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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 19 19 22 21 81 MIAMI 23 21 24 19 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 22, RASHARD LEWIS 16, PATRICK EWING 15 MIA - BRIAN GRANT 30, EDDIE JONES 25, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - VIN BAKER 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 MIA - BRIAN GRANT 21, ANTHONY MASON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 15,083


Extended Box

SEATTLE (81) AT MIAMI (87)

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

BAKER F 43 4-11 0-0 3 6 9 3 3 2 4 8 LEWIS F 33 6-11 1-3 2 6 8 1 1 1 5 16 EWING C 32 6-8 3-6 1 7 8 2 5 0 4 15 MASON G 14 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 4 PAYTON G 43 9-20 1-2 0 4 4 4 3 0 2 22 PATTERSON 15 2-4 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 ELLISON 3 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 DAVIS 17 1-6 2-2 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 4 WOLKOWYSKI 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S WILLIAMS 22 1-5 0-1 0 3 3 3 1 1 1 2 MCCOY 10 0-0 2-2 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 2 B BARRY DNP - LEFT ANKLE SPRAIN

TOTALS 240 32-71 11-18 9 32 41 15 18 5 21 81 (.451) (.611) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 22(23 PTS)

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

GRANT F 44 13-21 4-6 6 15 21 2 2 3 3 30 MASON F 39 3-9 3-4 4 3 7 3 6 2 1 9 CAUSWELL C 17 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 4 HARDAWAY G 35 3-11 0-1 0 3 3 6 1 0 1 6 JONES G 38 9-15 4-4 1 3 4 2 4 3 1 25 BOWEN 34 1-8 6-8 1 3 4 1 4 4 2 9 GREEN 13 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 CARTER 20 2-7 0-0 2 1 3 3 1 0 4 4 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-81 17-23 14 29 43 17 24 12 13 87 (.407) (.739) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(9 PTS)

SEATTLE 19 19 22 21 - 81 MIAMI 23 21 24 19 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - MCCOY 2, EWING, LEWIS, BAKER, DAVIS. MIAMI - BOWEN 4, CAUSWELL 2, GRANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 6-16 (.375), BAKER 0-1, LEWIS 3-6, PAYTON 3-5, PATTERSON 0-1, DAVIS 0-2, S WILLIAMS 0-1. MIAMI 4-14 (.286), HARDAWAY 0-5, JONES 3-5, BOWEN 1-4. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - HEAD COACH P WESTPHAL. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, SCOTT FOSTER, GEORGE TOLIVER. A - 15,083. T - 2:10.


Box Score

SEATTLE (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 43 4-11 0-0 3-9 3 3 8 Lewis 33 6-11 1-3 2-8 1 1 16 Ewing 32 6-8 3-6 1-8 2 5 15 Mason 14 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Payton 43 9-20 1-2 0-4 4 3 22 Patterson 15 2-4 2-2 0-0 0 0 6 Ellison 3 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 3 2 Davis 17 1-6 2-2 1-2 1 0 4 Wolkowyski 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Williams 22 1-5 0-1 0-3 3 1 2 Mccoy 10 0-0 2-2 1-5 1 1 2 B Barry DNP - left ankle sprain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-71 11-18 9-41 15 18 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Baker 0-1, Lewis 3-6, Payton 3-5, Patterson 0-1, Davis 0-2, S Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Mccoy 2, Ewing, Lewis, Baker, Davis). Turnovers: 22 (Lewis 5, Baker 4, Ewing 4, Mason 2, Payton 2, Davis, Mccoy, Patterson, S Williams). Steals: 5 (Baker 2, Davis, Lewis, S Williams).

MIAMI (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 44 13-21 4-6 6-21 2 2 30 Mason 39 3-9 3-4 4-7 3 6 9 Causwell 17 2-7 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 Hardaway 35 3-11 0-1 0-3 6 1 6 Jones 38 9-15 4-4 1-4 2 4 25 Bowen 34 1-8 6-8 1-4 1 4 9 Green 13 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Carter 20 2-7 0-0 2-3 3 1 4 Fuller DNP - coach's decision House DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-81 17-23 14-43 17 24 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Hardaway 0-5, Jones 3-5, Bowen 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Bowen 4, Causwell 2, Grant). Turnovers: 13 (Carter 4, Grant 3, Bowen 2, Causwell, Hardaway, Jones, Mason). Steals: 12 (Bowen 4, Grant 3, Jones 3, Mason 2). ____________________________________________ Seattle 19 19 22 21 - 81 Miami 23 21 24 19 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Head Coach P Westphal, 12:00 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,083. T: 2:10. Officials: Bob Delaney, Scott Foster, George Toliver.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Brian Grant had 30 points and 21 rebounds as the Miami Heat built a big third-quarter lead and held on for an 87-81 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Grant played 44 minutes and made 13-of-21 shots from the floor for the Heat, who used just eight players against a deeper Seattle team. He was three points short of his career high set earlier this season and three rebounds shy from his career best, set with Portland against Golden State on February 20, 1999. It was Grant's first 30-point, 20-rebound performance.

"I was just trying to make things happen, trying to hustle and get to the right spots," Grant said. "They respect our guards for our shooting, that they sag off the bigs and challenge us to make shots."

Miami saw a 17-point third-quarter lead dwindle to 78-75 when Vin Baker made a layup with 2:24 remaining. Grant answered with a jumper 25 seconds later and after a turnover by Rashard Lewis, he sank a 12-footer to give the Heat an 82-75 advantage with 1 1/2 minutes to go.

Gary Payton made one free throw to cut the deficit to 82-76 with 1:27 remaining and after Eddie Jones missed a jumper, Payton had a basket to pull the SuperSonics within 82-78 with 59 seconds left.

Seattle had a chance to close within one but Lewis, Payton and Baker each missed 3-pointers before Grant finally pulled down a rebound with 39 seconds left. Grant got the ball to Bruce Bowen, who made a pair of free throws to make it 84-78 with 30 seconds remaining.

"We were persistent but we failed to execute," Seattle coach Paul Westphal said. "We got stop after stop down the stretch and then we go down the court and turn it over. Turning the ball over is a big problem. We have to execute better."

Bowen made four more free throws after a 3-pointer by Lewis to seal it. The defensive specialist made just 1-of-8 shots from the floor but was 6-of-8 from the line in 34 minutes from the bench and tied a career best with four blocked shots.

Jones scored 25 points for Miami, which shot just 41 percent (33-of-81) but Heat held a 43-41 edge on the boards and snapped a two-game losing streak.

"We went out and did it down the stretch," Jones said. "We have worked on finishing games off in the second half. We have to do whatever it takes in order to win."

Payton scored 22 points and Lewis added 16 and eight boards for Seattle (1-3), which has lost its last three games. The Sonics committed 22 turnovers and had just 15 assists.

Patrick Ewing recorded 15 points and eight rebounds for Seattle. Earlier this week, Ewing said he would donate a kidney to ailing Miami center Alonzo Mourning.

"We just have to do a better job of taking care of the ball," Ewing said. "I'm disappointed in the loss. This is a game we could have won and we didn't take advantage of the chances."

The two are Georgetown alumni and good friends despite their heated rivalry when Ewing was with the Knicks. Mourning is out for the season.

"It was strange to play the Heat without facing Zo," said Ewing.

Grant scored 18 points, making 7-of-8 shots from the floor, as Miami took a 44-38 lead into halftime.

The Heat opened the third period with a 14-3 run to take their biggest lead at 58-41 on a pair of free throws by Jones with 7:37 to play. Jones had 10 points in the spurt, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Five different players scored for the Sonics in an 11-2 burst that closed the third quarter. Seattle was 6-of-6 from the free throw line, with two from Ruben Patterson capping it with 1:33 left.

The Heat missed their final eight shots of the third quarter but regained their touch in the fourth. Miami scored 10 straight points, capped by Grant's 16-footer, for a 78-65 lead with 6:34 to play.

"It was a good win for us tonight," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "There were periods where we just needed to survive. We hit droughts of nine missed shots and 13 missed shots and and still won. Tonight, our guys were determined not to let this one get away."

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