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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 24 21 21 29 95 SEATTLE 24 26 24 13 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - ISAIAH RIDER 24, JIMMY JACKSON 23, ALAN HENDERSON 14 SEA - VIN BAKER 21, RUBEN PATTERSON 21, GARY PAYTON 21

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 13, ALAN HENDERSON 9 SEA - HORACE GRANT 10, VIN BAKER 9

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - BIMBO COLES 10, JIMMY JACKSON 6 SEA - GARY PAYTON 16, HORACE GRANT 4

ATT: 15,007


Extended Box

ATLANTA (95) AT SEATTLE (87)

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

HENDERSON F 38 7-11 0-1 3 6 9 0 5 2 2 14 JACKSON F 38 9-20 1-2 1 1 2 6 1 3 3 23 MUTOMBO C 33 3-5 3-4 3 10 13 1 3 0 0 9 COLES G 34 3-10 4-6 0 3 3 10 3 0 1 10 RIDER G 37 9-18 4-4 1 2 3 3 0 1 0 24 CRAWFORD 17 4-8 0-0 2 2 4 2 0 1 0 9 ELLIS 14 0-4 0-0 3 2 5 1 0 0 1 0 TERRY 15 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 0 1 2 WRIGHT 14 2-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 0 1 0 4 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION GLOVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCLEOD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-85 12-17 14 31 45 26 14 8 8 95 (.447) (.706) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 8(11 PTS)

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

BAKER F 39 10-21 1-3 3 6 9 2 3 0 4 21 PATTERSON F 33 8-10 4-5 4 1 5 0 3 0 3 21 GRANT C 39 2-7 0-0 4 6 10 4 0 0 0 4 B BARRY G 36 3-10 2-2 0 6 6 1 0 3 2 10 PAYTON G 48 8-20 3-4 3 4 7 16 4 2 4 21 LEWIS 19 1-8 0-0 2 4 6 1 0 0 1 2 MCCOY 11 2-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 2 0 4 FOSTER 4 1-2 0-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 2 DAVIS 9 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 PERSON 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-85 10-16 18 33 51 24 15 7 14 87 (.424) (.625) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(25 PTS)

ATLANTA 24 21 21 29 - 95 SEATTLE 24 26 24 13 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 4, ELLIS, CRAWFORD, HENDERSON, WRIGHT. SEATTLE - GRANT, BAKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 7-16 (.438), JACKSON 4-9, COLES 0-1, RIDER 2-3, CRAWFORD 1-2, TERRY 0-1. SEATTLE 5-16 (.313), PATTERSON 1-1, B BARRY 2-7, PAYTON 2-5, DAVIS 0-2, PERSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, RON OLESIAK, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 15,007. T - 1:57.


Box Score

ATLANTA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 38 7-11 0-1 3-9 0 5 14 Jackson 38 9-20 1-2 1-2 6 1 23 Mutombo 33 3-5 3-4 3-13 1 3 9 Coles 34 3-10 4-6 0-3 10 3 10 Rider 37 9-18 4-4 1-3 3 0 24 Crawford 17 4-8 0-0 2-4 2 0 9 Ellis 14 0-4 0-0 3-5 1 0 0 Terry 15 1-4 0-0 0-1 3 2 2 Wright 14 2-5 0-0 1-5 0 0 4 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision Glover DNP - coach's decision Mcleod DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-85 12-17 14-45 26 14 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Jackson 4-9, Coles 0-1, Rider 2-3, Crawford 1-2, Terry 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 8 (Mutombo 4, Ellis, Crawford, Henderson, Wright). Turnovers: 8 (Jackson 3, Henderson 2, Coles, Ellis, Terry). Steals: 8 (Jackson 3, Henderson 2, Crawford, Rider, Wright).

SEATTLE (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 39 10-21 1-3 3-9 2 3 21 Patterson 33 8-10 4-5 4-5 0 3 21 Grant 39 2-7 0-0 4-10 4 0 4 B Barry 36 3-10 2-2 0-6 1 0 10 Payton 48 8-20 3-4 3-7 16 4 21 Lewis 19 1-8 0-0 2-6 1 0 2 Mccoy 11 2-2 0-0 1-3 0 0 4 Foster 4 1-2 0-2 0-3 0 2 2 Davis 9 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Person 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Stepania DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-85 10-16 18-51 24 15 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Patterson 1-1, B Barry 2-7, Payton 2-5, Davis 0-2, Person 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Grant, Baker). Turnovers: 14 (Baker 4, Payton 4, Patterson 3, B Barry 2, Lewis). Steals: 7 (B Barry 3, Mccoy 2, Payton 2). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 24 21 21 29 - 95 Seattle 24 26 24 13 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,007. T: 1:57. Officials: Dan Crawford, Ron Olesiak, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Isaiah Rider scored half his 24 points during a decisive fourth-quarter run, rallying the Atlanta Hawks to a 95-87 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Rider, who was held to only four points in the first half, began to heat up in the third quarter and was unstoppable in the final period, lifting the Hawks to their second straight road victory. Atlanta evened its record at 2-2 on a season-high six-game road trip.

Trailing 78-70 three minutes into the final quarter, Atlanta responded with a 21-5 outburst to take a commanding 91-83 lead with 1:33 to play.

Chris Crawford, who scored seven of his nine points in the final quarter, ignited the run with a 3-pointer and Rider followed with another to cut the deficit to two. Crawford tied the game with a tip-in at the 6:15 mark and Rider hit two free throws and added a dunk to put the Hawks on top 82-78.

Ruben Patterson, who scored 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, momentarily halted the run with two free throws, but Rider also made two and answerd a 3-pointer by Brent Barry with a bomb from the right corner which gave Atlanta an 87-83 lead.

Since being acquired from Portland in August, Rider has lived up to his reputation as a talented troublemaker. He leads the club in scoring but has been late for practices and team flights and was suspended earlier this season. His named had surfaced in several trade rumors as Thursday's deadline loomed but the Hawks ultimately decided to not pull the trigger.

"We all felt J.R. was going to be here," Hawks guard Jimmy Jackson said. "While he's here, he's our go-to guy. He gets us going. We just focus on trying to play game by game and what happens with management is going to happen whether we like it or not."

Seattle looked like it was going to run Atlanta off the court, scoring the games' first 10 points en route to an 18-4 lead halfway through the quarter. But the Hawks weathered the storm and fought back with a 20-6 run, evening the score at 24-24 after 12 minutes.

"In the first quarter, during the timeouts, I just told the guys to be patient -- we can't get it all back at once," Hawks coach Len Wilkens said. "We were down 18-4, the worst thing we could do is have everyone go out and try do it themselves. We were patient, we started to move the ball and by the end of the quarter, we tied it."

Gary Payton scored 12 points in the second quarter as Seattle led 50-45 at halftime. But the Hawks made a key defensive adjustment by making Rider guard Payton instead of rookie Jason Terry, and the Seattle point guard scored just three points in the second half. The Sonics took a 74-66 lead into the fourth quarter.

"We wanted to put a veteran on him and it helped to have a little more size," Wilkens said.

Lorenzen Wright and Alan Henderson capped the run with back-to-back slams as Atlanta improved to 7-20 on the road.

Payton finished with 21 points and 16 assists, one shy of his career best. Vin Baker also scored 21 points for the SuperSonics, who had won eight of the previous 10 meetings in Seattle.

"I won't try to say this loss doesn't hurt, because it does," Settle coach Paul Westphal said. "We had a lead and let it get away. I thought we just went dead in the water in the fourth quarter. We couldn't execute, we couldn't score, we let the refs take us out of the game and we didn't stop (Atlanta)."

"We just fell apart in the fourth," Baker said. "We had a nice lead going into the fourth quarter and none of the things we tried to do offensively worked for us."

Jackson had 23 points and Alan Henderson had 14 and nine rebounds for Atlanta, which shot 45 percent (38-of-85) from the floor, including 7-of-16 from 3-point range, and committed only eight turnovers. Jackson was 4-of-9 from behind the arc.

"We just picked it up on the defensive end of the court," Jackson said. "I think the guys that came off the bench did a great job for us. I think Gary was a little frustrated."

Barry scored 10 points for the Sonics, who shot 42 percent (36-of-85) and held a 51-45 rebounding edge.

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