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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 24 27 16 29 96 SEATTLE 29 14 20 29 92 FINAL


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WASHINGTON (96) AT SEATTLE (92)

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

HOWARD F 42 6-13 1-3 2 4 6 3 4 1 2 13 THORPE F 34 7-9 4-5 1 3 4 2 5 1 2 18 DAVIS C 10 1-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 RICHMOND G 45 11-22 4-5 1 4 5 2 2 2 1 30 STRICKLAND G 41 3-15 3-6 1 3 4 14 3 1 5 10 CHEANEY 26 5-7 1-5 2 1 3 1 3 1 0 11 MCINNIS 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 T MURRAY 13 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 6 WALLACE 22 3-5 0-0 4 5 9 0 2 3 1 6 COKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION LEGLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION C WHITNEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-77 13-25 11 21 32 23 22 9 12 96 (.494) (.520) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

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

OWENS F 33 6-13 3-3 2 3 5 2 4 1 3 15 SCHREMPF F 43 4-8 8-10 1 12 13 1 4 0 4 16 POLYNICE C 34 6-12 2-4 7 4 11 0 2 1 3 14 HAWKINS G 41 2-6 2-2 1 5 6 6 1 1 1 7 PAYTON G 38 12-22 1-1 2 3 5 10 4 3 2 27 CROTTY 9 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 ELLIS 30 4-11 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 0 1 9 STEPANIA 7 1-3 0-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 2 WILLIAMS 5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-77 18-24 15 30 45 20 22 6 17 92 (.455) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(12 PTS)

WASHINGTON 24 27 16 29 - 96 SEATTLE 29 14 20 29 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - WALLACE 3, HOWARD. SEATTLE - HAWKINS, WILLIAMS, STEPANIA. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 7-15 (.467), RICHMOND 4-9, STRICKLAND 1-2, T MURRAY 2-4. SEATTLE 4-12 (.333), HAWKINS 1-3, PAYTON 2-3, ELLIS 1-6. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - DELAY OF GAME. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, HANK ARMSTRONG, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 17,072. T - 2:34.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 42 6-13 1-3 2-6 3 4 13 Thorpe 34 7-9 4-5 1-4 2 5 18 Davis 10 1-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 2 Richmond 45 11-22 4-5 1-5 2 2 30 Strickland 41 3-15 3-6 1-4 14 3 10 Cheaney 26 5-7 1-5 2-3 1 3 11 Mcinnis 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 T Murray 13 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 6 Wallace 22 3-5 0-0 4-9 0 2 6 Coker DNP - coach's decision Legler DNP - coach's decision C Whitney DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-77 13-25 11-32 23 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.520. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Richmond 4-9, Strickland 1-2, T Murray 2-4). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Wallace 3, Howard). Turnovers: 13 (Strickland 5, Howard 2, Thorpe 2, Richmond, T Murray, Wallace). Steals: 9 (Wallace 3, Richmond 2, Cheaney, Howard, Strickland, Thorpe).

SEATTLE (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Owens 33 6-13 3-3 2-5 2 4 15 Schrempf 43 4-8 8-10 1-13 1 4 16 Polynice 34 6-12 2-4 7-11 0 2 14 Hawkins 41 2-6 2-2 1-6 6 1 7 Payton 38 12-22 1-1 2-5 10 4 27 Crotty 9 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 Ellis 30 4-11 0-0 0-3 0 4 9 Stepania 7 1-3 0-2 1-1 0 1 2 Williams 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 Barry DNP - coach's decision Lewis DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-77 18-24 15-45 20 22 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Hawkins 1-3, Payton 2-3, Ellis 1-6). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Hawkins, Williams, Stepania). Turnovers: 18 (Schrempf 4, Owens 3, Polynice 3, Payton 2, Stepania 2, Ellis, Hawkins, Williams). Steals: 6 (Payton 3, Hawkins, Owens, Polynice). ____________________________________________ Washington 24 27 16 29 - 96 Seattle 29 14 20 29 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Delay Of Game, 0:56 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:34. Officials: Hue Hollins, Hank Armstrong, Scott Foster.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Mitch Richmond scored six of his 30 points in the final two minutes and Tracy Murray drilled a huge 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds remaining as the Washington Wizards held on for a 96-92 triumph over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Washington broke an 18-game losing streak in Seattle, dating to a 134-129 double overtime victory on January 2, 1980. The Wizards are 14-31 all-time in the "Emerald City" and have still lost 16 of the last 19 meetings overall in the series.

"When you come across the country, you don't have the energy you normally have, so from that standpoint it was a great win," said Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff, who was a Washington assistant the last time the club won in Seattle, coaching the SuperSonics for five years in the interim.

Richmond made three 3-pointers and netted 14 points in the fourth quarter. He gave the Wizards an 87-83 lead with two minutes left when he drained a 3-pointer from the right wing.

Billy Owens made three free throws in a three-second span in the final minute to bring Seattle within 92-90. But Rod Strickland penetrated into the lane and dished to the left wing to a wide-open Murray, who drained what proved to be the game-winning shot.

"Rod penetrated, drew the defense and kicked it out to me and I caught it and knocked it down," said Murray. "It was definitely a confidence-booster. I knew it had a good chance of going. I was wide open and all I had to do was knock it down."

Gary Payton converted an easy layup with 3.6 seconds left for Seattle, but Strickland connected on the second of two free throws with 2.3 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Otis Thorpe scored 18 points and Juwan Howard added 13 for Washington, which broke a four-game road losing skid.

"I thought Mitch really delivered big-time, he put us on his back and carried us," said Bickerstaff. "We still made it difficult. They could have made it easy on the coach by hitting a couple of free throws."

Payton netted 27 points while dishing out 10 assists and Detlef Schrempf had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Sonics, who have dropped two of their last three following a three-game winning streak.

"It was a tough loss for us, I thought we had a lot of good things happen," said Sonics coach Paul Westphal. "In the fourth quarter Mitch Richmond was incredible. He made some huge shots and just kept doing it. We couldn't answer the way we needed to."

Washington held a six-point lead early in the fourth quarter but Seattle quickly fought back on a layup by Payton and two free throws from Hersey Hawkins and the game remained tight throughout the rest of the fourth quarter.

Payton's jumper from the left corner with 3:41 left put Seattle up 81-80, but Thorpe converted a layup and hit two free throws to give a Washington a three-point lead before Schrempf answered with a driving layup.

Richmond followed with his 3-pointer and made the first of two free throws with 1:25 left to push Washington's advantage to 88-83. Schrempf hit a pair of free throws with 1:17 to play, but Richmond responded with a layup.

"I don't think it was bad defense on him as much as he was amazing on a couple of those plays," said Westphal. "On one he just stood out there and the guy was all over him. He just launched the 3."

Billy Owens' layup for Seattle was answered by one from Calbert Cheaney for the Wizards. Owens made two free throws with 32 seconds left and then was fouled by Howard while grabbing the rebound of Cheaney's missed free throw attempt.

Owens made his first free throw with 29 seconds left and missed the second, although it did not matter because the Sonics were called for a lane violation. Moments later, Murray drained the 3-pointer that ended the Wizards' misery in Seattle.

"Hopefully, he (Murray) will break out of it," Bickerstaff added. "I was just glad he raised up and took the shot."

Murray was benched against Cleveland on Saturday and had played just three minutes in the Wizards' last three games.

Strickland netted 10 points while dishing out 14 assists and Cheaney contributed 11 points for Washington, which shot 49 percent (38-of-77), including 7-of-15 from beyond the arc. The Wizards forced 18 turnovers while committing 13.

Owens tallied 15 points and Olden Polynice had 14 and 11 rebounds for the Sonics, who held a 45-32 advantage on the boards and connected on 45.5 percent (35-of-77).

"They made some tough shots," said Schrempf. "It was a close game and we wanted to take the ball out of their hands at the end and force a quick shot. But they came down a hit a 3. One or two plays go the other way and it would be a different story."

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