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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 24 34 23 21 102 CHARLOTTE 27 23 18 26 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - VIN BAKER 22, RASHARD LEWIS 19, GARY PAYTON 17 CHA - JAMAL MASHBURN 25, DERRICK COLEMAN 18, HERSEY HAWKINS 11

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - PATRICK EWING 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 CHA - DERRICK COLEMAN 11, HERSEY HAWKINS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 9, VIN BAKER 5 CHA - JAMAL MASHBURN 6, DAVID WESLEY 5

ATT: 17,054


Extended Box

SEATTLE (102) AT CHARLOTTE (94)

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

BAKER F 42 8-14 6-6 2 6 8 5 4 0 1 22 LEWIS F 31 7-11 2-2 3 5 8 2 4 1 2 19 EWING C 32 4-15 5-5 2 8 10 2 4 0 1 13 MASON G 20 3-7 1-2 3 0 3 3 2 1 1 7 PAYTON G 42 6-18 3-4 0 1 1 9 2 1 0 17 MCCOY 17 2-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 5 1 3 6 PATTERSON 16 3-5 3-4 3 1 4 1 1 2 2 9 DAVIS 15 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 S WILLIAMS 20 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 4 ELLISON 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 B BARRY DNP - ANKLE WOLKOWYSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-80 22-25 13 24 37 25 25 6 10 102 (.463) (.880) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 10(19 PTS)

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

COLEMAN F 35 7-17 3-3 1 10 11 3 2 0 3 18 MASHBURN F 39 8-17 7-8 1 0 1 6 1 0 3 25 CAMPBELL C 30 4-10 0-0 2 3 5 2 4 0 2 8 DAVIS G 19 1-3 4-4 1 0 1 4 1 0 2 6 WESLEY G 32 4-8 2-4 0 3 3 5 4 2 1 10 MAGLOIRE 18 3-7 4-5 3 2 5 0 0 1 1 10 THORPE 13 1-4 2-2 1 2 3 0 3 1 0 4 HAWKINS 35 5-7 0-0 2 5 7 2 2 0 0 11 ROBINSON 6 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 RECASNER 8 0-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 JAMES 5 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 BROWN DNP - STRAINED LEFT ARCH

TOTALS 240 33-79 24-28 14 25 39 22 20 4 13 94 (.418) (.857) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

SEATTLE 24 34 23 21 - 102 CHARLOTTE 27 23 18 26 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - BAKER, LEWIS. CHARLOTTE - CAMPBELL 2, DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 6-14 (.429), BAKER 0-1, LEWIS 3-5, PAYTON 2-5, PATTERSON 0-1, DAVIS 1-1, S WILLIAMS 0-1. CHARLOTTE 4-16 (.250), COLEMAN 1-5, MASHBURN 2-5, DAVIS 0-1, WESLEY 0-1, HAWKINS 1-2, RECASNER 0-1, JAMES 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, LEON WOOD, HANK ARMSTRONG. A - 17,054. T - 2:11.


Box Score

SEATTLE (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 42 8-14 6-6 2-8 5 4 22 Lewis 31 7-11 2-2 3-8 2 4 19 Ewing 32 4-15 5-5 2-10 2 4 13 Mason 20 3-7 1-2 3-3 3 2 7 Payton 42 6-18 3-4 0-1 9 2 17 Mccoy 17 2-2 2-2 0-1 1 5 6 Patterson 16 3-5 3-4 3-4 1 1 9 Davis 15 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 5 S Williams 20 2-6 0-0 0-2 2 1 4 Ellison 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 B Barry DNP - ankle Wolkowyski DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-80 22-25 13-37 25 25 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Baker 0-1, Lewis 3-5, Payton 2-5, Patterson 0-1, Davis 1-1, S Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Baker, Lewis). Turnovers: 10 (Mccoy 3, Lewis 2, Patterson 2, Baker, Ewing, Mason). Steals: 6 (Patterson 2, Lewis, Mason, Mccoy, Payton).

CHARLOTTE (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Coleman 35 7-17 3-3 1-11 3 2 18 Mashburn 39 8-17 7-8 1-1 6 1 25 Campbell 30 4-10 0-0 2-5 2 4 8 Davis 19 1-3 4-4 1-1 4 1 6 Wesley 32 4-8 2-4 0-3 5 4 10 Magloire 18 3-7 4-5 3-5 0 0 10 Thorpe 13 1-4 2-2 1-3 0 3 4 Hawkins 35 5-7 0-0 2-7 2 2 11 Robinson 6 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Recasner 8 0-2 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 James 5 0-2 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 Brown DNP - strained left arch _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-79 24-28 14-39 22 20 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Coleman 1-5, Mashburn 2-5, Davis 0-1, Wesley 0-1, Hawkins 1-2, Recasner 0-1, James 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Campbell 2, Davis). Turnovers: 14 (Coleman 3, Mashburn 3, Campbell 2, Davis 2, Magloire, Robinson, Wesley). Steals: 4 (Wesley 2, Magloire, Thorpe). ____________________________________________ Seattle 24 34 23 21 - 102 Charlotte 27 23 18 26 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,054. T: 2:11. Officials: Hugh Evans, Leon Wood, Hank Armstrong.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Patrick Ewing did the job he was brought to the Seattle SuperSonics to do.

The 38-year-old center scored four of his 13 points in the final three minutes and combined with Vin Baker to stop Derrick Coleman as he wheeled to the basket with the Charlotte Hornets' last hopes on his shoulders as the SuperSonics held on for a 102-94 victory.

Ewing, who spent the first 15 years of his career as the often criticized backbone of the New York Knicks, had a forgettable night until the final moments. His missed shots in the fourth quarter helped let the Hornets back in after they had trailed by 14 points early in the quarter.

Coleman, playing just his second game of the season, scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and sparked a 10-0 run that moved the Hornets within 85-81 with 7:24 left.

"I felt fine out there tonight," Coleman said. "I was a little winded in the fourth quarter. I wasn't trying to do too much, just trying to get in the rhythm. My teammates just swung the ball to me and the shots went in."

Hersey Hawkins pulled the Hornets within 92-87 when he hit a jumper with 3:28 left. But Ewing, who had hit just 3-of-14 to that time, suddenly found his touch.

He went to his trademark move, spinning to the baseline and lofting in a seven-footer over Elden Campbell that stretched the lead to seven points.

Hawkins hit another jumper and Rashard Lewis answered with a pair of free throws.

Coleman, looking well adjusted to the new heart medication that has kept him out of the lineup, got the ball in the paint and worked on Baker, getting him off his feet. But as he started to go for his shot, Ewing came looming in. Coleman missed, Ewing grabbed the rebound and was fouled immediately. He hit both free throws to make it 98-89 with 34 seconds to go.

"Patrick was playing well down the stretch, getting boards and doing the other things," Sonics guard Gary Payton said. "It's key to have a guy like him in there at those times. He got some big boards and scored key points for us."

The Sonics had lost three straight and had received little from anyone other than Gary Payton through their first five games. The point guard led the team in points, rebounds and assists in two of the games, and led in scoring and assists in two others.

Baker finished with 22 points, Lewis scored 19 and Payton 17 and nine assists for the Sonics. Ewing grabbed 10 rebounds and Baker and Lewis had eight apiece.

"Tonight was a taste of how I think we can play," Seattle coach Paul Westphal said. "We finally took care of the ball, which is key."

"We had to have a win. We had to get out of the funk," Payton said.

The Sonics, who finished fourth in the Pacific Division and did not make it out of the first round of the playoffs last season, went after Ewing in the offseason to give them a legitimate center to compete with the great big men in the West.

They also were looking for a player other than Payton who would want the ball down the stretch. Although his shooting was off most of the night, Ewing gave the Sonics the big basket when they needed it.

"When the shots are not going in, I just try to do the things to help my team," Ewing said. "Tonight my shot wasn't going. I tried to play good defense and I just tried to play good defense."

Jamal Mashburn led Charlotte with 25 points. Hawkins scored 11 and David Wesley and rookie Jamaal Magloire added 10 apiece.

"I'm never happy with a loss, but this was especially tough," Charlotte coach Paul Silas said. "We just didn't handle the boards well. Seattle had 20 second-chance points. That was the game in a nutshell."

After giving up 10 points off turnovers in the first quarter, the Sonics turned the game around in the second period with a 14-5 run and turned a three-point deficit into a 58-50 lead at the half.

The Sonics maintained the lead throughout the third quarter as they limited the Hornets to 25 percent (4-of-16) shooting from the field.

Ruben Patterson scored five points in a 7-0 run midway through the period that gave Seattle its largest lead of the quarter at 72-57.

The Hornets had their winning streak snapped at three games. They pulled out close victories over Miami and on the road at New Jersey and Orlando.

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