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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ORLANDO 24 34 17 17 92 SEATTLE 21 32 23 21 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 25, TRACY MCGRADY 20, MICHAEL DOLEAC 12 SEA - GARY PAYTON 21, RUBEN PATTERSON 18, RASHARD LEWIS 15

HIGH REBOUND: ORL - BO OUTLAW 14, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 6 SEA - JELANI MCCOY 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH ASSISTS: ORL - GRANT HILL 8, TRACY MCGRADY 4 SEA - GARY PAYTON 7, EMANUEL DAVIS 5

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

ORLANDO (92) AT SEATTLE (97)

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

HILL F 39 2-8 5-6 2 2 4 8 0 2 3 9 OUTLAW F 43 4-5 1-1 6 8 14 2 5 0 2 9 DOLEAC C 25 6-11 0-0 0 5 5 2 6 0 1 12 ARMSTRONG G 35 9-20 3-3 1 5 6 3 5 2 1 25 MCGRADY G 44 8-22 4-6 2 2 4 4 3 1 4 20 MILLER 14 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 3 AMAECHI 23 4-6 1-2 0 2 2 3 1 1 1 9 GARRITY 12 2-7 0-0 1 0 1 2 3 0 1 5 HUDSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DECLERCQ DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-84 14-18 12 25 37 24 25 6 14 92 (.429) (.778) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

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

LEWIS F 36 4-10 6-7 2 8 10 2 2 3 1 15 MCCOY F 22 3-10 1-2 9 4 13 2 3 0 2 7 EWING C 21 7-13 0-1 1 3 4 0 2 1 1 14 DAVIS G 31 2-5 0-2 0 3 3 5 1 2 2 5 PAYTON G 41 9-18 2-5 0 4 4 7 5 1 3 21 BAKER 29 2-7 4-4 2 8 10 0 4 0 1 8 B BARRY 19 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 1 1 5 PATTERSON 23 5-9 8-9 1 3 4 2 1 3 4 18 MASON 12 2-7 0-0 2 1 3 1 1 0 1 4 S WILLIAMS 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOLKOWYSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-83 21-30 17 35 52 23 20 11 16 97 (.434) (.700) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(13 PTS)

ORLANDO 24 34 17 17 - 92 SEATTLE 21 32 23 21 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - DOLEAC 3, OUTLAW 3, MCGRADY 2, AMAECHI. SEATTLE - BAKER 2, EWING, PAYTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 6-18 (.333), ARMSTRONG 4-11, MCGRADY 0-1, MILLER 1-2, GARRITY 1-4. SEATTLE 4-7 (.571), LEWIS 1-2, DAVIS 1-2, PAYTON 1-1, B BARRY 1-2. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - OUTLAW, SEATTLE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, PAYTON. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, DERRICK STAFFORD, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 17,072. T - 2:24.


Box Score

ORLANDO (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 39 2-8 5-6 2-4 8 0 9 Outlaw 43 4-5 1-1 6-14 2 5 9 Doleac 25 6-11 0-0 0-5 2 6 12 Armstrong 35 9-20 3-3 1-6 3 5 25 Mcgrady 44 8-22 4-6 2-4 4 3 20 Miller 14 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 3 Amaechi 23 4-6 1-2 0-2 3 1 9 Garrity 12 2-7 0-0 1-1 2 3 5 Hudson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Williams 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Declercq DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-84 14-18 12-37 24 25 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Armstrong 4-11, Mcgrady 0-1, Miller 1-2, Garrity 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Doleac 3, Outlaw 3, Mcgrady 2, Amaechi). Turnovers: 15 (Mcgrady 4, Hill 3, Outlaw 2, Amaechi, Armstrong, Doleac, Garrity, Miller). Steals: 6 (Armstrong 2, Hill 2, Amaechi, Mcgrady).

SEATTLE (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lewis 36 4-10 6-7 2-10 2 2 15 Mccoy 22 3-10 1-2 9-13 2 3 7 Ewing 21 7-13 0-1 1-4 0 2 14 Davis 31 2-5 0-2 0-3 5 1 5 Payton 41 9-18 2-5 0-4 7 5 21 Baker 29 2-7 4-4 2-10 0 4 8 B Barry 19 2-3 0-0 0-1 4 1 5 Patterson 23 5-9 8-9 1-4 2 1 18 Mason 12 2-7 0-0 2-3 1 1 4 S Williams 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ellison DNP - coach's decision Wolkowyski DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-83 21-30 17-52 23 20 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 4-7, .571 (Lewis 1-2, Davis 1-2, Payton 1-1, B Barry 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Baker 2, Ewing, Payton). Turnovers: 18 (Patterson 4, Payton 3, Davis 2, Mccoy 2, B Barry, Baker, Ewing, Lewis, Mason). Steals: 11 (Lewis 3, Patterson 3, Davis 2, B Barry, Ewing, Payton). ____________________________________________ Orlando 24 34 17 17 - 92 Seattle 21 32 23 21 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 1 (Outlaw, 8:28 3rd). Seattle 3 (Illegal Defense 2, 0:11 1st, 9:26 4th; Payton, 5:32 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:24. Officials: Bob Delaney, Derrick Stafford, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- As inconsistent as the Seattle SuperSonics have been, they can still count on Gary Payton.

The volatile guard scored seven of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, when the SuperSonics rallied for a 97-92 victory over the Orlando Magic.

"We had to have this game," said Jelani McCoy, who grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds. "We had a couple of mental lapses and we had to make up for that. We just had to have this game. And we did -- we got it."

Payton, who also dished out seven assists, scored four points in a 6-0 run after the Magic came within 88-87 on a jumper by Michael Doleac with 4:26 left.

Payton drove around Darrell Armstrong for a baseline layup with 2:35 to go, then harrassed the Orlando guard into missing a jumper.

Payton missed a jumper in the paint but Vin Baker grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He hit both free throws, stretching the lead to five points with 1:39 to go.

After Tracy McGrady threw away a cross-court pass, Payton again went to the baseline. This time he spun for a turnaround jumper and Seattle was up 94-87 with 59 seconds to go.

Magic forward Grant Hill had little impact in his second game since his return. Sidelined since November 3 due to ankle sprain until Tuesday, he scored just nine points. Hill did not have a basket after the first quarter and was not on the floor down the stretch.

"I've done everything I have to do," Hill said. "I've worked hard. It seems like the frustrating part is you take steps forward and you take steps back. We'll see how it feels in the next couple days."

Armstrong tied a season high with 25 points and McGrady added 20 for the Magic, who led 74-68 late in the third quarter before the Sonics went on a 15-1 run.

Orlando has lost two in a row -- both games in Hill's comeback -- after winning four straight.

"I was trying to wait on Grant to get into the game and I didn't get myself going," said McGrady, who hit just 8-of-22 and committed four turnovers. "The first half was kind of sluggish. I'm just trying to force a lot of things. We hung in there, but things didn't go our way down the stretch."

Ruben Paterson scored 18 points and Patrick Ewing added 14 for the Sonics, who also got eight points and 10 boards from Baker.

The Sonics were expected to be an improved team this season but have managed back-to-back wins just twice this season and have alternated wins and losses over their last seven.

Their troubles led to the firing of coach Paul Westphal but interim coach Nate McMillan has seen the problems continue as two victories over the Los Angeles Lakers have been followed by disappointing losses to Denver and Houston.

"If you don't play for 48 minutes, you will face defeat," McMillan said. "Again, I'm going to challenmge them to work together and bring that energy for 48 minutes. That's all we can do. It's a simple solution."

Payton has led the team in scoring in 16 of the last 17 games, led in assists all but two games this season and always makes an impact with his defense.

The Sonics were surprisingly dominant on the boards, outrebounding the Magic, 52-39. Rashard Lewis, who scored 15 points and had three steals, grabbed 10 boards.

"Offensive rebounds hurt us," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "Seattle is 29th in the NBA in rebounding and they destroyed us on the boards. We need to be a better rebounding team."

Seattle led by as much as 10 points in the first quarter but could not hold on. The Magic came back to lead 24-21 after one quarter.

The Magic built their lead to nine points several times in the second quarter and still led by eight in the third quarter. After Baker's layup put Seattle on top, 76-75, with 1:27 to go in the period, Orlando never regained the lead.

Payton hit a 3-pointer for an 86-78 lead with 8:54 to go. But Bo Outlaw scored a layup, Armstrong hit a 3-pointer, McGrady drove to the basket and when Doleac connected from 22 feet with 4:27 left, the Magic were within 88-87.

That was when Payton went to work, carrying the Sonics home.

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