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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 31 21 14 26 92 SEATTLE 23 20 25 27 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 24, KENDALL GILL 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14 SEA - VIN BAKER 23, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 17

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 9, KENDALL GILL 8 SEA - VIN BAKER 13, JELANI MCCOY 11

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 SEA - GARY PAYTON 7, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 3

ATT: 13,340


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (92) AT SEATTLE (95)

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

GILL F 38 8-16 2-7 2 6 8 3 3 1 1 18 VAN HORN F 25 5-12 2-2 3 6 9 3 2 2 1 14 FEICK C 27 2-2 2-2 1 6 7 1 2 2 2 6 KITTLES G 18 2-9 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 MARBURY G 44 9-19 5-6 0 2 2 7 3 0 4 24 PERRY 4 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 HARRIS 30 3-10 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 2 0 8 NEWMAN 23 6-11 1-1 3 0 3 0 4 2 1 14 BURRELL 9 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 ESCHMEYER 4 0-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 MCILVAINE 18 0-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 4 0 0 0 G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-90 14-20 14 27 41 17 22 11 10 92 (.400) (.700) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(17 PTS)

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

BAKER F 38 10-18 3-4 7 6 13 1 4 1 4 23 PATTERSON F 29 7-9 3-4 5 3 8 2 4 0 1 17 GRANT C 11 1-2 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 3 DAVIS G 24 1-8 1-2 1 4 5 2 0 0 0 4 PAYTON G 46 6-22 5-6 2 6 8 7 4 2 3 17 WILLIAMS 37 7-13 1-2 1 3 4 3 4 1 5 18 LEWIS 23 1-5 1-2 1 1 2 0 0 1 3 3 MCCOY 23 2-6 1-2 2 9 11 1 3 1 0 5 PERSON 3 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 FOSTER 6 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 B BARRY DNP - MILD CONCUSSION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-86 16-24 20 35 55 18 20 7 17 95 (.430) (.667) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(17 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 31 21 14 26 - 92 SEATTLE 23 20 25 27 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 3, ESCHMEYER. SEATTLE - MCCOY 5, PATTERSON, BAKER, DAVIS, LEWIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 6-14 (.429), GILL 0-2, VAN HORN 2-3, KITTLES 0-2, MARBURY 1-1, HARRIS 2-4, NEWMAN 1-1, BURRELL 0-1. SEATTLE 5-18 (.278), DAVIS 1-5, PAYTON 0-6, WILLIAMS 3-5, LEWIS 0-1, PERSON 1-1. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, BILL KENNEDY, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 13,340. T - 2:17.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 38 8-16 2-7 2-8 3 3 18 Van Horn 25 5-12 2-2 3-9 3 2 14 Feick 27 2-2 2-2 1-7 1 2 6 Kittles 18 2-9 0-0 0-1 1 1 4 Marbury 44 9-19 5-6 0-2 7 3 24 Perry 4 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Harris 30 3-10 0-0 0-2 2 1 8 Newman 23 6-11 1-1 3-3 0 4 14 Burrell 9 0-2 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 Eschmeyer 4 0-4 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 Mcilvaine 18 0-2 0-0 2-4 0 4 0 G Muresan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-90 14-20 14-41 17 22 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Gill 0-2, Van Horn 2-3, Kittles 0-2, Marbury 1-1, Harris 2-4, Newman 1-1, Burrell 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Mcilvaine 3, Eschmeyer). Turnovers: 12 (Marbury 4, Feick 2, Gill, Kittles, Newman, Van Horn). Steals: 11 (Feick 2, Harris 2, Newman 2, Van Horn 2, Burrell, Gill, Kittles).

SEATTLE (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 38 10-18 3-4 7-13 1 4 23 Patterson 29 7-9 3-4 5-8 2 4 17 Grant 11 1-2 1-2 1-2 0 1 3 Davis 24 1-8 1-2 1-5 2 0 4 Payton 46 6-22 5-6 2-8 7 4 17 Williams 37 7-13 1-2 1-4 3 4 18 Lewis 23 1-5 1-2 1-2 0 0 3 Mccoy 23 2-6 1-2 2-11 1 3 5 Person 3 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 3 Foster 6 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 B Barry DNP - mild concussion Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-86 16-24 20-55 18 20 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Davis 1-5, Payton 0-6, Williams 3-5, Lewis 0-1, Person 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 9 (Mccoy 5, Patterson, Baker, Davis, Lewis). Turnovers: 18 (Williams 5, Baker 4, Lewis 3, Payton 3, Foster, Patterson). Steals: 7 (Payton 2, Baker, Grant, Lewis, Mccoy, Williams). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 31 21 14 26 - 92 Seattle 23 20 25 27 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Illegal Defense, 7:24 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,340. T: 2:17. Officials: Mike Mathis, Bill Kennedy, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Chuck Person proved it is not how many points you score, but when you score them.

Person's 3-pointer at the buzzer -- his only shot of the game -- lifted the Seattle SuperSonics to a thrilling 95-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

With 1.7 seconds to play, the sharpshooter inbounded to Emanual Davis, who quickly returned the ball to Person for the game-winning shot from the left wing.

"When (coach) Paul (Westphal) called my name after sitting so long, I knew what I needed to do when I went in there," Person said. "I don't get excited anymore, obviously. When I shot the ball, it felt good and I knew it had a chance. It was just another shot and it went in and fortunately we won the game."

Person played just three first-half minutes and sat the entire second half until he was inserted with 2.1 seconds left. The initial inbounds pass was deflected by Nets guard Stephon Marbury before the 13-year veteran made his 1,216th career 3-pointer.

"The play was for Gary Payton all along, but they defended it well," Person said. "I had to get the ball in because we had no timeouts left. When Johnny Newnan backed up, I gave eye contact to Emanual Davis and let him know that when I hit him to throw it right back to me. He gave me a perfect pass and all I really had to do was to get it up."

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Seattle, which improved to 6-0 in games decided by three points or less.

"He's been doing it for 15 years, that's vintage Riflemam," said Jelani McCoy, who grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds in extended action filling in for Horace Grant, who left the game in the second quarter with a right calf contusion.

"It was a beautiful thing," Sonics coach Paul Westphal said. "One of the reasons we have Chuck on the team is because he's a great shooter and has range, and he's not afraid to let it fly."

The Nets inbounded with the game tied with 7.5 seconds left. But Johnny Newman's drive was blocked by Ruben Patterson and Seattle called timeout.

Marbury collected 24 points and seven assists and Kendall Gill added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Nets, who fell to 4-15 on the road and 3-6 in games decided by three points or less. New Jersey shot 40 percent from the floor (36-of-90) but went 6-of-14 from behind the arc.

Gill hit a 21-footer from the top of the key to tie the score at 92-92 with 34 seconds to play, setting up the final sequence.

Nets coach Don Casey benched Keith Van Horn and Jamie Feick at the 5:15 mark of the third quarter and Kerry Kittles shortly thereafter, electing to go with reserves Lucious Harris, Jim McIlvaine and Johhny Newman in the fourth quarter. Van Horn scored only two points of his 14 points after the first period and Kittles scored only four on 2-of-9 shooting.

"I didn't like the way Van Horn was playing. I didn't like the way Kittles was playing. I didn't like the way Feick was playing," said a frustrated Casey. "I thought the guys that came in did a tremendous job. It's about time we recognize guys that are having off nights."

New Jersey jumped out to a 31-23 first-quarter lead behind 12 points by Van Horn and maintained a 52-43 halftime advantage.

The third quarter was dominated by a series of runs. Seattle scored 13 straight points to erase a nine-point deficit and take a 58-54 lead with 5:35 left. But the Nets answered with a 10-0 run of their own to regain a 64-58 advantage. The Sonics closed with an 8-2 spurt to tie the game at 66-66 entering the final period.

Vin Baker collected 23 points and 13 rebounds and Gary Payton had 17, eight and seven assists for Seattle, which shot 43 percent (37-of-86) and held a dominating 55-41 edge on the boards.

Shammond Williams followed up his fine performance against New York on Monday with a 17-point effort. The second-year point guard filled in for Jon Barry, who was diagnosed with a concussion and did not play.

"I was able to come in and help the team, but I was disappointed in my turnovers," said Williams of his five giveaways. "Being a point guard, you have to keep them down. I'm just trying to be aggressive and do the things I'm capable of doing."

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