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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 30 22 23 24 99 DETROIT 33 21 28 25 107 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 30, RUBEN PATTERSON 16, VIN BAKER 12 DET - GRANT HILL 34, JERRY STACKHOUSE 24, LINDSEY HUNTER 17

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - VIN BAKER 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 11, TERRY MILLS 11

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 8, HORACE GRANT 4 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 8, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 5

ATT: 14,266


Extended Box

SEATTLE (99) AT DETROIT (107)

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

BAKER F 37 4-11 4-6 6 4 10 1 3 0 3 12 PATTERSON F 25 6-10 4-9 4 3 7 0 3 0 4 16 GRANT C 37 4-13 3-3 1 4 5 4 5 0 1 11 B BARRY G 26 4-9 1-3 1 3 4 0 5 0 3 11 PAYTON G 46 11-23 6-6 0 7 7 8 4 5 2 30 DAVIS 13 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 6 LEWIS 16 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 6 MAXWELL 22 3-11 0-2 0 1 1 3 4 0 1 7 MCCOY 12 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 1 0 FOSTER 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 STEPANIA 4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 BORRELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-89 18-29 14 30 44 19 29 7 17 99 (.416) (.621) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

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

HILL F 32 15-25 4-5 1 5 6 4 5 3 8 34 LAETTNER F 22 1-7 1-2 1 1 2 5 4 0 1 3 MILLS C 25 2-6 0-1 0 11 11 0 6 2 0 6 HUNTER G 35 5-10 4-4 0 3 3 2 0 0 2 17 STACKHOUSE G 40 5-16 14-14 2 2 4 8 2 2 2 24 CURRY 19 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 WILLIAMS 32 6-7 1-3 4 7 11 0 3 0 4 13 VAUGHT 16 3-7 0-0 4 3 7 2 3 0 0 6 JACKSON 10 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 2 0 BUECHLER 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-85 24-29 12 36 48 24 27 8 20 107 (.459) (.828) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 21(15 PTS)

SEATTLE 30 22 23 24 - 99 DETROIT 33 21 28 25 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - MCCOY 3, LEWIS, BAKER, DAVIS, GRANT. DETROIT - MILLS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 7-26 (.269), B BARRY 2-7, PAYTON 2-8, DAVIS 2-4, LEWIS 0-1, MAXWELL 1-6. DETROIT 5-14 (.357), MILLS 2-6, HUNTER 3-5, STACKHOUSE 0-1, JACKSON 0-1, BUECHLER 0-1. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - MCCOY. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, SEAN CORBIN, NOLAN FINE. A - 14,266. T - 2:22.


Box Score

SEATTLE (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 37 4-11 4-6 6-10 1 3 12 Patterson 25 6-10 4-9 4-7 0 3 16 Grant 37 4-13 3-3 1-5 4 5 11 B Barry 26 4-9 1-3 1-4 0 5 11 Payton 46 11-23 6-6 0-7 8 4 30 Davis 13 2-4 0-0 0-3 1 1 6 Lewis 16 3-7 0-0 1-2 2 1 6 Maxwell 22 3-11 0-2 0-1 3 4 7 Mccoy 12 0-0 0-0 0-4 0 2 0 Foster 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Stepania 4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Borrell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-89 18-29 14-44 19 29 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.621. 3-Point Goals: 7-26, .269 (B Barry 2-7, Payton 2-8, Davis 2-4, Lewis 0-1, Maxwell 1-6). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 7 (Mccoy 3, Lewis, Baker, Davis, Grant). Turnovers: 17 (Patterson 4, B Barry 3, Baker 3, Payton 2, Davis, Grant, Maxwell, Mccoy, Stepania). Steals: 7 (Payton 5, Davis, Stepania).

DETROIT (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 32 15-25 4-5 1-6 4 5 34 Laettner 22 1-7 1-2 1-2 5 4 3 Mills 25 2-6 0-1 0-11 0 6 6 Hunter 35 5-10 4-4 0-3 2 0 17 Stackhouse 40 5-16 14-14 2-4 8 2 24 Curry 19 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 3 2 Williams 32 6-7 1-3 4-11 0 3 13 Vaught 16 3-7 0-0 4-7 2 3 6 Jackson 10 0-2 0-0 0-3 1 1 0 Buechler 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Brown DNP - coach's decision Montross DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-85 24-29 12-48 24 27 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Mills 2-6, Hunter 3-5, Stackhouse 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Buechler 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Mills 2). Turnovers: 21 (Hill 8, Williams 4, Hunter 2, Jackson 2, Stackhouse 2, Curry, Laettner). Steals: 8 (Hill 3, Mills 2, Stackhouse 2, Curry). ____________________________________________ Seattle 30 22 23 24 - 99 Detroit 33 21 28 25 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Mccoy, 0:00 0th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,266. T: 2:22. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Sean Corbin, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Grant Hill won a personal duel with Gary Payton as the Detroit Pistons posted their first home victory, 107-99 over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Hill and Payton, each the essential all-purpose players on their respective teams, battled throughout the game, scoring on acrobatic shots, feeding their teammates for easy baskets and pulling down important rebounds.

But down the stretch, Hill got the best of the league's premier point guard, scoring 10 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter. The 6-9, 225-pound Hill made back-to-back jumpers and fed Jerome Williams for a layup on successive trips to put the Pistons ahead for good, 92-88, with seven minutes to play.

"The NBA game is won in a four or five minute period," Hill said. "At some point in that period, we were better than what we were earlier in the year."

"(Payton's) a great player, but I try not to get caught up in the things on the periphery," he added. "We're just trying to get the win and do everything we can to get it. He made some big shots but we did too. It was a good team effort on our part."

Hill, who was one of only two NBA players to lead his team in points, rebounds and assists last season, added six boards, four assists and three steals for Detroit (2-5), which has won two of three since a season-opening four-game losing streak. The Pistons improved to 1-2 at home.

Payton, a perennial All-Star and defensive standout, watched his team go down 84-75 after Hill's basket early in the fourth quarter. But the 6-4 point man responded with nine points during an 11-2 run that knotted the score at 86-86 with 8:07 left.

"A lot of us were struggling and I have got to be a leader and try and step up and hopefully something good will happen," Payton said. "It's one of those nights that we didnt make shots. We just have to look to the next day."

Payton finished with a season-high 30 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Seattle (5-2), which slipped to 2-2 on its five-game road trip.

Jerry Stackhouse collected 24 points, including a 14-of-14 performance at the line, and Lindsey Hunter added 17 for the Pistons, who shot 46 percent (39-of-85).

"Overall we did a lot better than we did in our losses, but you only rememeber the last (game)," Stackhouse said. "So we're on top of the world right now. Its like we are 5-2 opposed to 2-5. Right now, it is a good feeling."

Detroit, which has been overmatched on the interior since the surprising retirement of center Bison Dele just prior to the season, outrebounded its opponent, 46-44, for just the second time this season.

Williams scored 13 points and he and Terry Mills each grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who overcame 21 turnovers.

Ruben Patterson tallied 16 points and Vin Baker added 12 and 10 rebounds for Seattle, which shot 42 percent (37-of-89) but went just 16-of-29 from the line. Stackhouse led Detroit to a 24-29 performance at the stripe.

Hill exploded early, scoring 14 points to help Detroit to a 33-30 lead after one quarter. Payton finished with 11 first-half points, pulling the Sonics within 54-52 at intermission.

"I was kinda nervous when we gave them a 30-point first quarter," Detroit coach Alvin Gentry said. "But at least we won it. That set the tone for the rest of the game. I thought Grant was sensational."

Payton was limited to eight points in the third quarter, while Hill managed only six. But Stackhouse and Hunter combined for 14 in the period as Detroit appeared to take command with an 82-75 lead entering the fourth quarter.

That lead grew to nine when Hill accepted a perfect feed from Loy Vaught and went up for an uncontested dunk.

But Payton responded with a driving layup, a 3-pointer and a 15-footer before Hill got back in the scoring column with a 19-foot jumper from the left sideline that made it 86-82 with 8:51 remaining.

Patterson made a layup and Payton silenced the Detroit crowd with a 16-footer that forged an 86-86 tie with 8:07 left.

After a timeout, Hill's driving layup was answered by a short jumper from Patterson. But Hill drained a 16-footer and fed Williams on the ensuing trip to put the Pistons ahead to stay.

Patterson's free throws with 6:34 left pulled Seattle within 92-90 but Hunter drained a 3-pointer with 4:46 to go to make it a five-point bulge and Payton and the Sonics would get no closer than three the rest of the way.

"We knew the Pistons were due to bust out, I am sorry it happened against us," Seattle coach Paul Westphal said. "They got a lot of contributions, not just Grant."

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