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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 26 17 22 16 81 SEATTLE 26 21 30 21 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - LAMAR ODOM 14, JEFF MCINNIS 12, THREE PLAYERS WITH 10 SEA - GARY PAYTON 23, RUBEN PATTERSON 16, VIN BAKER 14

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 15, LAMAR ODOM 8 SEA - PATRICK EWING 9, GARY PAYTON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - LAMAR ODOM 6, JEFF MCINNIS 5 SEA - GARY PAYTON 11, BRENT BARRY 7

ATT: 13,282


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (81) AT SEATTLE (98)

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

ODOM F 38 7-16 0-2 1 7 8 6 4 2 4 14 STRONG F 20 4-9 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 1 1 8 OLOWOKANDI C 39 5-11 0-0 4 11 15 1 4 0 2 10 MCINNIS G 33 5-14 2-2 1 3 4 5 2 0 0 12 NESBY G 21 3-10 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 0 0 7 ROOKS 24 4-9 2-3 1 4 5 2 1 0 2 10 RICHARDSON 18 3-8 2-3 2 1 3 1 0 1 1 8 DOOLING 15 0-4 2-4 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 MAGGETTE 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 MILES 12 0-1 0-0 2 3 5 1 2 0 3 0 PIATKOWSKI 13 4-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 10 BOYKINS DNP - BRUISED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 35-89 8-14 14 34 48 20 20 4 17 81 (.393) (.571) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 17(29 PTS)

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

BAKER F 34 6-12 2-2 0 3 3 1 4 0 2 14 PATTERSON F 24 6-12 4-4 0 4 4 0 1 0 1 16 EWING C 30 4-8 0-0 0 9 9 1 2 0 0 8 B BARRY G 39 5-8 2-3 1 3 4 7 2 1 2 13 PAYTON G 38 9-22 3-3 1 7 8 11 3 5 2 23 MASON 30 3-6 1-2 0 3 3 3 2 3 0 8 MCCOY 28 4-9 1-2 3 2 5 0 4 0 1 9 DAVIS 17 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 3 1 7 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LEWIS DNP - LEFT SHIN CONTUSION S WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOLKOWYSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-81 13-16 5 32 37 24 19 12 9 98 (.494) (.813) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 9(9 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 26 17 22 16 - 81 SEATTLE 26 21 30 21 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - MILES 2, ROOKS, OLOWOKANDI, RICHARDSON, ODOM. SEATTLE - MASON 3, BAKER 2, MCCOY 2, PATTERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 3-14 (.214), ODOM 0-2, MCINNIS 0-1, NESBY 1-3, RICHARDSON 0-3, DOOLING 0-2, PIATKOWSKI 2-3. SEATTLE 5-12 (.417), PATTERSON 0-1, EWING 0-1, B BARRY 1-4, PAYTON 2-4, MASON 1-1, DAVIS 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, BILL SPOONER, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 13,282. T - 2:02.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Odom 38 7-16 0-2 1-8 6 4 14 Strong 20 4-9 0-0 2-4 0 2 8 Olowokandi 39 5-11 0-0 4-15 1 4 10 Mcinnis 33 5-14 2-2 1-4 5 2 12 Nesby 21 3-10 0-0 1-2 3 2 7 Rooks 24 4-9 2-3 1-5 2 1 10 Richardson 18 3-8 2-3 2-3 1 0 8 Dooling 15 0-4 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 Maggette 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Miles 12 0-1 0-0 2-5 1 2 0 Piatkowski 13 4-5 0-0 0-2 0 1 10 Boykins DNP - bruised right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-89 8-14 14-48 20 20 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Odom 0-2, Mcinnis 0-1, Nesby 1-3, Richardson 0-3, Dooling 0-2, Piatkowski 2-3). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Miles 2, Rooks, Olowokandi, Richardson, Odom). Turnovers: 17 (Odom 4, Miles 3, Dooling 2, Olowokandi 2, Rooks 2, Maggette, Piatkowski, Richardson, Strong). Steals: 4 (Odom 2, Richardson, Strong).

SEATTLE (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 34 6-12 2-2 0-3 1 4 14 Patterson 24 6-12 4-4 0-4 0 1 16 Ewing 30 4-8 0-0 0-9 1 2 8 B Barry 39 5-8 2-3 1-4 7 2 13 Payton 38 9-22 3-3 1-8 11 3 23 Mason 30 3-6 1-2 0-3 3 2 8 Mccoy 28 4-9 1-2 3-5 0 4 9 Davis 17 3-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 7 Ellison DNP - coach's decision Lewis DNP - left shin contusion S Williams DNP - coach's decision Wolkowyski DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-81 13-16 5-37 24 19 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Patterson 0-1, Ewing 0-1, B Barry 1-4, Payton 2-4, Mason 1-1, Davis 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Mason 3, Baker 2, Mccoy 2, Patterson). Turnovers: 9 (B Barry 2, Baker 2, Payton 2, Davis, Mccoy, Patterson). Steals: 12 (Payton 5, Davis 3, Mason 3, B Barry). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 26 17 22 16 - 81 Seattle 26 21 30 21 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,282. T: 2:02. Officials: Terry Durham, Bill Spooner, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- With the kind of week the Seattle SuperSonics have been having, what better way to end it than having the Los Angeles Clippers' school bus pull up outside Key Arena?

Ruben Patterson scored six of his 16 points in a third-quarter run that broke open the game and Gary Payton got back on track with 23 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals in the SuperSonics' 98-81 victory over the young Clippers.

"We just came out and just played defense well," Payton said. "That was the best thing we did. It was good for us to play defense the way we did. Everybody was real aggressive with the ball and we did a good job of doing it."

Vin Baker scored 16 points, Brent Barry added 13 and seven assists and Patrick Ewing finished with eight points and nine rebounds for the Sonics, who recorded the 900th home victory in franchise history. They shot 49 percent from the field (40-of-81) and were not threatened after a quick run to open the second half.

The Sonics seemed about to come apart at the seams earlier this week when Payton went after coach Paul Westphal with his sharpest weapon -- his tongue -- and briefly was slapped with an indefinite suspension.

He ended up not missing a game because he apologized to the coach and was reinstated before Wednesday night's meeting with San Antonio. The Sonics responded by getting blown out, 112-85.

But they had little trouble with the NBA's youngest team, and by midway through the third quarter they were up by double digits. Payton, laughing all the way, showed he hasn't forgotten his schoolyard skills.

He racked up his assists with an array of behind-the-back, no-look passes and perfectly timed alley-oop passes for dunks.

The Clippers were within 52-50 when Derek Strong hit an 11-foot jumper one minute into the second half. Patrick Ewing answered with a nine-footer, starting the Sonics on a 13-2 run that was capped by Patterson's alley-oop dunk with 7:09 left, giving Seattle a 63-52 lead.

The Clippers never got closer than eight points the rest of the way and could not get within 13 in the fourth quarter. The Sonics' largest lead was 19 points, the last time when Baker hit a jumper that made it 91-78 with 3:58 left.

"We talked at halftime that we just wanted to go out and defend in the third quarter and not have a lapse," Barry said. "We kind of did in the fourth quarter, but in that fourth quarter we were really able to stretch them out and get ourselves a lead."

Lamar Odom, a 21-year-old, led the Clippers with 14 points, Jeff McInnis scored 12 and Michael Olowokandi and Sean Rooks added 10 apiece.

"We weren't into that game, even when we were in it," Odom said. "We're still learning how to play with each other. It's going to be some time until we get our chemistry down, especially on offense. The effort is there every night on the half-court defense. Tonight, we didn't play any transition defense. We just got our (behinds) beat and got it handed to us, just got outplayed tonight."

The Clippers have five rookies and four players 21 or younger on the roster.

Seattle got a lift from its bench as Jelani McCoy contributed nine points and five rebounds and rookie Desmond Mason eight points, three blocks, three steals and three assists.

"All of them guys, Jelani came in and had a great game, Desmond had a great game and Ruben had a good game and then Brent coming in and doing his thing, that's what we need," Payton said. "If these guys can keep continuing to be good and have performances like they did today, it'll take a lot off me, Pat and Vin, and we'll have a more balanced team."

Payton moved past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar into 24th place on the all-time assists list, finishing the game with 5,669.

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