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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 28 23 28 27 106 NEW YORK 28 28 22 34 112 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 22, BRENT BARRY 21, VIN BAKER 21 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 27, LATRELL SPREWELL 24, PATRICK EWING 18

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - VIN BAKER 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 9, MARCUS CAMBY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 4, CHRIS CHILDS 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

SEATTLE (106) AT NEW YORK (112)

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

BAKER F 44 8-18 5-11 2 10 12 1 3 0 2 21 PATTERSON F 26 2-4 6-8 3 2 5 1 3 0 3 10 GRANT C 39 4-5 1-2 0 7 7 2 3 0 0 9 B BARRY G 40 8-16 1-3 0 6 6 1 6 0 1 21 PAYTON G 11 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 4 DAVIS 18 4-8 2-3 1 6 7 2 0 0 1 11 MCCOY 13 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 4 WILLIAMS 32 9-14 2-3 1 1 2 5 3 0 4 22 LEWIS 11 1-4 1-2 2 2 4 0 1 1 1 3 PERSON 6 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-76 19-34 9 36 45 14 24 1 15 106 (.526) (.559) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 37 5-12 3-3 2 4 6 3 3 0 3 14 SPREWELL F 44 7-15 10-10 0 4 4 3 2 1 0 24 EWING C 30 8-14 2-4 2 2 4 2 4 1 0 18 HOUSTON G 39 11-17 3-3 3 6 9 4 3 1 1 27 WARD G 28 3-11 3-4 1 1 2 3 4 4 0 11 CHILDS 15 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 4 3 1 1 0 CAMBY 31 5-10 3-4 3 5 8 1 6 1 0 13 THOMAS 14 2-5 1-1 0 3 3 1 5 0 0 5 DUDLEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 WALLACE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-88 25-29 11 26 37 21 31 9 5 112 (.466) (.862) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 5(5 PTS)

SEATTLE 28 23 28 27 - 106 NEW YORK 28 28 22 34 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - GRANT, BAKER. NEW YORK - CAMBY 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 7-12 (.583), BAKER 0-1, B BARRY 4-6, DAVIS 1-1, WILLIAMS 2-3, PERSON 0-1. NEW YORK 5-16 (.313), L JOHNSON 1-4, SPREWELL 0-1, HOUSTON 2-3, WARD 2-7, CHILDS 0-1. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - PAYTON 2 (EJECTED), HEAD COACH P WESTPHAL, NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, SEAN CORBIN, MIKE SMITH. A - 19,763. T - 2:23.


Box Score

SEATTLE (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 44 8-18 5-11 2-12 1 3 21 Patterson 26 2-4 6-8 3-5 1 3 10 Grant 39 4-5 1-2 0-7 2 3 9 B Barry 40 8-16 1-3 0-6 1 6 21 Payton 11 2-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 4 Davis 18 4-8 2-3 1-7 2 0 11 Mccoy 13 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 4 Williams 32 9-14 2-3 1-2 5 3 22 Lewis 11 1-4 1-2 2-4 0 1 3 Person 6 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 Foster DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-76 19-34 9-45 14 24 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.526, FT-.559. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (Baker 0-1, B Barry 4-6, Davis 1-1, Williams 2-3, Person 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 2 (Grant, Baker). Turnovers: 15 (Williams 4, Patterson 3, Baker 2, B Barry, Davis, Lewis, Mccoy, Payton, Person). Steals: 1 (Lewis).

NEW YORK (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 37 5-12 3-3 2-6 3 3 14 Sprewell 44 7-15 10-10 0-4 3 2 24 Ewing 30 8-14 2-4 2-4 2 4 18 Houston 39 11-17 3-3 3-9 4 3 27 Ward 28 3-11 3-4 1-2 3 4 11 Childs 15 0-4 0-0 0-0 4 3 0 Camby 31 5-10 3-4 3-8 1 6 13 Thomas 14 2-5 1-1 0-3 1 5 5 Dudley 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Wallace 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lang DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-88 25-29 11-37 21 31 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.862. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (L Johnson 1-4, Sprewell 0-1, Houston 2-3, Ward 2-7, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Camby 3). Turnovers: 5 (L Johnson 3, Childs, Houston). Steals: 9 (Ward 4, Camby, Childs, Ewing, Houston, Sprewell). ____________________________________________ Seattle 28 23 28 27 - 106 New York 28 28 22 34 - 112 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 3 (Payton 2 (ejected), 1:28 1st; Head Coach P Westphal, 6:59 2nd). New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:10 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:23. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Sean Corbin, Mike Smith.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- In a 24-hour span, Gary Payton complained about his teammates and referee Ted Bernhardt. Neither did the Seattle SuperSonics any good.

The superstar guard was ejected late in the first quarter and the SuperSonics lost their third straight game, 112-106 to the New York Knicks.

After Sunday's 17-point loss in Toronto, Payton said some of his teammates "aren't coming to play hard every night." The Sonics appeared much more spirited and held a 26-22 lead when Payton, one of the best defensive players in the NBA, was called for a foul with 1:28 remaining.

Payton argued with Bernhardt and was hit with a technical foul. He continued to talk as he was moved away by teammate Emanual Davis and was hit with another technical by Bernhardt, who was 20 feet away.

"I don't even want to get into it," said Payton, who scored a season-low four points. "I'm not gonna sit here and cry about it. I really didn't do anything to be sitting here in the locker room."

It was the second ejection of the season for Payton, who also was tossed in the final seconds of a loss to Philadelphia on December 26. According to Davis and Sonics coach Paul Westphal, this one wasn't deserved.

"He probably was a little angry about the way he was being treated," Davis said. "He's an All-Star. I didn't hear anything that warranted him getting kicked out of the game."

"Gary said that he laughed, then he laughed again and was given a second technical," Westphal added.

Payton ran after Bernhardt and had to be restrained by Davis. Westphal wasn't happy about losing his best player to a quick whistle but Knicks guard Chris Childs said Payton should have known better.

"What do you think I think?" Westphal said. "I don't want to get into that. The league office reads the papers."

"When he (Bernhardt) says `That's it,' that's it," Childs said.

Without Payton's defense, the Knicks' guards ran wild. Allan Houston scored 27 points and Latrell Sprewell added 24 as New York won its fifth straight home game. Center Patrick Ewing scored seven of his 18 points in the final period, when the Knicks finally took control against the pesky Sonics.

"We missed Gary the most tonight on defense guarding Allan Houston," Westphal said. "We didn't want to start Gary on Allan or Spree. We wanted to see who got hot, then move Gary over to cover them."

Shammond Williams took over for Payton and scored a career-high 22 points for the Sonics, whose losing streak has come on the heels of a seven-game winning streak. Williams previous season high was three points.

"I liked the way the young guys stepped up and came through," said Payton. "If we'd have played like that in Boston and Toronto, losing this one wouldn't have been that big."

Even without Payton, the Sonics still held an 86-85 lead with 7:14 remaining after a three-point play by Vin Baker, who had 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Brent Barry's 3-pointer and Ruben Patterson's ensuing free throw pulled Seattle within 93-91 with 5:01 left before Ewing took charge. He scored inside and made a turnaround jumper around a basket by Horace Grant to push the lead to 97-93 with 3:12 left.

Ewing added a follow shot and a free throw to extend the advantage to 102-95 with 2:26 remaining. Barry made a free throw and Seattle double-teamed Ewing, who found Houston for a 3-pointer from the right sideline and a 105-96 bulge with 1:14 left.

"They were in rotation because they had a smaller guy on Patrick," said Houston, who made 11-of-17 shots. "I tried to sneak to the corner."

It was at least a two-possession thereafter as Sprewell made six free throws in the final 26 seconds, helping the Knicks equal their season high in points. They scored 112 against Charlotte on December 20.

"We did get good shots," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, whose team committed only five turnovers, one off the team record. "Allan got on a roll and made some good plays."

Larry Johnson scored 14 points and Marcus Camby added 13 for the Knicks, who shot 47 percent (41-of-88) and made 25-of-29 free throws. Houston also grabbed nine rebounds.

Barry scored 21 points for the Sonics, who shot 53 percent (40-of-76) and held a 45-37 rebounding edge but made only 19-of-34 from the line.

Ewing's 19-footer gave the Knicks their largest lead at 52-41 with 3:50 left in the second quarter. Williams responded with a driving layup and a 3-pointer to help the Sonics close to 56-51 at halftime. He scored nine points in the period.

A jumper by Williams and a basket and three-point play by Patterson powered an 8-0 burst that opened the second half and gave Seattle a 59-56 lead. Williams scored eight more points in the third period, which ended with the Sonics holding a 79-78 lead.

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