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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 26 22 25 27 100 LA LAKERS 29 21 24 29 103 FINAL


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SEATTLE (100) AT LA LAKERS (103)

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

BAKER F 42 4-20 8-12 3 3 6 1 5 0 2 16 OWENS F 24 1-4 2-2 2 5 7 3 1 1 3 4 POLYNICE C 37 6-11 0-0 3 7 10 3 4 0 0 12 HAWKINS G 23 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 2 1 4 PAYTON G 42 14-23 0-0 0 4 4 11 2 2 1 34 BARRY 10 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 ELLIS 29 7-10 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 20 SCHREMPF 32 3-11 4-4 2 4 6 1 3 0 1 10 WILLIAMS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-85 15-19 11 25 36 24 18 7 8 100 (.435) (.789) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 9(7 PTS)

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

BRYANT F 43 8-15 4-4 2 3 5 2 2 1 2 20 KNIGHT F 22 4-8 2-2 4 7 11 3 2 0 1 10 ONEAL C 38 14-21 3-6 3 8 11 7 2 0 3 31 HARPER G 30 7-14 0-0 1 1 2 4 0 1 1 17 JONES G 28 3-9 2-2 0 2 2 4 3 0 1 8 CAMPBELL 10 3-5 2-6 2 3 5 0 2 0 2 8 FISHER 18 1-5 1-2 1 0 1 2 1 1 2 3 FOX 25 2-5 2-2 0 3 3 2 0 0 1 6 RODMAN 26 0-1 0-0 2 4 6 1 4 0 0 0 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HORRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-83 16-24 15 31 46 25 16 3 13 103 (.506) (.667) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

SEATTLE 26 22 25 27 - 100 LA LAKERS 29 21 24 29 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - OWENS, POLYNICE, BAKER. LA LAKERS - FOX 2, BRYANT, ONEAL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 11-21 (.524), BAKER 0-2, OWENS 0-1, HAWKINS 0-2, PAYTON 6-10, ELLIS 5-5, SCHREMPF 0-1. LA LAKERS 3-14 (.214), HARPER 3-7, JONES 0-3, FISHER 0-1, FOX 0-3. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - BAKER, PAYTON, LA LAKERS - RODMAN. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, SCOTT FOSTER, MARC DAVIS. A - 17,505. T - 2:09.


Box Score

SEATTLE (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 42 4-20 8-12 3-6 1 5 16 Owens 24 1-4 2-2 2-7 3 1 4 Polynice 37 6-11 0-0 3-10 3 4 12 Hawkins 23 2-6 0-0 1-3 2 0 4 Payton 42 14-23 0-0 0-4 11 2 34 Barry 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 3 2 0 Ellis 29 7-10 1-1 0-0 0 1 20 Schrempf 32 3-11 4-4 2-6 1 3 10 Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lewis DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-85 15-19 11-36 24 18 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 11-21, .524 (Baker 0-2, Owens 0-1, Hawkins 0-2, Payton 6-10, Ellis 5-5, Schrempf 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Owens, Polynice, Baker). Turnovers: 9 (Owens 3, Baker 2, Hawkins, Payton, Schrempf). Steals: 7 (Hawkins 2, Payton 2, Barry, Ellis, Owens).

LA LAKERS (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 43 8-15 4-4 2-5 2 2 20 Knight 22 4-8 2-2 4-11 3 2 10 Oneal 38 14-21 3-6 3-11 7 2 31 Harper 30 7-14 0-0 1-2 4 0 17 Jones 28 3-9 2-2 0-2 4 3 8 Campbell 10 3-5 2-6 2-5 0 2 8 Fisher 18 1-5 1-2 1-1 2 1 3 Fox 25 2-5 2-2 0-3 2 0 6 Rodman 26 0-1 0-0 2-6 1 4 0 Blount DNP - coach's decision Horry DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-83 16-24 15-46 25 16 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Harper 3-7, Jones 0-3, Fisher 0-1, Fox 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Fox 2, Bryant, Oneal). Turnovers: 13 (Oneal 3, Bryant 2, Campbell 2, Fisher 2, Fox, Harper, Jones, Knight). Steals: 3 (Bryant, Fisher, Harper). ____________________________________________ Seattle 26 22 25 27 - 100 La Lakers 29 21 24 29 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 2 (Baker, 4:44 1st; Payton, 4:44 1st). La Lakers 1 (Rodman, 0:55 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,505. T: 2:09. Officials: Jack Nies, Scott Foster, Marc Davis.


Game Story

INGLEWOOD, California (Ticker) -- Derek Harper hit a pair of crucial 3-pointers in the waning moments as the Los Angeles Lakers extended their season-high winning streak to six games with a 103-100 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

"It was a big test for us and it was one of those seesaw battles," said Harper. "Big baskets really won the game for us."

The SuperSonics, who put on a 3-point clinic as Gary Payton and Dale Ellis combined to drain 11-of-16 from beyond the arc, were undone by Harper's sharpshooting in the late stages.

Harper, who hit all three of the Lakers' shots from long range, pulled Los Angeles even at 94-94 on a layup with 2:04 to play. He put the Lakers ahead 97-94 with a 3-pointer, before Ellis answered with one of his own to knot the contest with 1:16 remaining.

Shaquille O'Neal, who finished with 31 points, made a short jumper from the left side to give his team a two-point lead before Ellis connected from long range again to give Seattle a 100-99 lead with 51.7 seconds remaining.

Unfazed, Harper put the Lakers ahead for good with a 3-pointer with 38 seconds to go, helping coach Kurt Rambis and forward Dennis Rodman remain perfect in their five games with Los Angeles.

"Dale Ellis is known for making those kinds of shots and he can make those shots with the best of them," added Harper. "I felt like every shot I took was going to go in. Gary left me for a brief moment and they tried to rotate, but I was open for the shot and I stepped up and knocked it in."

"The game really came down to one play here or there," added Seattle coach Paul Westphal. "It was a great NBA game. The only thing wrong was the wrong team won. If Harper misses one of those shots, we win. But he didn't."

Payton, who matched a season-high with 34 points, missed a short bank shot with 15 seconds to go that could have tied it. After O'Neal made 1-of-2 free throws, Hersey Hawkins' 3-pointer at the buzzer clanged off the front of the rim.

"Gary Payton is amazing," said Rambis. "I thought he would get tired, he just got better."

Payton scored the first 15 points for Seattle in the fourth quarter and was inspired by the competition displayed between Pacific Division rivals.

"It was a nice NBA game that was typical," said Payton. "Down to the last wire and things happened. They didn't fall at the end but it don't make no difference, so it was OK."

Ellis scored 20 points and Vin Baker added 16 for Seattle, which had won five of its last six encounters with Los Angeles.

"It's a disappointing loss," said Ellis. "We had looks down the stretch and weren't able to make them. The game could've gone either way."

Kobe Bryant collected 20 points for the Lakers, who avenged a 92-89 loss at Seattle in the first meeting between the clubs this season. That defeat was the first in a three-game skid that resulted in the firing of Del Harris.

"We have a little winning streak going and I'm very happy for coach Rambis," said Bryant. "He prepared very hard for this game and I'm happy for him."

Rodman, who had led the Lakers in rebounding in each of his previous four games, grabbed a season-low six boards tonight as O'Neal and Travis Knight picked up the slack with 11 rebounds each.

"You can't always depend on having a great or a spectacular night," said Rodman. "You got to understand that when you do play bad or things are going bad for you, you have to look at different areas and try to help your team in other ways."

Rodman did draw his first technical since joining the Lakers as he expressed his displeasure over a call against him late in the first half.

"It was just typical (crap)," added Rodman. "You could read my lips. I said something like, `You are calling a great game.' That is all I said."

Payton, who finished 14-of-23 from the field and 6-of-10 from 3-point range, also handed out 11 assists for the Sonics, who shot 44 percent (37-of-85), including 11-of-21 from long range.

Baker had a woeful 4-of-20 performance from the field, but took some positive steps toward reversing his fortunes at the line by draining 8-of-12 at the line. Baker entered the contest a putrid 8-of-46 from the stripe.

"Tonight I was anxious to go the line and shoot them," said Baker. "Fortunately, they went in. I was impressed. There's a difference when you want to go to the free-throw line."

Olden Polynice had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Seattle, which lost the battle on the boards, 46-39.

In a game which featured 18 lead changes and 19 ties, the Lakers took their biggest lead of the night on a slam by Knight that opened a 23-14 bulge with 4:12 left in the first quarter.

Seattle responded with a 12-6 run to enter the second quarter trailing, 29-26.

Payton made a driving layup with 2:38 left in the third quarter, giving Seattle its largest lead at 69-64. But neither team could deliver the knockout blow and the Lakers took a 72-71 lead with 22 seconds left in the third to set up a dramatic fourth quarter.

Payton drained a 3-pointer to give Seattle an 83-79 lead with eight minutes to go, but Bryant stole an errant pass by Baker and finished the play with a thunderous dunk that thrust Los Angeles ahead 84-83 with 5:45 remaining.

A tip-in by Polynice put Seattle back on top, 92-88, with 3:27 left but Rick Fox hit a running jumper with 3:08 to play that set up Harper's late-game heroics.

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