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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 28 21 22 20 91 SEATTLE 23 21 25 25 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 23, ANTOINE WALKER 21, KENNY ANDERSON 16 SEA - GARY PAYTON 27, VIN BAKER 17, RUBEN PATTERSON 14

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - THREE PLAYERS WITH 8 SEA - VIN BAKER 8, BRENT BARRY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 5, KENNY ANDERSON 4 SEA - GARY PAYTON 9, BRENT BARRY 8

ATT: 16,567


Extended Box

BOSTON (91) AT SEATTLE (94)

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

GRIFFIN F 32 0-5 0-0 3 2 5 1 3 3 2 0 WALKER F 47 8-20 4-4 5 3 8 5 3 1 5 21 POTAPENKO C 24 7-15 1-2 1 4 5 1 4 1 2 15 ANDERSON G 38 6-12 4-7 1 1 2 4 3 1 4 16 PIERCE G 47 7-20 7-8 0 8 8 3 2 4 2 23 E WILLIAMS 13 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 2 BATTIE 7 1-5 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 2 BARROS 10 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 5 FORTSON 18 1-3 3-3 4 4 8 1 3 0 2 5 MCCARTY 4 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 CHEANEY DNP - NOT WITH TEAM - PERSONAL ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-86 21-26 17 25 42 16 24 10 20 91 (.384) (.808) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(19 PTS)

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

BAKER F 35 8-14 1-4 4 4 8 1 4 0 4 17 PATTERSON F 26 6-12 2-2 2 5 7 1 3 2 4 14 GRANT C 36 0-3 2-2 0 6 6 1 2 0 2 2 B BARRY G 38 4-7 1-3 0 8 8 8 3 3 2 10 PAYTON G 47 12-28 2-3 0 4 4 9 3 1 1 27 FOSTER 14 4-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 8 DAVIS 12 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 1 1 2 LEWIS 21 2-6 2-2 2 2 4 1 1 2 2 6 MCCOY 11 4-4 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 0 1 8 PERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-82 10-16 10 34 44 24 22 9 18 94 (.500) (.625) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

BOSTON 28 21 22 20 - 91 SEATTLE 23 21 25 25 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE 4. SEATTLE - FOSTER 2, LEWIS, BAKER, MCCOY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-18 (.222), GRIFFIN 0-1, WALKER 1-5, ANDERSON 0-3, PIERCE 2-7, BARROS 1-1, MCCARTY 0-1. SEATTLE 2-12 (.167), PATTERSON 0-1, B BARRY 1-3, PAYTON 1-5, DAVIS 0-2, LEWIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - HEAD COACH PITINO, ANDERSON, SEATTLE - HEAD COACH P WESTPHAL. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, JIM KINSEY, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 16,567. T - 2:05.


Box Score

BOSTON (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 32 0-5 0-0 3-5 1 3 0 Walker 47 8-20 4-4 5-8 5 3 21 Potapenko 24 7-15 1-2 1-5 1 4 15 Anderson 38 6-12 4-7 1-2 4 3 16 Pierce 47 7-20 7-8 0-8 3 2 23 E Williams 13 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Battie 7 1-5 0-0 2-3 0 2 2 Barros 10 2-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 5 Fortson 18 1-3 3-3 4-8 1 3 5 Mccarty 4 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 Cheaney DNP - not with team - personal Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-86 21-26 17-42 16 24 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.384, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Griffin 0-1, Walker 1-5, Anderson 0-3, Pierce 2-7, Barros 1-1, Mccarty 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Pierce 4). Turnovers: 20 (Walker 5, Anderson 4, E Williams 2, Fortson 2, Griffin 2, Pierce 2, Potapenko 2, Barros). Steals: 10 (Pierce 4, Griffin 3, Anderson, Potapenko, Walker).

SEATTLE (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 35 8-14 1-4 4-8 1 4 17 Patterson 26 6-12 2-2 2-7 1 3 14 Grant 36 0-3 2-2 0-6 1 2 2 B Barry 38 4-7 1-3 0-8 8 3 10 Payton 47 12-28 2-3 0-4 9 3 27 Foster 14 4-4 0-0 0-1 3 1 8 Davis 12 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 Lewis 21 2-6 2-2 2-4 1 1 6 Mccoy 11 4-4 0-0 2-4 0 2 8 Person DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-82 10-16 10-44 24 22 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Patterson 0-1, B Barry 1-3, Payton 1-5, Davis 0-2, Lewis 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Foster 2, Lewis, Baker, Mccoy). Turnovers: 18 (Baker 4, Patterson 4, B Barry 2, Grant 2, Lewis 2, Davis, Foster, Mccoy, Payton). Steals: 9 (B Barry 3, Lewis 2, Patterson 2, Davis, Payton). ____________________________________________ Boston 28 21 22 20 - 91 Seattle 23 21 25 25 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Head Coach Pitino, 3:21 2nd; Anderson, 7:08 3rd). Seattle 1 (Head Coach P Westphal, 7:32 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,567. T: 2:05. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Jim Kinsey, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Vin Baker shook off three sluggish quarters by scoring eight of his 17 points in the fourth, including six straight that put the Seattle SuperSonics ahead for good en route to a 94-91 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Seattle trailed 71-69 entering the final period and Baker had nine points on 4-of-9 shooting in 29 minutes. But the 6-11 forward turned it on when the SuperSonics needed him most, making a three-foot hook shot, a short jumper and a layup to put his team in front, 89-85, with 4:15 to play.

"He got a nice long rest after his fourth foul and he came back and he was fresh," Seattle coach Paul Westphal said. "He made some huge buckets for us and a couple of big rebounds."

"I had a nice rest after picking up my fourth foul and I said jokingly that I'm going to go in here and close the deal," Baker said. "Fortunately, I was blessed to go in and hit some buckets down the stretch."

The Celtics cut the margin to two several times and had a chance to tie in the waning moments, but Paul Pierce's 23-footer at the buzzer fell short.

Gary Payton scored 27 points and handed out nine assists for the Sonics, who rebounded from their worst loss of the season, Friday's 118-85 blowout at Sacramento. They have won three of their last four and three in a row at KeyArena.

"Well, we had to work hard for that one. It was real hard work," Westphal said. "We got some great efforts off the bench, as well as a lot of starters doing a nice job. We needed everything we could get. We found a way to be ahead at the end."

Pierce scored 23 points and Antoine Walker 21 for Boston, which has lost five of six overall and 21 of 26 games on the road this season.

"We just missed some shots that normally go down for us," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "They made some big shots after playing good defense. It was an excellent basketball game -- hard-fought. If we can continue to play this style of basketball and keep grinding it, we're gonna win these games as we mature."

Kenny Anderson collected 16 points and Vitaly Potapenko added 15 for the Celtics, who shot 38 percent (33-of-86) and committed 20 turnovers. Boston has lost 11 of its last 14 meetings with Seattle and four straight road games in the series.

"It's about making that extra pass, doing what's necessary to win," Anderson said. "We're close, but experience is the best teacher. If we keep losing games like this, eventually we're going to learn."

Ruben Patterson scored 14 points and Brent Barry had 10, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Sonics, who made half of their 82 shots and held a 44-42 edge on the boards but surrendered 23 points off turnovers.

"Certainly, Brent was all over the place," Westphal said. "For a guy that only took seven shots, his impact on the game was monumental -- by his rebounding, his assists, his defense and by his energy."

Seattle outscored the Bulls, 64-44, in the paint and held a 20-9 lead in fast break points.

Greg Foster hit a jumper, Payton made a driving layup and Jelani McCoy dunked as the Sonics opened an 83-76 lead with 7:17 to play. But Boston came roaring back on Walker's driving layup, Pierce's 3-pointer and Walker's six-footer, forging an 83-83 tie with 5:35 left.

But Baker took control with three straight baskets and Seattle held on down the stretch.

"Coming down the stretch, we went into Vin," Barry said. "A lot of people have been knocking him about not being able to step up and play in the fourth quarter and he did it for us tonight. Hopefully, that's a sign of things to come."

Seattle pulled into a tie with Sacramento for sixth place in the Western Conference.

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