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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 36 20 29 24 109 CLEVELAND 28 32 13 30 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 27, VIN BAKER 24, BRENT BARRY 17 CLE - SHAWN KEMP 22, ANDREW DECLERCQ 19, BOB SURA 15

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - VIN BAKER 13, HORACE GRANT 10 CLE - SHAWN KEMP 14, ANDREW DECLERCQ 9

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 CLE - BREVIN KNIGHT 7, ANDRE MILLER 6

ATT: 11,864


Extended Box

SEATTLE (109) AT CLEVELAND (103)

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

BAKER F 37 9-17 6-9 5 8 13 1 5 0 0 24 PATTERSON F 25 5-11 0-0 3 4 7 1 2 0 0 10 GRANT C 40 4-8 0-0 0 10 10 4 3 0 0 8 B BARRY G 34 6-11 1-1 0 0 0 5 5 0 2 17 PAYTON G 40 10-22 3-4 1 5 6 9 1 2 7 27 LEWIS 14 3-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 6 MAXWELL 31 4-16 2-4 1 3 4 5 1 1 1 10 MCCOY 9 0-1 4-6 4 0 4 0 2 0 1 4 STEPANIA 8 1-3 1-3 2 3 5 1 1 0 0 3 WILLIAMS 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BORRELL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-94 17-27 17 36 53 26 20 3 12 109 (.447) (.630) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(8 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 9 0-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 KEMP F 32 8-23 6-8 8 6 14 3 5 0 4 22 DECLERCQ C 29 9-14 1-2 6 3 9 0 3 1 1 19 KNIGHT G 31 4-9 0-0 0 6 6 7 2 2 2 8 SURA G 28 6-10 1-2 2 2 4 2 3 0 2 15 PERSON 28 4-10 0-0 0 4 4 5 0 0 1 10 BRYANT 6 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 4 LANGDON 27 3-11 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 8 FERRY 25 4-8 0-0 1 6 7 1 3 1 0 9 MILLER 20 2-11 2-3 1 3 4 6 2 0 0 6 STACK 5 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 BENJAMIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-103 12-17 19 35 54 26 24 5 12 103 (.408) (.706) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

SEATTLE 36 20 29 24 - 109 CLEVELAND 28 32 13 30 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - MAXWELL 2, B BARRY, GRANT, MCCOY. CLEVELAND - FERRY 3, KEMP, DECLERCQ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 8-21 (.381), B BARRY 4-7, PAYTON 4-10, MAXWELL 0-4. CLEVELAND 7-16 (.438), SURA 2-2, PERSON 2-6, LANGDON 2-5, FERRY 1-3. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - KEMP. OFFICIALS: (JAMES CAPERS, STEVE JAVIE, KEN MAUER. A - 11,864. T - 2:05.


Box Score

SEATTLE (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 37 9-17 6-9 5-13 1 5 24 Patterson 25 5-11 0-0 3-7 1 2 10 Grant 40 4-8 0-0 0-10 4 3 8 B Barry 34 6-11 1-1 0-0 5 5 17 Payton 40 10-22 3-4 1-6 9 1 27 Lewis 14 3-4 0-0 1-4 0 0 6 Maxwell 31 4-16 2-4 1-4 5 1 10 Mccoy 9 0-1 4-6 4-4 0 2 4 Stepania 8 1-3 1-3 2-5 1 1 3 Williams 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Borrell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Foster DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-94 17-27 17-53 26 20 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (B Barry 4-7, Payton 4-10, Maxwell 0-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Maxwell 2, B Barry, Grant, Mccoy). Turnovers: 14 (Payton 7, B Barry 2, Lewis, Maxwell, Mccoy). Steals: 3 (Payton 2, Maxwell).

CLEVELAND (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 9 0-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Kemp 32 8-23 6-8 8-14 3 5 22 Declercq 29 9-14 1-2 6-9 0 3 19 Knight 31 4-9 0-0 0-6 7 2 8 Sura 28 6-10 1-2 2-4 2 3 15 Person 28 4-10 0-0 0-4 5 0 10 Bryant 6 2-2 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 Langdon 27 3-11 0-0 0-3 0 1 8 Ferry 25 4-8 0-0 1-7 1 3 9 Miller 20 2-11 2-3 1-4 6 2 6 Stack 5 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 Benjamin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24042-103 12-17 19-54 26 24 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Sura 2-2, Person 2-6, Langdon 2-5, Ferry 1-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Ferry 3, Kemp, Declercq). Turnovers: 12 (Kemp 4, Knight 2, Sura 2, Bryant, Declercq, Langdon, Person). Steals: 5 (Knight 2, Declercq, Ferry, Stack). ____________________________________________ Seattle 36 20 29 24 - 109 Cleveland 28 32 13 30 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Kemp, 1:06 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,864. T: 2:05. Officials: (james Capers, Steve Javie, Ken Mauer.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Vin Baker's offseason conditioning continues to pay regular-season dividends for the Seattle SuperSonics.

Baker had a season-high 24 points and 13 rebounds and provided the dagger with an acrobatic jumper in the lane as the SuperSonics remained hot with a 109-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Baker, who was out of shape and unproductive during the lockout-shortened campaign after coming over from Milwaukee, has displayed a renewed resolve this season.

"Baker is having a good year. He has been the key to our early success," Sonics coach Paul Westphal said. "His conditioning is so much better than it was last year. He is playing like the All-Star he used to be. He has worked hard and got back into his former shape."

Former Sonic Shawn Kemp, essentially replaced by Baker last season, was called for a technical after smacking Baker on the top of the head with 1:11 to play. Kemp was fouled on the play and hit a pair of free throws, drawing the Cavaliers within 104-99.

"I think we all made a team effort in really crowding Shawn tonight in the paint," Baker said. "He's a very good player in the post, but I think we did a good job of crowding him and making it tough for him to get open shots."

On the ensuing trip, Baker received a pass along the left sideline, swung into the lane and unleashed a high, arching jumper that swished through to give Seattle a seven-point bulge with 43 seconds remaining.

The 6-11 forward was 9-of-17 from the field and 6-of-9 from the line, where he struggled mightily last season.

"I got out of shape with the lockout and I was not in condition last year," Baker said. "I let myself get out of shape. This year I worked hard and I'm happy. Hopefully, I am ahead of last year. It looks like a bright year ahead."

Gary Payton had 27 points and nine assists for Seattle (5-1), which is off to a solid start after failing to make the playoffs for the first time in nine years.

Kemp finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds but fell to 0-3 against his former club. Andrew DeClercq scored 19 points and Bobby Sura added 15 for the Cavs, who had a three-game winning streak stopped.

"Anytime you play against your old team, you want to beat them," Kemp said. "When I don't shoot well, it brushes off on my teammates. I can shoot 20-for-20 from the foul line, but I took a pounding tonight. After a while, playing your old team doesn't matter that much."

Seattle has won the last eight meetings with Cleveland.

Payton, who fell one point shy of a season high, scored 12 points as the Sonics pulled ahead for good in the third quarter.

The Seattle point guard buried back-to-back jumpers and made a driving layup before Brent Barry hit a 3-pointer to cap an 11-1 run, giving the Sonics a 67-61 lead with 8:46 left in the third quarter.

Barry scored 17 points and Vernon Maxwell and Ruben Patterson added 10 apiece for the Sonics, who shot 45 percent (42-of-94).

Wesley Person collected 10 points for the Cavs, who shot 41 percent (42-of-103) from the field and held a 54-53 edge on the boards.

"I guess we are not a good team after a layoff," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said of his team's four-day rest. "We were too soft, particularly at the start of the game and the start of the second half. They scored 65 points in those two quarters, and we did not have intensity."

Kemp, who spent his first eight seasons with Seattle, was 8-of-23 from the floor but kept Cleveland in contention with 11 fourth-quarter points.

"I shot the ball terrible tonight," he said. "They forced me to shoot tough shots that usually go in from the top of the key and hit nothing but net. They did not go in tonight."

With his team trailing by 11 and 7:38 to play, Kemp converted a three-point play and made a driving layup to cut the deficit to 94-88. But Baker and Payton proved too much down the stretch as Cleveland remained winless against Seattle since November 1993.

"It was an up-tempo game and Cleveland did a good job of pushing the ball right back down our throats after we scored," Baker said. "So with that type of pace, it's liable to be a big up-and-down game. But I think at the end, our defense prevailed."

Payton had 12 points on four 3-pointers during the first quarter, when Seattle jumped out to a 36-28 lead.

"We were just on fire at the time," he said. "When you come out with a thing like that, you just have to ride with it until they fall off. Then we started missing them and then we went to other stuff, going down to Baker."

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