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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 25 18 29 16 88 SEATTLE 34 40 22 25 121 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONQP b Z= BRYANT 17, RON HARPER 12 SEA - GARY PAYTON 27, VIN BAKER 20, RASHARD LEWIS 12

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - HORACE GRANT 9, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 7 SEA - VIN BAKER 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - RICK FOX 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 SEA - SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (88) AT SEATTLE (121)

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

FOX F 27 3-8 0-0 1 4 5 5 3 1 2 6 GRANT F 26 4-7 2-2 6 3 9 3 1 1 2 10 ONEAL C 36 9-18 5-10 4 3 7 4 4 0 3 23 BRYANT G 37 6-16 5-5 1 2 3 4 5 3 6 17 HARPER G 22 6-9 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 12 HORRY 20 3-6 1-1 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 7 PENBERTHY 10 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 RIDER 18 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 3 5 FOSTER 10 1-6 2-2 2 2 4 1 2 1 1 4 SHAW 21 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 4 4 0 1 4 GEORGE 8 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 MADSEN 5 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 35-85 17-22 16 24 40 26 22 8 21 88 BrJ BrJ 5REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 21(24 PTS)

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

LEWIS F 36 5-6 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 4 0 12 MCCOY F 18 5-8 0-1 1 4 5 0 5 0 0 10 EWING C 11 2-2 2-2 1 4 5 0 5 0 1 6 DAVIS G 18 1-4 4-4 0 3 3 3 2 1 2 6 PAYTON G 34 10-18 4-4 0 3 3 6 2 2 3 27 BAKER 34 8-13 4-6 2 7 9 1 5 1 2 20 PATTERSON 22 3-7 3-3 0 2 2 1 1 3 2 9 B BARRY 20 4-6 0-0 2 1 3 6 1 0 0 9 S WILLIAMS 25 3-9 2-2 1 2 3 7 1 1 2 9 MASON 19 4-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 9 WOLKOWYSKI 3 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 46-82 21-24 7 33 40 27 25 13 12 121 (.561) (.875) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

LA LAKERS 25 18 29 16 - 88 SEATTLE 34 40 22 25 - 121

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, HARPER 2, GRANT, HORRY, SHAW. SEATTLE - BAKER 2, MCCOY 2, PATTERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 1-20 (.050), FOX 0-4, BRYANT 0-4, HARPER 0-3, HORRY 0-1, PENBERTHY 0-1, RIDER 1-4, SHAW 0-1, GEORGE 0-2. SEATTLE 8-15 (.533), LEWIS 2-2, DAVIS 0-1, PAYTON 3-5, PATTERSON 0-1, B BARRY 1-2, S WILLIAMS 1-2, MASON 1-2. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - PAYTON. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, JIM CLARK, (MICHAEL SMITH. A - 17,072. T - 2:12.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 27 3-8 0-0 1-5 5 3 6 Grant 26 4-7 2-2 6-9 3 1 10 Oneal 36 9-18 5-10 4-7 4 4 23 Bryant 37 6-16 5-5 1-3 4 5 17 Harper 22 6-9 0-0 0-3 1 0 12 Horry 20 3-6 1-1 1-3 2 0 7 Penberthy 10 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Rider 18 2-7 0-0 0-1 2 0 5 Foster 10 1-6 2-2 2-4 1 2 4 Shaw 21 1-3 2-2 0-2 4 4 4 George 8 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Madsen 5 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-85 17-22 16-40 26 22 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.412, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 1-20, .050 (Fox 0-4, Bryant 0-4, Harper 0-3, Horry 0-1, Penberthy 0-1, Rider 1-4, Shaw 0-1, George 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Oneal 3, Harper 2, Grant, Horry, Shaw). Turnovers: 21 (Bryant 6, Oneal 3, Rider 3, Fox 2, Grant 2, Foster, George, Madsen, Penberthy, Shaw). Steals: 8 (Bryant 3, Foster, Fox, Grant, Penberthy, Rider).

SEATTLE (121) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lewis 36 5-6 0-0 0-4 1 1 12 Mccoy 18 5-8 0-1 1-5 0 5 10 Ewing 11 2-2 2-2 1-5 0 5 6 Davis 18 1-4 4-4 0-3 3 2 6 Payton 34 10-18 4-4 0-3 6 2 27 Baker 34 8-13 4-6 2-9 1 5 20 Patterson 22 3-7 3-3 0-2 1 1 9 B Barry 20 4-6 0-0 2-3 6 1 9 S Williams 25 3-9 2-2 1-3 7 1 9 Mason 19 4-7 0-0 0-2 2 1 9 Wolkowyski 3 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 1 4 Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-82 21-24 7-40 27 25 121 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.561, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 8-15, .533 (Lewis 2-2, Davis 0-1, Payton 3-5, Patterson 0-1, B Barry 1-2, S Williams 1-2, Mason 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Baker 2, Mccoy 2, Patterson). Turnovers: 14 (Payton 3, Baker 2, Davis 2, Patterson 2, S Williams 2, Ewing). Steals: 13 (Lewis 4, Patterson 3, Payton 2, Baker, Davis, Mason, S Williams). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 25 18 29 16 - 88 Seattle 34 40 22 25 - 121 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seatt1 (Payton, 4:49 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:12. Officials: Jess Kersey, Jim Clark, (michael Smith.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Nate McMillan is setting the bar pretty high.

After posting a win in his coaching debut on Tuesday, McMillan guided the Seattle SuperSonics to a stunning 121-88 dismantling of the defending world champion Los Angeles Lakers.

Gary Payton, who clashed with former coach Paul Westphal, scored 27 points as Seattle postY J́most lopsided victory ever over the Lakers. Vin Baker added 20 points off the bench and Rashard Lewis chipped in 12 and four steals.

Known as "Mr. Sonic," McMillan was in his third year as an assistant with the team after spending his entire 12-year playing career in Seattle. He retired following the 1997-98 season as the club's all-time leader in assists and steals and now is second to Payton in both categories.

In McMillan's first game on Tuesday, the Sonics cruised to a 105-93 win in Portland. Tonight, in his home debut, Seattle used a 25-7 run that bridged the first two quarters to blow out Los Angeles. It was the Lakers' worst loss since a 129-83 defeat at Portland on January 9, 1995, a defeat that stands as the worst in Los Angeles history.

"The guys came out against the world champions and just played their hearts out from start to finish," McMillan said. "My main concern going into this game was effort. We know this is a great team and you know it was going to take a lot of effort to beat these guys."

Shaquille O'Neal led Los Angeles with 23 points while Ron Harper added 12. The Lakers' previous worst effort against Seattle was a 29-point defeat on April 23, 1993.

"They had good motivation," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "They played hard and they played well.

"When the job was given to me a couple of days ago, you know everybody was talking about how we play Portland and we play the Lakers," McMillan said. "I know that they are the top two teams in the Western Conference. My main concern was just getting these guys to play at the level I felt that they could play at."

The Sonics had a 22-20 lead with three minutes left in the first quarter before Ruben Patterson's three-point play sparked a 25-7 run and turned the game into a blowout. Shammond Williams' 14-footer with two seconds left in the quarter gave Seattle a 34-25 edge after 12 minutes.

Baker opened the second quarter with a dunk and Desmond Mason buried a 3-pointer from the right with with 8:51 left in the half to put the SuperSonics ahead 47-27. Lewis' 3-pointer with seven seconds to go in the half sent Seattle to the break with a 74-43 cushion.

"We weren't bad until the second quarter," Jackson added. "It was 24-21 or something like that late in the first quarter. We were right there."

The Sonics shot 63 percent (29-of-46) from the field in the opening half and committed just three turnovers. The Lakers made just 19-of-46 shots (41 percent) and were outrebounded 23-18.

"We tried to mount a comeback but they just hit shot after shot," O'Neal said. "They had some good defensive stops they played well for their new coach. They played real scrappy and we were not able to hit any jumpers."

Seattle pushed the lead to 35 points in the second half and never got closer than 20 over the final 24 minutes.

"We knew we could play this way," Payton said. "We just had to play this way. You know we just came out and we just played. We knew that we had a good team and now we are just showing it."

The Lakers' bench combined to score 20 points equalling Baker's output. Baker was pressed into action when starting center Patrick Ewing picked up two quick fouls in the opening quarter.

Ewing finished with six points, five rebounds and five fouls in 11 minutes.

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