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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 22 25 28 26 101 SEATTLE 29 21 19 24 93 FINAL


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PHOENIX (101) AT SEATTLE (93)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 37 8-13 2-3 1 4 5 1 5 4 3 18 MCCLOUD F 32 4-6 6-6 0 2 2 2 4 3 1 15 MANNING C 29 6-12 1-2 0 4 4 3 2 0 3 13 CHAPMAN G 36 8-13 3-5 0 4 4 0 1 1 1 23 KIDD G 41 2-10 3-4 3 4 7 19 4 3 0 7 BAILEY 12 3-5 0-0 2 2 4 1 2 0 0 6 BROWN 6 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 2 KLEINE 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MORRIS 9 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 4 ROBINSON 31 5-9 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 13 GARRITY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LONGLEY DNP - SORE LEFT FOOT

TOTALS 240 39-76 17-22 9 22 31 28 21 11 11 101 (.513) (.773) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12(18 PTS)

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

BAKER F 35 7-13 1-4 2 5 7 1 4 1 4 15 OWENS F 30 3-10 3-4 3 0 3 3 3 0 2 9 POLYNICE C 18 3-6 1-2 6 2 8 1 3 1 1 7 HAWKINS G 39 5-9 3-4 2 3 5 3 2 2 0 14 PAYTON G 41 3-16 2-2 3 4 7 11 4 0 8 9 BARRY 7 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 ELLIS 24 6-11 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 15 SCHREMPF 38 8-15 5-6 3 10 13 4 3 1 2 22 WILLIAMS 8 0-1 2-4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-81 17-26 21 27 48 24 20 5 19 93 (.432) (.654) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

PHOENIX 22 25 28 26 - 101 SEATTLE 29 21 19 24 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - MANNING, GUGLIOTTA, MORRIS. SEATTLE - SCHREMPF 2, WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 6-10 (.600), MCCLOUD 1-1, CHAPMAN 4-4, KIDD 0-2, BROWN 0-1, MORRIS 0-1, ROBINSON 1-1. SEATTLE 6-20 (.300), OWENS 0-1, HAWKINS 1-4, PAYTON 1-8, ELLIS 3-4, SCHREMPF 1-3. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - HEAD COACH AINGE, MCCLOUD, SEATTLE - BAKER, PAYTON. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, MARK WUNDERLICH, BILL KENNEDY. A - 17,072. T - 2:12.


Box Score

PHOENIX (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 37 8-13 2-3 1-5 1 5 18 Mccloud 32 4-6 6-6 0-2 2 4 15 Manning 29 6-12 1-2 0-4 3 2 13 Chapman 36 8-13 3-5 0-4 0 1 23 Kidd 41 2-10 3-4 3-7 19 4 7 Bailey 12 3-5 0-0 2-4 1 2 6 Brown 6 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 0 2 Kleine 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Morris 9 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 1 4 Robinson 31 5-9 2-2 1-1 0 2 13 Garrity DNP - coach's decision Longley DNP - sore left foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-76 17-22 9-31 28 21 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (Mccloud 1-1, Chapman 4-4, Kidd 0-2, Brown 0-1, Morris 0-1, Robinson 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Manning, Gugliotta, Morris). Turnovers: 12 (Gugliotta 3, Manning 3, Brown, Chapman, Mccloud, Morris, Robinson). Steals: 11 (Gugliotta 4, Kidd 3, Mccloud 3, Chapman).

SEATTLE (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 35 7-13 1-4 2-7 1 4 15 Owens 30 3-10 3-4 3-3 3 3 9 Polynice 18 3-6 1-2 6-8 1 3 7 Hawkins 39 5-9 3-4 2-5 3 2 14 Payton 41 3-16 2-2 3-7 11 4 9 Barry 7 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 Ellis 24 6-11 0-0 1-2 0 0 15 Schrempf 38 8-15 5-6 3-13 4 3 22 Williams 8 0-1 2-4 1-1 0 0 2 Lewis DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 17-26 21-48 24 20 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (Owens 0-1, Hawkins 1-4, Payton 1-8, Ellis 3-4, Schrempf 1-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Schrempf 2, Williams). Turnovers: 20 (Payton 8, Baker 4, Ellis 2, Owens 2, Schrempf 2, Polynice). Steals: 5 (Hawkins 2, Baker, Polynice, Schrempf). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 22 25 28 26 - 101 Seattle 29 21 19 24 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 2 (Head Coach Ainge, 8:08 1st; Mccloud, 0:00 3rd). Seattle 2 (Baker, 3:03 1st; Payton, 0:00 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:12. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Mark Wunderlich, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Seattle SuperSonics coach Paul Westphal had three years of anticipation spoiled by a 3-point specialist.

Facing the Phoenix Suns for the first time since they fired him three years ago, Westphal watched Rex Champan bury several devastating shots from long range as the Sonics fell to their Pacific Division rivals, 101-93.

Jason Kidd collected an NBA season-high 19 assists, including 11 in the second half, during which the Suns shot 57 percent (20-of-35) and made 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. They connected on 46 percent (19-of-41) of their field goals and made just 1-of-4 3-pointers in the first half.

With Seattle leading 65-64 late in the third quarter, Kidd hit a short jumper and fed Chapman for back-to-back 3-pointers as Phoenix took the lead for good. Chapman scored 11 points in the third quarter, helping the Suns grab a 75-69 lead.

"It's a confidence builder for us as a team, and individually as well," Chapman said. "Sometimes you come out and get going early, and then you sustain it for the rest of the game."

"Rex is a competitor," Kidd added. "He's going to come out every night and play hard. Tonight was an example."

The Sonics, who trailed by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter, pulled within 91-85 on a free throw by Detlef Schrempf with 3:19 to play. But Chapman had an answer on the ensuing possession, hitting his fourth and final 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Dale Ellis cut the deficit to 94-91 with 1:23 remaining. After a timeout, Kidd found Chapman again, this time from 20 feet for a basket that helped seal the win. Seattle got no closer than five points the rest of the way.

Westphal, who had his number retired after starring as a guard for the Suns, saw his team blow a six-point lead in the third period and lose for only the second time in nine home games.

"No particular feelings," Westphal said about facing his former team. "I used to be there. I have a lot of fond memories. Other than that, it was just another game."

Three years after becoming just the second coach in franchise history to take Phoenix to the NBA Finals, Westphal was unceremoniously let go early in the 1995-96 campaign. He was out of the NBA until signing a three-year deal in June to take over the Sonics.

"The Suns are a good team. They are explosive," Westphal added. "For us defensively, we did not play with the passion we needed to get the job done."

Schrempf scored 22 points to lead Seattle, which saw superstar guard Gary Payton have his worst game of the season. The early MVP candidate, averaging 24.1 points entering the contest, had 11 assists but scored only nine points on 3-of-16 shooting.

"We just tried to contain Gary, hope and pray he has an off night," said Kidd, who scored just seven points on 2-of-10 shooting but also had seven boards and three steals with no turnovers. "We hope he misses the shots he normally makes. We just caught him on an off night."

The Sonics, who opened the season 6-0 under Westphal, got off to a strong start in this contest. They limited Phoenix to one field goal over the final 4:44 of the first quarter, taking a 29-22 lead behind 11 points in 12 minutes by Hersey Hawkins.

Hawkins was shut down thereafter, managing only three points and two shots in his final 27 minutes.

The Suns came back to tie it, 33-33, with 7:32 left in the second period on a jumper by rookie Toby Bailey, who did not play in Wednesday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

A pair of baskets by Baker around a layup by Payton gave the Sonics a 42-35 lead with 4:19 to go in the second. Kidd again helped Phoenix come back, sinking a pair of foul shots before finding George McCloud and Tom Gugliotta for jumpers to cut it to 42-41.

"He's the best," Chapman said of Kidd. "He's been playing with so much confidence and poise."

After holding on for a 50-47 edge at halftime, Seattle grabbed its largest lead of the second half, 55-49, on a three-point play by Billy Owens with 10:15 left in the third quarter. Kidd continued to find the open man, feeding Gugliotta and Manning for jumpers that made it a two-point game.

A minute later, Chapman's first 3-pointer gave Phoenix its first lead, 58-57. He finished 8-of-13 from the field.

Gugliotta scored 18 points, McCloud 15 and Cliff Robinson 13. Manning, the only player who has been with the Suns since Westphal was coach, also scored 13 points as he started in place of injured center Luc Longley.

Baker and Ellis each scored 15 points for the Sonics, who owned a huge 48-31 rebounding edge but committed 20 turnovers.

"I think we took this team a little lighter than we should have," Ellis said. "Rex Chapman got hot and when a guy like that gets hot, it's hard to stop."

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