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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 22 23 11 21 77 SAN ANTONIO 27 19 15 18 79 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - VIN BAKER 18, GARY PAYTON 17, BRENT BARRY 12 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 22, DAVID ROBINSON 19, AVERY JOHNSON 8

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - GARY PAYTON 16, VIN BAKER 8 SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 11, TIM DUNCAN 10

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 5, HORACE GRANT 5 SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 5, MARIO ELIE 3

ATT: 16,373


Extended Box

SEATTLE (77) AT SAN ANTONIO (79)

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

BAKER F 40 7-13 4-4 3 5 8 2 4 2 3 18 PATTERSON F 23 2-6 4-4 2 4 6 1 2 0 3 8 GRANT C 37 1-9 1-2 2 3 5 5 3 0 0 3 B BARRY G 40 4-10 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 12 PAYTON G 48 8-20 0-1 0 16 16 5 2 0 3 17 PERSON 8 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 WILLIAMS 24 3-9 1-2 0 4 4 1 3 1 0 8 MCCOY 4 2-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 LEWIS 9 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 3 2 DAVIS 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 STEPANIA 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-80 11-15 10 35 45 15 23 6 16 77 (.375) (.733) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(11 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 36 9-19 4-6 2 8 10 2 4 1 2 22 J KERSEY F 22 2-8 1-2 2 3 5 0 0 2 1 5 ROBINSON C 40 7-16 5-8 2 9 11 2 2 0 3 19 ELIE G 19 1-5 0-0 0 6 6 3 4 1 0 2 JOHNSON G 35 4-7 0-2 0 1 1 5 3 0 0 8 JACKSON 25 2-7 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 2 0 6 ROSE 19 1-2 2-2 3 4 7 2 1 0 0 4 PORTER 26 3-8 0-0 0 4 4 2 1 0 3 6 DANIELS 17 3-7 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 1 2 7 S KERR 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-79 12-20 10 38 48 19 17 7 11 79 (.405) (.600) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

SEATTLE 22 23 11 21 - 77 SAN ANTONIO 27 19 15 18 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - BAKER 3, GRANT. SAN ANTONIO - J KERSEY 4, ROBINSON 3, DUNCAN 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 6-20 (.300), B BARRY 4-6, PAYTON 1-4, PERSON 0-4, WILLIAMS 1-4, LEWIS 0-1, DAVIS 0-1. SAN ANTONIO 3-10 (.300), ELIE 0-2, JACKSON 2-4, PORTER 0-3, DANIELS 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, NOLAN FINE, MARC DAVIS. A - 16,373. T - 2:20.


Box Score

SEATTLE (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 40 7-13 4-4 3-8 2 4 18 Patterson 23 2-6 4-4 2-6 1 2 8 Grant 37 1-9 1-2 2-5 5 3 3 B Barry 40 4-10 0-0 1-2 1 2 12 Payton 48 8-20 0-1 0-16 5 2 17 Person 8 2-6 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 Williams 24 3-9 1-2 0-4 1 3 8 Mccoy 4 2-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 5 Lewis 9 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 3 2 Davis 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Stepania 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Foster DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-80 11-15 10-45 15 23 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (B Barry 4-6, Payton 1-4, Person 0-4, Williams 1-4, Lewis 0-1, Davis 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Baker 3, Grant). Turnovers: 16 (Baker 3, Lewis 3, Patterson 3, Payton 3, B Barry 2, Mccoy, Stepania). Steals: 6 (Baker 2, B Barry, Mccoy, Stepania, Williams).

SAN ANTONIO (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 36 9-19 4-6 2-10 2 4 22 J Kersey 22 2-8 1-2 2-5 0 0 5 Robinson 40 7-16 5-8 2-11 2 2 19 Elie 19 1-5 0-0 0-6 3 4 2 Johnson 35 4-7 0-2 0-1 5 3 8 Jackson 25 2-7 0-0 0-3 2 0 6 Rose 19 1-2 2-2 3-7 2 1 4 Porter 26 3-8 0-0 0-4 2 1 6 Daniels 17 3-7 0-0 1-1 1 2 7 S Kerr 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Spencer DNP - coach's decision Walker DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 12-20 10-48 19 17 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Elie 0-2, Jackson 2-4, Porter 0-3, Daniels 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (J Kersey 4, Robinson 3, Duncan 2). Turnovers: 11 (Porter 3, Robinson 3, Daniels 2, Duncan 2, J Kersey). Steals: 7 (J Kersey 2, Jackson 2, Daniels, Duncan, Elie). ____________________________________________ Seattle 22 23 11 21 - 77 San Antonio 27 19 15 18 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,373. T: 2:20. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Nolan Fine, Marc Davis.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Down the stretch, David Robinson did it all and the Seattle SuperSonics did nothing.

Robinson scored six points in a closing 8-0 surge and the San Antonio Spurs held Seattle scoreless in the final three minutes of a 79-77 victory.

Robinson had 19 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. He took charge in the final minutes after the SuperSonics had scored eight straight points to take the lead. He also made a huge defensive play, blocking a potential tying jumper by Shammond Williams with 11 seconds left.

"I was shooting a lot in practice and making them. It felt good," said Robinson, who shot 7-of-16 from the field. "Tonight a lot of my shots just didn't go down."

"He had some huge blocks tonight," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He had some trouble finding the range on his jumper but on defense he was a monster."

Tim Duncan collected 22 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for the Spurs (31-17), who prevented the Sonics (30-20) from tying them for the third-best record in the Western Conference.

"We had already lost two times to this team," Duncan said. "We made some mistakes down the stretch, especially myself. This was a big win for us. We need to win games like this."

Seattle's Gary Payton had 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. But the All-Star guard missed a tough banker at the buzzer as the Sonics lost for the fifth time in their last six road games.

"We just made stupid mistakes at the end of the game and didn't execute well," Payton said. "They ran off eight straight points on us while we made stupid mistakes on defense. Everybody gets the blame. All five of us out there get the blame."

A jumper by Avery Johnson gave the Spurs a 71-67 lead with 6:05 remaining before the Sonics rattled off eight straight points. Brent Barry made two 3-pointers and Williams sank a long jumper to give Seattle a 77-71 lead with 3:23 to play.

Robinson missed a jumper but got his own rebound and dunked. After two empty possessions by each team, Robinson made a corner jumper to cut the deficit to two with 1:39 to go and a dunk by Duncan tied it 44 seconds later.

Williams missed a jumper and Duncan fed Robinson for a dunk that gave San Antonio the lead with 27 seconds left. A jumper by Williams was smothered by Robinson, who was fouled with 9.7 seconds remaining.

"When I caught the ball I just didn't see him," Williams said. "I thought I was open when I came off the pick. But he blocked it. It was a bad shots and basically it cost us the game."

"He's a good shooter so I don't mind him taking that shot," Sonics coach Paul Westphal said. "Now trying to shoot over David Robinson was a mistake but I won't get on him for that. He wouldn't do that again if given a second chance."

However, Robinson missed both free throws, giving the Sonics one more chance. Payton dribbled around two defenders and spun past the 7-foot Duncan to free himself. But his leaner off the glass was too hard and the horn sounded.

"We messed that one up from the beginning," Payton said. "Nobody was moving the way we should have and it got all clogged up. When we don't move we end up hoisting up bad shots and that was one of those shots where you just hope it goes in."

The Spurs shot just 40.5 percent (32-of-79) from the field and had no other players in double figures. They held a 48-45 edge in rebounds and forced 16 turnovers while committing 11.

"Dave did a great job in the second half," Duncan said. "Down the stretch, he blocked shots and made shots for us."

"This is what we need to do more of," Robinson said. "Tim and I need to do a better job of helping each other. It seems lately one of us will do it, but we need to help each other more."

Vin Baker scored 18 points and Barry added 12 -- all from behind the arc -- for Seattle, which shot 37.5 percent (30-of-80).

Duncan scored 14 points and Robinson 11 in the first half as San Antonio grabbed a 46-45 lead. In the third quarter, the Sonics were held to a season-low 11 points on 22 percent shooting (5-of-23) as the Spurs widened their lead to 61-56 entering the final period.

It was the 100th game between the clubs. Seattle holds a 51-49 edge.

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