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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 15 27 27 16 85 SEATTLE 32 17 24 18 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 32, DAVID ROBINSON 20, JAREN JACKSON 10 SEA - GARY PAYTON 25, VIN BAKER 23, RUBEN PATTERSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 16, DAVID ROBINSON 7 SEA - VIN BAKER 9, HORACE GRANT 9

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 SEA - GARY PAYTON 8, HORACE GRANT 6

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (85) AT SEATTLE (91)

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

DUNCAN F 44 12-22 8-8 6 10 16 0 3 2 4 32 JACKSON F 28 3-8 2-4 0 4 4 4 3 0 2 10 ROBINSON C 33 9-14 2-4 1 6 7 3 5 2 3 20 ELIE G 24 2-4 2-2 0 3 3 1 4 0 1 6 JOHNSON G 32 1-4 2-2 0 2 2 7 3 1 2 4 J KERSEY 18 3-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 6 ROSE 19 0-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 0 DANIELS 19 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 0 3 4 PORTER 22 1-4 1-2 0 4 4 3 2 1 2 3 WALKER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-68 17-22 10 35 45 23 24 6 19 85 (.485) (.773) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 20(13 PTS)

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

BAKER F 38 8-17 7-8 4 5 9 1 6 1 1 23 PATTERSON F 29 5-9 5-10 4 1 5 3 1 1 1 15 GRANT C 35 1-3 0-0 4 5 9 6 4 1 0 2 B BARRY G 39 5-9 0-0 0 3 3 4 5 3 3 12 PAYTON G 45 9-26 3-6 1 7 8 8 1 3 0 25 PERSON 16 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 6 LEWIS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DAVIS 17 1-3 0-2 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 FOSTER 17 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 6 MCCOY DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-80 15-26 13 25 38 24 22 11 9 91 (.425) (.577) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 9(16 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 15 27 27 16 - 85 SEATTLE 32 17 24 18 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 4, ROBINSON, PORTER, JOHNSON, ROSE. SEATTLE - GRANT 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 2-8 (.250), DUNCAN 0-1, JACKSON 2-5, ELIE 0-1, PORTER 0-1. SEATTLE 8-20 (.400), B BARRY 2-5, PAYTON 4-7, PERSON 2-5, DAVIS 0-1, FOSTER 0-2. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: BRUCE ALEXANDER, JOE DEROSA, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 17,072. T - 2:17.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 44 12-22 8-8 6-16 0 3 32 Jackson 28 3-8 2-4 0-4 4 3 10 Robinson 33 9-14 2-4 1-7 3 5 20 Elie 24 2-4 2-2 0-3 1 4 6 Johnson 32 1-4 2-2 0-2 7 3 4 J Kersey 18 3-5 0-0 1-3 1 1 6 Rose 19 0-3 0-0 2-4 0 1 0 Daniels 19 2-4 0-0 0-2 4 1 4 Porter 22 1-4 1-2 0-4 3 2 3 Walker 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Brown DNP - coach's decision S Kerr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-68 17-22 10-45 23 24 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.485, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Duncan 0-1, Jackson 2-5, Elie 0-1, Porter 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 8 (Duncan 4, Robinson, Porter, Johnson, Rose). Turnovers: 20 (Duncan 4, Daniels 3, Robinson 3, Jackson 2, Johnson 2, Porter 2, Elie, J Kersey, Rose). Steals: 6 (Duncan 2, Robinson 2, Johnson, Porter).

SEATTLE (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 38 8-17 7-8 4-9 1 6 23 Patterson 29 5-9 5-10 4-5 3 1 15 Grant 35 1-3 0-0 4-9 6 4 2 B Barry 39 5-9 0-0 0-3 4 5 12 Payton 45 9-26 3-6 1-8 8 1 25 Person 16 2-6 0-0 0-2 0 1 6 Lewis 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Davis 17 1-3 0-2 0-2 2 2 2 Foster 17 3-7 0-0 0-0 0 2 6 Mccoy DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 15-26 13-38 24 22 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.577. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (B Barry 2-5, Payton 4-7, Person 2-5, Davis 0-1, Foster 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Grant 3). Turnovers: 9 (B Barry 3, Davis 2, Baker, Foster, Patterson, Person). Steals: 11 (B Barry 3, Payton 3, Davis 2, Baker, Grant, Patterson). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 15 27 27 16 - 85 Seattle 32 17 24 18 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 6:27 2nd, 11:28 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:17. Officials: Bruce Alexander, Joe Derosa, Tom Washington.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Gary Payton scored 25 points and dished eight assists as the Seattle SuperSonics jumped out to a huge first-quarter lead and held on for a 91-85 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Seattle has won four straight games and six of seven since a season-high five-game losing streak in late December.

"Gary was sensational again. It's getting monotonous," Seattle coach Paul Westphal said. "I don't know whose playing better than Gary right now."

After David Robinson opened the scoring, Seattle reeled off 18 straight points before Jaren Jackson momentarily ended the run with a 3-pointer. The SuperSonics responded with a 10-2 spurt, capped by a slam by Ruben Patterson, to take a 28-7 lead at the 3:23 mark.

Seattle led 32-15 after the first quarter as Payton scored 11 points and Vin Baker added eight. The Sonics shot 62 percent in the period.

"That's about as bad as it gets," Robinson said. "Seattle is a good team. When you come in here, you've got to be ready to get going. I thought we were going to have a good, fired-up effort tonight and it's frustrating to start off like that."

Robinson's 16-foot jumper with 7:07 left narrowed the deficit to 83-79. But Baker hit two free throws and Brent Barry converted on a coast-to-coast slam off a turnover to give the Sonics an 87-79 cushion at the 3:44 mark.

Tim Duncan's two free throws made it 90-85 with 29 seconds left but Payton hit 1-of-2 from the line for the final margin.

"We've got to understand that when we get teams down 21 points, we've got to build a little bit more," Payton said. "We only let one of their big men get off, so we did a good job. We didn't let anyone else beat us."

"We dug a big hole for ourselves," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They came out with a lot of energy and we looked pretty flat."

Duncan scored six points in an 8-0 run that opened the second quarter and cut the deficit to 32-23 with 9:23 remaining. After Baker extended the lead to 41-27 with two free throws, Duncan and Robinson keyed a 15-8 burst to close the halftime deficit to 49-42. The "Twin Towers" combined for 19 of the Spurs' 27 points in the period.

Jaren Jackson's 3-pointer capped a 6-0 run midway through the third quarter which brought San Antonio within 60-59 with 5:28 left. Seattle built the lead to 73-63 with 1:43 left but the Spurs scored the next six points to cut the deficit to 73-69 entering the fourth quarter.

"We're starting to grow up now as a team," veteran forward Horace Grant said. "When you go out and play aggressive for 48 minutes, good things are going to happen."

Baker had 23 points and nine rebounds before fouling out late in the game. Patterson scored 15 points and Barry added 12 for Seattle, which shot 43 percent (34-of-80) from the field but committing only nine turnovers.

Duncan led San Antonio with 32 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. Robinson added 20 for the Spurs, who shot 49 percent (33-of-68) but were hurt by 20 turnovers.

"David and Tim did what they were supposed to do but we didn't support them very well," said Popovich, who suffered the 100th loss of his NBA coaching career (134-100).

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