4:05 left, Vlade Divac was ejected after picking up his second technical foul for shoving Baker. Payton, who at first served as a peacekeeper in the incident, proceeded to head butt Divac on his way off the court. After technicals were doled out to all three participants, Webber drained a pair of free throws that put Sacramento ahead, 91-90.

"Vlade for some reason thought someone fouled him hard and no one did," added Baker. "It was silly on his part to pick up a technical late in the game like that. Everyone was just playing hard."

Baker, as he seemed to do all evening, answered with a 20-footer from the right sideline to thrust his team back in front.

"I don't think you can show anyone 6-11 a ton of respect from outside," said Baker. "You shouldn't have to rotate to me like Dale (Ellis) and Hersey."

Billy Owens scored 14 points in 20 minutes after being activated from the injured list earlier today. Owens, who was 5-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 at the line, had been out since February 12 with a broken left pinky.

Owens and Olden Polynice were making their return to Sacramento after leaving the Kings as free agents prior to this season. Both players were booed repeatedly by the crowd, but while Owens flourished, Polynice managed just three points on 1-of-5 shooting.

"I know how I felt going back to Milwaukee and I know how they felt coming back here and that was really a big factor for us to get a win for them," Baker added.

Predrag Stojakovic and Jon Barry combined for 24 first-half points off the bench, as the Kings jumped out to a commanding 60-47 lead at the half.

"We played very well in the first half but in the second half things were stagnant," said Sacramento coach Rick Adelman. "We didn't rotate when we needed to down the stretch. We needed to get the ball at Baker when he got hot and we were not able to take advantage of the foul trouble he was in."

Stojakovic scored 17 points and Barry added 12 for the Kings, who shot 45 percent (38-of-85) from the field but committed 20 turnovers.

Detlef Schrempf collected 11 points for Seattle, which made half of its 82 shots and held a 46-42 advantage on the boards.

Corliss Williamson, who scored 13 points, hit a running jumper with 10:14 left in the third quarter that gave the Kings a 64-50 cushion. Seattle began to crawl back into the game with an 8-0 run, capped by Owens' layup with 7:43 remaining that cut the deficit to 64-58.

Payton made a driving layup at the buzzer that pulled Seattle within 82-77 entering the fourth quarter.

The teams exchanged baskets in the early moments of the final period before Hawkins drilled a 13-footer to give his team an 87-86 lead with 7:47 to play.

Sacramento did not retake the lead until the wild skirmish which resulted in Divac's ejection and Webber's free throws that made it 91-90 with just over four minutes remaining.

"We can learn a lot from a game like this," said Divac. "I feel really bad though. I talked to the team. I told them I was sorry for what happened. It just wasn't right. After he called the foul, (Baker) elbowed me and I just asked the official about it and he called the technical on me."

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