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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 33 23 25 26 12 119 SACRAMENTO 25 32 18 32 5 112 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 33, VIN BAKER 23, RASHARD LEWIS 22 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 23, JASON WILLIAMS 23, PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 20

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 13, GARY PAYTON 11 SAC - SCOT POLLARD 11, CHRIS WEBBER 10

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 13, JASON WILLIAMS 5

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

SEATTLE (119) AT SACRAMENTO (112) - FINAL IN OT

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

BORRELL F 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 LEWIS F 38 9-20 2-3 6 7 13 5 4 5 1 22 GRANT C 48 3-10 0-2 4 5 9 5 5 1 1 6 PAYTON G 53 13-28 5-6 2 9 11 14 3 3 1 33 WILLIAMS G 3 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BAKER 41 9-22 5-6 1 8 9 2 3 1 2 23 PATTERSON 27 8-13 0-0 3 3 6 4 2 2 2 16 B BARRY 33 5-10 0-0 0 2 2 2 4 4 1 13 MCCOY 14 2-2 0-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 4 MAXWELL 4 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION VINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 50-112 12-19 17 37 54 32 24 17 9 119 (.446) (.632) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 10(11 PTS)

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

WEBBER F 49 8-26 7-8 4 6 10 13 4 2 6 23 C WILLIAMSON F 19 4-8 2-2 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 10 DIVAC C 22 2-3 2-4 1 5 6 0 1 1 3 6 ANDERSON G 33 4-12 0-0 1 7 8 0 1 1 2 11 J WILLIAMS G 39 8-16 0-0 0 2 2 5 2 1 3 23 STOJAKOVIC 34 8-14 2-2 1 3 4 1 4 0 3 20 CORBIN 23 1-1 2-2 1 5 6 2 2 0 0 4 POLLARD 28 3-7 0-0 6 5 11 0 4 1 0 6 DELK 18 4-12 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 9 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION FUNDERBURKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 42-99 15-18 15 37 52 24 21 7 20 112 (.424) (.833) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(28 PTS)

SEATTLE 33 23 25 26 12 - 119 SACRAMENTO 25 32 18 32 5 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - LEWIS 2, PAYTON, GRANT, BAKER, MCCOY. SACRAMENTO - POLLARD 3, DIVAC 2, WEBBER 2, ANDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 7-19 (.368), LEWIS 2-5, PAYTON 2-6, B BARRY 3-7, MAXWELL 0-1. SACRAMENTO 13-24 (.542), ANDERSON 3-6, J WILLIAMS 7-12, STOJAKOVIC 2-5, DELK 1-1. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - PATTERSON, SACRAMENTO - ANDERSON. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, KEN MAUER, TIM DONAGHY. A - 17,317. T - 2:36.


Box Score

SEATTLE (119) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Borrell 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Lewis 38 9-20 2-3 6-13 5 4 22 Grant 48 3-10 0-2 4-9 5 5 6 Payton 53 13-28 5-6 2-11 14 3 33 Williams 3 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Baker 41 9-22 5-6 1-9 2 3 23 Patterson 27 8-13 0-0 3-6 4 2 16 B Barry 33 5-10 0-0 0-2 2 4 13 Mccoy 14 2-2 0-2 1-2 0 1 4 Maxwell 4 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Foster DNP - coach's decision Vinson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 26550-112 12-19 17-54 32 24 119 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.632. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Lewis 2-5, Payton 2-6, B Barry 3-7, Maxwell 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Lewis 2, Payton, Grant, Baker, Mccoy). Turnovers: 10 (Baker 2, Patterson 2, B Barry, Grant, Lewis, Mccoy, Payton). Steals: 17 (Lewis 5, B Barry 4, Payton 3, Patterson 2, Baker, Borrell, Grant).

SACRAMENTO (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 49 8-26 7-8 4-10 13 4 23 C Williamson 19 4-8 2-2 1-3 1 2 10 Divac 22 2-3 2-4 1-6 0 1 6 Anderson 33 4-12 0-0 1-8 0 1 11 J Williams 39 8-16 0-0 0-2 5 2 23 Stojakovic 34 8-14 2-2 1-4 1 4 20 Corbin 23 1-1 2-2 1-6 2 2 4 Pollard 28 3-7 0-0 6-11 0 4 6 Delk 18 4-12 0-0 0-2 2 1 9 Barry DNP - coach's decision Funderburke DNP - coach's decision Martin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 42-99 15-18 15-52 24 21 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 13-24, .542 (Anderson 3-6, J Williams 7-12, Stojakovic 2-5, Delk 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (Pollard 3, Divac 2, Webber 2, Anderson). Turnovers: 20 (Webber 6, Divac 3, J Williams 3, Stojakovic 3, Anderson 2, Delk 2, C Williamson). Steals: 7 (Webber 2, Anderson, C Williamson, Divac, J Williams, Pollard). _________________________________________________ Seattle 33 23 25 26 12 - 119 Sacramento 25 32 18 32 5 - 112 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Patterson, 7:17 2nd). Sacramento 1 (Anderson, 7:17 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:36. Officials: Joe Crawford, Ken Mauer, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- Like a pair of nerds trying to avoid the school bully, the Sacramento Kings and Seattle SuperSonics battled tooth and nail for the right not to play the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs.

Gary Payton posted his 10th career triple-double with 33 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds as the SuperSonics outlasted the Kings, 119-112, in overtime to clinch the seventh seed in the Western Conference.

"I just think that it was a game we wanted to win and we just went out and won it," Payton said. "We played close with the Lakers all year, we didn't beat them, but we weren't trying to avoid them. I come to play for these games, especially when we want to get something accomplished."

In a game billed as the battle to avoid the league-leading Lakers in the first round, the Kings and SuperSonics never were separated by more than six points in the second half.

Payton and Brent Barry hit 3-pointers on consecutive trips as Seattle opened a 104-100 lead with 1:13 remaining in regulation. But Jason Williams responded with one of his seven 3-pointers and 20-year-old Sonics forward Rashard Lewis misfired on 1-of-2 at the line with eight seconds left, leaving the door open for the Kings.

Predrag Stojakovic buried a 15-footer with five-tenths of a second to play, forging a 107-107 tie and forcing overtime.

But Payton snapped a 109-109 tie with 3:13 to play, sinking a 22-footer for the first of his eight points in the extra session. The 6-4 All-Star point guard followed Vin Baker's layup with two more jumpers to extend the lead to 117-109 with 27 seconds left, sealing the win.

"We wanted to win this game," Kings center Vlade Divac said. "If we had a choice, we would've preferred the Jazz."

"Obviously this was a disappointing loss," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "It came down close at the end, but we gave up so many offensive rebounds and turned the ball over too many times. Gary Payton was terrific the whole game. It seemed like he had an answer for everything we tried to do. Give Seattle credit, they came in and got a win. Now we know who we play and we've got to get ready for that."

Payton hit 13-of-28 shots and committed just one turnover while playing the full 53 minutes for the Sonics, who evened the season series with Sacramento, 2-2, and won the seventh seed by virute of their superior conference record. Seattle will face Utah in the first round.

"It was a great win, a big win," Seattle forward Ruben Patterson said. "But it wouldn't have mattered if we had to play the Lakers. But we know we have a better chance of playing Utah."

Chris Webber had his fifth triple-double of the season and 13th career with 23 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 13 assists for Sacramento, which went 1-3 against Los Angeles this season.

Williams finished with 23 points and Stojakovic had 20 for the Kings, who fell behind 33-25 after one quarter and took a 57-56 lead at the half before going back-and-forth with the Sonics after intermission.

"There's no question that we never lose confidence," Williams said. "It don't matter who you play in this league. We are pros and we are the best players in the world. It's obvious that we are going to have to pick it up against the Lakers, but we're ready for them and we can't wait."

Nick Anderson scored 11 points and Corliss Williamson added 10 for Sacramento, which shot 42 percent (42-of-99) and yielded 28 points off turnovers while collecting just 11 off Seattle giveaways.

"We've been in every game against the Lakers this year," Williamson said. "And we cause some matchup problems against them, so we feel very confident about going to a series against them."

Lewis had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Vin Baker added 23 points and nine boards for the Sonics, who shot 45 percent (50-of-112) and held a 54-52 advantage on the boards. The Sonics outscored the Kings, 52-30, in the paint and by a whopping 30-7 on the break.

"I thought that we really played a good game," Seattle coach Paul Westphal said. "I thought we really got some great performances. Certainly Gary, you can't say too much about him. Rashard Lewis showed what kind of star he's gonna be."

The game featured 12 lead changes, 12 ties and seemed to swing in Seattle's favor when Horace Grant, Jelani McCoy and Payton scored on successive trips to give the Sonics an 81-75 lead after three quarters.

But Tony Delk and Webber opened the fourth period with back-to-back jumpers, setting the stage for a wild finish.

Baker hit a 20-footer before Stojakovic buried a 21-footer and a 3-pointer to thrust the Kings in front, 84-83, with 8:58 left in regulation.

The teams exchanged the lead five more times before Payton put the Sonics ahead to stay in overtime.

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