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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 28 18 20 16 82 LA LAKERS 25 20 17 19 81 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 36, BRENT BARRY 17, RUBEN PATTERSON 15 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 30, KOBE BRYANT 15, GLEN RICE 13

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - VIN BAKER 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 14, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 10

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 7, VIN BAKER 4 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 6, RON HARPER 6

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

SEATTLE (82) AT LA LAKERS (81)

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

BAKER F 41 1-8 1-4 3 10 13 4 2 0 8 3 PATTERSON F 29 6-11 3-3 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 15 GRANT C 40 2-7 0-0 0 7 7 2 4 1 0 4 B BARRY G 42 5-8 4-4 2 5 7 2 3 4 2 17 PAYTON G 43 14-27 3-5 0 6 6 7 2 0 4 36 LEWIS 17 2-4 3-4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 7 FOSTER 3 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 DAVIS 11 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 2 0 PERSON 14 0-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 MCCOY DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-74 14-20 6 34 40 15 20 7 19 82 (.405) (.700) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 20(15 PTS)

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

GREEN F 21 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 RICE F 38 4-13 3-4 0 3 3 3 5 0 4 13 ONEAL C 47 13-21 4-10 4 6 10 6 3 1 4 30 BRYANT G 42 6-18 3-4 1 13 14 2 3 4 3 15 HARPER G 36 4-10 0-0 3 1 4 6 3 3 0 9 FOX 13 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 FISHER 19 4-8 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 10 HORRY 23 0-5 0-0 1 7 8 0 2 0 2 0 GEORGE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SALLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SHAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-83 12-20 11 31 42 19 18 9 15 81 (.398) (.600) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

SEATTLE 28 18 20 16 - 82 LA LAKERS 25 20 17 19 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - B BARRY, LEWIS. LA LAKERS - HORRY 5, ONEAL 3, HARPER 2, RICE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 8-26 (.308), B BARRY 3-6, PAYTON 5-10, LEWIS 0-2, FOSTER 0-1, DAVIS 0-2, PERSON 0-5. LA LAKERS 3-21 (.143), GREEN 0-1, RICE 2-6, BRYANT 0-5, HARPER 1-5, FOX 0-2, FISHER 0-2. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - BAKER, LA LAKERS - FOX. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, RODNEY MOTT, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 18,997. T - 2:18.


Box Score

SEATTLE (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 41 1-8 1-4 3-13 4 2 3 Patterson 29 6-11 3-3 0-0 0 3 15 Grant 40 2-7 0-0 0-7 2 4 4 B Barry 42 5-8 4-4 2-7 2 3 17 Payton 43 14-27 3-5 0-6 7 2 36 Lewis 17 2-4 3-4 0-1 0 1 7 Foster 3 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Davis 11 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Person 14 0-5 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Mccoy DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-74 14-20 6-40 15 20 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 8-26, .308 (B Barry 3-6, Payton 5-10, Lewis 0-2, Foster 0-1, Davis 0-2, Person 0-5). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (B Barry, Lewis). Turnovers: 20 (Baker 8, Payton 4, B Barry 2, Davis 2, Patterson 2, Person). Steals: 7 (B Barry 4, Davis, Grant, Person).

LA LAKERS (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 21 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Rice 38 4-13 3-4 0-3 3 5 13 Oneal 47 13-21 4-10 4-10 6 3 30 Bryant 42 6-18 3-4 1-14 2 3 15 Harper 36 4-10 0-0 3-4 6 3 9 Fox 13 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Fisher 19 4-8 2-2 0-1 2 1 10 Horry 23 0-5 0-0 1-8 0 2 0 George 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Knight DNP - coach's decision Salley DNP - coach's decision Shaw DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-83 12-20 11-42 19 18 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 3-21, .143 (Green 0-1, Rice 2-6, Bryant 0-5, Harper 1-5, Fox 0-2, Fisher 0-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 11 (Horry 5, Oneal 3, Harper 2, Rice). Turnovers: 16 (Oneal 4, Rice 4, Bryant 3, Fisher 2, Horry 2). Steals: 9 (Bryant 4, Harper 3, Fisher, Oneal). ____________________________________________ Seattle 28 18 20 16 - 82 La Lakers 25 20 17 19 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Baker, 9:53 2nd). La Lakers 1 (Fox, 9:53 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:18. Officials: Hue Hollins, Rodney Mott, Mike Callahan.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- In clutch time, Seattle's Gary Payton stepped up while the Los Angeles Lakers fell apart.

Payton drilled a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left and matched his season high with 36 points as the SuperSonics posted their fifth straight victory, an 82-81 triumph over the Lakers.

Payton's go-ahead basket gave Seattle its first five-game winning streak since it opened last season with six consecutive victories. Los Angeles had won 14 straight at home.

"It was just a play that we had been running all night," Payton said. "We know Shaq(uille O'Neal) wants to stay in the paint and he is not going to come up and contest shots, so we ran a play with him."

"Those are the kind of games you know someone is going to get hurt in the end," Lakers coach Phil Jackson added. "We just missed so many opportunities."

Payton was 5-of-10 from 3-point range and added seven assists and six rebounds for Seattle, which has won seven of eight since a season-high five-game skid in late December.

"He is a very good basketball player," said Lakers forward Glen Rice of Payton. "He saw some things that worked to the advantage of his team and he continued to keep going to it. He hit a big shot for them down the stretch."

"I just look around the league and I see that there is Shaq, Grant Hill and Gary," Sonics coach Paul Westphal said. "I don't know who is playing any better than those guys. Shaq has been unbelievable all year but they did not decide to put us on TV this year, so nobody really knows how good Gary is playing. He has got to be considered an MVP candidate if he is playing like that."

After Payton's bucket, Los Angeles had an opportunity to take the lead. But Kobe Bryant missed a 16-footer from the right wing and Robert Horry was unable to tip in the ball. After Bryant was unable to keep a loose ball in play, the Sonics botched the inbounds pass but the Lakers could not take advantage.

Shaquille O'Neal had 30 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, which has dropped two of three after winning 16 in a row. Bryant added a career-high 14 rebounds.

The Lakers led 79-78 with 2:50 to go following a 19-footer by Rice. Ruben Patterson knotted the contest 62 seconds later on a free throw. After missing a pair of jumpers, Rice was fouled grabbing a rebound. The 87 percent free-throw shooter made just one to put Los Angeles on top, 80-79.

Seattle missed three jumpers, including a pair of 3-point attempts by Chuck Person and O'Neal was fouled with 30 seconds remaining. O'Neal, a 46 percent free-throw shooter, made 1-of-2 and Payton took advantage.

Payton took the inbounds pass and got free off a screen by Patterson, burying the long jumper for a 82-81 edge. Bryant appeared to rush his jumper from the right wing and Horry, who had inside position, was unable to convert the dunk.

"It's my fault," said Harper, who failed to fight through the screen. "I ran under the screen, I'll take the blame. I don't have a problem with that. I didn't think that he would take the 3, but he took it and made it. So, I'll take the blame."

"Gary just had a superhuman effort for us and really stepped up," Sonics guard Brent Barry said. "I played against Gary my first four years in the league and I'd always respected his game, but I never really thought he was this good. He really is one of the true superstars in our league."

After Bryant's momentum carried him out of bounds, Seattle inbounded the ball. But the pass was inadvertently kicked to Rice, whose miss on a desperation floater came after the buzzer.

Seattle led 11-4 2:34 into the contest but the Lakers rallied and trailed just 28-25 after a quarter. Los Angeles took its first lead of the contest midway through the second quarter when Rice buried a 3-pointer for a 37-35 edge. O'Neal had 16 points in the opening 24 minutes.

The Lakers used an 11-2 burst early in the third quarter to seize a 60-51 lead before Seattle answered by scoring 15 of the final 17 points of the period.

Seattle forward Vin Baker grabbed 13 rebounds but was held to three points on 1-of-8 shooting. Seattle won despite shooting just 40 percent from the field and committing 19 turnovers.

Los Angeles made just 3-of-21 3-point attempts. Bryant and Ron Harper combined to go 1-for-10 from long range. The Lakers also failed to score 100 points for the first time in six contests.

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