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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 21 24 21 20 86 SEATTLE 33 21 15 25 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - RODNEY ROGERS 26, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 17, TOM GUGLIOTTA 10 SEA - GARY PAYTON 23, VIN BAKER 22, TWO PLAYERS WITH 17

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - JASON KIDD 12, TOM GUGLIOTTA 9 SEA - GARY PAYTON 13, VIN BAKER 9

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - JASON KIDD 6, TOM GUGLIOTTA 5 SEA - GARY PAYTON 7, BRENT BARRY 6

ATT: 15,739


Extended Box

PHOENIX (86) AT SEATTLE (94)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 41 3-12 4-4 4 5 9 5 3 1 2 10 ROBINSON F 17 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 4 LONGLEY C 16 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 4 KIDD G 42 3-14 1-2 2 10 12 6 4 2 2 8 HARDAWAY G 45 7-13 2-2 2 5 7 3 3 0 4 17 O MILLER 18 3-3 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 0 0 6 ROGERS 41 10-20 5-5 2 0 2 3 4 1 1 26 BLOUNT 4 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 CHAPMAN 16 2-6 4-5 1 0 1 3 2 0 1 9 BAILEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LIVINGSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-80 16-18 14 30 44 21 23 4 11 86 (.413) (.889) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 11(11 PTS)

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

BAKER F 43 9-20 4-6 3 6 9 1 3 1 2 22 PATTERSON F 28 8-13 1-3 3 2 5 1 3 0 2 17 GRANT C 42 0-6 0-0 2 5 7 2 3 1 2 0 B BARRY G 38 6-9 1-1 0 3 3 6 4 3 3 17 PAYTON G 45 8-19 5-6 1 12 13 7 1 2 2 23 LEWIS 6 1-2 0-1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 DAVIS 13 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 FOSTER 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 MCCOY 16 4-5 2-3 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 10 PERSON 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-79 13-20 12 33 45 17 17 7 11 94 (.468) (.650) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(13 PTS)

PHOENIX 21 24 21 20 - 86 SEATTLE 33 21 15 25 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - LONGLEY, ROBINSON. SEATTLE - GRANT, MCCOY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 4-15 (.267), GUGLIOTTA 0-1, ROBINSON 0-2, KIDD 1-4, HARDAWAY 1-3, ROGERS 1-3, CHAPMAN 1-2. SEATTLE 7-15 (.467), PATTERSON 0-1, B BARRY 4-6, PAYTON 2-4, DAVIS 1-3, WILLIAMS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, MIKE CALLAHAN, GEORGE TOLIVER. A - 15,739. T - 2:17.


Box Score

PHOENIX (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 41 3-12 4-4 4-9 5 3 10 Robinson 17 2-6 0-0 0-3 0 0 4 Longley 16 2-5 0-0 1-3 1 3 4 Kidd 42 3-14 1-2 2-12 6 4 8 Hardaway 45 7-13 2-2 2-7 3 3 17 O Miller 18 3-3 0-0 1-5 0 3 6 Rogers 41 10-20 5-5 2-2 3 4 26 Blount 4 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Chapman 16 2-6 4-5 1-1 3 2 9 Bailey DNP - coach's decision Livingston DNP - coach's decision Day DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 16-18 14-44 21 23 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Gugliotta 0-1, Robinson 0-2, Kidd 1-4, Hardaway 1-3, Rogers 1-3, Chapman 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 2 (Longley, Robinson). Turnovers: 11 (Hardaway 4, Gugliotta 2, Kidd 2, Chapman, Longley, Rogers). Steals: 4 (Kidd 2, Gugliotta, Rogers).

SEATTLE (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 43 9-20 4-6 3-9 1 3 22 Patterson 28 8-13 1-3 3-5 1 3 17 Grant 42 0-6 0-0 2-7 2 3 0 B Barry 38 6-9 1-1 0-3 6 4 17 Payton 45 8-19 5-6 1-13 7 1 23 Lewis 6 1-2 0-1 1-1 0 0 2 Davis 13 1-4 0-0 0-3 0 0 3 Foster 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Mccoy 16 4-5 2-3 2-4 0 0 10 Person 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Williams 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-79 13-20 12-45 17 17 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.650. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Patterson 0-1, B Barry 4-6, Payton 2-4, Davis 1-3, Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Grant, Mccoy). Turnovers: 11 (B Barry 3, Baker 2, Grant 2, Patterson 2, Payton 2). Steals: 7 (B Barry 3, Payton 2, Baker, Grant). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 21 24 21 20 - 86 Seattle 33 21 15 25 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Seattle 1 (Person, 9:02 4th). A: 15,739. T: 2:17. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Mike Callahan, George Toliver.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Suns missed nine chances in the fourth quarter to take their first lead and Gary Payton and the Seattle SuperSonics made sure they never got another one.

Payton had 23 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and seven assists as the SuperSonics took advantage of the Suns' poor clutch shooting to pull away for a 94-86 victory in the first half of a home-and-home series.

After scratching and clawing their way back from an early 17-point deficit, the Suns forged a 74-74 tie when Rodney Rogers hit a pair of free throws with 9:02 to play. But Phoenix squandered nine opportunities to move ahead in the final period, including an embarrassing two-minute stretch where they misfired on eight straight shots.

"We had crazy looks in our eyes from the beginning," Phoenix coach Scott Skiles said. "Right at the beginning they jumped out at us and we didn't react. And then we did, we fought back, but we went through that stretch where we didn't run any offense. It was 74-74 and we had three straight possessions and we just jacked up shots instead of running something and that hurt us."

Payton hit a 14-footer from the left corner to give Seattle a 76-74 lead with 6:54 remaining before Rogers' driving layup tied it on the ensuing possession. Jelani McCoy made 1-of-2 at the line to put the Sonics ahead to stay with 6:19 left before Penny Hardaway missed a 19-footer that proved to be Phoenix's last chance at a lead.

Patyon threw a perfect alley-oop to McCoy for a thunderous dunk that stretched the margin to three before the second-year forward turned another feed from Payton into a three-point play, sinking a short jumper over Rogers to make it 82-76 with 4:30 to play.

"I've pushed myself on every level I've played and never doubted my talent," McCoy said after scoring 10 points, two shy of his season high. "I just try to go in and play hard and try to boost the team. It looked like we needed one. It just so happened that I happened to be the energy guy, running out there and making plays."

Payton also won the battle with fellow All-Star point guard Jason Kidd, holding his adversary to eight points on 3-of-14 shooting.

"I hope fans here don't take (13 rebounds) for granted," Sonics guard Brent Barry said of Payton. "He's a true superstar in our league and a tremendous teammate to have. I hope that some of the success is having is obviously because of some of the guys on his team. He's playing his best basketball of the season. You're seeing a true superstar in No. 20."

"We came up short," said Kidd, who had 12 boards and six assists. "Anytime you start the game the way they did, fighting uphill, you get a little low on gas and that might have been the turning point."

The Sonics (30-18) became the third Western Conference team to reach the 30-win mark, joining the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers. They posted their second straight win over Phoenix after losing six in a row to the Suns.

The teams meet against Sunday night in Phoenix.

Rogers came off the bench to score a season-high 26 points for the Suns, who got just 43 points from their starting lineup.

Hardaway scored 17 points and Tom Gugliotta added 10 for Phoenix, which shot 41 percent (33-of-80). Cliff Robinson, the Suns' leading scorer, had just four first-half points before sitting out the second half with a bruised right foot.

"We let them break us down defensively," Rogers said. "When a team breaks you down, it's kind of hard to stop them. We were always fighting back the whole game and it takes a lot out of you."

The Suns slipped to 8-14 on the road and 6-7 against Pacific Divison foes.

Vin Baker had 22 points and nine rebounds for Seattle, which improved to 15-8 at home. Ruben Patterson and Barry had 17 points apiece for the Sonics, who shot 47 percent (37-of-79) and held a 45-44 rebounding edge.

"Obviously Gary had another fantastic game and I thought Vin was almost in the level he was in in Utah. It was an excellent All-Star performance," Sonics coach Paul Westphal said.

Baker had 12 points in the first quarter, when Seattle jumped out to a 33-14 lead. He opened the scoring with a jumper and Payton followed with back-to-back 3-pointers before Baker connected again from 20 feet to make it 10-0. The run extended to 23-6 with 5:22 left in the first quarter when Barry buried a 3-pointer.

The Suns answered with a 15-6 run to get back in the game and whittled away at the lead until Rogers knocked down a 12-footer to open the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to 69-68.

Seattle's Emanual Davis hit a 3-pointer before Oliver Miller and Payton exchanged baskets. Chuck Person flagrantly fouled Rogers, who hit two free throws to knot it at 74-74 with 9:02 to go.

Hardaway took the ensuing inbounds pass and clanged a 20-footer before Gugliotta and Rogers missed, setting off Phoenix's dismal shooting display down the stretch. The Suns missed 16-of-23 shots over the final 12 minutes.

"When we got the score tied, we started throwing up jump shots," Kidd said. "Sometimes when you get wide-open looks, you get into the rhythm of just taking them. Seattle's going to give you something and if you're making them, it's going to be a good game and if you're not, it's going to be a long night."

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